Hefeweizen | Cambridge Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
93 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rinhaak
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to discover that CBC was brewing what might just be one of the best hefes I've had from an American brewer. Pouring a murky gold that is radiant in the sun, topped with a thick foamy head, the beer has a fantastic nose that strongly features a spicy clove character. A taste like a spicy banana bread, this is a great hefe that I will certainly return to again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of amphion1065
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at CBC into a pilsner glass. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-gold. It actually looks like a darker tangerine towards the center of the glass, with lighter highlights on the edges. Two-finger white head with solid lacing and great retention.

The aroma is classic: bananas, bubblegum and cloves come through in roughly equal proportion. CBC really nailed the smell here, and there's a great balance of yeast and malty sweetness. A very enticing, great-smelling hefe.

The taste has more of a biscuit flavor than the smell would indicate, but those ester fruits really shine through. In addition to those bananas, there is a light lemon citrus touch. Naturally, there's a strong yeasty component that forms the backbone of the taste. Unfortunately, there's a slight lingering vegetal flavor that becomes more evident as the beer warms - it doesn't kill the whole package, but it is distracting and a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is nice, thin without being watery. The carbonation borders on being overactive, but this is still very easy to put down.

CBC makes some of the best Belgian-style beers of any American brewery, and this is no exception. Possibly the best American hefe I've ever had, and one that I wish I'd drank more of over these summer months.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a bright white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and breadiness. Underlying everything are solid amounts of ripe banana and clove aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth light malts with generous contributions from wheat up front are joined quickly by ripe banana flavors. Midway through mild amounts of breadiness and clove come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer, a very good example for the style that’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at East Coast Grill.

Served with a lemon that I immediately removed.

Appearance was quintessential Hefenweizen. Cloudy hazy lemony color, head was a bit thin but that could be the waitresses fault.

Smell was aromatic, lemon, citrus, bready, yeasty.

Taste was more lemon/citrus than I would like from the style. Banana, Malts & bready yeast notes that followed were quite pleasant. I picked up some subtle pepper/spicey flavors too. Had a crisp clean finish with some slight bitterness that was welcoming. Yum.

Mouthfeel was creamy, very carbonated, had some viscosity that is in line with the style.

Overall a solid Hefe offering that is true to style. Take out some lemons and give it a little more yeast taste and Id say its damn near perfect but thats just my preference. Worth trying but I wouldn't kill a man for it. Ya dig.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 6/5 to kick off my post ABCF brunch. This one was served in a tall thin glass.

Cambridge Brewing's Hefeweizen pours an appropriately hazy dark lemon. There's about a finger of fluffy white foam capping the beer, and it fades a little on the quick side before leaving a bit of lacing still attached to the glass. The yeasty notes jump out from the start in the nose. There's the traditional fruity banana and clove notes, but also a slight tartness that's fairly unique for the style. There's a solid (almost too much) amount of bready pilsner malt notes present as well. The flavor brings more of the same, except with a little bit of a great emphasis on the malty sweetness. It's a shame, because I *really* dig what CBC is getting out of their weizen yeast, and if it was as pronounced as some other hefes I've had, this might well be my favorite version of the style. The carbonation, always the trickier part of the mouthfeel for the style imo, is spot on. Bubbly and active, but a step short of spritzy Belgian territory. The body though, is a bit too present for me, which I guess shouldn't surprise me given how I feel about the malts in the flavor profile. I don't know if I think CBC's Hefeweizen is a little bit over-attenuated, or if the esters and phenols thrown off by the yeast just aren't powerful enough, but the result is a beer that's a slight rebalancing away from being world class.

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Photo of asabreed
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, poured into a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: What I love a Hefe to look like: dirty, but bright, with a good cloudiness and murkiness. Good bright white head settling at the top around the smaller cylindrical part of the glass.

Smell: This thing's fresh and very pungent. Big notes of spicy yeast, mild earthy phenolics, clove and banana, and malt sweetness. Possibly some spiciness because of the hops. Very surprising, as my friend and I have often had conversations about Hefeweizens at smaller places like this not being the best, but this is pretty big and wild.

Taste: Good initial fruit esters with banana and clove, with some peppery spice from the yeast, some nice sweetness from the malt balancing the hops, also bringing some citrus and spice. Long mildly phenolic and fruit estery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good creaminess and a nice burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: I was impressed with this brew. It was perfect weather for a Hefe, and this exceeded my expectations. Had we hit this place at the end of our weekend rather than the beginning, a growler would've been in hand.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Tons of lace that follows a yellow body with noticeable white head. Creamy mouthfeel, clean and refreshing taste. Good example of the style. Fresh aroma. Yeast, only mildly citrus, and a bit bannana. Not too sweet, yet very drinkable.

