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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Ahh, Weiss beer; is there anything more refreshing and indicative of Summer? As promised, here is the second installment of this incredible seasonal. Far and away, the most popular specialty we have ever released here at La Cumbre, our very traditional Bavarian-style Hefeweizen is brewed with 60% malted wheat and a very unique yeast strain resulting in a rush of banana and clove in the nose, and a big, lush, milkshake-like mouthfeel. While the alcohol is moderate, watch out, you’ll go through 3 of these faster than a passing monsoon rain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Type: 16-oz. can Glass: Clear 8-oz. tumbler glass From: Trader Joe’s in (Uptown) Albuquerque, N.M. Price: $2.38 Purchased: May 6, 2016 Consumed: May 7, 2016 Misc.: No BOD Had a taster of this back in 2014 on a trip to Albuquerque at the La Cumbre Brewery and I remember really liking it. Passed on reviewing it on May 5 when I went to La Cumbre again, but picked up a can at an ABQ Trader Joe’s the final day. Hoping this one still holds up. Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of gray, fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. A good deal of carbonated bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor wet lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25) Smelled peppery spices, coriander, honey, banana, banana chips, cloves, vanilla and leathery notes. (Smell - 4.00) Taste mostly followed the nose, getting banana, cloves, peppery spices, honey, coriander peel, hints of vanilla, some Circus Peanuts candy and green grapes. Very sweet. (Taste - 4.00) Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00) This was just as good as I remember. A bit sweeter than I remember, but tasty nonetheless. (Overall - 4.00) 3.96 89 B+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (8205) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Can thanks to Will. Pours a hazy orange yellow with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is clove, wheat, banana, citrus. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, light dry finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2303) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2016
Canned. Cloudy dark orange with a small white head. The aroma is overtly spicy with cloves, allspice, and hay. The flavor is a big blast of banana backed by cloves and followed up by a hint of mild hallertau hops. The palate is full and lush, the finish is long with linger spiced banana. Overall: This is one of the best US Hefe’s I have had in a long time. It is true to the style and is probably only exceeded by New Glarus’ stuff. Well done Jeff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (6669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2016
Hazy deep golden with a tight and thick white head. Big dry wheaty aroma with a kiss of ripe banana and belgianesque dustiness. Full wheaty and semisweet banana flavor with loads of complexity and a little earthiness. Some mild clove rounds out a very German finish. Pretty damn lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zoucrew102 (1201) - - MAR 26, 2016
Pint can. Wheat malt aroma with bready yeast, hop, clove, lemony citrus and light banana notes. Pours cloudy golden colored with a thin white head with mediocre retention and minimal lacing. Starts very malty with wheat and bread yeastiness as well as a bit of clove. Finishes smooth and refreshing with light banana sweetness, light spicy hop bitterness and lemon citrus and acidity that lingers on the palate. Solid hefe, but a little light on the banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (935) - - MAR 25, 2016
Can. Murky honeylike hue with a fizzy head that evaporates quickly. Aroma’s heavy on the phenolics: smoky clove, black pepper, a little adhesive. Flavor, too, could use more fruit presence, as clove covers soft banana, peardrop and dry, tannic wheat. Flashes with a dollop of malt sweetness before a dryn underwhelming finish. Not terrible for an American-made hef, but there’s nothing here that brings it to the level of the classics of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Can. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Aroma of banana, clove, bready malt, spices, yeast. Flavor of yeast and bready malt upfront with sweet bubblegum, banana, light fruits, and spices in the finish. Very classic hefe, well done, super refreshing. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1787) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Sample from a can. Pours a pale, clear, straw color. The nose is bread yeast, lemon zest, banana peel, and wheat. Sweet flavor, with just a hint of some esters. Light body, smooth, and a little flat. Overall, this is a pretty good wheat beer, but lacks some of the character of a good hefeweizen. Still, a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2016
16 oz single, drank via can, purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Collins. Aroma and flavor of yeast, bread, herbs (clove), light spicy hops and hints of banana and fruity esters. Crisp and balanced with a smooth finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3586) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Can from Whole Foods -Indian Plaza. Solid weizen, only knock is a head which fades way too quickly. Aroma ànd taste on target, body almost heavy enough to match up with the Germans. One of the best American hefes I’ve tried.

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