Cape Cod Summer
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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #171
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3.76 | pDev: 11.17%
Cape Cod Beer
Massachusetts, United States
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Photo of Greenlabel
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not ordinarily a big fan of Summer Ales as many have proven to be rather bland in taste. Had a very pleasant visit to the Cape Cod brewery this week and sampled, among other products, their Bavarian Style Hefeweizen Summer Ale. Found it very enjoyable and bought a 4-pack to take home. After consuming a few cans, I've concluded that this particular product has plenty of taste and just enough body to prevent it from being lackluster as so many of its brethren in this category have seemed to be. Glad to have found a Summer Ale to my liking and foresee many cans traveling from Cape Cod back to my NH home in the next few months.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a crystal clear gold colored body. There was not any head, but for all I know the bartender may have waited until it died to make sure I had a full beer. The carbonation was slowly rising but very light. It left little lacing and no rings. The smell had some mild graininess with some malts. There wasn’t much else. The taste was malty and sweet. The hops were barely there. The palate it was light, sessionable with its low ABV. Overall, I was somewhat impressed and liked the second pint with the fish and chips I had.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a 22 oz bottle cold poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear goldenrod hue with some minimal bleached white head that fades to the most minimal edge layer very quickly after the beer enters the glass. Wish there was better head retention.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with some banana and hints of cloves too. A little bready yeast mixed in for a very nice appealing nose.
First sip reveals a light crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Very easy to drink and perfect on a summer day.
The flavor is similar to what the nose advertises with some light grainy malt and a bit of banana and perhaps some lemon.
MOves to a bit of cloves on the finish and never hints on any hops or booze anywhere.
An enjoyable light crispy beer that is easy to drink and is a good example for the style.
worth a shot especially if you are on the Cape in the summer.

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Photo of LeRose
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery served in a taster.

Appearance - golden and surprising clear for the style. Lively head of white foam that lingered a while.

Smell - very nice. Banana dominates, but some clove and spiciness, some phenolic aromas. Yeasty, with notes of lemon zest and wheat. Not particularly strong aroma, but very pleasant.

Taste - follows the nose exactly. A surprise f a little pepperiness on the back end. Definitely "banana forward" with the spiciness taking a back seat, but overall a pleasant beer to drink.

Mouthfeel - light. Very light. Taste is clean and short lived - nothing lingering. Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall - this is a nice summer beer. Very drinkable and I can see sitting around the bonfire at a clambake drinking this one. Reminds me of DreamWeaver, but not as complex or potent. Nice beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/7/13

Note: 500mL swing-top bottle

Appearance: Somewhere between dark gold and orange - oddly clear for the style, pours with a big, creamy, white head - fades to a small cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Yup, this is a German Hefeweizen, not an American Pale Wheat Ale - yeasty, with some clove, banana, and some phenols - lightly spicy, with some lemony citrus, and wheat - not particularly potent, but not bad

Taste: Crisp and yeasty with some wheat - some interesting yeast notes, with clove, banana, pepper, grass, and coriander - wheat is pretty obvious, in a perfectly acceptable way - light, pale malts - light sweetness and a hint of tart lemon

Mouthfeel: On the light side, nicely carbonated, very smooth, very quaffable

Overall: Refreshing? What is this, a summer beer or something?

This is a decent hefeweizen. There are some nice flavors here, but the beer as a whole is a bit light. I guess this was intentional, as it is the summer seasonal. Worth a try.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frosty golden brown ale with a thick, foamy head. Aromas of sweet wheat, spices and sugary fruits. Tons of spice in this ale! Flavors of grasses, sweet apples and spices. This is a complex, full bodied ale that's a pleasure to drink, even if it's a little heavier and more spiced than what I'd be looking for after a hot summer day.

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Photo of KenC
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Very cloudy reddish/straw color. Two fingers head when served that lingered looong and lacing was tiny bubbles to the end.

S- Typical for style, bananas, cloves, wheat and citrus.

T- Exactly like the smell, in just that order. It’s a good balance, but I just need to admit, it’s not my style.

