Lilja's Heifer Weizen | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Heifer WeizenLilja's Heifer Weizen

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

A little bit too much funk adds a weird flavor to this beer. Some might appreciate this, but I think I would prefer it to be a bit cleaner. Yeast profile is light on the banana/clove scale. Leans strongly toward being a farmhouse ale (thus the cow reference in the name).

The mouthfeel is nice and appropriate, and the beer is a pretty typical hefe in appearance (but on the lighter in color side). Mouthfeel is especially nicely full.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Lilja's Heifer Weizen is a hazy, straw color with a thick white, fizzy head. The nose is all yeast like you might expect from a good hefe; banana and clove with a slightly sour lemony-citrus scent. Taste reflects all that was present in the nose with a biscuty, horse (maybe cow) blanket taste. I guess that's what makes it "farmhouse". Mouthfeel is light and slightly drying with a minimal but sudsy carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, not my favorite Hefe but solid.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer #3 8/9/13

The kind of pale gold color, not to mention unfiltered cloudiness, that i expect from an at least knowledeably-made hefeweizen greets my eyes. The head is chalky-white and sparse, too big-bubbled to keep itself together especially well. A bit of spotty lacing is left here and there, but not very much.
There's clearly a mix of wheat and pale malts rather than strictly wheat, dry and crackery. hops are grassy. The belgian yeast does come out in the nose, albeit somewhat lightly. Still, all the elements are in place, and it's not too weak.
It's a bit tangy up front, but it's balanced by the sweetness as the Belgian yeast, clove, banana and very light bubble gum notes come out a little more strongly on the tongue. Grassy hops finish out a good balance.
It's somewhat too spritzy and overcarbonated. That certainly makes it crisp, but the feel is certainly not as balanced as the flavor. A light chalky sort of dryness pulls into the end.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pleasantly murky bubble gum style of Hefeweizen. Pale amber in the tall glass. Light body but lots of malt flavor. Tart and fruity. Has a bitter twang like plum skins, along with flavors of pear. The smell is dusty at first. Dandelions come to mind.

Some citrus aroma eventually, and a pleasant crisp citrus not along with the warm malt. Not the standard Hefeweizen, though it is quite drinkable. On tap at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids. [notes from 09-12-2011 visit]

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sand Creek Brewing : Liljas Heifer Weizen

LOOK: Pours a hazed golden color, white head and a bit of lace.

SMELL: Clove and orange peel, wheat malt and overall very citrusy.

TASTE: Semi tart yeast flavor, with clove , lemon and orange peel flavors. Muted unripe banana. There is very little bitterness and the beer finishes with a clean lemony citrus note. Malty as well so not one dimensional.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, a bit chalky.

OVERALL: A decent wheat with strong citrus flavor. Went down easily but not a standout.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A very careful pour resulted in a two finger high bright white head that took a long time to die down.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of clove.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also have initial notes of bananas from the yeast and hints of clove towards the finish.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy to drink hefeweizen but seemed to be a little too carbonated.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Nov 2011. Sent to us by R&S, thank you! Served in the St. Arnold's ~14 oz. wheat glass.

Small white head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy pale gold in color. Tart aroma of wheat and green bananas. Starts with some yeastiness, wheat and green bananas. Relatively sweet. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Somewhat banana-ey sweet tart finish and aftertaste.

Decent, would probably be even better on a summer day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another day, another random Lilja's brew. This one pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises dusty wheat, orange zest, grass, and light lemon peel. The taste holds notes of orange zest, mild black pepper, wheat, and light coriander. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty nice, if not particularly exciting, hefe. I'd have another...

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden with a quickly diminishing white head and no lace. a snot blob of yeast plopped out of the bottle.

S- somewhere between a wit and an APWA, i don't know if i'm smelling coriander or yeast. some clove and banana, pale wheat.

T- sweet and wheaty with a mild tartness. clove, banana, white bread. a little too sweet in the finish.

MF- juicy and lively carbonated with a bready feel. on par with most american hefeweizens out there.

D- so uh, a wisconsin farmhouse belgian style wheat beer? i don't know where the emulation is geared toward, but i guess they are doin their own thang here. didn't work out too well for me. boring.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Boston Lager glass...

A: hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. great retention.

