Hefeweizen - Tree Brewing
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3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
Pours an unfiltered golden orange with a bright white head. Nose isbanana, gum, spices, wheat. Taste pretty standard: grain, phenol, esters spicy. Carbonated mouthfeel, drying, medium body. An okay drinking hefe but prefer the imported variety. Could use a bit more brightness out of the flavour.
09-15-2012 22:00:09 | More by heebes
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
On the yellow side of orange and translucent with wheat protein and yeast sediment. Moderate head for the style shows good retention and excellent lace. Wheat, lemon peel, and banana aroma hits the right notes but plays them a little too quietly. Citric up-front with delicate wheat and banana notes following. Light clove in the short finish. Light-bodied and a little undercarbonated for the style. It feels just a little bit thin in the mouth. A very inoffensive and middle-of-the-road interpretation of Weissbier. It's drinkable, but why bother when there is much better available in abundance? This begs the question, why do some breweries feel the need to dumb down one of the most approachable styles of beer?
09-12-2012 04:32:05 | More by mintjellie
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Beer is cloudy golden with a good-sized white head. Slowly dissipates, leaving some lace.
Smell is fine. Banana and clove. A little faint.
Taste is disappointing. Typical hefeweizen flavours, but rather dull. Banana and clove, a bit of bubblegum. Clove is pretty strong in the finish, too much so for my tastes. A bit watery.
Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Fizzy.
Overall, a pretty average hefeweizen. Not something I would have again.
08-04-2012 23:29:53 | More by jrenihan
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
650ml bottle from the LCBO, into a weizen glass.
Unfiltered orange-yellow with an offwhite head of medium density. Moderate retention, OK lacing. Nose has some moderate banana, wheat and a quite a bit of clove. Taste has more wheat, citrus peel, some raw banana and typical hefeweizen-like spicing. Light crackery malt. Medium light body, and a moderate sweetness that neutralizes a mild bitterness. Medium high carbonation. Adequate but uninspiring.
07-29-2012 19:41:40 | More by liamt07
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Standard Hefe fair, cloudy yellow body that despite clouding boasts a high level of carbonation. The pour made a finger of head but the lace and retention isn't quite there.
Smell: Wheat malt and and notes banana and cloves. Warming helps it out a little bit but not much. In my younger days I'd probably be a bit more generous, but this is a pretty generic smelling hefe. Nothing bad about it though.
Taste: I sorta hate to say it, but this is a fairly typical average hefe. There's nothing bad about it, but nothing stands out. It starts with a bit of wheat malt then turns to banana phenol and ends with clove notes. It's a little bit watered down for my liking.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out this beer tremendously, and the aftertaste is very clean. There is a slight, almost stale swampy taste near the end, but it's very subdued.
Drinkability: Goes down easy, stays down easy and refreshing, but a little bit too moist for a hefe. Surprisingly despite the high carbonation, it doesn't get out of control. Regrettably though, I just can't see it going well with food.
Final Thoughts: All in all this strikes me as a Hefe brewer for the Lager market. It does enough things right to remain a qualified weizen, but is a bit too tame for my liking. Give it shot, but a wonder of the world it is not.
07-26-2012 02:08:51 | More by TheHammer
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Hazy golden colour, nice thick white head and a quite a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is slightly on the neutral side of things, but clove and yeast, banana and other spices are all present, bready malts as well. Taste has lots of bready malts with clove and spices, fruity, banana and some yeasty notes, more spice and banana in the finish. High carbonation, light-med feel with some watery points. This was alright, mouthfeel was a little weak, still rather tasty and enjoyable but really not much better than average.
07-16-2012 13:50:49 | More by peensteen
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
LCBO Tree series. Hits the style, so tasty and on sweet side,with some clove spice, but not the best Hefe I have had, not very complex. Decent drinkability. Hazy slightly orange appearance. Citrus and wheat aromas. Slightly above average mouthfeel.Appropriate carbonation.
07-15-2012 04:52:55 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
Bomber picked up at the LCBO; best before 06/10/12. I am always eager to crack open a hefe in skanky hot weather like this. Additional varieties always seem to migrate to the shelves around this time of year, and as a ticker I just can't resist the temptation to try every single one I can get my clammy little hands on.
Pours a murky yellowish colour with a twinge of amber, topped with nearly two fingers of silky, creamy white head with excellent retention. It takes well over five minutes for the foam to die down to a thin cap, and it leaves plenty of lacing smudged all over the sides of the glass. The aroma contains most of the usual hefe tropes - sweet wheaty malts, banana, yeast and some clove spiciness. Decent, but far from unique.
Unfortunately, that last sentence seems to be just as appropriate when applied to the flavour. It starts off comparable to most hefes - firm backbone of sweet, bready wheat malts, supported by subdued notes of lemon, banana and clove. The finish is where it differs substantially - this particular offering is quite dry, with a pronounced grassy bitterness that lingers on the palate. The aftertaste is what really turns me off here - it's a bit chalky, a bit minerally, and just mildly off-putting in general. Relatively light-bodied and watery, without any slickness and very little chew. Good carbonation for the style - enough to keep it reasonably crisp and refreshing.
