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Hale’s El Jefe Weizen Ale

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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El Jefe Hefeweizen pushes the wheat beer category to a new level - beyond bland. The flavor profile is “true Bavarian Style”, complex with fruity influences that only genuine hefeweizen yeast can produce. It’s “The Boss” 4.8% ABV 24 IBUs Malts: 2-Row Pale ~ Torrefied Wheat ~ White Wheat Hops: American Saaz Original Gravity: 12° Plato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7776) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at Hale’s, pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Nose brings out notes of citrus, banana, and clove. Flavour brings out a lot of banana and citrus upfront, with light clove underneath. Very banana-y. Round palate that is drinkable enough, despite not being wheaty at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (6222) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Draft - Light wheat and banana notes. Hazy yellow gold with a decent white head. Light banana notes and some citrus. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 15, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass in Fall 2013. A: Very cloudy with yeast. S: Banana. T: Banana. Lots of cloves too. A bit of spiciness on the back end. M: Creamy smooth. O: The German hefs are better, but this is a solid attempt by an American brewery. It uses genuine hefeweizen yeast and you can tell. I enjoyed this one much more than other American hefs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Best American hefeweizen I’ve had to date. Only complaints are a little too light weight, and not enough sediment. Pours out a hazy orange golden with medium foamy head. Head could be a little creamier and have a bit more substance. Aroma is normal weizen, bananas, bubblegum and wheat. Body is a bit thin, but taste is right on the money. Good job from Hale’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2014
12oz can, I think relatively fresh. Poured into a Blvd tulip glass. This beer is weird, I don’t think its actually a Hefe. The beer is only hazy, surprising for an unfiltered wheat. The beer is also generally more like a cheap Wit without spices as opposed to a Hefe. Cereal malts with orange esters and only light banana aspects. Even worse than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4807) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2014
12oz can. Looks filtered...which would be odd for the style. Lots of active rising carbonation bubbles inside an orange-tan body. Not that impressive of an aroma for the style. Taste is OK, some banana, but some slight plastic off tones. Not that good, but not horrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Dark yellow, finger white head Smell sweet rotten fruit taste gum and light banana Light body mediocre

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1412) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Surprised by the low ratings on this one. It’s solid. Yes, lower ABV. But for this style, I want to taste banana notes. And I’m getting quite a bit of them. Not as much as my preferred brew, SanTan, but still in abundance. Solid and quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3950) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very hazy light brown color with almost no head on it whatsoever. Nose has a lot of the wheat and standard yeast smell to it, as well as some light citrus and subtle banana elements. Taste is slightly tart at initial pass, then descends into a subtle residual sweetness throughout. Pretty good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Duchammer (96) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Poured cloudy golden yellow with no head although carbonation was present. Aroma had a nice balance of banana and clove. Very very light to taste almost watered down. Banana and clove flavors were moderately there. Couldnot get any breadyness from the wheat.

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