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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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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 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 WoodersonMB
3/5  rDev -15.5%

WoodersonMB, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +12.7%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
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
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of kjyost
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...

kjyost, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Grin
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.

Grin, Jan 13, 2011
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 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 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 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 scott451
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.

scott451, May 19, 2010
Photo of bludtek
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

bludtek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Grunewald
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Grunewald, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

MeisterBurger, Jun 03, 2009
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 Shadman
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Shadman, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of ablaze
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one of these as they are slowly disappearing from most stores.

Pours a bright hazy yellow, maybe a faint green. Poor head and lacing. Expected more.

Not a lot of smell on this one. Maybe a hint of bananas, but it's light.

Sourness upfront with some bubblegum. Refreshing Golden Delicious apples in the middle, very clean and light with a wheaty, slightly sweet finish.

Light body and quite astringent.

This is a sour and fruity hefe. Quite crisp and refreshing. It's not bad, but it leaves much to be desired. Reminds me of celery. Would consider again if the price is right (averages 6 bucks for a bomber).

ablaze, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

canucklehead, Sep 22, 2006
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 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.

BDTyre, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Derek, Sep 13, 2006
Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.