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Mission St. Hefeweizen - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. HefeweizenMission St. Hefeweizen

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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 StoutishDan
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heft 22 oz bottle into a standard pilsner glass (only cause I think they're pretty cool).

A - Pours a medium fluffy head that fades pretty quickly to just a thin layer. Not much lacing. The color is orange with a touch of yellow. Nice and unfiltered.

S - Sour and sweet with some bananas. Slightly nutty, almost unnoticeable.

T - Immediate and lasting sourness with some bananas up front. Bananas seem to make an appearance throughout. No bitterness at all. Finishes with a slight yeasty taste.

O - Overall the beer is not bad at all. Personally I'm not too fond of the sourness of this particular hefeweizen. I'll keep coming back to the bananas. Love it.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky gold/copper with little head (I poured it while very cold from straight out of the fridge).

The smell is banana and more banana with a little citrus zest in there as well.

The taste is malty on the tongue with banana, bread, and slight herb on the back. The front leads in with a little bitterness mostly from the carbonation.

This beer tastes EXACTLY like my home brewed hefe. It is a solid beer and for about $2 a bomber it is unbeatable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Trader Joes in Salem. $1.99 Nice lookng cloudy yellow beer with a lovely half inch white frothy head Surprisingly nice strong "hefe" aromas..banana,bubblegum.clove..unexpected. Taste is like the aroma but a little subdued..more wheat in the taste..slight lemon . LIked the mouthfeel on this very smooth and semi dry finish Very nice American hefe..i was expecting far worse. Good summer beer and cheap

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No apparent bottle date that I could find; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a hazy straw, orange-amber color that shows a really hazy honey hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of black pepper, banana, definite clove, fresh coated grassy wheat, sweet malt, dusty grain aromas and a finish that has a nice low tartness. As the beer warms it becomes much more fruit accented; both the bananas as well as some pear / faint-apple notes are accentuated by the sweet clove notes.

The beer has a light tartness to it and perhaps a hint of malt sweetness, but only just so this doesn't finish bone dry. There is a nice wholesome graininess that is rich with flavors of crushed wheat and pale malt. There is a light tartness to this beer that adds a bit of zip to this beer in the finish. The finish also has a touch of bitterness and a light phenolic note as well as some peppery spiciness. Light and quaffable, this is truly a refreshing beer for the Summer; it has just enough viscousness to not seem watery. The tartness in the finish accentuates some fruit notes similar to tart pears and perhaps a hint of apple. The balance of yeast derived notes of banana (the lighter note), clove (the stronger slightly tongue numbing note) works very well with the rustic grain notes and tart finish.

I usually prefer a Hefeweizen that has a bit more texture to it, but those aren't really suitable to the heat of summer; this one definitely is suitable for hot weather though and goes down quickly and easily. A very nice Hefeweizen, when you take in the $2.50 price for a bomber, this becomes down right awesome.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden peach colored...light creamy off white head..


T-Really shines here...Fresh barely ripe banana with a perfect flavor for a hefe...light citrus on the finish which adds a quenching dimension..

M-Body is about right...medium...creamy and smooth...easy drinking.

O-This is a pleasant surprise. Got it at Trader Joes and while I can't remember the price I'm pretty sure it was pretty cheap. I wouldn't confuse this with fresh Ayinger but this is a very nice every day hefe I could drink all summer long. Recommended...particularly when you factor in the price point.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is available at Trader Joes. It is a decent hefeweizen and a job well done by Steinhaus Brewing. Wow, actually one of the better deals for a Hefe at $2.29 a bomber. Yes, you heard that right !!!!!!!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Lukafer for picking this one up!

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention and leaves a cap on the beer. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Good sized wheat upfront in the aroma. There was a some nice banana and clove hints here and there as well. Some light grainy aroma comes in the backing in hints but nothing in big doses. Light alcohol in very end...overall a nice above average aroma.

T- Wheat upfront like one would expect. A light almost I want to say toasted flavor in the front as well. Banana and orange peel in the middle with a hint of wheat and a nice dose of clove. Some light yeasty notes in the ending along with a hint of hop bitterness. A good taste overall.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat and banana left on the palate. Clove and light alcohol with a touch of yeast left in the aftertaste. Well balanced flavor profile the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Clean and crisp tasting overall in the beer.

