Bavarian Hefeweizen | John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/28/09 at Union Station Brewery in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, light malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with strong banana and wheat flavors up front. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked like a banana smoothy with a slight green tint to it. The head was a thin collar of white, but it left behind a few clumps of lace.

Smelled powerfully of bananas and sour wheat and a touch of musky clove.

The tastes started with an orange sweetness piled up on a doughy yeast and finished with a light lemon and sour grains.

The mouth feel was light for the style, but still pretty god.

This beer is really crisp and refreshing and although it isn’t the best example of the style, it’s still very tasty.

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Photo of WonderWoman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this beer was handed to me I thought banana juice. It was a yellow turbid appearance with minimal head.
I couldn’t get much out of the smell but bread and yeast.
It tasted of lemon zest with a bread finish.
This was medium bodied with light carbonation.
I felt this was an inviting hefe, it kind of reminded me of a wit bier.

It was the first hefe I’ve had that wasn’t served with a piece of fruit attached to it…great!!

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Photo of HimerMan
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap 5/26/06 after my excursion to BeerYard.

Looked like dish water mixed with lemonade and lime juice, but in a good way. Very cloudy with a spotted head.

Taste - Mild bitterness, strange aftertaste a bit unfiltered. Hard to put my finger on the taste here, but definitely not my style of beer.

Overall - It is a less intense Hefe, so this may be good for those who are still trying to get into other styles of beer - however, nothing is that impressive with this one.


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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy yellow with a 1 inch head of white that soon dissapates. Very tiny bits of carbonation try their hardest to climb to the top.
Smell is of citrus, pepper, and a hint of bananas.
Taste is of light malt mixed with a mild blend of sugar and bananas and perhaps a touch of creamy vanilla that is attempting to come through somewhere in the mix.
Mouthfeel is light, mildly carbonated and citrusy.
Drinkability is good but there's something that is lacking in there. This one does have potential though.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting hefe in that, although it's called Bavarian, seems to straddle the fence between a true hefe weizen and a Belgian witbier. IT looks like a wit with a very hazy, but not quite cloudy, yellow body beneath a short cap of bright white foam. The ead retention is limited, and it drops rather quickly to a thin collar and almost no surface covering. Lacing, is of course, absolutely minimal.

The nose, however, is quite enticing with notes of lemon and a touch of sulphur - again, more like a wit than a hefe.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly zesty with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. A little bit more zest would be nice, but I understand the problems that can cause at a brewpub with pouring so I'll let that slide a bit. Still, it should be higher.

The flavor is nicely rounded with lush notes of sweetish wheat malt accented by its vibrant lemony yeastiness and some somewhat citrusy hop flavors (although they are very limited). It's very nicely balanced by a firm bitterness; and it finishes with a delicate note of sweetish wheaty malt that lingers lightly on the tongue. It's flavorful without being over-done; leaving it very drinkable.

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Bavarian Hefeweizen from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
3.63 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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