Tap 1 Helle Weisse
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #6
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,827
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 12.26%
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
381
From:
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  124
Gots
  90
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Formerly Tap 1 Mein Blondes.

Enjoying the moment in high spirits: "Meine helle Weisse" - a bright wheat beer with the original Schneider Weisse aroma, full-bodied and intensive. Its mild freshness is reviving and lifts the senses. The perfect companion for daydreaming on a summer's afternoon - Bavarian zest for life!

Hops: Hallertauer Tradition, Hallertauer Saphir.

14 IBU
Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 381 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Mid to dark gold, pours with slight haze and 5mm fine looking white head. (Ps 10mins later, holds well).
S- A lovely spicy nose on this one.
T- Absolutely in the Weiss style, subtle blend of spicy notes.
F- It's relatively light though at 4.9%. Paulaner and Augustiner (IIRC) have estimable Weiss's up around 5.4-5.6% which seems enough to really amp up the feel. And then some of the same old-trad brewers who annually brew their Festbier for Oktoberfest, I've had several of them and they come in around 6.5%. Drink them and you've a pretty solid proposition, ... hence why this seems a bit light to me!
O- It has clean lines, nothing objectionable to note, and pretty vibrant spice notes. As^ I wouldn't mind a bit more Oomph, but for others this would be tasty yet easy-going, and quite sessionable for others.
500ml bottle bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK for home delivery to London. BB: 12/05/2021

Oct 30, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; labelled "Helle Weisse Weissbier", which is apparently one of this beer's aliases. Dated Feb 22 2020 and served slightly chilled.

Pours cloudy, translucent and effervescent - its golden blonde-coloured body is crowned with two fingers of foamy, sparkling white head that dissipates steadily. Within five minutes or so, it has been weathered down to a creamy, half-inch cap and collar; minimal lace from the pour, but you do get some deposition as the level drops. The nose is dominated by clean, bready wheat malts, together with notes of banana, clove, orange peel and grassiness. So far, so good.

A very solid hefe, one which colours entirely within the lines. It starts off with grainy malts and bready wheat sweetness, with flavours of banana, apple flesh and orange peel coming to mind by mid-sip. The tail end is much the same, with the addition of some spicy phenolics that impart flavours of clove, as well as a light brushing of grassy noble hops. Bready sweetness, banana and spice linger into the aftertaste, which takes a second or two to fade after each gulp. Light in body, with spritzy, aggressive carbonation that scrubs the surface of the palate with each sip; feels crisp and refreshing, exactly like a hefeweizen should feel.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Schneider Weisse hasn't disappointed me yet. Their Tap 1 Helle Weisse is admittedly a fair bit more reserved with its spiciness when compared to their Original Tap 7 - which may or may not be to your liking, but it definitely makes Tap 1 the more sessionable of the two, IMO... though not necessarily more unique and/or interesting. Digressions aside, the takeaway is that Helle Weisse is a fantastic product that I must enthusiastically recommend to any BAs with an appreciation for Bavarian weissbiers.

Aug 24, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has slight banana, clove and wheat hints
The taste follows the nose with slight banana, clove and wheat flavors
A medium bodied well carbonated crisp beer
A good Hefeweizen

Aug 23, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy thick creamy white foam. Nose is very light with delicate clove and banana. Follows the nose = light on the flavor as well. Citrus, clove, spice, light banana, and wheat malt. Big medium body with alot of soft prickly carbonation that gives way to a soft finish that's dry. I much prefer the regular wheat beer.

Jul 21, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml can purchased at the LCBO for $3.35 CDN. Listed as Helle Weisse Weissbier. I'm pretty certain this is Tap 1.

Appeareance - Dark hazy golden color with honey brown hues. Three fingers of loose white head are poured and the staying power is substantial.

Smell - Big time banana and some subtle cloves and pepper. Bready qualities throughout. Really inviting.

Taste - Banana, hints of clove, rather subdued in flavor compared to the nose. Quite tasty, but given the smells emanating from this brew - I was expecting an bit more intensity in terms of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, fizzy almost gassy but and easy sipper on a hot day. Finish is medium and spritzy soft carbonation on the tongue.