Not the most inspiring hefe I've had recently, but I suppose it's serviceable enough. The chalky aftertaste combined with the relatively weak malt profile has left me a bit underwhelmed - and I have always considered myself relatively easy to please when it comes to this style. Maybe I've just been spoiled by all the great German hefes that are so easy to find around here.
Final Grade: 3.25, a slightly mediocre C+. I'd hesitate to call Tree's Hefeweizen bad, but I'd be just as hesitant to call it good, too. To be blunt (and I must hand over control to my 'inner hipster' to actually type this without wincing), it's kinda sorta 'meh'. The bomber is definitely not worth the 6 dollar price tag, especially when there is a bottle of the vastly superior Weihenstephaner next to it selling for half as much. I'd be willing to retry this somewhere in B.C. where freshness is less likely to be an issue, but it's not something I intend to revisit anytime soon. This one could use some work, but the basic foundations of a decent hefe are mostly present, so there's no reason it wouldn't quench your thirst on a hot night like this.
07-13-2012 04:37:19 | More by thehyperduck
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle into weizen glass.
Date on bottle is 06/10/12 (hoping it means Oct 6th)
A- Hazy as hell (duh) cascading sunrise of color. Starts with a light pale straw yellow on the bottom and darkens to a more distinguished gold color at the top. Two finger super creamy, sticky white head. Lacing is good.
S- Typical Hefe aromas; Bananas, cloves and yeast.
T- Typical Hefe tastes; Bananas, cloves, yeast.
M- Light bodied, good carbonation, very refreshing.
06-29-2012 21:16:59 | More by korguy123
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a very nice murky yellow into an Erdinger glass. Was a bit tentative on the pour, so not much of a head, my fault.
I only really get bubblegum on the nose, not that there's anything wrong with that. Perhaps a bit of damp malt if I'm being generous.
Punchy up front with some good wheat malt flavours and a touch of clove... but then it just sort of fades away. Minerally finish makes it a tad too thin for my taste.
Like quite a few of the Canadian hefes that have come out lately (and there have been many), this is high on the refreshing wheat malt and low on the spice. Canada's embraced these as patio beers, but I think they've lost some character in alot of the versions we're seeing.
06-24-2012 23:19:46 | More by CanuckRover
4.03/5 rDev +13.5%
Bottle dates 6/10/12 poured in to pint glass.
A - Cloudy medium yellow colour. Half a finger of bright white head that receded to a thin layer.
S - Clove, banana and Belgian yeast up front. A light citrus aroma in the background.
T - Clove, banana, spice and Belgian yeast are dominant flavours. Very dry overall. Light citrus and bready malt notes in the background.
M - Dryness is very present but not in a bad way. Light body. Moderate carbonation.
06-24-2012 00:16:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
Tree Hefeweizen streams out the bottle looking anemically pale but, owing largely to a deep-set haze, settles in the glass a fairly deep shade of gold. The beer is still sunny, however, despite all the foggy overtones. The surface of the glass is so padded with white foam that it could probably absorb a Major League fastball.
The bouquet is spicy and fragrant - it's like someone just added a dash of clove while I wasn't looking. The beer may be German-inspired - as its name suggests - but the remarkable semblance to clove in this aroma has me thinking Jamaican jerk, Indian lentils or Autumn squash soup. Or it would, if not for scents of cereal grain and sweet malt.
The primary flavors of dry grass, hay, and cereal grain are enlivened by notable banana fruit notes and a sprinkling of clove spice. High-revved carbonation does a fine job of impressing those tastes right into the palate. The beer feels very creamy in the mouth but a rash of minerals and sharp bubbles spring up on the finish.
The beer marries sweetness and spice, but both in fairly modest quantities. As far as the strong bubblegum-y banana and clove spice qualities typical of the style, this recipe goes in only knee-deep. Despite the flavor profile starting strong, it ultimately lacks in texture and can, on some sips, drink more like a pale ale or lager.
Tree Hefeweizen has enough character to emulate a bona fide German offering, albeit one of the more commercial brands. What I mean is that it has the flavors and quality requisite of the style, but also an easy approachability and potential for mass appeal. It might not stack up against the Weihenstephaners and Schneiders, but it pays them good praise.
06-09-2012 01:14:30 | More by biegaman
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
A: Attractive cloudy peach colour with a fairly creamy white foam head. Appropriate retention and lacing. One of the more attractive hefeweizens I've had yet.
S: Quite a lot of clove, grasses, banana, apricot, and hints of lingering hazelnuts. Welcoming aromas that are fairly traditional and true to the style.
T: Grasses, clove, dried apricots, banana, slightly sour lemon, and a noticeable and interesting hazelnut taste. Quite a bitter and borderline metallic focus to this with less pronounced fruity elements than other hefeweizens. Decent overall but I feel this is a bit lackluster, more so in the finish, with something maybe missing.
M: Lighter bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Dry with a slightly chalky texture that's appealing.
D: Satisfactory offering from Tree (not their best) that I'm happy to see in Ontario, however, not sure I'd pick this up again with the current selection of similar styles that are exceptional and available in the region.
06-08-2012 01:07:09 | More by Digimaika2
Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.