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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
73
okay

643 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004)
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Reviews by kinger:
Photo of kinger
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really an average American Wheat and not even close to being a hefe. Bland aroma semi-sweet with that typical Sam Adams malt character. Good pour Golden yellow with a touch of light orange, nice white top and ample lacing. Crisp mouthfeel and rather filling. Flavor is light and refreshing but on the bland side. Not a good showing at all.

kinger, Aug 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poures a hazy peach color with a really thin for the styl normally like to see that big rocky head form as I pour in to my big weisse glass,picked up some clove and banana with a little butteriness in there wich is different.Taste is on the lighter side but there is a decent spiciness in there with some lighter banana.I have had much worse American styles than this one but this isnt up to some of the world class German beers either.

oberon, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear, light honey colored gold with a sudsy white head of about 1/2" or so. Head diminishes relatively quickly leaving a hearty ring of white.

S: Light hints of wheat maltiness with a little bit of citus hops. Nothing spectacular.

T&M: Light flavored but properly balanced to the body of the brew. The flavors themselves are fairly well balanced giving way to just a bit of that wheaty tasting malt. The hops are barely detectible but are most noticible at the beginning of the finish before giving way to that telltale wheat chaffe linger. Carbonation was matched well, light, but available throughout the experience.

D: I'm not a huge Hefeweizen fan but this was rather enjoyable for me. Nothing over the top but it works. I would get it again and might recommend this to some of my buddies that I'm trying to convert from the American Macros.

SIRIUS2, May 15, 2008
Photo of skybluewater
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light apple cider color. Huge chunks of yeast (I hope) floating around in the glass. Smells mildly of wheat, but not very strong. Taste is pretty darn weak, mostly wheat with a bit of lemon. It's not bad (quite refreshing actually), but not great either.

I don't know what it is about Sam Adams beers. I just can't get into them. This one isn't horrible, but I wouldn't buy it again...

skybluewater, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a cloudy orangish color. The small head comes and goes rather quickly. Smells a bit fruity...lemonish, but not much else. The taste and mouthfeel are rather thin...I was expecting a bit more. The wheat flavor is average and nothing really stands out. I bought this before going to a friend's place, had never tried it before and it was the best option at the small liquor store I stopped at. I expect more from Sam and I dunno how this fits into the "Brewmaster's Collection". Anyways, it was still enjoyable...I just don't have plans to buy this again in the near future.

orbitalr0x, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, this one looks good, to start with. Great head retention. Kind of an orangish tint to the beer.

All sorts of things going on in the nose. Smells almost identical to Samuel Adams Summer Ale. Lots of lemon/citrus and yeast.

The taste is also almost identical to the summer ale. Maybe a step down, really. Sweetish, with the lemon showing through. Not all that crisp, though. Kind of watery and just sorta washes through your mouth, not leaving much of an impression one way or the other.

I guess this beer's forgettability could be a good thing if you want a beer that is somewhat refreshing & doesnt make you think too much. Samuel Adams Hefeweizen is not bad, obviously not great, and I can see it certainly being possible to drink many of these in a row, as they go down so easily.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -5.1%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An OK beer. Not the best hefe I've tasted, but certainly not the worst. It was cloudy pale yellow/orange in color with a small head that dissipated quickly. It had a fresh, outdoorsy scent. Taste was sweet, but rather nondescript. Good mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Todd
2.05/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle from the mix 12-pack. Pours a cloudy, pale and peachy amber colored beer topped with a two-finger creamy, foam white head with nice retention and a subtle stick to the glass.

Very faint phenolics, some citric zest, grains and touch of bubblegum. Leafy hop notes.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel upfront that turns raw and gritty feel on the palate with a leafy hop character. Touch of lemony zest, back by a wheat twang. Milky flower stem sap. Dry stick of bubblegum flavor, light sweetness beneath a grainy character. Minerally. Dry finish with tannins all over the palate. Finish lingers way too long, and is extremely unpleasant.

