Whitewater Weizen | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weiss glass. No date or info. [Re-review on 08-03-10]

A - Surprisingly dark and clear for a weizen-style beer, Whitewater is almost crystal in appearance with low carbonation in the light golden amber body. A low bone-colored head lingers in a thin pile leaving little lace in it's wake.

S - Supple, soft wheat floats out and surrounds the whole nose but is ultimately brought down by a reasonably strong aroma of dry grass clippings and husky-laced mulch-smelling hops. Traces of banana and bubble gum esters from an ever-present yeast poke out but are largely overshadowed by the earthy aroma.

T - Soft and smooth wheat and light pale malts are quickly overtaken by a harsh hop bite that mirrors the aroma in mulchy, earthiness. Again, the yeast esters of banana and bubble gum are just detectable in traces but a pinch of clove comes out.

M - Medium-light bodied, very soft, and smooth with a low carbonation feel to the finish. The good feel is abruptly shattered by a hoppy, hard bite to the finish.

D - This beer isn't enjoyable to me. It's far too earthy and the hops really disrupt the good going on. They need to either be backed off quite a bit. I don't think I'll be returning to this one again.

[The re-review was significantly better than the original bottle had (a D review - 2.25) but still not of the Central Waters caliber expected.]

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very clear pale amber color with multiple columns of bubbling. Not much in the head department though. The aroma has faded bananas and a hint of some grass, but a bit blander than I expected. Light toasted and very thin tasting bread malts upfront with an almost there yeasty banana flavor. Leaves much to be desired. The palate is watery and unbecoming. Very easy to drink becaue of the lackof charafacter overall.

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Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Update (July, 2011)-Really kind of an odd hefe...very dark in color (Deep tan/brown)...the nose has a lot of sweetness as in caramel, toffee and yes the butterscotch as noted below....it's not bad but really lacks traditional hefe characteristics...low carbonation keeps it drinkable...


I really like this...it is not elite, but just a run below that...cloudy gold in color with virtual no head...on the nose is some real nice spicy cloviness....however, I don't get much spicyness on the taste....what I do get is banana's and some very faint butterscotch/vanilla(reminds me of those nestle chips for cookies)..that part is very minimal but it is definitely there...this is a nice thirst quencher...very little carbonation and it slides down easy....for this style it should have more carb, but it doesn't bother me much except I can't rate it better than three for mouthfeel...overall this is very good.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color that produced a light film of foam.

(S)- A light honeyed banana and lemon. Bits of dry wheat and a weird spiced carrot-like baby food smell at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A honeyed lemon and banana with a biscuit-like wheat dryness.

(M)- A decent carbonation level and balance. A tad thin for the style; smooth going down.

(D)- A decent hefeweiss. A bit thin, but certainly smooth and refreshing. I would have it again.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a thick foamy head on an cloudy amberish body, whcih was a bit of a surprise for this style. Subtle floral tones, with a nice bread aroma and a touch of citrus. Very faint all all of them. Same story with the taste, even more so, actually. Tasted decidedly boring and flat. Not much to cheer about, although I may have to try another if I see it as this is my favorite style of brew.

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Photo of dstc
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with an average light tan head. Head falls to almost nothing. Very thin lace.

Big citrus wheat aroma. Yeast smell is nice.

Taste is unique. Has typical wheat style at first but immediately followed up by a sour tangy funky taste. Not sure I care for it.

Medium to thin in mouth with low carbonation.

Not a favorite although I typically like Central Waters.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet aroma with phenol and slight quality of cloves. Bottom of bottle had setiment that added cloudiness to a gold color. Small head that dissipated. A bit flat of taste with some wheat, some phenl and somewhat bitter (not enjoyable bitter). Mouthfeel was rather flat, with medium to light overall feel.
Pretty average overall. Too bitter and not enough flavor. Smoother and mellower as warmed, but still to bitter without a refreshing quality.

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Photo of corey0212
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from Monsone in the Brews n' Books BIF!

