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Hefeweizen - Legend Brewing Co.

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very good

45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 07-04-2005

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 71
Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a weizen glass. Color is a really cloudy yellow color with a nice white head. The nose rally brings out a lot of classic hefeweizen character with some nice banana, clove, and bubblegum. The taste isn't quite as yeast-forward and has a bit of wheat. Nice creamy light body on a beer that drinks quite well.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A day to drink quaffable style beers as I started around 1:00PM and the fireworks have not even started.Poured into a weizen glass a clouded light peach color with a decent sized rocky white head atop.Alot of banana and toasted malt in the nose,light lemon lingers.Flavors are banana-clove heavy with light toasted what malt underneath,I like the heavier creamy feel to the beer.It's a good warmer weather beer,very good for today.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.)

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a very hazy, pale straw color with a nice thick pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has the classic clove like yeasty spiciness to it with a little banana coming through. A bit of sweet, bready, wheat flavor comes through as well.

The taste shows a lot of the wheat character to it with a nice refreshing citrus zest to it. The banana and clove play more of a supporting background role in this one. So many American versions in this style it's the opposite and the clove spice seems to dominate. I really appreciated this one in that respect.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is a little above moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's great tasting and an excellent version of the style. The citrus zest and the wheat made it a very refreshing beer overall. I really liked how the clove spice seemed to be relatively mild in it overall.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a 2 finger small white head that fades into a mild cap and a hearty cap.
Smell is of bananas, clove, tart, tart wheat, with citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some crisp wheat, doughy yeast, and citrusy bananas standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly tart and citrusy with light spice grazing the tongue.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Legend triad, straight from The Cheese Shop.

A: The weizenbier is hazy, a golden straw color in my glass. The pour generated three fingers of head that nearly overflowed out of the glass. That head receded quickly though, leaving little behind.

S: Lots of clove wafting out of the glass, a reminder of the subtle beauty of a good hefeweizen. It's nice to see Legend nail the aroma, with splashes of wheat following the clove.

T: This beer restores my faith in Legend. The weizen flavors are crisp and full, lots of clove and banana. The esters don't crowd out the wheat, which has just enough tartness to be noticeable. The flavors, sweet and spry, are perfect for a warm day at the beach. Or, in this case, naptime in our townhouse at the beach. A very enjoyable hefeweizen from the crew at Legend.

M: The mouthfeel is aided by a low carbonation, allowing the banana and wheat to linger. I really enjoy how the flavors roll around.

D: A good hefeweizen, no doubt about it. A little dry and very flavorful, this weizen hit the spot.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the cloudy burnished golden brew. Frothy head holds on strong, with foamy lace when it sticks. Aroma is wheat and citrus. Taste is the same, hearty wheat upfront with a spritx of lemon in the middle. Didn't even have to have the lemon on the glass, the flavor's already in there... Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little chalky on the close, and drinkability is good as well. Nice summertime choice.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of blackie
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 4.5
T: 4.0
M: 4.0
D: 4.5

Hazed yellow with a brown tint from the yeast. Diddn't get much head, but improper glassware will do that to ya. Nose is jam packed with clove. A good bit of banana and yeast as well. Taste is clove and banana again, but not as strong as the nose. Still quite tasty though. Medium body. Good carbonation and a good creaminess - super smooth. A very solid hefe.

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Photo of argock
2.06/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy (unfiltered), orange-peach color, with about nice finger or so head. I poured... waited...swirled... then poured the rest, getting a massive amount of suds from the bottom. Nice!

S: Strong, fresh, smell of coriander, banana and clove. Phenol and esthers and then some!

T: Very muted, soft, and yeasty on the spice content. Fruity and bubblegum-like, with a tinge of candy sugar.

M: Not watery in any way, but still understated nevertheless. The carbonation was prickly, yet not too high, and the lacing was moderate... at best.

O: I've become somewhat of a fan of Legend. You can call me a homer if you want, but in my limited experience with them, I have yet to taste a bad brew from them.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better hefeweizens I've had this year. Pours the usual cloudy, straw color with a big, bubbly white head. Average head retention. Good lacing.

Good strong aroma. Cloves banana, bubble gum....the whole 9 yards.

Same for the taste. Strong, crisp, pronounced, Astringent, little wheat bitterness, bubble gum, pepper, and cloves.

Mouthfeel is about average. Crisp but a little thin. Drinkability is excellent. This would be a warm weather treat either as a session beer or a one beer thirst quencher.

If you like bland hefes like Widmers, you won't appreciate this. If you like strong flavors in a hefe...this is a good domestic take on the style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with lots of white head. Good retention, lots of nice sticky lacing.

Smells slightly spicy, put also nicely fruity and yeasty.

Taste follows the smell. A curious (but tasty)blend of spiciness that is not limited to just coriander. Nice fruit flavors, that do not seem limited to just bannana to me. I notice citrus and maybe even some notes of cherry Good wheat backbone and bite. Well-carbonated, somewhat thin bodied.

Drinkable heffe, good beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy, lazy orangy-gold. a massive plume of dense white has reasonable retention and some nice lacing.

S: black pepper, a serious clove, and nutmeg. some kind of wheat and munichy mix. floral in the finish.

T: the nutmeg and clove are prominent on the palate. a grainy wheatiness comes on to cloy onto the palate after the spice. a nip of alcohol.

M: a big time wheat body with an effervescent like carbonation.

D: great example of a german hefe from central va. very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deereless
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a thin layer of yeast visible on the bottom of the bottle, medium straw in color, thick bubbled head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edge of the glass - 3.00, S: Very typical nose for a hefeweizen though somewhat mild - noticeable banana and clove as well as a chalky yeast aroma, there is also a good deal of what reminds me of lemon frosting which provides a subtle sweetness - 3.50, T: Flavor has a degree of tartness and with a dry grain bite, mildly sweet and with a solid dose of citrus - lemon to be more specific, a decent flavor profile - 3.75, M: Medium bodied and with the slightest bit of grittiness - 4.00, D: Entirely drinkable beer, good representation of the style - 4.00

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle thanks to my mom

Pours a slighty hazy straw color with a creamy white head. Head mantains with dense lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and bready with some nice banana and vanilla as well.

Taste is yeasty and bready upfront followed by hints of banana and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, just not as pronounced.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

An easy drinking hefe and respectable for the style. It's doing a fine job of quenching my thirst.

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Photo of oelergud
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle. Pry-off cap. The tan label shows a rearing unicorn.
Clear, highly carbonated straw golden body with a large small bubbled white head. Great retention and lace.
Sweet yesty scent with lots of spice, clove and faint cherries.
The flavor is a slightly perfumed sweet and light malt with just enough yeast and spice. The hops are in the minority but strong and a bit harsh, good balance overall. The aftertaste is of medium lenght and has a good hop bite.
Medium body with good coating.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of dedrinker
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull hazy golden color.

Aromas of cloves banana and bubblegum.

These aromas continue on the pallet with an underpinning of a tart citrus note.

Medium body with the carbonation carrying the tart quenching character through on the finish.

Pretty good drink after my day's work in the middle of June.

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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super hazy dark gold/light amber with one finger of white foam with decent retention and lacing. Sweet wheaty aromas, with yeasty notes, a bit of bananas, and a distant whiff of spices. The taste is quite balanced between a gently sweet wheatiness and a light lemon peel hop. The simple, straightforward flavors are enhanced by a nice, medium body that softly tingles before slowly smoothing out. Well made, not objectionable in the least. A solid choice.

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Hefeweizen from Legend Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.