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Hefeweizen - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
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 ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of paulromeroii
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jnoelani
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

B-

Photo of DM1293
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jhb138
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rhertan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of MikeDre
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of musicman575
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of beerme343
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Swimsum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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!

Hefeweizen from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.