Arbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
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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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a weizen glass.

The aroma is spot on with spicy cloves and a hint of banana. On the palate, however, this beer is a beer is too dry and the water is too hard, it even tastes a little salty. The wheat malts and yeast character is still there in the flavor, but the mouthfeel and that dryness really detract from an otherwise tasty hefe.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow body with a decent head on top. Nose is fairly standard for the style: yeast and spice, with some vague clove notes being the most dominant in the latter category.

The flavour is also fairly straight-forward: a thin-bodied but heavily carbonated wheat beer that leans heavily on the malts, but which also incorporates generous helpings of yeast induced spicy notes with some slight banana aspects. Not huge, but enjoyable.

Mouth and drinkability were both slightly above average: reasonable decent body but not remarkable, reasonably good value and easy to drink, but not spectacular.

The bottom line: Arbor's take on the Hefeweizen style is reasonably true, but doesn't do anything particularly special either. A serviceable brew.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appeared a very nice hazy orange with a huge big white head that was well retained and left some nice lacing. The beer gave off a very pleasant wheat aroma. Not great, but better than some American made Hefeweizens. The taste of the beer was good wheat flavor, but it was light on the banana and cloves that a good Hefe would have. The beer had a lighter feel to it, super easy to drink and very enjoyable. Overall, a quality brew and one that I hope to enjoy again.

Photo of Harfatum
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a spicy beer! I don't know if I've had one as spicy as this. Take an orange slice and drop it in a barrel of spices - this is it. As others have noted, this is a fairly cloudy brew. Not quite as drinkable as some other wheat beers like Oberon, but for those who enjoy a spicy and slightly more bitter wheat beer this is worth a try.

Photo of buschbeer
2.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I made a vigorous pour to achieve very little head. It is golden in color. It has a cider smell to it. It doesn't have much taste up front, but it finishes sour. It is watery. I thought I may have gotten a bad batch, but other reviewers have had similar conclusions. I may have to try this one fresh from the tap next time I'm in Ann Arbor to give it a second chance.


Photo of Skitowneric
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured fast down the middle, but very little head.

Classic smell of bannana and cloves.

Very light tasting. Thin.

Tastes and smells like they used the proper fermentation temperature and yeast...but did not use the proper grains to achieve this style of beer.

Photo of oline73
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a little off white head that goes away.

Smell: Standard hefe spices. There is some banana and clove along with some citrus notes.

Taste: This beer is fine until you start to drink it. It tastes like a normal hefe right off the bat, but those good flavors of fruit and spice fade to watery and then a bit sour. Light malt, but the off taste takes over. The finish is bitter and a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a very good beer. Definitely won't have another.

Photo of lurpy1
1.12/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought at Big Ten in East Lansing and swilled straight from the bottle.

Well, attempted to swill. Once the cap's off, it's obvious there's trouble, as a foul, bitter, college slumming-beer stench hits me. As bad as that is the taste might be worst: Acrid, rotten, fermented soggy bread. Remember when as a kid you first stole a sip of your dad's beer and wondered why the f*ck anyone would drink something that vile? This is the impression I have of Bavarian Bliss. I run to the sink because I can't wait to get this stuff down the drain.

This isn't the best rated beer on the site, but nothing to suggest THIS, so something must have gone wrong with the bottle. Not to mention, Arbor is a small brewery, no doubt working hard to make good beer, and I'm out here telling the world they made something worse than MGD? So while I feel guilty about the review, I stand by it, and hope I just got a bad, bad bottle.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours an appropriately cloudy, golden, orange-y brown colors with the tiniest hint of head. Mostly just a thick and bubbly ring. Lots of suspended tendrils of yeasty goodness floating through the glass. No lace to speak of.

S: Nice aromas of tangy citrus, toasted bread, cardamom/clove, nutmeg, and a little peek of banana.

T: Tart lemon, toasted malt, and spice right off the bat. After it warms a bit hints of orange/grapefruit, banana, and spicy herbal hops make their appearance.

M: Dry maltiness, and tangy citrus frutiness make for a refreshing palate cleanser.

D: Summer and hefeweizens go hand in hand. This one is pretty good and quite refreshing. I expected more clove/banana/bubble gum flavors but instead was surprised by the refreshingly bracing lemon/citrus flavors.

Photo of Colt-Seavers
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 soupyman10
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in an Arbor taster from Holiday Market. Probably my favorite beer out of the bunch, although the Sacred Cow IPA was very good as well. Basically this one hits most of the hefe necessities right on: nice light yellow color with a solid finger of white head, nose of wheat and spices, flavor of lots of citrus, light bananas, and wheat. Good body and solid carbonation. Pours Maybe not the best hefe weizen ever, but definitely a good contribution by an American brewer.

Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into one of my weizen glasses. This beer pours a clear medium golden color. Much clearer than I am used to beers of this style being. The nice white head is about an inch thick when first poured and settles to a decent foam layer about 1/4 inch thick and ten eventually to a nice medium size ring lining the inside of the glass. Little lace though. Aromas are a bit of citrus, toasted bread, and banana clove. Has a good citrusy, slightly toasted bready malt flavor along with banana clove spice. Rounded out with a touch of hop bitterness on the back end of the tongue. Very tasty. Has a slightly crisp, but malty smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A pretty decent beer overall and flavor wise pretty much spot on for this style, but I feel it could have benefited from a bit more carbonation.


