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Arbor Brewing Bavarian BlissArbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss

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Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, banana, bubblegum, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, banana, bubblegum, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate spicy/herbal bitter finish with slight wheat tartness; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, bubblegum, clove, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice standard hefeweizen style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

overall i like this take on a Hefe' from Arbor.
the key here is the agitation prior to the pour, if you don't mix up the sediment before you pour you are going to miss out on allot of what this beer has going for it.
golden wheat colored with a decent head that laces.
spice, banana (light), YEAST, bread, cloves. really good flavor throughout.
my wife also likes this beer allot, which says saomething... she is real picky on her beer.
it's either "yuck" or "awesome". this one was awesome.
may purchase again if the mood strikes, a very good local Hefe.

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Photo of Colt-Seavers
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Initial pour (12 oz. bottle poured into an American pint glass) is clear honey-gold with large American Adjunct like carbonation bubbles. This produced 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaving a small amount of beer at the bottom, I agitated softly until all the sediment was in suspension, then poured into the the glass. Instant transformation; cloudy medium honey-gold; very appealing in the light.

S: Banana, pears in light syrup, faint malt, light spice all integrating symbiotically creating an alluring invitation to taste.

T: Fruit forward; not overpowering but direct. Banana, pear, orange zest, clove, yeast, wheat, and faint hops. This beer starts with the fruit forward banana and pear leading into a sweet finish that is faintly bitter at the very end.

F: On the light side initially, but with a sharp, large bubble, carbonation forward feel asserting itself quickly. This is tamed toward the bottom of the glass, revealing a less carbonated slightly oily feel. Still light overall.

O: Flavorful and easy to drink. I will definitely purchase more. Not at all what I expected due to preconceived notions (see below).

The space where the Arbor Brewing Companies' Ann Arbor, MI location sits, used to be the Washington Street Station. I liked this Bar very much in my youth. All good things come to an end, and so did the Washington Street station. So I was excited when it was announced that a Brew-pub I was slated to fill the Washington Street Station's location. When I attended, I sat at the bar with the brewing vessels in plain sight. I ordered their wheat beer (on tap); flat, watery, flavorless, abysmal. Unappealing. I went back a couple years later in 1998 thinking that they may have the bugs worked out; the same. I'd made up my mind at that point that the German's, Belgium's, and specific American anomalies (Bell's, Sierra-Nevada, etc.) could brew quality beer. Most of the emerging brew pubs (in Michigan) were sub-par at best. So as a result, I ignored the Arbor Brewing Company for almost 2 decades. After tasting this bottled representation, they seem to be getting their ducks in a row. I can't help but think that allot of the mediocre reviews they are receiving are due to improper pours (leaving behind the sediment on the bottom of the bottle). At any rate, if this is an indication of what Arbor Brewing is becoming, I'll try more of their offerings. Nice job with Bavarian Bliss.

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Photo of Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This Hefeweizen is a bright, clear gold color with a small and wispy white head that keeps a layer up and puts down light spotting.
Particularly in the aroma, the clove and banana come out nicely. Spicing seems to be the major focus, with a bit of a gentle bite always present. It goes mildly floral in the middle and into the finish, while the other elements remain. In the flavor particularly, the clove and banana dwindle in the end a bit.
The feel starts off on the fuller end of a light body but thins out somewhat. It's not soft, per se, but it smooths out with time and is very crisp all the way through.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Nose: banana, fruit, bubblegum, very faint clove, no hop.
Pours hazy amber - not cloudy, under a 3" bone white head that quickly dissipates.
Palate: Banana, bread, bubblegum, wheaty tartness are there but are not as big as in many Hefeweizens. Tastes a little toned down. Would be a good introductory beer fior those not familiar with the style.
Medium full body, effervescent but not creamy.

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Photo of deadchef
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint glass from bottle.

a: poured a nice head but didn't last long. swirled the yeast out of the bottom for a more traditional look.

s: smells like a hefe! light clove and honey.

t: slightly tart, low hop bitterness. finishes clean.

m: light-medium body.

o: very nice beer! easy drinking with alcohol on the low side makes this a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of Beric
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler at the Corner Brewery
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: It's hard to speak to this one since I had it in a sampler. It's definitely hazy, but the head was minimal and died quickly after pouring. Normally hefeweizen heads stick around a little longer. This could have been improved. It also looked like they didn't have any weizen glasses at the bar (everything is served in something that looks like a Maßkrug, depending on size), so not sure that's necessarily a positive thing either.

Smell: Smells like a hefeweizen- very banana-y, though my friends said they definitely smelled clove in addition to the banana. I never seem to pick up on other flavors other than banana in a hefeweizen.

