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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 375
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | 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: Wildman on 06-23-2002

12 IBU
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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 375
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Washington DC brewpub.Cloudy grapefuit with a bit of white head, that leaves lace residue. Wheat aroma. Appropriate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, a bit above average. There is sourness that is well contained. Decent beer, hits the highlights. (265 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Huhzubendah for bringing this bottle over to share with the other Matt and myself. Amyliz4 said no thanks. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a hazy, somewhat dark, yellow-gold with a nice white head. Really nice lacing. The nose has a pretty standard hefeweizen aroma, leaning more heavily toward the banana/bubblegum end of the spectrum than the clove, but pretty good. Bit too much breadiness, which really carried over into the flavor, where the malt tended to dominate the yeast. Medium body and a bit too heavy. Moderately too sweet. Decent enough, but not something I'd seek out. (604 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (1,817 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (557 characters)

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

The Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen is a typical hefeweizen with a cloudy golden-orange body and frothy white head. It's wheaty and fruity, and it has a slightly tart edge to it. There's not as much banana as I might like (that's just a choice of yeast strain or fermentation temperature), but the fruitiness more than compensates with notes of apple, pear, some red fruits, and a spritz of lemon. It's well balanced with a firm bitterness running through it, and hints of grassy hops. It doesn't have the depth of character that some of the best Bavarian hefe's do, but it's still enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink! (617 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Cloudy peach hued brew, great looking head. Hint of banana bread and taffy with some faint powdered clove and bandaids with some bread in the aroma. Crisp and smooth, fluffy medium body. Bready palate, banana pith and banana bread, mild clove spiciness, lands dry with some faint phenols. Crisp and balanced, pretty drinkable as well. (379 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Co Springs airport outlet on a rainy summers night

Pours straw colored & clear with a 2.5 fingers deep white head. Some lacing & okay head retention

S: Huge bubble gum notes & hints of lemon

T: Bubblegum & honey up front, fruittyness follows. Finishes fruitty with hints of band aids & pepper

MF: Medium body with good carbonation

Drinks very easy, this is a hefe that would pass a german, no problem. I enjoyed this (447 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, but subdued head is present (much lower than most hefe's). There is no lace. Dark honey color and cloudy as expected.

Strong wheat aromas (duh?) that reminds me of corriander and banana. The flavor has strong lemon and orange notes. The tartness continues into the aftertaste. Nice full body with good carbonation. This is quintessential wheat beer. If you are a fan of this style, seek this one out while in DC. (423 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Huhzubendah for this rare tick. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is amber and hazy with a medium sized white head of small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is wheaty with mild cloves and some banana.

Beer is medium to thin in body with a grainy finish, the whole thing finishes a little bitter with some acidity on the end, the forward is mildly sweet with some banana in there. nothing great here just an average hefeweizen, probably won't repeat unless it is free at a party. (499 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2011
Arrives from the tap with a one finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, light amber color that shows some gold notes around the edges were the light comes through. The beer smells solidly of clove up front, this is backed by an appetizing tart wheat character and some whole grain cracker like aromatics. The aroma is fairly typical, but ends up being quite appetizing to me at this point.

More creamy feeling than the Kolsch I just had, but it has some carbonic tickle to it towards the finish. Creamy and slightly chewy feeling on the palate, this accentuates a grain / malt sweetness that is also brought out by a clove spiciness. The beer is actually a bit on the warm side for a beer served in such a commercial place, and I am sure that this is a bit unintended, though it likely helps with the flavors. There seems to be just a hint of diacetyl in this beer, it is only noticeable in the flavor after some time spent with this beer and is not a serious detraction; it does add a hint of buttery like character at times (mostly in the oral nasal interface), but is easy to overlook, and I can almost forget that I have noticed it at times. This has a nice grain flavor to it, from the tart wheat notes, to the chewy whole grain wheat malt notes and a touch of biscuit like character as well as the somewhat muddled hay and grain flavors that is typical of a HefeWeizen.

Not a bad HefeWeizen, the diacetyle is certainly a flaw, but it is somewhat on the subtle side (though I am particularly sensitive to it, so most / many would not even notice it). A somewhat more than serviceable example of the style, it has a bit holding it back, that keeps it from being something I would drink on a repeated basis. This would be a beer I would happily drink again if it didn’t have the hints of diacetyle to it (I am a bit prone to noticing this flaw though, so take that with a grain of salt). (1,932 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, a Bavarian-styled hefe. On to the beer:

Cloudy as expected. A bolder, darker hue of banana peel yellow with a thick frothy head sitting on top. Me semlls bubblegum and clove....and banana. Lemon rind too. Into the mouth it goes, it tastes more like a German hefe than the one-dimensional American wheats. It's a little more fruity than the usual. Lemony. Also tasted is honey, and light whispers of banana and bubblegum. Mouthfeel is light with a gentle burst of carbonation, and it goes down very easy. A tasty hefeweizen that can be found at an affordable rate. (573 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass and no fruit)

A- There is a warm light brown glow to this hazy yellow body with a thick sticky white head on top that last for a good while. There is no sign of carbonation except a random bubble or two sticking to the glass.

S- The soft smell of bubble gum and wheat bread are pretty mellow with a soft note of pine hops to finish. The pine hops aroma seems to grow with each sip, but the other aromas do not.

T- The first taste is a full bubblegum flavor but it is not really obnoxious followed by some soft clove notes and a yeasty banana flavor. The finish is more pine hops but it is softer than the smell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel which surprised me and a clean scrubbing bubble finish.

D- I would classify this as what an American Wheat beer should taste like, having nice hefeweizen flavors with American hops and much lighter and crisper that its German cousin. (943 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Not as opaque as a classic hefe, but still nice light brown gold. White head.

S – Huge, bright banana aroma up front – almost like melted banana runts. Wheat is layered beneath the esters with a twang of lemon.

T – Tingly honey into banana, orange and rosewater. The fruit subsides in the middle to reveal soft wheat a mild yeast. Lightly peppery backend.

M – Light body - shade thin. Well carbonated. Sweet and mildly spicy finish.

O – A nice hefe. Great nose. (481 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a weizen glass at the Seattle location.

Appearance: cloudy medium yellow hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam. Quite attractive!

Smell: clove and some grainy wheat. Could be smoother, but overall pretty good.

Taste: heavy clove flavor with a bit of banana and some alcohol heat. I like the esters, but there's a little harshness here too that I don't love.

Mouthfeel: light body for the style with a good carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: not a bad hefeweizen, especially for an American take on the style. (560 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull, cloudy yellow/amber with a tight, white cap. Some lacing. Bready aroma with a bit of clove and lemon. Malty and bready flavour with a bit of lemon, clove and citrus, plus light banana character in the finish. Medium body that lightened towards the end. Carbonation was on the high side, giving an acidic bite. A pretty average offering. Drinkable and approachable, but lacking a bit in overall character. (410 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives with a nice, cloudy golden body with nice head and good lacing retention. A spicy, citrusy smell is complemented by a fuller-bodied beer that not only has good spicing and citric attributes, but the yeast/wheat mixes in for a very smooth flow and a little bit of a sweetedge. They really got a good recipe here and a must try for hefe lovers. (350 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is cloudy and yellow-brown, rather like honey; head is thick. Aroma has a strong citrus overtone and some wheaty scent. Taste is a very strong and pleasant hefeweizen taste, quite lemony with wheat and hoppy components. It goes down easily and is very pleasant to drink, with or without a wedge of lemon. (310 characters)

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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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