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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Redrover on 04-27-2005

12 IBU
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Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears a hazy, dark yellow. The head is a couple inches thick, even with a careful pour. Retention lasts several minutes and leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma brings banana and clove - this smells like a Bavarian hefeweizen. Nice. The flavor brings all that one would expect from a hefe, with banana, clove, malt, wheat and a slight sweetness in the finish. The body is a bit thin, but I don't find this too distracting in the big picture. Highly drinkable and very tasty, this is a solid representation of German hefeweizen by an American brewery. It's not in the same company as Weihenstephaner, but satisfying nonetheless.

Photo of pauljdavis
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first American brewed hefeweisse I have consumed that even comes close to competing with it's German forefathers. Well done!!

Looks like a real Hefeweisse.

Smells like a real Hefeweisse

Tastes like a real Hefeweisse.

Now will I be able to find this in my local beer store?

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of nms1987
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm usually a passionate American Beer > Euro beer guy but one exception I have to that rule is Hefes. Most American ones are pretty bland and don't come close to the best German ones. The Gordon Biersch here was a pleasant surprise. If I had had it blind I would have figured it was German.

A...Soft, hazy, yellow-orange gold color. Nothing special but it looks like what a hefe should look like. Pours a big head that stays around for awhile

S... Like banana bread. Like a hefe should. Very pleasant and light aroma.

T... Nothing outstanding but, again, a very solid hefe taste. That Hefe banana/cloves taste is definately here.

M.. Soft, effervescent and little bit of pleasant spiciness.

D.. An enjoyable glass to drink.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting something a little bit more bland from this company, but this isn't bad.

The lacing and clear color of this beer are nice.

The smell is of some banana phenol with some mild cloveyness in the back. The banana dominates. The beer maintains the characteristic of wheat, by having a clean underlying malt back bone.

This one could be a bit more crisp and refreshin, however I'm sure that a fresh bottle or a sample on tap would be much nicer.

Give this one a try.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excerpt from the Gordon Biersch website:
"This traditional German wheat beer is left unfiltered to bring out its sparkling, yet subtle notes of banana & clove. It was once reserved for Bavarian royalty but evolved into a breakfast or after church beer, a testament to its refreshing palate.

Original gravity: 12.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.50%
Bitterness units: 12"

With a middle-of-the-road mentality, this Hefeweizen hits all the moderate marks of the style with all of the signature wheat, yeast, fruit, spice, and drinkability that the style demands. Somehow, Gordon Biersch makes it seem too easy.

The quentessential appearance of froathy straw, creamy weight. Very well headed with a fluffy white blanket of froath that retains excellent and laces very well from the wheat additions.

Moderately malt aromas are a mix of pilsner soft scents with bready wheat. Lightly grainy with a sweeter nose, the aromas are amplified by fruity notes of of banana, apple, lemon, and pear. Complementary notes of clove, white pepper, and mint also help the cause. All engulfed with a doughy, bready, and rich scent, the beer keeps a well melded scent throughout.

Flavors are a very direct correlation from aroma: malty sweetness of powdered sugar, sweet breads, wheat, and sugar cookies are balance by herbal flavored hops, clove, lemony acidity, minty-fresh alcohol, and white pepper. Exquisite in balance, the beer keeps all of these characteristics in harmony, but also in restraint.

Moderately textured to the palate with an airy, creamy start. Rolling off of a vanilla-like silkiness at mid palate, the beer turns pleasantly acidic and then with an evaporative minty warmth that acts as a crispening agent in finish. Malty-dry late with a linger of wheat malt, this beer is a very classy version of Hefeweizen!

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had 1/2 pint from the Gordon Biersch booth at the Columbus Microbrew Festival 2006. I didn't expect it to be as good as it was, they did a good job. The aroma and flavor was all bananas and cloves, the only real drawback was that this seemed more watery than it should be. Still, it was good.

Photo of Grundle20
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Poured a crystal clear yellow into a hefeweizen glass. There was a bountiful head with good retention but minimal lacing.

Smell:
Rich smells of ripe banana and minor nutty notes. Quite a potent nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks damn smooth, like liquid banana bread. For an instant I thought I tasted salted pork chops but it was a momentary thing. I was really surprised by this beer. It's pretty standard around here and doesn't get much respect in the area, but I thought this was a pretty solid showing of the style. There wasn't much yeast in the pour which leads me to believe the flavoring may be artificial, but that really doesn't matter to me because it was surprisingly good. There's a minor detergent aftertaste but that's my only complaint.

