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Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

Robson Street HefeweizenRobson Street Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
80
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%


Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This unfiltered wheat ale is a West Coast favourite. Enjoy Robson St. Hefeweizen chilled in a tall, slim glass and although our brewmaster may scoff, a lemon wedge is the perfect accessory to the natural fruit flavours of this refreshing beer.

(Beer added by: Garin on 05-28-2003)
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is currently a Granville Island "tap takeover" going down at Beer Revolution, which in all honestly is decidedly "meh" in my books but does provide an opportunity to sample some of their brews that I would not buy in quantity. Big Rock is doing some better beers lately, maybe these guys can also execute some of the styles reasonably well. It turns out that this one of unclear nomenclature is pretty decent (Robson Street just positivity screams hefeweizen ... Huh?). Looks like murky orange-amber apple juice, with a little white head and a lot of nutty banana on the nose. There is some of the necessary clove as well but fruit trumps spice, as is often the case with hefes produced in the new world (and many of the more commercial German examples as well). The nutty yeast comes through well on the palate, with banana and baked apple flavors playing off a nice sour citrus undercurrent (lemon?). Periodic checks reveal a reassuring burst of clove ... "Yep, its still there". Clean wheat malt and maybe a little salt water taffy? The flavors are all quite mild but that's not a negative here because everything exists in a synergy. Refreshing, tangy, a wee bit sour, fizzy. You can even detect a whiff of grassy hops in the finish, which is dryish and palate-cleansing. Obviously its not on par with the classic German examples like Schneider, Ayinger, or Weihenstephaner but a great take nonetheless. You win this round Granville Island.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 15:49:22 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ledjip

Quebec (Canada)

2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: buttery yellow,

Smell: wheat but nothing strong, banana and citrus

Taste: water , water with very subtile note of banana and wheat.

Mouthfeel: creamy , a bit boring

Drinkability: smooth and flat, drinkable

Serving type:Weizenbier glass

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 14:38:08 | More by ledjip
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.90 CDN poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - 1 finger of white head rests on top of a hazy golden yellow / orange Hefe. Head doesn't last long, and there's virtually no lacing.

Smell - Familiar smell of clove, banana, bubblegum and of course wheat. Nothing new to the style but well done. A little more bubblegum than standard fare in this style.

Taste - Banana, clove and mild spices. Pretty tasty but a bit watery tasting. Just isn't quite as complex and as well rounded as some of the best German Hefe's Also a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good, but a touch watery. Still creamy and rich enough that significant consumption is limited. Medium body and medium -high carbonation. Very thirst quenching.

Overall - Good Hefe but not great definitely a major step down from the German greats (Weihenstepheaner, Ayinger, Paulaner etc.) but definitely passable and especially tasty in the summer. However for virtually the same price you could get most of the aforementioned beers.

Serving type: can

10-27-2013 03:23:22 | More by DenisKolkin
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy golden with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of cloves, banana, wheat malt and bubble gum. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of cloves, banana and wheat malt. Finish is long and very fruity. Well done Hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:29:40 | More by mikeg67
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A pretty ordinary effort.

Pours hazy honey orange with a finger cap that immediately gives way to a partial film. Only a minimum of spotty lace. Love the colour and haze, but it loses it after that.

Recognizably a hefe to smell. Soft wheat, clove spice, a hint of bread and lemony citrus. Okay, but not in the same league as the good stuff. Citrus pop on the tongue upfront, quite lemony. Not particularly complex though. None of the yummy breadiness and depth of flavour you get with a decent hefe. More fruity than anything else. Thin mouthfeel, quite watery, sour in character.

So-so as hefes go, but not bad in any way.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 23:53:05 | More by TerryW
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robson Street Hefeweizen produces a lather that would make the product development team at Dove drop their collective jaws. The product of a legion of hysterical little bubbles, it looks like whipped butter - now that's what I like to see atop my Hefeweizen! The clarity of this orange-golden ale may be clouded but its complexion is sunny and shows bright highlights.

Nothing is all that distinctive on the nose; there is a dash of clove and mainly banana fruit as is typical - though usually more prominent - with the style. Less zest and spice, only a little bubblegum, this example offers duller (though still appealing) notes of pear and spongecake.

