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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch HefeweizenGordon Biersch Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
83
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275 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%


Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
12 IBU

(Beer added by: Redrover on 04-27-2005)
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pilsner glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy yellow-straw color with a thick and billowy white head of three finger height. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite heavy of wheat and yeast. Along with these smells are aromas of coriander and clove as well as a little bit of a lemon and orange smells. Some sweet aroma, other then the citrus, are there as well with notes of bubblegum and some caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy wheat flavor. Along with these tastes there is also flavors of orange and lemon right from the start. As the flavors advance, a yeasty and spicy flavor come to the tongue; with the spice mostly of clove and coriander, as would have been expected from the nose. Shortly following these tastes, a light banana comes to the tongue with the graininess becoming almost entirely subdued. The mix of resulting flavors takes the taste to its end where a rather smooth Hefe flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the lighter and slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher to average side. Both are quite appropriate for the wheat, yeast, and spice flavors of the brew and make a very easy drinking Hefeweizen; just as a Hefe of 5.5 % abv should be.

Overall – A rather good Hefeweizen overall. Very easy drinking with a nice blend of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 02:02:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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Gusmotel

Singapore

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, with a bottling date more in line with reason - a rare feat here in Singapore, dated May 7th of this year. Poured a semi transparent creamy orange into a class Weissbrau Pint Glass. Solid 2 Finger head built on a foundation of semi strong carbonation. Sweet aroma in line with the style. The description on the label does the beer justice, therefore making it hard to argue. Bananas, Bubble Gum, Citrus, and clove are all in there. I'd throw in caramel as well making the banana taste more like a bananas foster type dessert taste, but that might be a little to specific. The extreme fruity characteristics of the aroma take a back seat to the wheat flavour upon drinking it, which is exactly what you want. Well balanced, slight semi sweet dry finish makes you want to take another sip immediately. Sessionable and in my opinion solid for an American version of a German classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:42:43 | More by Gusmotel
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a standard for the style, cloudy yellow with nice one finger head. Aroma of funky yeast and very strong banana. Taste follows with lots of banana, yeast funk, and a tad of bitterness. Not as sweet as some I have had, and I think this is actually very well done. Easy drinking and refreshing. Medium to high carbonation that gives is a nice bubbly feel for the summer days. Definitely one to try if at the restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 22:05:00 | More by BMMillsy
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magictacosinus

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed some time ago at a friend's place. Poured into a pilsner flute glass out of a 12oz bottle.

Pours a sunset orange amber complete with tons of bubbly carbonation in the glass and a cascading off-khaki head about 3-4 fingers high. Definitely shows itself to be bready and thickened with each swirl, and carbonation holds on relatively well in the glass right here. Doesn't look too unfiltered, but still is quite authentic to style if I've ever seen one. Carbonation lasts a good long while. Lots of lacing is left behind. Extremely well presented.

The aroma is definitely quite on-par with classic Bavarian weissbiers, with some key differences. Vibrant notes of citrus, caramelized banana, light clove, and bubblegum. Lots and lots of bubblegum. Almost to the point of adding extra sweetness that throws off some of the flavors. Nevertheless, the banana esters are spot-on, in spite of the fact that there's a toasted bready grainy character that overpowers the cracked wheat flavors, as well as some sharp bitterness. This is a hard type of beer to brew well - the flavors are all there, but it's almost refined so much that it's verging on a weizenbock, in spite of the low ABV.

The flavor is far more delicate and not as bubblegum forward, which luckily leads to a more satisfying drinking experience. Caramelized banana and toffee abound, combined with toasted wheat, some clove and dried lemon, as well as spices and a bit of bubblegum. Quite malty at the finish, but the yeast and wheat seems to cleanse the palate at the very end. Contains a ton of carbonation, but luckily this aids in making the flavor feel more creamy and filling overall. As most Gordon Biersch offerings, this is quite easy to drink, and does well on its own or paired with food.

