King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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King Heffy Imperial HefeweizenKing Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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: 119 | Reviews: 39
Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange with a very thick, fluffy cloud-like head. Bananas, apricots, and even bubblegum mix with a citrus hint and a spicy coriander presence. Very candy-like scent, but you can still tell is is a straight up hefeweizen.

Classic hefe taste, with a stronger fruit and bubblegum profile. Wheat, coriander and citrus and a bit of malt. Strong hop presence than you'd normally find in a hefe, owing to the "imperial" nature.

Smooth, lightly carbonated but still pleasantly tingly. A nice beer, but a bit much to drink in one sitting.

Not sure if you'd call this a hefeweizen - maybe Imperial Hefeweizen, or perhaps "American Double Wheat Ale?"

Photo of AleGod
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark amber with cloudy finish, not a lot of head.

Smells very very strong of Banana.

Taste Banana with a strong finish of clove, bitter taste lingers after.

Served in a 1L bottle.

Really like this beer if you're a fan of the Hefeweizen don't sleep on this beer.

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

On tap at the Howe Sound Brewing tap house:

A: 1/8" white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy, honey-yellow liquid.

S: Yeast, citrus, pear and cinnamon.

T: Pear and yeast with a finish that is reminiscent of apple pie. Very nice.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A tasty and very drinkable Hefeweizen with a great mouthfeel.

Photo of andrenaline
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend brought me this from Vancouver and I was grateful for the opportunity to taste it!

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with an orange hue, thumb of head which dissipates to a thin layer leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves are the strongest scents, very floral and sweet in nature.

T - The flavours on this one are rather complex, with a mix of sweet and bitter. On the sweet side you have bananas, vanilla and cloves, while on the bitter side there's some sour lemon hops, wheaty grains and a peppery finish.

M - Very light and bubbly, goes down smooth, slightly bitter and a little dry on the finish.

D - Very satisfied with this selection and was super excited to try this one. Howe Sound produces yet another winner, a solid hefe, and is highly recommended to anyone who has access to it.

Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of its style in BC and very well done at that because if you are going to make an Imperial Hefe then it better be fun to drink. The alcohol creeps up in the first sip but pretty soon its all about the banana and cloves which fill the nose and the mouth. Reminds me a bit of El Jefe from Hales which is a good thing as I do enjoy a Hefe with overtop flavours once in awhile

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 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.

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

1L swing pop top bottle poured into tulip sept14 2010

A cloudy golden orange with plenty of bubbles feeding a three finger head that has a few minuets of retention and leaves a couple specks of lace

S lots of banana and bubble gum with a little clove, dry cereal, spices and booze

T mimics the smell pretty well but with a little more booze, still pretty good even with poorly concealed booze and whens all's said and done it is 7.7% and that's hard to hide

M lots of bubbles makes it feel a little thicker then it actually is and the flavors linger for a while

D well rounded and for 7.7% this one could kill you under the hot summer sun, luckily I live in Calgary and this summer day is spitting rain with a high of 13 well suited for this big ass bottle of strong beer

solid beer and a fair price often mean I'll be drinking it again. Howe Sound makes some decent beers and I think this may be one of their better offerings

Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow nectar with 2 finger width of dense foamy head.

Smell - Banana, clove, yeast, spices, orange peel.

Taste - Banana, clove and spices take the lead in flavour, followed by the yeast and subtle orange peel. Alcohol well hidden. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Well executed hefeweizen by Howe Sound. Aromas and taste stay true to the style. One of the better hefes that I have tried. Worth picking up if you get your hand on a bottle.

Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tangelo orange with kinetic carbonation and a white, mossy topping that engulfs the glass like overgrown ivy. The beer is darker in colour than many weissbiers and, although far from see-through, isn't truly cloudy either. Still, King Heffy looks like something delicious.

King Heffy has an aroma that is indeed notable and majestic. A banana bread-like base is doused in clove, green herbs and lemon zest. The yeast is tremendously energetic and spirited, animating the zest and spice to the point of seemingly breathing life into them.

Reviewing beer often requires the use of descriptors to give the reader an abstract of what is being smelled and tasted, even if those descriptions don't resemble the flavours absolutely. Sometimes there are exceptions, however. This Weisse tastes *literally* like banana bread.

The finish reveals a sweeter, pink bubblegum-like side to the beer that dampens the spice. The huge character notwithstanding, this doesn't taste any stronger than the usual hefe. It certainly offers the same satiation and refreshment. Amarillo and Saaz lend citrus and grass, respectively.

Even if King Heffy were German-made it would still rank among that country's best (which, in case you don't know, produces the original and still most iconic examples of the Hefeweizen style). It may come in a huge bottle but, trust me, it's a beer you won't want to share.

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 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 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.

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 peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange, thick collar of white head, some lace. Smell is full of bubble gum, yeasty, banana and clove, lively and full of fresh wheat scents. Taste starts with a good dose of banana and clove, bubble gum and yeast, no abv of the 7.7% to be found. Med-high carbonation, good feel, fairly full body. This was very nice, a very flavourful assertive hefeweizen, glad I shared this as this is a big bottle but drinkable to the point where this could be done solo.

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 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 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 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 tbeckett
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured mildy hazy and golden. Strong carbonation and a three finger fluffy white head. Great thick lace was left all around with a half finger of retention. Bottom of the bottle obviously adds more cloudiness.

S - Lot's of banana and yeast, sweet spice, and bread.

T - Sweet grain, tons of banana, and a little spice.

M - Good carbonation, medium creamy body nearly full and a slightly sweet finish.

O/D - A solid Hefe. Doesn't break the mold but the boost in strength is a neat take on it. A big beer disguised as a little one. No noticeable alcohol and nice to drink.

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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.