Burleigh Hefeweizen - Burleigh Brewing Co.
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2.63/5 rDev -22.9%
Pours a slightly hazy, slightly pale gold colour, with lots of fizz but little head - a whisper of bubbles on top sinks almost immediately and I'm left with a very lagery-looking hefe. Looks over-carbonated and under cloudy.
Touches of banana on the nose and also some mild citrus rind that sometimes comes with it. Fair amount of sour-bitter blend and a slightly coppery edge. Smells quite sweet at the front, but it's milder, and most of the aroma comes from the metallic character at the back. Not bad, but underwhelming and lacking in the classic hefe spice character.
Taste is quite sweet - yeah, a candy sort of sensation. Fair amount of banana and vanilla on the front crawling into a bubblegum flavour towards the mid. Mid-palate expands with a metallic and very phenolic flavour sensation. Lots of copper, cough medicine and a hint of rubber. A little bit too much of that though, and it's unbalanced to the brinks of unpleasantness. Back palate catches the tail of these flavours and finishes with a tickle of a sour yeast character. Not one of these elements would make an outright bad beer, but I'm put off firstly because none of the classic hefe characters are here to a significant extent, giving way to an overdone lagery flavour that's too strong to be refreshing, and secondly because the balance is off, and the flavours just don't mesh together.
Feel is a little slimy, I guess a bit too thin, with a slightly harsh sizzle on the back as it goes down. I hate to keep bashing on about this, but it's not a classic hefe texture.
Not a revolting beer, but not very good. There are far better hefeweizens being made in Oz.
01-05-2010 02:38:37 | More by laituegonflable
2.9/5 rDev -15%
A: Pours a hazy copper color with a weak head that fades quickly to no real lacing.
S: Aroma of Citrus and banana with a bit of spice in the background.
T: Taste of banana, some citrus with a very light sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.
O: Not a bad beer, reminds me more of a Belgian Witbier than a German "Hef".
06-03-2013 01:38:51 | More by soju6
3.05/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours an almost clear yellow gold colour, with just a fizzle of head that spends itself quickly, dissipating to a ring of tiny bubbles around the edges. For something that calls itself a hefeweizen, it's incredibly clear, despite the fact I swirled the bottom third of the bottle trying to stir up some sediment. Nothing. A real shame - this is a very lacklustre looking beer.
Nose is analogous to the look - slight spice of cloves, and a hint of tangy citrus, but very mild and not very flavoursome. You can just tell what it's trying to be, but it's very light on, and not very exciting.
I don't know how long I can keep beating this horse, but all the characters match - they're all like a pale, dull shadow of a real hefe. The taste is slightly sweet on the fore, with a hint of pepper and spice on the back, but all incredibly muted and rather watery. It's as though I'm perceiving the beer through several layers of frosted glass. I can tell what's there, but it's all vague and indistinct. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with just a erratic burst of carbonation.
A very average beer in my opinion. There's nothing really off about it, it's just incredibly dull and only barely scraping acceptability stylistically. Better than generic Australian swill, but really, I shouldn't be making the comparison at all.
01-09-2010 03:43:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.18/5 rDev -6.7%
Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with an alright label, have to admit that I do like the mo.
Appearance: not sure this looks much like a hefe - pours a clear mid golden-straw. Update: a light haze after rolling the second bottle. A half-finger white head that dissipates after only a few seconds. Mediocre for a hefe.
Aroma: picks up on the nose - plenty of the traditional clove aroma with a quite strong malt - odd for a hefeweizen. None-the-less, promising.
Taste: and then, let down again. The best way to describe the taste is: awkward. Some spice in the back, but the palate is almost entirely dominated by an awkward, fug-like wheat-malt combination of unknown origins. Not awful, but not what I would have expected from Burleigh.
Aftertaste: a pleasant bitterness does cut through in the aftertaste, still a bit of that awkward fug though.
