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Hefeweizen - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-13-2009)
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Photo of bargerking
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at firestone tonight. Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is exceptional. Very inviting. Its a very pretty bright gold almost orange color and opaque. Very pretty. You get a very nice balance of bannana and clove from start to finish. Lacing is evident. Everything is very well balanced. The drink is of medium body and is a great joy to drink. I did get hints of toastiness and a tad of spice. This beer is definatly where it needs to be for bottling and I cant wait for the day!

bargerking, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of MikeDre
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MikeDre, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium yellow color with a nic white head and good carbonation. Nose is wheat, banana, clove, citrus and some honey. Taste is is wheat, crisp, nice and refreshing with clove and banana. Mouthfeel is good but the taste almost falls flat but wheat is the dominance. Drinkability is exceptional!

barleywinefiend, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a 10oz nonic.

Cloudy tangerine body with faint amber highlights. Very small creamy head which fizzes away to a small active collar. Decent, albeit thin, sea-foam-like lacing.

Banana, honey, and wheat in the nose. Clean with maybe a hint of spice.

Flavors closely follow the aromatics, with the addition of a touch of orange zest, a hint of malt, and Cheerios. Very clean, brisk, and fresh.

Medium-light bodied, soft, yet zesty and well carbonated.

In retrospect I wish I'd picked up a growler of this...

Freshness counts for so much with this style - and this is among the better domestic examples I've thus far sampled. FW has put a subtle signature on a German classic, much like they normally do with English ales.

augustgarage, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mverity, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of EchoParker
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

EchoParker, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dwagner003, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of musicman575
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Broken Record in San Francisco, they have this beer on tap as "F*** your stupid Wheat Beer". Yea, I couldn't find that when I looked it up on this site.

They served it up with a slice of orange or lemon or something, which was immediately discarded after the first sip. The nose on this is huge on the bubblegum. The easiness on the tongue and bit of diacetyl made it taste a bit german, but the fresh, heavy, carbonation made it an obvious American hef. After a few gulps, the aftertaste is kinda gnarly (-1 point on the taste).

To me this seemed like a carnival beer, if there was or is such a thing. It's bright, yet smooth, easily drinkable, and high in the candy-like aromas.

musicman575, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firestone Brewery.

Served a nice orange/yellow with a one finger white head which left moderate lacing.

The aroma was first and foremost bananas, along with some clove and a bit of lemon.

Taste followed the smell closely, and was nicely balanced. As the beer warmed the citrus became slightly more prevalent.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and medium bodied.

Overall this was one of the nicest American Hefeweizens I've ever had. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

JBogan, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, a new one to add to the favorite Hefeweizen list. Cloudy light amber in the glass with lovely lacing. Watery body, in a nice way, and a sprightly mouthfeel. Pleasing mix of esters but not too heavy on the spice. Mellow malt sweetness with a tang for balance. Hard to find fault with this. A lighter but full-flavored version of Hefe style. Beautiful and totally gulpable in that big glass. Long spicy nose.

On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego. The half-litre pour is it in a tall German Weissebier glass.

mactrail, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Taste-Acquired
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Ca.

I was hesitant to try this beer as I used to drink a lot of hefeweizens and was pretty burnt out on them.

Pours a nice semi-opaque orange color with a half finger of head.

Smells like a standard hef but tastes like no other I've had. Lots of sweet citrus notes with a slight floral quality. The tap room employee mentioned that "no orange is required" which I'm excited to say is true. I hate getting a beer with a hunk of fruit hanging off of it.

If you're like me and possibly drank a lot of Blue Moon at some point in your life, let this hefeweizen reintroduce you to the genre. Now if only Firestone Walker would bottle this stuff!

Taste-Acquired, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of oso
4/5  rDev +5%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. Appears a cloudy amber in the glass, topped by a finger of white head that recedes to a ring.

The aroma has a big bubblegum character, though it's by no means cloying. There's also some spiciness, bread dough, yeast and a hint of banana.

Dry and crackery on the tongue, mildly sweet citrus and banana flavors support fairly reserved spicy phenols. Bubblegum, white pepper and clove come out mid-palate. It finishes dry and bready with a touch of spice. Very refreshing stuff, an above-average hefe.

largadeer, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of rhertan
4/5  rDev +5%

rhertan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of onepersonriot
4/5  rDev +5%

onepersonriot, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Davihaw
4/5  rDev +5%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of 21Maestro8
4/5  rDev +5%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +5%

grittybrews, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Aliano
4/5  rDev +5%

Aliano, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into an imperial pint glass (20 oz.) at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.50. One finger of head when I got it that was light, white and bubbly. Beer color was hazy honey orange. Good retention on sides of the glass and light on the top.

Smelled banana, cloves, Circus Peanuts, wheat, bubble gum and tropical fruit.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got Circus Peanuts, banana, tropical fruit, light citrus hops, cloves and bubble gum.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation, slightly lower than most hefe’s. Long, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this for a hefe and really really enjoyed it for a summer beer.

BucannonXC5, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of paulromeroii
4/5  rDev +5%

paulromeroii, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica calls this beer "Blowfish Hefeweizen." Something tells me that they gave it that name, but it's good enough for me.

This hefeweizen pours a bright yellow, cloudy body with a creamy white head. OK retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma is packed with wheat, and also contains a peppery phenol character to go along with a little bit of banana esther aroma.

The taste is what I expect from a solid American Hefeweizen. A good wheat body and a flavor profile that leans heavily on pehnolic qualities to provide a peppery flavor. To a lesser extent, esthers are present also to provide a little bit of banana flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel with adequate carbonation and body.

Lately I'm surprised when I find good American-brewed German styles, and this qualifies.

Hojaminbag, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured out cloudy and pale, forming a short, white, creamy head on top. Retention is weak: dissipates to a thin halo and remains that way for the entire session. Body is very cloudy and orange-yellow.

Smell: Huge banana, along with wheat, clove, vanilla, peach, and potpourri. Very smooth and floral. Not a whole lot of citrus going on, but the combo of aromas does just fine without it.

Taste: Lots of wheat throughout. Clove comes out midway through. Finishes with lots of coriander and other spices. Some orange peel. Not as sweet as I had hoped. I like the smell SO much better.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very spicy. Feels very full in the mouth, but it finishes light and refreshing. Feels really... exciting?... for such a light ale. I'm a big fan!

Drinkability: A very solid hefeweizen. Could use some more sweetness in the taste, but I was very satisfied with this one.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 15, 2010
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Hefeweizen from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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