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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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87
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 06-29-2010

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
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Dawkfan:
Photo of Dawkfan
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white head. Nice aroma of yeast, fruits, and cloves. Taste has tropical fruits, wheat, bubblegum, yeast, and a little alcohol. Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation, and slightly dry. Alcohol content is rather high, but this is still quite drinkable. Not bad at all, this is a very good hefeweizen!

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big-ass 1L swing-top bottle, found at my local wine-shop, go figure.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a solid wall of columnar lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sweet grainy wheat malt, banana cream, sugary orange, muddled clove/coriander, mild fruity pit melon, and a softly burgeoning alcohol edge. The taste is yeasty, peppery wheat malt, some root-like vanilla, a hint of just-unwrapped bubblegum, and the usual suspects of banana and clove lurking astride a decently sweet booziness - Baba meets banana bread.

The carbonation is moderate, mostly just playfully frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, crisp, and perhaps a little chalky in its game attempt at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the fruity and bready malt in a certain dance of the death with the spicy, tangy yeast, and more or less shadowy alcohol.

A stellar loaded (!) Hefeweizen, the particular interior Imperialization of this offering betraying no growing pains. Merely a fuller than usual flavour, no egregiously overt booziness, with the extraneous sweetness kept duly in check. Nice, that, and good enough that I find it difficult to defer to the default suggestion of finding someone with whom to share this.

Photo of michaeledoan
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Pours a marmalade yellow/orange. As expected, a nice white head with decent retention. Unfiltered!

Smells like a classic Heff. Citrus and clove coming through.

Clove really comes through. Light bitterness from the Amarillo sustains well after. Higher gravity than I am used to for a Heff, and I like it. Tasting slightly more alcohol than I would like.

Feels thick in the mouth, not as refreshing as a lighter Heff that you might be expecting as a patio/summer beer. More substantial possibly also due to the fact it is unfiltered with more sediment on the bottom of the bottle than other Heffs.

Another good beer from Howe Sound. Yet to be disappointed, though this isn't my favourite of theirs.

Enjoy!

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, frehly put on. Orange wheaty aroma. Cloudy light orange coloured body with some soapy head. A little water in there so only average mouthfeel, i would want above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Decent taste but have had better for the style whether you consider it a hefe or a weizen.
Had on bottle a few months later, high carbonation. Not as good, though the bubble gum aroma clear.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props again to andrenaline for the B.C. haul
A - cloudy deep golden, tall white head that retained and laced exceptionally well
S - classic heffe cloves and banana yeast flavours, mild florals, grainy wheat malt, and some light melon flavour and even nutmeg
T - bananas, spicy cloves, some grainy bready malt, and again I'm getting light melon hints
M - good carbonation, smooths out to a gentle and slightly spicy fell, slightly dry finish
D - a very well rounded beer, decent hiding of the 7.7% ABV, but I was definitely feeling it after finishing the full litre

Photo of hophugger
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice cloudy orange-yellow with spectacular head and traces of lacing here and there. Aroma is full of bananas and bread. Taste is strong with banana, hints of fresh baked pastry spice. Light bitterness toward the end. Balance is pretty good. 7.7 ABV is definitely noticeable.

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from written notes, served in a goblet.

The cap gave a good "psssh" when decapped, and a hearty "fwup" when opened a second time with the flip-top to preserve carbonation.

Bright saturated orange, sweet bubblegum smell. Bland wheat flavors, lots of residual sweetness, light banana yeast with dominating wheaty grain. Lots of carbonation, finishes dry. A bit one note, a sweet hefe with little "imperial" character aside from the higher abv, which isn't all that noticeable. Needs more yeast complexity to be interesting.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana bread with bubblegum notes. Taste is also dominated by banana bread with bubblegum notes and some residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great refreshing factor with enough complexity and no apparent alcohol.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1L swing top bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy golden orange; opaque. One finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Banana, clove, spice, Belgian yeast and citrus.

