El Jefe Weizen Ale | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

BA SCORE
82
good
107 Ratings
El Jefe Weizen AleEl Jefe Weizen Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
halesbrewery.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cvschaller on 03-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
14.57%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of rarigney
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a bright hazy golden color with white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Pretty traditional aroma of bubblegum, clove, and banana. Although not a very strong aroma.

T- Big bubblegum notes, banana, and clove. Pretty balances and traditional flavor profile.

M- Light bodied, prickly carbonation, and a slightly watery finish.

O- A very traditional tasting hefeweizen that does not differentiate itself much from others in the style. A little more body and aroma would have been nice, but a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium straw amber with light gold notes with a thin white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of wheat, mild citrus and banana and clove. Flavor follows with semi-sweet wheat, mildly bready and light banana and clove, developing more lemon citrus before a mild wheat, slightly tart finish. Light bodied with active carbonation. A good domestic take on a hefeweizen with a classic balance of flavors, but a bit on the light side; I was left wanting a bit more robustness in the pleasant flavors. The light touch made the slight tartness a bit more noticeable than it should have been. Still a good, enjoyable light hefe.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of troymonty
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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

I bought a bomber of El Jefe while traveling in western Washington. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is hazy, with a little yeast residue in the glass. Many bubbles are seen rising through the beer. A rich, foamy white head forms, and is very resilient.

The smell is strong, sweet and fruity. There is a soft fruit aroma of pears and apples, Also a bit of spice aroma like cinnamon.

The taste is nice, a traditional clove and banana flavor, with a little bitterness with it.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. There is a bit of a dry paper feel to it.

A very drinkable and authentic tasting hefe. I would have this again, and I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SFdragon
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really good hefeweizen.

Pretty tan-gold color, a bit cloudy. Very fine in the head, barely off-white.

Smells nice, mild, hints of citrus.

Taste is clean: wheat, smallest bit of mild hops, lemon/tangerine. Some odd notes of sweet, soapy, bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate.

Overall a fine beer, easy to drink, good with food. A go-to-beer when a heavier beer isn't indicated. Perhaps a shade less good than Pyramid, but I've not had them side-by-side.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4+ fingers pillowy sand-colored head. Stays effervescent, below average head retention & average lacing

S: Slight phenolic & pepper notes

T: Clovey & fruitty up front. Lemons, bananas, grassyness & pepper are all present as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, honey, lemony hops & a little grainyness

MF: Spritzy, somewhat soft with medium body.

Drinks pretty easy, good take on the style

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm serving this in proper glassware - a clean tall Weizen glass. The pour starts off with a tall head and shrinks to a creamy 1 finger ring with whipped lacing on the sides. The body is light honey colored with amber tints. 90% hazy.

I smell Mandarin Oranges, lemon, fresh flowers, marshmallow, and banana. Medium strength.

Not a whole lot to remark on except for a distinct wheat presence with a float-y orange/marshmallow taper. A moderate hop presence accompanies the beer with lemon pith and grapefruit rind. Ends on orange and peel.

Rather light for a Weizen, but still retains a bit of creaminess to not totally push it off the base. Mild to moderate carbonation. Ends crisp.

A fair try at a Hefeweizen but nothing too spectacular. I'd pass on it next time I'm in Seattle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hale's El Jefe pours a clearer than might be expected hefe. It's hazy - even quite hazy - but not cloudy. You really need to stir up that yeast! And, once it's in there it helps round the flavor. Golden in color. Bright-white frothy head. Retention should be better. Lacing could be better. The nose is phenolic, but plastic-like rather than banana-like. Lots of fruit. Peach. Green banana. Apple. Dull plum. Interesting. In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a crisp effervescence. The flavor shows some more of the yeasty phenolic character, but otherwise it's clean. Basic. Wheatish malt. Lots of yeasty fruitiness. Just lightly sweet. Well-balanced. Finishes short and dry. Not too phenolic. A decent American weizen.

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Photo of bosco7
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale golden color. Decent fluffy little head.

Smell is pretty inviting. Lots of lemon zest, pepper, clove, white grape, and some earthy aromas present.

Starts a bit sweet with lemon and banana flavors. Pepper and hop flavors are pronounced. Hop flavors are spicy. Tartness comes in towards the finish. Ends bitter. Tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel is really light and a bit prickly.

This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't call it a Hefeweizen but El Jefe sounds so cool. I think if this was a tad less bitter I could drink a whole lot more of it. Still a good brew.

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El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
3.57 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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