Mission Hefeweizen - Mission Brewery

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-29-2008

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Reviews by chickenflea:
Photo of chickenflea
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour rises up into large fizzy head, but rapidly dissipates - almost no lace. Initially clear but murky after adding yeast from bottom of bottle. Nose of clove, over-ripe apples, mildly peppery phenols - very promising. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and rough, not creamy. It's a bit unsettling. Flavor is yeasty and a bit quite sour with a bit of spiciness. Finish is dry with white pepper and lime. I like the beer. It is very refreshing. But when Mission Brewery says on the label that the beer is a "German-style wheat beer", I would have to say that Mission did not quite hit the mark for the hefeweizen (at least not how it is interpreted at this time.)

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this on tap a few times in the Burgh over the last year, snagged a bottle last night on Mount Washington from a cool affordable bottleshop, Packs and Dogs. Pours a murky clouded orange golden nectarine hue with a large flowing cloud of off white head. Aroma has big banana, citrus, and bubblegum flowing forth in the nose, definitely has those love-able German yeast esters. Clove is kicking in the background with just barely a nipple of herbal hop dust. Sturdy flavorful yeast components, sharp wheat sweetness cut with a mild acidic yogurt like tartness, big clove and pink bubblegum balanced with citrus/banana tropical fruit. I like this beer, it's a true hefe brewed on the West Coast, good flowing high end of the carbonation scale with slightly chewy girth to it from the proteins in the yeast sediment. Damn that's a good wheat beer, I really like it ballsy flavorful hefeweizen if there ever was one.

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date tasted: July 6, 2013... Glassware: weizen glass... Occasion: mucho food o at Jim and Maria's annual 4th (6th) of July party....Appearance: thick, foamy head that recedes to a single finger of white cloud; body is sunset orange with thick chunks of sediment sailing up and down its coast--a yeasty depot at the glass's bottom... Aroma: banana and clove, as the bottle promises; yeasts are soft, less doughy than expected... Palate: medium-bodied, teethy impact on the mouth; a pleasant presence that doesn't dominate--acidic, too... Taste: VERY subtly in its profile; the banana acquiesces and the clove is a gentle tickle at the throat--no problems, but not outstanding... Overall: smooth and useful, this hefe is indeed NOT a lemon-suds extravaganza, as its label warns its peers have become; its heft and subtlety make adding a lemon possible but negotiable; can't see this on par with any real German offering, but the price was right....

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange, with a finger width head. Poor retention. The resulting lace is spotty at best.

Smell - Notes of wheat and some serious citrus aromas.

Taste - Starts with a modest hint traditional hef flavors, but this is quickly run over steam roller style by a tremendous amount of citric acids; comes across as dirty pineapple, and then it finishes with some serious lemon bite. WTF?

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with an aggressive amount of carbonation... or maybe that's just the acidity nipping at my tongue.

Overall - Fooled by the label. It claims to be a traditional bavarian hef, but the aggressive citric acids suggests anything but. Do they think us dumb? With an honest label, this probably gets a nudge in overall rating, but I'm not going to sit here and give a beer high marks with such a clearly deceptive description. Clearly States it's "Unlike the lemon-laden beers that flood the market under the same name." Funny, that's EXACTLY what it is.

Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. No a great representative of the style, this beer has some spot-on characteristics of the style and some poor ones. Pours unfiltered look, but also light orange with rising carbonation bubbles. Some orange and wheat aroma but also a little stinky. Sour wheat was OK, some sips tasty, but also off notes. A bit thin for the style. I did not finish the bottle.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Poured a hazy orange with a medium white head that leaves lacing. Overall, the beer isn't quite on par with the best of Germany, but it's a fine stab at the style. I'd be happy to have a keg at a summer BBQ or brew something similar myself. The flavor is just a touch light, but still a pleasant mix of creamy orange with hint of toasty wheat, earthy hops, and brewers yeast. I'd definitely have another.

Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear golden straw with a half inch of fizzy head. Retention is less than 30 seconds, with nary a bubble in sight after that. Strikingly clear for a 'Hefe'.

Mostly sweetened banana on the nose, with a hint of wheat. The banana chip comment below is quite appropriate from my view. Just a bit more depth beyond that, but not much. A good swirl will throw off some yeast notes but it is very short lived.

Flavor follows the nose and finishes with a bit more of the sweet banana notes. A lingering sense of ripe banana exists but nothing else. This beer has little body as might have been predicted by the immediate blow off of carbonation. As a result the finish is subpar and the sweetness is overly evident. Little yeast, very little wheat, and the notes of banana are somewhat odd.

