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Hefeweizen - Golden Road Brewing

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 10-18-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +15.6%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.3%

zestar, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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

brentk56, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GRG1313, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

SocalKicks, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mactrail, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

D+

kojevergas, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Halcyondays, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +15.6%

drewone, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

DoubleJ, May 13, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Zorro, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

dmorgan310, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/22/2012

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. 

HopHead84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

xnicknj, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

FosterJM, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

ehammond1, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

ngeunit1, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

ste5venla, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

KevMo84, Oct 17, 2014
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Hefeweizen from Golden Road Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.