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Hook & Ladder Hefeweisen - Fire Station 5 Brewing Company

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Hook & Ladder HefeweisenHook & Ladder Hefeweisen

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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 05-05-2003)
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3/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +42.3%

wbillw, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Umbra
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Max’s some time ago. Was looking for a nice wheat to mix it up with the food. I went with something different and went with the new beer marketing company in the state
Poured a bright, clear yellow with an almost nitro like creamy white head. Okay retention and lacing. The body of the brew didn't have much action going on.
The aroma was very faint, only containing whisps of wheaty malts. This was a thinly bodied brew that had a bit of lemon and wheat. Finish had a touch of bitterness, but the lingering mouthfeel was decidedly sweat. Didn't have the chewyness or complexity that one would expect from the style. It was actually listed at Max's as an "American wheat." Seems more apropro to that neck of the woods, but still a bit average.

Easy drinking beer nonetheless. It would win over any macro lover in the crowd. Went down very very easy and would be perfect for hot sticky days. Average, nice, okay

Umbra, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of therica
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable average beer.

I had this on-tap, and was told that a small donation is made to the Fireman's Fund from each serving-- not sure if it's true or not.

Appearance-- average but slightly dark for a wheat.

Smell-- nothing striking.

Taste-- consistent, slightly more carbonated than I would prefer but still not what I would call over-carbonated. Mostly a monotone taste of wheat malt that gave it a slightly richer fuller lager-type taste than a true Hefe. Still nice, just nothing really noteable.

Mouthfeel-- great on a clean palate or with food, nothing interfering. Smooth, enjoyable to drink for a standard beer.

Drinkability-- very drinkable if you're just partying and talking and not thinking in beer connoiseur-terms.

therica, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one of those "Hefeweizen" beers that is nothing more than a poorly crafted American wheat. The beer pours a slight bit cloudy, yellow with little head covering the beer. The nose is full of wheat malt, just a hint of some creamy notes. Eh. The flavor is pretty single dimensional with the wheat malt and not much more. The feel is moderate at best. Nothing special. The beer goes down smooth and is easy drinking, but that is the best thing about it. I didn't really like this one, obviously.

kmpitz2, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have slowly come around to appreciating FireStation5 for the fine work they do; despite their image as a Fred Meyer house brand, they put out some decent stuff. This is not a German hefeweizen (or as this label denotes it, hefeweisen), but rather an American wheat ale in the tradition of Widmer and Pyramid. In that particular style, it is better than either of those. Pours a sunny yellow, a beautiful color really, more akin to a Belgian wit. Head is sadly MIA. Aroma similarly absent. Tastes of lemon, wheatgrass, and bright fruit flavors. Not bad, not bad at all.

Thrasher, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
1.58/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This hef pours a hazy orange with an off white head that is pretty decent. Lacing is quite good as foam will streak down the glass. The smell is of slight wheat but otherwise clean. The taste was dissapointing. No hops detected at all, citrus is faint but doesn't fit with the slight off beat wheat flavor. Rather bland and dry and not hefeweizen at all. Light bodied and dry and I will never drink this again. Try the IPA from this brewery, much better.

beertaster13, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one looks the part. The body is a deep, hazy yellow and the head frothed up big time.

Smell – The wheat aroma is faint, even after I let this weizen warm a bit.

Taste – Yuch! Smallish wheat with a sharp, almost sour twang made this one a disappointment.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and lacking in the traditional Hefe Weizen fluffiness.

Drinkability – It’s probably not as bad as I’m making it out to be, but it was so far off style it was hard to find a lot of positives. I’m not pouring it down the sink, though.

RoyalT, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of alexgash
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an unimpressive, barely-hazy, peach with a very minimal white head. Hefe? Where? Smells of soapy orange-wheat malts with a light yeasty tang. Taste: American wheat all the way. Crisp, lemony wheat-accented barley malt, with a dull hop bitterness that rolls into an acidic, tangy finish. A little cloying on the palate. Meh...

alexgash, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it was a hazy wheat straw yellow in color. The smell was of hops with just a hint of a wheat aroma. For being an unfiltred hefeweisen, there was not much flavor. It was smooth and mild with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Id say good for hot day's as a quincher. Don't expect a real lot from this beer. But, I've taste worst!

BeerManDan, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok another Fire Station 5 brew aka Fred Meyers generic beer.
Comes in a long neck brown bottle with the ficticious Fire Station on the front.
I was suprised at how good this beer actually looked , very nice hazy almost orange colour with a fantastic pure white head..very well done looks like a Hefe.
However the smell was a big let down..nothing to speak of actually smelt like a plain old macro lager.
The taste too was very thin and weak..some sour ness and a little wheat..but not good at all for a hefe..or even an American style Wheat beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty average not too offensive.
A not very drinkablke hefe this is definatlly a 2nd class product..avoid ( especially as they charge about the same as "real" label hefes.

Reidrover, May 05, 2003
Hook & Ladder Hefeweisen from Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.