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Buzzards Bay Hefeweizen
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
We added a Buzzards Bay hook to the traditional Hefe-weizen by using lager yeast instead of ale. The result is a fine German style wheat beer loaded with the aroma of spicy cloves and floral hops. There is plenty of heft mid palate and a drawn out pleasantly bitter finish. Canadian 2-Row Pale Malt Malted Wheat & Vienna Malt Magnum Bittering Hops Tetnang & Saaz - Flavor and Aroma Hops ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 40

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2007
From a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date I could make out, sampled at cellar temperature in weizen glass. Swirled the last 1/3 of bottle before pouring. Poured a cloudy orangey yellowish golden with a frothy, rocky, foamy white head, good retention, small amount of ringed laced sticking. Even with the use of lager yeast this has a nice hefe weizen nose, clove and banana bubble gum, lemony, fruity, wheat malty with a subtle toffee and a tad floral. Good even carbonation and a malty crisp, dryish, smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel, I personally could have used a little more creamy heftiness to the body. Pleasant and smooth tasting, easy drinkability, tastes of clove and nutty banana, lemony, a little tart fruitiness with a wheat twang, herbal hops with a spicy bite towards the end, a brief flash of alcohol at the end also, and a dryish, yeasty, wheaty and soft sweet toffee malty finish, a touch of herbal spiciness cleansing the palate in the aftertaste. This is a good American Hefe Weizen, glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 8/11/06.
Mountains of bottle conditioned/unfiltered white head rise up, plenty of sediment left behind and a brilliant peach-golden body, still quite light despite the haziness. Massive lacing all down the glass and perfect retention until the end.
Strong hops in the nose, though probably at much higher levels than traditional, are still mostly to-style (a bit more lemon-orange due to the Magnum addition, but minimal due to the use as a bittering hop), and are very welcome in a style that sometimes I think needs relief from the heavy wheat and yeast. Herbal/grassy, with lemon tints and a fair amount of bubble gum softness, as it proceeds. Definitely can find the stronger, sweeter malts in there as well, as it’s got a nice rich, honey and almost caramel-like nose. Banana is almost absent as is clove, though wheat adds a fair sourness.
The flavor is definitely well-done, though the attenuation could possibly stand to be higher, as there is a good deal of sweet, sticky, nearly syrupy, honey malted flavor. The hops cut it nicely, but with the creamy-smooth wheat palate, it almost proves too much for what should be a crisp, drinkable style. Stlil, the finish is alive with fruit esters, hops and dry wheat. Certainly won’t find an ounce of wateriness/thinning here and the carbonation level is perfect and zesty. A successfully innovative take on the style.
I feel justified in constantly saying that Buzzards Bay beers are fantastic except for the usual heavy filtration. The lack of that here justifies my thoughts that these guys can brew, and brew well. Hope to see some more unfiltered stuff soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1837) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2006
This is a rather enjoyable twist on an old favorite. The color is bright glowing orange. Aroma is fruity - slightly like Cisco’s summer of lager - Flavors are strong grapefruit and citrus. Slight banana - tiny cloves. Sweet refreshing finish. I would not describe the finish as "pleasantly bitter" though. Probably my favorite Buzzard’s Bay offering yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pours out a cloudy yellow with a decent head. Very sweet and banana tasting, has an essence of cloves, almost too sweet. Sort of heavy for a hefeweizen. Very tasty but definitely not one you could slam down all night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Drank at brewery as part of an extended sampling. A cloudy but reasonable presentation gives way to a smooth and predictably wheat tasting initially. Good but not one of their stronger brews

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