Hey Day Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Garin on 05-28-2003

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.
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Reviews by DaveBar:
Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that does not last long at all. Unfiltered

S- Very good. Wiess beer for sure

T- Very good. Nice yeast

M- Dry and tart

O- Very good. Light and refreshing for a hot summer day

Food Paring

This wonderful little beer went well with... Oyster, shrimp and crab gumbo.

Enjoy

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

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

20oz pint, at the Cactus Club Cafe, where they've gone ahead and re-branded it as their 'Ugly Brew'. According to the brewery, it's the exact same product.

This beer appears a cloudy, murky, and dark golden orange amber hue, with one skinny finger of tightly foamy and soapy dirty white head, which leaves some disjointed painted lace loitering around the glass after it has flown the coop.

It smells of semi-sweet generic citrus, damp wheat cereal, sort of acrid yeast, those banana marshmallow candies, mild black pepper, and an echo of indistinct drying hops. The taste is more sweet grainy wheat, orange cream, banana pudding, fresh bubblegum, a twinge of clove and coriander spice, and earthy, weirdly funky yeast.

The carbonation is pretty understated, barely a peep for the most part, the body a steady medium weight, and fruity in its duly unassailed smoothness - a hint of creaminess apparently a constant toothless threat. It finishes still sweet, with a fruity and yeasty flourish.

As with many other Granville Island offerings, they do classic styles well enough, ignoring (or maybe not possessing) the urge to crank things up. What we get, then, is a more or less drinkable imitation of the real deal, which fortunately exists on any liquor store shelf in the city - just look for those 500ml bottles with old-school labels.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold, very nice colour. Marks deducted for lack of lacings.

Nice smell, a lot of bananas with a solid backing of sweet spices. Very subtle yeastiness.

Surprisingly good. The flavours are all there in varying degrees. Banana is the stand out. They very much opted to go the sweet route, the beer is lacking in clove spiciness. Little light on the hefe. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel is nice, but not really on style, is more creamy than it should be really. Lacks carbonation.

Probably one of the most popular beers in Vancouver from what I can see and I certainly understand that. I'd pick up for a barbeque.

Photo of ozmodium
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...

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy bubbly bright golden, thumb of fluffy white head dissipated slowly to a consistent covering
S - prominent grainy wheat, clove, banana, and a tartness
T - bready malt dominates up front and on finish, with more subtle notes of clove, banana, and light citrus in between
M - well carbonated, smooth with a bready feel throughout
O - a very refreshing and easy drinking brew, i personally like a little more spiciness but that it not a knock on this in any way, hopefully this is available regularly in Calgary

Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Old Spaghetti Factory, served with a lemon wedge (which I immediately discarded). Cloudy with flavours of banana, clove, wheat and yeast. I wasn't expecting anything much, since this is Granville Island, but I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Turns out Granville Island actually makes a decent hefeweizen. I think I would say I actually prefer it to King Heffy (blasphemy, right?), but maybe I need to compare them back to back to be fair. In any case, I definitely plan to get this one again, and not because I plan on being at a restaurant where there are few other options.

Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull hazy orange, and retained no head despite an aggressive pour.

The smell is clove dominated but does have a sweetness underlying it. Bubblegum more than banana for this one.

In the taste cloves dominate again. A great long clove finish that lasts and lasts. Unfortunately the front doesn't hold up it's part of the bargain. The sweetness isn't nearly as lively as the finish is, and almost seems non-existant because of the lack of balance. The flavours are nice, just not working as well as they could together.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and the carbonation is lively. Works well, and is a good example for the style.

Nothing about this beer would slow a person down while quaffing. Not a stand out, but an acceptable version of a fair-weather beer.

Photo of Scullytv
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mgood but not great. Head was non existent, bt I did take into account the pour from the bartender along with the probability that my glass may have residual soap.

Decent carbonation, just lacks overall feel and excitement. Feels artificial.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.51/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this one while on vacation in vancouver. this is one of the better hefes ive had. while maybe not quite as exceptional as the weihenstephaner or ayinger hefes it really has no faults i can find. it is an excellent example of this style and is maybe the most sheerly drinkable beer ive ever had. if your ever in the area make sure u have this

Photo of Garin
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GI's hefeweizen (2003) poured a hazy pale orange yellow colour. The head formed readily, and was creamy and thick. It reduced to a creamy thin layer, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was interesting. I found some vanilla, and a little banana. There was also a tangy yeast smell, mixed with the wheat.

The flavour was smooth and light, perhaps a little too smooth and too light. There was more vanilla than banana in the flavour -- last year's was more estery if I remember correctly. Wheat flavours were throughout, unsurprisingly. The yeast added a little bit of zing to it, but overall this wasn't as distinctly flavoured as I remember last year's to be (I imagine both more spicy phenol and more banana ester). As I know I heard people describe it as "that banana beer", I wouldn't be surprised if they intentionally toned it down a touch.