D- The pricing is right for this beer. Actually it's above right it's fantastic. The ABV makes this beer a session beer for the entire night. I wish I had a Trader Joe's around here cause I would drink the shit out of this when I needed a break from the huge IPA's and stouts I'm drinking now!

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Photo of AaronRed
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I did not have much of an expectation for this beer. Maybe it was because it was fairly inexpensive (I can be prone to judgements.) This beer was quite nice, and to my suprise, had many components of classic Hefeweizen's.
Clody, almost coppery color- but you could tell there was plenty of yeast suspended. Had that clove and tangy aroma's plus an assertivness of yeast that kept this beer from shifting to just ordinary.
A very drinkable brew, great value and a good quality product.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at Trader Joes yesterday,
2.39 for a 220 bottle.
POurs a murky orange wheat color.
Head is medium thick, dissipates a bit quick.
Smells of banana, clove, spices, black pepper, nice bite of lemon,really comes together as a pretty good smelling Hefe.
Flavor is nothing crazy, but thats not what I wanted.Pure unadultered Hefeweizen is what I was looking for and is exactly what I got. Banana, clove, pepper, cream, wheat lemon, sourdough yeast, cider , ending with really the perfect amount of pepper spice and yeast in the throat. The major issue I have is the carbonation, which is alarmingly low
Ithink this a great Hefe. It has body, and a bit to chew on. The creamy body with a slightly spiced finish create a textbook Weizen beer. After spending several years in Germany, this actually holds its own with some of the best, and I really judge my Hefe's by strict standards.
The dissapointing factors of the brew is the appearance and the body, the rapidly dissapating head and overall "unweizen" appearance are almost bizarre given the quality of this brew. The flavor is so good, marred by the flat body If this could be worked out then this beer would be among the top
I didnt expect it, but this is a great Weizen beer, I really enjoyed and will buy again.
Cheers and almost Happy New Years!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American attempts at Hefe-Weizen are often lame, but this one is fairly decent. Pours a rather luminous straw color that is nonetheless hazy, and it yields a beautiful rocky white head. Nose has a good balance of esters and banana. On the palate the soft wheaty flavors mix nicely with the banana clove, though the flavors don't leap onto the palate like many genuine Bavarian examples do. Rather easy drinking.

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Photo of droomyster
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottles pours a hazy orange with a small, soapy head that dissipates quickly. Smells VERY wheaty (I love it when hefeweizens declare themselves so boldly on the nose), with lots of yeast and a bit of banana nut bread aromas. Taste is straightforwardly wheaty, not particularly complex but well balanced. Overall this is a pretty simple yet smartly constructed beer. Also a good value.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy golden-orange color with a surprisingly small white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind floating foam.

Smell: Yeast, wheat, bananas, and clove. Everything that a good hefeweizen should have is here.

Taste: Begins with a wheaty, slightly bready taste, finishing with yeast and more wheat, alongside a slight banana flavor and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with medium carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A solid hefeweizen and a faithful interpretation of the style. However, its flavor is a bit weaker than the great hefeweizens, holding it back a little bit. Still, this is highly drinkable and a great summer refresher. The bomber was about $3 at Trader Joe's, so more than worth the price.

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Photo of popery
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the greatest Hefe ever, but it's definitely a good beer for the price. This beer is a bit thin and doesn't have quite as much flavor as some. However, it's fresh, cheap and pretty delicious. There's good banana and clove. It's a good looking beer - hazy yellow-orange with a sudsy white head. The aroma is somewhat muted. It's yeasty and sweet with a spicy, tart wheat bite. Lots of green bananas. Feel is lively - lots of fine carbonation. Once again, this is a great bargain. Nice to have this and Kellerweis around.

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Photo of MattyGEE26
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, burnt orange. 1 finger of white, creamy, thick head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smell: Of course you notice the banana at first, but past that there are hints of citrus, cloves, and nutmeg.

Taste: Smooth wheat, banana, and spicy cloves. Finishes with a slight cidery taste. Very good for the price. Smells a bit better than it tastes, but that isn't bad because the smell is awesome.

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat thick, perfect for a Hefe. Nice carbination, too.

