Hefeweizen | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
3.71/5
39 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Clybourn brewpub, not the production brewery. Needs to be moved here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1148

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,749
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
39
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wrigleyville. This is an easy drinking. Orange and wheat aroma. Middling mouthfeel, which is a little light for this style. Carbonation is right there. Somewhat sweet, a tad of banana.A little yeasty. Altogether a summer beer. In a word, competent.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Wrigleyville brewpub.

And here the 2011 Bachelor Party extravaganza beginneth! It pours a cloudy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, clove, light banana peel, dry grass, and light orange rind. The taste picks things up significantly, with notes of mandarin orange, banana, clove, and light buttered biscuit. The body is a hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. I have never had a hefe go down so smoothly. Overall, a very nice hefe, though the smell leaves something to be desired. I'd definitely rather see this stuff bottled over 312 and the like...

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Goose Island Clyborne location
This beer has a thin off-white head that sits a top a hazy deep gold colored beer. Clove notes dominate the aroma, but there is some banana and a pleasing tart lemon character here as well. The taste is soft and smooth up front. It finishes with a nice clove element and a certain sharpness that seems to be derived from the carbonation, a certain acidity, and an overall yeast character. Once again, I am quite impressed by these beers. This is a great quaffer on a humid Chicago afternoon: light, refreshing, fruity, with a good crispness & flavor from the wheat. I really like the sharpness that is in the finish, it helps to balance the rest of the flavor components found in this beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub, served in a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy amber, bit of orange highlighting, thick cloudy white head, nice sticky lacing, decent retention. Smell is weissbier like, sweet malts, banana, clove, quite spicy, light fruits, not bad. Taste is sweet, tons of banana, spice, fruit, wheat, bready, some yeast, sweet caramelly finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Decent weissbier, not the best but pretty competent for the style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. It was served in a tall hefe-weizen glass and had a hazy golden color with a cumulus-like head. It smelled just as good as any of the best German breweries I've tried, fruity and clovy. The taste was nearly perfect too. Goose Island should bottle this stuff, I'd buy it before Paulaner.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Redrover
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Wrigleyville outpost.

The beer was a golden yellow. Minimum head. Very hazy and with nice lacing. Perfect pour and perfect appearance for style

Smell is clove and spice. Lots of malt rises up to meet your nose. Very nice!

The taste is very German which to me means they have the taste nailed. The beer is incredibly refreshing. Great wheat malt balance. Spicy notes are just perfect.

Easy to drink beer here and a damn fine representative of this style!

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of misternebbie
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Bieniek30
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjd315
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Chris-1911
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of deebo
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clybourn.
A-Very hazy, white filmy head. Burnt yellow color.
S-Clove, banana bread, malty.
T-Like most other hefes but with some alcohol bite. Also some phenols. Overall quality is grainy with nice notes of banana like esters and cloves.
M-Nice smooth body.
O-The alcohols take away from the drinkability of this hefe. A bit bitter in the finish for my taste.

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Photo of botham
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap into a weizen glass at the Clybourn Brewpub in Chicago. pour sa yellowish amber color, with a decent haze and a minimal off white head.

aroma is of light citrus and a subtle spiced quality, along with a grainy base that seems to take over the profile in the nose. this is quite grainy for a hefe, without enough hops to balance it out.

taste is more of the same, with more of a grainy profile and a citrusy finish. banana and cloves are the predominant malt present, along with a bit of lingering citrus in the aftertaste, with the same grainy character from the front of the palate.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a citrusy and light body, along with a lightly creamy finish of residual grain and banana.

drinkability is good. this is a bit grainy for a hefe, so it falls short of a great brew. could be a bit more complex in profile, as well as lighter in body for the flavors present. not the best from Goose Island.

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Photo of Beric
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on the brewery tour in mid-July. Honestly not super impressed with this hefeweizen, though it was definitely among the more drinkable options served at the tour. Definitely a drinkable American hefeweizen, but one that lacks a lot of the depth and richness of the German exemplars. Decent flavors, if a little sweet and overbearing on the banana note, and with a thin malt backbone. Drinkable.

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Photo of karst
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Clyborne location.

Pours a unfiltered hazy deep gold with a thin white head that does not persist.
According to Miguell, a German yeast is used that give this its Banana and clove esters. Some lemon citrus adds to the fuity aroma. Mildly sweet wheat malt flavor with lighter body and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is strong and adds to crisp sharp finish.

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Hefeweizen from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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