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Mission St. Hefeweizen - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mwagner1018 on 06-12-2010

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Photo of GMSD
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge beer drinker by any means, but from time to time I'll set sail into the hoppy sea.

Mainly stay to hefeweizens, belgian pales, things of that sort.

I was in TJs and saw this and picked it up because of the GREAT color.

Opened it up today and did not enjoy the rest of what it had to offer...

It tastes exactly like original flavor Corn Nuts. I can't stand it. Ruined the beer for me :(

Looks frickin great, though...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown glass bottle served into hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Cloudy yellow-orange colour.

Sm: Lemon peel, very unwelcome pale hops, and light orange hops. A strangely bad aroma for the style. Moderately strong.

T: Lemon peel and pale hops. A simple crappy build that ruins the style. It's a bit dirty as well. Badly balanced to boot. The main thing it has going for it is that it's not watery.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a certain awkward astringency I don't like. Doesn't complement the style.

Dr: Not horribly drinkable - a relative rarity for the style. The price isn't great either for an in-state purchase. I'd leave this one on the shelf, lads. The ABV is low as well.

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Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Contemptible 22oz bottle into 9oz Pilsener glass. Dated 5/2/12. Poured a hazy light gold color with less than 1/2 inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a very light wheat scent, almost benign, and just the barest hints of the expected banana and clove scents. Just kinda meh smelling. The taste was the same, just a very subdued example of what should be. Not bad, per se, just bland.

The body was light and even and meh. Drinkability was OK, but why bother? With the lack of overall presence, this is a forgettable example of the style. Maybe a budget buy for a gathering where the focus isn't on beer.

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Photo of myelo
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy light orange with 1 inch white head that dissipates quickly to a small rim with mild lacing

Aroma: Medium bready aroma with mild clove and very mild banana. Hint of bubblegum. No obvious hop character.

Taste: sweet malt with mild clove spiciness and even milder banana. Balance is more toward the clove phenol than the banana ester but both are very mild. Some citrus and dry finish with a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium high carbonation. Somewhat watery impression.

Overall: Light and thin with only mild clove and banana character. Very drinkable and about what you expect for the price. Can't say I would recommend it but I would drink it if someone gave it to me.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A bomber. Pours hazy-golden with a small, white head, lively carbonation and nor too much hefe in the bottle. Aroma is sweet, malty with some fruity and hoppy notes. Light, slightly crisp body. Flavors are some yeast, apples, sweet malt and hints off spicy hops. Short, dry finish. This brew lacks flavors and complexity of good hefeweizen.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Weizen glass.
Pours a golden color with good deal of haze, one-finger of head and no lacing. The smell is mostly sweet and seems malty. The banana and clove aromas are initially undetectable, but then the banana emerges as the beer gets warmer.

Unfortunately, the banana aromas don't transfer over to the beer as the banana and clove are difficult to detect. A heavy carbonation overpowers the drink and leaves little room for other flavors to emerge.

Overall, not a beer I'd drink again, although I've really enjoyed other beers from the Steinhaus Brewing (aka Firestone Walker).

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Photo of clarkm04
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 22-ounce bomber purchased at Trader Joe's

Appearance- Very good appearance. A nice white head retention. Decently carbonated (seems a little more carbonated than then the typical hefe) with a hazy typical hefe look.

Smell- Light smell. Very little banana flavors with mostly a light undertone of clovish flavor.

Taste- Very one note. Not super crisp nothing that makes it stand out or spectacular flavor profile. Fairly absent front taste that cascades into a yeasty, bready back taste. The back end of the flavor profile is the best aspect of the taste. Very minimal after taste.

Mouthfeel- Fairly watery with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Very high. It is a hefeweizen!

Overall- For me a below average hefeweizen. I'm glad I've tasted it and kudos for Trader Joe's for shipping this out since I'd never get to try it otherwise but I have other hefeweizens I would recommend over this beer.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy golden straw appearance. There is a four-finger, eggshell head that dies off far to quickly, with no visible activity in the glass. The initial appearance was promising but after about 10 seconds the beer looks pretty dead and uninviting.

