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Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Garin on 05-28-2003)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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: 3.4, a B-.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 07:21:50 | More by thehyperduck
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-15-2012 00:56:15 | More by beerhunter13
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:37:25 | More by spinrsx
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-31-2012 01:34:52 | More by artemh
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:22:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-28-2012 00:01:18 | More by RedAleMan
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 14:24:38 | More by peensteen
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-22-2012 15:53:08 | More by Coastal_Brew
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-21-2012 18:28:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:24:54 | More by mick303
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:44:42 | More by slitherySOB
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -37%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:55:23 | More by ozmodium
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59rockabilly

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14%

07-06-2012 04:52:04 | More by 59rockabilly
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:44:56 | More by decimator
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

06-23-2012 18:19:16 | More by jrempel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 13:04:24 | More by Sammy
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

06-11-2012 08:30:06 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 06:11:24 | More by ericj551
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-11-2012 02:08:08 | More by bumchilly25
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 18:05:38 | More by bryehn
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6pkhbt

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:37:01 | More by 6pkhbt
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-17-2012 21:56:01 | More by LampertLand
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-16-2012 03:03:50 | More by cletetron
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14%

01-03-2012 15:27:09 | More by kelvarnsen
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-16-2011 04:55:43 | More by fizzyted
Robson Street Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.