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Denison's Weissbier - Denison's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Denison's Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Denison’s Weissbier has been brewed for twenty years in Toronto. From 1989 until 2003 it was brewed along with several other popular Bavarian beer styles at the brewpub on Victoria Street. While brewed there, it was known as Weizen.

Our Weissbier is an authentic Bavarian style wheat beer and has attracted an extremely loyal following and wonderful reviews from some of the world's top beer writers. In 2002 Denison's Wheat Beer became rated #1 in the world in the 'German Hefeweizen' category on ratebeer.com, and has remained in that place to this date.

Denison's Weissbier is true to style, served unfiltered and is very refreshing. Although its only ingredients are malted barley, malted wheat, imported hops, water and yeast, the special Bavarian yeast produces the classic but unusual flavours of a true wheat beer. Flavour notes such as banana, clove and vanilla are all present.
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received my can of Denison's via a trade with Derek, thank you! I had been looking forward to this one for a while as I had recently become more interested in the style and this one was well received by the local beer community.

Poured from a can into a mid sized Bavarian style stein. I gave it some gusto towards the end, looking forward to a nice wheat beer head. I saw immediately that I was not going to happen. The carbonation was too large and the head just fizzed away quickly to a small ring of white foam.

The smell is mostly of citrus fruits with some banana underneath. It's pleasant but not exactly mind blowing.

Taste is fairly similar, light, citrusy with notes of banana. It's not very sweet which is nice and I think this aids in drinkability. As others have mentioned one could easily session this without becoming sick of it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp because of the aggressive carbonation. I could see this pairing easily with lots of different meal types.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can provided by blutt59.

The beer pours a hazy milky yellow with a white head. The aroma is very strong bananas with not much clove. The flavor is more of the same with bananas and wheat being the most dominant. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been ages since I've had Denisons - used to be on tap in KW but the bar closed. Some cans picked up on a T.O. road trip will have to suffice.

Poured into a hefe glass. A slightly opaque golden brew, leaves about a half inch head that receded all too soon. A few flecks of yeast sediment make their way to the bottom of the glass.

Nose is typical hefe: banana, cloves, citrus, wheat.

Tastes like a hefe should; all the proper pieces are in the puzzle box. A slight apple taste and a mild graininess distinguishes Denisons from other major hefes. Cloves take second fiddle to the banana esters. Other than that, it's pretty damned good. Finishes dry.

Tart, aggressive carbonation at first, but a more appealing equilibrium is hit after a moment. Medium bodied.

If this were available more outside of T.O., I'd drink this all the time. Good local hefe. Went down incredibly smooth, no strangeness or funky flavors to be found. Just a good, solid hefe. Would love to have this on tap again.

Photo of degerbah
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow. The aroma is a little yeasty with a hint of banana. The taste reminds me of bananas more than anything else. The aftertaste remains in my mouth a little longer than I'd like. The yeasty taste is kind of disconcerting after a while.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is apparently Canada's best weissbier - about time I got to try it, before tearing into Cafe Volo's more potent offerings...

This beer appears a hazy light peach colour, with three fingers of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves a bit of specked lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of soft grainy wheat, banana, and some mild white pepper. The taste is quite fruity and sweet - apple and pear, mostly - over a very soft wheatiness, and light, dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, but fades quite quickly, the body decently weighted, smooth, and fruity, and it finishes slightly off-dry, with a smidgen of yeast.

Well, even though I am not a big fan of the style, this is still the best weissbier that I have ever had - smooth, tasty, and very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of mintjellie
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and translucent, the body is a shade of pale yellow-orange. Liquid sunshine - the colour actually reminds me of Sunny Delite. Loads of visible carbonation and massive pile of thick, white, and well-retained head which leaves some lacing behind. There are visible yeast floaties circulating in the glass, rising upwards with the carbonation and falling back down again. Banana aroma seems a little muted at first, but comes forward with a bit of warmth and aeration. There's some slightly tart lemon, some clove, and a little bit of what could be bubblegum or vanilla. There really isn't much to the aroma at all. Tastes of banana with lots of tangy lemon coming through midway. Clove isn't overbearing, and a little bit gummy towards the end. Medium bodied and well-carbonated, it manages to feel both light and substantial at the same time. Very refreshing and easy drinking. I like my weizen a little more candy-like though, and remember it being more to my taste when I had this on tap. Still, a pretty solid hefeweizen.

