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

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El Jefe Weizen AleEl Jefe Weizen Ale
BA SCORE
3.6/5
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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:
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Added by cvschaller on 03-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,357
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
107
pDev:
14.17%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Jeffsta1
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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 KensWorld
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 erickc
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pile of foam on golden beer in the tall narrow waisted glass. Quite a mouthful of suds. Lemony scent.

This is light and spritzy, less robust than a lot of Hefeweizens. There is a little malty sweetness, but this also has a sharper edge and finishes more dry. Wheaty and mildly aromatic with a touch of the German esters. More of a sour orange hint than banana, but there is a distinct whiff of clove.

Overall, a tangy and low-key Hefeweizen, but quite refreshing and gulpable. Light body with a malty sweetness on the lips. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Safeway in Anacortes.

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Photo of troymonty
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my brother's garage refrigerator, a 12 oz can into a weizen glass

this was a very pleasant surprise...quite good (and markedly better than anything else I've had from these guys). Really smooth, great wheat, and nice balance of herbal bitterness, spice (which wins out in the end) and fruit (which provides some nice background support...I don't get much banana at all, but I do get some pear and some other kind of hard-to-pin-down orchard fruit).

I haven't found a lot of hefes in the PNW that I think are all that great, but IMHO, this one's a winner.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of eujath1
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ethanmc12
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richkrull
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pontoffelpock
1.92/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Weird intense bitter aftertaste, like something you'd spray on a couch to stop a dog from scratching it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JMS1512
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rfreed
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SFdragon
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mortarforker
3/5  rDev -16.7%

El Jefe Weizen Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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