El Jefe

Hefeweizen J. Wakefield Brewing


El Jefe, a German-style Hefeweizen by J. Wakefield Brewing

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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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About the Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen (known as a Weissbier in its native Germany) is hundreds of years old and was originally brewed for Bavarian royalty. The commoners began to drinking this wheat beer in 1872 but the typical pale straw to gold-colored version that’s enjoyed today only became popular in the 1960s. Also characteristic of the style is a tall, dense cap of foam while the unfiltered ale is usually cloudy. Its aroma and palate have a moderate amount of phenols and esters that impart a scent of clove and banana. Hops are mild at best and the smell and taste may also contain wheat bread, vanilla, or even bubblegum. Its feel is usually medium-light to medium, seemingly creamy, and should be effervescent with high carbonation.