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Hefeweizen - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at Clybourn brewpub, not the production brewery. Needs to be moved here:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1148 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2003)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4%

On tap at Wrigleyville. This is an easy drinking. Orange and wheat aroma. Middling mouthfeel, which is a little light for this style. Carbonation is right there. Somewhat sweet, a tad of banana.A little yeasty. Altogether a summer beer. In a word, competent.

05-10-2012 00:41:28 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-28-2013 17:10:17 | More by spycow
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-21-2013 00:22:56 | More by kylehay2004
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Wrigleyville brewpub.

And here the 2011 Bachelor Party extravaganza beginneth! It pours a cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, clove, light banana peel, dry grass, and light orange rind. The taste picks things up significantly, with notes of mandarin orange, banana, clove, and light buttered biscuit. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. I have never had a hefe go down so smoothly. Overall, a very nice hefe, though the smell leaves something to be desired. I'd definitely rather see this stuff bottled over 312 and the like...

08-29-2011 02:00:27 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Sampled on tap at the Goose Island Clyborne location
This beer has a thin off-white head that sits a top a hazy deep gold colored beer. Clove notes dominate the aroma, but there is some banana and a pleasing tart lemon character here as well. The taste is soft and smooth up front. It finishes with a nice clove element and a certain sharpness that seems to be derived from the carbonation, a certain acidity, and an overall yeast character. Once again, I am quite impressed by these beers. This is a great quaffer on a humid Chicago afternoon: light, refreshing, fruity, with a good crispness & flavor from the wheat. I really like the sharpness that is in the finish, it helps to balance the rest of the flavor components found in this beer.

08-05-2004 17:31:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

11-30-2011 13:37:49 | More by brandoman63
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub, served in a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy amber, bit of orange highlighting, thick cloudy white head, nice sticky lacing, decent retention. Smell is weissbier like, sweet malts, banana, clove, quite spicy, light fruits, not bad. Taste is sweet, tons of banana, spice, fruit, wheat, bready, some yeast, sweet caramelly finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Decent weissbier, not the best but pretty competent for the style.

09-29-2007 22:19:51 | More by Viggo
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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

I had this on tap at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. It was served in a tall hefe-weizen glass and had a hazy golden color with a cumulus-like head. It smelled just as good as any of the best German breweries I've tried, fruity and clovy. The taste was nearly perfect too. Goose Island should bottle this stuff, I'd buy it before Paulaner.

06-24-2006 19:26:55 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-13-2013 19:33:01 | More by kscaldef
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

06-07-2013 16:47:44 | More by brez8791
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

I had this one on tap at the Wrigleyville outpost.

The beer was a golden yellow. Minimum head. Very hazy and with nice lacing. Perfect pour and perfect appearance for style

Smell is clove and spice. Lots of malt rises up to meet your nose. Very nice!

The taste is very German which to me means they have the taste nailed. The beer is incredibly refreshing. Great wheat malt balance. Spicy notes are just perfect.

Easy to drink beer here and a damn fine representative of this style!

07-10-2003 08:44:23 | More by Redrover
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-11-2012 21:00:28 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-21-2013 18:50:11 | More by JTomczak
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

08-10-2014 16:12:28 | More by HattedClassic
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-24-2014 21:14:11 | More by DOCRW
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

on tap into a weizen glass at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pour sa yellowish amber color, with a decent haze and a minimal off white head.

aroma is of light citrus and a subtle spiced quality, along with a grainy base that seems to take over the profile in the nose. this is quite grainy for a hefe, without enough hops to balance it out.

taste is more of the same, with more of a grainy profile and a citrusy finish. banana and cloves are the predominant malt present, along with a bit of lingering citrus in the aftertaste, with the same grainy character from the front of the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a citrusy and light body, along with a lightly creamy finish of residual grain and banana.

drinkability is good. this is a bit grainy for a hefe, so it falls short of a great brew. could be a bit more complex in profile, as well as lighter in body for the flavors present. not the best from Goose Island.

08-17-2008 22:05:44 | More by botham
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

09-01-2013 15:10:30 | More by jjd315
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the Clyborne location.

Pours a unfiltered hazy deep gold with a thin white head that does not persist.
According to Miguell, a German yeast is used that give this its Banana and clove esters. Some lemon citrus adds to the fuity aroma. Mildly sweet wheat malt flavor with lighter body and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is strong and adds to crisp sharp finish.

10-09-2005 19:52:58 | More by karst
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

On tap at Clybourn.
A-Very hazy, white filmy head. Burnt yellow color.
S-Clove, banana bread, malty.
T-Like most other hefes but with some alcohol bite. Also some phenols. Overall quality is grainy with nice notes of banana like esters and cloves.
M-Nice smooth body.
O-The alcohols take away from the drinkability of this hefe. A bit bitter in the finish for my taste.

07-27-2013 02:38:14 | More by deebo
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

08-29-2013 04:26:57 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-05-2013 03:48:19 | More by Bieniek30
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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

On tap at the Clyborne location.

Now this was a nice treat on a warm Chicago afternoon in spring. Pours a hazy deep amber in color with a thin white head that had little retention. Nose is classic hefe, strong banana notes abound, made my mouth water. Also some citrusy notes and bits of spice here and there. Quite fruity and very refreshing, perfect warm weather beer. I could drink a lot of this, a nice staple sort of brew.


05-23-2005 14:15:06 | More by Gaisgeil
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-29-2011 16:02:30 | More by akinsja
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the Clyborne brew pub. Cloudy dark yellow with a foamy white head. Nice tart, clove, spicy sweet smell. Smooth mouthfeel. Has a nice refreshing wheat malt, yeasty ,citrusy ,spicy flavor. A good hefe here that 'll hit the spot on a hot summer day.

12-24-2005 09:39:07 | More by beerceller99
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-22-2014 21:56:38 | More by BrewmanCapote
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Hefeweizen from Goose Island Beer Co.
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