Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Fargo Brothers HefeweizenFargo Brothers Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at Muddy Waters. L: It pours hazy gold with a thin cream colored cap. S: Banana, clove, and orange peel aromas blended with light wheat. T: The wheat and orange peel flavors are light to medium while the banana and clove come across as a little intense. F: Medium body and carbonation O: A big banana and clove hefewiezen.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So, I normally would not order a Hefeweizen, but I watched many people get one while sitting at the brewery. I usually don’t like the "fake" banana taste I get from them. Anyway, Ordered one and was very happy with it. Came in a tall glass with about 3 inches of head, which is how it was supposed to be poured. Did have that banana aroma, but almost none in the taste. Nice wheat spice flavor. Very tasty. body was what seemed to me to be a much paler straw than most Hefes, still a pretty beer. Nice on a hot spring day.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

drank out of a large Hefeweizen glass.

A - Nice light sun gold with a massive sea foam head. Retention is very good and there's lacing left on the glass.

S - Aromatic banana and spicy clove with wheat and a dash of bubblegum. Some citrus, apple and floral notes.

T - Lightly spicy clove up front with a smooth bread and wheat malt profile. Banana melds with clove and a low bitterness. Finishes lightly spicy some of the floral notes.

M - Light and refreshing body with high carbonation.

O - Nice summer drink to refresh and enjoy. Really had a nice flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear and golden in color with a nice head of white that rose up and over the top, settling down nicely with bit of a broken head that hung around on the sides of the glass for just a little bit before fading in its entirety. Aroma was light at first but began to grow on me after a while. Smooth notes of light grain, hints of grassy notes and a light bit of bready tones are al easily picked up here now. Crisp and very clean taste. Well carbonated with a light and refreshing body that I really found to be quite enjoyable I have to admit. Rolling through it seemed to have a light fruit notes in the mid palate and a light, slightly drying kick in the finish

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Photo of richkrull
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head on top.

Smell was full of bananas with some citrus coming through as well.

Taste was very much the same and very delicious. I also picked up a bit of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light-medium and very refreshing. Smooth easy to drink beer.

Overall I really loved this beer! I would love to drink it regularly. Glad that i was able to have a few of them before it ran out.

Had this on tap at the brewery a few times over the past month. Unfortunately it went too fast as they ran out last weekend with lots of summer left. Guess I'll have to wait until next year to have this delicious beer again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Tyranena, 8 Jul 2011. Served in a 0.5 L hefe glass.

Medium sized white head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy golden amber color. Aroma is nice, lemon and clove, very fragrant. Lots of clove to start, some banana. A touch of coriander (says ratatat). Medium chewy body. Somewhat sweet. Lots of banana. Some lemon. Finish is wheaty and grainy sweet.

Nicely thirst quenching.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Yellow. Very cloudy. Medium height white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell - Fairly strong grainy wheat aroma. Banana and clove. A little orange maybe.

Taste - Sweet grainy wheat with very prominent banana, clove, and a little spice. Finishes with a hint of orange. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Moderate to light. Initially creamy, but with a bubbly finish.

Overall - Hefeweizens are a little cloying in general for my taste, but this is a pretty good one. Flavorful and easy drinking. And it comes from, perhaps, Wisconsin's best brewery.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up last weekend at the Tyranena brewery. I poured from a growler into my tall Ayinger weizen glass.

A= This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color with some gold highlights shot through and a big rocky 2" white head. The head retained a good long while, eventually dropping to a thin but solid cap. No lacing to speak of on my glass.

S= The aroma was mostly light wheat malt, banana, clove, and some citrusy / fruity esters. A fairly significant amount of sulfur in the smell as well.

T= I found light and sweet wheat malts up front, followed by the expected banana and clove (though these were well in check). There was also a nice estery character midway that really made this a juicy and refreshing beer. Finished drier but not exactly dry.

MF= Lighter bodied with a very effervescent and crisp mouthfeel.

D= Very much a perfect hot summer day beer here. Light enough both in alcohol and flavor that you could drink a bunch of this, and tasty and refreshing enough to make you want to. Not my favorite hefeweizen, but I cannot think of any American made examples that are better. Recommended!!!

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Photo of nsmartell
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle a weizen glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a thin, billowy head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Cloves and banana oh my!

Taste: Sweet with the cloves and banana taste controlling.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This would be great in the summer months on a warm day. Could definitely sit back and enjoy a few of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on: 13 May 08

A: Pours an unfiltered, hazy, golden straw color. Unfortunately, a vigorous pour did not result in any type of head or accompanying lace. This sucker was not flat either!

S: Characteristic yeasty aromas of banana, clove, bubble gum, and tangy citrus. Nice bready, toasted malt and wheat aromas as well.

T: Great yeasty flavors. Banana, bubble gum, and clove. Adding a nice counterpoint is the tart/tangy citrus flavors that are there, lurking just below the surface. Toasted wheat and banana nut bread flavors add just the right amount of chewyness

M: Tangy citrus and spicy yeast make for a slightly peppery/prickly mouthfeel. This also alternates between toasty, dry, sweet, and oily.