M- Heavy, somewhat overbearing hefeweizen. The lingering taste of orange citrus/clove that I just don’t like.

D- I can’t tell one hefe from another. They all leave me flat with the aftertaste I don’t like. Sorry.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a weizen glass. Body is slightly hazy, but bright, golden in color with a massive (3 or 4 fingers' worth) white head. Settles slowly, leaving behind some lace.

S: Some faint yeasty stuff - a touch of clove - and lemony citrus.

T: Bready malt foundation, followed by a pronounced wheat twang. Malt becomes a bit fruity as it warms up a bit. Finishes fairly crisp, with lemon zest adding bitterness and balance to the spice, yeast and malt.

M: Active carbonation, call it light in heft.

O: Very good. An easy drinker that helped get me through a hot Memorial Day of outdoors painting.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A big frothy 2+ finger head fades semi quickly with fluffy Belgian messy head over super hazy orange wheat colored beer.

N: Bavariam hefe, German malts and lots of wheat, some sweetness, light citrus and orange, light fruit and some lager aromas.

T: Lots of wheat, Bavarian hefe like, slightly creamy, citrus orange, lightly grassy, somewhat sweet malty, light and somewhat crisp lager, slightly juicy.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Some bitterness like orange peel, lots of wheat and sweet malts, not really dry, little creaminess, some summer wheat flavors too, little chewy too.

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Photo of jimj21
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken in summer 2009. Growler obtained at brewery. Rolled growler slightly to kick up any yeast. Poured into a weizen glass. Pour produces a big, fluffy, four fingers of bright white head. Decent retention as well, due to numerous streams of bubbles rising in the glass. Very clear, with not too much yeast haziness. Golden in color. Maybe there will be more with additional pours. Not much lacing.

Pretty typical nose for a hefeweizen. Heavy on clove phenols. The scent of wheat is easily detected. Fruity aromas are there as well.

Taste follows the nose. A bit more banana in the flavor than could be detected before but wheat tanginess and clove flavors dominate. A little bready/biscuity. Also a bit of lemon zest towards the finish adds a little zing. Not much in the way of hops.

This is medium bodied or a little lighter. Pretty slick on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation adds some crisp.

Definitely an easy drinker in the summer months. Very refreshing and a good example of a hefeweizen. This is a good seasonal release from Cape Cod Beer.

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Photo of KATE12
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't a huge fan of this beer. It poured with a thick, foamy head that took a while to go away, thus making it difficult to get a good sip. It was a hazy, golden color and the smell of cloves and spices was intense. The first sip-yup-lots of cloves. While I don't mind them in my beer I felt like this was a little overwhelming. Mouthfeel was OK-nothing great and I felt that the spiciness of the beer really took away from the drinkability.

All in all, not for me-too many cloves.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I slowly tipped the growler as the label indicates. A fluffy light bright white head formed and was quite aggressive. Te beer was a dull cloudy gold color. Nice retention on the head. Some light clouds of lacing remain on the inside of the glass.

Wow, really spicy and yeasty aroma, lots of the classic notes. Coriander and Banana. Also some light citrus (lemon)

The flavor totally follows the aroma. Bread notes. Tons of banana flavor. The right amount of sweetness and lots of nice spice. A bit more complex than I would have imagined. There is a definite hint of light lemon citrus in the background. Hints of coriander/clove. Of course, lots of yeast notes.

Mouth feel is crisp, light and a touch of powder in the beer. (unfiltered) In some sense it's a bit creamy.

