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
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, 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.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Hefeweizen Unfiltered Brewmasterís Collection--Summer Styles Sampler 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--15 IBUís? (4.25 / 5.0) Hefeweizen--Very light sediment. Rich lacy white head. Slightly cloudy pretty bright orange gold color. Mild hop banana clove front. Mellow sweet mild citrus fruit ester wheat Bavarian hint body. Refreshing clean mild hop mellow citrus smooth Hefe end. Malty American Style. Sampled 12/17/2008.
ectuohy27 (1021) - ESTONIA - MAR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More spice than citrus here, although itís still restrained, producing an overall effect that is pleasant, though very weak compared to a German Hef. (I can see why Ratebeer puts this in a different "Wheat Ale" category) (Rway)
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cloudy pour from bottle. Clean, fruity wheat taste. Not offensive, but nothing new or original here. With so many graet hefeís out there, I would suggest you take a pass.
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Way to much coriander upfront. Wheat flavor toward the end is nice, but Iím just not a fan of this much spice.
SanfordBrewer (1500) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
(br-btl yw/cm-bl, bavarian spalt hops, mix pack, 5.4%)
opq-cloudy-gl, thick-wh-head, patchy-lace, smooth-med-body.
aroma: ßbready-yeast ^euro-lager-skunk-hop.
flavor: fruity-earthy-wheat T1, crisp-wheat ßmtllc ßpale-malt T2, clean dry ßmusty-hop T3.
attractive and refreshing, but likely a mistreated sample.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle->pilsner: Pours a small, frothy, white head atop a hazy, light orange body. Aroma of a barnyard and grain. The body is light, texture is thin, and the finish is chalky. Flavor is short, being lightly bitter. Almost what Iíd expect from Sam Adams, however.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge fan of this one had an overall bitterness from the hops and the aftertaste was not what was expected from sam adams. Maybe I got a bad batch but this was not a very good beer
weihenweizen (3132) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a glass. The color is golden and hazy. Smells like wheat and has a little head that disappear quickly. I would call this an american wheat rather than a true hefeweizen. Below average for the style. Will not buy again.