Photo of Tmappin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eat for this wonderful Hefeweizen, much appreciated! 473ml can poured into a Laurelwood pint glass.

A- Hazy straw, golden sun drenched fields of wheat... a finger of quickly dissipating head. No lacing to speak of.

S- Banana... lots and lots of banana... hints of clove and bubble gum. My lady friend loves it, I have to agree it smells wonderful.

T- A little banana, a suggestion of bubble gum... its has a wonderful almost floral component... chamomile? Tastes like delicious.

M- Nice Carbonation, light body, refreshing. This beer was made for summer.

D- Exceptional! This one is a session-able summertime jam! You have a BBQ and you need beer? Pick up this lil gem.

Dear Mr Denison, We would like some of your beer please.

Sincerely, British Columbia

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have had this periodically about town, over the years. Thought it more of a banana smoothie with a high level of carbonation and pronounced yeast, like a yogurt kafir beverage. Nice appearance, like the Pizza Port hefe that is fruit and then bannana. Canadians like this for the bannana and mouthfeel, and its a nice one.

Photo of eat
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this on tap today at Volo and had to re-review, since it's apparently a completely different beer on tap.

Poured with a massive, bright-white meringue-like head, Denison's Weissbier is a glowing golden colour, hazy and opaque. Sheets of rocky lace all down the glass. Awesome retention. There could be no improvement.

Big smell, featuring lemony citrus, wheat, yeast and a pleasant astringency. Musty with a slight banana scent. Nice.

The taste is lots of wheat, citrus, a touch of banana and spice and a bit of dust/must. Prickly bitterness. Wheaty finish. Pretty unique in terms of weissbiers I've had.

Awesome full body for a weiss. Refreshing high carbonation. Great feel.

Completely different brew on tap and canned! The canned version is only a shadow of the tap version, in my opinion. This is extremely sessionable and one of the very best, if not the best, weissbier I've had.

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Canned version from 02-11-2010:

Poured into a weizen glass. Dull, straw-coloured and opaque with cloudiness, its solid cover of bright white head fades to a ring around the glass. Barely any lacing. 3.5

Yeast, freshly baked bread, wheat, peppery, light hops, citrus, a little funky astringency. Only a touch of the banana you would expect in such a beer. Nice smell, but I could use some more presence. 3.5

Wheat, spices (coriander), a pleasant astringency, slight sweetness. Decent hop presence on the finish. I didn't think it was all that great at first but it grew on me. I like how it's a little more bitter than usual for a weiss beer, leaving a slightly drying finish. No alcohol present. 4.0

The feel is pretty nice. Medium body and lightly carbonated.4.0

I don't know...in my opinion there are a couple much better weiss beers in Quebec I would put on the Canadian top 25 ahead of this one. Still, this is quite a drinkable brew and one that I'm happy exists in Ontario, considering the relative absence of decent beers here. 4.0

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's nice to finally see this local gem on the LCBO shelves instead of just on tap. I will be enjoying many at home in the future.

It pours a deep, hazy golden yellow, nice and opaque as expected of the stile. A massive pure white head crowns the elixir lasting well past the halfway mark. Chunks of yeast settled on the bottom with a few catching the sides of the glass.

All the usual suspects for the style showed up in the nose. Right up front were hits of citrus, clove and bubblegum. A mild clove presence cam through accompanied by strong sour apple/ripe fruit esters. A suggestion of bread dough from the yeast came to mind followed by some wet phenol notes.

A big punch of spice and smooth citrus notes were tasted right away, cloves and cinnamon. Mild tartness akin to green apples lent a very refreshing note to the already thirst quenching brew. The spice flavours continues with a nice biting pepper taste, cayenne like in nature. Yeast flavours crept into the brew near the finish, which was overall very clean. Not too much in the way of hop flavour, as to be expected, the balance is there though. A nice body just as one would expect of a Weissbier rounds out this fine local offering.

