Summertime Wheat
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #488
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,213
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 16.43%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
147
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summer Time Wheat is a quite typical Hefeweizen except for the slight tartness and overall more moderate flavors. It is a pretty decent local Hefeweizen but it is not Weihenstephaner.

Look: semi-clear yellow with a thin white head

Aroma: wheat, yeast, banana

Taste: The flavor is wheat, yeast, some citrus, banana, maybe cloves.

Body/Overall: light body

May 07, 2019
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wheety grain, has the slightest of sourness in the end. Bannana and flavor from the yeast. Grains control.

Taste rating in words: You have a car full, however the driver is in full control and everyone else is around for the ride

Nov 03, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. the appearance is a lightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is wheat and bananas. The taste is wheat with some fruit.

Jun 30, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb+ of eggshell colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Green appleskins & a little pear

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grassyness, a kiss of cloves & yeastyness up front. Some green banana comes through as this warms, band-aids & dryness too. Finishes dry, with green banana & a touch of clove

MF: Light body, firm carbonation, carbontion smooths out as this warms

A tasty enough hefe lacking some asthetics

Jun 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

an extremely pedestrian beer here, and a lackluster example of the style. there is something kind of cheap and off about it, and i have to work to finish a single can a little bit. its almost flat on the pour, the right color, but lacking the bright shine i like to see, no head at all after it first settles. aroma is sharp, lightly phenolic, even astringent for a moment, and the yeast seems to have been fermented warm enough that some of these flaws developed, which to me appears to be a relatively amateur mistake for a professional brewer to make, but there could be other sources of this beers mediocrity. i get the banana and clove, but i also get rotting lemons and oranges, intense white pepper and wine. these are not flavors i like very often, and especially not in a beer trying to be a traditional hefeweizen. its wheaty and it smells and taste fresh, so those basics are covered, and i even enjoy the intentional lightness of the whole thing, but overall this is really average beer, even less than average, and is a far cry from the best beers in the style. dont waste your time on this one (unless my can was somehow compromised and this is actually good, but it sure doesnt seem that way)...

edit: had it from the bottle recently and liked it a little better, raising a few scores a little. its still nothing special, but its bubbly and wheaty and simple. hot weather drinker, nothing more. drink fresh, it falls off fast...

Oct 30, 2017
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ABabbidge from Kansas

3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color, kind of disappointing head for a wheat. Definitely has all of the tradition Bavarian wheat characteristics of banana, clove, and wheat. But it is on the sweet side and has a lot of lemony character, a bit too much for my taste. Overall not bad, but not great either.

Jul 15, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A hard pour builds a one inch head on the cloudy goldenstraw liquid; spots of lacing linger as the head fades

Smell: Banana, circus peanuts and a hint of clove

Taste; Banana and circus peanuts foward, with the clove building; rye spice and sweeter bubblegum flavors build, after the swallow, though the finish is dominated by the sweeter elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: A pretty good job with the flavor profile though perhaps a bit sweeter than I would like; the mouthfeel gets close but a bit more carbonation would help

Thanks, Texasfan549, for the opportunity

Jul 09, 2017
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very cloudy beer, served in a tumbler, little head. Strong on the banana smell that comes through on the taste but is pleasant and seems to be traditional hefe. Going to add the lemon now. It's good and easy drinking. The lemon is ok but not necessary. A good beer on a hot day, sitting under the air conditioning.
On draft at Witten's.

May 15, 2017
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txmilligan from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buttery and creamy are what I generally associate a good hefeweizen with, so I was intrigued to try Rahr's hefe. It pours up a cloudy gold, with good head and effervescence. The aroma is subtle, nothing jumps out. The taste is similar, nothing all that creamy or smooth. There is a metallic, coppery bite to the beer, that detracts from it.

May 13, 2017
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mjurney from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pale-gold color, very hazy. Lots of carbonation rising. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Tartness, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, a little cloves, lemony, sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Tartness up front along with bananas and mild cloves, there's some peppery. Sweet bread malts, some hay-like character. Finish is dry. Semi-milkshake texture, refreshing, smooth.

Overall:
It's pretty good American-made Hefeweizen

Nov 13, 2016
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1ale_man from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It looked the part. Unfiltered. Mostly lemony, tart smell, with some malt. Taste of citrus more than any thing else. Feel was right to me. Smooth, crisp. I just mowed yard after 12 at work. Probably drank way to fast. It's a keeper.

Jul 12, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: hazy-but-clear pale orange with very small head, maybe 1/4 of an inch of offwhite foam that doesn't stick; keeps a decent collar to start with; the color and haze is classic, but even a hard pour rendered almost no head

S: banana, slight clove spice, sweet enough to almost reach bubblegum but not quite; nose is much sweeter than the taste; grain, sour grain, but the banana overpowers all else; the clove note is very tame

T: banana right up front, not overly sweet ... in fact, there's a bit of lemon tartness; grain; some clove spice in there, but it's very restrained

F: crisp but still with a bit of that classic hefe softness; perfect drinking beer and made for a good, long session

O: Rahr holds claim to some German heritage, and they put forth a solid German-style brew here that hits all the major notes ... lots of banana, a bit of clove, a good mouthfeel reminiscent of the classic hefes ... I love it. The hallmark for me is the restrained clove, keeping it firmly on the German side of the wheat family and not into the Belgian witbier family. Great brew and one I'll grab annually.

