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Arbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 48
Photo of Colt-Seavers
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Initial pour (12 oz. bottle poured into an American pint glass) is clear honey-gold with large American Adjunct like carbonation bubbles. This produced 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaving a small amount of beer at the bottom, I agitated softly until all the sediment was in suspension, then poured into the the glass. Instant transformation; cloudy medium honey-gold; very appealing in the light.

S: Banana, pears in light syrup, faint malt, light spice all integrating symbiotically creating an alluring invitation to taste.

T: Fruit forward; not overpowering but direct. Banana, pear, orange zest, clove, yeast, wheat, and faint hops. This beer starts with the fruit forward banana and pear leading into a sweet finish that is faintly bitter at the very end.

F: On the light side initially, but with a sharp, large bubble, carbonation forward feel asserting itself quickly. This is tamed toward the bottom of the glass, revealing a less carbonated slightly oily feel. Still light overall.

O: Flavorful and easy to drink. I will definitely purchase more. Not at all what I expected due to preconceived notions (see below).

The space where the Arbor Brewing Companies' Ann Arbor, MI location sits, used to be the Washington Street Station. I liked this Bar very much in my youth. All good things come to an end, and so did the Washington Street station. So I was excited when it was announced that a Brew-pub I was slated to fill the Washington Street Station's location. When I attended, I sat at the bar with the brewing vessels in plain sight. I ordered their wheat beer (on tap); flat, watery, flavorless, abysmal. Unappealing. I went back a couple years later in 1998 thinking that they may have the bugs worked out; the same. I'd made up my mind at that point that the German's, Belgium's, and specific American anomalies (Bell's, Sierra-Nevada, etc.) could brew quality beer. Most of the emerging brew pubs (in Michigan) were sub-par at best. So as a result, I ignored the Arbor Brewing Company for almost 2 decades. After tasting this bottled representation, they seem to be getting their ducks in a row. I can't help but think that allot of the mediocre reviews they are receiving are due to improper pours (leaving behind the sediment on the bottom of the bottle). At any rate, if this is an indication of what Arbor Brewing is becoming, I'll try more of their offerings. Nice job with Bavarian Bliss.

Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Hefeweizen is a bright, clear gold color with a small and wispy white head that keeps a layer up and puts down light spotting.
Particularly in the aroma, the clove and banana come out nicely. Spicing seems to be the major focus, with a bit of a gentle bite always present. It goes mildly floral in the middle and into the finish, while the other elements remain. In the flavor particularly, the clove and banana dwindle in the end a bit.
The feel starts off on the fuller end of a light body but thins out somewhat. It's not soft, per se, but it smooths out with time and is very crisp all the way through.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Nose: banana, fruit, bubblegum, very faint clove, no hop.
Pours hazy amber - not cloudy, under a 3" bone white head that quickly dissipates.
Palate: Banana, bread, bubblegum, wheaty tartness are there but are not as big as in many Hefeweizens. Tastes a little toned down. Would be a good introductory beer fior those not familiar with the style.
Medium full body, effervescent but not creamy.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint glass from bottle.

a: poured a nice head but didn't last long. swirled the yeast out of the bottom for a more traditional look.

s: smells like a hefe! light clove and honey.

t: slightly tart, low hop bitterness. finishes clean.

m: light-medium body.

o: very nice beer! easy drinking with alcohol on the low side makes this a very sessionable beer.

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