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Hefeweizen - Golden Road Brewing

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 33.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-18-2011

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 164
Photo of jsoneff
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light clear golden color poured aggressively out of 12oz can into Schneider Weisse glass, very little head with lacing. Sweet pleasantly yeasty smell. Initial mild bitterness followed by strong clove and finishes with a touch of banana and has little aftertaste. Almost sessionably light taste, good hefe and I love that it's local to me in LA.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw color. 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is very tame. A little honey sweetness, tad bit of cloves, and banana.

Taste is rather weak, but I guess that is to be expected at such a low abv. I get the classic banana and clove but with a touch of lemon. While the flavors are there, they are mellow and a bit weak. Rather watery feel.

Overall, the beer is easy drinking but nothing special. I paid 1.99 for the can, which is definitely not worth the price. I'm pairing it with a spice-rubbed steak and salad with chipotle ranch. It gets a 68.5/100.

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Photo of john0721
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a weissbier glass.

yellow, white head. The head faded fast for a hefeweizen and it was clearer than expected.

nose has banana with some bubblegum.

more banana in the flavor with some clove and breadiness.

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Photo of thomda11
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this out of a 16oz can. Pours a dense, hazy deep yellow/tan. Kind of looks like if you mixed orange juice with a smidge of coffee. The prominent aroma is yeast and clove. Unfortunately, no banana. Taste is fairly subdued with a hard carbonated bite. Clove commons through, but little else. As a lover of the style, I was a bit disappointed; It was just okay.

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Photo of chuckyboomboom
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I always compare any hefeweizen to Paulaner. Enough said. Good head, a little loose. Citrusy aroma. Tangy wheat taste up front, clove taste when you let it engulf your whole tongue. Very refreshing and drinkable. It appears as though I must elaborate profusely in order to have BA accept my review. That said, I like it very, very, very much.

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Photo of Jree261
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden tangerine with vibrant white foam out of the can.

S-Soft banana

T-Banana and lemon citrus.

M-Creamy texture with good length on the finish. My favorite part of the beer.

O-Not bad, best during a warm day. Not terribly remarkable however.

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Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on March 20th, 2013 at the Golden Road Brewpub.

Beer is a cloudy light yellow-orange with a two finger head. Some lacing. Head becomes a little white foam cap before too long.

Melanoidin smells: cloves and bananas and a dash of honey.

Flavor: Wheat tang up front. Soft and the tiniest bit powdery. Bananas and cloves are present but not nearly as pronounced on the palate as in the nose. Flavor is actually slightly watery overall with a fleeting dash of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average for the style: medium bodied with detectable carbonation.

Disappointing, since the aroma promised a good time. This one is way more nose than mouth.

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Photo of Chaz33187
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I caught the end of a keg so it might be a tainted review.

BUT ice cold at the LMU Loft on-campus bar.

a- opaque and thick orange/ yellow color

s- no good, kind of rank

t- very banana, malty and smooth but a little stale and noticeable sediment

m- very bubbly, not great for a light beer

o- so so drink. I think if I had a cold fresh tap I would have enjoyed it more but. Its only redeeming quality was the strong banana taste, and I don't really care about that.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat and grainy malts, lemon zest, orange and citrus hops, banana, clove, coriander.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet wheat with some orange and lemon zest. Through the middle, the banana and clove yeast character come through with a touch of coriander and hop character. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts with orange, lemon zest, banana, and clove.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and yeasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance with good sessionability and yeast character.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color; the head was decent but not nearly solid enough for the style; a few strands of lace hung around afterwards

Smell: Juicy Fruit gum; sugary banana and clove

Taste: Very herbal, up front, with cloves, sweet Juicy Fruit and loads of sugar complementing the banana; somewhat grainy in the back

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; lacks a creamy character

Overall: A rather unusual stab at the style; overly sweet and lacks the strong sense of banana that I seek in the style

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light brownish orange color with a thin white head. Looks a lot like unfiltered apple juice.

S: I wouldn't call the smell large, but there's something there to be found. Some powdery yeast notes, slight banana bread, bubblegum, orange zest and some bready malts.

T: Citrus notes upfront. Orange and some faint lemon are first. Then a lot of malt breadiness with some yeast present as well. Finish is a touch weak with a bit of white pepper and lemon zest. Not a terrible hef, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can poured into large tulip - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clouded straw yellow with golden tones. Fluffy white head retains for a while before dissolving into some cloudy film with a few spots of lacing left behind.

