Hefeweizen - Tree Brewing

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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)

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.

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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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: 3.28, 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.

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.

Photo of kjyost
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
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...

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Shadman
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See as this beer has been retired, I'm gonna guess mine was an older sample because it seemed fizzy with no real head retention or lacing. It certainly smelled Hefe-like with very faint banana, some stronger clove, and some very up front wheatiness. Tasted very much like a good bavarian Hefe, but with a more pronounced malt profile. I found, like others, that it got nicely spicey towards the end. The over-all body was good, but I did find it a bit astringent in the final mouthfeel dept. Certainly drinkable, but something seemed off to me, let's hope it was a beer past it's best-before-date and would love to try a fresher sample.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from stagger. Thanks man! :)

More so than Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, whose labels are all very stuffy, formal and virtually interchangeable, I find the label on this beer pleasing and indicative of what's to come.

It pours an orangey hazy yellow with a decent head but it slowly dies and dies some more until the last few sips where it's pretty much packed it in completely.

Smells more grainy and citrusy-sour than anything else and exhibits few of the attributes that normally draw me into a hefeweizen.

The taste is also grainy and lemony. Predominant wheat. The banana aspect only comes out towards the end and is fleeting at best. There's an aspect of dried apricot to it. The clove is on the shy side, and it has a bit of bubblegum that's on the soapy side.

This is a good and refreshing beer. Easily drinking and you could do worse if you needed a refreshing beer. But the aroma and taste are off for the style. If nothing else it needs to lose the graininess.

Photo of TheHammer
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
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