I still hold the firm belief that this brewery, no matter how large it may be, brews some of the best German-style beers in the country, and this is no exception. It may have some quirky things going on, but it's quite authentic flavor wise and in feel, and definitely kicks all of these thinner, overtly citrusy wheat-focused beers in a heartbeat. It's pretty great stuff overall - worth checking out for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:38:38 | More by magictacosinus
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HSGB1316

California

4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Hefeweizen I have had since visiting Germany. Most American Hefeweizens are no more than an ale brewed with malted wheat. They have a more bitter flavor to them that you will not find in this beer. Between its beautiful unfiltered golden appearance, wonderful aroma, and unique and enjoyable flavor notes of banana, bubblegum, citrus, and clove, this beer is a perfect selection for any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 17:37:20 | More by HSGB1316
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TheSixthRing

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 01/14/13

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, rustic orange with an off-white near 2-finger head. Fair retention. Spotty surface. Not much in the way of lacing, but not unusual for a hefe.

Smell - Citrus, bubblegum, banana and clove are are all there, and in abundance. This might be the most aromatic hefe I've ever had.

Taste - Clove spice, citrus and banana upfront and throughout. Bubblegum is hard to find on the tongue. Distant citrus pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Maybe too much. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Hard to believe I hadn't picked this one up before. Regardless, this is a commendable example. If the carbonation was a tad less prickly and with a touch more bubblegum found in the flavor as it is with the nose, this would be right up there with the best of them. Regardless, don't miss out if you see this. Grab one!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:38:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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EricMiller_NY

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Hour doesn't not get any better than at my local Gordon Biersch. This beer goes down so smooth. It's more of a spring and summer beer, but can really be enjoyed year round. It has a hint of banana that can be both smelt and tasted. If this beer was available in kegs, it would be a permanent staple.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 15:46:38 | More by EricMiller_NY
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Gordon Biersch in Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU)

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with some light hints of golden yellow and apricot highlights along with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer along with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with a hint of breadiness along with some light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and banana + clove. Smells like what I expect for the style though maybe a slight bit flatter than some of the exceptional ones.

T: Like the smell, upfront there was a light to moderate flavor of wheat which is followed by moderate amounts of banana and clove. There are light hints of lemon citrus and just a touch of earthy/spicy yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but unfortunately (or fortunately) I have been spoiled by having many great beers in this style... this is not a bad version of the style but just a little better than middle of the road.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 20:28:44 | More by dbrauneis
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spices, and a slight soapy aroma. Taste is much the same with spice and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that seems somewhat unrefined in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:01:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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acelin

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a twelve ounce weizen glass from the bottle.

Color is clear straw gold, meaning they have partially filtered this beer. More of a kristalweizen. Small white head.

Smell: Not that impressive. Not the same level of bananas, but clove, fresh wheat, sugar. It passes as a hefe, but barely.

Taste: Much better. Has a smooth, creamy taste, with a small amount of banana, some clove, minimal citrus, and a good portion of wheat malt. The yeast is filtered out of this brew, so realistically it would and could be far better with that left in.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as creamy as German hefes. Possibly due to the filtration. Without the filtration, this beer would earn far higher marks - to be honest, it's actually a Kristalweizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:38:54 | More by acelin
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Reagan National Airport. No fruit in glass.

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, one finger white head receded to a thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus, slight banana and even slighter clove.

T - Good wheaty taste, slight banana and clove and a little orange. Would give it a 3.75 in this category if I could.

M - Creamy and smooth, good carbonation.

O - I have quite frequently been disappointed by their beer but this is one of the better GB offerings, which is good because I like their food. Could and would drink multiples. Would give it a 3.75 in this category if I could.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 13:52:27 | More by Sludgeman
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stercomm

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Hopkins Airport in Cleveland

A - Pours a very hazy golden honey color, fairly big white head that quckly recedes leaving a thin layer on top. Slight lacing.

