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Hefeweizen - Legend Brewing Co.

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 07-04-2005

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Photo of DeadWalkerAir
1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.8%

Photo of argock
2.06/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear weizen glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Hazy pale yellow with 2-finger off-white head with good retention and spare lacing.

S: Aroma is like lemon Pine-sol with a little clove. No nice fruity esters -- all citrus solvent

T: Terrible. Solvent flavors with lemon citrus and yeast flavors. No banana or clove to speak of.

M: Thin with little body or creaminess. Solvent aftertaste.

D: Makes me wonder if it was infected or bad, but it did retain some semblance of a hefe. I would hesitate to pay this price tag if there's a chance it would taste like this again.

Photo of ncaudle
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Legend

Cloudy golden pour with a small white head. Light aroma of wheat and banana esters. Tame, standard version of the style, toasted grains, notes of banana and clove, bubblegum, tiny herbal hop notes, slightly metallic finish. Light body, thin, drinkability detracted by general flavorlessness. Nothing really memorable here.

Photo of kerry4porters
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of beerfish68
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not bad, but not very German like. More like blue moon. It is a filtered beer and a bit thin for my taste. It does not give a good mouthfeel. It has almost no head and no lacing on the glass. The taste is decent with a reasonable amount of clove and the smell is okay. As typical of American hefeweizen, it does not match up to the German ones.

Photo of blackie
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: standard pint, yeast roused from the bottom before pouring, fizzy white head shows light and eventually no retention atop a golden amber beer made opaque by a thick shroud of suspended yeast

s: yeasty overripe banana and clove over a wheat body that is pretty benign for the most part, hops mild, standard stuff

m: lighter bodied with a low-moderate carbonation that's just a little abrasive for the style at first and eventually dies down to flat soda levels, really makes for a dull experience on the palate

t: boring wheat malt body with the only defining characteristics courtesy of the hefe yeast - mild clove and banana pudding mix, nothing off here but this hefe totally plays it safe and ends with a disappointingly abrupt and watery finish, glimpses of herbal grasses and a mild bitterness close things up

d: light and easy enough, but not worth a repeat purchase

bomber from The Caboose, Ashland, VA...I really wanna like Legend more - but my current perception is that they make only a few beers worth a repeat while many either have issues or suffer from a lack of inspiration

Photo of janna890
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jimpyle48
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of drperm
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy tan-yellow, with a poofy white head.

Aroma: Pretty standard -- banana, clove, cane sugar.

Taste: banana, clove, with a bit of sulfur and sweetness and something that is almost (for lack of a better word) fishy. James River water?

Palate: not bad, but a bit thin on the finish.

Overall: Not the best Legend brew, nor the best weizen, but it's really not bad.

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Newkie
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden in color with a decent head that fades slowly but leaves some lacing behind.

S - Banana. Lots of it. Clove. Decent balance in the nose between fruit and spice.

T - More banana. Fruit gives way to drying finish that's yeasty, spicy and smooth. Not as citrus-y on the end which I rather liked.

M - I love the mouthfeel. Lighter bodied but full on taste with a smooth finish. Almost creamy in a way.

D - Certainly sessionable. Would probably want another. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard to find a good American version of a German beer. It seems that Aerican micro breweries are obsessed with making the hoppiest possible beers, focusing on British imperial stouts and IPAs, and neglect German style beers. As a huge Germanophile, I find that disappointing to say the least. It's rare that I find an American hefe, and those that I have found (Widmer Bros, Sam Adams) have, frankly, sucked. I didn't have high expectations for this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This pours like a classic Hefe, with a monstrous head that stays with the beer. The color was much lighter than a German Hefe, more a yellow than the traditional amber. The taste was reminiscent of a German Hefe, except a bit watered down. Overall, this was the best American Hefe that I've ever had. It doesn't approach the quality of a Weihenstephaner or a Paulener München, but it's a start. I hope this becomes a trend.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Legend- Hefeweizen

A- Clear yellow with a huge billowy white head. Moderate lacing on the lip of my glass.
S- Light wheat and yeast. Crisp clove and bubblegum.
T- Good wheat and clove with a good touch of juicy fruit bubblegum.
M- Sweet and juicy hefe with a dry finish.

Overall- a bit light but tasty and quaffable. This bomber was quickly polished off. Next visit to VB I'll drink this at any hot summer BBQ's.

Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice slightly hazy golden coloured body with a very large white head. Tons of bubbles rise from the bottom - and a very nice unfiltered look to this one! Aroma of fresh wheat, yeast, lemons, bananas, coriander seed and some spice. Medium-bodied; Spicey flavour up front with some good wheat and yeast characteristics following soon behind. Aftertaste shows more of the wheat, some coriander seed and a very pleasant banana sweetness. Overall, a good beer - a nice wheat to have in the summertime and one to definitely sample if you can find it in or around Virginia.

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this 22 oz. bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Pours clouded golden with a two-finger head that descends slightly and stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild banana/clove - didn't knock me over, but it's there. There's a sugar sweetness with a floral hint. Slightly salty and bready. It has a soft, dryish finish.

Light-bodied with a spritz of carbonation.

Reminds me of an American pale wheat going towards a HW. It has something of a refreshing quality to it, despite the salty character (that I've noticed in other offerings from this brewery.)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours with a 2 finger whitish head on top of a fairly effervescent hazed peach body. The aroma consists of a light lemon/orange zest, banana and some spicy yeast. It has a light body that is prickly and almost numbing with a clove and nutmeg bite, mild banana, citrus peel, and spicy yeast. The hops leave a mild bitterness and the beer is almost watery yet still flavorful. Overall an average hefe, but it goes down rather easily.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into an Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Nice slightly golden hazy yellow, lots of surging carbonation toward the top long after the initial pour, and pads of lacing sans sheets around the bulbous top.

Smell: Yeast, doughiness, lemon, sour cherries, mango and tropical fruit. Not typical sans cloves and banana, but the esters and yeast aromas are there, with the wheat, and I like the different take.

Taste: Much carrying over from the aroma, yeast and fresh dough, fruit esters, a bit of citrus hops, fruity finish. Not as sweet as some seem to be, which I also like.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium bodied, maybe more spritzy than other versions of the style, even domestics.

Drinkability: Differently solid, and also not as sweet as other styles, which I said before, and that may turn some folks off as far as wanting to try this. Yes, it's different, yet it remains a balanced take on the style.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a bar on draft and it arrived in a hefe glass w/ 2 finger head, but a tad bit of patience and it disipated. The coloring was light gold but maintained its appearance when held to light. One good whiff and you can smell different citrus flavors, such as banana and maybe a tad bit of orange. The banana and wheat sediments that the nose picks up were definitely picked up by my tastebuds. It was also a smooth taste with a somewhat creamy feel in my mouth, but there was a distinction of tartness. Does goes down the throat w/o the taste quickly disappearing. Perhaps my only criticism, if you can call it that, is that I couldn't see myself having a few of these in a row; one draft was enough to suffice.

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Hefeweizen from Legend Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.