Summertime Wheat | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Summertime WheatSummertime Wheat
BA SCORE
3.56/5
133 Ratings
Summertime WheatSummertime Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by assurbanipaul on 07-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,723
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
133
pDev:
16.85%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of biglos97
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of J_Dub
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of bigwillystyle
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of precella
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of roblowther
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden color with a thin head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. What more could you ask for in this style? The smell is lemongrass and oranges. A note of candi sugar tops it off perfectly. Its like those little elaborate hats that women wear to English weddings. Wow. The taste is just phenomenal! Warm malt, crisp citrus, and a whole lotta gimme some more of that. The mothfeel is creamy with a bit of tang at the end. None too shabby. This is definitely a beer I could have more of. Except the brewery just rang last call. Oh well, there's always next week!

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Photo of ByMySword
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow orange / really hazy / mild head

Really tart almost sour creamy sweet wheat undertones

So sweet and creamy / spicy and crisp / herbal spices and floral European-style hops / lemon or orange zest / finishes dry and powdery

Medium bodied / creamy smooth / very carbonated

Couldn’t easily image a better wheat beer. This is one of my all time favorite beers. It is really sweet and has the absolutely perfect balancing tart hops.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold, slightly hazy with a thin creamy head. Maybe I poured it wrong.

S - Banana aroma dominates.

T - Light and crisp. Starts off malty sweet, the banana flavors replace it.

M - Well carbonated.

D - This is a great Texas summer time beer. There's not much aftertaste, but still loads of flavor. Extremely drinkable. I just wish I didn't have to drive an hour and a half to buy it!

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Photo of Vashtar
4.38/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle-and-half, served into a .5L Tucher weizen glass. Very fresh (released from the brewery last week). Pours out a very hazy tan-amber color, with an unfortunately small head. Pleasant grainy wheat aroma with good banana esters. Lots of vanilla/bubblegum flavor and also plenty of wheat. Phenols are light to moderate, with most of the clovey spiciness coming in at the end. Finishes somewhat tart and dry. Body has a good fluffy mouthfeel but could use some more carbonation.

Actually a very good example of the German style, though it falls a little short of its other Texas competitor, the Live Oak hefe. Very drinkable, and I certainly plan to buy more of it.

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed about 6 months ago, but just posting now. Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one ala BIF33.

Pours a half finger of off-white head consisting of tiny foamy bubbles. Sun-bleached straw colored liquid that carries a dark shadow due to the super-murkiness imparted by the yeast I swirled and dumped in. Smells clovey and wheaty with very strong yeast. Straw and some dirty hops (tettnanger?).

Tastes wet and fruity with a nice countering clove. Flat wheat serves as a base my tastebuds use to make excursions into the other qualities. Upon the swallow a delicious orange flavor erupts, which may be a hop flavoring. This is delicious…which means a lot coming from me (wheat beers are far from my favorite style). Finish dries, partly due to a mild carbonation sting and gentle acrid on the tastebuds. A very simple flavor profile that is well balanced and complimentary. The bottle mentions rye as an ingredient and, with searching, I think I pick some up in the aftertaste. Subtle and not edgy like I would normally expect. For me, banana characteristics are nearly absent, which is contrary to what the bottle says I should expect. Banana *is* present as one of several fruity esters and is accompanied by a nearly equal vanilla. I get stronger orange and cantaloupe esters than I do banana.

Mouthfeel was md-light and carbonation was a bit more than I would have liked. I swirled to dissipate some of the carb and the beer was much improved. Also, the last bit in the glass had warmed quite a bit by the time I got to it and the banana characteristics had become much more prominent. Nearly as dominant as the wheat quality.

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Photo of teg8612
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called a Rogenweizen because of the Rye malt. Tried this at the brewery tour where they had just kegged it that week.

Pour has that hazy, straw color of an unfiltered wheat. Head was nice and stayed around a little while.

Smell is a wonderful blend of the wheat, citrus, and cloves with just a hint of banana.

Mouthful is real nice with a nice crispness with moderate carbonation and only slightly grainy from the yeast.

The smooth yeast greats the palate first then gives way to tinge of the rye malt. Gives it a little uniqueness to other beers in this style. The citrus and cloves take over then give way to the sweet (some say bubblegum, no bubblegum I have had) finish.

Very quaffible and really hits the spot on a warm Texas day. This is my new Rahr of choice. No need to garnish with lemon but go ahead if you must.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Great label art, but not any real useful info (date, abv. etc.)

Aroma: Nose is full of cloves with some banana background, good style characteristics. Some light fruit esters, mostly lemon.

