anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. has a fruity wheat malty spicy aroma. Spicy wheat malty banana flavor. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy banana finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap@Callahan"s: Hazy peach color with a small white head. Aroma is wheat and light banana. Flavor is seltzer with light citrus and a hint of banana. Light body with moderate carbolnation.
SDalkoholic (2185) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ SDBC: Served with a lemon wedge and appeared as an opaque hazy glowing yellow. The aroma came up empty with no suggestions for my nose to go off of. The flavor is bland and boring with no real flavors happening other than some minor notes of wheat and the squeeze of lemon from the waitress who served me. Disappointing hef for sure.
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught Small rim of white over hazy yellow beer. Clove, 4vinylguaiacol, and a tad mineral in the finish. Diluted bananasoda. Oh dear. Light, light viscousness, wheat slickness. Got to Bavaria first, please, and try again.
BucannonXC5 (955) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif. Poured a murky orange color. An inch of head that stayed forever. Lots of lacing throughout. Spread out film throughout as well.
Smelled cloves, wheat and some bananas.
Tasted cloves, wheat and banana. Some bubble gum in there as well.
Medium body. Average carbonation. Thick texture.
Not a bad beer overall, but not the best Hefe I’ve ever had. SDBC still makes some pretty good beers.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled El Jefe. On tap at SD Brew co. Super hazy yellow. Nose is lemon spice. Taste is a warm fuzzy. Flavor much weaker than nice nose. No sharpness at all. Eh.
ghawener (1476) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ San Diego Brewing Company: Part of a 7 sampler set. El Hefe was actually very good, bready, banana and yeasty flavors. Food Pairing: Fish and Chips.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloy yellow with a fizzy white head. Decent banana aroma and taste with faint bready and clove notes.
Earlier Rating: 7/20/2007 Total Score: 3
Hazy dark yellow with creamy white head. Faint citrus aroma. Slight banana bread taste.
JohnnyJ (4624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Hazy golden pour, small creamy white head. Lots of fruity yeasts, banana, sweet malt, wheat, and light clove. Fine beer, I just don’t like the style that much, too sweet.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The beer arrived sans lemon/orange wedge, which was immediately encouraging. The beer is a hazy burnt straw color with a big, sturdy white head on it.
S: The nose is even more reassuring: bananas and cloves, along with a hint of malt sweetness and a mild citrus zest note. Maybe just a touch of bubblegum.
T: The flavor is good, as well. Sweet bubblegum, bananas, and a mild clove flavor. There is a fair amount of wheat and malt sweetness, too.
M: The body is light to medium with an almost creamy carbonation.
D: This is probably one of the better brewpub hefeweizens since it’s actually a hefeweizen style beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2010 Total Score: 3.1
A: The pour is the typically cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Points taken away from the appearance for the lemon wedge that it was served with.
S: A pleasant surprise as I bring this one to my nose: clove! There really is too much clove here, but that along with a mild banana note, is really much better than the usual crappy pale wheat ales.
T: Like with the nose, the cloves really dominate the flavors of the beer. The banana comes through more than it did in the aromas, however. There is just a tinge of tartness on the finish.
M: A light to medium bodied beer with a somewhat low carbonation.
D: Not the best hefeweizen, but at least it is one. I’d recommend this one if you’re at Callahan’s.