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Frankenmuth Brewery The Hef

THE HEF: 81 Points

Simple, like the name

Simple, like the name

The Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A sweet mixture of spices & fruit with hints of clove and banana, this refreshingly pale German wheat is top fermented, unfiltered and lightly hopped to achieve its smooth, pleasant flavor and unmistakable cloudy appearance.”

My Description: This is a great introductory beer for those who aren’t familiar with Wheat Ales because it is low-key and simple. It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with wheat malt being the main note along with some bananas, clove spice, and a hint of bubblegum. The Hef is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean but lacks depth and yeast notes. Wheat malt dominates the taste with only the slightest hint of clove. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a lingering banana note that is welcoming. Overall, this Hefeweizen is refreshing and sessionable but it tastes more like an American Wheat Ale than its German counterpart. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with sautéed Sea Scallops, a fried chicken salad, or grilled asparagus.

ABV: 5.2% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Greenbush Sunspot

SUNSPOT: 88 Points

A deeper Hefe

A deeper Hefe

This Hefeweizen is released seasonally in the Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A hot way to cool down. Hot. Drenched. Delightfully blinding. Right. We’re not talking about that ball of fire in the sky, but our refreshing Hefewiezen. Skip the shade and down a glass or two and be cool.”

My Description: This beer goes down smooth and satisfies on that warm Summer night. It begins with a decent, off-white/tan colored head that thins down to a film that lingers for some time leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. Surprisingly, the aroma has a sweet note that stands out along with your typical Hefe notes of yeast spices like cloves and bubblegum. Sunspot is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. It drinks a little thicker than most Hefeweizens from Germany, which affects the overall drinkability slightly but it also makes it unique. The flavor profile is tasty and interesting because there seems to be a woodsy-like flavor throughout that is faint but noticeable. Big banana notes dominate along with yeast notes of cloves and a mild note of black pepper. Some earthiness can also be detected and the hop notes become more prominent as the beer warms. I enjoyed this offering from Greenbush, it isn’t as clean or refreshing as their German counterparts but nonetheless Sunspot is flavorful and satisfying.

ABV: 6% Color: Murky Apricot Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Funky Buddha Floridian

FLORIDIAN: 92 Points

Calm like the Buddha

Calm like the Buddha

This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.”

My Description: This Hefeweizen captures the essence of a Florida sunset nicely; the flavors are mild, the color of the beer is reminiscent of the sky, and overall this is an easy drinking beer. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of bananas and citrus along with some yeast spice undertones. Floridian is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A creamy texture and smooth body makes this beer highly drinkable. Notes of wheat malt and honey are apparent in the flavor profile along with notes of bubblegum, citrus fruits, and a hint of spice. The flavors are not strong or in your face, but more on the subtle side. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a lingering clove note that satisfies. This is a great summer beer and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with an arugula salad, grilled shrimp, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 5.2% Color: Orange/Yellow Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Victory Winter Cheers

WINTER CHEERS: 80 Points

Interesting Winter

Interesting Winter

This Weizen is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation. Hoisted high in its golden glory, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, our celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.”

My Description: This is an interesting choice of style to brew for a Winter seasonal. I commend them for going a different route than your typical Winter Warmers but this beer just doesn’t seem to satisfy. I understand they have a higher alcohol content than most weizens to give a warming feel but overall this beer is whatever. It begins with a very large, bright white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma in welcoming with an earthy presence along with notes of citrus, lemon, and straw. Winter Cheers is medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is decent enough with notes of wheat malt, some banana and bubblegum, and yeast spice undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering spice notes. There is something in the finish that I don’t like, an almost buttery/toffee note that seems out of place. This beer is good but nothing I would seek out again. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with mild cheeses, grilled shrimp, or light salads.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

HEFE-WEIZEN: 80 Points

Average Hefe

Average Hefe

Also known as Weissbier, this Hefe-Weizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Premium Weissbier at the top of its class. Not only in the context of the Erdinger assortment Erdinger Weissbier with fine yeast applies undisputed as the classical authors, as the white beer absolutely. It is brewed with fine yeast after a delivered prescription and naturally strictly after the Bavarian purity requirement. Today still without the traditional bottle fermentation one does not do here: Three to four weeks it lasts, until the Erdinger Weissbier with fine yeast matured. For the production only finest raw materials are used. Experience of many years and constant quality controls guarantee beyond that the unmistakable taste. A Weissbier for all, those the unforgettable good taste love.”