A bit funky and yeasty in the nose with some must. Lemon and orange peel with spice and pepper.

A bite of spice with a snap of floral hops up front. Clove and lemon peel with some juicy orange. Slightly funky yeast with wheat and biscuit malts. Finishes a little spicy and citrusy.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. This was alright, but the funkiness got a little much after about halfway through.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a smaller glass at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. About a finger of head. Color was orange straw. Noticed a bunch of bubbles right away. Light white frothy lacing that went away fairly quickly. Light and sporadic film on the sides.

Potent smell of citrus wheat hops right up front, first orange, then lemon. Also got some banana malts. Some wheat and grass in there. Got the Circus Peanuts at the end.

Tasted very much like the smell. Got that orange and lemon citrus notes up front, but nicely balanced. Not so much a hefeweizen, but more of a wheat beer. A bit disappointed in the aftertaste though. It starts out so well, then just kind of fades out to a watery finish.

Light-to-medium body. Thin, watery texture. Heavily carbonated. Abrupt, watery finish.

A decent beer that started out with such promise. That being said, the smell and initial taste were both pretty good. It might be worth another try.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 04/26/2012. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light gold color with a thin cap of white head which recedes almost immediately. A bit of lacing.

S: Lots of banana and malt with a hint of citrus.

T: Grainy malt and a little clove. The banana is there but doesn't come through as much.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. A little more carbonation would add some crispness.

O: Pretty easy to drink, good enough flavors.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Local Hefeweizen. I CAN dig that. On to the beer:

A darker tone of yellow shines in the glass despite a cloudy body. On top is a white head that retains itself pretty well and leaves some good spots of lace around the glass. The nose is acceptable, and it has a little of that traditional German character. Sweet malted wheat, nuts, and tocuhes of banana make their way to the nose. So far, this looks reaosnable.

No, it's not the most flavorful hefeweizen my palate has come across, but it's not complaining. Wheat malt base, good, a little fruity, good, and a little spicy, good. Its carbonation is smooth with a tiny tickle of bubbles.

Both of Golden Road's canned good (the other being "Point the Way") have shown to be reasonable options at reasonable prices. We're gonna give this a thumbs up.

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Photo of bfellows
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking can and great looking beer inside.
Pours amber, surprisingly dark for an American hef. Thick offwhite head.
The aromas are thinner than the flavors, but have the same array of notes.
This beer is about as balanced as any wheat beer can be. Just enough fruit flavors to give spice to a very nice cereal graininess. You can taste banana up front and citrus as it goes down. Delicious flavor and a great medium body to carry it home.
Excellent version of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange colored beer with essential no head.

Smell is spicy, smells of Belgian witbier yeast and bitter orange. Distinct Earl Grey tea aroma. There is a little bruised banana aroma but the Belgian scent is far stronger.

Starts out light and spicy with a banana and oranges flavor. Lemon is present as a slight sourness. Lots of wheat malt but no toasted flavor, think Matzoh bread not saltine cracker. Lightly sweet be really has more of a sensation of starchiness. Slight passion fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a weird yet tasty take on the Wheat beer concept. Would love to see their version of a straight up Belgian Witbier.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. tallboy can, $1.99 at Mr. Kegs, canned 1/27/12,

A: Pours a murky creamsicle orange with a firm white head, leaving lots of connected lace. Some ugly looking yeasties at the bottom, but a nice looking beer for the most part.

S: Some banana, lots more straight up yeast spice on the nose, smells somewhat Belgian at times, blind I could mistake the nose for a tripel or a saison.

T: Lemon zest, lots of white pepper. A good yeasty flavour, not a super traditional hefe, as with the nose, the flavour tastes slightly Belgian, and it's got a tad more hops than most of the German stuff. Certainly tasty.

M: The best feature of the beer. Refreshing and vibrant on the palate. Prickly carbonation, lively, fresh.

O: I wish more local brewers made this style, since, while I love the German ones, freshness is definitely a factor. Who knows how long an Ayinger or a Schnieder-Weisse has been on the shelves. The cans are dated which is a definite plus. A well made if not traditonal take on the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1207th Review on BA
Can to Weizen

Canned 2-10-12

App-  Hazy light orange with a bit of yellows mixed in. Very small 1/4 in head. Great cling and lace.

