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Hefeweizen - Tree Brewing

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 07-22-2006

Un-filtered wheat Ale. A distinct cloudy appearance, with banana and clove undertones.
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Photo of Grin
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of hoser
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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Photo of BreWolf
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer on a warm Indian Summer afternoon. A puffy white head topped this cloudy golden beer with a slight orange tinge.

The aroma was inviting. Warm and smooth notes of allspice catch my attention. There is a sweetness there of freshly baked banana bread, apricots and applesauce.

The taste is sweet and carries the same flavours as in the smell with more of the light grains coming through. The flavour does not appear to be as intense as what the aroma leads up to.

A smooth swallow with slightly tart aftertaste holds my interest. Nice balance of sweet and sour. I like faint citrus and pineapple.

Nice beer. Feels good and tastes good. It seems to miss a wow factor in the taste but is enjoyable.

Overall the flavours are a bit muted, but present nonetheless. I'll definitely continue to drink this from one of my favourite local micros.

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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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice addition to the influx of wheat beers in BC. This one pours big and cloudy with a strong nose of wheat, bubblegum and citrus. Very well constructed and not overly banana in its finish, this is a deep enough Hefe to travel into early fall. Please put it in six packs for next summer.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a head that thins to a ring. The head leaves spotty lacing.

S - strong bubblegum scent with some banana and light phenol notes

T - citric and grassy malt flavor that is mildly fruity. It has a soft spice finish.

M - medium carbonation with a dry finish

D - This Hefe is very refreshing but it's a bit mild in taste.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange; fluffy white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Citrus (lemon), clove, bread & biscuit, touch of banana.

T: Citrus rind, earthy, light cloves, biscuit, apricot and a hint of banana. The yeast sediment provides plenty of citrus-rind & earthyness.

M: Smooth moderate body and carbonation.

D: Well-rounded, mild flavours; good introduction to the style; great drinkability.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid hefe from a brewery that consistently delivers quality brews. I can't point out anything really wrong with this.

Nice hazy orange colour with a frothy white head. Coriander, lemony scent. Sweety, spicy taste that is definite hefe in character. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but this is a great, refreshing brew.

It took me a while to find it for some reason.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange and gold in colour with medium carbonation. Potent aromas of banana, clove, and gum-drops. Good wheaty thickness on the palate. Some fairly assertive yeast flavors to this one, not to mention grainy. The lemony-banana fruit flavors are more reserved. There are some grassy hop notes on the back end as well, with a slightly drying finish. This one is very close to being excellent. The aroma, the body, and the potency of the flavors are there, but it’s just a bit too yeasty and dry. At least it’s not sweet or watery like some other attempts at this style. Many thanks to Presario for the tasty extra.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of korguy123
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.

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

I love to see domestic craft brewers trying their hand at the oft-unmatched style of a true German hefeweizen. Tree has always done well with all their styles though, and this hefe by Tree should be interesting. This is new to Alberta.

A 650ml bottle here: simple yellow and white label with the word "hefeweizen" across it. The beer pours a thick unfiltered orange colour, with yellows and tangerine colours. The head is solid, thick and bright white in colour. Good retention and good lacing. So far so good. The beer is impermeable, but certainly doesn't have any "floaties" of yeast in it, like some other domestic hefes I have tried. The aroma is plagued by over-ripe banana, like so many attempted hefeweizens, but it's pleasant enough. To its credit it has some bark-like spiciness which I have found in some Germans. Cream and butter, some clove and a distinct bitterness. Not overly complex, but better than most other domestic varieties, I think by far. Taste is spicy, full of banana and ends with pronounced bitterness--very good hopping indeed. It starts light and very creamy on the tongue, with some metallic tang and numbing clove. By the middle the taste is full on banana and other fruits, as well as some spice. The finish is actually a little TOO bitter for a hefeweizen. All in all though, this is mighty tasty. Low in carbonation, with a full mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. This is the best Canadian hefe I have had, and, rating in view of style for that demographic, this rates high on my list. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of scott451
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.