My Description: This is one of those Hefe’s that you buy in a six pack so that you can drink pretty quickly, I wouldn’t sit back and savor the flavors. It begins with a large, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is okay with notes of wheat malt and a touch of lemon, but there is not much else going on. This ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean but very plain with notes of wheat malt, some citrus, and a minor hint of spice in the aftertaste. It is an easy drinking beer but doesn’t necessarily satisfy like other German Hefe’s. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with salads, burgers, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 1/10

TAP 7 ORIGINAL: 93 Points

The Original Recipe

The Original Recipe

This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles

Brewer’s Description: “With its amber-mahogany coloring and streaked with fine top-fermented yeast, this beer has a fine, persistent head that adheres well to the glass. It is pleasantly fruity with a typical top-fermented smell, an aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose. On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced. It finishes with a light, delicate taste of bitters leaving behind a sour impression.”

My Description: If the recipe isn’t broke, then don’t fix it! It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle with minor yeast notes of clove and nutmeg with a touch of wheat malt. This ale is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is definitely dominated by cloves and other spices. There are also flavor notes of light fruits and bananas. The finish is minimally bitter with a sour hint that is welcoming. This beer is clean and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roast pork, Camembert cheese, or meat loaf.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Amber/Mahogany  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

TAP 4 WIESEN EDEL-WEISSE: 95 Points

Slightly Complex Hefe

Slightly Complex Hefe

Also sold as Tap 4 Mein Grünes, this Hefeweizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A shiny-brass colored organic wheat beer, certified Naturland organic. An aroma of hops and citrus with a spicy note perfectly balances the malty character with the easiness of the hops. Refreshing and full-bodied at the same time.”

My Description: This Hefeweizen is satisfying and addicting with a flavor profile that is world class. It has a very large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is enticing with notes of cloves, bananas, some citrus, and other yeast notes. This wheat beer is medium/full bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is very clean and mimics the aroma nicely. There are faint but noticeable flavors of clove and citrus accompanied by a delicious wheat malt body. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and hides the alcohol beautifully. The flavors are slightly complex and extremely enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled snapper, roasted asparagus, or salads.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Gold/Copper  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OKTOBERFEST: 84 Points

Not your typical Oktoberfest

Not your typical Oktoberfest

This Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is released seasonally in late Summer in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Erdinger is brewed all-naturally, using traditional bottle-fermentation, never pasteurized.”

My Description: This is a very straightforward Hefeweizen with simple flavors and a smooth finish, a good choice for the season of drinking. It begins with a very large and fluffy, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with floral notes accompanied by some notes of grain and citrus. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. This Hefeweizen does not have an apparent presence of the typical flavors like bananas, cloves, or bubblegum but that’s all do to the yeast that is used to produce this ale. This wheat beer has flavor notes of grains, citrus, and a hint of bitterness but overall, there is not much going on in this beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, salads, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 5.7%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HEFE WEIZEN: 91 Points

Love the Yeast

Love the Yeast

Also under the alias, Hofbräu Münchner Weisse, this German Hefeweizen is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The origin of München Münchener Kindl Hefe Weizen dates back to 1589 and since then the Weise” has a distinctive place in the history of Hofbräu München, München Münchener Kindl Hefe Weizen is characterized by its sparkling, by its rich foam, and naturally by its unforgettable refreshing taste.”

My Description: Nothing says refreshing and satisfying like a quality German Hefeweizen on a warm summer night; this is definitely one of those Hefe’s. It begins with a large, bright white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with some light lemon and cloves notes accompanied by wheat malt and a touch of banana. This ale is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. It is smooth and well balanced. Upfront, there are flavor notes of cloves, bananas, wheat, and other yeast phenols that are held by a tasty citrus background. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is crisp and minimally bitter. This Hefe is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, blue cheese, or burgers.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 1/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

WATERKEEPER: 90 Points

Save the Water!

Save the Water!

This Hefeweizen is released seasonally in late Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Perfect for a float down the Hooch or just grillin’ in the backyard, Waterkeeper Hefeweizen is our go to summer brew. Picks up with notes of banana and clove and light enough to drink all day.”