Overall a damn fine beer and a dead ringer of the style. It's good to see some solid offerings locally made. I can't wait for spring and summer to drink this en mass in my backyard.

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for around $2.60/ea. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Not too bad. Opens ok with a good 1" head and off clear golden color

S- Not much here at all

T- Pretty good. Nice carbonation. Good malt/wheat beer. Very light on the tongue. Very little coriander.

M- Excellent! Like the creaminess and tart in one. Very enjoyable.

O- Very good. Will buy again. Nice blend of blend of North American and Wheat beer. Hope word gets around more of this lovely beer

Food Pairing

This nice little blend beer went well with... Greek salad with chicken

Enjoy!

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At c'est what, poured one finger into a pint glass, cloudy wheat orange colour, creamy patchy lacing. Decent retention as it dwindled to a creamy collar.

Smell is wheat malt, citrus, a little earthy

Taste is wheat malt, orange and a hint of banana, peppery, mild hops.

Light to medium body, sour and dry and mildly bitter.

Very good, true to the style, however slightly disappointing given the hype, does not stand up to some of the german wheats I can grab down the street anytime, nevertheless, damn close to world class.

Photo of paxkey
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, Authentic and Far from Ordinary printed on can.

5.3% abv.
Toronto's Wheat beer since 1990..more on can.

a-cloudy pale orange, honey yellow on edges of glass. two finger bone white head. fluffy head.

a-very grassy smelling. spicy yeast aroma. citrus hops. a little on the fizzy cardboardy side of things overall. its in the malt i'm getting the cardboard smell. not a big fan. smells avery ascerbic.

fresh in the mouth. slightly more acidic fizzy then i like but not terrible. and the aftertaste brings the cardboard back. not strong and offputting but its there.

there is some interesting stuff going on here overall but for me its that malt profile that is knocking this down a bit for me. not sure i'd seek this one out again.

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a golden-straw with just a bit of haze and a half finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Cloves, toasty wheat, a little bananna.

Taste. Again, cloves and toasty wheat but less bananna than the smell. A little bit of nice sour lemon that is actually the highlight in flavours for me.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low in body and medium carbonation. Seems a little bit thin and carbonation isn't as smooth as others of the style.

Overall. Heffe's are'n really my thing, but that being said it smells and tastes great for the style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at C'est What: Cloudy light dirty beige color weizen with a small foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dominating wheat malt is very refreshing. Taste is also dominated by loads of wheat with some very subtle notes of cloves. This is missing some banana ester which I usually look for in this style. Body is quite full with good carbonation. I very enjoyed that beer but I can't say that it is necessarily the best weizen I have ever tasted.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Cloudy yellow colour with one finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, light citrus notes, bready malts.

T - Cloves, bready/grainy malts, belgian yeast, banana, coriander. Very clean and crisp.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not a preferred style of mine but I really enjoyed this one. Clean, crisp and very enjoyable.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the CAN!

Pours a very nice hazy, light sun color. Bright white finger of head, nice lace. Big clove and banana aroma, with a slight spiciness and a touch of citrus. Smells damn good. Less clove and banana on the taste, but it's there. More citrus juices and breadinesss. Crisp feel, nice carbonation.

I have my favorite styles, but a well made beer is a well made beer, and this is definitely a well made beer!

Photo of ZorPrime
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was sent graciously to me by liamt07, an awesome trader. Cheers buddy!

Yellow color beer with some orange notes. Head is white and disappear quickly. Hazed and very opaque.

Aroma is fruity (cloves and bananas). Typical of a Hefeweizen. Inviting.

Taste shows notes of orange and the typical hefeweizen taste (cloves and bananas).

Smooth and very effervescent. Almost no bitterness too. Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice hefeweizen.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at C'est What. This is the best Hefe I have had to date. Very fresh and full of flavour. Has a cloudy orange/yellow color. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of bananas, yeast, citrus and other fruits. The yeast and banana scent becomes stronger as I drink.

After a long day of walking around Toronto this just hit the spot. Very refreshing and smooth. Tastes of bananas, citrus, spices and yeast. If I could buy a keg to take with me I honestly would.