Photo of SportsandJorts
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an orangy yellow. quite hazy. small foamy head that fades slowly

Smell: bananas are very strong and just about dominate the beer. some slight spiciness to it.

Taste: again the bananas are strong but on the backside there are some clove and spice flavors

Mouthfeel: good and lighter

Overall: a middle of the road hefeweizen. not great but not bad. it has some good flavors but it is neither complex nor unique.

Photo of hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Arbor Brew Pub.

This one poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of cloves, wheat, spicy, and lemons. Tastes of bananas, wheat, and lemons. Tastes a tad bit of a let down vs. the aromas.

Notes from 05/06/06.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an exeptional American Hefeweizen! Bavarian bliss indeed!

Served in proper glassware and at acceptable temperature, I was at least asked whether I took a lemon or not (passed on that, thank you very much). Pours a hazy bright gold in color with a fizzy white head that left a decent crown throughout. Nose is extremely fresh, hints of banana and that trademark wheat smell. Taste is very well balanced and extremely refreshing, hints of cloves and spice, banana as well of course. Very wheaty and well crafted, this is certainly one to look for in the warmer months!


Photo of straybeer
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a weizen glass.

A: Pours an intensely cloudy, golden, yellow. Very little head and no lacing.

S: Strong citrus, yeast, and dough. Mild aroma of clove and banana.

T: Lots of citrus, hints of banana and clove. Finish is spicy, slightly sour, and a little dry.

M: Mild carbonation and light body.

D: Enjoyable. Interesting how citrusy it smells and tastes. Not a bad hefeweizen, but I prefer others.

Photo of Smithj86
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Good mouth feel and rich, smooth beery goodness. No aftertaste whatsoever. Could be a bit stronger, but very flavorful. Nice cloudy tan appearance. Apparently, I drank it wrong, though--you're supposed to pour 3/4 into a glass, swirl the bottle few times, and pour the contents into the glass with the rest of the beer. At any rate, this is a very rich hefeweizen, with slight fruity flavor.

Photo of beerad666
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz brown bottle. When I first opened it I was surprised it didn't smell as yeasty as you would think for a Hefeweizen, it did have the yeast smell just wasn't overpowering. I enjoyed this beer a lot, it had some citrus flavors along with a touch of bite from the hops. The Bavarian Bliss finishes very soft, leaving a slight refreshing aftertaste but quickly vanishes and does not leave much aftertaste at all.

This beer wasn't anything super interesting but it is very drinkable. All around a nice beer that's a little above average.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and semi-transparent. I had almost no head on mine.

Smell: A pretty strong wheat aroma.

Taste: Frankly, I was expecting more. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have quite the flavor that I was expecting. It had some wheat flavor with not much hop in the background, but it was there. No banana or clove flavor typical of Hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: Had some body, but not much. It was pretty thin.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong: I liked this beer, I thought it was good. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like a Hefeweizen to me. It seemed more like an American Pale Wheat Ale. For that, it was good, for a Hefeweizen, it was not so good.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy dark yellow colro with a fair head of foam. Medium levels of carbonation upon the initial pour. Minor notes of lacing.

S: Rich wheaty note filled with sweet citrus character. Fresh. Distinct note of yeast and dough.

T: This one's lacking. It's like a hefe, only it's been hollowed out, so to speak. Bready notes of wheat and malt blend with a mildy tart citrus fruit note, with a touch of a sour finish. Not bad, but it's like someone pulled the plug on the flavor.

M: Carbonation takes a quick dump after departing the bottle, leaving a slightly chalky feeling on the palate. Needs more bubbles on the tongue to keep me interested.

D: Fair. Not a bad offering, but slightly short of what I'd like to think of when imagining a good hefe.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A a hazy off yellow color pour with a thin foamy white head, slight lacing left, light carbonation. Aroma of wheat,light clove and bananna. Flavor is somewhat watered down, very light, some wheat malt a little yeastyness,light clove and bananna, oily mouthfeel,light body, undercarbonated , sessionable , a very light spice in the finish,lightly sweet , an odd brew , sort of misses the mark, nothing offensive but lacking in many areas for me to buy again .

Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a weizen glass.

A- Classic hazy golden-organge with a 1/2 off white head that left some good sticky spots on the side of the glass.

S- Decent aroma. The banana and clove scents I would expect were definitely there, but just slighty overpowered by the lemony-citrus aroma.

T- Similar to the scent. The citrus was just a tad heavy-handed for my taste. It masked the banana and cloves that I really look for in a hefe.

M- Great feel. Slightly grainy texture that I consider true to the style.

D- An easy drinker, especially on a warmer day. I could really see myself putting a few of these back while sitting on the deck this summer.

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- One of the cloudiest beers I have ever seen. This looks like orange milk. The head is thin and white. For once, I think a beer is a little too meaty.

S- Bananas, clove, bread. Aromatic and about right for the style.

T- Very flavorful with lots of banana, clove, bread, and a lot of yeast. Not bad, but it almost has an itchy quality to it.

M- Very smooth in the mouth, but slightly itchy on the tail end. Maybe a little undercarbonated.

D- A yeasty beast. I anticipate my intestinal microflora having fun with this one.

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