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Hefeweizen - Tree Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%


Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Un-filtered wheat Ale. A distinct cloudy appearance, with banana and clove undertones.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-22-2006)
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:00:09 | More by heebes
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:32:05 | More by mintjellie
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:29:53 | More by jrenihan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:41:40 | More by liamt07
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:08:51 | More by TheHammer
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 13:50:49 | More by peensteen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:52:55 | More by Sammy
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:37:19 | More by thehyperduck
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:16:59 | More by korguy123
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:19:46 | More by CanuckRover
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:16:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:14:30 | More by biegaman
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:07:09 | More by Digimaika2
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6$

Appearance – Hazy dark amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, lemon, spices, metalic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some coriander/herbal notes mixed something along the lines of a banana Popsicle. It ends with a spicy grainy (medicine?) aftertaste.

Overall – It has some promise, but there's something not quite right about the taste. The banana is too artificial tasting and it has a medicine flavour at times. It's not undrinkable but I expected more. I could pick up 2 bottles of the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier for the price of this. (and will do so next time)

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:05:51 | More by spinrsx
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from the Uptown Waterloo LCBO, part of a spring Tree release. No freshness date, but it looks like this just made its way onto the shelf.

Poured into a hefeweizen glass, enjoyed on my back deck in the brilliant may sunshine. The swirl pour yielded a dark golden-peach colour, damn near opaque, and with a frothy head of a solid inch that holds up very well. Certainly looks the part.

Nose is peach, citrus, wheat malt and spice. The fruit has a candied character to it.

Drier than a lot of hefes, with the spice and yeast coming to the fore after the citrus makes an early - brief - entry. There's a lingering bitterness that's borderline metallic that's really killing it for me. Might be the clove, it's really overpowering at any rate. Lacks that softness and ease of drinking quality that I look for in my hefes. Bitter, lingering finish. Thicker bodied, good carbonation.

A miss for me, my first miss among Tree's otherwise stellar lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:49:02 | More by JohnnyBarman
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - straw yellow with a cloudy appearance, fine head typical of the style; very active carbonation evident.

Smell - creamy smell overtop of a piney citrus aroma, very notable wheat and hop qualities.

Taste - such a crisp beer, then follows the wave of spicy flavour from the wheat malt.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth and balanced, a nice wet finish.

Drinkability - goes down easy and with a hot night this is just what the doctor ordered.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 04:59:14 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into Schneider glass 21/9/11

A very cloudy light orange with the standard shit load of bubbles that feed only a thumbs width of foam but it retains beautifully and leaves random unorganized lace

S spicy dry cereal with a little lemon rind and bubblegum

T only faint banana and clove on top of what I smell, decent but not great perhaps I should've drank it earlier in the season

M thin and somehow it almost feels flat int he mouth even though I'm looking at a heap of visible carbonation

O an OK beer, nothing to be ashamed of and nothing worth searching for

A fresh bottle under a 40 degree Kelowna summer sun could work well but this one didn't blow me away in Calgary on the first day of Fall

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:42:34 | More by wordemupg
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

660 mL bottle purchased inside a week of the MLCC putting them on the shelves. Poured at 5C into a fluted 250mL glass

A: Looks the part. Hazy orange to yellow with a hint of brown. White fluffy head that drops a little too easily.
S: Stellar. A little heavy on the clove, but with a nice banana undertone and a hint of pink bubblegum. Later a hint of earth and malt come through.
T/M: Stunned. It smells SO GOOD! But this body? An odd astringent and metallic taste with a nasty lingering bitterness prevail. Somehow the body seems watery and thin. WTF? Such a grave disappointment as I have had some nice beers from Tree and have always tried their special releases.
O: I have two glasses left in the bomber and I am in no way looking forward to it. There may be a drainpour by the end here...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:50:40 | More by kjyost
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour with an orange hue, finger of soapy head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty cloves with orange citrus undertones, touch of bananas and pineapples with the wheat coming through on the finish.

