Hefeweizen | Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse

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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by TXHops:
Photo of TXHops
3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an unusual hefe. Not massively unusual, but not the classic Bavarian style. The beer looks like a hefe, kinda--the cloudy yellow body throws up a pretty good head, but that quickly settles down into a standard pale ale-like, 1/4 inch collar. The nose is hefe-like: subtle bananas and cloves, with a bit of lemon too. And even the taste is pretty Bavarian--the same bananas, the touch of clove of a bit of sweetened lemon mingle with the yeastiness and pay homage to the Weihenstephan tradition. The big surprise is in the body--this is a THICK beer!! The mouthfeel is almost so viscous as to be syrupy. It feels more like a barleywine than a hefeweizen. The carbonation offsets this heaviness quite a bit, but the CO2 lvel is considerably less than any other wheat beer I've had. Big Buck's hefe even made Aventinus feel spritzy... Still, I kinda like the sensation and the overall affect. If I were judging in a BJCP-sanctioned competition, this one would lose points for non-traditional compliance. However, since I'm not bound by those governances, I can give points for simply liking the change of pace.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the restaurant as Whitetail Hefeweizen.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, about what you would expect from a hefeweizen. The smell is strong banana with a little clove. So far so good. The taste is where things start to go wrong. The flavor is definitely banana, which is to be expected, but it was way too strong. This tasted like banana juice. There were no cloves, malt or hops in the flavor. Just banana. Not recommended.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Big Buck Brewery in Grapevine, TX on 06/08/06.

Lightly cloudy yellowish-straw to light gold with a very low white head. Light aroma overall with a light touch of the classic banana/clove character. Light yeasty banana/clove flavors but something is a bit off/harsh. Medium-light bodied but a bit harsh in the finish.

Not the best example of a Hefe -- not enough yeasty aromas and flavors for my tastes.

Per Chalkboard at the Brewpub:
14.0 OG
12 IBU
5.2% ABV

Per BBB website: 5.8% ABV

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Photo of unit555
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived with no head which was unfortunate. It was very cloudy in the glass but the smell was quite muted. The yeastiness I usually associate with hefeweizen was absent.

There were hints of buttersctoch in the taste and it had a pleasant mouthfeel. The lemon slice they served with it cut out all the sweetness and dominated the beer once it was added. Too bad, I think it would have been a really nice beer otherwise.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass, at the Grapevine Big Buck. I forgot to ask for no lemon, but thankfully not much seeped into the beer.

Appearance: Hazy grain color, with no head whatsoever, no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Scent of ripe fruit.

Flavor: Good fruit flavor comes through, balanced with phenols and very light bitterness.

Body: Carbonation is very low for the style, lending a thin, watery body to the beer.

I'm not a regular at Big Buck, but I'm sure I've had better hefe's there in the past. The low carbonation really made this an unpleasant beer. If I get a better one in the future, I'll re-review it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of assurbanipaul
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Gotta disagree strongly with my brethren below. This "hefe" has a light yellow, cloudy appearance like a witbier. No head, aroma is sweet malt and faint yeast. Gentle hint of banana.

Taste is light and semi-sweet to bitter. Yeast, hint of clove among bready flavors. Tart lemon citrus toward the end.

Light and watery on the palate. Finish is a little bitter but pleasant. Could use more body for an unfiltered product. Not knowing the name, I would swear this is a witbier instead of a hefe.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head (with a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass which I quickly discarded). Strong banana and clove in both the aroma and taste with notes of citrus. A quite creamy mouth feel. A very nice Hefe!

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hefe came with no head so I am not sure if it was the pour or the beer. I suspect it is the pour. The beer was a nice cloudy golden.

The aroma and the taste was too muted. I had hoped it would be more robust. Too bad.

The mouthfeel was okay.

I switched to the stout after one glass with diner. It complemented the meal okay but was not something I would sip all night.

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Hefeweizen from Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 9 ratings