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Hefeweizen - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 87
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 87
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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. (848 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 oz glass on tap

pours an un-real Yellow/straw color. Very deep, very cloudy.

smells and tastes of wheat (duh), grains, yeast and lemmons.

extremely refreshing on this 90 + degree day, later cooled down by some mid afternoon thunder storms.

One of my alltime favorite examples of this beer. Nice job CBC. (319 characters)

Photo of brewhiker
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This headless hefe was served in a typical tumbler at the CBC. The mild banana, clove and grain aroma was a pleasant invitation to enjoy this mild and refreshing ale. While the fruit and clove flavors were a bit mild, I enjoyed the interplay with the wheat notes. There is no horrifying American wheat beer flavor in the ale, which seems to be a mild, wheatier variant of the Triple Threat. It's a nice seasonal offering. (421 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden straw beer with a thin white lace. Fruity esters, banana, spice (clove) and phenols in the aroma. Crisp, light-bodied, fruity backdrop with a coarse mouthfeel. Mildly sweet & malty. Sharp lemon-y, bitter bite that is followed by a yeasty/spicy clove edge which rides into the finish.

I little less malty and alcoholic than previous years (5.5%), but this is still a delicious Hefeweizen, and one that I look forward to each summer. Skoal to Will Meyers! (470 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with little head. Smells of banana and some clove, but also a light sweet maltiness. The taste is also fairly light with some lightly toasty sweet malt up front, some light banana, some graininess, and a bit of light clove spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly spritzy, and it picks up some more spiciness as it warms. A fairly simple and straightforward hefe, one that I could definitely keep drinking more of. (452 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a couple of pints of this last night (28JUN04) with Alewife and I was quite pleased. Still short on the head, but had the typical Hefe look. Smoothed out a bit on the tongue, and more clove/banana evident in both the nose and flavor. Easy quaffin'!!
Prosit!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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(Original review: 03JUN02) I was a bit let down by this; had heard it was an A-1 Hefe-, and I was expecting a lot more from it. Had a light golden-pale yellowish color. Yeast-induced cloudiness, with a small head, little lace. Good whiffs of banana/clove in the nose, in typical Bavarian fashion. Flavor didn't follow through, though. There was the banana/clove/yeasty combo, but it was lacking a bit. Sort of thin in the taste, with a somewhat bitter, lingering finish. Medium body, but more carbonation than I like in a Hefe-. (This edition is at 5.5% abv)...(3.5/4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5 = 3.6)

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Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (472 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 (407 characters)

Photo of kaelingirl
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (348 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (706 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (320 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (644 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (377 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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). (625 characters)

Photo of praufs01
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (343 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (784 characters)

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Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.