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Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery

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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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British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +43.3%

12-02-2011 21:44:38 | More by papawu76
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-21-2011 04:13:30 | More by chickenm
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-21-2011 03:14:56 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:24:18 | More by Converge
Photo of notchucknorris


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 23:49:06 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:28:39 | More by wordemupg
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:12:59 | More by hardy008
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:45:09 | More by andrenaline
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:19:12 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 05:57:45 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:26:40 | More by mountsnow1010
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:21:20 | More by mrmanning
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 15:53:53 | More by CanuckRover
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4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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.:)

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 00:54:10 | More by 1759Girl
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazey yellow-orange with about 1/8 inch of head. Unfiltered, very little lace, medium carbonation, and little to no head retention, a bit poor for a hefe. Colour is nice though. Typical hefe nose, very pleasant, very mellow. Lots of banana and less spice. Yeasty and bready in spades.

Taste is pleasant and mellow and refreshing. Wheaty and yeasty. Banana, clove, and a refreshing zesty lemon. Typical, but it's well balanced and enjoyable, very much a hot weather beer. Medium carbonation and body, extremely drinkable. The only complaint about this beer is really the appearance, it needs a good kick in the head retention department.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 05:10:39 | More by trevorwideman
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4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this one while on vacation in vancouver. this is one of the better hefes ive had. while maybe not quite as exceptional as the weihenstephaner or ayinger hefes it really has no faults i can find. it is an excellent example of this style and is maybe the most sheerly drinkable beer ive ever had. if your ever in the area make sure u have this

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2007 01:27:17 | More by Optimat0r
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this beer is NOT retired...Just as their winter seasonal is also not retired. Perhaps an Admin can rectify this??

Great summer seasonal by Granville Island yet again. Pours a standard Wheat-beer cloudy orange. Smells of citrus and bananas with a spicey kick at the end. THe taste is somewhat tart with a beautiful fruity character. Carbonation is low-mid which lends itself to the high drinkability. It goes down extremely easy on those hot days after work. Good job GI!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 21:48:10 | More by Hornet2003
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 05:27:38 | More by elricorico
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden/orange color. Decent size fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly.

Aroma has some spiciness. Can't place it all, but cloves appear. Some sweet banana in the background.

Taste is cloves and sweeter than I expected. I've had quite a few hefs, and this is slightly below what I expect. Not as clean or enticing as most.

There is a decent amount of carbonation which gives it adequate mouthfeel. Overall, it was not the usual Hef and perhaps not as much to my liking, but it was definitely thirst quenching and I wouldn't mind having another.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 06:30:13 | More by atigerlife
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 14:54:37 | More by canucklehead
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow, with a thin white head.
Lots of citrus aroma, with quite an acidic tang - and of course a lot of wheat and yeast as well. The nose is really quite interesting. The flavour is very smooth, with plenty of citrus-heavy fruit, especially lemon.
A very nice fruity summer offering - hold the lemon, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 15:25:07 | More by thesilverhand
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3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 17:30:59 | More by Naerhu
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3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just came back from a one-week stay on Granville Island at a hotel with an in-house brewery just down the street from GIB.

After a disappointing first round of beers at "the other place," GIB's Hefe saved the day. Characteristically cloudy, with a hazy staw color, the lemon notes were the first to hit the palate, followed by the typical banana notes. Overall, has a nice flavor and bouquet all its own.

My first GIB hefe was actually on tap and savored immediately following a tour of the small brewery. Following that, I enjoyed a bottle in my hotel room on the day of my departure, and just had another from the sampler six-pack I brought back home.

Hefes are best served at 48 – 50°F. However, since it's sizzling hot in So Cal, I chilled my souvenir brew to just above frosty (low 40s), which can sometimes disturbs the delicate balance of the ingredients. However, the flavor and consistency of GIB's hefe held up quite nicely.

All in all a good hefe, especially for someone who may be new to the style.
PS – I enjoyed all three servings of this hefe without the lemon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 02:00:47 | More by TheLiterati
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 20:40:19 | More by IronDjinn
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GI's hefeweizen (2003) poured a hazy pale orange yellow colour. The head formed readily, and was creamy and thick. It reduced to a creamy thin layer, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was interesting. I found some vanilla, and a little banana. There was also a tangy yeast smell, mixed with the wheat.

The flavour was smooth and light, perhaps a little too smooth and too light. There was more vanilla than banana in the flavour -- last year's was more estery if I remember correctly. Wheat flavours were throughout, unsurprisingly. The yeast added a little bit of zing to it, but overall this wasn't as distinctly flavoured as I remember last year's to be (I imagine both more spicy phenol and more banana ester). As I know I heard people describe it as "that banana beer", I wouldn't be surprised if they intentionally toned it down a touch.

In the mouth it felt creamy and lush, but finished light and refreshing. The carbonation was fairly light, but for me that just makes it a bit more easy-drinking.

Though I criticize, I have to say that GI's Hefeweizen is incredibly drinkable. I could drink these all day long. As far as refreshing, quaffable, cold summer beer goes, this beer has it. If you can find it, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 19:29:38 | More by Garin
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