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Hey Day Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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: 58 | Hads: 148
Photo of Optimat0r
4.51/5  rDev +28.1%
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 (345 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise...
The beer arrived golden and cloudy, with a tiny bit of head that had very good retention. It looked very proper.
The smell was heavy on the cinnamon, which I have absolutely no problem with because it is reminiscent of my days living in Munich and drinking Franziskaner. The taste was very true to its style and did not disappoint.
The mouthfeel was probably my favorite part of this beer. It seemed very well built and alive. If I was writing beer poetry, I would pen that the flavors ran amok in my mouth. I was very pleased.
This beer had a pretty good drinkability, though with the current exchange rate and the brewery's prices, I couldn't afford many summer days drinking this Heff, and would probably go for some Maudites (which are way too cheap to pass up in Canada).
Extra bonus for the way Granville Island Brewery doesn't try to cater to the masses and offer lemons with the beer. If I wanted a Corona, I'd drink one. Thanks for that.:) (968 characters)

Photo of Hornet2003
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this beer is NOT retired...Just as their winter seasonal is also not retired. Perhaps an Admin can rectify this??

Great summer seasonal by Granville Island yet again. Pours a standard Wheat-beer cloudy orange. Smells of citrus and bananas with a spicey kick at the end. THe taste is somewhat tart with a beautiful fruity character. Carbonation is low-mid which lends itself to the high drinkability. It goes down extremely easy on those hot days after work. Good job GI! (500 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazey yellow-orange with about 1/8 inch of head. Unfiltered, very little lace, medium carbonation, and little to no head retention, a bit poor for a hefe. Colour is nice though. Typical hefe nose, very pleasant, very mellow. Lots of banana and less spice. Yeasty and bready in spades.

Taste is pleasant and mellow and refreshing. Wheaty and yeasty. Banana, clove, and a refreshing zesty lemon. Typical, but it's well balanced and enjoyable, very much a hot weather beer. Medium carbonation and body, extremely drinkable. The only complaint about this beer is really the appearance, it needs a good kick in the head retention department. (691 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (408 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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! (1,051 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third year of this beer and this version is the most full flavoured yet. Cloudy mid gold with a banana nose this beer tastes of major cloves with the banana to the back. Very drinkable but still lots of the Hefe flavours. Not an American Wheat in disguise but rather as close to the real deal as you can get in BC. ( Except for Hugo's in Victoria). (360 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for the hook-up...

A - Pours a pale golden colour with an orange hue, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Very citrusy with lemon and sour orange and sweet wheat on the finish with a touch of bubble gum.

T - Surprisingly tasty with a decent offering of citrus and a sweet wheat bubble gum finish. Surprisingly fresh and flavourful.

M - Medium bodied, though a little prickly going down, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Solid offering from Granville Island and probably one of their best flagship offerings. Great spring/summer drink and easily drinkable. (605 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Granville Is 'Hey Day Hefeweizen' @ 5.0% , served from x3 341 ml bottles from the Summer Mingler
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to hazy gold in the glass with a small thin off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the weizen glass
S-banana & clove
T-refreshing summer beer
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer & Hefeweizen
prost LampertLand (355 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  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. (305 characters)

Photo of MikeGa
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341mL bottle.

The head is very light for a Weizen. Very thin largish bubbles.
Smell is very distinctively Hefeweizen. Definitely a plus as this is one of my favorite styles.
Taste: fairly light, a step up from Grasshopper but definitely weak when compared to a classic German Weize Bier.
Feel: again light, relatively thin on the tongue and doesn't leave as much of a "coating" in the mouth afterwards are other Hefes I've tasted.

Overall I'm still giving this a 4. I don't think this is a particularly good example of the style but it is tasty and definitely enjoyable to drink. A good intro Weizen to give friends to encourage them to stray away from the run of the mill mass market lagers: definitely Weizen like but lighter in both texture and strength of flavor profile versus say a Paulaner. But, for those that are already fans of the style, I'd suggest sticking with the German varieties, it probably will only cost you 50 cents more and you'll get more flavor, and texture closer to the style and a half liter bottle instead. Granville Island does have some other tasty beers though, they are definitely worth giving a shot, just this isn't there best showing. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden opaque pour with a healthy white head.
Malty, lemons, fruit, hint of cloves and banana popsicle.
Tastes of lemon, banana popsicle, malt and some sweet fruit.
Moist, sharp and mild bitterness for mouth feel.
Ooh Canada! (230 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of Garin
3.73/5  rDev +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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of TheLiterati
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just came back from a one-week stay on Granville Island at a hotel with an in-house brewery just down the street from GIB.

After a disappointing first round of beers at "the other place," GIB's Hefe saved the day. Characteristically cloudy, with a hazy staw color, the lemon notes were the first to hit the palate, followed by the typical banana notes. Overall, has a nice flavor and bouquet all its own.

My first GIB hefe was actually on tap and savored immediately following a tour of the small brewery. Following that, I enjoyed a bottle in my hotel room on the day of my departure, and just had another from the sampler six-pack I brought back home.

Hefes are best served at 48 – 50°F. However, since it's sizzling hot in So Cal, I chilled my souvenir brew to just above frosty (low 40s), which can sometimes disturbs the delicate balance of the ingredients. However, the flavor and consistency of GIB's hefe held up quite nicely.

All in all a good hefe, especially for someone who may be new to the style.
PS – I enjoyed all three servings of this hefe without the lemon. (1,092 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,766 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Scullytv
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of thesilverhand
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow, with a thin white head.
Lots of citrus aroma, with quite an acidic tang - and of course a lot of wheat and yeast as well. The nose is really quite interesting. The flavour is very smooth, with plenty of citrus-heavy fruit, especially lemon.
A very nice fruity summer offering - hold the lemon, thank you. (335 characters)

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Hey Day Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
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