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Hefeweizen - Legend Brewing Co.

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 07-04-2005)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:25:30 | More by Thorpe429
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:24:42 | More by billab914
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DirtHelmet

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Germany for the first time in May. I fell in love with the unfiltered goodness of Hefeweizen. It seems that every restaurant in Weisbaden brewed their own variation. After my return to the states, the search ensued for an American Brewery who could replicate the glorious beer I drank in the Fatherland. After a few "yeah, that was a good beer...but not quite it," I bought a 22 ounce bottle of Legend's Hefeweizen. I live in Richmond, VA, so I am very proud to say this local company nailed it.

From the appearance, smell, and taste, to it's smoothness, it was exactly what I was searching for. I've since bought many a six pack, and have yet to be let down. If you're looking for the real deal, this is the closest I've tasted this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 04:00:30 | More by DirtHelmet
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deereless

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:27:13 | More by deereless
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droomyster

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 06:44:07 | More by droomyster
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 17:12:56 | More by akorsak
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and cloudy orange with a small foam that has a decent retention.

Yeast, clove, banana, etc. Typical hefe profile here.

Taste is yeasty, somewhat spicy, big on the banana profile here. Toned down on the citrus zest on this wheat, but thats alright. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 23:11:21 | More by kshankar
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 22:21:49 | More by dedrinker
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argock

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:49:22 | More by argock
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blackie

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:39:28 | More by blackie
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Newkie

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 17:20:07 | More by Newkie
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Hazy goleden color, decent size head that left some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Citrus smells, lemons, cloves, fruits and wheats.

taste - Has a little bit of a citrus taste but not that sweet. Some taste of yeast.

mouthfeel -Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, easy drinking, just like the other Legend beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 04:31:12 | More by auxiliary
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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 09/13/08.

Pours a bright golden-straw yellow color with about two fingers of bubbly white head. The head dropped quickly leaving no lacing. Strong spicy aroma with lots of clove, bubblegum, and banana.

Taste is similar to the aroma but better. Good wheat taste, pepper and clove, bubblegum, banana. A bit of light citrus as well. Not too sweet at all. This is one of the best tasting hefeweizens I've ever had. A very nice mix of flavors.

Feel is light-medium body and well-carbonated. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is great. It's not heavy at all and it goes down so smoothly. A few of these would be great on a hot day.

Overall a pretty good hefeweizen. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:06:50 | More by bkilpatr
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JayQue

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:24:48 | More by JayQue
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:51:47 | More by NJpadreFan
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asabreed

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 06:52:29 | More by asabreed
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 18:48:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:36:12 | More by jwc215
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oelergud

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:51:40 | More by oelergud
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drperm

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 14:40:55 | More by drperm
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:59:29 | More by PhageLab
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manleyphoto

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 17:38:00 | More by manleyphoto
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 21:37:08 | More by clayrock81
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michaelc916

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 15:52:52 | More by michaelc916
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:16:46 | More by weeare138
Hefeweizen from Legend Brewing Co.
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