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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Westsidethreat, May 08, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

I was expecting something a little bit more bland from this company, but this isn't bad.

The lacing and clear color of this beer are nice.

The smell is of some banana phenol with some mild cloveyness in the back. The banana dominates. The beer maintains the characteristic of wheat, by having a clean underlying malt back bone.

This one could be a bit more crisp and refreshin, however I'm sure that a fresh bottle or a sample on tap would be much nicer.

Give this one a try.

jasonjlewis, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of stampfler07
3/5  rDev -17.1%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hellpop65, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

at the gordon biersch restaurant at SFO (San Francisco Int'l Airport)

disappointingly served in a conical pint tumbler.

very cloudy but very deep, straw yellow color with tan wheat tones. some head which fades to wisps. splotchy lacing here and there.

some fruity (pear and cider) aroma, clove-like spice, hint of banana. yeast and bread notes are faint.

flavors are similar but leans towards bubble gum. malty note. bitterness is mild. hint of acidity.

decently smooth, not too thin. slightly fizzier than i'd like

still decently drinkable. nothing to seek out however.

tai4ji2x, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

TheSixthRing, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of avaldivia
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.

avaldivia, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

pirmannt1, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

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!

BeerManDan, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

LambicPentameter, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

magictacosinus, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -24%

DOCRW, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Proclarush
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Proclarush, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
4/5  rDev +10.5%

bmjivi221, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -17.1%

nzerbe, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
2.75/5  rDev -24%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

tjsdomer2, May 30, 2010
Photo of HopDerek
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

HopDerek, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

PatrickJR, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Patrick999, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of alysmith4
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

alysmith4, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Irrationalist, May 12, 2012
Photo of fishguyac
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

fishguyac, Dec 10, 2013
Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.