El Jefe is a German-style Hefeweizen brewed by J. Wakefield Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a can.
The Hefeweizen pours a cloudy golden orange hue and is topped by a very thick cap of loose, soapy, ivory-white foam. The head shows fair retention and its reduction leaves behind small, isolated patches of sticky lace.
The aroma isn’t particularly strong but wafts the nose with a scent of coconut, clove, and wheat bread.
The palate leads off with a taste of wheat bread that bitters with orange citrus, a touch of grapefruit, and spicy phenols. Its acidic bitterness lingers through the finish and is mellowed by flavors of sweet coconut and banana.
Its feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. Its finish is somewhat dry and a lightly acidic.
The head retention could be better but otherwise, this Hefeweizen’s appearance is fine. Its feel could use more carbonation but is still quite easy to tilt back. The aroma is faint but pleasant. But most importantly, however, the palate is terrific. The use of coconut isn’t overpowering and makes for a nice variation of the style. El Jefe is definitely worth a try.
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