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Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of dill
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, sitting outside with some friends. A nice beer for the occasion but not something I was too crazy about. Lots of banana and the occasional hit of clove. A good bit of yeast on the nose. Definitely worth a try as the weather warms up.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions. Good appearance, yellow haze, good retention. Aroma was strong on the banana and rye?

Strong yeast and clove, backend of it is quite dry, easily at this point I'm already thinking this is a good hefe, better than average for sure. More bitterness and hops than usual, but for the better. Lively.

Great example of a beer style I tend to shy away from. 5% abv.

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Library Bar in Los Angeles. Poured a nice light golden color with a very white cap into a tulip glass. Bartender put an orange peel on it which I promptly removed, but I don't know if that killed the head or not. The smell is very clovey, I couldn't pick up any banana really. Also there is the standard wheat tartness as well. The taste follow the smell. Some wheaty tartness and clove.

For not being my favorite style this beer was very tasty and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again if I'm looking for something lighter on the palate.

Photo of PowDay
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A short walk on a warm day from my parking spot to Lucky Baldwin's had me wanting a quick refreshing brew to relax with before I sampled a couple Christmas Belgian ales. Craftsman's hefeweizen arrived in a standard pint glass **sigh** and I politely waved off the offered lemon wedge. Heavenly Hefeweizen had the usual appearance of a hefeweizen: cloudy dark yellow topped by a creamy white head. Nice sheet lace clung to the glass.
The nose had the signature notes of a German-styled hefeweizen. This isn't your garden-variety American wheat beer. Heavenly Hefeweizen had a nice yeasty, wheaty malt aroma layered in on the notes of clove and banana. Faint bubblegum notes were also there, begging me to imbibe.
Yep, this is definitely in line with how the Germans make their hefeweizens. Nice flavors of wheat and grainy malt up front stand up well before the standard-bearing banana-and-clove tastes move to the fore. The banana taste wasn't that of fully ripe banana. Rather, it was that not-quite-ripe taste that comes from eating a slightly green banana. This made the beer a bit more tart. The feel was light, dry and refreshing.
Hell yeah, that was good! It's great to see a local brewer making a quality hefeweizen in the German tradition. Another solid offering from Craftsman Brewing.

Photo of MikalMick
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into pint glass.
A: Pours a very hazy/cloudy lemon hue with 1/2 inch white with good retention and lacing. Very nice for style.
S: Loads of the expected banana and clove. Soft citrus note too...brings to mind citrus (especially lemon) merengue.
T: Follows aroma very well. Wonderfully assertive and fresh. One of the best American renditions of a hefe that I've had.
M: Tremendously smooth, creamy, and fluffy (if that's possible)! Very merengue-like. Light- moderate body. Fills and lingers nicely on the palate. The feel is a highlight of an already solid brew.
D: An outstanding hefe...brings me immediately back to days traveling along the Rhine. Seek it out! Very sessionable and paired well with pizza at Pizzaria Delfina.

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Press

A: The pour is an intensely hazy and turbid golden yellow with a big white head that settles down to a finger's worth.

S: There's a pretty nice banana and clove aroma which is an appreciated departure from the usual American "hefeweizen" that is actually just a crappy pale wheat beer. A nice sweet wheat aroma, and even a bit of wheat flour.

T: Taste is pretty much the same as the nose would let on. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side and lacking a bit on the esters, but still good. A touch of bubblegum, banana, and a solid amount of clove. Lots of sweet, wheat bread, too.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: I think I preferred the 1903 lager, but this was pretty good too and certainly easy to drink.

Photo of TrojanRBWife
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp hefeweizen. More of a lemon finish than other citrus notes. Nice carbonation on draft. Mellow smell. Smooth flavors. Moderately filtered appearance, pale yellow. Drank at medditeraneo in hermosa beach california on May 18 on tap. Great with tomatoe salad.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a becker glass at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego.

A: Hazy, medium orange-golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Refined wheat flour and mild cloves, with baking spices and minor bubble gum becoming more dominant as the beer warms.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with early clove phenolics and bright citric acidity. Inspired bready malt and baker's yeast are featured in the middle, defining the overall flavor profile. Esters are mild in the finish, lending a banana quality to the lingering breadiness.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic and creamy on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This hefeweizen is American-brewed but carefully grounded in rich tradition, with a priority placed on a Bavarian-like balance and duality of texture. It is effortlessly drinkable, without any attempt to re-imagine the style.

Photo of DogFood11
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at 3rd Stop in west LA area. No extra crap served on the rim...thank goodness. Although the pour was good the head quickly faded to nothing, cloudy as expected, golden color.

Bananna is up front, this molds well with a tropical feel to it. I have to admit this is a phenominal hefe. So...So...smooth and easy on the palate, yet interesting enough in taste that it makes for an incredible experiance. Touch of spicyness to give it some balance, somewhat chewy mouthfeel, once again giving it another edge to break the light fruity and sometimes sweet brew.

Notes: This was the first beer of the night and I was overly impressed. Craftsman is not easy to find for the most part but when you do....sample the line.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in the pint shaker. Deeply fragrant with the German esters and a dose of bubble gum. Richly flavored and spicy. Strong flavor of cloves comes through. Really malty but just slightly sweet. Sensational mouthful of flavor.

More grainy and hoppy than most hefeweizens. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. If not a triumph, it's yet another highly drinkable and intriguing brew from the creative Craftsman. Nice sudsy mouthfeel to the end. On tap at Pizza Port in San Diego. ABV listed at 5%.

Photo of jjohnston87
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Straight sided pint glass served at Lucky Baldwin’s from one of the many square sectioned wooden taps that fronts the middle of the Bar. Vertical black text on the tall tap handle lists this one a Heavenly Hefeweizen.

Appearance: Milky pale golden which has a tinge of orange in it. Soft creamy whipped white head throngs the top of the glass and expands to fill the available space easily. Head retention and carbonation are perfect. Looks great, a little spoiled by the Pint glass, this would look great in a Weizen glass.

Nose: Soft wheat entrance finishes with some citric acidity and lots of yeasty aromas. Mild banana hints.

Taste: Starts with a thick dollop of yeast, middles with lemon zest and finishes with a clean banana milk slick like tongue rasping that leaves a few clove flavored skid marks. Wheat comes and goes. Solid performer.

Mouthfeel: Light body that quenches your thirst adequately but with enough substance to provide a satisfying drink long term.

Drinkability: Oohhh this is a Summer treat this one. Pick this one first on a hot day and it slakes your thirst perfectly. Almost perfect Drinkability.

Overall: A regular at Lucky Baldwin’s and firm favorite of mine. Great start on a hot Summers day in Pasadena. Recommended.

Photo of socalbrewlvr
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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