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  1. averagejake872

    averagejake872 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2011 Illinois

    So while it's been a pretty easy winter here in Chicago as a whole, the last week or so has been awesome outside (near 70's in March?!). Anyway, it's kind of gotten me into the mood for more of a warm weather style.

    As I thoroughly enjoy a good Hef, I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for some good ones to track down.


  2. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

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  3. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Arizona


    New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat is also excellent, and may be easier for you to find.
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  4. dasenebler

    dasenebler Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2008 Maine

    Schneider Edel-Weisse
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  5. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 Texas

    I have been drinking some hefe's down here in TX since it is like 80 already. These are the ones I go for but TX only unfortunatly:

    Live Oak Hefeweizen
    Karbach Weisse-Versa Wheat (just came out in cans this week!)
  6. Gregwa

    Gregwa Pundit (869) Feb 14, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
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  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Dry Dock Hefeweizen.
  8. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012

    i would like to know too. i've always hung my hat on SN Kellerweiss because it seemed so perfect, but I would like to try some others.
  9. JohnnyTightLips

    JohnnyTightLips Initiate (0) May 30, 2009 Illinois

    Truthfully, the best one I've had is Dancing Man, which I'll make the trek up north for a case when it comes out in May.
    Always liked SN Kellerweis, but my last one I had seemed off, probably had an older bottle.
    For imports, Paulaner hefeweizen is my favorite! More so than the Weinstephaner.
  10. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Not particularly. I have 3 spots just along my ride home from work that sells Weihenstephaner beers, including the Hefeweizen, but I'd have to go about 15 miles out of my way to find New Glarus beers. Don't forget, they only distribute within Wisconsin, Naperville, IL is a good hike to the border.
  11. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Arizona

    I didn't know that. Thank you.
  12. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,896) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I love weissbiers.
    Weihenstephaner’s is pretty easy to come by and might just be the best one on the planet. It’s very banana-heavy. That’s a good first choice.
    Schneider’s has less of a banana note and more of a clove-y, spice.
    Mahr’s has more banana than Schneider’s, but has a vanilla-cream note that few others truly capture.
    While common, there’s nothing wrong with Paulaner’s either. It’s kind of the “industry standard” weissbier.
    Hacker-Pschorr's is similar, but less sweet. Their dunkel-weizen might actually be better, though.

    Here in the US you simply won’t find a better one than Dry Dock’s. Their website has instructions on how to order it.
    SN Kellerweiss is a good one, too.
  13. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Probably going on 7 or 8 years now. The Careys decided to focus locally for many reasons, not the least of which was probably sanity in dealing with distribution.
  14. gatornation

    gatornation Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,822) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    i like ayinger brua weisse
  15. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    You should be able to get Two Brother's Ebel's Weiss.
  16. Fitshaced

    Fitshaced Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    Never found A Hefe i could stand
  17. MattSweatshirt

    MattSweatshirt Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2011 Texas

    You can't really go wrong with any sort of German hefe. I've been downing Weihenstephaner a lot recently. Their regular hefe, kristall, and dunkel are magnificent and reasonably priced.
  18. Wowcoolman

    Wowcoolman Pooh-Bah (1,574) Sep 25, 2010 California
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    Arizona has its share of warm (understatement) weather and produced this highly drinkable Hef in a can (which I recently enjoyed):
    I was less impressed with my local (LA) canned offering from Golden Road.
  19. gatornation

    gatornation Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,822) Apr 18, 2007 Florida
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    2 local ones that are seasonal schells hefe and new glarus dancing man wheat
  20. Chickenhawk9932

    Chickenhawk9932 Pooh-Bah (2,089) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Circus Boy is a solid beer, of course Weinstephaner is always good as well.
  21. nopucophop

    nopucophop Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2009 New York

    Beside the already mentioned Edel-Weise, Schneider Weise, and Weihenstephaner. One of my favorite beers of the moment is Laguinitas Dopple Weizen. I know it is not a hefe but you won't be disappointed. I have been buying this like crazy recently. If you see it on tap do not pass it up.
  22. Cr0wBait