Not working for me. This is a pretty bland attempt at a Hefeweizen, and definitely more of an American Wheat Ale (and a poor one at that, staying consistent for the style). Hops seem out of place and overbearing. Malt profile is weak and annoying with its clingy tannins. The wheat is out-of-control and unbalanced. There's simply nothing holding this beer together.

I expect more from "America's World-Class Beer (tm)"

Todd, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of twi1609372
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another good beer from sam, interesting taste, a lot of people dont like wheat beers, which i can see why but if you do like them, you will prob like this brew, suprisingly complex flavor, not too grity, a descently refreshing another good brew from boston.

twi1609372, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of 40451
3/5  rDev -5.1%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
2.48/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours a light pale yellow with a body that was only slightly hazy. [Odd for a hefeweizen] The head faded out quickly and the carbonation was nearly flat. The aroma is very light with some citrus notes. Its flavor is very plain for a hefeweizen. There is some light citrus and wheat with a tangy finish. On the palate it feels light to medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. Overall this was a very disappointing brew from a great brewery.

generallee, May 03, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a purchase before freshness date.

Appearance: Solid frothing from the get go, quite heady to begin with then it subsides to a thin semi-sticky lace. Obviously cloudy after the yeast was poured into the glass, murky mustard beige color.

Smell: Clean malty aroma, a touch of fresh doughy malt on the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Trademark fermented wheat twang, mild on the hops yet balancing. Very smooth in the medium body. Fresh malt flavor all over the place, finishes a tad sweet.

Notes: It’s hard to say if this is better than the rest or just as good, the style alone is somewhat ordinary to begin with. Refreshing none the less and worth the try.

Jason, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sampler pack, sereved into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Body is a hazy, dark yellow with a healthy, white head that rises two fingers tall and retains well. Lots of clingy, island chain lace adorn the glass.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued for a Hefe, with spicy coriander, grassy hops, earthy yeast, and a hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with ideal carbonation.

Taste: Earthy, glutinous, yeast is assertive all the way down. Spicy coriander and white pepper, faint note of lemon zest, and some grassy hops are about all there is to this one. Possibly, a note of orange, but fruit flavors are lacking. Finish is clean and crisp, with a mild wheat note.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not exactly inspiring. I'm not much of a fan of American pale wheat ales and this one is in the middle of the pack. Not an ale that I would look for unless there was a very limited selection.

merlin48, May 20, 2005
Photo of badbeer
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained as part of a Brewmaster's Collection 6 pack.

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow almost orange in color actually, with a small head leaving bits of lacing. Just seemed a little different for the style, I expected more. Really bland smell, grainy, a little bit of banana if you try hard, actually has more of a macro smell overall. Some breadiness in the taste, once again, only a hint of banana, maybe. There is also a little bit of a grassy flavor, most likely from the East Kent Goldings used in brewing, but they seemed a little out of place or disproportioned in this one. This is really not deserving of the label hefeweizen, it's missing critical aspects of a typical hefeweizen. Slightly above average carbonation, medium bodied and really pretty drinkable. Honestly it is a rather bland attempt at a hefeweizen, and I expected more from Sam Adams, but I think that this is definately at least worth try, and could be a great crossover beer for most people, as it almost has a macro feel to it.

badbeer, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of LyonsHead
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark gold with a fog because this is another unfiltered one from sam adams

S: scent of wheat with a citrus hoppy aroma as well

T: the first thing that hits the palate is a grassy wheat taste followed by an orange citrus note. this beer ends with a very nice sweetness

M: Nice feel to it. Medium body, probably mostly due to the wheat.

D: I love most of the stuff from Sam Adams and this one was no exception when I first tried it. As Ive had more and more beer however, I go back to this and find its really a weak example of the style and there are much better Hefe's out there.

LyonsHead, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" 12-pack.

