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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss BeerWisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 05-10-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
282
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
39.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 282
Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle looks to be notched "Mar Wk2" so its about 3 months from that date.

Drank a Dancing Man right before this, might be a little biased as a result.

Clear gold before pouring the yeast in, it has a couple fingers of creamy white foam on the surface. After pouring the yeast it sits in a stationary layer for awhile below the foam before swirling it in... never have seen that before.

Smells minerally and wheaty, not much in the way of traditional yeast esters.

Astringent feel, like club soda at first. Flavor has very little depth to it. Wheat, bread, not much else. Lacks flavor, aroma, and the smooth mouthfeel that is a hallmark of a good hefe. Pass.

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Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. The label says "if it's not from Wisconsin, it's not in this beer." All the wheat, malts, hops, water, and even the yeast strain is home grown in Wisconsin - hence the name, Wisconsinite.

The beer poured a hazy golden/yellow color with more than half the glass filled with fluffy white foam. While the head was huge and the retention was decent, it only left a few small spots for lacing.

It has the banana/clove aroma of most hefe's, but it's not really that strong in this one. What is strong is the spices. There's more in here than just clove. That new Wisconsin yeast strain can also be detected in the smell.

Tastes like a banana/lemon wheat beer with a lot of spices in it. The clove, coriander, and allspice flavors linger on into the aftertaste. The Wisconsin yeast and mild grassy hops round out the flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to medium carbonation. Aftertaste is full of spices.

Nice to see a brewery trying something new, but I can't say that I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big head on a bubbly, hazy straw colored body.
A pleasant aroma of straw, bananas and yeast.
The taste has some unbalance to it. Mild lemon bitter, a touch of pear, a little metallic...
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's not bad, just not that great either.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Blue Moon weizen pint glass the traditional way by turning the glass upside down over the bottle then turning the bottle upside down in the glass and slowly lifting it up.

AP: Pale straw colour with light gold highlights, can see through the beer as there's no sediment so this has to be a filtered weisse beer. Fluffy white 1" head after pour that dissipates down to 1/4" with some slight lacing when glass is tilted.
AR: Banana, lemon, hay/straw, spices like clove and coriander. Getting bubblegum on the 2nd whiff.
T: Similar to the nose but the bubblegum is more prominent than the banana or lemon. The spices are quite assertive in this with clove, coriander and a touch of allspice as well. I like how they amped the spices in this. Finish is very yeasty.
M: Moderately carbonated, crisp and a bit tingly on the tongue, finishes kind of dry.
OV: It would be unkind to compare this to any true German Weizen/Weisse like Weihenstephaner, but it's decent. Very sessionable, could easily knock off a 6pk on a warm Summer day. Has enough flavour to keep you interested, though it all kind of disappears on the finish. Once you taste the spices on the first sip they sort of fade as your palate gets used to them. Given a choice I'd go with a German over this, but I sure wouldn't complain if this was the best choice of beer at a party or BBQ.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on tap to go with a pizza by the movie theater on Friday. I didn't see the pour but it came in a tall Weiss glass with just a small ring of foam around the edge. It was cloudy with a nice straw color.

I got some light Belgian yeast and spice aromas and taste out of this. It was not too carbonated, light bodied, refreshing and a little dry in the finish. The flavor profile reminds me more of a Witbier than a Hefe.

This is a good, light, refreshing summer brew that I would have again. I think this may be a little off style but I think I like it better than most Hefe's anyway.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml single bottle. Wisconsin in a bottle, eh? At least it's not from Minhas.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, puffy white head, which leaves little in the way of persistent lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of pale, grainy wheat stalk, gamey yeast, a mild drupe fruitiness, some further citrus zest, and a muddled coriander/pepper/clove spice. The taste is somewhat edgy wheat grain, a more restrained earthy yeastiness, some tame, though weirdly sweet coriander, black pepper dust, and rounded citrus pith.

The carbonation is fairly soft, and understated, the body medium-light in weight, and really quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the wheat, fruity yeast and spice conspiring to blot out any aspiring sweetness.

Not a bad Hefe, the constituent (Wisconsin!) ingredients doing well by their native state to produce a drinkable and enjoyable summer wheat beer, with strong allusions to their German heritage. Too bad I didn't get this until the onset of winter up here. Oh well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I think my luggage is from Wisconsinite... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy gold topped by well over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light clove, coriander, and mild banana peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the banana comes through a touch sweeter here. The body is a veery light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though not one of the more expressive or defining examples of the style, this is still an enjoyable and tasty hefe.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Milwaukee's airport.

A: creamy, thin head (1/2 finger); very cloudy, dark yellow; lots of floaties; no lacing
S: strong pear, yeast aroma -- inviting
T: interesting wheat beer; strong yeast component; flavor includes hay, wheat, lighter flavors, sort of like a thin farmhouse ale; not much malt; hopped ok
M: a bit thin, watery

I got tired of this at the end (probably because I don't like wheat beers much), but it is at first an interesting contribution to the genre

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now enjoying a Lakefront Wisconsinite Summer Weiss, a purely Wisconsin beer which makes it distinctly unique.

