El Heffe | Pearl Street Brewery

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El HeffeEl Heffe

Brewed by:
Pearl Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy straw and sits cloudy gold in the glass with minimal head.

Crisp wheaty aroma with minor citric notes and a tinge of clove and banana.

Hefe yeast dryness dominates with a mild to moderate hop bitterness. Clove and banana still present, faint hints of lemon zest.

Crisp in the mouth with moderate carbonation. Not a bad American take at a hefe. Overall lacking a bit in mouthfeel, but still good overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Fr0stb1te
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of morimech
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to dislodge the yeast from the bottom of the bottle so this beer may have sat around for awhile. No date on bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a little over a finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Good wheat aroma however the yeast esters a little muted. I do pick up the customary banana and clove aspects, just not enough.

Nice wheat, clove, and banana flavor but there is a little astringency that is slightly off putting and unusual in a hefeweizen. Sort of a metallic finish.

Light body with good carbonation that results in a chewy mouthfeel.

Not going to rival the greats, but for a economical priced beer, it is more than sufficient.

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Photo of Kunstman
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mkf629
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sconi_tom
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tvv375ia
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-pale amber colored with about 1 finger head that fades quickly

S-slight banana and clove smell but not much

T-even lighter banana and clove than the smell and a grainy aftertaste from the wheat

M-pretty thin and watery

O-not terrible but really not the best either

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kalebharris
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Riik3
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MongerMary
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unlike most reviewers- I live in a Heff heavy state. I don't know about bananas- but I get all the toasty malty wheat. I want bright summer days laced with sugar smacks. I want cool breezes and 6 beers while I bait my hook-

I got that.

El Hefe is not my boss. It did not change my life. But its an easy drinking beer with wheaty lemon citrus climbing out on the head.

I ask myself- if a friend gave me a 6 pack would I share it? This is one to share- but you won't be embarrassed to hand over the cold beer.

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Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Wisconsin
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After steadily pouring into my glass, a bubbly white head quickly rose to about a half finger before fading to absolutely nothing within a minute. No head retention whatsoever, a slight amount of carbonation is visibly rising to the top but never comes together. Not much haziness present, which is standard a solid hefeweizen. After a couple minutes, I am left with what looks like apple juice.

S - Despite the tough look of this beer there is some life in the nose, although it is nothing earth shattering. Faint amounts of banana and clove are present but not pronounced enough to give this a great score. A slightly acidic smell also comes out, which is what I assume to be some citrus aspect. That too, however, is much too flat and combines with the wheat notes to make for an interesting smell.

T - With a weary tongue, I dive into this one. Sub-par amount of bananas and clove compared to what truly great hefeweizens offer. Wheat and citrus notes are there and pronounced a bit more which knocks the score up a bit, but the bananas and clove need to be turned up a bit before this score goes any higher.

M - Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth there is a weak amount of bananas and clove hitting the tongue. Carbonation arrives and with it comes the wheat and slight lemony citrus zest. This beer doesn't seem to have anything backwards about it, but simply needs to have a more full flavor. Finish is somewhat smooth, sweet, and bready with the carbonation, citrus zest and wheat all exiting together.

D - To me, this seems like a toned down Central Waters Whitewater Weizen, which I thought was toned down, so this is well beyond my limit. I would like to see a more fuller offering of this beer and until then I really don't see myself seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cloves, and banana bread. It almost smells more like a dunkelweizen than a hefeweizen, but I'm not complaining. The taste is again more like a dunkelweizen with lots of banana bread, cloves, and a soft maltiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lots of carbonation, and is quite filling. Overall, this is a nice beer. It seems to occupy an odd place between hefe and dunkel, but I like it. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden. Head is two fingers and white. Good retention with some lacing.
S- Aroma is bready, some banana, and a bit of spice.
T- Light in flavor but what's there is high quality. Banana is pretty big on the tongue. Fairly bready for a hefe. A touch of spice.
M- Too thin. A bit watery and undercarbed.
O- It has good flavors and aromas, but the body is a bit underwhelming. Easy drinking and worth trying, but not outstanding.

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Photo of NEDmiller
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange body, clear, with minimal head and no lacing.

S - Pear and apple is at front, a bit of minerality, and prickly acidity.

T - Sour and sharp grains, cider and apple skin. A lingering close of acidity.

M - Brisk, with a quick close.

O - Not my idea of a Hefe, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.
Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Picked up this one to complete a variety six pack, and it was a lot better than expected.
Had this on a very hot day, which always helps a hefeweizen.
Light, somewhat hazy golden, good off white head, but not as voluminous or long lasting as some of the best in the style.
There were some slightly unusual notes, but overall, very refreshing, easy to drink, and flavorful.
Aroma and flavor, for the most part, include wheat notes, bread, banana, cloves, candy, citric fruits.
Certainly not the best out there, but if you find it fresh, well worthwhile.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SSGCujo
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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El Heffe from Pearl Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 35 ratings