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Hefeweizen - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

73 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | 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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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 20:52:54 | More by axeman9182
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 22:55:27 | More by IBUnit63
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-30-2012 00:12:14 | More by AdamP
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Cooker_stp

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-19-2013 18:22:14 | More by Cooker_stp
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-27-2013 02:46:01 | More by comfortablynirm
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-21-2012 18:40:33 | More by wdarcy77
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-18-2013 14:21:33 | More by aorloski
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

06-15-2014 02:07:29 | More by JKV96
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carln26

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2004 19:50:59 | More by carln26
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 22:57:49 | More by EPICAC
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I don't know much about this style I have to go with what I think. I really enjoyed this beer.

Straw yellow, almost glowing, in color with a big fluffy head. The smell was sweet, citrus, malty with at hint of pepper. The taste was very similar. An extremely smooth and drinkable beer. Sweeter than I had expected but not overpowering. The citrus came through in the end even more. Carbonation was not overpowering yet still explosive in the mouth.

More complex than some that I have had. I hope this stays on for awhile as it is very refreshing and perfect for the summer time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2003 06:50:01 | More by CharlesRiver
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 02:00:34 | More by BigCheese
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2008 19:09:20 | More by marcpal
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-07-2012 00:12:54 | More by wizo
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Franchise

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2006 23:04:35 | More by Franchise
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agreenman19

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-12-2013 01:03:38 | More by agreenman19
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-18-2013 15:39:24 | More by WhitmansNiece
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packetknife

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2005 20:13:05 | More by packetknife
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 21:47:17 | More by Andrew041180
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 17:29:11 | More by rinhaak
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ElijahRivera

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-03-2013 17:57:09 | More by ElijahRivera
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-21-2012 11:54:35 | More by jlordi12
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2004 00:58:28 | More by gentlebubbles
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 01:27:45 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-12-2013 13:13:27 | More by cjs61679
Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.