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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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 39
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 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 Shy5
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

@ the brewpub.

Translucent, dark hay color with a hearty dish soap head. Big lacey patch down the middle of my glass like a Christmas tree.

Smells liek clove and just ripe, partially green banana. Tastes like clove and just ripe, partially green banana. Spritzy. There's a soapy residue that coats my mouth after each sip that I'm not a fan of.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 oz glass on tap

pours an un-real Yellow/straw color. Very deep, very cloudy.

smells and tastes of wheat (duh), grains, yeast and lemmons.

extremely refreshing on this 90 + degree day, later cooled down by some mid afternoon thunder storms.

One of my alltime favorite examples of this beer. Nice job CBC.

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Photo of brewhiker
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light banana-orange color, with good effervescence. A lemony smell and flavor (with NO wedge of lemon, thank goodness!)
Exceptionally drinkable in the sunshine of CBC's outdoor patio.
I'm usually not a big fan of Hefe's but this is quite a good one. Perfect for a summer's day.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This headless hefe was served in a typical tumbler at the CBC. The mild banana, clove and grain aroma was a pleasant invitation to enjoy this mild and refreshing ale. While the fruit and clove flavors were a bit mild, I enjoyed the interplay with the wheat notes. There is no horrifying American wheat beer flavor in the ale, which seems to be a mild, wheatier variant of the Triple Threat. It's a nice seasonal offering.

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

Cloudy golden straw beer with a thin white lace. Fruity esters, banana, spice (clove) and phenols in the aroma. Crisp, light-bodied, fruity backdrop with a coarse mouthfeel. Mildly sweet & malty. Sharp lemon-y, bitter bite that is followed by a yeasty/spicy clove edge which rides into the finish.

I little less malty and alcoholic than previous years (5.5%), but this is still a delicious Hefeweizen, and one that I look forward to each summer. Skoal to Will Meyers!

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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 Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a couple of pints of this last night (28JUN04) with Alewife and I was quite pleased. Still short on the head, but had the typical Hefe look. Smoothed out a bit on the tongue, and more clove/banana evident in both the nose and flavor. Easy quaffin'!!
Prosit!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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(Original review: 03JUN02) I was a bit let down by this; had heard it was an A-1 Hefe-, and I was expecting a lot more from it. Had a light golden-pale yellowish color. Yeast-induced cloudiness, with a small head, little lace. Good whiffs of banana/clove in the nose, in typical Bavarian fashion. Flavor didn't follow through, though. There was the banana/clove/yeasty combo, but it was lacking a bit. Sort of thin in the taste, with a somewhat bitter, lingering finish. Medium body, but more carbonation than I like in a Hefe-. (This edition is at 5.5% abv)...(3.5/4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5 = 3.6)

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Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, straw-golden color with a thin white head that eventually fades completely.

Smell: Banana fruitiness, with some grain and yeast on the swirl.

Taste: Sweet banana and bubblegum upfront. Moves into a citric flavor in the center, and ends with husky grain and yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely a nice summer brew. It's thirst-quenching, and pretty easy to have a few of.

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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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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