In the mouth it felt creamy and lush, but finished light and refreshing. The carbonation was fairly light, but for me that just makes it a bit more easy-drinking.

Though I criticize, I have to say that GI's Hefeweizen is incredibly drinkable. I could drink these all day long. As far as refreshing, quaffable, cold summer beer goes, this beer has it. If you can find it, buy it.

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

The 2004 edition of Granville Island's Robson Street Hefeweizen, picked up in Vancouver. A hazy apricot hue in appearance with a quick sticky bubbley head that fades almost as soon as it appears. Wheat, yeast, and a powerful citrus note on the nose, candied banana hiding behind it. A sweet grainy wheat up front that melds right into a serious lemon citrus flavour, accompanied by banana and cloves, but the lemon citrus predominates throughout. No need for a lemon wedge with this hefe as the back label suggests (the the chagrin of the brewmaster). Not a very balanced hefe, but its strong point is the tartness of the wheat and citrus esters, very refreshing in that aspect, the spiciness of the yeast takes a back seat in this sample. Once again a wide-market driven offering from Granville Island, I can see this casting a wide net and drawing a few more converts to the world of craft beers and acting as a gateway for the hefe style.

Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden/orange color. Decent size fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly.

Aroma has some spiciness. Can't place it all, but cloves appear. Some sweet banana in the background.

Taste is cloves and sweeter than I expected. I've had quite a few hefs, and this is slightly below what I expect. Not as clean or enticing as most.

There is a decent amount of carbonation which gives it adequate mouthfeel. Overall, it was not the usual Hef and perhaps not as much to my liking, but it was definitely thirst quenching and I wouldn't mind having another.

Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy banana orange mixture, with some visible carbonation, 3 fingers of off white head which fades in a few minutes leaving random lacing.

S: Bananas, cloves, honey, that typical yeastiness of this style of beer, bubble gum much like the kind that came in baseball cards.

T: Lemon, honey, cloves and bubblegum, this one has a good lemon like tartness.

M: Medium slightly acidic and bready body, very little carbonation.

O: Well crafted beer by Granville Island. More lemony than others in this style I've had.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It probably goes against the beliefs of many BA members to say this, but honestly, it's hard to well and truly fuck up the hefeweizen style. There a a few truly outstanding hefes, and there are a lot of good-to-decent hefes, but I can't think of too many hefes off the top of my head that are utterly terrible and undrinkable. It's probably why it's the style that the big brewers so often first try when they're pretending to be craft

This is one of the good-to-decent ones. It's fine. Maybe a bit weak, maybe a bit overcarbonated. But refreshing, crisp. Mildly interesting.

I ain't mad at it.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

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

Bottle from my sister. Thanks Vanessa! Hazed yellow with a creamy white cap. Nose of banana, some spice, wheat malt, grains. Tastes sweet, or banana extract, vanilla, citrus, some spices. Creamy, with assertive carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Good.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

[Updated June 22 2014]

Another bottle from another Molson-arranged mixed pack with Creemore. I was probably a little harsh on this one last time; it's nothing special and a little too sweet for my tastes, but it's enjoyable enough and has no serious flaws. A good stepping stone for macro fans along the way to finding the superior German examples of this style.

Final Grade: 3.38, a B-.

Photo of mikeg67
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.

Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Granville Island Robson Street Hefeweizen. Lot's of souvenir.
The look its more like a Orange golden color. A cloudy appearance. You can t see trough the class.The carbonation looks really good.
The smell is really fruity. You have that strong banana smell coming out with a touch a citrus behind it. Remind of the smell of the Hoegaarden. Very very fruity. I really enjoy the smell. It was original like the Hoegaarden, like the 1664 blanc.
The taste of it is absolutely gorgeous. Everything that smell before you drink the beer is there. The same banana smell with that touch of citrus behind it. The 5 ABV alcohol makes it really refreshing and you barely notice the touch of the alcohol. Its very nice and I give a 4/5 because it is close to those Hoegaarden and the 1664 blanc.
So would I recommend it ? Damn Yes !! Grab one if you can even if it's not on special. As an alternative to the Hoegaarden it is the best one. You won t be disappointed.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a fluffy head that vanishes. No lacing to speak of.

S - Banana bread, citrus, clove, slightly fermented fruit notes, not quite rotten. Interesting, haven't experienced that in a hefe before.

T - Wheaty. Not much else to say, hard to pick up any major flavors, perhaps a bit of the banana and clove from before but not as much as I am used to.

MF - Light, lacking in body. I would say that this is in a good way because it is very refreshing although I wouldn't mind a slightly heavier beer.

O - Very drinkable, which is nice. Great ABV, very nice for a change from the 'big beers.' Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, but it has a few things that could greatly improve it for me.

Photo of bryehn
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of ledjip
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

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Hey Day Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
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