The fact that this sells at a premium to other local breweries year round offerings is a bit of a travesty. 'Bavarian style hefeweizen at 5.3% ABV' Surely this bottle may have had some carbonation issues but given other reviews I don't sense that was the case. No markings as for freshness date.

Edit: A fresh bottle bears no resemblance whatsoever to my original experience, perhaps the new downtown brew house has a bit more control? Pour is your typical hazed golden now from a 22 oz. bottle. Retention is enhanced as well. Aroma is classic yet subtle. Still a bit light in feel but much more enjoyable in the end.

Initial review 2/3/3/2/2.5 or 2.75(C-)

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of Belgian yeast. Big banana flavor. Perfect for a day at the ballpark

Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden cloudy amber with a small quickly fading white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet fruits, banana, wheat with some yeast, mild bitterness. A medium body, crisp mouth feel with good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with sweet fruity notes, some banana, wheat and yeast flavors with light bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good, crisp and refreshing session ale.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a curiously clear gold with no head or lace, odd for a hefeweizen. The aroma is of dough, some citrus, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is typical hefeweizen banana, a little subdued, dough, and a malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Mission Hefeweizen is an average brew, recommended.

Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber that weigh's in at 5.3%ABV and has 15 IBU's. Poured into a weizen glass a hazy yellow gold with a pure white one-finger foam head. The head disipates to nothing before your eyes making an audible fizzy sound like effervescence.

Sweet fruity nose with wheat and yeastiness. Estery and phenolic sweet fruit aroma, with lots of banana, pear, wheat, yeast and spice of clove.

Sweet and very fruity taste with a bit of spice to the finish. Lots of banana and bubblegum with light caramel malt and wheatness. A light bitterness to the finish with notes of clove and perhaps coriander, leaving a lingering spice on the tongue.

Light-medium body with less carbonation than appears, the alcohol stays out of the picture completely. Overall a fairly sturdy hefe that's quite drinkable...just a tad cloying with the sweetness.

Photo of lcollis4
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into stone pint glass.

appearance: definitely does not look like a hefeweizen. first off i can see through it which is not a good sign. very little head retention, as a matter of fact, hardly any at all.

smell: slight yeast aroma. a hearty helping of banana.

taste: a banana assault on the taste buds with some wheat snuck in for good measure. not actually a bad taste though.

mouthfeel: light mouthfeel, doesnt linger much. carbonation is strange. theres no head on this beer but definitely a lot of carbonation in the mouth.

drinkability: I could definitely drink another bomber. it doesnt go down roughly at all.

Photo of gthornton
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We made a trip to Germany for our honeymoon last year, and since then have had a German-style bug that needs its fix about once a week. I respect the other beers from this brewery, so decided to give this a try.

Appearance: Murky, dense amber gold. The head did not retain very long, but lacing is good.

Aroma: The nose gives off a subtle citrus, and banana. Light hop aroma. Strong clover, and a hint of anise come through.

Taste: The first time I reviewed this beer, I noted that the "middle is dominated by citrus zest and pears as well as subtle banana notes." This time around I am getting more clove and banana with a light citrus backing. I think it is an improvement in this regard.

Mouthfeel: The beer is fuller than I last remembered. I commented in my initial review that I did not think that the mouthfeel was as rich as the German examples we had.

Drinkability: I am loving this beer right now. Extremely quaffable, and deceptively drinkable. I prefer this style more to blondes/kolsch, so it is a bias, yet let's face it, informed, opinion when I say I prefer this over the blonde.

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow beer with an understated head for the style.

Smell is cloves and banana in about the same proportions. Soft yeast and wheat malt scent no hops apparent. Little bit of what I call "Orange Circus Peanut" scent.

The taste starts out mild and fine carbonated with a well-balanced Banana and clove flavor with far more banana than the scent would make you think. Refreshing Hefeweizen flavor, this is a good competitor for the German Beers right yeast used and not favoring just banana or clove, both.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly good and better than the smell made me think at first. Flavor makes up for what the appearance and smell lack. Real Hefeweizen taste from San Diego.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, bananas, a rustiness/metallic notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lots of citric acid and some banana. There is also some light spices/yeast notes. It ends with a tart citric acid aftertaste.

Overall – Some shades of a sour with this beer.. it really isn't as drinkable as it should be. It seems like a poorly made beer and not something I'd buy again.

Photo of jjh19
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: My bottle of Mission Hefeweizen was a darkish yellow, with a fast head, and teeny tiny bubbles.

Smell: Sharp, almost vinegar smell. Not my favorite part of the beer.

