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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: 2 | 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 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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to viggo for handing this out as an extra and to Azurelimits for bringing a can to a recent tasting.

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow-gold with a nice white head.

S: A bit of banana and bubblegum in the nose, but nothing too overpowering in either direction. A nice delicate balance.

T: Banana, bubblegum, and some soft wheat characteristics. Everything is pretty delicate, but overall a very good flavor.

M: Light and creamy. Good carbonation and very refreshing.

D: A very, very nice drinkable brew. Something that would definitely be a summer staple of mine if I had regular access.

Thorpe429, May 03, 2010
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beer Bistro in a weizen glass.

A - Unfiltered straw yellow color. Two fingers of soapy white foam with a decent amount of retention and a nice lace pattern. I will cut this a little slack as the servers really want to make sure you get the full 500ml and leave scant room for the typical billowing weizen foam.

S - Plenty of banana and yeast flavors, with a touch of lemon, some bready malts, and not a ton of spice or sharp twangy wheat flavors. The yeast takes over a little bit as things warm up.

T - The taste has a touch more clove and black pepper. Otherwise it's pretty similar to the smell, with plenty of bread, yeast, and banana flavors.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, refreshing, a touch of residual stickiness, and a clean minimal aftertaste.

D - This is a very solid and drinkable weizen. I almost always order a half-litre when I am in Toronto as it is generally better than the stale German bottles at the LCBO (which are awesome beers when fresh, mind you). Not as good as New Glarus though...

MasterSki, Aug 03, 2009
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.

Mora2000, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly spicey, and shows a considerable amount of clove, nutmeg and "wheatiness." The clove is not overdone, and overall I thought this beer smelled pretty nice. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but with a hint of citrus in the finish that helps to balance the spice and modest sweetness. The beer is quite smooth and a bit slick on the palate, and finishes well. Drinkability is very, very good. Always appreciate seeing low alcohol beers (relatively speaking) with this amount of flavor.

Quite enjoyable.

John_M, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What?, in Toronto.

Even for a style that is notoriously murky, Denison's is cloudy. The high protein content of the wheat has impaired clarity the same way a few pints of this impairs my ability to dribble a basketball. Its colour is like that of pulpy, blanched orange juice. While I've always associated Denison's with a thick, moussy head, this sample is flat as a prairie mile.

No actual spices were used - unless you consider bona fide German yeast a spice - but you could easily imagine coriander, perhaps even subdued clove. That phenolic zest, however, doesn't lay so much as a single glove on the beer's effervescent, citrusy fruitiness. Fresh-cut wheat and grain also stack up, imparting vivid images of rural farmland.

The taste might seem straightforward enough but it is a cathedral of holy German hefeweizen flavours: crisp, sun-kissed wheat enveloped in mushed bananas, citrusy tang and a candy coating of bubblegum. A generous splash of vanilla turns out an angelic match for the beer's herbaceous notes. It could easily acquire EU citizenship.

"Smooth" is a term best used in a relative sense; this weizen is nowhere near as fluid or neutral as the lagers most people consider 'easy drinking'; if anything, the beer's coarse graininess, fiery phenols and tongue-splitting acidity might prove too pungent for some. Still, the beer's refreshing and pleasant disposition give it definite mass-appeal leanings.

Denison's Weissbier is certainly deserving of its cult following here around the greater Toronto area and as a staple of hometown pride for Ontario beer geeks. For those who long to go to Bavaria, it's a far more affordable way to stamp your passport and, absent the alps, harsh vowels, city squares and castle cathedrals, actually seems a little out of place here.

biegaman, May 12, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

liamt07, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy yellow, slight orange juice tint to it, nice big creamy head, generous lace. Smells overwhelmingly of banana, clove, spiciness, the way a weiss should smell. Taste is sweet malt, banana again, cloves again, very rich and full flavour and a nice pear finish. High carbonation, medium bodied, one of the better weisses I've had!

Viggo, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pint had a dense creamy head on top of a beautifully cloudy, buttery amber beer. The head formed dense lace on the sides of the glass and lasted through the entire pint, with a half inch remaining at the bottom of the glass when I finished. The aroma consisted of citrus and banana with a nice dose of clove spiciness. It starts a bit acidic and citrusy, but with a pleasant sweetness at the same time. Light spiciness along with restrained bitterness and a dry, clean finish. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching while retaining a good complexity of flavours. The texture was quite smooth and a bit slick, with a medium body and medium/high carbonation. Definitely one of the finest hefeweizens I've had the pleasure of tasting and this is one of my standard session beers when I'm out just looking for a couple of pints.

DrJay, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A darker Amber than most hefe weizens. Plenty of hefe, very turbid, very nice. Head is nicely retained, and leaves a little lace!

S: Banana bread with a little citrus.