As if replaying those fruity and phenolic notes for the tastebuds wasn't enough, the palate is spoiled further with an added touch of creamy vanilla and a little taste of toffee-butter. The banana and bubblegum esters can seem a bit medicinal at times but are never unpleasant. The clove-like flavour is more intense with some sips than others, sometimes tasting nutmeg-y.

The mouthfeel has the requisite creaminess (brought about by the large ratio of wheat malt) and also a little tug-of-war in the aftertaste between lemony acidity and sweeter banana flavour. The beer lacks the effervescent spritz that characterizes the best, most refreshing examples, though it maintains a soft breadiness and earthy, almost herbal overtones.

While it doesn't rate as highly as the iconic German Hefeweizens, this Canadian offering loses nothing in translation. It provides a good summary of what distinguishes this classic Bavarian style and gives you a good idea of why it's such a popular and preferred beverage of choice for patios. Connoisseurs get the picture already, but for novices it might open some eyes.

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 21:13:00 | More by biegaman
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Swirl poured at fridge temperature into a pint glass. Two fingers of fluffy off white head on a hazy dirty apricot.

Clove and cinnamon smells. Some banana and bready yeast. Taste is a bit weak A proper Hefe taste though.

Smooth. A fair Hefeweizen. Drinkable but not challenging.

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 17:07:44 | More by scott451
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of banana ester with wheat malt notes is pleasant enough. Taste is also dominated by banana ester notes with wheat malt and light cereal notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Not major brewing flaws but limited complexity as well.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 19:32:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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ddnova

British Columbia (Canada)

1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Don't know what happened to this beer since I last had it but it used to be something I craved and now something I will avoid.
If it were to be from a recipe change then a name change should have coincided as this is like no Hefeweizen I have ever had nor should it be named as such, a slice of lemon? no my friend a whole lemon won't even help this catastrophe. Maybe its me , maybe I am too true to real Hefeweizen only available a short period every year and that my thinking be that no wheat beer should be brewed year round.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 05:09:52 | More by ddnova
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly clear for a hefe as a yellow body offers steady carbonation. Sadly the head department doesn't create lacing, or retains very well. At least I got a finger and a half out of it.

Smell: Incredibly mild and thin nose as wheat malt is certainly dominant over slight clove touches. Nothing bad, but far too light. Warming helps out, but not much.

Taste: There really not a lot to this one, let me qualify by saying there isn't anything offensive, it's just..well boring. Wheat malt is predominant across the entire beer, there are some banana notes near the end, but apart from that, there seems to be far too plain.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really to say, the carbonation is alright the fairly consistent flavour of the beer makes transistioning a non-player and it cloys a little but not overtly. Really the points only get deducted for the lack of head.

Drinkability: It's easy going down and sits down well..but it's surprisingly medium bodied. The problem here is it's drinkable, I just don't know when I would want this over something else.

Final Thoughts: I've never had a hefe that was so plain, so boring and so disappointing. I really want to give it some more posistive feedback but it just tastes like a generic hefe that was cheaped out on. You will want to pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:15:53 | More by TheHammer
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler). With a few exceptions, I tend to greatly favour the genuine German examples of this style over the Canadian knockoffs, but I'll try to go into this one with an unbiased mind.

Pours a muddy yellowish-brown colour, topped with one finger of smooth, creamy white head that gradually diminishes to a wispy cap and soapy collar. The aroma is nothing unusual or exceptional for the style - yeasty, with wheaty malt sweetness and a hint of cloves, but little else to accompany these mainstays.

Tastes a bit better than it let on with its weak aroma. Banana is a prominent fixture in the flavour, with the usual hefe suspects of wheaty malts, clove and a modest brush of yeastiness rounding out the finish. Some bubblegum in the aftertaste. Not very balanced, and a little cloying in terms of sweetness. On the light side of medium-bodied, with high carbonation and a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel because of it. Some yeasty chewiness that inhibits the drinkability a bit.