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Photo of jwheeler85
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a good laugh out of the bartender when I purchased a growler of this...

Her: "Did you see the disclaimer?"
Me: "Huh?"
Her: "Because of the yeast in there the bottle could explode if it gets too hot. Just don't leave it in your trunk or anything like that"
Me: "Uh Huh... Good to know... "

A- Pours a cloudy lemon rind / straw yellow color. Depending on the pour speed and angle, it could have either very little head, or a nice full one.

S- Has a very classic blend of hefeweizen spices like coriander and clove with some orange peel and melon. Very well blended.

T- Again, well blended and balanced maltiness with a bittering finish. Has a tangy yeast funk and subtle spice notes in the middle. Has a thirst quenching honeydew melon and banana flavor under the spices and tanginess.

M- Medium to light bodied with low co2. Easy drinking.

D- While nothing especially noteworthy jumps out, it is perfect in the sense that it is full of classic hefeweizen flavors and nothing offensive.

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Photo of praufs01
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a small head. Could be another bad pour ; ).

Aroma - Very nice fruity smells with a little coriander in the background.

Mouthfeel - Light fizzy carbonation.

Taste - Light banana up front. Very fruity that finishes nicely with a little clove in the aftertaste.

Overall - Yes it's a winner. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with little head. Smells of banana and some clove, but also a light sweet maltiness. The taste is also fairly light with some lightly toasty sweet malt up front, some light banana, some graininess, and a bit of light clove spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly spritzy, and it picks up some more spiciness as it warms. A fairly simple and straightforward hefe, one that I could definitely keep drinking more of.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in weizen glass...proper!

Honey cloudy with no head at all-orange zest in color

Aroma has good closing speed - yeast and wheat electricity is bountiful with nice coriander and zest

Rolls pretty bitter-almost Pilsener-like. Wheat in background is nice-more full-flavored than expected

Rolls very clean-austere grassy bite on the finish but very palate cleansing

Bulkier than average hefe but nice

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 5 oz cylindrical taster.

Just a slight white head on this very cloudy banana-yellow beer.

Aroma is very citrusy for a hefeweizen, along with plenty of yeasty spiciness.

Lots of orange in the flavor, generally a citrus-dominated beer, but balanced pretty well otherwise. Appropriately low bitterness, no detectable hops. Where is that citrus coming from in a hefeweizen? Should be all wheat and yeast.

Mouthfeel is very soft, with saltiness on the lips.

Drinkability is decent in this style that is easy to get wrong.

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Photo of marcpal
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint poured into Hefe glass at Brewpub in Cambridge.

A: Looked great in the tall hefeweizen glass. Puffy and darker shade with a nice head and lacing. Remarkedly hazy and cloudy- wow, borderline opaque.

N: Yeastiness is the first thing, cloves and wheat are there but masked a bit by the banana. Smells are quality on this one. This was perfect for the brutally hot day- couldnt have had a more enticing aroma.

T: Great. The best I have had from a brewpub by far. The banana was powerful without being overboard. There is a hint of lemon that comes on as it is warmed down a bit but just delicious overall. Not as mealy as the appearance would lead you to think, an awesome beer. This is, I hate to say it, weihenstephaner caliber.

M: As I said, lighther than you would have thought by looking at it but great for the style. The wheat left from the mouthfeel really polished it well.

D: Through the roof. Drank a few after having some of the other offerings and went perfect with the mango salad and the tuna dish on a hot night.

Great stuff- I wish I didnt have such a long drive back because I would have liked to bave taken a few growlers back to Jersey. Good job on this one.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick white head that left a nice lace on the glass as I drank. A cloudy sort of hazy straw yellow best describes the color. The aroma was classic banana wheat and this came across in the flavor. As it warmed up it began to take on a citrus like flavor. I enjoyed this beer and hope it stays on tap for awhile so i can have some more.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and so cloudy that you can't see thorugh it. Opaque yellow/orange but more yellow. Thin lace of head.

S- Slighty yeast aroma, wheat is barely noticable behind the banana. Very inviting.

T- Delicous, just like it smells. Could of used more wheat flavor. A little light for me, as far as the wheat flavor is concerned. Yup, it's banana and some light citrus notes.

M- A little thin for the appearance. I expected a thicker beer. Especially since it was an opaque yellow color. Could of used a little more body. Would've rated it higher if it had a better mouthfeel.

D- Very good going down. Nice cool summer night. I had 3 with dinner, 1 after. I thought about getting a growler today. I would've last night but we were there past thier serving time. Very drinkabe.

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Hefeweizen from Cambridge Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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