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Hefeweizen - Tree Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Nov 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +12.7%

beerhunter13, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, May 29, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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...

biboergosum, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
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?

mintjellie, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
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.

CanuckRover, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of nickd717
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.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
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.

joemcgrath27, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Orrshow
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a golden color resembling honey slightly. It’s cloudy and has a small amount of white head.

Smell – Banana is there along with sweet nectar and cloves. I smell citrus hops and grains as well. Overall quite nice here.

Taste – Not as strong as the smell suggested. It’s somewhat malty and quite full of banana flavor. I also detect grapefruit and lemon with some adjuncts. Not bad.

Mouthfeel – This one has a decent body to it...not too heavy not to light. The carbonation is a little sharp on the tongue though.

Drinkability – Pretty good. I didn’t have any trouble here downing this one.

This has the characteristics of a good Hefeweizen. Some fine tuning would improve it though.

Orrshow, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of heebes
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.

heebes, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of vanrassel
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best domestic Hefe I've had, and even though it isn't quite in the same league as a classic like Paulaner, it's certainly worthy of a recommendation to anyone who comes across it.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber with a fluffy two-finger head topping a cloudy straw-coloured body with some copper highlights. The smell seemed underwhelming — a little banana, but not much more.

The taste starts with banana, bubblegum and some general fruitiness that yields to a lemony puckering in the middle. It finished spicy — a little too much so, in my mind, for this style. The mouthfeel and carbonation make for a smooth brew that is, for the most part, a refreshing experience.

vanrassel, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-arange with a finger of creamy head. The head isn't as big as I expect from a hefe, but it seems to have some staying power. Lacing is left all over my weizen glass.

The smell is loaded towards the bubblegum and cloves. Banana is in there, but more sugary than natural. The strength of the clove aroma almost gives it the impression of smokiness.

Cloves again take the lead in the taste department. Sweeter flavours seem muted in this one. Tart is the overall impression. Doesn't seem to have much variety to the flavour.

For a hefe this one is full bodied, it has a creamy feel. Carbonation is subtle, not overdone.

This doesn't go down quite as well as some of the best hefe's I've had, but it is still a good beer on a hot evening.

elricorico, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of ChrisCage
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.

ChrisCage, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep yellow color beer with an average bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of wheat is dominant with some subtle bananas. Taste is dominated by rich wheat with a full body and limited filtration. While this is an excellent example of the style, I though it lack a bit the banana characteristic that I really love in Hefeweizen.

Phyl21ca, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't believe I beat the B.C. boys in adding this one. Picked up a bottle of it at Willow Park. Hard to miss this one, the bright yellow label stands out amongst the riff-raff.

Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a very cloudy/hazed solid apricot hue, very dense in appearance. A large white merruengue-like spongy head caps it off, and retains well.

Aroma is straight wheat grain, candied bananas and nutmeg, no other perks or quirks, simply true to style.

This is a very malty hefe, a solid wall of wheat malt up front, which becomes the predominant flavour in this ale. Mostly rounded, just a touch of tartness that brewing with wheat can sometimes provide. The true flavour profile doesn't present itself until the full bottle is eventually poured out into the glass. The wall of malt fades back a touch, yet the wheat does become more sharp and tart. In fact it finishes with that wheat tartness, perhaps assisted with some sort of hop bill as well. Not much spice in the flavour, just a hint of nutmeg towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, perhaps a bit too thick at times for a summer quaffer, but I'm not really complaining about that, it's always nice to come across a beer with a solid body.

In the end it's a fairly one-dimensional take on a hefe to me, however all of the components of the style are in there. A good stepping stone ale and introduction to the style for the uninitiated.

IronDjinn, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of BreWolf
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not retired!
I just bought a 6er and they had lots more at the store.
Not retired! Maybe it's a seasonal? I hope they change the status immediately.

Anyway, I picked this one up because I saw it at one of my cold beer and wine stores and I like to try new beers, I never had this one before and I tend to like the wheat beers so what the hey...

It pours a nice cloudy gold with a fair foamy head. it recedes to a consistent (thin) lacing. The flavor is to me fairly characteristic of the hefeweizen style. Smooth and subtly fruity. quite nice actually! goes down easy. Nice body carbonation, good mouth feel. I would definitely get this again.

BreWolf, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
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)

spinrsx, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of hoser
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to rate all my beers on the other beer website but someone pointed to support Canadian Micro breweries I should rate on both sites so here it goes. Stefan the head brewer at Tree studied at Weihenstephaner so he knows how to make a Hefeweissbier and this clearly shows; way to go Stefan!!! Meatier as a Schneider and fucking drinkable

hoser, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of philmen
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

philmen, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
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Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.