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
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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can - Poured into weizen glass:

Pours hazed to clouded golden with a thin white head that quickly disappears. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell is of banana/clove with a hint of lemon.

The taste is of banana, citrus (lemon), wheat tang. Clove comes on pretty strong in the finish, in a somewhat mettalic way.

Pretty smooth, crisp, appriopriately light-bodied. Could be creamier.

It's not up there with the best of Bavaria, but it is a decent interpretation of the style overall.

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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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light hazy golden yellow in color. A one finger head falls quickly to surface spots. Soft spotty lacing develops.

Smell: banana and a hint of spices.

Taste: mild grain malt level with noticeable bananas, clove, lemon, and a bit of yeast spiciness. Mildy refreshing.

Mouthfeel: lightly dry and crisp from start to finish. Very short grainy banana aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: pretty decent. I can say it easy to quaff and the flavor profile is good. Worth a try.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich golden color with almost no haze. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam. The way I see it, there is not nearly enough haze and not quite enough head to be commendable as a hefeweizen. That said, it wasn't a hideous-looking beer; just not really to-style.

Smell: aroma is grainy with a little bit of a wheat component. Not much estery complexity or creaminess. Really, not that great.

Taste: citrusy and sweet. There's a little banana flavor here, but it doesn't entice me much. Not bad compared to other American attempts at the style, but it is not super hefeweizeney.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with OK carbonation. Not enough carbonation to make a nice creamy hefeweizen, but it's not horrible or anything.

Drinkability: not much of an authentic hefeweizen, but it is an acceptably drinkable beer in general.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A normal pour produces an almost four finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The head clings well to the class, which creates a varied surface and a foam bridge in my glass as it slowly recedes. Sans sediment, the beer has a slightly hazy, full gold color to it & shows lots of carbonation bubbles swirling & streaming up through it when held up to the light. Tart wheat aromatics, touches of green apple, a touchy of grassy threshed grain and perhaps a touch of herbal hop character. The aroma is quite clean and characteristic of an American Wheat beer (despite any subtle references on the label that are contrary to this).

Lightly tart tasting, again with a green apple flavor to it. Grassy, grain-like flavors and some soda cracker flavors contribute to the grain presence of this beer. Very light feeling, though it has a nice, prickly carbonation. The beer does finish with a light, though persistent bitterness and perhaps a touch of herbal notes are all that the hop contributes to this beer.

This is a very easy drinking, typical example of a wheat beer fermented with a fairly bland ale yeast strain. There is perhaps a touch more green apple flavor here than should be, but at least this adds a notable quality to the beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An off beat bottle of an unknown ale found at the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City, I wonder what is inside, Maybe something good and Maybe something bad.

Poured in to my Paulaner Weissbier glass I get a good frothy and foamy head and the proper cloudy gold/yellow color with a puffy white head. Head dies a little too quickly though.

Smell is good candied and spiced bananas and phenols. Slightly stronger in the cloves and spice end of the Hefeweiss spectrum. Good clean Hefe smell though it is exactly as it should be.

Taste is slightly dry and tart with a good spice and cloves flavor in the mouth at the beginning. Banana kicks in a bit more after a while and lemon tartness too. This is quite a tasty Hefe that tends to be on the tart and spicy end of the beer style. Faintly detectable bitterness from hops. Slight lingering malt sweetness in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A quite good Hefe Weizen no matter where it was made. Flavor is spot on for the style. A good drinker that I probably would have liked better if it were warmer outside. An extremely competent German Style Hefe Weizen made in the USA.

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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 Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a tightly packed white head. It smells of wheat, and some clove which is not surprising given the style. There are some banana flavors and not much carbonation which gives a flat mouthfeel. I really liked Hale's Mongoose IPA but this one fell short for me.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after decanting the 22-ounce bottle pours a cloudy amber color with a prestigious creamy white head that settles leaving the lace to form a solid sheet on the glass. Nose is earthy, sweet with wheat, citrus like crispness, spicy, start is pleasantly sweet, decent grain profile; just a light touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a mild to medium acidity, the hops understated but present and accounted for, sweetness carries on until the end, fairly dry, and a nice clean and refreshing beer to start off a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a green colored crown cap. Single lime-green label has a picture of a Colonel Sanders type figure complete with white hair and a black hat. Labeled as “El Jefe Weizen Ale”, a rather cheesy name play I have to say. “The Boss” has no listed strength or Best Before Date.