Totally drinkable and a great summer session beer. I enjoyed this more than I would have imagined. Great summer choice when you are on the Cape. Another winner by Cape Cod Beer.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took a trip to the Cape Cod beer company last week with very little expectations for trying anything worthwhile, but was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a hazy, golden smell and a sweet aroma similar to that of a lemon and certainly banana. The smell was certainly indicative of the taste, which was sweet and refreshing like a true Hefeweizen without any yeasty aftertastes. I can see why anyone would reach for this beer on a warm, Cape Cod summer day.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, golden yellow

Smell: lemons, cloves, and bananas

Taste:some malts, and the lemons, cloves, and bananas

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, slightly sweet

Drinkability: I could have another, but will not go out of my way for it. This is a bit on the light side for hefe. A decent beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy straw yellow color with a goodly fuzzy white head and excellent webs of lacing. The aroma is mild wheat and clove. Pleasant. Midland carbonation and body for a hefe. Nice wheat and lots of clove just like the aroma. A bit of apple and biscuit.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a growler into a Weizen glass

A-cloudy straw color with nice 2 finger head that laced the glass
S--wonderful aroma bananas and spice (cloves)
T-- definitley follows the aroma, banana, clove lemon zest very well balanced
M-- very clean hefe smooth and no lingering tastes
D-- Very good hefe and dangerous on a hot summer day 2 growlers do very nicely

This is a great local product and hope they expand the styles

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a growler in Falmouth MA -- really wish I could get this outside of the Cape region.

Poured cloudy deep gold with a snow white head that remained while I drained the glass.

Instant aroma of sweet wheat and bananas/tropical fruit.

A bit fizzy, thinner mouthfeel -but this contributes to the drinkability of the beer. A bit tangy/tart/sour on finish.

As this is a growler, and I wasn't sharing, I capped and stuck in the fridge for the next day. Did not notice a difference in taste, carbonation-factors, etc.

Overall, I love this style, and compared to other summer beers, I prefer this to the, well, drier styled hefeweizens. The sweet fruity aroma and tart finish give this nice complexity.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass. Left a generous bubbly foam head that clung extremely well to the side of the glass. Color was milky white. Beer itself was cloudy, a dark golden amber, and initially had lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Smell was wheaty, with touch of lemony citrus. Taste was mellow, not at all hoppy. Citrus seemed to be the main flavor, with a definite lemon base, but wasn't overpowering. Almost a bit sweet. A bit of acidic aftertaste was noticeable, but not detracting. Felt very thin in the mouth, almost excessively watery, but showed no hint of the carbonation that was initially present. Very easy to drink, definitely a strong summer offering

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Photo of dippy
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not a huge Hefe guy. But that didn't deter me from drinking the Growler myself.

The brew was a orangish yellow, cloudy. With a rocky crown of foam. Nice lace on this brew.

Smelled of Banana and clove.

Some banana notes, not as much as other posts have indicated. Very spicy. Some lemony citrus in the middle.

Although this is not my brew of choice I would drink it again.

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

Served as a cloudy light orange-amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is typical of the style, with notes of banana, citrus, and spices presnet.
Taste follows the smell with a contunuation of the bananas, spices and citrus.
A good example of the style.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Landed in CT via fedex just as I was leaving the house. I was more than happy to get it hand delivered from Mr. FedEx and bring it into the garage for sfe and cool storage. Thanks ppoitras.

Poured this one into my Erdinger Hefe glass, only because it does not get enough of a workout as the others. Appears to form a huge head on the pour but quickly converts to drinkable brew with a one inch head and then disappears altogether. Golden amber in color with a cloudy appearance. Aroma is typical wheat (yum) with some light spicy citric notes and mild sweet banana.

Taste is very nice for an american wheat. Heavy on the wheat with nice light citric notes full of banana and some subtle sweet candy presence. This one is not as full bodied as some wheat but feels nice in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Hops is barely noticeable until the finish where it is barely distinguishable but welcome for certain.

Quite a nice summer drinker here. I wish this were local because the growler went pretty quickly.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery, obtained in trade with danadeny. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy, golden amber brew. Head is gone in a flash, with average lacing. Aroma is wheaty bananas. Taste is upfront with the banana, a good wheat middle, and then a long-lasting banana revisit upon the swallow. Appearance made me expect low carbonation (due to the serving style, I figured), but actually the mouthfeel found just enough tingling bubbles to be just right. Drinkability is excellent. Nice brew here, check it out if you have a chance.

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