Pours a very deep copper hue, nice foamy white head, bad pretty bad retention and not much lacing....color just doesn't seem right for the style. Pretty hefty wheat aroma, some nice lemon in the background, but I'm not getting any of that expected banana aroma. Taste is quite malty, sour/tart lemon, again, just not really delivering with the Hefeweizen taste. Medium-bodied brew, some spice on the tongue, but a strange lingering tartness/dryness that does nothing for me. A long way from awful, but for a Hefeweizen, it kinda misses the mark.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at cellar's in neenah.
dark amber/copper, frail head that drops without much lace.
Smells more like an american wheat than a hefe? Some lemon, some spiciness, possibly a bit of clove, but not picking up on banana. Some tartness in the aftertaste. Bought a 6 of this and a 6 of Hacker as part of the supplies for a party, and started wondering if the atmosphere was interfering with my ability to detect the classic hefeweizen tastes and aromas ... but cracking open a Hacker a few minutes later dispelled that idea.
Medium-bodied, fairly course carbonation.
drinkable as a beer (though not great), and the wife liked it, but not good within the context of the style.

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Photo of catalysis
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- A modest pour into a wiezen glass allows a nice 2-finger head to evolve from the slightly misty, copper colored beer. The head is off-white with golden undertones, dissipating after about two minutes to leave a thin, lacy film around the edges which last a few minutes longer.

Smell- Sweet hints of banana cut through the ambient spice aromas, eventually making way for deeper, sugary caramel which comes through with notes of malt. The sweetness is not overwhelming, actually quite pleasent if it suits your mood. Very approachable.

Taste- Sugary but well-balanced with the banana/spice flavors clearly present. Finishes a bit bitter which leaves you wanting to take another sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light body, buttery with a biting carbonation which works well with the sweetness.

Drinkability- Like many weizens, very drinkable and could be an all-nighter. The only concern is that the sweetness may be a little much after a couple.

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Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a hazy golden brew with very little head and little lacing; perhaps a bit too cold despite being on their own brewpub.
Aroma is basic, and faint, cloves and some sugary notes, nothing remarkable.
Light bodied, with a mildly yeasty, sweetish banana flavor that has little to no depth.
Easy to drink, but essentially unremarkable.

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Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wheat, bananas, yeast, and spices. Tastes of wheat, spices and very light bananas. Light sour wheat finish. Overall a refreshing Hefe.

Notes from: 7/24/07

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour musters an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite clear with an amber-copper hue, but shows a touch of haze and an orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cloves, aromatic fruit and bananas up front with dry, wheat-grain notes becoming more prominent towards the end. Aroma is decent, it does not have any off notes, but does seem to be lacking that little extra nudge to get it to greatness.

Clove flavors and lightly sweet grain up front produce some sweetness before the carbonation kicks in (as it is rolling across the tongue). The carbonation dries things out a bit and provides a bit of a peppery bite. This has a decent body to it, light enough to be drinkable, but with a bit of a silky texture that I like to find at least some of in a good Weizen. This finishes with a touch of wheat tartness as well as some lingering clove phenolics. There is also a touch of apple like fruitiness here as well as a touch of cracker like grain.

A decent example of a Hefe Weizen. It could use a bit more grain complexity and texture (would asking for a decoction mash be too unreasonable?), but this is certainly serviceable if one is in the mood for a Weizen.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$7.00 / Six Pack
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Golden brown pour into an amber colored body. The head is an 1/8" to 1/4" with little stamina.

Smell - Clove scent with a hint at hops.

Taste - Spicy wheat with a tinge of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat coarse for a wheat beer.

~ This is a session brew as far as I'm concerned. I enjoy this brew but don't look forward to another.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new glarus wheat glass. At least I'm keeping it in the state I guess.

Pours an inviting light orange with a huge off white head. Looks lovely and effervescent. Smells very fruity, with aroma of lemon and banana, and some spicy yeast accents. Taste is peppery yeast, with a bit of the fruit coming through. Wheat flavor is dominant though, and really shines. It does seem a little stripped down for a hefe, but outside of the style guidelines, it's a very drinkable lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel is full, and slightly dry. I could drink a good many of these after a hard days work outside in the sun.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy film which skims the surface and leaves some fizzy spotty lace back. The aroma smells grassy and spicy with a sweet earthy twang to it of wheat and fruit. Decent flavorful airiness to this in the nose.

