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Denison's Weissbier - Denison's Brewing Company

Denison's WeissbierDenison's Weissbier

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very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%

Brewed by:
Denison's Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by liamt07:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass (didn't have a weizen glass available!). Born on date L2610 (Nov. 26/2010).

Poured a golden orange, with a predominantly fizzy head the disappeared immediately (similar to that of a cola). No lace or retention, but a helluva lot of carbonation evident here. Wheat and banana dominate the nose, with a light spice and bubblegum to be found a bit deeper. Same flavours come through on the palate, but feel somewhat muted compared to the nose. Some alcohol felt here which is a bit surprising, and the carbonation is a bit high for my liking. Still maintains good drinkability, but the can is far inferior to having this on tap.

Serving type: can

01-22-2011 17:35:00 | More by liamt07
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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 1989 to 2003, Denison's Brewing Company was located at 75 Victoria Street in Toronto, Ontario. Since 20 03, two of its most popular beers have been produced under licensing agreements. Denison's Weissbier and Dunkel are now brewed under the direction of the original Brewmaster, Michael Hancock at the Cool Beer Brewing Company in Etobicoke, Ontario. The smallest amount previously available for retail sale was a 20 litre keg, but Denison's Weissbier ("Weissbier") is now available in 473 ml cans at select LCBO stores.

We sampled Weissbier on October 14, 2011 in a 473 ml can with no visible date code. Weissbier was 5.3% alcohol by volume. The beer poured a very cloudy yellow/orange colour which was unchanged when held up to the light. Given the extreme cloudiness, there was no visible carbonation. A 1 inch fluffy white head lasted for about 5 minutes before shrinking to a thin film and foamy collar which left no spotting or lacing down the glass. Its aroma was primarily lemon citrus with just a touch of banana, but unfortunately these were accompanied by a mildly unpleasant acerbic smell. The taste began with yeast and citrus, followed by a hint of banana, and finished with a sour flavour. A sour/lemon aftertaste didn't linger long enough to be objectionable. Weissbier was light to medium bodied with enough carbonation to make it refreshing. Overall, I'd rate this beer as a decent effort, but the banana aroma and taste are too understated for my liking, and I could do without the acerbic smell all together. It also lacked the clove aroma and taste typical of weissbiers. If I was in the mood for a wheat beer, I'd reach for a Weihenstephaner or Blanche de Chambly instead.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 01:56:20 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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


Serving type: can

04-12-2014 17:09:30 | More by DaveBar
Photo of WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-23-2014 23:42:35 | More by WillAndSarah
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can from the LCBO for $2.70 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass (really need to get new glassware).

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colored beer that becomes more transparent after pouring. 1.5 fingers of glorious,creamy white head with huge lacing were poured. The head lingers a bit and tons of bubbles are present. Did I mention the intoxicating look of the lacing?

Smell - Fermenting banana, glove. Some vague bitterness there too, but the banana is definitely the star. Weird off putting metallicness combines with the banana to have outputting smell at first but improves steadily as the beer warms. Because I served the beer a bit too cold and the aroma did improve as it warmed I will give it a relative pass here. It was pretty good smelling by the time I was half way into the beer.

Taste - Wheat, banana, clove some sweetness but restrained well like many of the excellent variations of this style. Some bubblegum n there too but once again the banana flavor steals the show. Quite delicious, if a bitter sweeter than others in the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth creamy and refined, well crafted with high carbonation and medium-light bodied.

Overall - Quite delicious, about as good as the last time I had this, although the nose can cause some problems if served too cold. Otherwise, one of the best tasting and feeling hefeweizens I've ever had.

Serving type: can

11-20-2013 05:00:03 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-06-2013 04:09:18 | More by mick303
Photo of valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-23-2013 07:14:07 | More by valianes
Photo of CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-23-2013 12:50:54 | More by CurtisD
Photo of sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-17-2013 16:29:13 | More by sdm9465
Photo of randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-10-2013 05:04:53 | More by randallpink
Photo of WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-06-2013 06:54:28 | More by WeizenMike
Photo of tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-24-2013 14:42:03 | More by tom10101
Photo of 307x

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-07-2013 23:13:33 | More by 307x
Photo of KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-25-2013 02:37:26 | More by KrisDLSmith
Photo of jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-21-2013 22:24:26 | More by jmkoscie
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very cloudy yellow beer, not a ton of foam and it dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell is citrus, banana, hops and wheat, very appetizing.

wheat and yeast in the taste backed by some nice citrus and just a hint of banana.

very light body, but a fair amount of carbonation, very smooth but a bit of a slick aftertaste.

overall, great tasting beer, reflective of the style and on par with a lot of the european hefe's definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 20:53:12 | More by NV9
Photo of Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw colour with orange hues in it. High carbonation is visible. Head is a solid inch and is white and frothy.

S: Wheat, Spices, hints of cloves and banana.

T: Flavours are a bit soft. Cloves and banana are in the background while the wheat takes over.

M: Thin, a bit watery and carbonation feels low.

O: Appearance and smell are good but the flavour disappoints and mouth feel even more.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 01:22:27 | More by Kremlock
Photo of yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

02-27-2013 02:04:53 | More by yancot
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-13-2013 03:59:00 | More by DaPan
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, wheat malts, cloves and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, banana notes from the yeast, cloves, some breadiness and some wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 19:00:41 | More by SebD
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.1%

11-06-2012 16:46:19 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange one finger white head, little retention and lace. Smell is full of banana and cloves, a bit of spice, yeasty, fruity almost citrus like notes as well. Taste is like the nose lots of banana and clove, bubblegum and a light sweetness, yeasty with a big malty presence mid palate into the finish, a little more banana there as well. Medium crisp carbonation, lightish-medium feel. A nice hefe that can hang with some of the better ones, certainly a beer that I have enjoyed on tap a little more than in the can but something I will still pick up now and again.

Serving type: can

10-09-2012 18:16:39 | More by peensteen
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2012 01:53:03 | More by Rutager
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can received in trade from Jason - thanks!

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, lemon, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and lots of banana. There is also a nice mix of spices - coriander/cloves and a touch of a honey sweetness. It ends with a mildly spicy yet fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, this is surprisingly good stuff. It can compete with some of the well known European hefe's. I really like the banana flavour and it has a fantastic balance. I'd drink it again anytime.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 00:48:29 | More by spinrsx
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

06-06-2012 02:09:06 | More by 500MLperWeek
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Denison's Weissbier from Denison's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.