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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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King Heffy Imperial HefeweizenKing Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A refreshing, German-styled wheat beer with a distinctive banana and clove aroma, it is made with barley, wheat, hops, water and hefe yeast and named in recognition of the thousands of climbers who come from around the world to climb Squamish, BC's walls, crags, cracks, slabs and boulders.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 06-29-2010)
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This poured really clear for a Hefeweizen. Light golden in color, 2 fingers of white head that left no lacing behind, subpar retention, lots of carbonation visible.

S- Overly ripe bananas, clove, bubblegum, light spice and sweet apples on the nose.

T- Not as good as the nose would leave you to believe, but the flavors are still nice. I didn't get much banana in the taste until it warmed up. Lots of bubblegum and wheat. Some spice and bitter fruits in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable as well.

M- I thought there would be more carbonation given the appearance, but it's quite subdued. Body medium, crisp and fairly dry.

D- This is a style that I like to session. The alcohol in this one caught up to me quick, but this is still approachable given the abv. I've enjoyed everything that Howe's Sound has put out thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:51:15 | More by Dawkfan
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3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company is located at 37801 Cleveland Avenue in Squamish, British Columbia, 45 minutes north of Vancouver. In 1996, John Mitchell helped design the Howe Sound Brewery and worked as its first brewer developing the initial recipes. His relationship with the brewery is ongoing.

Bucky picked up Howe Sound's King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen ("King Heffy") in a brown 1 litre bottle with no visible production or best before date. King Heffy was 7.7% alcohol by volume.

King Heffy poured a slightly cloudy golden/orange colour with plenty of slow rising bubbles visible despite the haze. Pouring produced about 1.5" of fluffy white head that survived as a 1/4" cap all the way down the glass, leaving behind some minor spotting. Its aroma was the best part of the beer, with a strong aroma of ripe bananas with undertones of yeast and sweet light fruits. As the beer warmed, clove and vanilla aromas also became detectable. Full marks for King Heffy's aroma! Could the taste live up to the standard set by the aroma though? The beer's taste began with sweet light fruits including banana, apples and pears, transitioned to a yeasty taste, followed by a mild sourness, with clove and vanilla notes again emerging as the beer warmed. The finish was noticeably bitter though, and the bitterness lingered for quite some time as an aftertaste. King Heffy had a medium level of carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel aided by the 1/4" foamy cap that never died, and I would describe the beer as medium bodied. In summary, a beer with some wonderful aromas and flavours, but personally I could do without the long-lasting bitter aftertaste. At $11.20 per 1 litre bottle by the time it reaches Ontario, King Heffy is priced at almost 2 times its competition, and I have to knock its rating down a bit for this rather hefty price tag.

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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.