Taste: This one grew on me as I drank it. There is definitely something 'hard' about his beer compared to the German ones. German Hefeweizen seems smooth and almost fuzzy at times, and this one first tasted like it had some 'hard' notes in it. But after I gave it a chance and slowly drank the rest of the sampler, I really came to enjoy this one. I think I would rate it akin to an Erdinger- not the best hefeweizen, but certainly above average.

Mouthfeel: Again, this was probably skewed from the sampler, but it felt more carbonated than what I would want.

Overall: An above average hefeweizen, akin in flavor to other respectable American varieties, such as Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada. In comparison to German Hefeweizen, with which I am more familiar, this one doesn't quite stack up. The banana flavor is just a little to harsh ('hard') and the mouthfeel just doesn't quite cut it. If Weihenstephaner Hefe-Wießbier is the gold standard, this probably takes a bronze). Overall though, a good beer, and one I would certainly buy again.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an orangy yellow. quite hazy. small foamy head that fades slowly

Smell: bananas are very strong and just about dominate the beer. some slight spiciness to it.

Taste: again the bananas are strong but on the backside there are some clove and spice flavors

Mouthfeel: good and lighter

Overall: a middle of the road hefeweizen. not great but not bad. it has some good flavors but it is neither complex nor unique.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into one of my weizen glasses. This beer pours a clear medium golden color. Much clearer than I am used to beers of this style being. The nice white head is about an inch thick when first poured and settles to a decent foam layer about 1/4 inch thick and ten eventually to a nice medium size ring lining the inside of the glass. Little lace though. Aromas are a bit of citrus, toasted bread, and banana clove. Has a good citrusy, slightly toasted bready malt flavor along with banana clove spice. Rounded out with a touch of hop bitterness on the back end of the tongue. Very tasty. Has a slightly crisp, but malty smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A pretty decent beer overall and flavor wise pretty much spot on for this style, but I feel it could have benefited from a bit more carbonation.


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Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, light orange color with a centimeter-thick head that disappears somewhat quickly.

Smell - I definitely smell the banana, along with some clove, and the lemon. I can't really point anything else out.. just some unknown spices lol.

Taste - Strong banana flavor, clove and other spices, and lemon zest. A somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer but it it doesn't taste like a wheat ale I was expecting. I guess I'm just not familiar with this style of beer

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Photo of oline73
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a little off white head that goes away.

Smell: Standard hefe spices. There is some banana and clove along with some citrus notes.

Taste: This beer is fine until you start to drink it. It tastes like a normal hefe right off the bat, but those good flavors of fruit and spice fade to watery and then a bit sour. Light malt, but the off taste takes over. The finish is bitter and a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a very good beer. Definitely won't have another.

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Photo of mactrail
2.34/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This reminds me more of a Berliner Weisse. Vinegary aroma, thin body, and an acidic flavor. It's definitely not any kind of German-style Hefeweizen. It's hard to tell if there is just something wrong with the stuff, which may be one reason reviews for this beer vary so much. Bitterness is rather pronounced, like a Pilsener, and the body is about that light. Any hint of malt is lost somewhere. It may simply be that whatever bacteria got a start here has been eating the sugar and leaving a strange bitterness behind. Strikes out after a few thoughtful sips and is heading for the showers.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appeared a very nice hazy orange with a huge big white head that was well retained and left some nice lacing. The beer gave off a very pleasant wheat aroma. Not great, but better than some American made Hefeweizens. The taste of the beer was good wheat flavor, but it was light on the banana and cloves that a good Hefe would have. The beer had a lighter feel to it, super easy to drink and very enjoyable. Overall, a quality brew and one that I hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of lurpy1
1.12/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought at Big Ten in East Lansing and swilled straight from the bottle.

Well, attempted to swill. Once the cap's off, it's obvious there's trouble, as a foul, bitter, college slumming-beer stench hits me. As bad as that is the taste might be worst: Acrid, rotten, fermented soggy bread. Remember when as a kid you first stole a sip of your dad's beer and wondered why the f*ck anyone would drink something that vile? This is the impression I have of Bavarian Bliss. I run to the sink because I can't wait to get this stuff down the drain.

This isn't the best rated beer on the site, but nothing to suggest THIS, so something must have gone wrong with the bottle. Not to mention, Arbor is a small brewery, no doubt working hard to make good beer, and I'm out here telling the world they made something worse than MGD? So while I feel guilty about the review, I stand by it, and hope I just got a bad, bad bottle.

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Photo of mothman
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into TH Weizen glass

Pours only 1/2 finger of off-white head. Fades down a bit leaving no lace. Color is a hazy golden orange. A lot of active carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: Cloves and sweet spice notes. Seems to have some ginger. Wheat and banana flavors. Maybe a random touch of coconut.