Final Grade: 3.3, just barely clawing out a B-. Granville Island's Robson Street Hefeweizen is a superior wheat beer when compared to most American-style pale wheat ales I've had, but it doesn't quite compare to classic German hefes. Sessionable for sure, but that just isn't enough to bring me back. I don't have any serious problems with this stuff so I'd probably say it's not something to avoid, but don't expect anything adventurous or even unique. A decent summer refresher, but not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 07:21:50 | More by thehyperduck
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, bananas, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with bananas and some yeast. There is also a touch of citrus and some corn syrup. It ends with a banana sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Lots of banana flavour going on.. unfortunately it's a bit too artificial tasting. Still a much better beer that I was expecting and quite drinkable. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:37:25 | More by spinrsx
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle, from a mixed pack with Granville Island and Creemore brews. Both craft breweries are now owned by Molson, which explains the pairing.

Poured into a nonic glass. Hazy, dark golden brew, with about a half inch of head, which holds itself nicely.

Nose is a bit yeasty, with strong wheat malt, a touch of citrus, and floral hops.

Not a bad hefe by any stretch. I'm not a huge fan of yeastier hefe's, but this one had some decent flavor. Bubblegum towards the end. Nothing special, but tastes fine. Carbonation is a bit strong, thicker feel.

Decent hefe from the brewery that first got me started on craft brewing way back when.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:22:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange colour, ring of white head, little bit of lace left behind. Smell is grainy and biscuity malt, light hints of banana, touches of spice present as well. Taste is malty and bready like the nose, touches of fruit, more banana in taste then in the nose, subtle spice, lightly sweet with a clean finish. High carbonation, light-medium body, light medium feel. Decent stuff here but nothing spectacular, pretty drinkable though, something I could have on another occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 14:24:38 | More by peensteen
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a hazy, cloudy medium almond brown, maybe a touch orange. Respectable lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, with a bit of nutiness. Comes across quite fresh. Maybe pick up a slight banana, but in general a bit restrained.

On the palate, the banana flavour comes across strongly. Also some vanilla. Bit of tartness to it, but the flavours play off each other nicely. The flavour is fairly 'compact' but quite enjoyable in that sense. The finish is mellow, lingering taste of spiced banana bread.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and actually develops quite smoothly, with a great balanced texture. Quite light bodied and a good bit of creaminess to it. Malt is nicely incorporated.

As the style goes, this is alright but not amazing, personally I wouldn't mind a bit more assertive flavour character, but this beer has a nice balance and rounded profile, so hard to fault too much. Probably worth a try as its quite a refreshing pleasure to drink, if not the most exciting beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:24:54 | More by mick303
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy gold colour with a one centimeter head that quickly disipates to nothing. Smells of banana, wheat, faint bubblegum and some spice. Tastes of bananas, bubblegum, wheat malts and some bittering hops. Medium carbonation, slight watery mouthfeel. A decent session hefeweizen, but it lacks the complexity of other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:44:42 | More by slitherySOB
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh dear...I used to quite enjoy this beer. I wrote a positive review for it about 5 years ago and have enjoyed it every summer since. Till now.

Seems they've dramatically changed their recipe. I bought a 6 pack about 6 weeks ago and was extremely disappointed, figuring I'd received a bad batch. Today, new 6 pack, same crap.

This beer has been dumbed down, clarified and had it's already mildly lacking carbonation lowered further.

What used to be a true to style hefe, is now a lifeless, boring hefe flavoured macro lager. Try as I may I could not produce even a hint head in my hefe glass. A few piddly bubbles barely make it to the surface. Also, this beer is clearly (pun intended) filtered. Pours barely cloudy clear light orange. No sediment to be found at the bottom of the bottle reinforces my filtration theory.

Smells of wheat, hints of clove and not much else. Boring.

Tastes like it smells. Watery. Boring.

Good job MolsonCoors...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:55:23 | More by ozmodium
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a hazy gold with a 1 cm head. Head quickly reduces to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Bananas, wheat, faint bubblegum and a hint of spice. Aroma is on the mild side.

T - Light bananas, some bubblegum notes, light citrus, hint of spice, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, light tang, watery finish. Lacks the prickliness of other Hefeweizens.