Overall: A very solid Hefe, especially for an American company. Not as good as a world class Hefe like Weihenstephaner or Ayinger (Which I had two days ago-highly recommend). Worth a purchase, but if you have high quality German Hefeweizens available, Mission St. will be a one time deal.

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Photo of Lockedin
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I was in the mood for this tonight., and it was GOOD. Served in a chalice from a 650ml bottle into a chalice (of sorts). No freshness labeling.

A: probably the low point here - color is on, opaque, cloudy apricot / orange hue - definitely unfiltered, but doesn't have the "glow" I get from some. Minimal lacing and a ring with a few clouds throughout the bottle. Not stellar, not bad; still on par for style.

S: Distinct bubble yum (just needs comics), a lot of banana, undertone of spicy clove.

T: Mostly follows scent, though the banana steps to the fore while big league chew bubblegum plays a strong second, spicy clove and very slight herbal hops follow through the finish. Spot on for style and I really like it - complex, yet very approachable.

M: On the heavy side of medium. This is an unfiltered brew, I found a distinct oily coating on lips & tongue, not unpleasant, but unmistakable. A tad thick - couldn't see having more than one.

O: I was looking for a Hefe when I found this at TJ's . I'm glad I tried it - very much a text book example of the Hefe style (IMHO). This was the taste I walked into the store after, and this brew delivered it - nicely done!

I was looking for a Hefe, and I think this is a great example of the style!

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Photo of Northsider
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, picked up from Trader Joe's. I picked this one up on a whim while shopping. Looked interesting.

Appearance is typical of a hefeweizen: cloudy yellow, thin white head. Taste was strongly fruity, lots of hints of orange peel. Taste was pretty good...banana and cloves came strong. Mouthfeel was relatively smooth.

Overall a decent hefe...I'd definitely pick this up again from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of musicman575
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a gem of a cheap hef.

Has a slightly cloudy golden color with minimal foam. Bubbles constantly rising.

The smell is phenolic with some band-aid and fruit: ripe red apple, pear, lemon, and a bit of banana. A dry, flowery, grassy hoppiness is also pretty prevalent. Very nice job with the yeast!

The wheat malt is pretty light and doesn't taste of musky, cheap, stale grain like a lot of American hefs. It really makes way for the complex yeast and hops.

The only weakness of this beer has to be the lack of body and head retention. There's plenty of carbonation, it just doesn't stick around.

Definitely worth a try if you ever stop by Trader Joe's.

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Photo of JamesGlover
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I should preface this by saying that I don't care for most Heffs. I have come to trust my gut instinct when it comes to picking beer at random though, and this bottle jumped out at me from the shelf at Trader Joe's, so I figured what the hell, if it sucks, I only have to drink 650ml of it. I was blown away by how smooth the taste and mouth feel was. For me, it had very little nose and I didn't get the banana-like aftertaste that some of the other reviewers mentioned, but it is allergy season, so it might have dulled my pallet. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor of the beer however and it was surprisingly light and refreshing dispute the density and haze. It's a low ABV so it makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of PufferFish727
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites Hef's. I found the Mission St. collection at Traders Joes for $1.99 and figured i would give it a shot. That probably was one of my best decisions ever. Great smell and flavor from start to finish and something i can sit down and enjoy with dinner or if i just want a good beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy creamsicle orange in color with a massive 2 finger foamy head that faded quickly; spotty lacing was pretty lame and slid down the glass fast.

Smelled fantastic once it hit the glass! Aroma consisted of orange peel, lemon, honey, wheat, grass, hay, coriander and light yeast. The smell is sweet and fruity, and really like a citrus sports drink or and not like a typical hefeweizen.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, orange peel, lemon, honey, wheat, grass, hay, light yeast, coriander and light caramel. A very tasty beer that is sweet and full of subtle flavors that combine malty grains and citrus elements, and a wonderful surprise for a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, yet smooth and buttery, with very high carbonation that had bubbles racing up the glass; finish is sweet and on the dry side and very light and easy to drink.

Very high drinkability, this was a great and different hefeweizen which was extremely easy to drink. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a 22 oz bottle, poured a cloudy orang color with stinker head that dissipated at a normal pace. The aroma was yeasty and banana tones. The taste was that of a Belgium wheat very clean with a good mouthful. This is a good hefe that I will buy again on another occasion.

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