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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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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bigox420, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

billab914, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tbeckett, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

csmartin6, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

intoxabroad, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of gloryhole
4/5  rDev +2.3%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jmkoscie, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

yancot, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

KevinCraft, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

CurtisD, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

kjyost, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

RedAleMan, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

WeissBoy, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

twelveinches, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of decimator
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.

decimator, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

biegaman, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

schnarr84, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.