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Hefeweizen | Yazoo Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
yazoobrew.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An authentic example of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. “Hefe” means cloudy or yeasty and “weizen” means wheat. This beer is made with mostly wheat and uses a true Hefeweizen yeast that gives it a fruity, banana aroma with just a hint of cloves. The tart finish makes this the perfect summer beer.

13 IBU

Added by clvand0 on 11-01-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
430
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
26.81%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
85
For Trade:
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Photo of Misfit138
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- poured from bottle into my Guinness pint glass. Being a hefeweizen I first poured about half the bottle in, then swished the rest around before pouring the rest into the glass. The pour was a cloudy yellow-orange with about an inch of head. The head dissolved quickly.

S- I smell banana mostly, and some spice. Smell is nice.

T- the taste is much like many wheat beers, but the banana and clove come through to make this beer very good tasting.

M - mouthfeel is very light, and carbonated.

D- The beer is one that is easy to drink, I think most people could drink a few of them. I think it is very good, not my favorite style but I can see drinking this more on hot summer days.

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Photo of NODAK
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of banana and lemon for the most part. Searched around for the typical cloves in this style, but couldn't find them.

There's some banana on the front, though nowhere near cloying or too "forward". There's also the cloves there as well, which are noticeable in the body of the beer. The finish sees a bit of lemon, plus some sweet wheat that lingers after the swallow.

This is pretty much a hefeweizen by the textbook. It isn't among the absolute best that I've had, as I like bolder flavors in these beers, but it's done pretty well and seeing as how this is brewed in the city in which I live, I should drink it more.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on the brewery tour.

Poured from growler into souveneir tumbler.

A- Bright yellow, extremely hazy due to unfiltered yeast, nice 2 finger head.

S- Bananas! It is amazing how much this beer smells like bananas.

T- Nice wheaty banana taste. Some spice, smooth taste. Guide said that this would be similar to blue moon, but there were not that many similarities to me, maybe she was just trying to find something that many people would have tried.

M- Very light and wheaty.

O- A new taste for me with the banana characters. I have had a few wheat beers and I think this one definitely has a unique character.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle set to me from a friend in TN. Aroma is yeasty and a little lemony. Pale straw, with some yeast haze. Head is like soda and dissipated quickly. Flavor is bready with some lemon hop flavor, with a little classic hefeweizen clove and banana. High carbonation, and a little thin, but dry and refreshing. A decent example of a German hefe.

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Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with some fantastic head and nice lacing, if too clear (label said nothing about it being filtered or not). Good scent, nice and clean with a hint of wheat/straw, and a nice pepper undertone. Nice taste, crisp and clean with a nice banana and slight clove flavor, a good malt wheatiness to it. Goes down quite smoothly, a very nice wheat beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Smells slightly of banana, and a lot more like lemons. Tastes quite lemony and refreshing up front, followed by a slight saltiness and a tiny bit of sweet banana. Crisp and citrusy in the mouth, this beer is definitely on the lighter side, but the nice mellow lemony citrus makes it easily drinkable and a nice summer porch beer.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served @ Memphis Pizza Cafe and presented in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy, one-finger head that laces well.

S: Fruity aroma of bananas and cloves.

T: Opens with ripe bananas and spicy cloves before moving into a grainy middle that smacks of wheat and Bavarian ale yeast. Finishes with a tart blast of lemon citrus. Very refreshing.

M: Smooth with an active carbonation that tickles the palate.

D: Excellent, I love this beer! Well deserving of its 2004 Gold Medal award @ the Great American Beer Fest. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is everywhere in Nashville, and definitely is as good as any hefeweizen I've had from the US. Had a few of these in bottle and pints, and took my notes on the pints.

Pours a golden white with a sunny glow that makes this a good looking brew. Head is bright white, two fingers, and remains throughout the drink. Nose really lacks - slightly metallic to me, with a subtle bit of citrus.

Taste is where this one really scores - great creamy body with excellent balance of wheat and citrus, with just a hint of vanilla, and a little bit of banana. Goes down very smooth, and really is enjoyable for a single or quite a few.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnQVegas for this one.

Bottled On: 3rd Week of May

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bannanas, corinander. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, nice touch of yeast, with some bannanas/corinander. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-12-10 in Gallatin, TN from a bottle

A - Straw with a 1-finger white head and moderate lace

S - Banana bread with a bit of clove. Fairly mild.

T - Much like the aroma with some more clove. Touch of balancing bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Medium body and high carbonation. Good for the style.

O - Pretty authentic hefe. Nice flavor and feel. One of the better Yazoo beers I've tried.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color and fairly hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of eggshell white resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of fruity banana esters. The taste is a nice blend of those banana esters from the yeast and pale wheat. The mouth is very smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into weizen glass. It pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. It smells of yeast, banana, orange, clove, wheat cracker, and a whiff of tobacco. It tastes like a classic hefeweizen, except that the flavors were rather subdued. There was less sweet citrus and it was a little more tart than I anticipated. There was no date on the bottle and the taste may have fallen off a little. That said, it's not a bad rendition of the style particularly when compared with its German cousins. It's light in body, nicely carbonated, and with an ABV of 5% it is welcome on a hot day. Overall, it's a creditable American Hefeweizen. It isn't Weihanstefphaner, Franziskaner or Ayinger but it is comparable to Flying Dog and close to Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis.

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Photo of SMark
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a weizen glass at 42° from a 12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date notched on the label. Over three fingers of carbonated head resulted from the pour and swirl and pour. There was good head retention but no lacing as the head subsided. The beer was cloudy and pale golden.

Cloves and spices were predominant in the aroma. The beer also displayed fruitiness.