Poured a cloudy dull yellow in color with quite sparse white head and lacing. Aromas are yeasty, doughy, with a noted hop snap. Flavors are not quite what I'd expected. Not very "hefe"-ish. More hop citrus flavors creep in. Finish is dry and on the bitter side. A tad too brisk and sharp for me for the style. Thin mouthfeel contributes to the uninspiring flavor. Still, it's drinkable, especially in the afternoon sun at the in-law's house. Not one of my faves from ol' Sammy.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of jakester
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is from the Brewmaster's Collection sampler case. Expiration date is clearly marked on the case and notched on the label. Yay!!

Pours an appropriately cloudy yellow with a pretty good orange tint. Soft carbonation evident. Should be more! The 2 finger head of white foam drops off after awhile to small islands and a ring.

This has a soft sweet banana smell, sort of faint, and short lived. Also some soft spicy yeastiness. Aromas are a little faint for the style.

Where's the beef?? The flavor at first is bananas, but it is weak and too sweet for me. Then a peppery/yeasty taste comes through. That is also drowned out by the sweetness. They need to use a different yeast in this one. Needs better attenuation. I also like cloves in my Hefe's. Aftertaste is sweet bananas.

Mouthfeel is sweet and kind of dull from a lack of enough carbonation. Finish is just sweet.

Boston Beer Co. needs to go back to the drawing board for this one. Some of their beers are good, some are outstanding. This one needs work. Way too sweet, and not very interesting.

jakester, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint Glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with 1/2 inch head that lasts with slight lacing.

Smell: Mainly just wheat, maybe very slight citrus.

Taste: Once again, mainly just wheat with some citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Once again, it is very refreshing. However, it is just a standard straightforward wheat ale. Easy to drink and could easily have another, but would rather move on to something else.

Why is this called a Hefeweizen? I know it is supposed to be an American Hefeweizen, but that isn't a real style, and I would think Sam Adams would not feed into misrepresenting the Hefeweizen name.

bsp77, May 03, 2009
Photo of Hugh37
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Hugh37, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall wheat glass.a light golden cloudy color.
The thick white fluffy head dissapated into a 1/2 inch head.
The smell was clean,hints of bannana. A bit fruity,yeasty bisquity.Not a very aromatic hefeweizen.
The taste was weak with hints of bannanas,it was earthy,fruity.No real yeast flavors detected.
The mouthfeel was smooth,creamy,light,a bit cloying.
This beer is crisp and very refreshing.A very drinkable.beer.

This beer was like a light version of a hefeweizen.Not a bad beer overall, just lacking some of the smell and taste of other hefeweizen's .

jcdiflorio, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Janeinma
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of beerkittycat
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly cloudy deep gold with a vigorous frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is full of chilled fresh bread dough and restrained flowery hops. I smell faint phenol akin to an electrical fire and a little perm solution (fusel alcohol). Taste has the same fresh bread dough for a malt profile and adds a lemony but sweet flavor along with flowery hops. Unfortunately, the same phenols and fusels show up in flavor as in aroma. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a semi-sweet finish which is very refreshing. I so rate this beer higher if not for the phenols and fusels. Worth seeking out if there's bottles out there without the flaws.

beerkittycat, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of yankeeheel
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a barely hazy golden yellow with a huge white head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smells quite light and yeasty. Some bananna in there too. Nice.

Something is just off here. Perhaps they went a little too lemony and not yeasty enough. It's got a decent citrus tang to it, but none of that great yeast/bread character to it that I'd hope for in a Hefe.

Mouthfeel is poor for an unfiltered beer. I want some damn yeast to chew on.

An easy drinking beer that is not a good representataion of what it's supposed to be.

yankeeheel, May 21, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had moderate hopes for this Hefe-they were not met. This beer pours a somewhat dark golden color. Not as cloudy as one might expect or wish. There was a minimal head, very disappointing. The smell had only a mild hint of citrus. The tase was bland-was this brewed with yeast? Yes but where is the flavor. I shall stick to Paulaner hence forth.

BadBadger, May 15, 2004
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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.