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Hefeweizen - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

81 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001)
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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

As with many Hefeweizens this poured a cloudy light gold to yellow. It had a pleasant head that stayed for quite a while, but much lace. The aroma was a nice mix of cloves and citrus (banana), with a little malt on the back. The taste was light and refreshing. It had the cloves and definitely a hint of banana towards the middle. This is a nice Hefeweizen. It had non of the chemical taint that you get on some American attempts at the beer. It had a nice light mouthfeel, and is very drinkable. Especially n a hot summer day.

carln26, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of packetknife
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

It was eithere a hefe-good night or I just increasingly like this style. Yellow-golden CLOUDY pour with a nice medium semi-dense bleached-white head that held & laced. Citrus & other fruit on the nose, can't quite place it but very nice. Some spice on the nose too. Mild but very well balanced hops, spice, citrus, and fruit on the tongue. Very consistent across the tongue with a somewhat dry finish. It must've been drinkable because it was universally reordered.

packetknife, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a bright white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and breadiness. Underlying everything are solid amounts of ripe banana and clove aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth light malts with generous contributions from wheat up front are joined quickly by ripe banana flavors. Midway through mild amounts of breadiness and clove come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer, a very good example for the style that’s well worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Growler purchased at CBC into a pilsner glass. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-gold. It actually looks like a darker tangerine towards the center of the glass, with lighter highlights on the edges. Two-finger white head with solid lacing and great retention.

The aroma is classic: bananas, bubblegum and cloves come through in roughly equal proportion. CBC really nailed the smell here, and there's a great balance of yeast and malty sweetness. A very enticing, great-smelling hefe.

The taste has more of a biscuit flavor than the smell would indicate, but those ester fruits really shine through. In addition to those bananas, there is a light lemon citrus touch. Naturally, there's a strong yeasty component that forms the backbone of the taste. Unfortunately, there's a slight lingering vegetal flavor that becomes more evident as the beer warms - it doesn't kill the whole package, but it is distracting and a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is nice, thin without being watery. The carbonation borders on being overactive, but this is still very easy to put down.

CBC makes some of the best Belgian-style beers of any American brewery, and this is no exception. Possibly the best American hefe I've ever had, and one that I wish I'd drank more of over these summer months.

amphion1065, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of RixBeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Thick and so cloudy that you can't see thorugh it. Opaque yellow/orange but more yellow. Thin lace of head.

S- Slighty yeast aroma, wheat is barely noticable behind the banana. Very inviting.

T- Delicous, just like it smells. Could of used more wheat flavor. A little light for me, as far as the wheat flavor is concerned. Yup, it's banana and some light citrus notes.

M- A little thin for the appearance. I expected a thicker beer. Especially since it was an opaque yellow color. Could of used a little more body. Would've rated it higher if it had a better mouthfeel.

D- Very good going down. Nice cool summer night. I had 3 with dinner, 1 after. I thought about getting a growler today. I would've last night but we were there past thier serving time. Very drinkabe.

RixBeer, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of praufs01
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a small head. Could be another bad pour ; ).

Aroma - Very nice fruity smells with a little coriander in the background.

Mouthfeel - Light fizzy carbonation.

Taste - Light banana up front. Very fruity that finishes nicely with a little clove in the aftertaste.

Overall - Yes it's a winner. Very nicely done!

praufs01, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.13/5  rDev +2%

The nose on this beer was great. Nice strong yeast aroma came through wonderfully. Lots of banana and some spice thrown in for good mix. Even could pick up the alcohol just a tad. And the best part, did not even have to ask for "No lemon." Color seemed to be a little off and it was a little thin looking. Perhaps a shade towards green instead of a customary yellow. Flavor was more of the same that I got from the nose, but the wheat was intense. Very chewy. Mouthfull was a hair short of full bodied, maybe just a little too watery. Very drinkable and had to fight the urge to order a second (had a long drive ahead of me).