O - Easy to drink but it's just average and plain for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:44:56 | More by decimator
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable hefe, true to the style. Cloudy unfiltered and lacey. Appropriate carbonation.Likely better than the bottle as served on tap at the Beer Academy grand opening, and has to be fresh.Banana, clove and bubble gum and on the sweet side, nothing edgy here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 13:04:24 | More by Sammy
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Granville Island Hefeweizen pours a cloudy gold. The aroma is some nice light banana and a bit of clove with a nice wheat character. There is a light, slightly grainy wheat in the flavor with a hint of fruity banana. The finish is crisp and almost tart. Overall a really nice summer beer, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 06:11:24 | More by ericj551
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

New to Ontario. Coded freshness date L29192. Served cold in a 12 oz pisener glass.

Pours a cloudy, rusty orange colour with a medium-sized, frothy white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar and little to no lacing.

Has a dirty smell about it that mars the wheat, banana and mild clove aromas. There is a sweet, honey-like tone and one of light lemon zest in the background.

The taste is very bland for a hefeweizen. Lemon zest, wheat and earth primarily, with a subtle clove flavour. Very little in the way of traditional banana or bubble gum flavours.

Extremely thin, watery mouthfeel with a mild carbonation. Remains watery throughout. Dry finish with a syrupy and slightly peppery aftertaste.

This beer was reviewed relatively well previously, so I’m not sure if I got a bad 6 pack or if maybe they changed their recipe. Regardless, this is one of the most bland and lifeless examples of a wheat-based beer I’ve ever tried and I won’t be giving it another chance. Frankly I should have known better when I saw the suggestion of adding a lemon wedge right on the packaging.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 18:05:38 | More by bryehn
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6pkhbt


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to style Bavarian hefeweizen. Nice banana and clove notes with a good grainy and malty backdrop.

Older samples can exhibit a nasty autolyzed yeast note so as always watch the date code.

Pours nice and hazy but with a weak head that you can finesse if you pour it roughly. If only it was carbonated more! The carbonation level is way too low for my taste and the sharp bite of carbonation is missing from the flavour profile that in every other way is bang on.

Please GI up the carbonation and this will be a stand out.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:37:01 | More by 6pkhbt
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz weizen glass.

A - Great three finger light-beige head off the pour. Super hazy, rusty orange-brown. The settles to a soapy cap and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - Smells fantastic. Tons of clove, banana, and yeast. A bit of crisp citrus and a touch of apricot. Really fresh and inviting.

T - Clove, yeast, and light fruits upfront, with a slight graininess in the finish. Light citrus notes and spices linger in the aftertaste. Simple but extremely enjoyable flavor profile.

M - Light and refreshing. Carbonation is kept low, but the citrus zest gives it a crisp, fresh feel. Some residue begins to build up in my mouth after a while, but I would credit that to the unfiltered nature of a hefeweizen.

D - Very solid hefe, especially for one brewed in Western Canada. I've had other Wheat beers brewed around here (Although they were technically American Pale Wheat Ales) that just fall short with boring, flat flavor profiles. This beer feels lively and refreshing. A good beer to drink on a 30°C day like this!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:24:18 | More by Converge
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notchucknorris

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a very small off white head.

S: Lots of banana and clove. About what you'd expect from a good hef.

T: Lots of banana and clove with a little bit of bubblegum flavor on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this one was pretty nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 23:49:06 | More by notchucknorris
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into Schneider Weisse glass 28/6/11

A dark peachy orange, very hazy as expected with a large three finger head that hangs around for a few minuets and leaves a few patches of lace

S some dry cereal with faint bubblegum and banana, a little spice but tame for the style

T not far from the smell but with a little more bubblegum yeast flavors and a little lemon

M medium bodied with lots of bubbles, fairly refreshing under the summer sun

O a basic Hefe but nothings off, something I doubt I'll drink again with better versions of the style for similar prices

like I said this is a basic Hefe with no major flaws, worth drinking on a hot day but don't go searching for it

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:28:39 | More by wordemupg
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Robson Street Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.