S - Mildly wheaty, some banana and cloves

T - Nice mild tartness, banana pudding on the finish, in between get cloves.

M - Creamy, mild carbonation

O - Not a bad rendition, maybe a liitle weak, but has a nice balance, and has a refreshing finish. A beer you can enjoy a couple of at one sitting

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 01:23:36 | More by stercomm
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K9AleingPiss

Oklahoma

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance was good,as expected a semi-blonde bubbly,brew with a nice foamy head. The odor was sweet,and malty,some spice the odor was quite enticing. This was my first and last Hefeweizen,nothing against the maker. I felt like I drank a beer that someone else had drunk from a baseball game that had a big wad of gum in her mouth. Honestly..down the drain it went. Overall its my loss ...just couldnt appreciate this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:14:47 | More by K9AleingPiss
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Pegasus

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark yellow golden in color, with a massive, dense, and persistent white head. There is a moderate amount of suspended sediment.The lacing is thick and patchy.

Aroma: Lots of tart wheat and grapefruit rind hops, no banana notes, and only modest cloves.

Taste: Solid wheat malt from start to finish. This is not to be understated, the malt presence is remarkably solid. Cloves are present, but not to the extent expected, there is a banana note, but it is faint. Finishes with tart wheat, some very mild herbal hops, and a late wave of cloves.

Mouth feel: Smooth and solid, very, very full.

Drinkability/notes: A very good, well-crafted example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 13:04:51 | More by Pegasus
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MTNboy

Germany

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: It has cloudy hay like body with a small but creamy white head. The lace has a nice retention to it.

Smell: It has an aroma that is on par for this style. A decent banana and clove esters.

Taste: I thought was a little light but still good. There are some lemon/orange tones with banana and mild peppery clove.

Mouthfeel: Light but silky with average carbonation.

Overall: A good American variant.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 04:17:28 | More by MTNboy
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the GBBR at the RDU airport main terminal. They did not serve with a lemon, which I appreciated.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with small white foam. Clings to the side. Wheaty smell, but just so-so. Strong banana taste, followed by the wheat. Very smooth, banana in the finish too. Leaves some sweetness at the end.

Very good hefe, really drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 21:18:48 | More by KTCamm
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Growler filled in Virginia Beach location...

A: Pours very cloudy and dark golden in color. With a good finger and a half worth of head that settles to a small ring with a little lacing.

S: Strong citrus, banana, and clove right up front with a slight touch of wheat and yeast.

T: Oddly I'm getting the yeast and wheat upfront, then a big blast of citrus, bananas and clove... Finish is clean with little to no aftertaste.

M: Feel is crisp & clean. It is very light and a little watered down. Carbonation is a little on the light side also.

D: This is pretty good little Hefe.... ABV is pretty low so you can drink a ton of these... but it is pretty close to a lot of other Hefes I've had... Only difference is this one is a little to watered down feeling to me.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2011 03:41:15 | More by mralphabet
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BOTTLED ON: 07/25/11.

Appearance - Frothy, glossy barely off-white pearly sheen head with decent stick and retention.

Smell - Extremely strong banana. Reminds me of my first Weihenstephaner Hefe.

Taste - Strong banana here too. Almost too well done. Makes me wonder if some sort of artifical flavoring or syrup was used. Some dryness in the body but finishes with slight banana maltiness. My suspicion is the only thing holding back my grade on this beer.

Mouthfeel - Creamy frothiness in the head. Light to medium bodied. No astringency or any other off characters here.

Overall Drinkability - Possibly the best US hefeweizen I’ve ever had. I just fear that it’s a little too good, and my suspicion that artifical flavorings are used worries me and makes me grade this lower than I would otherwise if I knew this was a legit hefe.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:28:33 | More by ZenAgnostic
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atlason

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At airport Gordon biersch.

