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Hefeweizen - Legend Brewing Co.

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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

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 07-04-2005

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 71
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 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 drperm
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Beautiful cascading tornado yeast effect spirals upward through the center of the glass, sccompanied by rising suds. Nice two tip head with excellent retention. Laced quite well.

S - Light aroma of banana and clove, with an unexpected blast of cinnamon!

T - High powered citrus smack, very lemony, cinnamon and banana both show through in the body as well as the scent. Spicy finish.

M - Light bodied, but a slightly high carbonation level caused a hit here. Nice lemony aftertaste.

D - Good American take on a hefeweizen. Tasty, refreshing, and pretty complex. Once again Legend impresses, if you see it, don't hesitate. Reco.

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Photo of manleyphoto
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The recent unseasonably warm weather that blanketed Hampton Roads has sent me in search of a beer that enhances the good will of spring. I found that in spades. I'm not the world's biggest wheat beer fan, and they are almost never my first choice but when looking for a slice of spring, a cool hefeweizen is hard to beat.

I found Legend's Hefeweizen on a whim, and I'm lucky I did. It fit the premature dose of warm weather nicely. This beer is a lovely golden yellow and is unfiltered so carries with it a slight hazy turbidity. The aroma is loaded with bananas. Crazy banana, in fact, and also has a touch of peppery clove. German-style hefeweizen's which means literally wheat beer with yeast; (weizen=wheat, hefe=yeast,) often have a tropical fruit character, produced by the warmer fermentation temperatures, and rich ale yeast used to produce the drink. No spices or fruit are added, and I would recommend that they be drank the same way. Keep your lemon off my glass.

Legend's Hefeweizen has a light body and a nice malty sweetness, accented by a thirst quenching citrus acidity that helps this to be an easy drinking beer.
This is Legend's summer seasonal so what's around now is the last remaining until they produce it again

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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 michaelc916
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen...one of the best I have had outside of Germany. Hefe's are one, if not my favorite style of beer and I tend try them most everywhere I go. Legend has got a great handle on this style.

Banana nose, with perfect yeasty and cloudy presentation...crisp finish. High level of drinkability...quite refreshing sitting on the Legend deck on a hot August afternoon.

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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 thaichile
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow colour with a fairly healthy, but quickly disapating head. Nose leads with citrus, yeast, and a sprinkle of banana. Flavors continue with that sour/citric profile with a far away background of sweet bananas. Mouthfeel was pleasently creamy which I like in a hefeweizen. Tart finish with a ever so small hoppiness. I didn’t mind this one at all and if I ever was in their brewing area, I would pick another one up. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into an Erdinger hefeweizen glass, I swirled the bottom 1/3 to stir up the setiment.

Appearance: Pours (at first) a clear pale golden yellow color, once swirled the setiment clouds the entire glass so you can't see throug to the other side. The head formed a sticky 2-3 fingers thick, at its highest it reached over the top of the glass but did not spill, and it retained nicely.

Aroma: Bananas and yeast, not too strong though.

Taste: Bananas, yeat, and wheat throughout. The finish is mainly wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light body, a little watery to be honest. The carbonation, while not overly visible, was present and balanced nicely.

Overall: An excellent interpretation. If I didn't know better I'd think it was from Germany. This one tasted excellent on a rather hot Virginia afternoon.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden with a tall, creamy white head with great retention. Yeasty aroma with a nice fruity, flowery quality as well. The grainy wheat malt palate features the perfect balance between a slightly sweet and fairly tart lemony citrus character and that classic earthy, yeasty banana character. A nice but very mild touch of clovey spice is present as well.

Very nice: true the style with all the right flavors perfectly balanced with one another. The bright maltiness, delicious wheat grain character, excellent yeastiness and slightly lighter than moderate-full body all make for one drinkable summer thirst quencher.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of nriech
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Legends.

Appearance: Great unfiltered light straw color. Minimum head.

Smell: Yeasty, banana and vanilla. Very mild.

Taste: Much better than your typical hefe. Full bodied, banana, not much clove which was nice. More like what you would actually get in Germany.

Overall the best hefe I have ever had. Im not one to drink this style normally but it could make me sway my stock to include a few more if this was more readily available, even just over the summer period. Please Legend, if you read these, make this available more often!

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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 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 badbeer
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of phisig137, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a soft white head that stays around and leaves a nice lacing. Nose is composed of banana, clove, lemon, and some sort of chlorine smell. Taste is mostly clove, with some lemon and banana undertones. Quite a refreshing taste. Highly carbonated and full bodied, pretty nice. This would be a great beer to have around, other than the smell this one could rival its German counterparts.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow with an orange tint. Fluffy white head stay as long as it takes to finish the beer. Aroma is bananas with a small zing of citrus. Taste is a bit musty with the yeast up front and then traditional “German” weizen flavors.

This is one of the first American versions of a weizen beer that makes me want more. A well balanced, all around good American version Hefeweizen. Reminds me of drinking a weizen with my father-in –law back in Germany.
A must try!

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

Wow what a surprise. Normally I dont give American Hefe's much of a chance to be authentic or good, Legends offering however proved me wrong.
Pours a cloudy orange straw colour with a big white fluffy head perched on top. Aroma is a little more banana than clove with a nice bready nose to it as well. A touch of slight sourness at the end keeps this refreshing and in balanceTaste is definity real Hefe not the generic Widmer bastardization of Hefe. Nice spicey banana notes with a really full flavour.
Mouthfeel is nice, this is one full bodied hefe. More like Schneider in terms of body than some of the lighter Hefe's like Paulaner or Konig Ludwig. Drinkability is quite good as well. Legend keeps improving with each season. Hopefully the improvement will continue and they can join Old Dominion and bring Virginia more into the limelight of craft brew

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Photo of phisig137
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By FAR one of the best Hefe's that I've had this summer. Great nose that is phenolic, biscut-like and slightly citrusy. While most hefe's seem to be a little thin, this one is incredibly full bodied, with a fantastic mouthfeel and body. Huge citrusy and bread like flavors, that actually linger on the tongue and beg for another sip.

This beer was almost perfect. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be a slightly lighter color. That, and I wish it was more widely available. This is one beer that I'm seriously considering buying a keg of... it's really that good!

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