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Hefeweizen - Golden Road Brewing

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 32.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Golden Road Brewing
California, United States | website

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: 32 | Hads: 168
Photo of RexF
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of wheat beers, especially on a sunny day, i was pleasantly surprised by how great this beer is.

Many breweries make attempts at Hefes but few deliver like this one does.

I t tastes as good as it looks and smells as good as it tastes. With summer coming, I see a lot of these in my future.

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Photo of bfellows
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
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 jsoneff
4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 slayer3604
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy, yellow, billowing white head with some filthy lacing....proper hefe!

S-Clove, banana, bubble gum but neither of the three in abundance, or to the point that I wished it was 'more balanced'...they hit the esters just right on this one.

T-Nice and fluffy, just a tad of spice from the phenols, more clove, some gum and a nice little bit of hop kick in the finish. THIS was another one of those beers that just went down too easily.

M-Another balanced, enjoyable and firm feel from GR...can't say I'd change a thing on this hefe...I havn't enjoyed this style for a while now outside of Weihenstephaner...glad there is a new kid in town.

O-Impressive, and enjoyable. I will be giving these guys a lot of money in the future :(

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Photo of Tomcaseyiv
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my favorite SoCal hefs,light, easy drinkability, and great to enjoy on a hot day. I love hefs and local beers which bring me to this one so often

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Photo of pleasewearpants
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard hazy burnt orange color, not much head on this pour. Aroma is light banana clove. Very complete and balanced. Taste is similar. Everything you look for in a hefeweizen yet no one steals the show. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Particularly light yet still full and flavorful. Slight creaminess. This is not a style I particularly like but this is a beer I would happily drink again and again. Overall great balance and a very thoughtful and delicious approach to a style that can often be one dimensional.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky golden color with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. The smell and taste of this one are pretty much the same with wheat, spices, banana, and bubble gum. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a refreshing and easy to drink hefeweizen. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jree261
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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 chamberscreek
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very drinkable beer, maybe a little lighter overall than I expected from a Hef. Had a good aroma punch with a lot of...clove? A good body and punch going in, but it faded a bit quicker on the tongue than I was ready for. If your're in L.A., this is a good general-purpose beer that won't overwhelm a meal.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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 notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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 john0721
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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 DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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 FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1207th Review on BA
Can to Weizen
16oz

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 BucannonXC5
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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 ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Party
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Hazy, golden orange and and yellow with a thick white head, though, surprisingly, it doesn't leave much lace at all on the glass.

Pleasant and somewhat simple aroma: light banana and clove with a bit of wheat. Not as strong or powerful as my favorite within this style.

Light banana, clove, a hint of black pepper, and a little pear combine for a pleasing, accessible flavor. The flavors aren't quite as big and bold as I would prefer, even within style, but I think this is a very accessible and drinkable hefeweizen.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

I think Golden Road accomplished exactly what they sought to do with this beer: an accessible, incredibly drinkable, relatively low-alcohol, flavorful hefeweizen.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 chuckyboomboom
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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 mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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 DaverCS
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Hefeweizen from Golden Road Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.