Half-Life Hefeweizen | Atomic Ale Brewpub And Eatery

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Atomic Ale Brewpub And Eatery
Washington, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woemad on 06-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
2.62/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If they insist on calling this wheat beer “Half-Life”, I will oblige you by telling you which half I got. I got the half that had very little life. First, it’s not a hefeweizen, it’s an American wheat beer brewed with 60% wheat malts. The body is clouded gray-yellow, but all Bavarian elements are absent by design. Even without looking, the sullen mouthfeel betrays a complete lack of invigoration. A Brit-beer or high alcohol brew might get away with such a lack of vitality, but here it’s disappointing. You count on a lively body to deliver the full range of expressions in a wheat beer. The crisp edge is otherwise muted as it is in Half-Life.

A frayed peppery flourish does emerge, but nothing can hide the fact that this beer is flat. And it doesn’t help that the experience begins with the obligatory aroma-stealing lemon wedge and concludes with an industrial aftertaste. Not a complete train wreck, but otherwise uninspired and quite nearly insipid.

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Photo of khensley
1.52/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Color was a bit darker than I would expect. Head was not present.

Smelled like wet, dirty socks.

Taste was relatively bland, without noticeable notes of anything resembling a wheat bear (notes of banana, clove etc.). Taste lacked any definition of beverage resembling wheat beer category.

Mouthfeel was timid, flat, but some solid warming sensations present.

Server was awesome...but...

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Photo of tbeck
3.11/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big fan of Hefeweizen's, so I was sure that I was not going to enjoy this one. I was actually suprised. Poured a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Reminded me of lemonade. I am opposed to adding fruit to beer, so I left the lemon slice out. There was not much aroma but the taste was a lot of wheat and cereal grains. The texture was good, light and crisp on the tongue. This was fairly smooth with a decent flavor. This could be a session beer.

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Photo of woemad
2.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the regular beers at Atomic Ale Brewpub in Richland. The name is appropriate, as half the life had gone out of this beer, if it was ever there to begin with.

This was a weak, cloudy yellow color with a very modest white head. Lace was virtually nonexistent.

Smell was very weak as well. Vaguely earthy, and that was about it, besides the lemon the bartender tossed in - I forgot to tell her not to.

This is one bland-ass Hefe. Vaguely earthy, wheaty flavor, but it's very weak. One could almost pass this off as failed lemonade.

If you like your Hefe's chracterless and watery, this is a good one for you. Otherwise, avoid!

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Photo of dnichols
1.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I sampled this beer sans the lemon and I regret that decision. I also could have experienced it as a prime ingredient in the establishments potato soup...perhaps that would have been a better opportunity to find virtue in a brew without much to recommend it.

A: It poured a funky lemony hazy yellow that looked bleached and washed out. There was a bone white head but even that could not hide the remarkably blanched color of the body.

S: At first I couldn't pick up any aroma then a wisp of diluted lemon tartness came out followed by a strange chemical aroma reminiscent of cleaning solvent.

T: Typically a brewer seeks to interpret a traditional style of beer by adding or accenting elements that argument the character of the beer hence making it his/her own. In this case it appeared the brewer sought to distinguish this beer by removing nearly all elements that one associated with a hefewwizen. It had an initial taste of diluted lemons bathed in a chemical solvent with a sour aftertaste that was hard to cover.

M: Watery light body with a citrusy front and sour chemical finish.

D: Never again.

Comment: This is a hometown brew so I'd like to be able to recommend it but can't. It is simply best used as a stock ingredient in potato soup and not served as one of three staple brews of any brewpub.

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Half-Life Hefeweizen from Atomic Ale Brewpub And Eatery
Beer rating: 2.21 out of 5 with 5 ratings