Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery
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Reviews by peensteen:
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-24-2012 14:24:38 | More by peensteen
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-31-2012 01:22:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-17-2011 05:57:45 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-22-2012 13:04:24 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
06-21-2009 15:53:53 | More by CanuckRover
British Columbia (Canada)
2.2/5 rDev -37%
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...
07-06-2012 04:55:23 | More by ozmodium
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
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
04-18-2011 00:19:12 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-18-2014 00:09:13 | More by souvenirs
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-01-2006 05:27:38 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev +14.6%
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
This wonderful little beer went well with... Oyster, shrimp and crab gumbo.
07-28-2014 22:39:32 | More by DaveBar
3.49/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-05-2013 19:32:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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