Category Archives: German Hefeweizen

Live Oak HefeWeizen

Brewery: Live Oak Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 5.3%
Style: German Hefeweizen
Other Notes: 10 IBUs. Bavarian-style weissbier

Brewer Description: (from website) Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-coloured with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 12 fl oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy straw yellow colour with a three finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left almost no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet overripe bananas, clove, banana bread and some light wheat.
Taste: Much like the aromas, there is sweet overripe banana, light clove and peach, pear, banana bread and a hint of wheat.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, mid to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Wow, this was an amazing Hefeweizen. Probably one of the best in this style.

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Cloudwater Bergamot Hopfen Weisse

Brewery: Cloudwater Brew Co.
Country: England
ABV: 6%
Style: German Hefeweizen
Other Notes: Special Edition (small batch). Malts – Wheat, Best Ale, Cara Malt and Light Munich. Hops – Citra, Mosaic and Pilgrim Alpha CO2 Extract.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A modern hopfen weisse flavoured with zest and juice from 150kg of bergamot lemons.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle bottled on 18th March 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy orange colour with a three finger white head with decent retention and left sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy lemon and strong floral notes with a hint of pineapple and sweet banana.
Taste: Strong floral and zesty citrus lemon with some grapefruit bitterness and orange on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: This was an interesting Hefeweizen with strong floral flavours and less banana and clove taste than what I normally find in Hefeweizen’s. I enjoyed the lemons but the floral was maybe a bit strong.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Country: Germany
ABV: 5.4%
Style: German Hefeweizen
Other Notes: 14 IBUs.

Brewer Description: (from website) Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time (always a pleasure / enjoyment), goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd June 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden straw yellow colour with a fluffy and puffy three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly bready and wheaty with lots of sweet banana, banana bread and clove.
Taste: Sweet ripe banana with hints of bubblegum, clove and citrus lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.
Overall: A very balanced Hefeweizen that tastes great. But still can’t find this in Hong Kong and always have to carry it back in a suitcase.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original

Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Country: Germany
ABV: 5.4%
Style: German Hefeweizen
Other Notes: 14 IBUs. Hops – Hallertauer Tradition and Magnum. Malt – 60% wheat malt, 40% barley malt from the region of Kelheim.

Brewer Description: (from website) The full complexity of the genuine Bavarian wheat beer – great with hearty food. Amber-mahogany colored wheat beer.

Nuances of ripe bananas, clove, nutmeg and nuts create the aroma. A full-bodied and sparkling beer with a harmonious finish. Brewed according to the original recipe of the founder of the brewery of 1872.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.22
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 28th February 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy bronze copper colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that dissipated slowly without too much lacing.
Aroma: Sweet approaching overripe bananas and clove dominate with hints of bubblegum, caramel, toffee and maybe even pear. The toffee becomes even more pronounced as it warms a bit.
Taste: Banana bread is the first thing that comes to mind, but its definitely sweet banana and toffee with hints of clove and caramel while nutty on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: A very nice hefeweizen that I would definitely buy again.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Hefeweizen

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Kellerweis is one of the few American hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavour complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing, and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: This 12oz bottle was bottled on 30th December 2014 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a very hazy straw gold colour with two finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving behind thin but nice lacing.
Aroma: Earthy wheaty aromas with orange, banana and cloves poking through.
Taste: Mainly ripe banana and bready wheaty malts with hints of citrus and a touch of hoppiness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation with a dry finish.
Overall: This isn’t the best hefe that I’ve tried, but its up there and a good example of one. Its very easy to drink and I would definitely consider this during the hot summers.

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