S - The aroma has plenty of clove, a good helping of grainy bread, and a touch of lemon.

T/M - Light-medium bodied but overall the mouthfeel is lacking due to the complete absence of carbonation. There is plenty of clove in the flavor, as well as hints of wheat. Mildly sweet and overall a very enjoyable flavor. I expect a spritzer like finish from my hefeweizen but there is none here due to lack of carbonation.

D - Good flavor, but bad presentation. Overall the beer just doesn't leave you with much to walk away with. Fix the carbonation and I think it would have a positive impact on appearance, mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of Beric
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into Hacker Pschorr weizen glass
Served: 5 June 2015

Appearance: Pours a darker orange color than many weißbiere, with a soapy white two finger head that diminishes to a sheen of bubbles. Poured this one much harder than other weißbiere to get the head. Huuuge carbonation screaming from the bottom. Hazy, as expected.

Smell: Earthy, sweet caramel malts, a pinch of banana but lots of clove. That cloying caramel is worrisome. This does not smell like a good weizen.

Taste: As suspected, a poor example of the style. Really abrasively malty- grainy, earthen, and weird. Cloying sweetness. Minimal banana and clove notes from the yeast. Really disappointing. Gets better as it warms, but still just barely better than a drain pour.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated for the style- this thing is carbonated like champagne, with big, effervescent bubbles that scream from the bottom of the bottle without ceasing. Thin mouthfeel.

Overall: A bad weizen. Not recommended at all. Spend a buck more at a real liquor store and get some Weihenstephaner or Schneider Weiße.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz from Trader Joe's. Pours very hazy with a yellowish almost orange hint. The head is big but loosens up a lot very quickly and resides quite a bit. The aroma is spicy with a bit of cardboard and some orange. The flavor is almost oddly spicy with cinnamon and ginger in there and has a flavor reminiscent to orange candy. Some clove and sharp hoppiness sneak in there but overall there really isn't the kind of depth of flavor I would like from a nice hefe. This is really too sweet for my tastes, but it's not all together bad. The mouthfeel is the classic full bodied balanced with champagne bubbliness that many of the great Hefeweizens display.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Little head on a honey amber color.

S: Fruity and yeasty much like a belgian style. Somewhat offputting as it smells rather musty.

T: As with the smell it drinks a lot like a belgian style. Fruity musty. Wheat comes through a little but not a key player here.

M: Sits with a medium body. good amount of carbonation.

Overall a pretty average beer. The taste is so musty I'm unsure if I will be able to finish off the bottle. We'll see. I think it was like $2 for a bomber but... even at that not sure if it's worth it.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Hefeweizen from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The Hefe pours a cloudy orange golden color, produced a nice white head, decent retention and nice lacing left behind. The aroma of this beer has a base of malted wheat, some citrus and banana.The taste of this beer is medium in body, a backbone of malted wheat, slight sweetness, citrus, honey, cloves and bananas. Overall, decent offering- Not the best Hefeweizen but also not the worst. Great value. Prost!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice orange gold body. Ok white head with low retention and ok lace.

S - Light nose of lemon, damp wheat, and orange.

T - Dilute orange juice, soft wheat, bright semi-acidic hop center.

M - Light body, somewhat under carbonated.

O - Not a bad hefe. Nothing special though.

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Photo of tito42
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to a weizen glass. Bottled on 7/15/2011. Purchased at Trader Joe's, brewed in Paso Robles (Firestone Walker contract brew I believe).

A: Unfiltered straw with amber hues, hardly any carbonation to note. Decent head when poured dissipates quickly.

S: Strong doughy aroma with lots of cloves. Some apple and banana in the nose as well.

T: Huge amount of wheat, some clove, and only faint banana and apple notes. Mostly wheat, not much balance.

M: Light-bodied with an extremely dry, almost unpleasantly so, finish and no creaminess to speak of.

O: Not bad for $1.99 per 650 mL, but not very good either. There are better value options to be had at TJ's.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Golden Amber color. Filtered, but with a light haziness similar to unfiltered hefeweizens.

