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Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by assurbanipaul on 07-08-2006

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45
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124
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
28.1%
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in trade from Texindy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a smallish white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of spicy yeast and a bit of banana. Bready sweet malt in the background. Taste is as would be expected from a hefe. The spicy yeast esters dominate, throw in some faint lemon and banana. A bit watery body, sweet sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, not great but I could down several of these on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nrbw23
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head that quickly goes away and leaves very little lacing.

S- Banana and cloves jump right out at me. Also maybe a grassy or yeasty smell.

T- Not too bad. More on the sweet side than the bitter. Starts out with a grassy taste, then goes into a fruity taste lemons and bananas and then finishes with just a touch of spice.

M- Medium in body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty smooth and chewy. Easy to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 JDV
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours light gold with short lived white head. Smell is just like every other hefeweizen with the clovey spiced smell. Taste however is actually quite unique, but not in a great way. Taste is sweet, watery, and bright lemony, with very low carbonation and almost no bitterness. Thin and watery, with a bit of clove taste, but not as strong as many hefeweizens. This is a different hef for sure. I'm not a fan of the style, but this may be worth trying just in that it is unique...Tastes like what I expect a bad homebrewed hef would be like.

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug (Sorry, I didn't feel like pouring a 12oz bottle into a .5L weizen glass).

Cloudy pale orange with a one inch head with a upside-down hefe-pour. Medium retention of the head, which settles to a frothy cap. Sticky lacing.

Less of a banana-like fruity yeast smell, and more of a citrusy malt smell. Light creaminess, with a slightly musty overtone. Some clove like spices are present.

Bland citrusy tasts, which seem a bit astringent. Hints of spices like allspice or cinnimon. Twangy mix of light hops and malts in the in the finish.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Mildly dry finish.

This isn't a bad beer, but something seems a little off about it. Maybe seemed a little bland with some harsher characteristics. However, this isn't one you should pass up. Good 12oz alternative to some of the larger Hefe-Weizens.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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 TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into my weizen glass. It was a hazy golden color with tons of carb. It had a massive head that slowly settled into a constant 3/16" foam. The smell was standard hefe with cloves and medium overripe bananas but was kinda weak. The taste was also standard hefe but again sorta weak and watered down. Overall an above average beer but with so many great hefes out there this one won't see a regular spot in my rotation. (3.5, RB, T, O)

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my UFO glass. A two finger head bubbles up and sits upon a cloudy gold liquid. A nice touch of lacing here and there as I drink, with light carbonation visible.

Smell is lemony with a hint of banana. A faint astringency in there somewhere. Wheat malt sweetness underlying it all.

Taste is more lemon and wheat malt. Sour apple comes next with a light hop bite. Banana in the finishing notes with a bit more sourness. Light and clean with a drying astringency left on the palate.

Light mouthfeel and creamy carbonation makes for a nice experience.

Good drinkability. Easy to session.

Thanks to Stumac for this one. A good hefe. One to enjoy and be refreshed by.

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Photo of Morris729
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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 hwwty4
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a hazy orangish amber with a 1 inch white head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing. The aroma is rather weak. Just a hint of clove and nutmeg come through on the nose. The taste is different though. The oddly overwhelming flavor I get from it is pineapple. Also clove, nutmeg, banana, really all the traditional Hefe flavors with a splash of pineapple. There is also a mildly acidic after taste. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Like with most wheat's, it's hard to knock the drinkability of it because its a wonderful thing on a warm summers day.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My hometown brewery seems to be doing pretty well. I am a fan of the Bucking Bock. Now I'll give the Summertime Wheat a try.

Appears a pretty golden color. Cloudy oranges and yellows swirled together shine bright when held up to the natural light of the window. A white foamy head emerges after a vigorous pour but dissipates quickly into a thin film over the beer. The nose is light and fruity. Citrus, banana, apple, a hint of spice (maybe cinnamon, maybe clove) impart a pleasant feeling when you lift the glass to your nose. The taste doesn't quite deliver with the same gusto. Nice and wheaty, with some fruit and spices here too, but thinner than expected. A bit watery but with a tart and tangy aftertaste. Certainly not bad, but not great. Mouthfeel is, again, watery at times, but crisp and refreshing.

A totally quaffable summertime beer. I wouldn't hesitate to reach for this if I was headed to an outdoor barbeque or a day at the lake. Would go great with some grilled chicken or even a nice hot bratwurst.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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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Summertime Wheat from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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