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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch HefeweizenGordon Biersch Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
82
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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
12 IBU

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-29-2013 23:12:21 | More by mpalestino
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avaldivia

California

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2012 04:35:25 | More by Stoffel
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BeerManDan

California

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the color was hazy golden yellow, with a medium amount of foam and nice lace on the side of the glass.

The smell of spices and yeast filled the nose with a pleasant aroma, with just a hint of fruit.

The flavor was of yeast and spices, with a hint of banana. What a pleasant surprise from Gordon Biersch. This to me is there second best bottled beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 22:51:12 | More by BeerManDan
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-27-2012 20:12:05 | More by pirmannt1
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TheSixthRing

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-18-2013 14:24:27 | More by LambicPentameter
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magictacosinus

California

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-12-2013 12:59:35 | More by Proclarush
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-27-2013 17:57:08 | More by nzerbe
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

03-07-2014 23:23:00 | More by DOCRW
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-21-2013 22:56:09 | More by bmjivi221
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Banana yellow. No orange tint like in a lot of hefeweizens I've seen. Ok head retention and lacing as well.

Smell: Bananas. A very clean smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp overall. Again, mostly bananas. Almost tastes like berries and lemon in the aftertaste as well.

Drinkability: Good, refreshing hefeweizen, especially when it's warmer outside.

Overall: A very worthy attempt at a hefeweizen. Thumbs way up!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:44:50 | More by tjsdomer2
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powdersoldier

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

02-05-2013 05:03:49 | More by powdersoldier
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2008 21:54:57 | More by HopDerek
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky yellow/gold/brown with about 3 fingers of head. Retention is decent before falling to a solid, thick cap. No lacing.

S - Moderate banana aroma with an almost overpowering citric snap. Slight plastic-like aroma on the back end. Decent but a little weak.

T - I've taken about half the glass to decide what I think of the taste. I want to like it, and while I don't hate it, it really doesn't bring anything new to the table. Big hit of generic citrus with a slightly tangy edge. Tanginess grows and grows until late palate where it becomes something like orange juice with a squeeze of lemon. Late palate also gives way to some mild to moderate phenols, though these flavors are indistinct (aspirin and chalk maybe?). Banana comes through only in the aftertaste. Semi-dry overall, with none of the early sweetness that I would expect.

M - Appropriate lively and crisp carbonation. Body is light, maybe a smidge too light.

D - After Gordon Biersch's exceptional dunkelweizen, I guess I was expecting a little more from their hefe. This is a great beer for summer quaffing, an easy drinking thirst quencher. However it reminds me more of tangy American wheats (Oberon, perhaps?) than the sweetish hefeweizens that I'm used to. I do wish the bubblegum/banana notes were more evident, but this is a decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 22:17:15 | More by PatrickJR
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Patrick999

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

03-07-2008 23:52:47 | More by Patrick999
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the best of the ones I tried from this place. Had a good full color to it, with a hazy redish tint with a decent head. Smell was of honey and bananas, but the taste was mostly bananas. It was fairly low in carbonation as well. Fairly typical hefe.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

11-14-2006 03:01:38 | More by alysmith4
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date clearly printed on bottom of back label.

Pours a completely hazed orange straw with an off-white head that soon recedes into a ring. Smell is a 50/50 blend of banana & bubble gum. clove notes hit on the first sip and dissolve slowly into a spicy, but sweet plum and gum finish. Quite a rich hefeweizen, but tasty. Glad to have sampled it - and the two surnames that make up the company name are pretty solid for the career they have chosen.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

08-25-2010 04:51:01 | More by sixerofelixir
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mbs11

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

02-07-2013 00:41:27 | More by mbs11
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-12-2012 00:03:44 | More by Irrationalist
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Unchi

California

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-07-2011 14:17:45 | More by Unchi
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fishguyac

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-10-2013 02:06:55 | More by fishguyac
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Beerenauslese

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-24-2013 20:28:51 | More by brheuer
Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.