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Oak Creek HefeweizenOak Creek Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer won Gold Medal at the 22nd annual Great American Beer Fest. It is made with up to 50% wheat malt instead of all malted barley which lends a lighter note. lt is deep gold in color with a very low hop bitterness level and a dense head of white foam. This is a traditional unfiltered Bavarian wheat beer with aromatic hints of banana and clove. It is traditionally enjoyed as the summer beer of choice in Bavaria.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 55
Photo of neenerzig
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am currently in Sedona for the day with my dad and we stopped by the tap room at the brewery for a few beers after a day of awesome hiking. This beer was served to me in pint glass and it draws a fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden color with a nice white head about 1/2 inch thick when first drawn. Settles to a medium ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing though. Aromas of banana and clove are certainly present as the should be. The taste is pretty much the same, with a crisp malt presence upfront that gives way to banana and clove sweetness that is rounded out with a slight citrus hop touch. Pretty much spot on flavor wise for the style. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A good one to try.


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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Few beer styles can refresh like a hefeweizen, and there are few places as colorful as Sedona, Arizona. I'm not in Sedona, but I suppose one out of two ain't bad. On to the beer:

Where's the head? Just a little foam forms on the pour and it's slowly fading away to a mere lace. Below is a beer with a banana peel yellow color that's cloudy, yet has visible bubbles running along the walls of the glass. The aroma is pleasing enough. It has the spice and phenols of a normal hefeweizen, a kiss of wheat malt, and a metallic twang. Not bad.

It's walking a fine line of being boring and being flavorful. Somewhat clovey, a little bit of nutmeg, and a sweet and sour yeasty aspect which I prefer to be just sweet. The beer is light in the mouth, a little chalky, with a gentle crispness.

For better or worse, Oak Creek Hefeweizen is a decent choice.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Sedona. Poured a muddy yellow/orange/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer and around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of wheat, banana, vanilla, coconut, and some clove. Medium body. Slick then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Wheat, banana, clove, vanilla finish is dry. Overall, a really nice American hefe!

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy yellow to amber. Nose of over-ripe banana and a bit of burned malt - clove comes in.

Entry is a bit spritzy, big clove flavor followed by banana. Soft feel from the oats. Nice hefeweizen flavors - hits german style weizen quite well. Mouthfeel waters out a just a bit as it moves through. Very refreshing beer which should play well in the summer heat of Arizona. Excellent flavor profile with a fine representation of the style.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that doesn't stick around long.

S - Banana peels, solid wheat backdrop, nutmeg, with a hint of orange

T - Yeasty bananas, stone fruit, clean wheat, nutmeg, clove, oranges, subtle sweet malt.

M - Very smooth medium body with low to medium carbonation.

Not too shabby. This is a very enjoyable Hefe.

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Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange with about a 1/4 inch of bright white head.

s: wheat, banana, apricot, spices, yeasty esters, maybe some apple as well.. pretty nice..

t: touch of wheat & grain upfront.. banana & yeasty esters then come in.. more of that apricot flavor & also maybe a touch of apple.. finish is a bit chalky/dry with hints of spice.. maybe some nutmeg flavors with an underlying citrus flavor..

mf: light-medium body with good carbonation.

o: a good brew.. refreshing, especially for summer

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Photo of trappistlover
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy golden with minimal white head. Aroma of ripe banana, spices and wheat. Taste is sweet-almost perfume like. Medium bodied with slick texture. Very smooth finish. A decent hefeweizen and not bad at all for the hot Arizona summers.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer during a trip out to Sedona.

It pours a very slightly hazy yellow straw color, a bit disappointing in my opinion.

The smell was more promising than the color. You definitely get a good bit of wheat, citrus, and banana. Banana is the strongest part of the scent for me.

The scent is tied pretty closely with the taste so the flavors of banana and citrus come through.

Basically, nothing stellar here, but pretty refreshing especially when viewing the fantastic local scenery. If I wasn't wanting something local to enjoy while enjoying the red rocks I wouldn't have this again as there are much better hefeweizens available at great a price.

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Photo of mmciz
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oak Creek's Hefeweizen -- I've had this a few times and never been blown away but after a disastrous encounter with Old World Brewing's Irish Red I want something simple and pleasant to sip. I might even drink a Bud Heavy if I had one, but a nice Hefe could be good too. Is there a Franziskaner in my fridge? Whoops, no...

A: Very dense body with not much head.

S: Sweet with a hefty doze of amyl acetate -- not unlike a banana cream pie. There's something unsettlingly chemical about it, though.

T: The banana is heavy but it seems artificial. It's hard to suss out much beyond that, though I get a little clove and a hint of white pepper.

M: Pretty thick as compared to most of the more commercial American varieties but lacking that really pleasant crispness of the best European Hefes.

D: One is more than enough.

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. I had this as part of a sampling and my wife had a full glass of it. It was one of the better beers of the bunch.

The color was a bright cloudy orange, very enticing. Smell was typical of a Hefeweizen and pretty strong at that. Flavor had a lot of wheat as well as oranges, cloves and yeast. Overall, this was a good beer and if you like wheats it is one you'll definitely enjoy.

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Photo of Lucklys
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew of this evening was a pale wheat beer made in West Sedona, Arizona. Oak Creek Brewing Co's Hefeweizen is a beautiful golden orange with a touch of haziness when poured from the bottle. The head is light and dissipates after only a few minutes, but what little lacing is left behind while sipping holds to the glass like a champ, sparkling and refusing to let go.