Jun 07, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, sweet malt, coriander, hint of clove, and hint of hop. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, wheat, slight yeast, slight coriander, and a hint of clove. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend. The body is too sweet and yet, the spice is too strong.

Jul 22, 2012
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imasloth from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale gold in color with notable white head, quite hazy, splotchy lacing.

S- Good mix of bubblegum and spice notes from the yeast. A slight dried grass/hay scent.

T- Light bubblegum into malt sweetness. Spice comes in mid-sip and persists. Light bubblegum and spice aftertaste.

M- Very creamy/smooth. Kind of watery in finish.

O- Good balance of 'hefe' flavors, both just subtle enough as to not overwhelm.

Jun 24, 2012
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Vashtar from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is foggy but rich. It's a nice, dirty blonde.

The smell was so good I handed it over to my dad, who raised his eyebrows. There's something peculiar about the smell, despite it's greatness.

The taste is wonderful and full. It shoots straight into the air and then branches out, like upside down roots!

The mouthfeel is neither crisp nor soft, but it lacks nothing because the fizz keeps your mouth busy. Normally, fizz would be too much, but it has bread-like thickness that subdues the large bubbles. It's thick without being slimy.

I love Summer beers!

Nov 22, 2011
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DarkAngel from Texas

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm not big on wheat beers, but this one is decent. It's all around moderate, but it is better than most wheat beers. Tastes the best when out by the pool or on the lake, when it's hot outside. But there are better beers out there and this one isn't memorable, at least for me it wasn't.

Aug 03, 2011
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JMad from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tulip...

It is a light golden orange with a filmy white head that quickly faded. The clove smell is dominant with a background of orange peel wheat and banana. The taste again, has lots of clove yeast banana and wheat. The beer is kind of thick for the style with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is an impressive wheat beer coming from Rahr, very tasty.

Jul 19, 2011
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mikul93 from California

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A What a beautiful looking beer. Pours a hazy dark golden with a nice healthy head.

S First thing I smell is bananas, then cloves and lastly the wheat.

T Just like it smells. Bananas, cloves and wheat. Decent beer.

M Nice carbonation. Clean finish.

O Nothing special, but it's a nice refreshing summer beer.

Jul 13, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with a little bit of banana and clove. I can tell this is a hefeweizen, but the aromas are not very strong. The flavor is mainly wheat, with a little bit of pepper and banana. I don't really get any clove in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Oct 11, 2010
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Tunafever73 from Texas

2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Honestly my first experience with this was bad. A couple of days later I went in for another try. Same results.

The super-clovey smell, to me, is a huge turnoff. Appearance was fine, M and D were average, I just didn't like the smell and flavor. Almost has a home brew gone-bad kinda flavor. I really wanted to like this one because it is a local for me. Too bad.

Aug 24, 2010
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Summertime Wheat pours like a good Hefeweizen should--cloudy, with a hazed peach-orange body and a fervent carbonation level that supplies the spittle-white head. The rye adds an interesting, spicy dimension to the aroma, while signature Hefe yeast notes of banana and clove dominate the bouquet. Sweet mandarin orange makes an appearance as well.

The rye REALLY works for the flavor, adding a rich, dry spiciness to the palate that blends well with the sweeter, creamier wheat notes. Lots of tropical fruit notes, too--papaya, banana, and a hint of orange cremesicle. Mouthfeel is significantly carbonated, so much so that it detracts somewhat from the flavor. Light-bodied and refreshing otherwise. All in all, Summertime Wheat is a tasty American Hefeweizen with a nice twist. Might have to try homebrewing a rye hefe sometime myself.

May 14, 2009
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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with lots of little bubbles. Very thin, white foam head forms on top and quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S - Big aroma of banana, clove, and a little bubble gum. Smells like your typical Hefe.

T - Very plain tasting hefe. A light spiciness initially quickly overcome by yeasty tastes of banana and clove. The banana lingers through the remainder of the drink. Finishes with a light sweetness and hints of wheat.

M/D - Light bodied, even a little thin. Very crisp. Not a bad hefe at all, just very middle of the road.

Feb 19, 2009
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/24/2007 (bottle):

Pours a humungous white foamy head, with good lacing. Body is golden cloudy, light yellow in color, fizzy. Has a very malty aroma, but very light, not too strong. Has a malty sweet taste. Light, straw, maybe clove. Alright but watery, weakish.

Feb 18, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Wheaty, tangy nose with notes of sliced lemons and bananas spiced with freshly-ground cloves.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat with the customary, complimentary side flavors of banana, lemon, clove, and even vanilla all make an appearance. Middling sweetness throughout. Light hop character and bitterness. Meager spicy rye component. Dry, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Summertime, and the drinking is easy.

Nov 20, 2008
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a cloudy light pale color with almost no head and well below average carbonation. Smells of floral hops and very light malts. First sip is sweet and perfumy like with a very light malt backbone. Very light bodied, lightly hopped. Somewhat under carbonated. Bitter finish.

Nov 01, 2008
Summertime Wheat from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 147 ratings