Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 372
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch- Hefeweizen

A- Deep brownish yellow with a thick foamy head.
S- Strong Bubblegum clove and wheat.
T- Sweet fruity clove bubblegum flavor and a yeasty finish.
M- Sweet throughout refreshing.

Overall- A delicious hefe, a definite if visiting a Gordon Biersch! (274 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 Patrick999
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow color with a thick white head. Smell is wheaty, clove and spice with the same taste but not too overpowering with the clove spiced part, which i'm not too big on. Good standard hefeweizen and probably one of my favorites for the style. On tap at SF godon biersch. (277 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Phoenix Airport.

Absolutely gorgeous pour: thick, cream-colored head atop an utterly hazy, orangish golden-amber body. Great head retention and a good depth to the color, as some brown creeps in near the center. In my book, this is how a hefeweizen should look. The aroma is packed with sweet, rich, bready yeast notes, lemon peel, lots of malt, and a bit of a wooden earthiness.

The flavor is interesting. Creamy vanilla, banana, and zesty citrus balance the sweetness of its earthy malts. A hint of whipped cream is thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and the body is of medium thickness. Aftertaste is a bit bland, but it's an excusable downside of the Hefeweizen style. This is an outstanding beer. I really didn't care for most of the German-inspired Gordon Biersch stuff that I'd tried, but for this style, they hit the nail on the head. (880 characters)

Photo of connlion
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a hazy golden color with a one finger head that dissipated in a minute or so.
S - Pleasant aroma of cloves and banana. Probably balanced more toward ripe banana peel.
T - Yeast flavors of tasty clove and banana dominates. Somewhat sweet and could use more wheat malt flavor.
M - Medium/high carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice lacing.
D - Can drink this all day in the summer or any other time for that matter. (417 characters)

Photo of genog
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a bright, and murky orange color with a big and fluffy white head, builds up to about 2 inches. Smell is bright even far away with banana, and clove with spices and belgian yeast. Taste is of wheat and lots of banana and clove. Mouthfeeling is light and fluffy with just enough carbonation. (311 characters)

Photo of armock
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Some spices with banana notes

T - A very nice spiced wheat flavor some hints of fruit

M - Pretty light on the carbonation coats the mouth very smooth

D - This is a very good beer very smooth and easy to drink (286 characters)

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

This was the best American Hefe-Weizen I have ever had so far. The closest to my German favorites. It has the nice golden hazy appearance - the dense rocky head, the aroma and flavor of cloves and banana, quenching wheat tartness, and the spritzy carbonation that tickles my throat. I had me a good time with this one. I was back in my neighborhood pretty late that night, riding my bicycle around in my underwear. (414 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque golden/orange color with a 1 finger creamy white head. Not a bad start.

Aroma has some clove and somewhat bready.

Taste is lacking flavor. Some old paper and light clove. Tastes slightly off. Old. Certainly not a usual hef.

Mouthfeel is rather flat and lifeless. Creamy.

Overall, a very weak attempt at a hef. While I was able to finish the glass, I would not recommend it to anyone. Lacking in almost all the usual hef. characteristics and style. (468 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice hefe. Served in a weizen glass (no orange slice, this is a beer place!) Straw colored, hazy, big white carbonated head that dies down quickly. Minimum lacing. All the good hefe attributes: astringent, carbonation, cloves, banana, bubble gum in a crisp, very nicely balanced beer. I had a couple with dinner and they went down very easily. Nicely balanced, rich mouthfeel and very drinkable. A very nice representative of this style. (442 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy gold -- decent color -- but thin head for the style and virtually no retention. Sweet smell -- banana esters with a faint wheat. Not much in terms of yeast or phenols in the nose, but the spice emerges on the tongue early on, fading to allow the esters and grain to flavor the finish. It's not as light or as crisp as I'd like from the style, but it's got a nice body and certainly goes down easily. (431 characters)

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

What I enjoyed about G.B. is that use different glasses for different beers. I'm not a beer snob, by any stretch, but I appreciate that the make the effort.

Gold trending toward amber color and slightly cloudy. Head was modest. Smell was a combination of grain and slight crisp-sweet fruit. Flavor was light, mild with perhaps a touch of citrus coming through. I'd should add, however, that there wasn't anything "off" about the beer either. I just wanted a bit more flavor to come through. Mouthfeel was light-to-medium with a nice touch of crispness. Solid drinkability, but nothing really stands out with this beer. This is a decent by-the-numbers beer. I preferred the G.B. Schwarzbier for having a touch more of everything and some really nice flavor. (760 characters)

Photo of bosco7
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive head due to overcarbonation. Cloudy orange in color.

