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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch HefeweizenGordon Biersch Hefeweizen

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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Capitals82

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-13-2014 22:36:17 | More by Capitals82
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 02:02:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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fishguyac

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +38.1%

12-05-2013 20:36:53 | More by NonicPanic
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-30-2013 17:20:52 | More by FrankShirley
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jstevep00

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-27-2013 02:59:32 | More by jstevep00
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2013 19:31:25 | More by jaydoc
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-01-2013 12:20:31 | More by Adkins1203
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-26-2013 21:18:04 | More by rderedin
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Gusmotel

Singapore

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle, with a bottling date more in line with reason - a rare feat here in Singapore, dated May 7th of this year. Poured a semi transparent creamy orange into a class Weissbrau Pint Glass. Solid 2 Finger head built on a foundation of semi strong carbonation. Sweet aroma in line with the style. The description on the label does the beer justice, therefore making it hard to argue. Bananas, Bubble Gum, Citrus, and clove are all in there. I'd throw in caramel as well making the banana taste more like a bananas foster type dessert taste, but that might be a little to specific. The extreme fruity characteristics of the aroma take a back seat to the wheat flavour upon drinking it, which is exactly what you want. Well balanced, slight semi sweet dry finish makes you want to take another sip immediately. Sessionable and in my opinion solid for an American version of a German classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:42:43 | More by Gusmotel
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-21-2013 20:47:58 | More by acurtis
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a standard for the style, cloudy yellow with nice one finger head. Aroma of funky yeast and very strong banana. Taste follows with lots of banana, yeast funk, and a tad of bitterness. Not as sweet as some I have had, and I think this is actually very well done. Easy drinking and refreshing. Medium to high carbonation that gives is a nice bubbly feel for the summer days. Definitely one to try if at the restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 22:05:00 | More by BMMillsy
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jumpfromorbit

Philippines

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-07-2013 06:54:54 | More by jumpfromorbit
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-05-2013 19:00:08 | More by Buggies
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mcastro1984

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

10-04-2013 13:50:45 | More by mcastro1984
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-29-2013 23:12:21 | More by mpalestino
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-21-2013 22:56:09 | More by bmjivi221
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-16-2013 02:50:53 | More by sd123
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-12-2013 12:59:35 | More by Proclarush
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-07-2013 20:01:04 | More by Boone757
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-29-2013 22:12:20 | More by UncleAddie
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-29-2013 04:21:21 | More by duceswild
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magictacosinus

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-01-2013 19:37:28 | More by Beermazter310
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-01-2013 18:43:50 | More by harpus
Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.