Spices, cloves, and bananas came across quickly. Cloves continued with the bananas fading later on.

This one was short and sweet and to the point. Good flavors were enjoyed throughout the mouth.

This was a simply made hefe with refreshing qualities. It would be a good session beer and thoroughly enjoyable during the warm summer months.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, cloves, delicious. Taste is wheat, banana, clove, very refreshing and smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a satisfying session beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Broadway Brewhouse

Pale honey gold with a finger of foamy bright white head. This beer is all kinds of hazy. Looks very enticing

The scent given off is dominated by bananas. Subtle clove background with some really nice bubblegum notes

The taste follows the nose. Great banana taste but lacking depth. Still, very refreshing

Medium bodied with ample amounts of carbonation.

I thought this was a very refreshing Hef and not a bad first beer for me to try in Nashville. I definitely recommend trying this out if you have a chance

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Photo of taigor
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy, golden color with lots of head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Straight forward smell of wheat and yeast. Hints of grass and floral are present as well.

T - Wheat and grass upfront followed by yeast and slight presence of hops.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and tasty, very light as well. Would definitely want to drink more in the future.

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Photo of Whiteam94
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usually, am not a hefe fan but I tried this during a brewery tour and it was awesome and really took me for a surprise. Definitely would drink this again!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean golden / orange-yellow pour.. slight amount of head which vanished immediately and completely.
smells of apples, grapes, raisins and banana.. interesting...
the taste starts off with your typical hefe, then jumps to a fruity strawberry banana flavor.. really tasty for a wheat beer.. and i'm barely getting any breadyness from the yeast. thinking outside the box, yazoo!
light body, high carbonation, sweet yet crisp and refreshing.
really good for the style, but i do wish it had some more visible complexion. it looks like it's just a flat beer. no lacing, no retention, carbonation isn't all that visible after the first minute (but it IS still actually there)

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, golden straw coloring with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling in the body, and a halo of white head. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, cloves, nutmeg, all spice, grains of paradise, lemon zest, and hints of cream. Flavors are banana cream forward, very sweet and balanced, with a bready backbone, and hints of the spice blend, with clove and grains of paradise most noticeable. Very balanced. The body is smooth, but light, with a crisp edge from the carbonation. The aftertaste is a slightly spiced, sweet blend that almost tastes like banana cream pudding, with a hint of lemon zest coming through again. The finish is light, smooth, with a crispness at the very end. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still technically winter but a nice hot day makes me dream of summer, so why not a nice hefe. Thanks to pitasoup (reddit) for this one. And screw this lame-o screw cap.

Pours a light fizzy head that gets to almost 1 finger on my upside down pour bit the head fades almost instantly to a light covering like it was a fake head, hazy but I can see the column of sediment swirling in the middle of the murky golden wheat colored beer.

Nose is fairly typical hefe, wheat, citrus, a nice banana, hint of clove spices, a fruity and light malty aroma.

Taste is also typical, wheat flavors though a bit watery, some banana and hint of clove, slightly yeasty, although juicy. a bit malty, some light citrus, zest, bit fruity. Not much else going on but it's pretty much what it should be maybe slightly watery. Finish is fairly dry, lingering citrus, wheat, and light yeast.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nothing really wrong, typical hefe flavors, nice sumer wheat beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly and white head into a weizen glass that disappeared way too quickly. the body was a slightly hazy, straw gold color.
s - yeasty with some straw hop aromas.
t - nice balance between lemons and bananas with a hint of yeastiness.
m - very crisp and thin, bubbly.
o - good hefe but i was very disappointed in the carbonation.

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Photo of xduderx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A = a cloudy light orange-ish color with a 1/2" foamy head

S = citrus with a little bit of clove-like spiciness

T = a citrus taste with lemon dominating, but some banana and spices noticable

M = lighter than most hefe's I've had

D = this is a pretty good hefe and I like to drink it to support a local brewery. still can't top paulaner's hefe. if you're in nashville I'd recommend trying a pint or two of this stuff.

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Photo of spointon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville last week. From my notes:

A= This hefeweizen poured a pale gold color with a moderate amount of cloudiness for the style. The 1/2" white head disappeared fairly quickly, and did not leave any lace (nor was any expected really).

S= Fruity and yeasty aroma, full of banana and clove as well as the expected wheat "twang". Exactly what you would expect from the style.

T= The flavor profile was good but not as good as the aroma. A bit muted, but still showing soft flavors of banana, clove, citrus, and of course wheat malt sweetness. Mildly tart finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a soft (in my opinion just a bit too soft) carbonation feel.

D= Not the best and not the worst by far. Solid middle of the road, no complications hefeweizen here.

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Photo of cmannes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a SurlyFest Stien.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color. White puffy head which lingers, but not a lot of lace.

Aroma: Lots of banana, maybe a little malt. Actually it reminds me a lot of banana bread.

Taste: Sweet, the banana smell doesn't turn into a lot of banana taste. Bit of lemon, and then the traditional wheat base.

Mouthfeel: Thin, bit of fizz. But in line with the style.

Overall: Not bad. Very in line with the style, but nothing super special.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled date was Nov 30 2011.

Appearance is a cloudy light gold to straw with a hefty white head. The head faded quickly, leaving very little lacing. Clove scents were prominent, along with some lemon, but there was also a bitter metallic scent that was a bit off-putting. Thankfully, the taste was much better - typical hefe flavors of banana and clove, and it had a nice bubble-gum sweetness that I really enjoy in a good hefe. Carbonation was high, typical for the style. This has to be on the short list of good American-brewed hefeweizens.

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