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High Desert Hefeweizen - Bend Brewing Company

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High Desert HefeweizenHigh Desert Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
79
okay

11 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 23.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-09-2004)
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Photo of Travisnin
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SurlyDuff, Jun 13, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

PortlandSunDevil, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

litheum94, Jun 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of JasonWimmert
3/5  rDev -6.3%

JasonWimmert, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better hefeweizens I’ve 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 Brewing’s best in my opinion.

RedDiamond, Oct 09, 2004
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1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of dgilks
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

dgilks, Oct 10, 2011
High Desert Hefeweizen from Bend Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.