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Arbor Brewing Bavarian BlissArbor Brewing Bavarian Bliss

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Frozensoul327 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by Smithj86:
Photo of Smithj86
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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 tectactoe
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 Brenden
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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 tempest
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

The aroma is spot on with spicy cloves and a hint of banana. On the palate, however, this beer is a beer is too dry and the water is too hard, it even tastes a little salty. The wheat malts and yeast character is still there in the flavor, but the mouthfeel and that dryness really detract from an otherwise tasty hefe.

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Photo of NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CortexBomb
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow body with a decent head on top. Nose is fairly standard for the style: yeast and spice, with some vague clove notes being the most dominant in the latter category.

The flavour is also fairly straight-forward: a thin-bodied but heavily carbonated wheat beer that leans heavily on the malts, but which also incorporates generous helpings of yeast induced spicy notes with some slight banana aspects. Not huge, but enjoyable.

Mouth and drinkability were both slightly above average: reasonable decent body but not remarkable, reasonably good value and easy to drink, but not spectacular.

The bottom line: Arbor's take on the Hefeweizen style is reasonably true, but doesn't do anything particularly special either. A serviceable brew.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Harfatum
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of buschbeer
2.11/5  rDev -39%
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 Skitowneric
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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 HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of oline73
2.49/5  rDev -28%
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 StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of lurpy1
1.12/5  rDev -67.6%
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 GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours an appropriately cloudy, golden, orange-y brown colors with the tiniest hint of head. Mostly just a thick and bubbly ring. Lots of suspended tendrils of yeasty goodness floating through the glass. No lace to speak of.

S: Nice aromas of tangy citrus, toasted bread, cardamom/clove, nutmeg, and a little peek of banana.

T: Tart lemon, toasted malt, and spice right off the bat. After it warms a bit hints of orange/grapefruit, banana, and spicy herbal hops make their appearance.

M: Dry maltiness, and tangy citrus frutiness make for a refreshing palate cleanser.

D: Summer and hefeweizens go hand in hand. This one is pretty good and quite refreshing. I expected more clove/banana/bubble gum flavors but instead was surprised by the refreshingly bracing lemon/citrus flavors.

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Photo of ThatsStout
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of marcb105
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Ghostface
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Colt-Seavers
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 soupyman10
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in an Arbor taster from Holiday Market. Probably my favorite beer out of the bunch, although the Sacred Cow IPA was very good as well. Basically this one hits most of the hefe necessities right on: nice light yellow color with a solid finger of white head, nose of wheat and spices, flavor of lots of citrus, light bananas, and wheat. Good body and solid carbonation. Pours Maybe not the best hefe weizen ever, but definitely a good contribution by an American brewer.

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Photo of sblanton83
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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