S: huge banana, bubble gum and floral aroma. actually the smell is so intense that those are the only scents i can pick out and thats definitely not a complaint

T: creamy banana pudding flavor upfront, then a sharp lemon zest, good wheat flavor, and slight bitterness round out the finish.

M: medium body with a buttery mouthfeel and low carbonation. finishes off clean

Overall, a decent hefeweizen that recalls the classics. however, that may be its downfall. I couldn't help but crave a Paulaner Hefeweizen while drinking this one. still very drinkable and a great beer for the price, nearly half as much as Paulaner.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and golden look.

Some citrus, including lemon, and yeast. Definitely an HW.

The taste was definitely bready, citrus, maybe banana. Very light beer.

Mouthfeel....lets face it, these could go down quick on a hot summer day.

Maybe it is me, but for some reason (maybe the cheaply made label), I am thinking about some rich white cheese when I drink this.

Not too shabby.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City a week or two ago and wanted to give this brewery another chance after the not-so-pleasant experience I had with them the first time around. Thankfully, this turned out to be a great beer for a nice day such as this and this stayed very true to its stylistic form!

Good pour to this, with a dark straw hue, somewhat fluffy head, and no lacing to be seen. As expected, there was some sediment at the bottom of the bottle but it was nothing excessive. The carbonation was light and complemented the wheat, grass, straw, and citrus zest nicely. All of the flavors worked well together and there was just a bit of a sour farmhouse in the aftertaste, as well. The wheat faded into that nicely and made it stand a bit apart from other beers of this style.

The alcohol was light both in taste and presence and there's no need to take a piece of orange or lemon to cut this with. This beer is enjoyable by itself and shows that something doesn't have to be complex or overhopped in order to be enjoyable. Fans of Hefe's and Farmhouse beers will not be disappointed here.

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Photo of goldennectar
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice head that too quickly recedes. Beautiful hazy golden color

Smell: Fresh Slight hint of citrus and spice

Taste: Balanced - Light fresh and crisp Slight citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Crisp and Balanced Lot's of carbonation, almost too much for me

Overall: Very drinkable and Please, may I have another. As a ex-dairy farmer I enjoyed the label art and must admit thats what made me give it a try. Another good beer from Pangea

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks great. Cloudy, unfiltered yellow, nice thick head.
S: Cloves, banana, spice, bubble gum.
T: mimics the smell however the spice is pronounced. Nice balance.
M: Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Big time bite, a little more than I prefer for a hefe.
O: Great summer beer and something I will have again.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The super thick, awesome foamy weight head on top of a cloudy, copper beer looks absolutely awesome.

S: Lots of clove and general spiceyness alongside a little bit of banana. Pretty traditional, including just a tiny bit of the bubblegum aroma.

T: The flavors mimic the aroma almost exactly, expect their is an even greater focus on the clove and black pepper elements of the nose. The bubble gum is almost non-existent, just barley peaking through on the finish. The beer is surprisingly tart and the high carbonation accentuates that.

M: Really good carbonation with a thinner body.

D: A straight up summer beer. Really refreshing beer with a

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Code on bottom of bottle, but I don't know what it means. Funny, wacky label art.

Pours an almost clear (!), lite, straw-yellow. A white head rings the sides of the glass. Active carbonation. Smell is very grassy. "Heifer" is appropriate, as it suggests a place where a cow would indeed want to go. Also, some sweetness and spice. First taste is upfront and spicy, with a bunch of clove. A lot of lingering sweetness, as well as tartness, and a lot of wheat backbone. An ample of heat for the feel. This beer is in no way not carbonated enough. Darn fine hefeweizen, and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to another.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, is it Hefe Weizen, saison, or witbier, as these words seem to suggest all three?
Let's open it up and find out.

Cloudy, amber appearance, beautiful, bumpy white head,.

Citrus (lemon and orange) and spice (coriander) in the nose, light and floral, very pretty.

Taste: big and bustling spice and lightly bitter hops bust onto the palate. A hoppier version of a wit, for sure. Soft wheat malt plays pleasantly in the back. Seems like a bit of a cross between saison and wit, heartier than a wit, fuller flavor and body, more like a saison, but with the flavoring of a wit. Got that celery thing going on, too.

The "heifer wizen" tag exists only to make some kind of pun on cows, but only confuses, as there's no similarity to German hefe weizens, except the use of wheat malt.

