Hefeweizen - Cambridge Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
06-12-2011 20:52:54 | More by axeman9182
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-18-2010 20:07:53 | More by asabreed
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-16-2009 00:19:17 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
Got a good laugh out of the bartender when I purchased a growler of this...
Her: "Did you see the disclaimer?"
Her: "Because of the yeast in there the bottle could explode if it gets too hot. Just don't leave it in your trunk or anything like that"
Me: "Uh Huh... Good to know... "
A- Pours a cloudy lemon rind / straw yellow color. Depending on the pour speed and angle, it could have either very little head, or a nice full one.
S- Has a very classic blend of hefeweizen spices like coriander and clove with some orange peel and melon. Very well blended.
T- Again, well blended and balanced maltiness with a bittering finish. Has a tangy yeast funk and subtle spice notes in the middle. Has a thirst quenching honeydew melon and banana flavor under the spices and tanginess.
M- Medium to light bodied with low co2. Easy drinking.
D- While nothing especially noteworthy jumps out, it is perfect in the sense that it is full of classic hefeweizen flavors and nothing offensive.
06-27-2009 17:09:12 | More by jwheeler85
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
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!
10-31-2008 23:28:20 | More by praufs01
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-08-2008 18:40:24 | More by Georgiabeer
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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
07-11-2008 22:55:27 | More by IBUnit63
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
06-20-2008 01:27:45 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Pint poured into Hefe glass at Brewpub in Cambridge.
A: Looked great in the tall hefeweizen glass. Puffy and darker shade with a nice head and lacing. Remarkedly hazy and cloudy- wow, borderline opaque.
N: Yeastiness is the first thing, cloves and wheat are there but masked a bit by the banana. Smells are quality on this one. This was perfect for the brutally hot day- couldnt have had a more enticing aroma.
T: Great. The best I have had from a brewpub by far. The banana was powerful without being overboard. There is a hint of lemon that comes on as it is warmed down a bit but just delicious overall. Not as mealy as the appearance would lead you to think, an awesome beer. This is, I hate to say it, weihenstephaner caliber.
M: As I said, lighther than you would have thought by looking at it but great for the style. The wheat left from the mouthfeel really polished it well.
D: Through the roof. Drank a few after having some of the other offerings and went perfect with the mango salad and the tuna dish on a hot night.
Great stuff- I wish I didnt have such a long drive back because I would have liked to bave taken a few growlers back to Jersey. Good job on this one.
06-12-2008 19:09:20 | More by marcpal
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-30-2007 01:10:38 | More by kaelingirl
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-21-2007 17:51:00 | More by RixBeer
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-30-2007 22:57:49 | More by EPICAC
4.83/5 rDev +19%
I never have been much for the Hefeweizens in general, but this offering from the CBC blew me away. Served in a crystal clear piont glass over lunch, it was nice and dark dark yellow. By the time it reached me much of the head had dispersed but there was still plenty of lacing on the glass. It just looks super tasty!
Smells of honey and yeast and fruit! Tastes crisp and refreshing, even when it's not super cold.
This is one of my new favorites.
07-25-2006 18:12:55 | More by swhitt
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a cloudy golden color with a disappearing white lace. The aroma is wheat, honey, summer fruits, coriander, and some other earthy spices. The taste on the palate starts acidic and tart with a bready sweetness that tantalizes the tastebuds with honey, orange, lemon, all spice, that is sweet and malty which coats the palate and finishes lite and clean.
07-04-2006 23:04:35 | More by Franchise
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-25-2006 00:22:01 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-17-2005 20:13:05 | More by packetknife
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
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).
07-11-2005 19:53:02 | More by MuddyFeet
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
June 2005, rereview/quick tasting notes.
Beautiful opaque yellow body. You cant see anything through this beer; its 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 Ive ever smelled. I mean, pure yeast, thats all I smelled. If youre a homebrewer youll know the smell, its 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 hefes Ive had, but the yeasty nose was just a bit much in this version.
06-21-2005 07:54:28 | More by taez555
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
09-29-2004 18:18:59 | More by brewhiker
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-11-2004 21:53:34 | More by mschofield
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-07-2004 19:50:59 | More by carln26
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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'!!
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
(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)
06-29-2004 17:09:48 | More by Bierman9
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
06-23-2004 00:58:28 | More by gentlebubbles
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-13-2004 14:32:17 | More by AllThingsNinja
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
07-05-2003 07:46:13 | More by UncleJimbo
Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.