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Hey Day Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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: 149
Photo of MikeGa
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of Brew_42
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gay colored with a fluffy white head

Smell-yeasty and citrusy.

Taste- follows the nose. Sadly lacking the banana /love flavor that love in hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel- mmedium body and carbonation

Overall kind of a weak hefe. Although I look to hefes for the clove and banana, so you may feel differently.

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Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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).

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Scullytv
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of curasowa
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.


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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ledjip
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of scott451
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ddnova
1.73/5  rDev -51%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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-.

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Hey Day Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.