Mouth feel: the mouthfeel is just about right. Mid-thickness with a fair old whack of carbonation. Somewhat dry on the finish too.
Overall: I have always found Burleigh Brewery a bit of a hit or miss - they made the great My Wife's Bitter, 28 Pale Ale and FIG Jam IPA, but also cursed the world with the unbearably awful BigHead no carb. This beer is something I never thought I would assign to a Burleigh brew - it is boring. Not much really going on as far as a hefe is concerned - awkward malt and wheat with a touch of spice. Add the AU$62 a case price (2014) and this one is a no-go. Not offensive, just dull.
01-04-2014 06:53:55 | More by SmashPants
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours hazy pale gold with a very quickly disappearing head.
Aroma shows light wheat, lemon and faint cloves. Little else.
Same flavours, lots more of that bready wheat, followed by a subtle weak bitterness.
Carbonation is too low for a wheat beer.
05-27-2010 12:10:39 | More by CrazyDavros
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
Orange in colour, it offers little head and no retention.
Interesting and pleasing nose of sweet candied bananas with a touch of spice. Not overly complex or powerful, but good.
Flavours on the palate are light and unimpressive. Some citrus and tropical fruits but not a whole lot more. Thin and watery.
Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet with a tangy after taste. Not very nice. Not really digging the taste.
Nice smelling beer, pretty boring palate. Not a bad hefe from an Aussie brewer, but you can do so much better with the Germans for not a whole lot more money.
06-16-2009 07:58:52 | More by koolk
3.39/5 rDev -0.6%
The clerk at the BWS store recommended this, but to me it’s pretty average. Poured at a good a temperature with a sudsy head into a rinsed, but apparently not so clean hotel glass with a small, sudsy, short lived, off-white head and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with some large bubble trails. Aroma is the traditional Bavarian fruit profile with yeast and some malt. Flavor’s like nose, plus some bitter and just a hint of tang as low carbonation. Body is also a tad thin. Finish is like flavor but somewhat lackluster. Nothing special, but not bad.
01-12-2014 04:56:32 | More by drpimento
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
BB 20.01.10. From Dan Murphy Mona Vale.
Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a 1" rocky white head.
Slight cidery note up front, citrus hints, rusty metal, touch of candy, funky hint of vegetable decay. Warms to a fleshy, nutty aroma.
Wheat malt, slight sour tinge. Fairly noticable herbaceous hop flavour for style, and a moderate bitterness as well.
Chewy, tingly, and full mouthfeel.
06-05-2009 07:18:48 | More by vancurly
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
BB 03 2013 From Slowbeer
Pours a cloudy straw. Barely half a finger head comes and goes to film. Poor.
Sweet nose, cloves and banana candy.
Taste is very yeast driven. Cloves yes, bananas barely there. And more yeast. As it warms, other subtle flvours come out like a hint of honey.
Mouthfeel has dreaded mineral water tang at first, but interestingly that passes and becomes much more refeshing.
I was looking forward to drinking and reviewing this one. A World Beer Cup winner, but a low placing here had me intigued. I guess I go more with the BA crowd than the judges, but still good beer, in taste if not looks.
07-07-2012 07:24:21 | More by heygeebee
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
A - Cloudy straw colour, with a massive fluffy white head which slowly shrinks
S - Move along, nothing to see here. Just some neutral grains with a hint of fruit juice
T - A mild, pleasant, almost nutty taste, somewhat sweet, not too heavy on the hops. Not terribly complex, but by no means yuck.
M - Creamy and heavy, carbonation just right, a silky body that hangs around in the mouth after each sip.
D - Not too shabby!
09-01-2011 11:21:12 | More by leastsquares
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
I thought this was really quite good. Very full flavoured with plenty of candy and clove but I will concede that the sweetness was a little overt and did cloy a touch. Still, I’d much rather this style / palate weight than a thin and fizzy view. It’s a shame I couldn’t try the other beers.
05-14-2011 12:57:38 | More by Stew41
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Pours a hazy dull yellowish orange colour with a very pour head for a hefe.
