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Brewsters Gunthers Hefeweizen

Brewed by Brewsters Brewing Co. - Alberta
Style: German Hefeweizen
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Bavarian style wheat beer that has seen a phenomenal renaissance in its native Germany. This beer uses 60% wheat malt and is fermented with a special yeast originating in the Weihenstephan brewery of Munich, which give it its unmistakable flavour and aroma of cloves and bananas. This beer is unfiltered and cloudy, retaining a healthy (in the true sense of the word) amount of yeast (Hefe in German). Voted best domestically brewed beer at the 2006 Calgary International Beer Festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a very cloudy yellow as expected from a hefe, small white ring of foam with very little lace on the glass. Aroma is cloves, yeasty/wheaty, banana, and light bubblegum. Taste is banana, clove, yeast and a bit astringent on the finish. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9813) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. A story of banana, in the aroma and in the taste. Banana bits in the mouthfeel, though otherwise smooth, with a bit of astringency in the finish. Lacy, thick appearance. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4945) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
Pint on tap at Oliver Square location in Edmonton. Poured a hazy copper color with a small white head and little lacing. Aromas of banana and cloves and some yeast as well. Taste is yeast and cloves with a light sourness in the finish. Nicely carbonated providing a decent mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer, but not one of my favorites from Brewsters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bulldogops (1145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
Pint @ Brewster’s. 5.2%. Cloudy, orange/honey coloured pour with a frothy white foam, medium retention. Aroma is yeast and bananas. Taste is more bananas (maybe too much), yeast, orange, coriander, and almost a sweet gingery taste lingering in the finish. Creamy, cool and very sweet, but leaves a very dry mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pumpmaster (1278) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2011
5 ounce sample at the 11th Ave brewpub at 5-beer sampler for $8.50CAD. Very good, even not being my favorite style

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maley1 (899) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
Very cloudy creamy yellow colour with medium head. Aroma of banana, wheat and cloves. Taste was watery, with a citrus lemon coming through. Refreshing but not a great hefe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
For this pour I used my German weissbier glass which compliments the naturally substantial head of wheat beers. Gunther’s is unfiltered and cloudy and a nice golden bronze in color. Excellent lacing left on the glass. The nose is of banana, clove, and coriander. There are notes of yeast in the aroma. It is a sweet smell and quite appetizing. There are hints of slightly sweet banana in the taste but it is not overpowering. I can now distinctly taste the large proportion of wheat used to brew Gunther’s and I am a fan. There are some light hops providing a bit of bitterness in the finish. Gunther’s is medium bodied and quite highly carbonated. I almost find the carbonation leads to a bit of bloat in the gut and can slow your enjoyment of this down. At times in the middle of the sip there is almost a little something missing that briefly makes the beer seem watery. Overall - when in the right conditions I love this beer. Namely in the summer heat on a patio or deck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Fairly low creamy head and silty tangerine colour. Nose: wheat, lemon peel, young barley, teriyaki sauce. Taste: early cream soda then sour mash, poppyseed, and then more sour mash to end things. This one was off track and its personality did not match its label. Sour dominant and not overly bearable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Clouded light orange. Hefe smell, but heavier on the clove and lacking banana. Huge banana on the taste though. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Golden wheat with a hint of orange tossed in there for colour. Super cloudy and OK head, but excellent lacing. Seems a bit too thick?? They served this with a lemon wedge attached to my glass like a wart, so I uncerimoniously tossed it onto the table. The aroma has some over the top hopiness that I did not want there, early obvious impression of cardboard. Sharp bananas that is just too much (more of a dried banana chiip smell), slight anise. It is similar to alot of North American hefe’s. I’m more of a fan of the Euro style. Taste is almost all wheat, which is great considering the overwhelming aroma of bananas. Wheat is dusty and not the of the highest quality but still good mainly due to the huge ammount. The banana sweetness is there but is very wear, at least on this most recent pint. Slightly sour and tart as well. The sourness hangs over most sips too much but the excessive wheat has won me over. Mouthfeel is acceptable even with the overcarbonation (it isn’t to bad) and sourness. The wheat does keep it feeling somewhat dry early on and then finishes with more dry wheat. So although the aroma sort of sucks, the large wheat presance saves this brew.

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