King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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King Heffy Imperial HefeweizenKing Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 121
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 121
Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of michaeledoan
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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! (716 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (933 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (346 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (564 characters)

Photo of Grunewald
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of AleGod
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 (378 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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?" (655 characters)

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King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.