Taste: I enjoyed the taste much more than the smell. I got a mix upfront of mostly banana, a little clove, and then almost champagne dryness.

Mouthfeel: My bottle had a fairly stock medium-to-light body. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Hef.

Drinkability: Probably not my favorite Hef, but fairly decent. I thought the champagne aspects were interesting, worth a try.

Odds and Ends: I really like Mission Brewery's bottle label. Funky type, funkier label shape.

Photo of ahpark
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at O'Brien's a night ago. Poured a golden yellow color, like most hefes do, but the smell was quite different; it was sweet, almost champagne-like.

Taste was very fruity as well, with hints of bananas, various flowers, and some hard candy-like flavors. No aftertaste of wheat like most hefes; if I had to compare, I'd actually say it tasted like a more fragrant, sweeter Duvel. I was completely thrown off and thought my buddy had bought us a Belgian ale than a hefe.

Drinkability is superb; c'mon, it's a hefe with very fruity flavors that's reminiscent of Duvel, with half the ABV. I could see myself draining a whole sixer of these in one night, easy.

I only wish they bottled this stuff up and sold it at least at the local liquor stores around here.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel come in. The hops presence is milk but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Hefeweizen to drink for a while but at $8.25 for a 10oz. pour there are several better and less expensive options within the style.

Photo of rfgetz
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an uber cloudy gold color with active carbonation but little to no head. Some yeast floaties also present. Scent is mild for the style and combines white bread, banana, orange cream and mild spice. Taste leans towards fruity and sweet with banana and creamsicle and a white bready backbone with mild clove and peppercorn. Medium bodied and creamy but feels like a slurry at the end when the carbonation escapes and all that's left is yeast in suspension, finishes dry. Odd beer, lacking in many fronts but not all together bad.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma of vanilla, light banana, clove, straw. Taste banana, light spice, straw, vanilla, pears; pretty harsh and bitter. rather astringent. Not a good rep of the style!

Photo of Psilo707
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is my first attempt at a beer from this new brewery in San Diego County. Poured into a glass mug and saw very little head and lacing. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top on the inside. A very apple-yellow translucent color as the overall hue. Looking pretty nice but I'm surprised how small of a head there was.

Smells like fiji apples and coriander. Not very present and could be a lot more alluring, but still decent.

Tastes like it smells, and better. Semi fruity apple taste backing a honey afterglow. Coriander and other complex flavors to round it off. Nice on the tongue.. good taste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly mediocre. No solid feeling whatsoever and it kind of leaves the mouth as fast as it came in. Light and not powerful.

Drinkability is high. Light on the stomach and worthwhile of a 6'er.

Overall this is a pretty good brew and I will be trying others from the brewery without a doubt. IPA is next.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another bottle with olieipa and patron wizard. a recent gem from my last trip to holiday wine cellar

pours golden with a one finger fluffy head that sticks around but then recedes on the quick side. very little lacing. looks pretty good.

smell is excellent. banana esters are strong. with faint hints of yeast and clove. i would just like to sit and smell this baby all night. its a beautiful smell.

taste is good. this is a solid hef. sweet. this is a big banana experience. beautiful. amazing burp taste.

this is so nice to see something simple that is this great. no imperial hef. no big beer hef. just a simple down to earth hefeweizen. great work mission

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy/ milky yellow to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry bananas and yeast. In the taste, big spices, dry banana and a yeasty end. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and spice in the aftertaste. I felt it was overly yeasty, and asked how long this keg has been on, thinking it was the end of the barrel. I was told this is the second one they tapped and it has been like this continuously. Everything was fine in smell and taste, except o bit yeasty, but it looked like hell.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a good amount of bubbling carbonation. White, thick, foamy head to start, but quickly settles into a standard thin film of foamy head. The smells are slightly sour, with no spice present. Also, a musty, slightly unpleasant characteristic sneaks into the aroma. The beer is oily slick in mouth. Flavors are quick on the tongue, and there is a slightly tart citrus tone, with other fruity flavors muddled about. Again, no spices to speak of. Sour and bitter characteristics develop as you continue to drink. The beer's flavors retreat quickly from the tastebuds, and there is not any considerable aftertaste. There is a slight bittering on the tongue during the finish. Not overly pleasant, and I have had much better Hefs.

Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color, slightly cloudy, with a faint head.

Aromas are of citrus, some lime, lemon, and mineral hops.

Taste is very citrus like, lots of lemon, and not much more. Some light sweetness, with a bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability is so so at best. Not really digging this one, not a great example of the style. Too much bitter citrus flavors.

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Mission Hefeweizen from Mission Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.