Overall - A very aromatic and easy to drink hefe, that is alot like Tap 7, just dialed back to 80%. For those preferring a softer easier drinking hefe - the high scores for this are apparent. Personally I like to be beaten over the head with bananas, wheat and clove when dealing with hefe's so I'd stick to tap 7, but this is a nice alternative.

Jul 20, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours golden yellow with little head. Nose is wheat, orange, and a touch of spice. Taste follows the nose - orange and wheat dominate. Nice bread, earth, spice, and grass. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a great example of the style.

Jul 09, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased in Dublin. Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is bananas, cloves and dark bread. Smells amazing. Light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Super clean, amazing beer. All day.

Jul 23, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the Kalea Bier Advents Kalender. From the bottle, it pours a hazy golden color with a lovely rich luscious head. The head stays and stays, like a great weizen should! Bread, banana and cloves in the nose. The mouth follows...YUM!

The bottle says "Meine helle Weisse" as opposed to Blondes, but it is still "Tap 1"

Dec 08, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color with a thick two finger head with short retention. I was expecting more head.
Nice aroma with notes of oranges, lots of honey, banana and cloves.
Flavor with notes of fresh oranges, honey, mild ginger and clove, a bit of banana and bubblegum, wheat, pineapple juice and malt sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Refreshing Hefeweizen with predominant orange, pineapples and malty notes. It has a much less cloying potential than the average Hefe, but also it is less complex and flavorful than their original tap 7.

Nov 05, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow with a brown tinge, slightly cloudy and lots of small fine bubbles for carbonation. Topped with one finger of off-white head.

Smells of Carmel, bubblegum, coriander, and a sort of syrupy peach juice.

The taste follows the nose. It's very dry, with hints of fruity peach juice, crème brûlée, and phenols.

Medium, dry body with crisp carbonation.

I found this one at beer terminal in Chang Mai, Thailand. I'm drinking it here in Chang Mai October 14, 2017. It's a pretty good brew, I chose it because it was being highly rated. Tastes like this one might've been around a while at the store.

Oct 14, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden and hazy. Huge creamy head which is 3 fingers tall and longly persisting. Leaves very good lacing.
Moderate-high banana esters and spicy cloves welcomes a nose upfront.
Moderate sweet flavor, pronounced by grainy, wheat notes, is very well paired with moderate, yeasty bitterness. Moderate fruity, yeasty notes like bananas. Banana and cloves flavor is well balanced. General flavor impression, thanks to a fruity yeast, goes to a sweetness. Medium-light body, average carbonation. Beer is very fresh, creamy and fluffy. Mouth feel ended by a semi dry finish.

Very tasty.

Jun 03, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bit deeper straw gold than most hefes, a bit hazy, with a large head that lasts a long time and leaves some lace. Nose is mildly estery, but is much more on the spicy clove side and not so much on the bubblegum/banana side. Flavor is rounded with a nice malt backbone, heavy clove, and some light fruit in the back. Overall, good but not as good as I was expecting.

May 26, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hefeweizen. It has almost a gold colour and it definitely doesn't have only wheat in it. The esters are nicely present with some clove. The mouthfeel is quite smooth

Mar 05, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Hefeweizen exhibits the typical Schneider Weisse yeast aromas that is an interplay of the phenols and the esters, or in other words clove and banana. When poured with yeast the body is nicely creamy and an overall good Weissbier. My problem is that there is not much body and malt backbone at the centre, which limits the experience and leaves refreshed but not entirely satisfied.

Aug 15, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite the name this beer is not exactly blonde, it is more of a straw color with a faint hint of orange. It has a medium white head that quickly dissipates and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The smell is of wheat, banana, and a little orange. The flavors corresponding to the smells are all there with the typical wheat / banana hefe flavors coming to the forefront. There is a nice spicy clove flavor to even it out also. The body is on the lighter end of medium and the finish is somewhat dry. These are two things that I don’t normally associate with beers that I’m really into, but in this case it really works well. Combined with the fruity, crisp flavors this light body makes this an amazing summer beer. It’s no Unser Aventinus, but it isn’t really a fair comparison for me because I could never rate a beer this light as high as a top dopplebock. It is a really nice, lighter hefe that I would definitely drink more of though.