T - A big bubblegum and banana presence with some bready sweetness, spice and Belgian yeast notes. A fairly noticeable warming alcohol profile that bordered on boozy at times.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange amber, thick white head and nice carbonation. Aroma of banana, clove and spice burst out the glass. An A+ for aroma. Banana, wheat, clove, some light citrus, a bit of vanilla. Spicy aftertaste. Very tasty. Finish slightly abrupt and astringent, but does not mar a very pleasant hefeweizen. I enjoyed this very much.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy deep yellow orange. Huge aromas of banana bread and lemon are present. Really inviting and delicious smelling. The taste is similar with the classic sweet banana notes dominating and a little tart fruit in the background. There's a nice bitter finish to this strong, very quaffable beer. One of Howe Sound's better seasonal releases.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to see this available again this year, I managed to try a bit last year but it disappeared before I could do a proper review of it. Well then, I suppose that makes this the Summer 2011 version of it. Comes in a 1L brown bottle that's capped but also comes with a flip top.

Pours out a bright cloudy straw/gold hue, tall frothy white head that settles slowly, a lot of thin patchwork sticky lacing along the way.

Soft bready wheat on the nose, balanced levels of banana esters and spicy phenols (with nutmeg being most prominent). Some mild alcohol is present in the background.

While I have fond memories of this, and enjoy sipping on it, a closer evaluation reveals some puckering astringency on the finish that tends to break up the picnic. Nice smooth and rounded wheat up front, even a bit of creamy sweetness, along with candied banana esters, some earthy nutmeg and apparent alcohol, but it seems the phenols steal the show towards the finish and linger into the aftertaste, more tannins than phenols by that point.

Medium-full body, creamy and silky smooth, low carbonation.

I'm gonna get more of this while it lasts, I have no delusions about that, it's a great quaffable Hefe, even at the higher abv%. However I still can't ignore that harsh finish, and it does detract. Perhaps it wasn't even in last year's batch, and is an idiosyncracy to this current batch. Either way it's the only thing standing in the way of me declaring this as my favourite Canadaian made Hefe, and it still hovers near the top of that list either way. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ass 1L swingtop, Howe Sound style. Pours a murky golden 'hefe' golden, couple of fingers of head which leaves some stick rings around the glass. Nose is sweet and banana, hint of phenols and a touch of spice. This is a really tasty hefe, loads of banana and bubblegum, enough spicing to balance, bit sweeter with a touch of booze than normal but this isn't 'imperial' for no reason - affects the drinkability though. Round and sweet but still dry in the finish, ample carbonation. A really pleasant drinker.

Photo of papat444
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 1L bottle and shared with a few friends.

Appearance: A very cloudy dark yellow body with massive foam that clings. Very nice.

Smell: Bananas, a kind of yeast and spices.

Taste: Pureed bananas, light pepper, and mild spices.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a full body. Alternates between feeling a bit flat and carbonated. Not sure if that makes sense but it's the impression that i get.

Overall: Didn't feel too imperial but the flavor was really nice. The body could have used more work but still enjoyable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some okay lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana/bubblegum

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also lots of banana/bubblegum flavour.

Overall - A very drinkable and tasty beer. Perhaps a little heavy on the artificial banana flavour, but still enjoyable.

Photo of liamt07
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino, 1L swingtop into a tulip.

Poured a golden orange, with some light brown highlights. Nice white head and a thick collar. Nose has loads of bruised banana, bubblegum, slight wheat and general sweet bready notes. Great banana flavours on the palate, modest bubblegum notes as compared to the nose. Lots of wheat again, a general sweetness wraps around all of this. Great flavour, and light (if any) alcohol. Medium high carbonation, and a great thick body. A superior 'imperial hefeweizen,' one of my favourites of the evening.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bit dark amber, hazy, five finger white fluffy head.

Smell is an amazing hefeweizen smell of banana and clove, really soft, sweet, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

Taste is gum and banana.

