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Hey Day Hefeweizen | Granville Island Brewery

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Hey Day HefeweizenHey Day Hefeweizen
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Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Garin on 05-28-2003

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Photo of ddnova
1.73/5  rDev -51.3%
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 -31%
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 -4.8%
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 is a little too close to banana candy 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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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of ozmodium
2.2/5  rDev -38%
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...

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Photo of decimator
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ericj551
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of 6pkhbt
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to style Bavarian hefeweizen. Nice banana and clove notes with a good grainy and malty backdrop.

Older samples can exhibit a nasty autolyzed yeast note so as always watch the date code.

Pours nice and hazy but with a weak head that you can finesse if you pour it roughly. If only it was carbonated more! The carbonation level is way too low for my taste and the sharp bite of carbonation is missing from the flavour profile that in every other way is bang on.

Please GI up the carbonation and this will be a stand out.

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Photo of Converge
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.87/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.:)

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Hey Day Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
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