My Description: This is a refreshing Hefe with great flavor notes and a delicate body. It begins with a big and fluffy, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is real nice and inviting with notes of wheat malt, some yeast spice, a hint of sweetness, and touch of light fruit. This ale is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile consists of a balancing wheat malt backbone with notes of cloves, banana, and light citrus presence. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and thirst quenching. This ale is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked ribs, grilled sausages, or light salads.

ABV: 5.7%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

RAUCHBIER WEIZEN: 95 Points

Yeast + Spice = Excellent

Yeast + Smoke = Excellent

This Smoked Weizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.”

My Description: The combination of the wheat malt, yeast, and smoked barley is nicely done as one does not necessarily overpower the other two, instead they all work harmoniously together. It begins with a large and foamy, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way and leaves behind a good wall of lacing. The aroma is complex with notes of smoked malt, cloves, some sweetness, and a hint of banana. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer is refreshing and very smooth. There are great smoke flavors in this beer that are accompanied by notes of yeast spice, wheat malt, and a hint of light fruit. The aftertaste is thirst quenching with hardly any sign of bitterness. The smoke lingers nicely in between sips with a touch of clove. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, beef stroganoff, or grilled lamb chops.

ABV: 5.2%  Color: Medium Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HEFEWEIZEN: 97 Points

Perfect for any occasion

Perfect for any occasion

This Hefe-weizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Paulaner Hefe-Weizen natural cloudy beer is our brewery’s best-selling product. Specifically cultivated, top-fermented yeast give it its unmistakable character: sparklingly mild and fruity with a delicate yeast flavour. The eye is immediately drawn to its gleaming orange colour, its uniform cloudiness and the large head. The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements.”

My Description: This beer satisfies immediately with its refreshing taste and delicious flavors. The head is large and fluffy with an off-white color. It lasts forever and leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and other yeast phenols. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The creamy texture is welcoming and helps to make this beer ultra smooth. The flavor profile is on point with the style; upfront there are notes of citrus, pepper spice, bubblegum, and other hints of yeast. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with a lingering fresh wheat note. It is best served round 45°F and pairs nicely with chicken sandwiches, coconut shrimp, or salads.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Hazy Gold/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

BRÄUWEISSE: 95 Points

Refreshing Citrus Notes

Refreshing Citrus Notes

 This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Delicious lemon and vanilla scented wheat beer with yeast. This is an aristocratic beer with a champagne sparkle and a beautifully sustained head. With the pale color of mountain honey and tart refreshing palate, it is a “brut” beer with the delicious, complex fruitiness of extra-dry champagne. Bottle conditioned and top fermented, it is a benchmark for this style of beer. The nose is fruity-spicy, herbaceous with lots of flowers, and fruit.”

My Description: Ayinger delivers a refreshing and tasty Hefeweizen that is perfect for any occasion, especially those hot summer nights. It has a decent, white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The nose on this beer is fantastic and pleasing. There are notes of lemon, bubblegum, wheat malt, and clove. It is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. This Hefe is very smooth with a semi-creamy texture and a clean flavor profile. Upfront, there are notes of clove spice accompanied by wheat malt, lemon and other light fruits, and a floral-like flavor that satisfies. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a faint banana note. This beer is made with great care and quality and is definitely a must try. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, salads, or sushi.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Pale Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

HEFEWEISSBIER: 99 Points

So perfect

This Hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality ‘Weisswurst’ or white sausage.”

My Description: What stands out the most about this particular Hefe is how clean it is, the quality makes the flavors and texture of this beer so easy to swallow it’s ridiculous. It has a good sized, white colored head that holds the whole way and produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and straightforward with notes of cloves and bubblegum. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer starts off with a beautiful wheat malt body with flavor notes of bubblegum and a hint of banana. The aftertaste is smooth and crisp with a lingering clove spice. This beer is great and deserves the grading it received. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, BBQ shrimp, or pretzels.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Hazy Orange/Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

KELLERWEIS HEFEWEIZEN:  91 Points

Beautiful Lacing

This is Sierra Nevada’s Hefeweizen and is available year-round. I’ve only found this beer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor 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.” Deeply complex, flavors reminiscent of ripe banana and spicy clove. Hazy golden beer glows with suspended yeast creating a velvety texture.