The taste is sweet and bready, with wheat character that snaps across the tongue. A splash of lemon zest and orange are present as is some spiciness, which along with some light bitterness, trails into an earthy and dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that prickles them mouth. Easy and refreshing on the palate.

This was interesting. Definitely a Wheat Ale here but it didn't come off too much like a Hefe (bubblegum and banana seemed to be missing) for me. Still enough flavor and smoothness to the feel to keep this quite drinkable, as this paired up nicely with the spicy dinner that I was eating. This was decent.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger white head that fades to a lace within a couple of minutes. The beer is clear and golden brown. Tons of carbonation is present.

S - Strong smell of clove, coriander and spices. Also a nice strong wheat nose.

T - Spicy, clove, coriander but nothing that really smacks you right in the mouth. The beer has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen but it just isn't as full as other hefeweizens from New Glarus and Sprecher.

M - Light bodied, ample carbonation that could be better. All the parts of a hefeweizen are present. Plenty of clove, coriander and a nice spice, but nothing is full enough to make it great.

D - Adequate hefeweizen that I could have occasionally, but not something I would take over New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack of Central Waters beer at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $8.99 in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a very little head. Scent is that of strong grassy wheats. Very awkward taste here. It starts off rather bold, but quickly diminshes on the pallet. Overal it's very grassy and grainy with slight hints of citrus and maybe some carmel? Could be a little more bold and a better 2nd half of the taste. Taste is very similar to that of Organic wheat beers. Nothing too special here, but better than the cheap beers!

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Photo of KI9A
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a Weizenbock, not a hefe, as listed here.

A: Medium orange, cloudy.

S: Clove, bananna..great full nose.

T: Follows nose, a nice funk/sour note at the back of the tounge.

M: Medium, not as creamy as a Hefe, more a bitey, spicey feel, like a Weizenbock.

D: Very refreshing. I still think this a Weizenbock. Was to spicy for a traditional Hefe, but, about right for a Weizenbock.

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Photo of Atron67
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured golden foggy with white foam that left light lacing
S- cloves and wheat provide the majority of the scents a little phenolic character.
T- a smooth wheat flavor throughout starts smooth and ends clean
M- a slightly sharper carbonation with a medium body
D- a highly drinkable weizen which can be drank over and over

is a smooth hightly tastey wheat ale

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from old notes: 9/9/10

A: hazy amber with sudsy white head.

S: creamy wheat, mild fruit notes and malt.

T: wheat, banana and cloves. enjoyed the balance!

M: thin/well-carbonated.

D: summer brew for sure! would drink again, especially on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of abents
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with nice white head that sticks around a long time. Smells of nice corriander and bananas. Taste is pretty smooth with solid spice and wheat flavor abounding. Finish is rather stong on bananas for my liking. This is a very different offering from what they had last year. I think it's a lot better than the "off" batch I think they ran last season. A lot of citrus in this brew, definitly does need more carbonation for a hefe. Still a very drinkable summer brew, different from most of the hefe's you'll try that's for sure, worth a try.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy pale golden yellow with a white head that fell fairly fast, but lingered enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was clove and wheat with a slight fruitiness and sweetness to the aroma.

The flavor was nice with a wheat mouthfeel, but a more neutral flavor than the aroma promised. A slight clove, but minimal fruit flavors.

The finish was dry with just a slight whisp of clove lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a great wheat mouthfeel.

12 ounce bottle, thanks to Skidz and BIF10.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy, nearly opaque wheat colored amber, large two inch head formed quickly but was replaced by a thin layer of lace on the top,

Lots of yeast, wheat, a hint of some spiceness, maybe even some banana or pear?, almost has a belgian single type of flavor. Lots of subtle taste in theri, fruitness and spice like you dont see too often in a hefe Very creamy smmoth, good carbonation with a nice lingering flavor. Goes down very smooth, very nice feel.

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, decent head that fades to a slight ring.

Pleasant smell of clove and banana.

Wheat, clove and banana in the taste. Good balance, but flavors were somewhat muted and a bit watery though.

Mouthfeel a tad watery.

This was an easy drinking yet unmemorable hefeweizen. I'd have it again, but it didn't make a huge impression on me one way or the other.

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Whitewater Weizen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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