Photo of tatterdash
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in a tall Weizen glass with showed off it's impressive appearance. Cloudy goldenrod with a bubbly white head with fair lacing and retention. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and a bit of acidic yeast. Taste was very wheaty and very refreshing, with a bit of cloves, very straightforward, but great. Very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This a very easy-drinking Hefe-weizen, and I'd like seven please.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Viggo, this was received in CanBIF6 this year. Came in a 500 ml can. Pours out a cloudy pale gold, tall foamy white head that quickly subsides.

Crisp tart wheat in the nose, some mellow sweet malt, prominent banana esters, clove phenols are more mild.

Things switch around in the flavour, with the phenols taking centre stage, light banana ester, rounded grains. Decent flavour profile for a light domestic hefe.

Medium-light mouthfeel, good crisp carbonbation, refreshing.

Pretty impressive for a hefe in a can, not mind blowing, but good to know that it's around.

Photo of Antilochus
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I reached for at Volo. Pint.

Magnificent orange cloudy body; capped with huge pure white head. Soapy and rocky, perfect weiss look.

Aromas: banana, dairy, yeast. Bread. Simple but great.

Palate: more banana, chalky, snappishly dry, some subtle spice, yeast, great mouthfeel. What can I say. Renews my faith in Ontario micros.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Next can has the nice swirling carbonation I would expect which raises the score some. Still a slightly odd smell almost bordering on Brett funk/barnyard (not typical when on tap). Tasty, drinkable beer.

Had this a number of times on tap, first time in the can - let's see how it transitions. 500ml from the LCBO.

Pours the typical unfiltered golden, hard to see through. Loads of big bubbly head build up and then pop right down to nothing. Not much to muster on a swirl, the typical spot on carbonation is not there...

Nose is a nice balance of grains, bubblegum and banana, perhaps leaning a bit toward banana - and then a slightly funny yeasty/mineral note. I'm thinking this can might not be as representative as could be...

Still a very drinkable, tasty brew despite it's 'off'ness. Loads of unfiltered flavor, bubblegum, yeasty fruits, grain, a hint of lemon. Just doesn't have the punch that it would with appropriate carb, kind of a shadow of what I know it to be fresh on tap.

Will have to try again and re-rate from the can, hopefully this is just an aberration. Normally this beer is world-class.

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eat for this one. Enjoyed last night with my supper: ham, potatoes & macaroni salad.

Poured from a 473ml. can & split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light gold body that gets progressively cloudier as i finish the pour and the yeast mixes in. A good deal of foam that lasts pretty good and sticks to the side of the glass. Lovely!

Smell: I love that crisp weissbier aroma, like a gust of fresh air. Banana is predominant with a bread-like feel and a tinge of lemon in there. Very refreshing.

Taste: Heavy on the wheat and banana bread. At first it was a little shy but as it warmed, it opened up a bit more. Some underlying citrus fruit that's not quite lemon but can't put my finger on it. Digging the fresh wheat & yeast combination.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, well balanced flavor-wise but i found the body to be a bit lacking. Not well rounded enough for my tastes though it still is pleasing in the palate.

Drinkability: No troubles. Good taste & easy to drink. Glad to have another can and i'd happily have this on a regular basis.

Overall: Though it's not as good as authentic as a German weissbier, it's pretty close in my opinion and does the style proud. Recommended for sure.

Photo of baiser
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at c'est what. A hazy, pale golden yellow cloud. Looked amazing is all I can say. The head was medium sized, but it looked damn creamy and sat ontop for the entire time. Tonnes of lacing left behind.

Aroma is very fruity and floral. Peach, banana, cloves and very citrusy. Very enticing.

Tasted very sweet and a subtle spicyness that comes through. Not much hop flavour. Nice tartness, and very refreshing for a summer's night.

Was a very full bodied, smooth for a wheat beer. Had quite a bit of carbonation but I thought it was just right. You could see bubbles rising to the top throughout the entire time.

Enjoyed this one alot. I had a sample of this at the st lawrence craft beer show and it lived up to my expectations.

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Denison's Weissbier from Denison's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.