Best American made Hefeweizens

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  1. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Good evening all,
    I am sitting here enjoying a SN Kellerweis, which may be my favorite American made Hefeweizen that I have tried thus far.
    This got me to wondering what others prefer from this style.
    I know there are many great German Hefeweizens out there but I am looking for stuff that is more easily available on this side of the globe.
    So I ask of thee, BAs, what is your favorite American made hefeweizen?
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  2. einhorn

    einhorn Disciple (303) Nov 3, 2005 California

    Never had it before, many say Live Oak in TX is the best.

    Personally, I stick with the Germans that I have fresh access to - Andechs and Weltenburger top my list.
  3. tjwarren

    tjwarren Disciple (346) Dec 31, 2008 Ohio

    New Glarus Hopster - I also really like Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
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  5. VetsPackage

    VetsPackage Aspirant (242) Jun 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Two roads No Limits out in CT js a personal favorite
  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,793) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    From PA you should try Sly Fox, Troegs and Straub, they all do a pretty respectable job.
  7. breadwinner

    breadwinner Meyvn (1,217) Mar 6, 2014 California

    You get Andechs weiss bier in CA? I'm in AZ, and I had a shop tell me all they can get from the importer is the Vollbier and Doppelbock. Of course, the Vollbier they had was also like a year and a half old, so...
  8. wsd627

    wsd627 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2013 Vermont

    I really have been digging the Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen. I'd love to see one of the locals up here do one, such a great summer style.
  9. AMDGFenter

    AMDGFenter Initiate (88) Apr 1, 2011 Colorado

    +1 for Live Oak. It's fantastic and pretty easy to find on tap in Texas. I'm excited that six packs of it will be available at some point so I can bring some back when I visit Texas.
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  10. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,847) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Actually it seems like there's only a handful of places where an American made version (that is good) is easier to find than a good German one. Are Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Schneider, etc. only in a few states?

    The stand out ones like Live Oak and a handful of others have incredibly limited distribution, and may not even be bottled/canned.

    Drink German. Drink the best. But if you happen to near Live Oak or a handful of others, then fine.
  11. wiscojenks

    wiscojenks Initiate (61) Feb 2, 2012 Wisconsin

    New Glarus dancing man wheat
  12. einhorn

    einhorn Disciple (303) Nov 3, 2005 California

    If you want me to send you some, PM me.
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  13. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aspirant (296) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    As long as I can get fresh Weihenstephaner for 2.99 a bottle, I will never know the answer.
  14. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Aspirant (293) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Fat Head's Foggy Goggles. But with Weihenstephan so easy to find and $10/sixer, why even bother with Americans?
  15. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Aspirant (293) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    We posted essentially the same thing at the same time. Cheers to that
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  16. Bowers-Brew

    Bowers-Brew Devotee (404) Apr 21, 2013 Illinois

    Definitely the best hefe I've had outside of Germany.
  17. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,834) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    It's been many years, but I remember Schell's Hefeweizen was pretty good
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  18. DarthVorador

    DarthVorador Disciple (320) Dec 7, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Aside from SN Kellerweis, I have not had a American Hefe that has even come close to German brews, & even Kellerweis pales in comparison to Weihenstephaner.
  19. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Maybe I am not looking hard enough but I have only been able to find Weihenstephaner on tap down hear in Pittsburgh. I'm looking more for something I can grab bottles of to go. I will keep my eyes peeled though.
    Great suggestions, btw, everyone. I have already updated my wants list :slight_smile:
  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,653) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I would STRONGLY recommend Straub Hefeweizen.

    Other US made Hefeweizen beers I also enjoy drinking:

    · Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat

    · Stoudt’s Hefeweizen

    · Sly Fox Royal Weisse

    · Yuengling Summer Wheat

    · Live Oak Hefeweizen (unfortunately only available in Texas)

    · Victory Sunrise

    · New Glarus Dancing Man (unfortunately only available in Wisconsin)

    · Etc.

  21. DukeCola

    DukeCola Initiate (89) Mar 14, 2015 New Hampshire

    My favorite, from a now-defunct brewery was from Aviator Ales in Woodenville, WA. They made several styles but the Hef was awesome.
  22. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Cheers @JackHorzempa for living in PA. I have not had Staub, Stoudts, or Sly Fox yet but, yes, Yuengling Summer Wheat is surprisingly good.
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  23. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (519) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    Not as good, but best value has to go to Yuengling Summer Wheat. The flavor is spot on but the body a bit thin.
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  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,653) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  25. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (128) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    Schell's >
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  26. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (2,280) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut
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    You started at the top. I have been looking all summer for an American Hefeweizen that equals Kellerweis. No luck.
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  27. Neptunez77

    Neptunez77 Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2014 Minnesota

    Schell's Hefeweizen by a large margin. In my opinion, it's up there with Weihenstephaner in terms of quality.
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  28. WillDavis707

    WillDavis707 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2015 California

    American River Brewing River Bend 50. As close as it gets to a Bavarian Style Hefe
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  29. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    It's very chalky, that one
  30. Patches826

    Patches826 Savant (950) Aug 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    Such a bummer that hefes don't sell well in this market. Can't help but find it strange how witbiers took off but weizens got left in the dust. Maybe we just need Blue Moon to put one out first :rolling_eyes:
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  31. nbrio85

    nbrio85 Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2015 Missouri

    Could be my local bias speaking but I absolutely love a Boulevard Wheat!
  32. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (253) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    Call me a homer if you wish, but Live Oak Hef if the best I've had made here in the USA.
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  33. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,224) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. Crazy good.
  34. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (354) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    My Hefeweizen-loving spouse swears by Ebel's Weiss by Two Brothers.
  35. BigRedDog

    BigRedDog Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2014 Indiana

    Live oak is phenomenal.

    Kellerweiss is easy to find and always a good one.

    Three Floyds makes one called Drunk Monk that I really like.

    And a place a little more local to me, Four Fathers makes a good one called Neptune.

    Those are my tops right off the top of my head.
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  36. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Aspirant (281) Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina

  37. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,055) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Don't be fooled by the cheap price
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  38. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,342) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is the best American hefeweizen I have come across. Sly Fox Royal Weisse is a close second. I was pleasantly surprised by Flying Dog Hefeweizen the last time I had it as well.
  39. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (282) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Pretty good, and I like the 16oz cans. However, I still prefer SN Kellerweis...
  40. Billet

    Billet Aspirant (216) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan

    Probably Kellerweis for me too.
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