T: Bready malt, with a little caramel & citrus and a ton of banana flavour!

M: Body is on the heavy side of moderate (quite full for the style), with a smooth, velvety texture. Moderate carbonation works well.

D: Really great.

Derek, Feb 21, 2006
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into pint glass april22 2010

A very cloudy peachy orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere, a dense white head falls fast and leaves no lace

S a fair bit of banana, some spice, a little lemon rind and some bubblegum not bad at all pretty much what I expect from a good example of the style

T thank god it mimics the smell only with a tiny bit of yeast and some cereal. I'm impressed by this one on par with the best wheat beers I've ever had

M light and fluffy in the mouth, well carbonated and very refreshing

D I could drink a large number of these bad boys with little effort. far as great summer beers go this would be high on my list

thanks ritzkiss for knocking this one off the Canadian top 25 for me. I see no reason why this one won't stay there for a long long time

wordemupg, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, served in a brewery weisse glass. The beer was hazy gold colored with a thick foam. The aromas were on target, more clove than banana, maybe a little lactose. Same in the taste, I got the bananas and cloves but a little sour milk and maybe a hops bitterness in the aftertaste. It tasted good but not as good as many other hefeweizens I've had. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick, a solid hefeweizen all around.

TurdFurgison, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

spinrsx, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devin shared this the other day. Thanks, bud.

Mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is very good. Less intense than the best, there's a ton of wheat, rather raw, making this smell really like banana bread. A little spice is present as well, and there's just a little bit more fruit (mango and a little citrus). Rather understated, but nice. The palate opens prominently wheaty with moderate bready flavors and rather delicate array of bananas and clove. Delicately flavored, I do get a little tropical fruit on the finish. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, the finish is dry with a little spice. Excellent stuff, I'd love to try it fresher, though.

DefenCorps, Jul 31, 2010
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.

tbeckett, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes: on-tap at volo.

cloudy yellow gold with a big merangue head of foam that leaves excellent lacing. Aromas of banana, lemon, clove, and spice. Taste is spicy with big banana notes and a little citrus on the back end. Not much for the way of hops, but the malts are bready and delicously balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, drinkability is good.

Solid hefe.

francisweizen, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

EgadBananas, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tom10101, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of summer beer; a quality Hefe with all the banana and bubblegum notes in a tall can. Shame it isn't available in BC. Thanks to Meisterburger for this beer.

Pours hazy dark yellow with a great banana nose. Beer has solid malt backbone to offset the typical Hefe notes. Could drink a few of these and would love to have it on tap. One of Canada's best Hefes

canucklehead, May 02, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Denison's Weissbier is now available on draft in Toronto and in cans throughout select LCBOs in Southern Ontario. Its a great beer, and here's my thoughts on the two incarnations...

Tap version (2008):

Radiant clouded gold body under an effusive white head. Sheets of lace and great retention. A monument to all that is beautiful in beer. Delicious aroma of banana and lemon, with the banana at the fore. A bit of sharp wheat thrown in too. Likewise, once you take a sip you'll find large banana flavours dominate, with a very light compliment of clove and slightly citric wheat character to cut the sweetness and make this beer an excellent refresher. Everything is clean and well-done, and the aftertaste lingers on the tastebuds. Light body (but not watery) and moderate carbonation are pretty textbook for a hefe and make this a great Summer drink.

This is a great local beer, and it warms my heart that Toronto can lay claim to this world-class hefe. It will probably never garner the wider acclaim that it should, but let's keep this our little secret...

Canned version (2009):

Denison's finally made it into a can in the fall of 2009. Its quite a different beast, but still an excellent weisse. Head retention isn't as good as the tap version, but this seems to be a common problem amongst bottled / canned hefes, and it lasts long enough to be respectable. The aroma has slightly more bubblegum and citrus in it than the tap version, but the flavour seems to be almost identical to the one I've grown used to. There's certainly a boatload of banana, clove, light lemon and creamy wheat. A surprising difference is the body, which seemed to have a touch more bulk to it.

While it feels like a slightly different beer there are still those good old Denison notes to remind me that it really isn't. I'd actually find it hard to pick a favourite between the draft and canned versions. While the tap has great banana notes, I really like the heightened bubblegum in the store version. I even had the opportunity to compare the new can to hefes from Sierra Nevada and Kapuziner, and it was still my favourite of the bunch.

Congratulations, Michael!

bobsy, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Rutager, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice thick white head, exactly what you'd want from a hefe. Smells of banana and spices. The banana taste seems to be more muted than the version on tap, but I think there is some added bubble gum sweetness. Also some cloves in there I think. Very smooth mouthfeel. I could drink many of these.

kwjd, Mar 11, 2010
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Denison's Weissbier from Denison's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.