Appearance: Glad I used my Erdinger Weissbräu tall glass because the luscious white head positively raced up the glass sides and filled it with a minimal amount of fluid. As it collapsed with an audible fizz the, rested white head soon returns to more logical proportions and sits atop a fused golden body. More milky, than clouded, yet held to the light the body soon exhibits a faded straw torso. Reasonable head retention, but time kills the white collar and the lack of lacing ultimately detracts.

Smell: Reigns soft fruits with freshly peeled bananas. Tartness licks its own back end with a long sharp tongue. Decent strength with a self-confident “I know where I’m going” feel about it.

Taste: The first mouthful portrayed an average Hefe feel, but subsequent samples started to reveal a very fruity body, lots of tropical island fruits with some banana. Soft peaches and passion fruit mix with the wheat in the middle, but the finish has a little acidity and a citric pucker, maybe from the hops, who knows. Sweet fruity finish with vague hints of bubblegum in the latter quarter of the Bomber, but this has a solid ending.

Mouthfeel: Light airy body to start with, but closer inspection and a longer exposure to this one shows that it has a fulfilling Mouthfeel without ever dominating the traditional soft feel of Hefe’s. Carbonation is slick with a spritzy demeanor.

Drinkability: A solid Weizen with a fruity tropical dimension that really lends quaffability to what can otherwise be a rather boring style.

Overall: Picked this one at BevMo, with such a corny name I almost left it on the shelf but I figured I would give it a whirl. I’m glad that I did, for this is a nice fruity angle on the American Hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Pours out a hazy golden-orange brew, head retention is par for the style. Aromas of green bananas, pear juice and faint lime are mixed with an underlying breadiness and chalky yeast. Very smooth with a semi-chewy medium body. Lots of wheat and yeast on the tongue, hops and herbal phenolics drop a substantial smack of bitterness on the palate with a long linger. Light on the fruity esters with suggestions of pear, banana and kiwi. Hint of bubblegum in the middle right when the maltiness rises with some sweetness and breadiness. Finishes a little dry with lots of lingering flavor.

Impressive, this tastes like a fresh German Hefeweizen, fresh meaning right from the source and not shipped from another continent. Kudos to Hale's for getting this style right!

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber purchased at Capital Market, Salem. Its a ok looking "hefe", the usual cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is a little on the sweet/candy grape flavoured bubble gum side, some small hints of banana Taste started off ok..though slightly medicinal..bananas, estry..but that didnt last a second and itwas replaced by a really sweet flavour and in the end takes on the appearance of a regular boring old American Wheat..or even a blonde. Mouthfeel..i did not like..to cloying and sticky. Its drinkable but really I paid $3 for this and i can get a 500ml of Paulaner at the same store for $2..I know which i prefer.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a big interpretation of the style with bananas, cloves, citrus and yeast coming together in a cloudy party. I had fun drinking this beer because it seemed the brewer had fun with his take on the style. Not the most refined Hefe it certianly is one of the biggest and flavourful.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick lumpy gobs of whipped cream head trailing ivory lace in lumps and clusters. Paints a nice picture, yes? This is a pretty beer and as clouded as one might expect. And the El Jefe delivered more flavor than I anticipated. It has a pungent nose of virile clove with a strong showing of clove, nutmeg, and black pepper in the taste. The body is smooth but thin.

None too crisp and wheaty, but a tasty beer with authentic Bavarian styling and more assertive flavor than most Hale's beers.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A "West Coast" Hefe. Pours the requisite Hefeweizen straw color with the standard big head with tiny bubbles.

Smell is very mild but there is cloves, bananas and astringency.

Tastes starts out the same as the smell. The hefeweizen flavors are more pronounced than the aroma....but wait, whats that at the end....?

A strong hops finish!!!

In all, it works fairly well. Somebody looking for a standard hefeweizen will be disappointed with the finish, but it is a pretty good beer overall.

Mouthfeel is rich. The switch from astringent to bitter at the end would be more pleasing to some than others and this would affect mouthfeel and drinkabiltiy.

I could enjoy several of these on a hot day. THose that don't fancy West Coast hops in their hefeweizen should look elsewhere.

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