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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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 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 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 blackie
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour is dark, dunkel-looking amber, cloudy and effervescent, fueling a short white head that fades to a skim,

Nose is shows notes of banana bread malt, sour/funky yeast and oatmeal cookies

Taste is dunkel-esque as well, with funky sour wheat, hefe-yeast, clove and light chocolate malt...similar to some of the middle Bell's Wheat project beers.

Mouthfeel is light, in body and carbonation with a nice smoothness in texture.

Quite a drinkable weizen here, definitely more of a dunkel than a straight hefe, but does well with what it is. Another solid offering from Central Waters.

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Photo of Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
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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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 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 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 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 Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 cokes
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Whitewater Weizen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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