Before we get to taste, however, I should mention the odd scent. While not completely out of the ordinary (it is beer, after all), it is nowhere near as bitter-smelling nor does it reek of hops and barley. Being made with 50% wheat, it is much lighter and the fermented grains give way to an undercurrent of bananas and cloves. The weirdest thing about this for me is that on my first glass, I had absolutely no whiff of bananas, though I did recognize something grassy. Only on my second glass a few hours later did I manage to pull out the banana scent...it's a good thing you can't get high off of sniffing beer, as I had my nose stuck in the glass for a good 3 or 4 minutes.

Then, after a few sips and swishes over my tongue, I recognized the faintest hint of a sweet plantain at first contact, but found that it disappeared the second after it hit my taste buds. I tried a few more times to find the flavor, and the result was always the same. I suppose if I were insistent on drinking this beer for the banana taste, I would have to take a lot of quick sips and savor the half second of sweetness before trying again and again. Oh, and carbonation was spot on for the smoothness and airy richness; it really complimented the feeling.

My other favorite part about this particular beer, was that there was zero bitterness or sour aftertaste. Once it was down my throat, it was gone. No lingering around on my tongue waiting to be distracted by a bite of food or something salty, it was a quick wave of flavor and then disappeared, leaving my mouth ready for the next gulp.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found ontap in Sedona amongst the breathtaking sights. Pours a brilliant dark yellow almost orange. Beautiful color for a hefeweizen. Hazy. Smells like wheat, banana, light citrus and spice. Tastes good with some clove, more banana and low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good level of carbonation . This is a very solid beer. Went well with a bbq brisket sandwhich.

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Photo of ATPete
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazed pale orange color with a small and sticky white head. Straight banana in the nose, with an almost artificial additive aroma, cotton candy sweetness, lemon skin, smarties candy and marshmallow circus peanuts. Sweet and relatively dead to the tongue, some brighter carbonation would liven up this party a little. Easy enough to drink, not sure how many id want though.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow/gold in color, initial thin white head that quickly dissipates to nothing with no lacing.

S: Strong wheaty citrus and some light hops. Spices and coriander abound. Tangy and sweet nose.

T: Vanilla, orange, coriander, spicy sourdough, clove and wheat. The flavor rushes through the mouth and leaves a tingly and malty aftertaste lingering for a long time. A minimal and pleasing hop balance to the characteristic hefewizen tastes.

M: Surprisingly smooth, this beer ends smoother than some fine German beers that have been brewed in this style for hundreds of years. Whether or not the high smoothness is good is up to the individual's opinion, and will not affect the score for this beer.

D: Very drinkable; crisp and refreshing without being thin.

Overall: A very good hefe. I strongly recommend you drink a bottle if you can get your hands on one. Would be nice paired with some light crackers and sharp cheddar cheese.

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Photo of captenaj
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale straw color. Decent head.
S: Instantly hit with scent of banana. Banana of all all things. It was really quite strong.
T: Not as flat as the other Oak Creek brews. Had some substance to it but nothing remarkable.
M: Fair to middlin'. You could tell it was there but it didn't sing.
D: with the low (4.5%) alcohol, you have a few of these brews on a hot day. If you're in Sedona looking for a local brew, this is the Oak Creek one to try. This is better than the Amber or the Brown Ale but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mattster
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 ounce bottle, poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice low head atop a cloudy light orange brew that has a nice "jelly-fish" looking suspension.

Smell is of clove and banana, taste follows through. This is typical Hefe to me, nothing superb, but a solid brew. Bubbles are nice and refreshing and finish is pleasant and unobtuse.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POurs slightly hazy golden/straw color with thin white head. Surprising lack of haze and minimal head. Nose is disappointing, but has some faint banana, yeasty/bready aromas, and citrus. Palate is very fruity, nice malt, banana/clove as expected. Just ok.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Frog and Firkin, Tucson. Appearance is a cloudy bright yellow/gold. Not much head, but the bartender didn't really leave room for any. The aroma is sweet and yeasty, with a nice banana aroma and some light clove-like spice, very classic. The taste is lightly sweet and bready, with fruity notes of banana, pear, and light lemon. It's lacking a bit of that phenolic, spicier funk that's present in some of the better German examples, but overall it tastes fine. The mouthfeel is light, with a good dose of carbonation.

The drinkablility is excellent. It's mild, but with enough complexity to keep it interesting. A very refreshing beer for a hot day especially, I recommend trying it...

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Photo of Hunter
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited the brewery last night. I had heard a lot about their hefe, and seeing how I had to drive myself home this was the only one I sampled from the tap.

Beer was your basic hefe in appearance: hazy gold, visible carbonation, with very little head. The barmaids need to be taught a bit about presentation, because my server didn't even try to build a head for me.

The nose is hit with the fresh smells of wheat and banana, once you discard that damn lemon wedge. Hunted a bit for the clove and found it near the back, but had to stop when the next table kept staring at me with my nose in the glass.

Flavors of banana bread and yeast predominate. Sits light and clean on the tongue like you'd expect it to. This would be a fine choice to share with friends on cool summer nights in Sedona, made all the better by the magnificent scenery.

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Photo of BigHead
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first visit to the Oak Creek Brewing Company, mostly because you don't easily find it unless you are really looking for it. But, I strolled in and ordered the Hefe on tap, and boy was I impressed with this. A nice golden brew bubbling away with a good thick head on the top. Ah, the aroma of the wheat malt combined with the bananas and clove, wunderbar! I really enjoyed the taste, a good balanced mixture of the banana and clove flavors, intertwining with hints of citrus. The wheat malts feel nice and the bubbling nature is not too much. I think I could drink this puppy all night.

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