Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch HefeweizenGordon Biersch Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 381
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 26.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Wildman on 06-23-2002

12 IBU
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Photo of olimpia84
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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).

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Photo of kflorence
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap over at the Tysons Corner location before going to see "Thor."

A: Mildly cloudy (but not too), one finger head that stayed afloat for a reasonable time before fading.

S: Lemon, banana, and clove. The clove was the clear winner!

T: All of the afore-mentioned ingredients seemed a tad watered-down, but still enjoyable.

M: Extremely carbonated.... maybe even too much even. Nice tempered sweetness and the spices gave the brew quite a kick overall.

O: Good, but not great. I'll still revisit this one during the heat of summer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served into a weizen glass. Pours cloudy and on the orangey side of things. Inch of white foam settles out in a couple minutes, holding a light cap. Seems a bit light in carbonation for the style.

Banana and orange on the nose with some wheat notes and a bit of spice. Void of any sourness. Flavor follows with citrus and banana, pleasant without too much sweetness. Creamy in feel as the carbonation is more evident there than on the pour. Spicy and bready on the close.

Seems a bit more balanced than their Trader Joe's version, guess they don't want to shoot themselves in the foot too much.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the Admirals Club in LAX.

Cloudy amber, decent head and lots of lace and carbonation. Aroma of strong bananas, mild cloves, and hints of sneaker (the rubber part). Strong carbonation front and middle, lots of bananas and a bit of spice. A bit of bitterness on the back. Not bad, perhaps a bit on the heavy handed side.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a bright, yet hazy golden, with a one and a half finger white head that retains well and leaves one ring of lacing.
S- Wheat, slight banana, touch of clove.
T- In the flavor, there is much more bubble gum than there is banana. Clove flavor is noticable, but understated. A faint sourness to it as well.
M- Crisp, but I found it underweighted.
D- A mediocre hefe I feel. More spice flavor and more body would have done this beer well.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia
(Review is from notes)

A- Cloudiness. Has the appearance and color of fresh pineapple juice. Decent lacing.

S- Smell of cloves with soft banana notes in the back.

T- Strong, strong clove taste. Reminds me of the clove packing they used on me when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. Very unpleasing. Not as much banana as I had hoped, kinda comes in late on the finish.

M- Thin with an over carbonation feel.

D- Not my thing.

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Photo of fsimcox
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color. Fluffy white foamy head that holds for some time. No lacing.

Smells of banana, and citrus. Hints of sweetness. But overall, weak.

Tastes of banana and a little fruity. Some sweet bubble-gum notes. Hints of a traditional German Hefe, but again, weak.

Mouthfeel is creamy upfront, smooth, with some carbonation in the finish. However, it is too watery, and thin.

OK, but not the best example of this style.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I am typically incredibly particular when it comes to American brewed Hefeweizens, I must admit, this one caught me be surprise.

Poured into an Ayinger hefe glass, it looks and smells just as a solid hefe would.

Taste and mouthfeel are almost spot on with German brewed hefes: solid notes of bannana, bubblegum, citrus, and a hint of earthiness from the yeast.

Drinkability is increadibly high, I enjoyed it over and over again while watching Groundhog day last night.

At 6.50 a 6pack, I am cruising through these.

Oh and an incredibly legible bottle on date of just a month ago, I think that freshness is definitely helping it out!

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Photo of climax
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This Hefe poured a pretty cloudy but not so completely cloudy amber. The head ws quick to form and quick to settle.

The aroma had more banana esters and coriander than I was expecting. The yeast/wheat flavors were hidden more towards the back.

Sweet caramel and a bit of tart flavor, perhaps it has sat too long at the liquor store.

The body is pretty robust, as a good hefe should be. The carbonation is crisp and the finish is long and chalky.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of brewnickbrew
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, (the cloudier the better), Golden Straw-like appearance with a bright white foamy head. Just looking at it, it's thirst quenching. Thick, sticky lacing, long after it was gone.

S: Big Banana, and phenolic characteristics dominate, both balanced well, with the clove spiciness slightly behind them. The yeasty-wheat aroma's come through nicely. Hops were overpowered as they should be by the Banana and Clove.

T: This beer is super balanced with all it's attributes. Tastes of fresh yeasty bread. Fresh grain, but the yeasty-wheat borderline overpowering at times (Pungent). I attribute this to a change in my senses. Hop presence is right where it should be: in the background.

M: High carbonation, yet amazingly soft and smooth. It helps bring out those classic Hefe aromas.

D: This is one of those beers I sit back and look at deeply when drinking it. I'm simply amazed with this beer. Month after month, year after year, I try this Hefe, and consistently get the same beer.

I love the fact that the grain bill is balanced towards the wheat in fair amounts. I've seen some disappointing recipes with a 30-40% wheat balance. The GB is more in the range of 55% Wheat grist.
To me this is what a Hefeweizen should taste like.

It is the benchmark for all other Hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque honey orange color with a thin, white, creamy foam on top with tiny bubbles, carbonation is limited.

S - Bananas, cloves, lemons, honey, bready malt and mild coriander spicing.

T - Bready and chewy malt dominates throughout after the initial lemon zing on the front of the tongue. Assertive banana bread spicing, drops of honey, and spicing with some lemon pepper added in. The banana bread and lemon pepper spicing gives a hearty mouth coating at the very end with the hops being very distant.

M - Thick, chewy, bready, doughy, lip smacking sticky on the lips and a body that leans more on the heavier side of medium.

D - Runs very good. It's been awhile since I've had a good German style wheat and I'd say this is a pretty darn good version that's spot on for the style. This is a very filling beer and I felt like I've just ate an entire loaf of bread. Now if I can only roll myself out the door. "Taste great, more filling"!

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pretty stale herbal hef. with a rather strong banana clove in the nose but not a rotten quality. color is in moderate and not particular malt unique. quite dough and works out to be about as close to keller beer by sierra Nevada. not as thick though. would have to say that its a solid american hef.

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Photo of jporf911
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, no freshness date provided, but there is a Born On date.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Very thickly-clouded, almost opaque orange with yellow around the edges. Pours with a decent one and a half-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a similarly decent bit of lacing around the sides and on top.

Smell- 2.5 out of 5. This beer smells odd. It has all of the typical Hefeweizen scents of banana, clove, and bubblegum, yet it also has an oddly sour note. This is my fourth bottle of this beer this year, so it's definitely not an isolated incident or a case of tainted beer.

Taste- 1.5 out of 5. That strangely sour note returns in the taste. It's almost as if someone squirted honey mustard into a sweaty jock-strap and let it stew in a hot locker room for a week. It really makes it difficult to enjoy the rest of the beer's flavors. Aside from that, there is a hint of sweet malt, fermented yeast, beer bread, and spicy rotten bananas. The hops are noticeably absent from the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- 3.5 out of 5. Rather heavy for a Hefeweizen. Carbonation is noticeable but not strong.

Drinkability- 2 out of 5. This is the third time I've poured this beer down the drain. I'm a rather open-minded imbiber, but this beer is just terrible. Gordon Biersch needs to redesign the recipe for its Hefeweizen before I'll consider approaching it again.

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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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