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Lightning Thunderweizen
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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The Thunderweizen is brewed in the style of a traditional German Hefeweizen: lots of wheat, vigorous fermentation, and completely unfiltered for a full, refreshing flavor that perfectly compliments San Diego’s perpetual good weather. Despite the hints of banana, citrus, clove, and other spices, we do not add additives to our beer - that impressive flavor is naturally produced.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3763) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy very dark golden color with a fairly thick white head. Nose is fairly light and wheaty with some citrus in there. Taste is a little heavy and much the same as the nose. OK, not great.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2805) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle, likely old as hell because everything else I bought from Total Wine in Huntington Beach was - Pours hazy golden with a foamy white head. Nose is tart oakiness with orange rind and some plasticy yeast. Taste has a lot of the same plastic yeast, real dry and astringent, covering up any banana or clove notes that might be there. Dry, mineral finish, fairly astringent. Full body with soft carbonation. I’ve never had a soured hefe, but boy this is not my thing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (3416) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
22 oz. bomber. It pours a rather dark hazy orange color with a nice white head that shrinks quickly. The aroma is big on sweet bubble gum with some clove and good wheat malt balance. Not too spicy. The flavor is a decent balance of weizen yeast spice with bubble gum and banana, but the body is too thick and it’s a bit on the sweet side with some weird orange thing going on. A little under carbonated for the style as well. Needs to have a lighter, more delicate body and be drier to be worthy of the high ranking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Cheap-ass bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Weird how this brewery just kind of snuck into the state and nobody ever seems to talk about (or drink?) them. Figured I’d plunge on a Hefe on a warm day, and was met with a nice looking but fairly bland beer. The one distinctive and redeeming feature to me was a moderate tartness in the taste, as if from unripe orange or something.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bomber bought at Greenville Beer Exchange, poured a hazy golden yellow color, aromas of wheat, light lemon zest, banana, and a touch of clove. Flavors followed suit with a slight utter aftertaste, don’t know if it was due to the bottle, but a decent hefe overall that I would easily drink again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2012
Draft @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity wheat malty banana aroma. Sweetish wheat malty spicy banana flavor. Has a sweetish wheat malty banana finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11389) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of citrus and clove. Med body. Chewy carb. Flavor is very banana and clove. It’s clean and fresh. Finishes on a clove note. Quite tasty hefe.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1201) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
A cloudy, yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has fruity orange zest mixed with wheat and spices. It has a light body with crisp texture and lively carbonation. The taste is sweet and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oc4111 (119) - USA - AUG 12, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a large wheat beer glass. Pours a dark cloudy orange. Nicely formed head with rings of lacing. Aroma and taste is bavarian yeast, banana, clove and a slight hint of lemon. Refreshing hefe. Best American version of a German hefe I’ve had although I haven’t had the offerings from New Gladiator.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
650 bottle from Bevmo. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium white head that has good retention. The aroma is a big blast of banana and banana bread. The flavor, like the aroma, showcases banana with just a touch of tart lemony hops filling in the sides, add a touch of clove and a big sweet finish with lots of banana bread. The palate is thick and creamy. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Wow, possibly the best American Hefe that does not have the tag "New Glarus" on it. I loved it.


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