S - Usual hefe aroma but with an enhanced bubblegum aspect. Wheat, yeast, citrus, clove.
T - Follows the nose, including the big bubblegum character. Very tasty but lacking in depth of flavour.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy mouthful.
O - As a lover of hefes, Ill happily drink this again anytime, as long as there isn't a Weihenstephan around. Not sure it justified an international award.
11-09-2012 06:05:30 | More by dansmcd
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
This beer pours a hazy golden yellow colour with average carbonation and leaves a one finger head and and little lacing,the aromas are banannas and bubblegum,it has an average mouthfeel with nice hints of bubble gum candied banannas which finishes with a nice dose of wheat on the palette,not bad but have seen better out there of this style.
10-05-2009 10:17:24 | More by ADZA
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
A good golden brown color. On the first sniff, I picked up lots of banana and bread, and something else. Maybe a little spice? I couldn't pick that something else up on subsequent sniffs. I could taste a little clove when I drank it. Pleasing carbonation. Easy to drink, I could easily drink more.
06-02-2012 00:47:25 | More by deg
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured with minimal and very thin head which became a very thin bubbly lacing in no time. The liquid itself was a hazy orange amber. Didn't look bad, but didn't look like a hefeweizen.
I got a sweet malt smell, a touch of clove spice and even a little nutty yeast. I did notice a banana smell but only because my nose was searching for it in expectation.
Taste was dominated by a smooth malt sweetness which is partially cut with a a dry clove and citrus bite.
Had a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel, a light bodied drink with medium carbonation. Left the mouth relatively dry making it quite refreshing. Worked well to wash down my meal and would make quite a pleasant drink in hot weather.
My immediate impression was that this beer was not horrible but it was certainly not a hefeweizen. Now that the bottle is finished this beer still does not seem like a hefeweizen to me, but as a refreshing and drinkable summer time beer it certainly works a treat. Sometimes I want a decent basic ale without the hops bite of a pale ale. This beer fits that bill well.
01-26-2010 09:22:32 | More by Stavage
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
This is one of the best Aussie made Hefeweizens I have had (which doesn't say a lot for Aussie hefs but still). It looks the part, has all those lovely banana, clove, bubblegum notes going on the nose and drinks very smooth. Nice medium carbonation helps it slide down very easy, begging for another bottle. Probably a little too light in body and lacking in depth is all.
04-26-2009 10:55:57 | More by juju7
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
A - Pours a very hazy deep yellow with a thin layer of bubbly white head that fades almost immediately. Lots of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass.
S - Same as most hefes, lemon, bubble gum, and yeast up front with hints of pepper in the back.
T - Follows the aroma pretty similarly. Lemon with hints of light fruits like pear and apple followed up by the distinct hefe taste of bubblegum and yeast. Very tangy.
M - Thin to medium body, heavily carbonated. Finish is sweet and tangy like most of the taste with the light fruit flavor lingering.
O - Pretty standard hefe, good though. I could easily enjoy multiple in one sitting and wouldn't mind doing so.
01-25-2012 22:43:36 | More by GarrettMD
3.93/5 rDev +15.2%
Slightly hazed orange with a very restrained head for a Hefe. Retention isn't great either, rapidly dropping to nought.
Impressive depth of yeast character. Apple strudel, pear danish, banana, fairy floss and mild band-aidy phenolics. Grainy wheat lurking underneath.
Taste displays more of the grainy wheat character, which at once smooths out and dulls the ester profile.
Fairly light entry, hefted up a little from the wheat. Carbonation is a bit full-on and in-your-face.
Very nicely done and definitely one of the better Hefeweizens going around. Strikes as a completely different beer from when I first tried it 2 years ago. Don't know whether they changed the recipe/brewing or if this bottle was in much better nick.
02-22-2013 08:24:48 | More by spicelab
Burleigh Hefeweizen from Burleigh Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.