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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Santa Cruz Ale Works Hefeweizen This blonde colored ale has its roots firmly planted in Germany but has adapted well to suit the taste of the American public. By nature it is unfiltered as Hefeweizen means wheat beer with yeast in German. Unlike our Bavarian counterparts, this wheat beer does not have the same banana and clove undertones or esters. These flavors are typically formed during fermentation are not the result of adding spices or fruit flavorings. Our hefe starts off with a nice, balanced wheat malt profile and then finishes off with a light lemon/orange citrus essence. Approx 5.3% Alc./Vol.

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DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
08-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 12-Jun-08 for $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Having tried and disliked the Pale Ale and IPA, both of which were dramatically overhopped and unbalanced, the good news is that Hefeweizen isn’t a hoppy style, so the brewer shouldn’t be tempted to push teeth-scraping bitterness on us. And though the Hefeweizen is less sexy than their other beers, it’s easily the most enjoyable for me. It’s flavorful and goes down easy. The problem is that, stylistically, it’s a renegade, so those wanting a true hefeweizen-style beer will perhaps be disappointed. Little, if any, of the core flavors associated with traditional German-style hefeweizens are present, with banana and clove pretty much MIA. Instead, it’s really malty for the style, and fairly sweet too, with fruity and spicy notes from the yeast, and a pleasant finish of wheaty and yeasty breadiness. A gentle fruity tartness aids in balancing the sweetness to some degree, but this is still kind of a sweetie for a wheat beer. The nose is malty, vaguely wheaty, and modestly spicy. Medium in body and smooth and easy on the palate with ample but soft carbonation. Visually, the beer is bright golden-yellow in color and cloudy, but still with some transparency to see through the beer. When poured, the whitish head snap, crackles and pops like soda, so the foam never rises more than half an inch and fades to a razor-thin ring and is thus incapable of leaving lace on the glass. So, not exactly to style, not even close actually, and it doesn’t challenge the palate, but it’s pleasant to drink, and that’s a lot more than I can say for their other two offerings at the moment.

3
hayduke (5665) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Well we are really getting close. This will be rating number 999, and tomorrow is the big day. The bottle of Hefe came in an attractive 22 oz bottle and poured a hazy yellow with fizzy white head and light lacing.Nose of malts and some citrus, Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is quite light with some banana and not a lot like the hefe it is advertised to be. Considering how good their IPA was this was a bit of let down.

2.7
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Nice orange pour with very little head. Agree with the metallic aroma of spices and dry earthy malt. Flavor is similar; biscuity bubblegum malt, still a bit metallic with earthy spicing in the finish. Just didn’t come together very well, the flavors seem a bit artificial and the mouthfeel is off.

2.3
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
22 ounce bomber purchased at BevMo in Vacaville. Metallic, spicy aroma with some esters present. More lemon than bubblegum in the aroma. Cloudy golden body with a smallish white head present. Slightly sweet chewy wheat maltiness present to start. Becomes a bit fruity later on with a little astringency. Not really too much going on here. Kind of boring.

2
rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Poured on tap at Marin Brew Breast Fest a clear blond with a small white head. Aroma is tart with malt and citrus. The flavor is tart/sour with something like honey. There is no banana or clove and very little carbonation to make this even close to a hefeweizen. I was hoping to like it but was more disappointed than anything.

2.2
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo! Mission Valley. Overall a pretty lame hefe, not much nose or flavor.....pretty weak.

2.9
bhensonb (15747) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bomber from BevMo. Hazy orange tinged gold color with a decent white head. Aromas of pale malt or grain and citrus. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Body thins a lot as carbonation goes. Flavor is malt/grain and clove with a hint of citrus. I am getting very little banana, if any. Drinkable, but not a traditional hefe.

3
can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Very malty for a Hefe. Heavy on the acidic side in the nose. Carbonation is high, but small bubbles. No head at all, hazy light yellow color. Lots of malt.

2.7
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle @ BevMo, gave it a try. Pours cloudy yellow with a puffy white head. Cereal, lemon, metallic aroma. Watery banana and clove flavors, with more wheat and grain tastes than expected. tastes more like a rough American wheat than a German hefe.

1.9
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
22 oz bottle from Bev Mo! Very cloudy yellow, no real aroma to speak off. Not much of the yeasty, wheaty flavor one expects from the style. Slight metallic after taste. A bit harsh. I would love to hype a small Santa Cruz Brewery, but I’m sorry, this just seemed to misfire.


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