D: Other than the head issue, this was a very nice and enjoyable Hefewiezen. I have a few more bottles from the same batch and I'll be "testing" those for head and lace problems.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into wheat glass. pours a tawny gold, with dense white head that disappears almost as soon as I've poured it.

smells strongly of cloves, bananas, and bubble gum.

tastes much like the aroma, cloves, banana fruitiness, bubble gum. some spiciness, and of course wheat acidity comes shining through. good mouthfeel, maybe a little thin, but I'm not complaining. very dry finish, together with acidity invites another thirst quenching drink.

very drinkable brew, nothing over the top, just a good hefe. nice and balanced all around.

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Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of Homerbag. Into my tulip tumbler. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a quickly receding one and a half finger head. Spots of lace.

Smell is a nice blend of lemon and wheat malt with a touch of band aid phenols and yeast esters. A hint of clove and banana.

Taste more of the nose with a stronger malt presence that tames the phenolic and adds girth to the body of the beer. The lemon is prevalent without being overbearing, malt following right behind. The clove and banana are add a subtle complexity to the finish which is smooth with little bitterness, dry and lightly crackery.

Moutfeel is somewhat effervescent and light in body. Quite pleasant and quenching.

Drinkability is easy and breezy. A good summer quencher.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy pale orange yellow color. Offwhite head fades to a ring. No lacing.

S - Earthy wheat and corn smell with some light citrus and yeast.

T - Taste starts off with sweet sugary yeast and citrus flavors. Taste becomes earthier and then sweeter. Finish leaves a light and sweet yeast flavor.

M - Medium consistency with very light carbonation.

D - Overall not bad, good for a hefe fix but it could be better. Nice addition to the Tyranena mixpack.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass this has a hazy, bright orange head with pillowy head that retains as a lacing ring.

Smell is strong of wheat, clove, and banana. Interesting yeast aroma adds to the overall good experience. Taste is refreshing with the clove taking a background to the banana, wheat, and yeasty tones that are very well balanced.

A good true to form hefe.

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Photo of botham
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. moderate lacings.

aroma is pretty standard for a hefe. a strong backbone of citrus, mixed with a light grain character from the malt makes up the basic aroma. a touch of apple from the yeast and caramel are also present, though faint.

taste is of the same citrus, with some wheat malt mixed into the other flavors. otherwise the same as the aroma would suggest.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a sharp bite from carbonation. finishes on a watery note with lingering citrus. almost sparkling on the palate.

drinkability is decent. as far as hefeweizens go, this one is pretty standard. nothing too special about it, although the carbonation is almost overwhelming.

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Photo of sweethome
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a traditional hazy yellow with a rocky head. Nose is banana clove - wow - very traditional.

First taste has acidic bite of a fine german hefe, bana and clove are prevelant. A nice quencher. Hits the style quite well with a citric bite, banana and clove flavors, no bitterness.

This is a great summer drinking beer.

Taste it blind versus some fine german hefe's and you may be suprised.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was unremarkable, but it was a very nice cold, clovey, and lemon-y break from a hot summer day.

Appearance was a slightly dirty yellow with a soft drink (think Sprite) like head. Aroma was clovey with some faint mintiness in the background. Mouthfeel, which was overcarbonated like tonic water, hit me more before the flavor of the beer. Flavor was mild, a bit subtle, and not if a tad bit boring. There was some clove with some tonic water backing. Gratefully, the mintiness I detected in the aroma was not present in the taste. This beer was very drinkable. While a bit boring, it was perfect for the today's weather!

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Photo of ryantupy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a nice cloudy bright yellow hue. This beer develops a very small head that is nice and fizzy.

S - Smells of wheat, grass, mild spice, a nice hint of citrus and a very mild light malt presence.

T - Tastes of sweet malts followed by wheat, grain, grass, again with a hint of citrus.

M - A nice mooth beer with a moderate level of carbonation.

D - This is a very good drinkable beer. Nothing amazing here or overlly complex, just a plain and simple drinkable beer. Definatly a beer worth trying on a nice summer day.

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Photo of supercolter
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, from a very good beer company. This is my 4th beer i have tried from these guys and not a bad one yet.
Appearance is not bad, not a lot of head or lacing, but on par with the style.
Smell and taste are very similar. A blot of banana and citrus fruit up front with teh spice of coriander at the end.
Mouthfeel is light.
Drinkability is easy sipping.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite hazily into my tulip glass. The beer is light in color and is an orangish straw color. It is topped by a half-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that quickly disappears. As I pour this beer I get typical Hefeweizen notes of banana, clove and even a bit of tart lemon-like notes. Sweet grainy notes of wheat join in on the original aromatic notes that I noticed and it seems that the clove character is perhaps the most distinctive, though tart wheat notes certainly vie for that title.