MuddyFeet, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +2%

I was surprised to discover that CBC was brewing what might just be one of the best hefes I've had from an American brewer. Pouring a murky gold that is radiant in the sun, topped with a thick foamy head, the beer has a fantastic nose that strongly features a spicy clove character. A taste like a spicy banana bread, this is a great hefe that I will certainly return to again.

rinhaak, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

On-tap at the brewery, poured into a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: What I love a Hefe to look like: dirty, but bright, with a good cloudiness and murkiness. Good bright white head settling at the top around the smaller cylindrical part of the glass.

Smell: This thing's fresh and very pungent. Big notes of spicy yeast, mild earthy phenolics, clove and banana, and malt sweetness. Possibly some spiciness because of the hops. Very surprising, as my friend and I have often had conversations about Hefeweizens at smaller places like this not being the best, but this is pretty big and wild.

Taste: Good initial fruit esters with banana and clove, with some peppery spice from the yeast, some nice sweetness from the malt balancing the hops, also bringing some citrus and spice. Long mildly phenolic and fruit estery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good creaminess and a nice burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: I was impressed with this brew. It was perfect weather for a Hefe, and this exceeded my expectations. Had we hit this place at the end of our weekend rather than the beginning, a growler would've been in hand.

asabreed, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Sampled on tap at the brewpub, July 2003. 5.75% ABV.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, yellow-golden color with white foam that settled relatively quickly and did not leave lace. The smell was mild and faded somewhat by the end of the pint, but included banana, wheat, and malt. The taste was also mild: banana, wheat, malt, citrus, and some tangy hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with a dry finish. The body was medium and the carbonation low. There was a very pleasant fruity/malty/hoppy aftertaste. This was a very nice and refreshing hefeweizen, very suitable for a hot Cambridge afternoon.

Sampled again August 2003, and review updated.

UncleJimbo, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of mschofield
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a cloudy pale-orange/yellow, topped with a two finger white head. Leaves thin webs of lacing.
Banana and clove aroma mainly. Notes of grass, citrus, tea leaves.
A little sweet, banana, good grass and wheat notes. Clean and a bit tart.
Light-medium bodied, and refreshingly tart after the walk over on a hot day.

mschofield, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev 0%

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Hazy straw-yellow body. Two finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing. Typical hefeweizen appearance.

S- Lots of cloves and spices, some banana, no bubble gum. Wheat, pale malt, noble hops. Smells promising.

F- Very good flavour profile with wheat, pale malt breadiness, distinct noble hops and of course the spices from the yeast. Banana, cloves, not much bubble gum. Very good.

M- Medium body, smooth and rich with a nice effervescence. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

O- Refreshing hefeweizen that hit the spot on a humid, warm day like today. Drinking it outside at the CBC outdoor area made it even better.

Stevedore, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in weizen glass...proper!

Honey cloudy with no head at all-orange zest in color

Aroma has good closing speed - yeast and wheat electricity is bountiful with nice coriander and zest

Rolls pretty bitter-almost Pilsener-like. Wheat in background is nice-more full-flavored than expected

Rolls very clean-austere grassy bite on the finish but very palate cleansing

Bulkier than average hefe but nice

IBUnit63, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of kaelingirl
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured with a thick white head that left a nice lace on the glass as I drank. A cloudy sort of hazy straw yellow best describes the color. The aroma was classic banana wheat and this came across in the flavor. As it warmed up it began to take on a citrus like flavor. I enjoyed this beer and hope it stays on tap for awhile so i can have some more.

kaelingirl, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev -1.2%

WhitmansNiece, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of cjs61679
4/5  rDev -1.2%

cjs61679, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -1.2%

HattedClassic, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DerekMorgan, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

wizo, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Streetcore
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Streetcore, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ncaudle, May 28, 2013
Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jlordi12, May 21, 2012
Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jbarletto, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, straw-golden color with a thin white head that eventually fades completely.

Smell: Banana fruitiness, with some grain and yeast on the swirl.

Taste: Sweet banana and bubblegum upfront. Moves into a citric flavor in the center, and ends with husky grain and yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely a nice summer brew. It's thirst-quenching, and pretty easy to have a few of.

EPICAC, May 30, 2007
Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.