Over ripened banana dominates the nose. Some pear aromas tucked in their as well.

Tastes like it smells; lots of ripe banana upfront that leads into some twangy pear. Suprised that there are no clovey flavors present. Finishes with a lot of tartness. Really one-dimensional.

Decent mouthfeel very creamy and smooth. Fairly drinkable. I rather drink something else though. (453 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 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)

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great example of a hef in my humble opinion. Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Golden orange in color, formed a thick, aromatic head with a somewhat dominating banana smell. Cloudy like a hef should be, head stayed much longer than with many other hef's I've had. Great taste, good amount of carbonation, not so much though where it gets in the way of taste. Thin, light mouth feel leaves me wanting more. Tried one more with an orange slice, say what you will about adding fruit slices but this helped to enhance the already great flavor. (558 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Southwest terminal at LAX. Seems to be the only place I drink Gordon Biersch

A: Golden pear on the dark side of the spectrum. Very cloudy and unfiltered. Head started very nice and full, a creamy mass of light tan bubbles.

S: Wet grass, biscuit and jasmine

T: Starts with white corn, vanilla and some yellow squash. Floral hops take shape leading with jasmine nectar, dandelion and lemon grass. Banana comes next, not aggressively but more along the lines of banana bread. Finishes with lingering banana, cloves and nutmeg.

M: Medium body with just a touch of carbo tingle.

D: This is Gordon Biersch’s best traditional beer by far. Quite good. (673 characters)

Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

Nice soft golden color with a bubbly white head. Left some lacing on the glass. Wonderful to look at.

The nose had a strong note of spice. Cloves and corriander and fruits. A great aspect of this brew.

Nice crisp and light body. Right off you taste the wheats and some hops bitterness. Mostly however you taste the spices. Cloves, corriander and fruits. This was a great brew. Definitly getting it next time. (426 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was from Safeway. This tastes exactly the same as the Trader Joes Bavarian Hefe; Wonder if it is the same brew in a differerent bottle. Poured a nice gold color with a bit of haze and left a nice creamy head and nice lacing. Big nose of wheat and banana. Mouthfeel very nice, and flavors true to what a real German hefe tasted llke when I visited there last year. Nice example of the style. (395 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this after a mountain bike ride. Fairly refreshing. Pours a bright gold, with a bit of yeast haze... but not as much as I like.

Aromas were faint but pleasant. A hint of banana and yeast.

Flavors followed the aromas. A bit of banana, and a bit of a yeast like quality, but the flavors are somewhat subtle. I was yearning for more.

Mouthfeel was very average for a Hefe, but the beer was certainly drinkable. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy another one either. (485 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from San Jose's Gordon Biersch...

Pours cloudy light orange with a nice creamy head, very carbonated. Smells of yeasts, lots of banana, and malts. Very inviting. Taste follows well with a good blend of maltiness and yeastiness, not too sour, and the bananas and light spices make this brew one of my more favored hefes. (337 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark yellow with a small head that lasted well. There was no real lace.

The smell is of wheat with a light hint of yeast. The taste also has plenty of wheat. Esters dot the flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is medium, while drinkability is very good. (265 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Poured a crystal clear yellow into a hefeweizen glass. There was a bountiful head with good retention but minimal lacing.

Smell:
Rich smells of ripe banana and minor nutty notes. Quite a potent nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks damn smooth, like liquid banana bread. For an instant I thought I tasted salted pork chops but it was a momentary thing. I was really surprised by this beer. It's pretty standard around here and doesn't get much respect in the area, but I thought this was a pretty solid showing of the style. There wasn't much yeast in the pour which leads me to believe the flavoring may be artificial, but that really doesn't matter to me because it was surprisingly good. There's a minor detergent aftertaste but that's my only complaint.

Drinkability:
If this beer is this tasty come summer, I see this being in my fridge quite a bit. I'm not really feeling wheat beers in the winter but you are still faced with a good tasting average alcohol brew. Pretty damn poundable.

Bottom Line:
Terribly underrated beer. I have been lead astray and for that I shame you Columbus beer community. There are far better hefeweizens out ther but this is a stupid good grocery store/standard bar beer. (1,240 characters)

Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.