Smell: Malty. Fruits (light citrus scent)

Taste: Lacking. I had trouble distinguishing any of the flavors from the malts. There is a very mild fruity scent.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a little strong.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly ice cold on a summer day.


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Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

851st Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen

No bottle date

Trader Joe's Chino Hills

App- A copper gold with orange burst in the center. A little yellow floating around. A big puffy two finger head with great lines of cling.

Smell- A mellow banana with some nuttiness and yeast behind it. A pretty staightforward hefe with standard Clove/Spice as well.

Taste- A little banana flavors a little spice comes next. Missing that big hefe bubblegum flavors makes this one pretty average. A bit fuller flavored as well. Drinks bigger than the 4.7

Mouth- A light medium bodied beer with a light medium carbonation. A little banana and pecan flavors.

Drink- This was okay for a store brand. I've seen rumors of Steinhaus being FW and this to me falls short of what they would do. This was a pretty hefe and dropped a little from there. Still looking for that great So. Cal craft hefe as I don't get live oak here.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance: light, hazy orange-yellow hue with two fingers of fizzy white foam. Not too bad, but not great. A little dark and a bit too little head for a good hefeweizen, in my opinion.

Smell: mild wheaty aroma with a little bit of clove. Not much in the way of banana, but it's definitely got more of a hefeweizen feel than that of a pale wheat ale or somesuch. Not too bad.

Taste: way clovey. There is a yeasty character here that is a little bit off-putting; like spoiled vegetables or something. It's not strong, but it definitely brings this one down a notch.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. There's actually quite a good level of creaminess here. Really, it's the best part about this beer.

Drinkability: this beer is not great. It is passable or mediocre in most qualities except mouthfeel, where I feel it actually rather excels. I won't seek this out again, but it isn't a drain pour or anything.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Kellerweis glass. Pours a hazy orange with a hint of brown, and offers a half inch of almost white foam. Decent retention and light lacing follow though the carbonation seems a bit light.

Heavy banana on the nose along with an 'old' wheat malt aroma. This improves with a bit of air and becomes better balanced with wheat and clove balancing a decreasing banana influence. A bit odd yet intriguing on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a malty banana finish. Has a nice firm carbonation to help the feel although it was a bit disguised by the relatively dark pour. Otherwise a neutral wheat flavor with a hint of citrus. Nice body and not sweet for the style as the texture of the grain masks things well. Some band aid banana notes return on the finish to keep the drink in check, otherwise this could be a solid Hefe and is still better than most Gringo versions.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer is the perfect time for a hefeweizen. I enjoyed this one out of the 22oz bomber into my 23 oz hefe glass after a hot and humid summer storm.

A: Orangish yellow, with some darker hues in the middle. At first a nice rocky, fluffy hefe head is on top. It dies really quickly however. Carbonation is on the medium to high end, but not quite at perfect hefe levels. Looks solid, but nothing spectacular.

S: Banana and some clove. Both fairly subdued for the style. Banana is definitely greater than the clove. Some other fruits too like orange and apricot. All of the aromas are a little too subdued for me. I like a nice "slap you in the face" banana and clove aroma, with more cloves than banana.

T: The aromas don't come through as much in the flavor. I do get a little banana and just a hair of clove, but really not a lot of yeast character. I do get some other fruits like that orange and apricot I mentioned earlier. The wheat adds a nice grainy sweetness as well. The flavors are good, but nothing spectacular. Average at best.

M: Light to medium bodied. Fluffy but finishes crisp. Carbonation is too low for the style.

D: An above average hefeweizen. Not your epic German clone, but still pretty good. Better than some brewpub versions, but still not as good as some other American versions (see Kellerweis). For the price it is fantastic ($2.99 per bomber) and it fits perfectly in my hefe glass. I'll buy it again, but not before some others.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Radiant orange hue, consistent with the style. No foam or lacing, and it's a bit flat. No yeasty thickness.

Smell: Definitely bubblegum and a bit of banana in there somewhere.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Banana is the main flavor, with a bit of clove an nutmeg. Refreshing, but the thin mouthfeel leaves much to be desired.