Taste: This one is way off. The flavors are so muted here. Wheat and grassy hops. A small amount of bananas. Maybe some cloves. But all so light.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bland aftertaste that I am not enjoying.

Overall, this one just didn't hit the spot for me. Not too many solid flavors in the taste. Just seemed to be off. I don't really want to finish the rest of this bottle.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brew pub as part of a sampler. A definite middle of the road beer for them, below average craft beer...nice look to this beer, very cloudy neonish color yellow. The aroma is a little too clovey and is the downfall of this beer. The taste balances things out with a little sourness that is unexpected. Bring down the clove and I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of Skitowneric
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured fast down the middle, but very little head.

Classic smell of bannana and cloves.

Very light tasting. Thin.

Tastes and smells like they used the proper fermentation temperature and yeast...but did not use the proper grains to achieve this style of beer.

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Photo of icetraxx
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Comes in a Weizen glass with a nice 3 finger head that remains through most of the beer. Some lacing is noticeable. The beer is hazy and sort of true to the style, but I find that this beer is a bit whitish/pale for the style.

S: Smells like citrus and clove. Possibly some malt and banana in the background. Why is there any citrus in here? The tart/banana/clove/fruity aromas are so muted they are almost absent. Smells suspiciously like a standard american-wheat, which isn't bad, but this beer fails to emulate the style properly and thus remains average at best.

T: Citrus and wheat malt. A touch of clove spicyness and no hops. No complexity and no authenticity. Even forgetting that this is supposed to be a robust hefe, this beer remains a rather bland american-wheat beer at best.

M: Overly carbonated and average.

D: No authenticity, no flavor, no deal. Next beer please.

O: A very bland Hefe-Weisse that fails to have any resemblance to the Bavarian beers to which this one was named.

Other Thoughts: There are better beers at ABC, get their Belgians instead (which are quite tasty).

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Photo of buschbeer
2.11/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I made a vigorous pour to achieve very little head. It is golden in color. It has a cider smell to it. It doesn't have much taste up front, but it finishes sour. It is watery. I thought I may have gotten a bad batch, but other reviewers have had similar conclusions. I may have to try this one fresh from the tap next time I'm in Ann Arbor to give it a second chance.


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Photo of alkemy
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold pour with no discernable head. Bready sweetness and citrus scents. Citrus dominates the flavor. The bready yeast and banana is there, but really overpowered by the orange/lemon zest. Just a little too much citrus for me. Has a very sour finish. Thanks to buschbeer for seeking this out to try, but I won't be having any more.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and semi-transparent. I had almost no head on mine.

Smell: A pretty strong wheat aroma.

Taste: Frankly, I was expecting more. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have quite the flavor that I was expecting. It had some wheat flavor with not much hop in the background, but it was there. No banana or clove flavor typical of Hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: Had some body, but not much. It was pretty thin.

Drinkability: To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong: I liked this beer, I thought it was good. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like a Hefeweizen to me. It seemed more like an American Pale Wheat Ale. For that, it was good, for a Hefeweizen, it was not so good.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A a hazy off yellow color pour with a thin foamy white head, slight lacing left, light carbonation. Aroma of wheat,light clove and bananna. Flavor is somewhat watered down, very light, some wheat malt a little yeastyness,light clove and bananna, oily mouthfeel,light body, undercarbonated , sessionable , a very light spice in the finish,lightly sweet , an odd brew , sort of misses the mark, nothing offensive but lacking in many areas for me to buy again .

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Photo of straybeer
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a weizen glass.

A: Pours an intensely cloudy, golden, yellow. Very little head and no lacing.

S: Strong citrus, yeast, and dough. Mild aroma of clove and banana.

T: Lots of citrus, hints of banana and clove. Finish is spicy, slightly sour, and a little dry.

M: Mild carbonation and light body.

D: Enjoyable. Interesting how citrusy it smells and tastes. Not a bad hefeweizen, but I prefer others.

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Photo of Smithj86
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Good mouth feel and rich, smooth beery goodness. No aftertaste whatsoever. Could be a bit stronger, but very flavorful. Nice cloudy tan appearance. Apparently, I drank it wrong, though--you're supposed to pour 3/4 into a glass, swirl the bottle few times, and pour the contents into the glass with the rest of the beer. At any rate, this is a very rich hefeweizen, with slight fruity flavor.

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Photo of Harfatum
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a spicy beer! I don't know if I've had one as spicy as this. Take an orange slice and drop it in a barrel of spices - this is it. As others have noted, this is a fairly cloudy brew. Not quite as drinkable as some other wheat beers like Oberon, but for those who enjoy a spicy and slightly more bitter wheat beer this is worth a try.

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