Straub Straubweizen Hefeweizen | Straub Brewery

Straub Straubweizen HefeweizenStraub Straubweizen Hefeweizen
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Straub Straubweizen HefeweizenStraub Straubweizen Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Darkmagus82 on 05-18-2014

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Reviews by goblue3509:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Ranbot
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This was a shocker from Straub! A very authentic tasting German Hefeweizen. It pours with a nice yellow-gold and frothy white head. It clearly uses German yeasts giving it a huge smell and taste of bananas and cloves that you would expect from Germany! This is not the typical "american wheat" masquerading as a hefeweizen. Straub is typically an adjunct brewer and doesn't get a lot of attention among beer geeks, but if you like hefeweizens this worthy of a look and Straub is easy on the wallet... you could spend a lot more for much worse beer.

Pro tip: Look out for Straub's summer variety pack which includes the Hefeweizen, Vienna Lager, Kolsh, and Pilsener; if you like well made lagers you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of wattoclone
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 batch: A nearly perfect Bavarian-style hefeweizen. Super yeasty aroma and taste with fruity esters upfront. Sweet malt gradually fades into a crisp bready finish. Rivals any Bavarian imported hefeweizen available in the U.S., but not what I imagine a fresh German draft version would be. Maybe someday I will be lucky enough to visit Germany and have a real hefe, but until then this will do very nicely.

2015 batch: Much less yeast than last year, no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Probably as a result, substantially less fruitiness and yeastiness. Still sweet, but the hop finish now overrides and the result is a largely less satisfying hefeweizen. Unfortunately, this is a pattern typical of the American craft breweries, they strive to produce a high quality hefeweizen in the first release, then cut corners to optimize profits thereafter. If the almighty dollar is the driving force I can accept the strategy and just stop buying it. But if the brewers are thinking that hoppy ales sell better, it is a travesty not to be tolerated.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love to see Yuengling and Straub making classic styles, this version Straubweizen looks great in my hefeweizen glass. Clouded yellow golden bright white head leaves thick biscuit textured head rises above the rims of the glass.

Aromatics more clove than bubblegum, but bubblegum is there imagine pink powdered vintage bubble gum with an earthy herbal lingering quality bound together with sharp citric wheat notes excellent version of a classic style so far.

Flavors come together so nicely, more clove/bubblegum interplay from the yeast esters produced with authentic hefeweizen yeast strains. Super refreshing hits the back of the palate so nicely, better than most PA versions out reminds me of the Penn version of the glory days! Finishes absolutely clean with a hint of spice, I can't believe how good this stuff is. If you like hefeweizen search out the Straubweizen, whether or not they jumped on Yuengling's bandwagon they've done that much better.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy effervescent lively carbonation much like draft versions of fresh Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner Wiessbier.

Overall I'm proud to have been drinking Straub returnable 16 ounce pounders since my freshman year of college they were great and super fresh close to the source in Meadville, PA.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bananas and cloves all over the nose. Taste follows with a wheat backbone, obviously. Also very yeasty and a little prickly. Smooth, creamy, and sticky. Well carbonated and very refreshing. Will be buying again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana, light spices. Taste is wheat, banana, highly refreshing and a beer I could easily consume several of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a beer that hits the spot on a summer night.

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Photo of dsmdan18
5/5  rDev +30.2%

This one is very good. While all the other america brewers are brewing american "hefeweizens" Straub brews a true to form one only in america. You can taste the local water profile that is found in all their other brews which gives their beers that Straub taste. For the price you can't beat it. For any price I would only choose two authentic imported hefeweizens over this one and to be honest it would depend on my mood. Those beers are nearly twice as much but build more bread palate with banana/clove aromas. Again, it would depend on my mood as to which one I would take, but if its me paying, Straub every day and twice on sundays!

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.25 A: Well hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of thick, pillowy white head. Retention is very good and a finger and a half of glass covering lacing is left.

3.75 S: Bright and spicy. Equal parts clove and cracked pepper. Banana fruits with a bready yeastiness. Neutral wheat. Simple, but effective with a classic hefe nose.