    Cr0wBait Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2012 Florida

    Paulaner is the best I've had yet. I have a bottle of Weihenstephaner, I just haven't tried it yet.
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  23. madman45

    madman45 Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2010 Illinois

    Weihenstephaner Vitus is technically a weizenbock but tastes like a hearty hefe. give it a try if you want a hefeweizen with a lil kick
  24. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Yes Weihenstephaner is great. Others to try:
    Schneider Weisse
    Ayinger Brau Weisse
    Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat
    Konig Ludwig

    I know you cant get it in Chicago, but Mother Earth Sunny Haze is really good as well.
  25. keithmurray

    keithmurray Pooh-Bah (2,721) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Julius Echter is delicious and underrated

    Hacker Pschoor & Weihenstephener simply cannot be beat in terms of quality.

    As far as US versions, SN Kellerweis and Brooklyner Weiss are passable
  26. Handle

    Handle Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    I love Hacker-Pschorr's Dunkelweizen. A place in SC was selling outdated cases for $12 last year.

    As for Hefeweizens, I like Hacker-Pschorr's, Franziskaner's, and Sierra Nevada's.
  27. tone77

    tone77 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,103) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Some of my favorites would be Hefe Weiss from Sprecher brewing, Baltika #8 Wheat, and Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub.
  28. EdTheEdge

    EdTheEdge Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2011 California

    I enjoy these!


  29. victory4me

    victory4me Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Not a good suggestion for IL, but Sly Fox Royal Weisse is the best domestically produced hefe that I've had.
  30. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Weihenstephaner, had one last night, just orgasmic. Erdinger, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Schneider, Aynger Braeu and Ur weisse, you can't really go wrong with anything produced in Bavaria unless it is an old bottle. I haven't found many good american ones aside from a few form new glarus (not the imperial weizen), SN Keller, and live oak. I highly recommend looking into German ones provided they are fresh, i want to think you can always get Weihenstephaner fresh because it honestly should sell well, around here H-P is ALWAYS fresh.
  31. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey

    Weihenstephaner and Schneider make my favorite German versions of the style, and States-side I'm a fan of SN Kellerweis and Brooklyn Weiss. The only hefe I've had and really not been a fan of is Flying Dog's In Heat Wheat.
  32. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    When I consumed a ton of Hefe's, I always enjoyed Weihenstephaner, Tucher, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner for the German style. Harpoon UFO, Brooklyn Weiss and Troegs Dreamweaver for the 'Merican version.
  33. trginter

    trginter Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan

    Had this beer the other day and highly recommend it. An Imperial Hefe so-to-speak
  34. Cr0wBait

    Cr0wBait Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2012 Florida

    I don't know if it makes a difference or not, but I have enjoyed every beer that has been brewed according to 'The Purity Law of 1516.' Maybe it's all in my head, but they have all been damn good.
  35. abcramer

    abcramer Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Can't go wrong with the German ones mentioned above, but my favorite American ones are Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat (seasonal, however), Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat, and Widmer Hefeweizen.
  36. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    Live Oak Heffeweizen is my favorite on the planet but weihenstephaner is very good as well...I'm always willing to swap a growler of Live Oak for tasty treats outside of my reach, if you're interested send me a message....
  37. BRUKER

    BRUKER Devotee (340) Feb 3, 2003 Ohio

    Shiner makes a decent hefe and it's available most everywhere.
  38. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    This, my friend, is not a true Hefeweizen, no matter what the label tries to proclaim.
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  39. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    You're the one! :wink:

    Actually, I have a friend who enjoys good beer and even home brews, he can't take the banana and/or bubblegum characters common from Weizen yeast fermentation -- makes funny faces whenever I drink one. Probably the same faces I make when I see someone drinking a Gueuze.
  40. JediMatt

    JediMatt Zealot (549) Jun 18, 2010 Iowa

    Sorry, Pyramid, Flying Dog, Widmer and Shiner's "hefeweizens" taste more like American Wheats to me. The only really good US hefes I've had are New Glarus and Sierra Nevada.

    As for the germans, you can't go wrong with Weihenstephaner. But Ayinger's Brau-weisse is my favorite hefe on tap. That's all I drink when I go to our local German beer hall. :slight_smile:

    And I agree with madman. If you like hefe's, try a weizenbock. Vitus is AMAZING. And Scheider Aventinus is really good too.
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