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Arbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss - Arbor Brewing Company

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 07-30-2002)
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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

SportsandJorts, Apr 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -12.8%

tectactoe, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

pat61, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

tempest, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of CortexBomb
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

CortexBomb, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Harfatum
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Harfatum, May 05, 2009
Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

tommy5, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
2.1/5  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.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Skitowneric
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Skitowneric, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

HardyA, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

oline73, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

StoutHunter, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
1.1/5  rDev -68%
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.

lurpy1, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

GbVDave, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of marcb105
3/5  rDev -12.8%

marcb105, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Ghostface
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Ghostface, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

soupyman10, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of sblanton83
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

sblanton83, May 05, 2014
Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Eric

neenerzig, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of loganburgh
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

loganburgh, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of alelover
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

alelover, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +16.3%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Drk93TT, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
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Arbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss from Arbor Brewing Company
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