Appearance: Hazy deep yellow with a thin cover and collar of white that dropped to a thin collar but managed to give partial lace.

Flavor: Wheat is very evident with some wet grain earthiness and maybe a touch of husk. Fruity flavors come right in behind it with some peach nectar, lemon peel and orange juice, and finishes with a hint of peppery hops and bubblegum, but very little bitter. The balance is slightly toward the sweet but allows each flavor to shine. I didn’t get any rye flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, surprisingly heavy actually, good carbonation prickle, light dryness in the finish.

Overall Impression: WOW! I think this is my favorite Rahr yet! Flavor and nose are enjoyable; body is a touch heavy for a good summer session but a good thirst quencher! Live Oak, you’re on notice, you’ve got competition!

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Photo of Dizzy
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow color, the only thing lacking is better head retention. Aroma consists of yeast, cloves and bread like aroma. The taste matches the aroma. I notice a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy tangerine color on the darker side of the spectrum for weissbier. Head isn't outstandingly huge, but has good retention. Crackery wheat aromas and banana and clove yeastiness mix well with a spicy rye background. The rye is a nice accent. Aromas are bold enough that I don't have to strain to hard to pick them apart. Flavors start off with fruit and grain which then leads into clove and rye. Finishes off with a twang and a slight sweetness. Light enough on the tongue, and it has a bit of a prickly sensation on the tongue. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Bimmers
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Morris729
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thin white head that soon fades into a wispy lace. Nose is wheat with some faint notes of ripe banana in the background. More of the wheat in the taste along with some clover honey and a bit of peppery spice with some citrus rind in the finish. I could drink a sixer of this with no problem.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the color of lemon-honey coughdrops and produces a modest but tenacious white head. Smells of light clove, banana, pepper, light phenols, and lemon very slightly as the beer warms. Very fragrant, reminiscent of wit. Taste is a simple citrus and wheat combo with the sharp edges blunted by very subtle yeast phenols. Watery mouthfeel is saved by amzingly fine and soft carbonation. Drinkability is high. One of the better american wheats I've had.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head, looks just like orange juice in a glass. Aroma is a light, sweet mandarin orange, some wheat.

Taste is a good wheaty, bready sweetness, more citrus flavors, some honey and cream butter. Some light bubblegum and clove come out about halfway through the glass, real subtle. A rye addition doesn't show in the taste but really brings out the wheat body, cuts out some of the acidity characteristic of the style.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, stays pleasantly drinkable. Could use a touch more carbonation but I imagine bottles will be a bit fizzier. Personally, I think this falls just a little short of a hefeweizen (brewer's categorization) but I think it makes an outstanding wheat beer, just what the doc ordered for a summer day in Texas.

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Photo of pnelting
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

A: Hardly any head on the pour at all, even with a fairly rapid pour. Left minimal lacing on the glass. Looks more like a pale ale than a hefe weizen in the glass as far as color and clarity go.

S: Nice blend of wheat malt with a good amount of honey and banannas as well.

T & M: Great balance of wheat flavor combined with honey, banannas and just a hint of alcholol towards the middle to end of the sip that nicely rounds things out. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but certainly not watery. Obviously, since this is a summer brew, this is a good thing for the style.

D: A damn fine drinkable beer. I remember having this on tap back in the summer, and it tasted awesome! Actually, it's 60 degrees right now in Central Texas as I write this, and I just got finished working out. A great tasting thirst quenching brew that goes down easy yet is still complex enough to be interesting. Next summer, this will be (besides Sam Adams Summer Ale) one of my staple brews.

Note: As for the lack of head, I'm wondering if it's due to the beer being a little out of date.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite hazy light golden color, could be called muddy. The snow-white head is quite thin, with good broken lace, mild carbonation, and a considerable amount of sediment.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy clove aroma with notes of ripe bananas, and bread yeast.

Taste: Opens with a strong yeast note, pronounced wheat, and a mild earthiness, with a mildly sweet undercurrent. The hops yield a citrus rind note that contrasts well with the mild sweetness. The finish is mildly bitter, bringing the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted Hefeweizen, the brewer's skill and attention to detail is clearly showcased in this fine effort.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into bulb top glass.

Pours a hazy, bright straw color. Nice fluffy white head, good retention. Decent amount of lacing.

Aromas of wheat, bananas, cloves, and citrus.

Taste is bready wheat upfront, with a subtle bit of rye just poking through. Citrus notes come through as well, finishing up with a some bubble gum towards the back and into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Well balanced, nice mix of flavors and aromas. Refreshing...I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Probably Rahr's best effort to date.

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Summertime Wheat from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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