Very drinkable and refreshing, but very little carbonation. Good.

Photo of LampertLand
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Howe Sound's "King Heffy" @ 7.7% served cold from a 1 Litre pot stopper bottle
A-this unfiltered hefeweizen pours a hazy pale gold with a thick head that clings to the weizen glass
S-ripe banana and some vanilla bubble gum
T-banana bread , cloves , a sweet start somewhat spicy finish
MF-the alcohal is apparent from the first sip and lingers on the palate , medium body mild carbonation
Ov-glad I tried it , worth giving a try , an ok beer for the summer

cheers LampertLand

Photo of crossovert
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 liter swing top.

It pours a beautiful, vibrant color. It is a hazy golden amber with a foamy white head that leaves creamy lacing.

The smell is good. Obviously more basic than a German hefeweizen. Mostly bubblegum and malt. Smells almost more like a Belgian witbier strain than a hefe-weizen.

The flavor is also imo more belgian-like. It also reminds me of the New Glarus version of this "style".

I like weizenbocks but this imperial weizen stuff is somehow different and decidedly American.

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap, and wasn't overly impressed, but it's getting some good reviews, weather is warming up, and at $8 for a 1L bottle I couldn't resist.

It's really more of a blond Weizenbock than a hefeweizen, much like the Weihenstephaner Vitus, but with a lot more bitterness.

A: Hazy gold with a white head, thin ring of retention, leaves a little lace.

S: Vanilla, banana bread & clove. Great stuff.

T: Vanilla, pineapple, banana bread, light clove, light grassy & slightly peppery spice, a solid bitterness with a bit of alcohol warmth. Very good.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a drying alcohol finish. A nice carbonation in the bottle (I thought it was a little lacking on-tap).

D/O: Very drinkable for its weight. This is a well-crafted brew that's certainly unique.

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is cloudy golden, with a large white head on top. Good retention, some lacing.

Huge banana scent in the nose- shockingly strong. Vanilla, wheat, clove. Vanilla is quite unique and also strong.

The banana and vanilla both come through strongly in the taste. Clove behind with wheat. Very smooth and creamy.

Medium bodied, very creamy, moderate to high carbonation. Good.

Overall, very tasty. A really nice hefeweizen. The vanilla flavour is unique and works well.

Photo of Grunewald
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 1L bottle into a weizen glass. It pours cloudy orange-amber with a white head. The head shrinks to a ring and laces in ridges.

S - bubble gum (more so than any other Hefe I've tried), apricot, caramel, ripe banana, lemon and spice

T - lots of bubble gum and fruit first, sweet citrus, grainy wheat and a finish that's a mix of sour fruit rind and spice

M - medium carbonation, medium-thick body, warms the throat and finishes dry on the tongue

D - powerful contrasting flavors. This is not as sessionable as other Hefes but is still very enjoyable.

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rich clear amber color in the tumbler. Big coarse bubbles that fizzle out to a ring of foam. Powerful aroma of bananas and black tea. Quite spritzy on the tongue.

Strong clove taste is just overpowering. Goes down easy enough as long as you don't stop to swirl it around where it might touch your taste buds. Slightly sweet but it has that dark bitter edge that annihilates any subtleties of taste.

More of a malt liquor than any kind of German ale, but for a powerful buzzcock brew it does the job. From the big swing-top bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at St. Augustines.

Pours a very cloudy orange, some bright amber highlights, very thick white head forms and slowly settles down to a thick and chunky ring around the glass, lots of lacing sticks, looks great.

Smell is real nice, lots of banana smoothy, caramel, orange, honey, apple juice, cinnamon, cloves, very estery, some vanilla, lightly woody, very intense aromatics.

Taste is nice too, lots of malty sweetness, bananas, caramel and honey, a bit of wheat, oranges and citrus, wheat, lightly yeasty, vanilla, apple juice, bone dry and spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, almost too smooth for the ABV. An imperial hefe that actually tastes the part, this is a real nice beer.

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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.