A - Wisconsinite pours a cloudy golden rod due to the yeast left in the bottle, and leaves a nice solid 1" of white fluffy head on the top, a little lacing left.

S - There is a ton of spice on the nose, mainly cloves, with some banana and citrus (lemon and orange), balanced out quite well with a nice malt.

T - Pretty much the same as what I got on the nose, the taste really did not differ from what I smelled, and I really like that.

M - A medium-bodied hefeweizen style beer, nice carbonation and chewiness to it.

O - Fantastic from start to finish. I really like that all the ingredients come from Wisconsin even the strain of yeast was created in Wisconsin. It has a distinct Wisconsin flavor, that just can't be duplicated. Being originally from Wisconsin, I love that this beer is a fantastic representation of all the great brewers in the state.

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Photo of dbossman
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and yeasty; golden hue with an enormous, billowing cream-colored head; okay lacing

S: Lots of spice: cloves and peppers along with bananas, lemon rind, citrus; this smells like a traditional hefe with a pleasant slightly bready malt undertone

T: Not quite as pronounced spice and banana in the flavors as in the aromas; more of a pronounced grainy, bready, and grassy malt presence

F: Pretty creamy and light bodied like a typical hefeweizen

O: I found Wisconsinite to be extremely refreshing and drinkable; delicious and true to the style; one of my favorites from Lake Front and one of my new favorite hefeweizens brewed in America

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Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I picked up a case of this on sale for $26.00 at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. After my first sip, I knew this was a bargain…

Appearance: You have to go easy on the bottle pour, as this is one gets a pillow-like like frothy head, which quickly grows to over an inch rather quickly and sticks around for a few minutes. Hazy yellow-orange in color with minimal lacing. Generally your Hefe's aren't known for their clingy lacing anyway.

Smell: Light clove, banana and bubblegum catch the nose right away. A yeast and bready aroma with a touch of sweetness is also present. So far, so good in my opinion.

Taste: Almost identical to the smell: Light clove, banana, bubblegum with a nice lightly sweet malt and bready finish. I also get a hint of lemon and a touch of saltiness in the finish. I really like this beer a lot. Being a huge German Hefeweizen fan, I think Lakefront did a fine job with this beer. Outstanding...

Mouthfeel: Light body with a nice tingly effervescent action on the tongue with a nice quick, mildly sweet finish.

Overall: At 4.2 %, this is one heck of a summer session beer. For a lighter beer to have this much flavor, Lakefront did an awesome job. I think they just might give their German counterparts a run for their money. If you’re a Hefeweizen fan, this is “must-try’ beer. Well done Lakefront, you’ve gotten yourself a new admirer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow-orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a ton of sticky chunks of foam that last until the beer is gone. This is one great looking beer. The aroma is of lemon, banana, and spice. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice spicy character. Neither the taste, nor the aroma are typical of a hefe, but the still interesting, pleasant and refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice summer beer that I would happily drink again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I've lived in New Jersey for most of my life, I was actually born in Milwaukee. Although I didn't grow up in the Badger State, I've always had a craving for beer, bratwurst, and the pigskin and came to love and respect the people out there during my trips on the road back through Wisconsin. All of the Summer offerings that I saw at the stores I passed through yesterday were either too light for me or were beers that I've had before, so I was quite intrigued when I saw this at Gary's in Wayne. Could it be that a Hefe deserved a rating as high as this on here, given how darker beers tend to be the cream of the collective crop on this site? I had to find out for myself.

So I get around to this and wonder if it's just as intriguing and interesting as the person that's about down the contents of the bottle that he's holding. Once the cap was undone, the sound of the oxygen entering the bottle was louder than normal and the aroma could be detected from quite a ways away. Lots of wheat, banana, and clove meshed together nicely along with some honey and lemon-zest notes. It took quite a while to swirl out the sediment on the bottom of the bottle too but it wasn't because the beer was old. Thankfully, this was dated and since it was less than two months old, I knew that it was the strong yeast presence and not age that was the cause for my extended swirling effort. Then it was time to fill the glass up and boy, did this do the trick. The volume was perfect for my pint glass as the head settled right to the top and dissipated in a sound not unlike a settling wave that failed to make its way up the beach. Even better was the carbonation that was present but not strong enough to overtake the flavor or obscure the cloudy goldenrod hue that subtly radiated confidence as I held my glass up to the light.

Thankfully, the taste experience picked up where my other senses left off. All of the flavors worked harmoniously well together as the wheat and soda-like carbonation balanced each other out beautifully. Novices would need a lemon to cut the slightly tangy undertone to this beer but it all faded nicely in the aftertaste to grass and hay in the back, before the heavier feel of the banana kicked in until the end. It took a while to get used to, but this grew on me nicely as the beer warmed up.