My Description: Nice and thick head that is white in color. The lacing is great as you can see from the picture. Once you put your nose into the glass you will instantly smell the clove and bubblegum aroma that is traditional with hefeweizens. The body is relatively light which gives the beer a smooth and refreshing feel. The hazy-golden color is beautiful and welcoming. Once the beer touches your tongue you will taste the clove and spices all the way through to the aftertaste which will linger. You will also receive a minor lemon note at the front of your mouth if you look for it. This beer is easy drinking beer with complex flavors that makes you want to keep on drinking. If you let the beer sit for about 10 minutes you will also taste a bit of honey, but this beer is best drank at around 40°F. In my personal opinion this is one of the best hefeweizens I’ve ever drank. Damn good. You can pick this up in many states at around $9-$10 for a six pack. Well worth it if you enjoy hefeweizens.

ABV: 4.8%  Color: Hazy Gold-Yellow  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

CIRCUS BOY: 76 Points

Designed for circus folk perhaps?

This hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description:  “Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen. Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both? Be amazed by the flavorful haze of this wonderful wheat beer.”

My Description:  Unfortunately, this did not quench my thirst for a good hefeweizen. There are better versions of this style out there. It has weak, white colored head with absolutely no retention and very little lacing. The aroma is faint with only the minor hint of lemon, which is disappointing because I was hoping for a little more. It is roughly light bodied with an average carbonation level. The flavors are subtle and distant with only the flavor of lemon standing out. The aftertaste has a touch of spice with a hint of some herbalness. The Germans would be pissed about this. This beer is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with burgers, roasted vegetables, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 4.5%  Color: Straw  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 1/10

UFO HEFEWEIZEN: 58 Points

UFO Series

This is part of their UnFiltered Offering Series.  It has an IBU of 19. First brewed in 1998, it is available year-round on draft and in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The unfiltered yeast remains in suspension, giving this style its signature cloudy color and a soft mouthfeel.  Unlike traditional Bavarian hefeweizens, however, UFO Hefeweizen uses a northern German ale yeast to produce it’s signature “citrus-like” aroma.”

My Description:  This is not a hefeweizen. Just because it is an unfiltered wheat beer does not automatically put it in the hefeweizen category.  Please don’t base an opinion on hefeweizens after drinking this beer.  First off, the head is white in color and it has pretty decent thickness and density.  The lacing is held to a minimal but the head retains itself for some time.  The aroma is where I first realized an error in the style.  It has no hint of cloves, yeast, or spices that a traditional hefeweizen delivers, but rather it smells earthy and grassy.  It almost smells like freshly used fireworks.  The taste is horrendous. There are no welcoming banana and spice flavors with notes of bubble gum or fresh yeast.  This beer has a earthy and grassy taste accompanied by notes of sweetness and a very minimal citrus presence.  It would be one thing if these flavors worked in harmony but in this beer they do not.  It is light to medium bodied and is relatively smooth and easy drinking.  I wouldn’t be so bothered if they just called this a Wheat Ale, but they didn’t.   If you are looking to drink a hefeweizen please look for another bottle.  This beer is an insult, please do not drink around Germans.

ABV: 4.8%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1/10

IN-HEAT WHEAT: 81 Points

In-Heat Anyone?

This hefeweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles. It has an IBU of 12 and it is recommended to serve this in a pilsner glass.

Brewer’s Description: “This German-Style Hefe is great with complementing (fruitiness) or contrasting (seafood spices like Old Bay) flavors. Brewer also notes that this will have huge banana and clove notes.

My Description: At first glance of this hefeweizen after I poured it, it almost looked filtered because there were barely any yeast sediment floating around. This does not alter the flavor but aesthetics do play a role in how you perceive flavor. Nevertheless, this beer has poor head retention with minimal lacing. The aroma contains minor spice and clove notes that are pleasing and expected. You will pick up on the spice and cloves and soon as this hits the tip of your tongue followed by more spice in the aftertaste accompanied by a little bubblegum type flavor. You can pick up on the banana very minimally considering that the brewer says the banana is huge. Not the best hefeweizen I’ve ever had but you will enjoy it nonetheless. It’s lighter bodied, smooth, and easy drinking. It would pair nicely with Gorgonzola dishes, chicken wings, or salads. A six pack will go for around $7-$9 dollars.

ABV: 4.7% Color: Very Light Caramel Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.3/10