3.75 T: Flavors that corroborate with the nose. Mild bitterness accompanying a neutral wheat. Clean malts. Grassy hops. Trio of banana, pepper, and clove.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch bity and somewhat spritzy also. It's missing the creaminess that I enjoy in some other examples of the style.

3.5 D: Solid brew. Another bit of proof that Straub can make more than an AAL.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not expecting much since I didn't like Yuengling version but for $2.75 I am willing to try.

A - Huh a not twist off kind of "Belgium" of Straub to do this. Head is plentiful well over ab inch that sticks around to a hefty lace ring.
S - Smell is quite good. Coriander spice, wheat and a fruity yeast strain. Hope it taste good!
T - Quite good coriander spice and clove is balanced with the wheat and the finish is rather sweet. Damn tasty stuff! No hard water!
M - Light to medium body I could easily finish a six pack.

Overall I need more of this! Very easy to drink with no hard water taste or dry yeasts! Give it a try!

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden amber color with a 1 1/2" fluffy white head that leaves some rings and scattered lacing on the sides as it recedes to a thin layer of foam on the liquid. Sipping cleans one side of the glass leaving widely scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include a nice clove character with just a touch of bubble gum and some herbal and light citric notes.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the clove out front, a bit of bubble gum as well as some malt sweetness and some herbal bitterness joining in the mix. While there is no banana character I prefer minimal banana in the Hefeweizen.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel from the gentle carbonation. But it does lack some of the feel that would be there with more yeast in the mix. The finish begins as the clove starts to fade, with the sweetness also gradually disappearing to be replaced by the light herbal bitterness that eventually fades into the dry ending.

Overall I thought this a reasonably well made example of the Hefeweizen and one that I intend to have again. While it may lack some of the characteristics of Hefeweizen brewed in Germany (e.g., the cloudy yeast haze) it touches many of the right bases flavorwise. Nice to know it's being brewed right here in PA.

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Photo of Adastra
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Tbrookchris
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of DaKirch
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My beloved, in-person trader, tone77 (who has departed for points south for the winter) dropped this off for me at one point, only to have it become part of the interminable bottle backlog at Chez Woody. I am on a (modest) hiatus from leaving Chez Woody to try and get caught up.

From the bottle: "Back in the year 1872 when our founder Peter Straub began brewing in St. Marys, Bavarian royalty gave up their exclusive right to brew wheat beer. 'Weizen' has become the most popular style in Bavaria, and is brewed the world over. We offer this classic Weissbier as a thanks for that good fortune in 1872."; "Our founder, Peter Straub, began brewing in 1872 in the German settlement of St. Marys, PA. Five generations later, we are proud to be one of the few remaining American Legacy Breweries (tm) in the country producing American lagers."

I agitated it in the bottle before Pop!ping the cap, then I gave it an aggro pour followed by a heavy swirl to get as much yeast into suspension as possible. It all resulted in a finger of dense, tawny head with greata head. Color was a hazy (not cloudy) Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was heavy on the familiar banana esters. I was hoping that, as a lager brewery, they had lager fermented it, which really brings out the clove esters. Oh well. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of banana, but not so strongly as to put me off as so many have & do. In fact, I kind of liked that it had a reservedness to it, making it much more accessible to me. The finish was where I began to get the clove esters, but I really wished that they were more forward. It finished semi-dry, which was a nice change of pace. Hefeweizens are not my cuppa tea, but if they were to CAN this one, I'd give it another look.

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Photo of Beerparrot
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hefeweizen is not a style that I search out. This beer is one that I believe is done well for a brewery that hasn't brewed their true German wheats in many a year. Good beer, give it a try if you like that banana clove taste of this yeasty brew.

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of classixIII
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really close to its german cousins. The best take on a true german hefe I have ever had from an U.S brewery. the price is right as well. Once again Straub's venture away from AAL's has hit a home run.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color with moderate visible carbonation. Quite a large head for a hefe as well.

German pilsner yeast and herbal spices dominate the smell.

Taste is subtle, and surprisingly dry for a hefeweize. It's the typical spiel: bananas, cloves, yeast etc. Carbonation is low.

This is okay, not much more.

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