A zesty, spicy one, and an easy drinker. Nice texture, good spark on the tongue, excellent play on the palate, and it goes down well. I could drink a few more of these.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head. The head retention is very good, and the carbonation is evident in attractive trails of bubbles making their way up the glass from the bottom. The lacing is also quite decent.

The aroma is pretty spicy with a good amount of clove and white pepper along with a touch of bubble gum. It also has a bit of tart on sweet character to it and a nice clean wheat profile.

The flavor seems to have more contributions from the malt and is sweet, grainy and slightly toasty. It carries some of the spice from the aroma, as well as a little bit of tartness. It also has some banana like character from the yeast.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a finish that is neither sweet nor dry. It has an enjoyable smoothness, despite a pretty lively amount of carbonation. A little bit of tart wheat and spice linger on the palate after swallowing.

I purchased this beer for two reasons. First, it had cows on the label. Second, Andreas Lilja played for the Red Wings. I was not really hoping for much, but this is a pretty decent wheat beer that would definitely be a nice option for a hot summer day, or anytime I was in the mood for a beer of this sort.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the pale ale and IPA, I wasn't sure what to expect - especially since the label calls it both a weizen and Belgian white. But it wasn't a bad beer, especially if you call it what it tastes like, a pale American wheat. It reminded me of Widmer hefe, but a touch sweeter ad smoother. The spice levels are very mind for a hefe, but there is a decent wheat cracker character.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- A light golden unfiltered ale that pours nicely and leaves a nice head that settles into a good froth.

S -- Slightly citrus, bready yeast tones.

T -- Bready, a little spice note of clove, a twinge of citrus, yeast comes through with a hint of banana. Light bodied, light flavor.

M -- Very light on the palate. A little lighter than other Hefes I have had. Lightly drying without the smack.

D -- Very approachable, worth a repeat. I can't imagine anyone actually being offended by this brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed lemon yellow body. Very light lacing. Nice aroma. Fresh and citrusy. A little banana. More lemon. Doughy yeasty wheat base on the palate. Moderate banana flavor with some lemon accents as well. Crisp and vibrant carbonation. Quite active. Decent enough weizen here.

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Photo of ZAP
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Hazed gold...big fizzy/semi frothy head...appears plenty charged up..

S-A little funky spoiled blanket...not over powering but evident....perhaps some light banana too.

T-A let down...slightly tart...some lemon...not much really for distinguishing flavors.

M-Way too charged up....spritzy like champagne....light side of medium bodied.

D-Just wrapped up a 16 mile bike ride in the heat and humidity and was looking forward to this hefe...I am finding it hard to drink and I am thirsty! I will avoid in the future..drinking the whole sixer may be a challenge

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Photo of xcoderzach
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - A nice head that very quickly recedes into nothing, yellowish orange, and a nice cloudiness. No lacing.

S - The smell was not very impressive, wheat with a hint of some banana.

T - The taste was pretty laidback, with some wheat, artificial banana candies, and peach.

M&D - Very carbonated, thick, could probably drink more than one.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Sick mucus looking yellow, almost looks a bit like yellow orange juice. Decent head lasts only about 10 seconds, just enough for a massive disappointment. No lacing after 1 minute. Only reason this gets points is because it is really cloudy.

S: Sweet and fruity up front, there is also some BMC adjunct mixed in there. Funny thing, after about a minute or two I can hardly smell this beer at all.

T: Tastes quite mellow. Banana flavor is there, but it is almost like an artificial banana Popsicle rather than the normal Weißbier flavor. Some peach flavor as well. There is a little hop presence at the end.

M: High carbonation and thick mouthfeel. This beer gives you mild cottonmouth.

D: It's not as bad as all that. Pretty much an average beer...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey light amber color with an off-white head that recdes to nothing pretty quick. Its hard to see, but you can make out the awesome bubbling when held to some light.

The aroma has a tin tinted wheat and powdered banana aroma.

The taste has less obtrusive metallic twang to it. So the sweet toasted wheat and barley shine through a little more. Add to that some yeasty banana and some very soft pear.

The palate is well carbonated and enlivens the palate from front to back after each sip.

An OK summmer after work/hanging out with friends on the front porch session ale.

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