wlajwl (5054) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Has the basic background, very background, of a hefeweizen, just not authentic and way too much like a regular American Wheat ale.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pour is hazy golden color with white head. Nose is citrus, malt, some banana, some spice. taste is much the same, malty sweetness with the occasional hint of citrus and spice. Clean finish. Their jumping off point for several seasonal fruity offerings.
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy yellow pour, white head. Aroma is bubblegum, clove, touch of banana. Taste is sweet, bubblegum, standard hefeweizen tastes, but an extremely sweet version. Average at best.
bpreo (2266) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Itís alright, tastes as good as a beer should, and definitely one of the better styles from Sammy Adams.
AirForceHops (5246) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím glad that they classify this as a Wheat Ale and NOT a true Hefe. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Lemon citrus aroma, laced with a hint of yeast and sweet malt. Weak body reveals a lemony flavor that finishes with a hint of cloves. Needs more body, breadiness, herbal presence. Still, easy drinking and smooth. An OK starter beer. NOT Sam Adams best offering.
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nicely with four finger head. Good head retention with sudsy lacing. Coloring is deep caramel.
Smell is a bit fruity with a hint of lemon.
Taste begins with a bit of fruit and finishes with a nice lemony bitterness.
The mouthfeel is average.
Drinkability is pretty high. I would recommend this a bit higher than the other reviewers. Of course, Iíve not tried many Hefeweizens before so the taste may not satisfy an expert. Not real sure, but I like it just the same
jtclockwork (12131) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light Hefeweizen ale from Sam Adams. Lemon peel nose. Taste is lemon, coriander and peel. Rated 5/10/04
williamherbert (1423) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2007: The look is super cloudy. The color is light, golden. Some carbonation can be seen behind the thick wall of beer. Head is light, and goes away quickly. The liquid almost looks suspended; impossibly thick.
Under the wheaty base there is a heavy banana smell; it wafts above the glass. Lots of banana aroma, but a dry wheat base. Still, too fruity for the likes of me.
Has equal parts wheat and banana in flavor. The wheat offers a needed dry balance, but the banana is still #1 in this glass. It mellows as it warms, but itís still just far too much for me. Itís slightly below average for a Hef, because itís so overpowering. There is also some orange that gets buried.
Itís actually dry for a Hef, which is a good thing. The yeast and wheat counter the fruit in the feel. Overall itís a bit cloying. Too sweet. Standard hef fare, I guess. Banana, lots of wehat, but way too much sweetness, even for a hefeweizen.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Translucent golden yellow body with plenty of head and great retention. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass. Not as cloudy as I like to see a hefe but everything else is well done.
S- Strong grainy macro lager smell. Only other presence is bananas. Not complex and somewhat out of character.
T- Strong banana taste all the way through. Grainy backbone. Some banana taste lingers. No presence of yeast or any other frequently used ingredients for a hefe can be tasted.
P- ok. Medium carbonation and medium to light body. Fairly smooth.
O- easy to drink but hard to enjoy. A disappointment from SA. Usually they right on for style examples. I wonít get it again unless its in a multi-pack.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-14-2007 16:35:32
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 The Boston Beer Companyís Samuel Adams line is known for its variety and overall high quality brews. Although its Boston Lager is its most popular beer and generally considered its best, Iíd like to nominate the lesser-known Hefeweizen for that title.
Itís actually a little surprising they would choose to use the original German word which literally translates as ďwheat beer.Ē So named because, well, itís made from wheat. The unique thing about hefeweizens is their cloudy complexion because their yeast has not been filtered out. Iím no expert in beer brewing, but I initially approached this beer with some serious reservation after reading this on the bottle. The thought of yeast not having been filtered out made me anxious despite the fact I had no real frame of reference to know that means.
However, I was pleasantly surprised that this beer is very smooth, slightly sweet, tasty and easy to drink. Itís a bit filling, but I like it for its quality.
THE POUR, COLOR & AROMA
Sam Adams Hefeweizen pours very smoothly, quickly and easily and forms a surprisingly large head, by far the biggest of any beer in the Sam Adams line Iíve noticed to date. The head isnít quick to dissolve, either, and has a nice taste. The liquid is dark yellow in color and of course very cloudy, but homogeneous. Donít worry, you wonít see any chunks of pulp or fiber floating around. There is not any one distinct aspect to its aroma other than it being a bit on the sweeter side. It doesnít smell like your mass-market beer and yet it doesnít smell of some kind of gimmick drink, either.
Iím not an expert on hefeweizens, but from what I can tell many have a fruity taste to them or at least lean to the sweeter side on your palette. Sam Adam Hefeweizen is sweet, but not citrusy and certainly isnít bitter. The beer is extremely smooth going down and is equally as smooth on your palette. Such a well-balanced taste is hard to come by.
My only complaint, and itís a minor one, is that this beer is full-bodied. After drinking two bottles in a row I was absolutely content and maybe even a little bloated. Iím sure if you were to drink this on an empty stomach you could easily go through upwards of a half dozen before it really started to get to you.
This beer finishes almost as smooth as it begins, although the ďbiteĒ is nominal. It does leave something of an aftertaste, which is fine because the beer and my palette get alone like peas and carrots.
I think this is the brew Sam Adams Summer Ale was intended to usurp, but the Hefeweizen is by far a superior product in my mind so I doubt that will happen. Why itís not available on its own (at least where I live) is surprising. I suppose the name could be off-putting, which is a shame. For those who assume this beer is too much of a niche for them, I say take it from me and try it - youíll be pleasantly surprised.