High Desert Hefeweizen - Bend Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +28.1%
Really a first-rate hefe. Best one in town, by far.
Served in a pintglass with a lemon slice on the rim. Cloudy golden yellow with a shiny white head, almost billowy.
Wheaty lemon in the aroma (no surprise) and a grassy sweetness.
Great balance of malt, hops, and wheat. The bitterness is perfectly measured, and only a slight sourness from the side of the rim that had the lemon. I gave the lemon a squeeze when i was down to the last third of the glass and it only added complexity, didn't overpower the good strong hefe flavors.
Great drinkability, perfect for a summer day.
06-13-2008 04:26:24 | More by SurlyDuff
3.35/5 rDev +4.7%
Served in straight pint glass on the breweries deck, overlooking the river. The first warning sign was the lemon slice on the rim of the glass. The beer poured a typical cloudy yellow with a half-inch of white head that only had OK retention and lace.
The aroma had a nice crispy wheat scent, but the expected Hefe features of banana and clove were very subdued. The flavors were pretty much the same, a mellow example of the style.
The body was almost typical, just a bit lighter than most examples of this style. Drinkability was pretty good on it's own, but combined with the almost bland flavors, why would you bother? Overall, a nice enough brew that's worth a shot if you're in Bend.
07-01-2010 20:32:05 | More by beertunes
4.1/5 rDev +28.1%
One of the better hefeweizens Ive encountered in recent months. High Desert is the color of clouded Tang and smells of lemon (included), dishwashing detergent (an egregious enviro-contaminant) and tart wheaty malts (50%). The flavor is derived from the bracing tartness of wheat malts with a complimentary tinge of barley malt sweetness. I like what the sweetness does to the mix. The sweet and tart converge to create an almost orange-like citrus flavor that works very well. The lemon wedge, while enjoyable, is hardly necessary.
High Desert offers little by way of lace and the head is just a thin film. But the flavor possesses a splash of spiced exotica that adds complexity to this clouded wheat beer. One of Bend Brewings best in my opinion.
10-09-2004 01:07:18 | More by RedDiamond
2.2/5 rDev -31.3%
Cloudy golden colour with no head. Very poor for a hefeweizen.
Very weak malt aroma. Dull and lacking the banana and clove of the prototypical hefeweizen.
Very mild malt flavour with no esters. There's a touch of apricot and no phenols. What the hell is this?
Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Okay.
This is a bland and uninspired wheat beer. Very boring and dull.
10-10-2011 02:05:36 | More by dgilks
High Desert Hefeweizen from Bend Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.