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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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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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

09-04-2012 15:20:32 | More by pioneer13
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

07-30-2012 20:02:31 | More by Kopfschuss
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-15-2013 16:03:56 | More by CurtisD
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3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 06:00:29 | More by mactrail
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-05-2014 04:38:19 | More by watchnerd
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-30-2014 20:26:37 | More by DeanMoriarty
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:51:55 | More by emerge077
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3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:18:23 | More by crossovert
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-11-2014 05:42:18 | More by souvenirs
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-30-2014 23:01:35 | More by KevinGordon
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-21-2014 20:58:25 | More by jt2488
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-16-2011 23:05:02 | More by fizzyted
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-24-2013 22:12:55 | More by jmkoscie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-06-2012 17:31:30 | More by EnemyWithin
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-20-2012 15:38:13 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:15:15 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 23:10:03 | More by Sammy
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 17:43:02 | More by LampertLand
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1L bottle poured into a weizen glass. ABV 7.7%.

A - Poured a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head. Head reduced to a half cm cap that just never dies. Decent lacing.

S - Banana bread with lots of yeast and a hint of booze in the background.

T - Honey, bread, bananas, vanilla, bubblegum, citrus, spices, hint of booze in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some creaminess, some stickiness, finishes dry with some heat.

O - A hefe with a bit of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:43:28 | More by decimator
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 07:45:10 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-24-2014 00:23:27 | More by beerhunter13
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.


Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:16:26 | More by michaeledoan
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2012 20:15:51 | More by hannaho
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-03-2014 13:19:47 | More by DrunkinYogi
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-03-2013 16:43:24 | More by krankyjoe
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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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