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Hefeweizen - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 47
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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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Sample at the Lazy Dog Cafe.

S'alright for a hefeweizen beer, using Bavarian wheat. Not really citrusy or refreshing, but a very smooth mouthfeel, with banana and clove the only flavors really greeting you.

I really don't like brews that are Bavarian wheat based, but this one is alright. Very drinkable.

03-12-2012 06:39:53 | More by DM1293
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-25-2012 04:37:46 | More by jnoelani
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-22-2012 20:45:57 | More by jhb138
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-01-2014 00:47:09 | More by ScottStache
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-19-2012 03:28:03 | More by ejw127
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-01-2014 22:55:37 | More by cmgage
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3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

On Tap

Firestone Walker Brewing co.
Paso Robles, CA

Hazed light yellow in color with a near-white crown that doesn't last for long and only leaves small dots of stick down the glass. Appropriate.

A very mild aroma, with some orange zest, bubblegum, and banana. There's a bit of wheat and sweetness.

The flavor too is exceptionally mild, even for a hefeweizen. There's very minor amounts of banana and bubblegum, a hint of clove, but this is exceptionally wild.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very average hefeweizen.

06-18-2012 17:46:01 | More by ehammond1
Photo of kojevergas


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at Firestone Walker's taproom in Paso Robles on its second day of operation. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery - which I find mundane.

Paired with a steak and some fries - quite well, I might add.

A: Pours a half finger white colour head of some cream, okay thickness, and pretty bad retention (~40 seconds). Colour is a predictable hazy orange-yellow.

Sm: Fresh orange peel, clove, and banana. Standard fare for the style. Pleasant but unremarkable. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Fresh orange peel, clove, banana, wheat as the foundation, and a hint of yeast. Balanced, fresh, pleasant, and enjoyable. Not horribly complex but it doesn't need to be. Refreshing. Built quite well for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, slightly crisp, refreshing, and of good thickness. Complements the flavours well. Not perfect, but well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable. A good session hefeweizen. I'd get it again. Very solid. It's done typically and by the numbers, but it's very good for what it is. Its simplicity and lack of subtlety holds it back, but hefeweizen fans will really like this.


03-15-2012 20:31:20 | More by kojevergas
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-10-2014 11:24:25 | More by LakerLeith
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-18-2014 22:58:09 | More by DubCo21
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Had this on tap at the Paso taproom. Poured into a small pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Cannot see though the beer due to the cloudiness of the beer. Color doesn't change when beer is held up to the light. White head dissipates super quick, no lacing is left on the glass during the session. Head settles to thin foam film on the top of the beer. Swirling brings head back for about five seconds.

S: Smells like a ripe banana. There are some other sugary sweet smells in there as well. Some spiciness from the clove but fairly faint.

T: First taste is a tangy taste. Not so much a citrus tangy but for sure tangy in the taste. Clove comes though after the tang. The beer almost taste sour. Not really loving the taste of the beer. Unlike the smell, there are is no banana taste...

M: Tons of carbonation bounce off the tongue. Body is very thin. Zesty, tanginess is left on the tongue.

D: Could drink this pretty easy. Pretty decent Hefe in my opinion. The carbonation is bit high but still overall a solid beer. Goes down easy and will be buying this one again next time I see it.

06-30-2009 23:40:12 | More by Swimsum
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-10-2013 16:29:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-17-2012 16:14:12 | More by bh123
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-26-2013 04:10:58 | More by mhaugo
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-22-2014 20:16:02 | More by msanborn
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-03-2012 03:23:26 | More by tbone1384
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This pours a cloudy golden color. Smells like a hefe—bananas and cloves abound. Tastes hefe-y, too, with yeasty estery flavor in spades. It’s a solid brew but it’s not terribly exciting—I’m not complaining but… in comparison to the rest of Firestone Walker’s beers there’s so much else I’d rather drink.

01-03-2012 04:08:24 | More by elNopalero
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-18-2014 23:24:31 | More by PEIhop
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-03-2012 03:22:25 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-13-2013 16:29:20 | More by tbeq00
Photo of bulletrain76


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Draught at the brewery. Hazy yellow with a pillowy white head. The aroma has light yeast, banana, lemon, and wheat. The flavor is mostly dry with some wheat graininess, clove spice, lemon, and just a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is on the light side with medium carbonation. This is a very nicely balanced and drinkable hefeweizen that displays a good deal of restraint on the yeast ester and phenol department. More of the crisp, tangy, lemony wheat character comes through, with the clove and banana accents taking a supporting role. Very refreshing stuff. The only area that I would have liked some more robustness would be the mouthfeel, but the lightness also did add to the the drinkability. A good addition for FW, just in time for the warmer weather.

11-12-2009 04:59:22 | More by bulletrain76
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank on tap from a traditional glass pint at Union Ale on State Street in Santa Barbara, CA. Rich honey in color, vaguely light amber, and very cloudy with visible carbonation. Small white head with tight bubbles that dissipated quickly.

Prominent banana on the nose with slight clove and a hint of clover honey.

Similar taste to the classic German hefeweizens but slightly muted with significant banana and yeast notes. Also some minimal white pepper and clove.

Sleek mouthfeel with some up front bubbly carbonation which diminished by the second half of the glass.

Smooth and quite drinkable overall. Lowish ABV and softer notes than the classic European hefs make this an easy beer to finish.

02-15-2010 01:43:13 | More by beerme343
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-16-2011 16:53:21 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

04-15-2010 02:50:57 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-13-2014 06:06:17 | More by oso
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Hefeweizen from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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