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Hefeweizen - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001)
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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 5 oz cylindrical taster.

Just a slight white head on this very cloudy banana-yellow beer.

Aroma is very citrusy for a hefeweizen, along with plenty of yeasty spiciness.

Lots of orange in the flavor, generally a citrus-dominated beer, but balanced pretty well otherwise. Appropriately low bitterness, no detectable hops. Where is that citrus coming from in a hefeweizen? Should be all wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel is very soft, with saltiness on the lips.

Drinkability is decent in this style that is easy to get wrong.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of taez555
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

June 2005, rereview/quick tasting notes.

Beautiful opaque yellow body. You can’t see anything through this beer; it’s like looking at a glass of off-white orange juice.

The smell is what surprised me here. This version has one of the biggest yeast smells I’ve ever smelled. I mean, pure yeast, that’s all I smelled. If you’re a homebrewer you’ll know the smell, it’s like opening a vial of white labs or a smack pack and taking a big whiff.

Taste was classic German hefeweizen with a slightly bigger bitterness. Bananas, spice, lots of yeast, but very fresh and extremely refreshing.

A yummy beer and one of the better hefe’s I’ve had, but the yeasty nose was just a bit much in this version.

taez555, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

Gently poured from the tap to produce no head over a cloudy orangey lemon. Smells faintly sour. Filled with thick tangy bubbles, it tastes very lemony, tart and funky with more funk in the finish. Easy to drink, if a bit dull. Great, I've already gone from being totally weirded out by my first hefe, to bored by this one.

gentlebubbles, Jun 23, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 6/5 to kick off my post ABCF brunch. This one was served in a tall thin glass.

Cambridge Brewing's Hefeweizen pours an appropriately hazy dark lemon. There's about a finger of fluffy white foam capping the beer, and it fades a little on the quick side before leaving a bit of lacing still attached to the glass. The yeasty notes jump out from the start in the nose. There's the traditional fruity banana and clove notes, but also a slight tartness that's fairly unique for the style. There's a solid (almost too much) amount of bready pilsner malt notes present as well. The flavor brings more of the same, except with a little bit of a great emphasis on the malty sweetness. It's a shame, because I *really* dig what CBC is getting out of their weizen yeast, and if it was as pronounced as some other hefes I've had, this might well be my favorite version of the style. The carbonation, always the trickier part of the mouthfeel for the style imo, is spot on. Bubbly and active, but a step short of spritzy Belgian territory. The body though, is a bit too present for me, which I guess shouldn't surprise me given how I feel about the malts in the flavor profile. I don't know if I think CBC's Hefeweizen is a little bit over-attenuated, or if the esters and phenols thrown off by the yeast just aren't powerful enough, but the result is a beer that's a slight rebalancing away from being world class.

axeman9182, Jun 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - On tap at Union Street in Newton Centre. Cloudy, but not enough so to prevent someone from seeing through it. Deep gold, hint of orange. The beer arrived with no head, and left no lacing on the glass. Makes me question the glass, given what other users have posted. Light visible carbonation.

S - I was outside and the beer was served in a large pint glass. Not the best. Basically stayed with my overall score for this. Really couldn't tell.

T - Nice light flavors, but there was some kind of underlying sourness that I didn't really like.

M - Really nice. The carbonation worked well here. Very pillowy feel.

O - I question the beer I was served. Lines not clean? Something off with the glass? Don't know. The beer was nice, and I would certainly try it again given the opportunity, but there are still a few on my list ahead of this one.

Andrew041180, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BigCheese
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at East Coast Grill.

Served with a lemon that I immediately removed.

Appearance was quintessential Hefenweizen. Cloudy hazy lemony color, head was a bit thin but that could be the waitresses fault.

Smell was aromatic, lemon, citrus, bready, yeasty.

Taste was more lemon/citrus than I would like from the style. Banana, Malts & bready yeast notes that followed were quite pleasant. I picked up some subtle pepper/spicey flavors too. Had a crisp clean finish with some slight bitterness that was welcoming. Yum.

Mouthfeel was creamy, very carbonated, had some viscosity that is in line with the style.

Overall a solid Hefe offering that is true to style. Take out some lemons and give it a little more yeast taste and Id say its damn near perfect but thats just my preference. Worth trying but I wouldn't kill a man for it. Ya dig.

BigCheese, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Tons of lace that follows a yellow body with noticeable white head. Creamy mouthfeel, clean and refreshing taste. Good example of the style. Fresh aroma. Yeast, only mildly citrus, and a bit bannana. Not too sweet, yet very drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

@ the brewpub.

Translucent, dark hay color with a hearty dish soap head. Big lacey patch down the middle of my glass like a Christmas tree.

Smells liek clove and just ripe, partially green banana. Tastes like clove and just ripe, partially green banana. Spritzy. There's a soapy residue that coats my mouth after each sip that I'm not a fan of.

donkeyrunner, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of brewhiker
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light banana-orange color, with good effervescence. A lemony smell and flavor (with NO wedge of lemon, thank goodness!)
Exceptionally drinkable in the sunshine of CBC's outdoor patio.
I'm usually not a big fan of Hefe's but this is quite a good one. Perfect for a summer's day.

brewhiker, Sep 29, 2004
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Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.