Smell-  Pretty staightforward Hef notes. A bit of bubblegum, a little yeast and a bit small.

Taste-  A small hefe with light yeast, no pepper and a bit of citrus. A small taste of malts come in with a bit of a grainy feel.

Mouth- A light medium body with a medium/high carbonation. A bit of yeast and bubblegum

Drink- overall, pretty good from a can. Pretty straightforward with out a lot of pop but still tasty.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is some funny stuff. Starts out with some German flavors, and then you get the tart, nearly sour touch. The citrusy bitter flavors are interesting, but not as pleasing as a good mellow Hefeweizen. Quite nice foam and sudsy mouthfeel. Watery body. Just a little more bitter aftertaste than I would like in this style, but some may prefer it. It's more of an orange peel bitterness than hoppy.

Still, it's a noble experiment and a lot of flavor for a lower-alcohol beer as well. Not to mention the 16 oz thirsty boy can. Ten bucks for a six pack of these from Best Damn Beer Store.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a can into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Not paired with food. Expectations are low.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay/average retention (~two minutes). Colour is a murky hazy nontransparent orange-gold. Standard appearance for a hefeweizen, but it's dull rather than bright and appealing.

Sm: Orange peel, clove, banana, and wheat. A moderately strong aroma.

T: A wheat foundation with trace amounts of fruit esters atop - mainly dirty orange peel. No yeast comes through. A boring simple build for a hefeweizen. Some clove comes through on the climax. The balance is lackluster. This is mundane. At least no alcohol comes through. Very bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick for the lack of flavour. Nothing exemplary here.

Dr: A run of the mill bad hefeweizen. There's nothing here to keep me coming back, and at this point I'm even suspicious of the brewery.


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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Samanatha --

*It should be noted that this is from the first run batch. It should also be noted that the can was short filled, missing 2-3oz of beer.

A: Because the can was short filled, I was worried about carbonation, and therefore I gave it a hard pour down the center of my glass. Luckily the carbonation came alive, and produced a modest and soapy looking 1.75 finger head. The color is really lovely - unfilterted, warm tangerine. White lacing rims the glass, as does a solid white collar.

S: The traditional hefe characteristics are certainly here: banana, clove, candied sugar and mild yeast. But what's really awesome about the bouquet is the substancial amount of west coast hops that I get, which really adds a cool complexity to it.

T: Well balanced. It's not nearly the wheat bomb I've come to dislike in the style. Sure it's hefe-y up front (as it should be), but it transforms and evolves on the mid, as a citrus-like hop oil kicks into gear. The finish is quite floral, and the malt stands strong, providing a real backbone to the beer.

M: I figured the short fill would bite this beer in the ass, and it does just that on the feel. I'm actually surprised it's not carbless, as there is a modest amount of bubbles. What I do see is the potential, as a proper fill would cut down on the oily texture, making for a really top notch canned wheat beer.

O: I gotta give it up to Golden Road. There Hefe is a pretty damn good stab at the style, and one of (if not the best) canned wheat based brew I've encountered. I'm hoping the SoCal market drinks this up, as it's quality beer with tons of appeal.

Easily recommended.

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Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Nosignsofpain. Thanks Sam!

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a soapy white head that settles to a think haze and sudsy ring, leaving spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp, fruity aromas of banana and ripe pear with a touch of clove and a good amount of sweet bubblegum character.
T - Moderately flavorful, with banana and bubblegum jumping out the most, followed by a muted clove note. A bit watered-down.
M - Fairly crisp, with a slightly watery medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Decent enough Hefeweizen, probably nice on a hot day, but I'll stick with Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A: Hazy yellow gold with a white head.

S: Spicy pepper with a little clove. Pear blends with apple and I get a dash of banana. Malt is redolent of wheat.

T: Phenolic pepper and clove notes with bread and grain. Somewhat bland. Apple is light. There are some nondescript citrus.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Sort of a cross between an American Wheat and a Bavarian Hefeweizen. 

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of white head. Smells a bit like a traditional hefeweizen with aromas of banana and hints of clove. But there's also a lot of orange peel and some straw like notes that throw it off. Unfortunately, the flavor is a touch watery as well as being stuck in between being a witbier, a hefeweizen, and an American wheat beer. Some clove and banana, some yeast, some citrus, and some straw and grass flavors. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Hefeweizen from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.