Name: Sprecher Hefe Weiss
Brewery: Sprecher Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Glendale, Wisconsin
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.2%
First Brewed: 1986
A spicy and fruity nose with no single thing jumping out. A tad sweet, with a creamy weightiness from the wheat. Gentle hop bitterness provides ample balance. Finish is barley dry and nicely fruity, just quenching enough to make you want another sip.
I swear I have had this beer before. Untappd doesn’t show that I have. Anyway, I love it that this label is on a beer made in the United States. The brewery was originally started in Milwaukee, but is now in Wisconsin. Looking at the label on this, you would never guess it was from here. I am not a huge fan of this style, as they all seem to taste the same. But I am excited to try this one because it’s over 100 degrees outside, and a beer like this is meant for a hot summer night.
In the Glass: The beer is pretty hazy, and reminds me of an unfiltered wheat beer. I have been on an unfiltered wheat beer kick lately. Not sure if it’s the hot weather or the subtle sweet finish, but I am digging that style right now. The beer also pours heavy with a thick, creamy head.
Nose: There isn’t much on the nose. What I am picking up is that orange zest that you expect from this style. Think Blue Moon. This doesn’t seem like a beer that would get better as it heats up, either. This is a style you want to drink cold.
Flavor: The flavor is quite nice. It is quite complex starting off smooth and shallow working across the palate to provide a punch of flavor near the swallow into a dry finish. The finish stays dry, and quickly fades. With such a low ABV I could see myself chugging this beer. I bet it tastes better on tap.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is weak. There isn’t a lot going on here, and it almost tastes flat at first. There aren’t a lot of bubbles, and as you swallow the tongue sort of sits there wanting more. It leaves for a smooth drinking beer, though.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is dry at the beginning, and quickly fades. I want that dryness to stick around, but as I continue to swallow it doesn’t really do much.
The beer is cheap, which is nice. It has a low ABV, which is not nice. When it comes to craft beer, 8-10% is where I want my beers to be. I want a beer that when I finish a bottle I am feeling it. I would have to drink several of these just to get a buzz. I like the flavors, but the beer really isn’t doing much for me. Maybe it’s the style.
Sprecher Hefe Weiss – The bottle says: “A cloudy appearance and an immense creamy head are characteristic of this lightly hopped Bavarian-style brew. This course-filtered wheat ale is germinated with a German yeast culture for a refreshing close spiciness and hints of citrus fruit.”
Tonight we are drinking the Sprecher Hefe Weiss. This beer pours out a light golden color, almost like honey in the glass. It foamed up a lot with a thick white head too, which is quickly dissipating. It looks pretty carbonated, with lots of little bubbles floating to the top. The beer doesn’t have a really strong smell, but does smell a little like oranges and citrus. There’s also a slight hint of spices in there. Let’s see how it tastes.
It does taste a bit carbonated, but not as much as I expected. It also has more of a lemon taste than orange, and the main flavor is also a little bit sour. It doesn’t leave a lot of aftertaste, and what it does is gone pretty quickly. So carbonation, lemon, sour… those are the words that best describe this beer to me. It wouldn’t be a bad summer beer, definitely way better than grabbing a domestic. The carbonation gives it a bit of a light flavor with some citrus to it, something great to drink on one of those warm summer days. I might buy it again if I saw it on the shelf, but probably not something I would seek out. It’s good, but nothing to really make it stick out.