Overall Drinkability: A very average beer.

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Photo of zoso493
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Mission St. Hefe pours a brilliant golden banana color with touches of coppery amber towards its center. The beer is quite cloudy as any good hefeweizen. I'm very satisfied with the color of this brew, but it has a bit of a worrying lack of head, as the head is only a slight one-finger cluster of bubbles that dies down very quickly.

Smell: This one has a very subdued scent to it, though it has a lot of the ingredients for a good hefe. The bready yeast is certainly present, as well as the wheat of course. To a lesser extent the clove and banana are present, but these two are far less pronounced than they should be.

Taste: Average is really the word that comes to mind with this hefeweizen. It's not a bad beer by any measure, but it is noticeably lacking in flavor. The bready yeast and wheat are really the only two flavors I can pick up on, and there is something of a tinny aftertaste which I am not a huge fan of.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is certainly adequate in this brew. It's very highly carbonated, but I think just a touch too much because it is just a hint on the thin side. On the other hand, it is pretty refreshing.

Drinkability: As this beer is light on the flavor and low in ABV, I guess it could be pretty drinkable. I doubt if I will ever have more than this bomber in my lifetime, but I will enjoy all 22 ounces.

Overall, Mission St. Hefeweizen is a decent if rough stab at the style but it lacks a certain punch that even the airier German hefes have. It's an enjoyable beer but it's just missing a bit of flavor to live up to the better examples of the style.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a cloudy lemonade color with a slight orange tint into a half-liter weizen glass. I can tell I haven't had a hefe in along time because instead of tilting the glass I poured it straight. Bad idea. Major head, which was thick and foamy and dissipated slowly.

Smell: Oh, heavenly hefe. Mostly bananas and cloves, but also apple cider, orange citrus, and a little strawberry.

Taste: Weak, but still just inside the edge of tasty. The taste is a much less potent version of the aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange citrus, a little apple cider, and just a hint of strawberry.

Drinkability: It's not the best example of the style, but would probably still be a good, refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, mildly hazy dark yellow. Short off-white head with weak retention.

S: Earthy citrus, bananas, wheat, lemon grass, and some clove spice. Hints of grapefruit, pine and honey.

T/M: Starts with lemony citrus bite. Rounds off with smooth fruits, earthy pine and fresh yeast. Wheat, clove, pale malts and heavy grapefruit tones follow through. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty good for a hefe. Got this for damn cheap at a Trader Joes, great buy.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recent addition to the portfolio at Trader Joe's in Minnesota, comes in a 22 oz. bomber, has a stamped bottle date of 5/27/10, presuming this is at bottling.

A- Pours a cloudy sunshine color, large bubbles are rising, but masked in the opaque character of the beer. Good 2 fingers of frothy crisp white head, settles down to a pillowy cover on the beer. Leaves some sporadic lacing down the glass. I didn't see any yeast sediment in the bottle or as I poured, which I would have expected in a more traditional hefe.

S- Light orange peel, mild yeasty, banana ester present, light grain. The aroma is not all that impressive, it is nice up front, but does not have any spice or good deep yeasty notes.

T- Fruity up front, sweet orange peel, has hints of a creamsicle, definite wheat to the texture and soft body, finishes smooth with a very light noble bitterness.

M- Slightly watery thin texture, light body. High carbonation, creates a frothy mouthfeel.

D- Clean and drinkable, refreshing, good for summer, not my favorite style of beer, but albeit a good representation. For the price at $2.49 for a bomber, pretty good deal, and would recommend as a hefe option that is on the very basic level. Low alcohol makes it a sessionable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge white head with a slow descent. It leaves good ring lace on the glass. Cloudy, naturally, with a light amber color.

Great wheat smells up front. The rest is in the background.

The flavor is pedestrian--very typical of hefe's but with no pop or style. The aftertaste dies so fast. Slightly sour and relatively bland.

Overall, not a notable offering, and there are no special touches to this beer. It's easy to drink, but uninteresting.

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Mission St. Hefeweizen from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.