Perhaps not as carbonated as is traditional, or even as I would prefer, it does have a light carbonation, which only adds a hint of liveliness to this brew; the carbonation would be quite appropriate for say a pale ale. The beer tastes of lightly sweet grain, and in fact much of this perception of sweetness comes from the traditional Hefeweizen note of clove. The beer finishes with a light bitterness and a light tartness, both of which add a much needed zip and balance to this beer. Light and quaffable, which is certainly what I expect, it does hit the spot on this 90°F November day. Before I know it my 12oz glass is gone, definitely a nice way to kick off the afternoon. Now I have to go build a mash tun.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: There is SO much activity at the bottom of the glass, its causing uprising currents against the other bubbles. Gorgeous beer....like a lemon merangue pie. Vivacious and brilliant, the hue is stellar. Overall its hazy and unfiltered, head looks like soap suds.

S: Banana esters, clove, lemon peel and a bit of triscuit.

T: Begins with subdued banana cream pie thoughts and sort of a vanilla/lemon mixture on the tip of the tongue. As the process moves forward, the banana intensifies and leaves a wake of vanilla across the sides of the palate. Finishes with light syrup and lingering tropical charm.

M: Medium body yet full mouth feel. Good.

D: This is a nice hefe...nice being its not your "traditional" American wheat beer thats watery and sucks. Forms a coating on the tongue after a while which I would prefer to avoid.

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Photo of hanco005
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, dated 20 May 06, poured into a weissen glass

A—pours cloudy sunshine yellow with virtually no head, a little swirl of fizz on the top, lacing is spotty

S—wheat, banana, lemon grass, mild citrus, hints of spice, very fragrant and sweet

T—sweet banana and wheat are dominate in this one, give way to grainy flavors and finishes with a banana and faint citrus after taste

M—smooth, light bodied, a little flat in the carbonation

D—good, in fact probably great in the summer by the pool. Worth the drive to WI next summer, I think.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple honey yellow. Very slim cap of white foam doesn't last long. Very minimal lace.

Aroma is nice and wheaty sweet with a shade of banana mustyness and a tad of clove to it. The wheaty sweet breadyness is wholesomely good.

Taste sticks that wheaty sweetness from the smell right in its place on tha palate. Firm, rounded, semi crisp and tangy wheaty breadyness is super smooth and soft with a slight banana flavoring and pear hints the back as it glides right along with a nice length to its taste. Very slight hint to clove and grass tint the finishing areas.

Feel is wheaty smooth with a nice rounded crispness to the semi tangy breadyness. Favorable finish with an easy, lofty malt glide with touches of grassy spices.

A decent enough hefe, I think this being a somewhat older, shelf sat sixer; as fresh, this is probably even better. The wheat tones are nice in this one.

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Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its a summer like day here today so i figured i'd see what summer beers remained in my fridge. Found this one, think its been sitting there since last summer... Think this is the only hefe ive tried. Will have to try more next summer.

Had to work to get the yeast out, guess it had been sitting a while. Its a hazy golden straw coloured ale. This white head formed on the pour. Essentially no lacings, and finely carbonated.

Nice nose on this. Lemon, clove, banana, and some wheatty nuttiness.

Yummy, nutty whole wheat bready flavour from the grains. Nice spicey and fruity yeast flavours of mild clove and a touch of banana that lingers on the finish. Mild lemony earthiness further enhances this beer.

This medium bodied brew has a nice full and fuzzy mouthfeel, from the yeasty clove notes and the fine carbonation. Theres a nice balance on flavour here, the wheat and barley and nicely complimented by the flavourful yeast and touch of earthy hops.

This is a nice, refreshing beer, great quencher for those hot summer days, which are now behind most of us. Would make for a nice session brew on a hot summer's day. May make crossover fare for certain audiences (must like clove).

Ill be seeking this and other examples of the style out more next summer...

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Photo of expatsteve
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally tracked this down on tap at Capital Brewery's Cheers to a Cure. I'd had it before at the brewery, and again it was well worth the wait.

Appearance: Lemon peel and orange color, cloudy but brilliant under light. 1/3 inch head, which subsides to some light swirling lace.

Aroma: Banana, Meyer lemons, cloves, and a touch of orange. Wonderful fresh smell.

Taste: Banana, oranges, a hint of lemon and some sour bitterness in the finish. Good middle palate wheat sours, which nonetheless balance and compliment the fruitiness of the beer. While this is a sweeter version of the style (think Erdinger), the balance is perfect.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with enough tartness to be refreshing. Low constant carbonation and a little rasp from the wheat.

Drinkability: Maybe the best American hefeweizen I've tried - flavors and perfectly balanced and the beer is perfectly refreshing. Congratulations, Tyranena, on a fantastic brew. In terms of the style, some folks might find this sweet, but I tend to think this compares well with brews like Erdinger or some of the lighter, sweeter weizens found in the southernmost parts of Bavaria.

One note: The Fargo Bros available in the bottle is an older batch than that found on tap at the brewery, and I've been told while at Tyranena to expect some differences in flavor. Both these reviews are written from glasses of the second batch. I'll try to get a bottle and compare them in later reviews. But if you find it on tap, be sure to drink a glass or ten.

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