Jun 11, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful fluffy head covers a nice, hazy golden beer. Aroma of hay, taste of bread and hint of pineapple/grapefruit/banana. Not as good as the Tap 7, but definitely a head above the rest.

Apr 21, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour, with a big head that does not hold for too long, leaving a good lace. Aroma of cloves, banana, bepaches, melon. Madium body, lively carbonation. Taste is the same as the aroma, with some lemon notes and some sweetness in the end.

Feb 11, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14 Enero 2016. From Alcampo. In Bavaria glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch12. Pleasant to drink, with less body than usual in a hefeweizen. Lots of banana in its nose, which is great. Avg 3.91

13 Junio 2020. De Tercertiempocervezas. Nueva etiqueta. En vaso de hefe de Bavaria. En almuerzo, con papas fritas con huevos fritos + filetes de pavo. Perfil típico de weizen pero con algo menos de cuerpo ya sabor que las mejores del genero. Esta bastante buena pero las hay mejores

Jan 14, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £2.90 for a single bottle.

Pours a cloudy, amber-brown coloured body, which turns to a dark golden yellow when held to the light and allows tons of visible streaming carbonation to be observed. A two-finger in height, fluffy, white head reduces quickly to a patchy film and thin collar, without leaving much lacing on the glass.

The nose is subtle overall; it leads primarily with a light amount of creamy malted wheat and white flour, along with some very faint clove notes in the background. Even after warming, the banana, bubble gum and fruity esters typical of the style remain absent. The taste follows the nose, upfront, slightly sweet, soft wheat leads, alongside a very mild citrus touch. Mid palate strong clove and light peppery characters build to provide a fair amount of spice, peaking with a bite towards the back end, before being joined by a hint of earthy hops in the finish. In the mouth sparkling carbonation and a medium body give a slightly prickly, but smooth and crisp feel. Spicy clove and alcohol give a touch of warmth, finishing quick, clean and dry on the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. The soft wheat body isn’t quite robust enough to support the dominant clove and pepper phenols but it still remains a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I’d certainly try it again, but given the choice, prefer the more complex and fruity Tap 7.

Sep 23, 2015
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altecgs from Germany

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice look, it just invites you to try it. Very refreshing! My favorite summer beer. Dry finish.Lovely wheat aroma with some heavy banana & orange taste. Overall a perfect hefeweizen beer.

Sep 02, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale golden color, covered by a decent white foamy head, ok retention. Lovely aroma of wheat, bananas with some citrusy and spicey presence. Taste is the same. Sweet and wheaty, a bit fruity with some spices and lemony feel in the mildly bitter finish. Nice.

Aug 14, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy bright golden with a big,creamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-clove,bubble gum,lemon,wheat
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-light-medium body,medium-high carbonation
O:
Not very complex but really good for what it is

Mar 29, 2015
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautifully balanced hefeweizen. One where the taste of wheat itself gets to shine, complemented by a subtle yet sparkling spiceness.

A real delight.

Mar 27, 2015
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dabone from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft beer at Weisses Brauhaus. Good looking blonde, slight cloudiness. Very good hop aroma and the taste is a complex spice and a touch of bitterness. Very good.

Mar 20, 2015
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titvs from Portugal

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). AROMA: moderate wheat aroma with no phenols and no esters. no hop aroma. APPEARANCE: pale straw color with a long-lasting white head. a bit haizy. TASTE: soft wheat flavour with very low hop flavour. mild citric flavour present. Absent or very low esters and phenols. PALATE: medium-light body with a light fizzy finish. OVERALL: a nice weizen but without esters and phenols.

Sep 06, 2014
Tap 1 Helle Weisse from Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 381 ratings