Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery
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3.21/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-06-2013 17:07:44 | More by scott451
3.49/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-05-2013 19:32:12 | More by Phyl21ca
British Columbia (Canada)
1.7/5 rDev -51.3%
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.
05-24-2013 05:09:52 | More by ddnova
2.48/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
09-19-2012 00:15:53 | More by TheHammer
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
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: 3.4, a B-.
08-20-2012 07:21:50 | More by thehyperduck
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-31-2012 23:37:25 | More by spinrsx
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-31-2012 01:22:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-24-2012 14:24:38 | More by peensteen
3.55/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-20-2012 02:24:54 | More by mick303
3/5 rDev -14%
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.
07-10-2012 04:44:42 | More by slitherySOB
Robson Street Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
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