RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
At an elevation of 4,293 feet on the SW slope of Mt. Marcy, lies the well-spring of the Hudson River. Pure and clear, here the river begins a wild 315 mile tumble to the greatest city in the world. Headwater Hefe is unfiltered and brewed in classic Bavarian style. Using imported wheat and barley, this beer is lightly hopped with hints of banana and clovein the aroma and finish. Serve in a tall glass to enjoy its billowy white head, reminiscent of the Hudson Headwaters. Dont get over your head. Drink Responsibly.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Inbreak (5639) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 29.06.2013, tap @ The Pony Bar NY:
Tiny shortlasting head. What the heck kind of crap is this? Aroma is sulfury, old potato cellar. Taste is washwater, sulfur, potatoes. Little bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Horrible!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2013
12 oz bottle pours murky dark yellow. Not much aroma. A bit of orange wheat and banana taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (9007) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Draft. Hazy yellow orange with a white head. Lemony and banana fruity, light yeasty spicy notes, and light bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Hazy yellow color with a white head yielding some nice lacing. This has clove, banana, herbal spice, hay, and a little stale wheat grain throwing it off just a touch. This is a good beer though. Everything pretty much works making jt an enjoyabke refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (2001) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle from Olivers in Albany. Sorta hazy and lighter in color than a usual German Hefe. Nice spice-fruit aromas. Flavor is very good. Light body. Slightly fizzy at first, but better as it goes. Flavor is nice and wheaty. Some clove. Light banana. A very good effort on a style that sometimes seems hard to get right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle pour. Cloudy yellow with a decent white head. Nice banana ester aroma. Vlassic german hef. Decent showing of style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Yellow pour with white head and lace. Wheaty malt and corriander. Wheat, clove, and banana flavor. Light bodied and a tad fizzy. ok beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14978) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle from Paula. Pours pale gold with a foamy 3 finger white head. Light banana and clove aromas. Near med body. Banana and clove indeed, but rather light. There is also some citrus. Finishes mildly the same. Really, really light hefe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12397) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2012
12 oz bottle-pours hazy yellow with an offwhite head. Aroma is raw wheat, some herbal. Taste is raw wheat, some herbal hops.
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2007 Total Score: 3.2
Hunter Mt. Hefe-on tap-pours a dissipating white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is banana, clove, some yeast/wheat. Taste is lots of clove, banana, some yeast/wheat, some lemon with it. When it warms up the banana comes to equal the clove. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow hue, mostly clear but slightly cloudy. Plenty of carbonation visible at first, but dies down quickly. Forms a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Banana fruit, light clove and floral notes and earthy lemonpeel. Not very strong overall, but inviting.

Taste: The beer claims to be brewed in the "classic Bavarian style," and upon first impression Headwater Hefe definitely has a lot of German characteristics to it. Up front is the banana fruit with a lightly sweet, almost candy taste following. The second half ends with mild clove spice and distinct tobacco and smoke flavor. Its sharp, like an extra sharp cheddar cheese, and the aftertaste is short and clean. These flavors keep repeating until the end making for a tasty, satisfying beer - but nothing that goes above and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with slight fizziness across the tongue.

Drinkability: Drank cool to cold, Headwater Hefe is a very refreshing beer on a summers day or night. The mild palate makes it quite refreshing, although Im not sure it would stand up to any real food pairings other than salad or finger food. The ABV is not listed on the bottle, nor on the brewerys website, but Im estimating its less than 5% due to the light palate and accompanying body.

Overall, Headwater Hefe is a good attempt at an authentic German style hefeweizen, but just isnt the same thing in the end. Certainly a commendable effort and a very drinkable beer.

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