Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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3.73/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-10-2011 03:41:15 | More by mralphabet
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
11-10-2011 00:28:33 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
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
11-01-2011 18:34:14 | More by atlason
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
10-24-2011 18:47:23 | More by mdfb79
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-25-2011 14:34:29 | More by WoodBrew
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-18-2011 19:49:57 | More by Beerenauslese
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
09-07-2011 22:37:59 | More by olimpia84
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-30-2011 21:01:49 | More by Rifugium
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
08-25-2011 04:51:53 | More by avaldivia
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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).
08-09-2011 14:17:02 | More by Gueuzedude
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a nice cloudy orange color with particulates. Smells of citrus, wheat, yeast and candy. Flavor is tart and sweet, heavily dominated by an orange citrus flavor but also packing some wheat and spice in there. Finishes dry, tart and slightly bitter. Not my favorite hefe but it’s decent.
07-22-2011 05:56:46 | More by kflorence
2.15/5 rDev -40.6%
Poured from a tap into a hefeweizen glass. Poured a honeycomb flavor with about an inch of foam that stayed for awhile. Smelled sour with a touch of citrus and wheat. Highly carbonated for a hefeweizen. Had a caramel taste to it. Not that much of a taste compared to other hefeweizens.
07-17-2011 07:42:54 | More by BucannonXC5
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
06-19-2011 15:19:24 | More by drabmuh
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours a darker shade of hazy golden compared to most other Hefe-Weizens. Plenty of creamy white head on top though. Lovely aromas of banana and clove, and this example seems to have more clove spice than most others. Palate offers a good balance of wheat & the signature banana/clove. Finishes somewhat clean. Very refreshing & drinkable. One of their best offerings.
06-17-2011 22:13:24 | More by yemenmocha
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-02-2011 02:48:36 | More by vfgccp
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-24-2011 02:03:56 | More by bmwats
Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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