Drinkability:
If this beer is this tasty come summer, I see this being in my fridge quite a bit. I'm not really feeling wheat beers in the winter but you are still faced with a good tasting average alcohol brew. Pretty damn poundable.

Bottom Line:
Terribly underrated beer. I have been lead astray and for that I shame you Columbus beer community. There are far better hefeweizens out ther but this is a stupid good grocery store/standard bar beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of magictacosinus
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Apollo98
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of logan_0842
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden hue. 2 finger foamy white head. Big bubbles, too. Disintegrates slowly. Leaves a smattering of carbonation on the surface. Some nice spider web lacing remains.

S: Wheat, lots of yeast, and lemon citrus. Hints of indistinct sweetness, too.

T: Tastes like it smells. A nice twinge of sweetness accentuates a subtly yeasty wheat with just a touch of lemon.

M: Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Nothing harsh here. Great, soft finish.

D: Good clean drinking. Well-balanced.

Atmoshpere is really nice. Nice hue, great head, and a really nice balance of grains, citrus, and sweet. Flavor has a great clean well-blanced grainy nature, with sweet and lightly bitter accents. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good looking cloudy yellow beer with substantial head. Smelled very spicy, clove and banana, more than I would have expected. Good full mouthfeel with a ton of banana flavor even for a hefe. This isn't my favorite style but this is the best beer I had at Gordon Biersch.

Photo of atlason
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a bright, and murky orange color with a big and fluffy white head, builds up to about 2 inches. Smell is bright even far away with banana, and clove with spices and belgian yeast. Taste is of wheat and lots of banana and clove. Mouthfeeling is light and fluffy with just enough carbonation.

Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of foamy white head into a Weizen glass with no lemon slice. Nice retention yielded some good lacing. Smells of wheat, clove, banana, lemon, and pepper. Tastes of lemon zest, banana, clove, yeast, bread, peppery spices, and a touch of cut grass in the finish. Medium in body, smooth with lots of banana and spice flavors and a nice balance. Refreshing and easy to drink, a good example for the style.

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden brown and very hazy. Poured with a small head that settles quickly but leaves good lace.

S - Strong cloves and banana with a bit of bubblegum. Some bready, slightly toasted malt and a slight hint of grassy hops.

T - Pungent yeast character up front with an even blend of clove and banana. Light malt and slight hop flavor balance in the middle, followed by a sweet, phenolic finish.

M - Creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite nice overall. Not the best weisse I have ever had, but certainly a good one.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

(From notes)

A - Poured with a large, frothy white-head that I associate with others in the style. Really hazy orangey/yellow color with hints of light gold

S - Banana sticks out the most, and might be a little too dominant. Clove, other spiciness, and a little yeasty sourness

T - Pretty much hits on most characteristics in this dept. for the style with banana, citrus fruit, clove, and all spice. Really traditional take and quite nice

M - Lightly carbonated, smooth and nearing on silkier texture, medium to thin

D - Pretty drinkable and pretty refreshing. Nothing terribly innovative or interesting, but a very solid and easy drink

Overall, nothing outstanding, but it's a decent example of the style. I've got no real complaints other than in the aroma being a bit much with the banana (even for the style)

Photo of Patrick999
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was very good. Super-cloudy gold in an appropriate weizen glass. Excellent head and retention, can't ask for too much more.

Smell was of clove and banana, appropriately German yeasty aroma.

Faint banana and clove rounds out the taste with a hefty wheat backbone. I thought it was great, but some of my companions noted an unappealing celery overtone flitting about. Maybe it was the power of suggestion, but I started to taste it a little. Still a quality hefe.

This is really carbonated and filling. I like this style sharp, but this is perhaps slightly too sharp.

Drinkability - I'd suggest it, if you were to visit Gordon Biersch. A credible German Hefe brewed right here in the U.S.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, straw-yellow color with a large, fluffy head of white. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of banana, clove, yeast and wheat. It had a fairly spicy nose.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat, banana and clove. It had muted spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A light bodied ale that was very easy drinking.

D - This is a nice representation of the style. It really delivers on the aroma - like a true hefe.

Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.