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Denison's Weissbier - Denison's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
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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Photo of Jeffo
2.17/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In a very generous trade with peensteen this summer. Thanks for coming by man!

From a 500ml can into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very fizzy, thin, bubbly, soapy looking, white head with lousy retention. Cloudy amber orange in color with lots of carbonation, even for a weizen. Head quickly fades to a thin, bubbly film with loads of fizzing carbonation all over the top. Only a ring remains until the end leaving zero lacing down the glass. Looks like an ugly weizen really.

SMELL: Mild nose of wheat malt, bread, with some nice banana and lemon esters as well. Some spicy clove notes play a roll as well. Nice, but too mild to be any better than average for the style.

TASTE: Some wheat malt with light bready notes and clove flavors. Mild lemon and wheat notes, but it's relatively empty and watery through the middle and into the swallow. Aftertaste is mild but lingering, with some wheat, lemon and hints of clove, but is also unimpressive. While not off-putting or anything, this is certainly a little watery and bland.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate at best. Goes down watery and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: The nose showed some promise, but the taste and feel, while not off-putting per se, were certainly not up to standards to be called a Bavarian Style Wheat Beer. The look also sucked. This brew gets a lot of praise around here, so I can only hope this was a lousy can. As it stands now, however, this is not nearly as good as touted, and is nowhere close to the Bavarian standard. I’ll give it another go if I see it though. Every brew deserves a second chance. Thanks again peensteen.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of Wordslinger
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I recently received this one from MeisterBurger. Over the summer I was introduced to heffes and really enjoyed the local one, so let's see what Ontario has to offer, shall we?

Pouring into a glass results in a translucent pale straw color with two fingers of white head. Head is somewhat slow to disappear.

Smell contains some wheat, some clove, some banana, but also some yeasty smell that reminds me of a lager.

Definitely some wheat flavor. Very moist. Some citrus taste, but unfortunately the citrus becomes a slightly unpleasant sour near the end. Some banana is there if you search for it, but is far more prevalent in the aftertaste (as in, I was burping banana briefly)

Overall, it is pretty good.... until that sourness kicks in. Most reviews lauding this beverage thus far seem to be from tap, so I don't know if it just that the can's are suffering a bit, or I got a bad can or what. Whatever the reason, the sourness is there for me, and it brings down the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. It is not enough to make me discard the beer, but it is enough to make me not want to risk a second glass.

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 500MLperWeek
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy yellow-orange with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a lingering ring.

Smell - Spicy cloves and vaguely citrusy hops followed by bready malt sweetness, and just a hint of characteristic banana and vanilla.

Taste - Surprisingly thin. Echoes of the armoa, but somewhat watery. Not bad by any means, just lighlty flavoured. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of Kremlock
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got my pops to haul this back from Toronto a few days ago. Of a list of 3-4 beers this is the only one he could find there so bottoms up!

A - Really cloudy with a few floating chunks and heavy carbonation. Initial head gone to nothing very fast. Dark orange sorta colour. No lacing or retention.

S - Good banana and mild sweet spice. Seems fairly subdued.

T - Banana, yeast, and sweet spice combo. Not bad. Balanced and no one element takes the cake.

M - Strong carbonation and a light/medium body. A slight sweet finish in the back. Very smooth.

O/D - I was expecting alot more from this sucker. It was refreshing but it lacked the punch that alot of other Hefes bring.

Photo of beerpirates
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can 473 ml poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A: unfilterd golden colour , head of 1 finger that comes down in seconds leaving no head at all , no lacing at the glass

S: aromas of banana, wheat and ?? I cant find anything else

T: was just like it smelled only more; bananas, cloves, and wheat, taste is to soft and watery , aftertaste disappears very fast and only leaves some wheat taste behind


M: little carbonation , watery , not very smooth ,

Overall, its à good brew , but not wow

Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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 WeizenMike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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