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Hey Day Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 147
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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 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 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 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 peensteen
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
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 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 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 hardy008
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange with a one finger head of foam with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has bananas, cloves, and some citrus.

The taste is just like the aroma. Bananas, cloves, citrus. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, easy to drink. One of many nice beers I have found while staying invancouver. (331 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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 mick303
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a hazy, cloudy medium almond brown, maybe a touch orange. Respectable lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, with a bit of nutiness. Comes across quite fresh. Maybe pick up a slight banana, but in general a bit restrained.

On the palate, the banana flavour comes across strongly. Also some vanilla. Bit of tartness to it, but the flavours play off each other nicely. The flavour is fairly 'compact' but quite enjoyable in that sense. The finish is mellow, lingering taste of spiced banana bread.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and actually develops quite smoothly, with a great balanced texture. Quite light bodied and a good bit of creaminess to it. Malt is nicely incorporated.

As the style goes, this is alright but not amazing, personally I wouldn't mind a bit more assertive flavour character, but this beer has a nice balance and rounded profile, so hard to fault too much. Probably worth a try as its quite a refreshing pleasure to drink, if not the most exciting beer out there. (991 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.38/5  rDev -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 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 mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Naerhu
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange opaque body with no head.
Orange juice and yeast aroma.
The flavor is wheaty and obviously Heffe-y (yeasty). No banana, but found other bright fruit flavors which were nicely balanced by the malt. Its a tad tart, but in balance with everything else.
There was tad bit of roughness on the palate, but it was not out of bounds.

The label suggests a lemon wedge, that took a half a point off my drinkability score. It is fine just the way it is. (456 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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)

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