A. Orange amber, cloudy, fine head but little retention and lacing

S: yeasty, bready with unusually strong banana and some orAnge with cloves

T: very fresh, doughy with strong yeast esters of banana. Simple but correct

M: again doughy with high carbonation, makes for high drinkability

Fresh, correct and enjoyable like a sparkling water version of a banana muffin

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 18:34:14 | More by atlason
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mdfb79

New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/22/11 notes.

a - Pours a murky straw yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, and light citrus hops. Some bready malts as well. Not bad, but wans't expecting the citrus.

t - Tastes of bananas, lemon and citrus, cloves, bready malts. Everything is light and that citrus is there again. Not bad at all but a tiny bit bland.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average hefeweizen. Thought it was better than their Golden Export, but would order the Marzen or Schwarzbier next time I go.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 18:47:23 | More by mdfb79
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Hefeweizen at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a cloudy light tan color with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was powered by clove/spice and banana typical of Hefeweizens. The taste included was wa noted in the scent...clove and banana with touches of spice at the end. Overall a very goood balanced taste nothing overpowered the other. The balance made the beer smooth to drink and the beer came off the pallet clean. Not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 14:34:29 | More by WoodBrew
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Beerenauslese

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glass at the Gordon Biersch bar/restuarant at Dulles Airport in between flights.

Served in a proper weizen glass, it is a hazy golden ale, a bit light in appearance but not highly filtered. Half inch head dissipated quickly to a cap and ring with no lacing. The cap gets recreated with each sip.

Aroma is light with some lemon, with some wet hay, and light peppery spice.

Tastes lemony, with clove notes and a trace amount of bubblegum. Spicy and dry finish. Not bad, but not remarkable either.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, cleansing and refreshing.

A drinkable beer, I could have had another. But nothing remarkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 19:49:57 | More by Beerenauslese
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olimpia84

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Miami location. Beer was poured into proper glassware (Weizen glass).

A: this hefe was off to a bad start. The beer had a yellow lemonish color that wasn't as cloudy or heavy looking as most of the good hefes I've tried in the past. Nice looking two finger white head but it dissipated really quick, boo. Some lacing was present.

S: this is where things started to improve. Smell was very enjoyable with lots of wheat, lemon, banana, and hints of honey. Thumbs up.

T: followed the nose nicely with touches of wheat, lemon and banana that are felt in the tongue as soon as you sip the beer. It ends with a bit of an acidic taste, but nothing offensive.

M: light body leaning towards medium. A bit watery but not in a bad way, makes the beer feel crisp and fresh.

O: this beer was a bit confusing. I usually like my Hefes to be on the heavier body side but this was very enjoyable as it was. The lightness and watery feel are definitely uncharacteristic of the style but this beer does a good job in making it feel right. The good smell and taste made up for the weak appearance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 22:37:59 | More by olimpia84
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Not a bad hefeweizen, not great, but one of the better GB offerings. Poured a hazy straw-yellow with a generous white head that receded to a thin layer, but lingered nonetheless. Expected aroma: yeast, banana, spice. Wheat profile on the taste buds, yeasty, banana esters, with hints of pepper and clove. Crisp with a dry finish, light bodied and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 21:01:49 | More by Rifugium
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avaldivia

California

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Ok, I will start this review with a story:

When the Giants won the world series, I was in San Francisco at Gordon Biersch watching the game. I drank a lot that day and when I got this, I kept saying it tastes like bubblegum. My friends all said I was wasted and my palate was destroyed. I didn't think I was that inebriated, but I stopped saying it.

I saw this on the shelves and I had to buy a bottle to see if I was really that drunk. You know what? This still tastes like bubblegum. Boom! Vindication.

After that, it really is a mediocre Hefeweizen. Not much complexity. Aside from bubblegum, it tastes like all other Hefeweizens. Not something I will buy again now that I feel vindicated.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:51:53 | More by avaldivia
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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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