Goose Island Beer Co.

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
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3.98 | pDev: 13.32%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: A spring time favorite, this amber German Weizen has a soft red color and a caramel sweetness from the crystal malts that are nicely accentuated by the expressive German Hefeweizen yeast strain from one of the world's oldest breweries, which produce an array of banana and clove in the aroma and finishes slightly sweet and dry.

15 IBU
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

A red wheat, eh? Alright... It pours a cloudy russet-garnet topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light dark wheat, and a touch of whipped cream. The taste follows suit, with the clove riding in on a wheat-y stallion to start things off, followed by a quick, cleansing wave of straight banana, and then everything finishes in a spicy bit of wheat and light orange zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a very nice hefe, a take on the style I hope to see elsewhere in the future.

Apr 24, 2012
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy tan/ruby body, finger head, great lacing!

S: banana, clove, wheat

T: mild banana front, firm malt, clove crisp finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish

O: Very interesting brew by Goose Island, well done.
A dark body, light flavorful wheat beer; sessionable dunkel weiss?
I could have more than a few.


May 18, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint glass at GI Wrigley...The beer is super dark for a hefe, medium brown, murky, light tan head about two fingers...The aroma is overwhelming with all clove. I love clove but when its this much its just a huge turn off...The taste is also all clove way too much its just not enjoyable...The feel is ok, drinkability takes a hit.

Jun 17, 2010
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Lexx from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served first in a sample glass just after it was tapped, and then in a weiss glass at the Clybourn brewpub.
Extremely cloudy, wheaty apple cider color with a giant, creamy head.
The scent is banana, somewhat belgian, orange zest, some rotten orange, and clove.
The taste is quite mild, gentle and pleasant. There's a soft sweetness, malty, significant banana and clove, and it's quite bready, almost tastes like eating rye bread.
Quite pleasant, a very very nice rotweizen.

May 29, 2007
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silenius from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red wheat beer from Goose Island. Goose Island is doing some good things with wheat beers recently (the 312 notwithstanding).

Pours a very murky red brown like unfiltered apple cider. Smallish tan head disappears quickly with little lacing.

Smell is light bubblegum and ripe banana.

The taste is where it is at. Nice round maltiness with bubblegum, banana, and clove coming through. Soft and supple with a slightly zingy twist to the traditional hefeweizen taste. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little carbonation bite noticed.

Very drinkable beer.

May 18, 2005
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint served in a proper Weiss glass at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. Never heard of this style before, so I was quite interested. Insanely cloudy and dark red brown, looked kind of like iced tea. Had a nice white billowy head, that dissipated and laced very well. Smelled of bubblegum, malts, some spicy hops and classic banana/clove weiss smell. Tastes very wheaty, with a malty rye backbone and big spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, this beer was very tasty and smooth. Very recommended, I think this one could hold its own against almost any weiss in the books.

May 15, 2005
Rotweizen from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 8 ratings