Hey Day Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
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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Photo of ddnova
1.73/5  rDev -50.6%
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. (531 characters)

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... (955 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.45/5  rDev -30%
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. (1,290 characters)

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. (1,101 characters)

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 (253 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty weak in terms of drinkability. The wheat is there, but doesn't come through well. There are too many other decent hefe's out there to bother with this. (158 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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. (626 characters)

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. (258 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
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. (351 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Can't really say had it straight from the bottle take this review liberally.

S: I get some clove, a hint of banana and the signature hefeweizen bready yeast character.

T: Hefe yeast charachter is the dominant flavor although everything is a bit subdued. A little bit of wheat malt. Banana with clove as well. Some what of a generic Hefe.

M: A touch prickly with a thinner body.

O: A good hefe, not much else to say. (422 characters)

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

Appearance: Cloudy, orangeish-yellow color with one finger of fluffy head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Lots of clove and yeast, some wheat malt and a little lemon.

Taste: Starts a bit thin, withe some wheat malt and a fair amount of carbonation. Yeast and some astringent spice notes build in, but remaining pretty thin then finishing with more cloves and some lingering, mild fruitiness.

The Rest: A decent Hefe; doesn't do much to stand out from the pack but certainly hits all of the style traits. (525 characters)

Photo of decimator
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. (493 characters)

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-. (1,883 characters)

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. (253 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Orange with a weak fluffy white head. Retention is virtually non-existent.

S- Fairly strong Orange Peel and Coriander with a bit of wheat malt. Standard, run-of-the-mill Hefe aroma.

T- Yeasty Banana, Astringent spices, cloves, coriander, and orange peel. Once again, standard flavours and nothing that really stands out.

M- Fairly Thick mouthfeel and oddly high carbonation (for a Hefe).

O- Nothing excellent or memorable here. Extremely similar to Shock Top (which is a good reason why it's not great). (553 characters)

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. (777 characters)

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. (336 characters)

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. (698 characters)

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. (708 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
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 (699 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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. (1,343 characters)

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. (941 characters)

Photo of peensteen
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. (478 characters)

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Hey Day Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
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