T - I had my hopes on something a bit sweeter, but nice bready cloves and some bananas come through off the top. Musty, bitter hops sneak through on the finish and the wheat flavours linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, but does go bit a bit prickly. Could be smoother for those hot summer days.

O - A tasty hefe and nothing to shutter at. Worth trying a bomber for sure, though a sweet taste would've bumped this up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:53:21 | More by andrenaline
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Grin

Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light blond to almost white in color. The light aroma reflects nothing of the full flavor. The initial taste was very welcoming with a light sense of course carbonation, soft spices and hold the lemon wedge because it is not bitter at all. I would drink this over any lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:09:10 | More by Grin
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nickd717

California

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to chswimmer.

Pours hazy yellow in color with a small white head that fades to slight foam.

Nice aroma for the style - banana and clove with a little strange note to it, reminiscent of rubber.

Big banana and clove on the flavor. A little rubbery and earthy.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

Pretty good for the style but not a standout. Drinkable at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 17:20:48 | More by nickd717
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Not the best looking Weiss beer that I've seen. It's coloring is very bland and light looking IMO, reminding me of what dry prairie grass looks like, but is hazy and full of yeast, as it should be. The head is kind of fizzy and doesn't amount to much, sinking to a thin layer over the beer. I will say that the lacing is good and sticky, much like Trees' other offerings.

S- I find this to be spicier than average, with loads of clove and allspice, perhaps even some mild ginger notes. It's somewhat fruity as well, with the banana that I expected to smell, but not sweet like the fruit....rather like the peel. There is an earthy bitterness on the finish, reminding me of dry grass and soil mixed in with the hops. An interesting aroma indeed!

T- Much like the aroma lets on, except the spiciness is even more dominant and the banana hints are more in the backround. There is a yeasty/biscuit character that helps round out the edge of the spice towards the finish. On the finish itself, there is a leafy and soft bitter hop flavor that's not too prominent.

M- It's light to medium bodied and has a reasonably high level of carbonation, more of which I'd expect in a more thirst quenching Kristal Weiss but not unwelcome. I'm reminded of very well spiced baking....Euro style baking to be precise....rich in characters.

D- It's not that I don't like this or that I wouldn't drink it again, but it's not my favorite Weiss beer and I probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one again. That said, i wouldn't pass this up if available....I just find it's a beer that I probably wouldn't drink more than one of before moving on, due to the bold spiciness. I still say give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:41:30 | More by ChrisCage
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with two fingers of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves some sparse strands of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of musty wheat grain, clove, banana chips, and yeast. The taste is mildly sweet wheat grain, clove, light black pepper, more dry banana, and musty, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and somewhat sharp, and it finishes mostly dry and a bit dusty.

The proclaimed banana and clove undertones are certainly understated, as is the rest of the flavour. Decent, but it makes me want something, well, bolder...

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 03:08:22 | More by biboergosum
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a cloudy light golden yellow with one finger of creamy white head that retained okay
S - very wheat bready malt smell almost like fresh bread, banana hints blend nicely, and there is also some gentle clove or allspice type spiciness
T - the banana notes and clove spice are pleasantly more prominent than the smell suggests, the breadiness is still dominant, and there seems to be just a little hop bitterness on the finish
M - the bready taste transfers over to a chewy bread feel at first, but the fruity and spiciness cause it to be a little more crisp and light on the back end, again with just a little bitterness
D - I found this to be extremely well balanced and very refreshing. Light enough to be very sessionable, and enough flavour to keep you interested. Great offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:10:12 | More by joemcgrath27
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swirled into a pilsner glass. Two finger creamy white head, A hazy yellowish apricot colour. Good lacing. A sour yeasty bread smell. The taste was a sharpish lemon. Mouthfeel was light refreshing. Drinkability was good. A little tart and astringent for continuous drinking but a worthy beer nonetheless. I hope to find it on tap soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 03:17:40 | More by scott451
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Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.