Looking for a session beer? Look no further. I was surprised at how low the ABV% was in this given that I could detect a slight booziness underneath everything here. Some reviewers thought that this was like an American Pale Wheat Ale but it's almost like a Saison, given the hue, flavors, and very subtle earthy spice that's in this. Had it not been 1 in the morning when I opened this up, I would have easily had another. This could be my new favorite Summer beer and easily stands toe-to-toe with its European counterparts. Props to Lakefront to nailing everything here - the taste, bottle design and keeping the ingredients close to home. There's no doubt that this is worth seeking out and I can't recommend it enough!

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Photo of bound4er
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Cloudy with a straw yellow color. Head of three fingers that breaks fairly fast for a hefe.

S. Grain, grass, funk, yeast - exactly what you'd expect.

T. Wheat, mixed grains, spice, and hints of earth and banana. Finishes nice and crisp with a lingering aftertaste that quickly invites you back for another sip. Outstanding.

M. What I want in a sessionable hefe - light bodied with nice carbonation.

O. Dancing Man used to be my go to summer hefe but no more. This is one damn fine beer that packs a crap-load of flavor with a low ABV for great sessionability. Nicely done and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip pint.

A) Golden with orange tint. Nice clarity for a wheat beer. There was at least a finger of white soapy head, which settled to a dusting. Nice retention, and some light lacing.

S) Pale malt, yeast, spices, mainly clove. There was some fruit aroma, banana, and a little pear. The hops provides a light floral aroma.

T) Follows the nose. It has a nice wheat presence, which of course makes sense. Perfectly spiced for my tastes. This has a light bitterness on the backend. The aftertaste is pristine.

M) A lighter medium body, with ample carbonation, which can be noted visually as well. This is really smooth and satisfying. As mentioned above, a top notch aftertaste.

O) This Wisconsinite is glad the recall is over. Perhaps this beer can help heal the state. Ah, whatever... This is a really tasty brew. I will be happy to knock back more of these this summer. Glad to recommend.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured into the weizen glass a very murky and opaque brownish-orange with a flash head and no lacing. Smells and tastes very full of banana and grassy hop character, surprisingly so for something as low gravity as it is! Even so, I am having difficulty picking up on any other sort of hop character beyond a heavy monotone power chord of grassiness. It does flow well in the mouth with a smooth texture and adequate carbonation, though. Worth checking out for the "I didn't know they could do *that* much at that low of an ABV" factor alone.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

date on bottle was 5 14 2012. Love being local. Poured into hefe weizen tall glass. Very cloudy. Hazy yellow and orange overtones. Massive carbonation bubbles to the top constantly.

Aroma - banana peel, very estery and funky, slight grass with strong. Has a Belgian style feel too it.

Taste is very similar to the aroma with banana peel, slight grass and citrus overtones. Slight spice too it. So easy to drink and complex. Skip the lemon wedge.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Creamy, effervescent, no syrup feel. Finish clean. Super easy drinking beer.

Bottom line new summer staple. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The color is a rich golden straw color. This is a nice looking hefewizen, nice and murky with noticeable carbonation. The smell is musty in the best way possible. The aroma of rich verdant fields of grass coupled with the sweet graininess of wheat along with some slight banana and bubblegum notes blend very well together. The taste is even better than the smell! A very rich and flavorful beer for something with such a low ABV this beer has a rich musty flavor tasting somewhat like sweet grass coupled with banana and bubblegum. Very drinkable. The fact that this beer was produced with only Wisconsin grown/made ingredients makes me proud to be a Wisconsinite. I can't wait to enjjoy more of this beer in the upcoming months.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront Wisconsinite weizen glass.
4.2% ABV, Bottled May Wk2 notched, 100% Wisconsin ingredients.

A - A tall, rocky white head caps one of the cloudiest beers I've ever laid eyes on. Murky golden yellow in color, Wisconsinite cakes the the weizen glass with thick lacing.

S - Fresh cut lawn and dry straw combine for a very earthy entry into Wisconsinite. Clove and banana yeast esters follow closely with a creamed-corn nose behind. Soft wheat and supple pale malt hold down the fort with a touch of floral hops in the finish. With lots going on, there's no doubt this is an incredibly unique aroma.

T - Despite the heavy, almost overwhelming, earthy aroma, Wisconsinite is delightfully toned down and balanced in flavor. More wheat and malt pulls through offering soft refreshment while light clove and banana notes suggest a German-like hefe. While still earthy, more floral hops emerge and less grassy, corn-like aspects are found. Delish!

M - Lively but delicate carbonation perfectly balances the soft, gentle wheat profile of Wisconsinite. Faintly dry on the finish, the refreshing and rejuvenating medium body is fantastic!

O - Caught somewhere between a pale wheat ale and a hefeweizen, Wisconsinite truly breaks new ground. I'll have to side with Lakefront president Russ Klisch on the "Wisconsin Weiss" style he categorizes it as! Lakefront balances the bold estery profile of Jeremey King's (of Northern Brewer) indigenous wild Wisconsin yeast with true Wisconsin ingredients for a superb and revolutionary new wheat beer. An immediate summer staple with full flavor and low alcohol, Wisconsinite is 100% win!

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Wisconsinite Summer Weiss Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.
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