Whitewater Weizen | Central Waters Brewing Co.

40 Ratings

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ripe apricot with honey colored trim. It isn't until the final finger of beer is added to the pint glass that the liquid becomes lightly blurry. The ivory colored crown is both firm and sticky, a good combination that leads to persistence and an extensive array of sea foam lace.

The nose is less banana fruity and more clove spicy than anticipated. Having said that, the relative proportions are appealing and should be wonderful on the palate. There might be a small splash of vanilla in there as well.

Whitewater Weizen Wheat Ale is a true Bavarian-style hefe. If anything, the flavor is even more intense and more inviting than the nose. As always, the use of a kick-ass yeast strain is the key, but the base wheat ale is more than capable.

Barley and wheat provide a firm foundation of lightly toasted grain and a modest amount of sweetness. There's a little more hop bitterness than I'm comfortable with in a beer of this style, but a hophead wouldn't even think of docking the flavor score because of it. The finish is fairly dry and crisp for the style.

The spotlight, of course, is on the classic flavors of (lightly bruised) banana and ground clove. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.0/4.0 and clove is more prominent yet. This is a unique version that also happens to be mighty tasty.

The mouthfeel is extremely close to earning the next highest score. It could be more lush and a little smoother, but it's hard to be too critical when the beer is disappearing this quickly. Look at it this way, it gives the brewers something to work on to make this summer seasonal even more appealing.

With apologies to Rodney Dangerfield, Central Waters doesn't get no respect, no respect at all. Whitewater Weizen, along with most of the rest of their lineup, is proof that they deserve consideration when the conversation turns to excellent Wisconsin craft beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Derek
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dirty-straw with a slightly copper hue; off-white head, no retention, some lace.

S: Banana bread & spice with vanilla and a little orange & rind.

T: Spicy banana bread, vanilla, grassy hops and hints of mango & pineapple. Plenty of spice (a little much?), with a good amount of fruitiness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with a very dry finish.

D: Quite Quaffable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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 sweemzander
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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 scruffwhor
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange. Throws out medium sized ivory white head that has great retention. Really nice vanilla/banana combination on the nose. Pretty solid tasting weizen beer. Solid vanilla taste as well as banana. Spicing doesn't seem as high as some other weizens. Very subtle clove and pepper. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Medium body. Great thirst quencher. This is a good one. Puts my confidence back in check with this brewery after my bad experience with their red ale.

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Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: poured into a hefe glass...monstrous fluffy head that fades to about an inch when its all said and done and leaves a nice thick lace...body is a rather dark amber-copper for the style, rather murky

smell: banana and clove up front, bready, oatmeal/ginger cookies, touch of caramel, big yeasty aroma

taste: pretty good hefe...good banana flavours throughout, full flavoured and well spiced, clove, big and wheaty, strong yeast flavour, grassy. a refreshing summer hefe

mouthfeel: medium body, well carbonated

drinkability: high

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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 KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color which is toward the darker end of the spectrum for a hefe, but still nice. The head is is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of banana bread, cloves, and lots more banana bread. The taste is along the same lines as the aroma. It is kind of like a cross between a hefe, and a dunkelweizen, and I really like that. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, I really like this beer. Too many of the wheat beers out there taste too similar to each other. This beer is truly unique, and I applaud Central Waters for that. I will be sure to drink this again.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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 cokes
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This hefe is nearly great, but ultimately falls short.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with very little head. Smells yeasty, bready, sourly fruity and unique.
Taste is extremely pleasing and different for the style, with heavy lemon/tart apple sourness. I loved the taste, with a major caveat:
It was EXTREMELY flat. A little carbonated crispness would make this beer top-notch. Oh, how I wish for the slightest bit of carbonation....
I'll gladly try this again, in the hope that I got a flat batch. My bottles were not marked for freshness (even though the bottles have a chart on the label, mine were not notched....what's with that?)
Neverless, probably worth a try, even with it's substancial shortcomings. Quite unique, tasty and easy to drink (given the flatness).
If Central Waters is listening....amp up the CO2 levels, and this beer would be off the charts.

I'll report any changes upon my retesting

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into the weizen glass gives a 2" off white head that very slowly recedes. Nice retention, little lacing. The beer is a clear, light-medium amber in color.

smell: Some estery banana at first with light notes of caramel malt supporting. Lightly spiced and moderately sweet with just a touch of hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body a full light. One of the heavier weizens I've had.

taste: Sweet flavors of wheat malt mixed with those of caramel malts. Moderate estery flavors are found, with hints of banana and dried apricot. Some very light spice. Light hop flavor with a negligible bitterness.

drinkability: pretty easy

taken from the fridge of dirtylou

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Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 brdc
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 Lemke10
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 cdkrenz
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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 botham
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a rich amber color with a finger of off white head that retains nicely and leaves light lacings.

aroma is rich with banana, spice, cloves, citrus and wheat malt. a very vibrant hefe profile in the nose. the wheat malt character seems to attach itself to the citrus and the banana, while the spice and cloves work their way around into the front of the aroma as the brew warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a more pronounced spiced note. well composed with a wheat malt base upon which the spice and fruit notes lie. the spice tends to dominate the profile, giving the brew a unique profile when it comes to hefeweizens.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a spicy texture and a finish of residual spice and wheat malt.

drinkability is good. for a hefe, this is a well coposed example with a fresh and flavorful aura, along with a finish that is at once crisp and flavorful as well. a good seasonal offering from Central Waters. cheers!

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Photo of Strix
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Winter
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy amber brown in color with a rocky off-white head. The color seems a little darker for a traditional hefeweizen. Aroma consists of banana bread, clove, with a touch of vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. The taste starts off with flavors of banana and clove. Very similar to what was detected in the aroma. Dry wheat malt flavor in the middle. Some more clove and vanilla emerge toward the back. Overall, a decent drinker.

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Photo of dstc
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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 Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got myself a keg of this stuff, and if this month finishes as hot as it started, it shouldn't last long.

Deep, murky amber brown in color and capped with a frothy white head, boatloads of lacings on this one and solid retention.

Aromas of brown bananas and thick, gooey wheat. Notes of caramel and light cloves are also present. Very leesy in aroma.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with bananas churning forward through musty wheat and yeast. Clove flavors are only a speck within the mix of yeast and wheat. Very mild bitterness lends only the slightest bit of grassy flavor to lead you into the next sip.

Quite creamy and mouth-fulfilling. Only mild carbonation in tiny bubbles, adding to the appearance of a medium bodied beer.

This year's version is substantially different than past year's. It appears much darker than before, but this only adds more character and flavor. Still just as appealing as before, though the yeast seems to be a bit more influential, adding not only appearance changes, but also new flavors. It's slightly crisp and drying, but leaves a faint and appreciated sweetness, like you'd find with Southern Bavarian strains. In any words, this is a great Hefe.

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Whitewater Weizen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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