Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch HefeweizenGordon Biersch Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hundreds of years ago in Germany, wheat beers were considered 'breakfast' or 'after church' beers, a testament to their light refreshing flavor and a tradition of drinking them on weekend occasions. We invite you to enjoy our Hefeweizen (hay-fa-VEIT-sen) any day of the week.

12 IBU

Added by Wildman on 06-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
413
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.63%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed some time ago at a friend's place. Poured into a pilsner flute glass out of a 12oz bottle.

Pours a sunset orange amber complete with tons of bubbly carbonation in the glass and a cascading off-khaki head about 3-4 fingers high. Definitely shows itself to be bready and thickened with each swirl, and carbonation holds on relatively well in the glass right here. Doesn't look too unfiltered, but still is quite authentic to style if I've ever seen one. Carbonation lasts a good long while. Lots of lacing is left behind. Extremely well presented.

The aroma is definitely quite on-par with classic Bavarian weissbiers, with some key differences. Vibrant notes of citrus, caramelized banana, light clove, and bubblegum. Lots and lots of bubblegum. Almost to the point of adding extra sweetness that throws off some of the flavors. Nevertheless, the banana esters are spot-on, in spite of the fact that there's a toasted bready grainy character that overpowers the cracked wheat flavors, as well as some sharp bitterness. This is a hard type of beer to brew well - the flavors are all there, but it's almost refined so much that it's verging on a weizenbock, in spite of the low ABV.

The flavor is far more delicate and not as bubblegum forward, which luckily leads to a more satisfying drinking experience. Caramelized banana and toffee abound, combined with toasted wheat, some clove and dried lemon, as well as spices and a bit of bubblegum. Quite malty at the finish, but the yeast and wheat seems to cleanse the palate at the very end. Contains a ton of carbonation, but luckily this aids in making the flavor feel more creamy and filling overall. As most Gordon Biersch offerings, this is quite easy to drink, and does well on its own or paired with food.

I still hold the firm belief that this brewery, no matter how large it may be, brews some of the best German-style beers in the country, and this is no exception. It may have some quirky things going on, but it's quite authentic flavor wise and in feel, and definitely kicks all of these thinner, overtly citrusy wheat-focused beers in a heartbeat. It's pretty great stuff overall - worth checking out for the price.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Hefeweizen I have had since visiting Germany. Most American Hefeweizens are no more than an ale brewed with malted wheat. They have a more bitter flavor to them that you will not find in this beer. Between its beautiful unfiltered golden appearance, wonderful aroma, and unique and enjoyable flavor notes of banana, bubblegum, citrus, and clove, this beer is a perfect selection for any occasion.

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Appearance - Pours a cloudy, rustic orange with an off-white near 2-finger head. Fair retention. Spotty surface. Not much in the way of lacing, but not unusual for a hefe.

Smell - Citrus, bubblegum, banana and clove are are all there, and in abundance. This might be the most aromatic hefe I've ever had.

Taste - Clove spice, citrus and banana upfront and throughout. Bubblegum is hard to find on the tongue. Distant citrus pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Maybe too much. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Hard to believe I hadn't picked this one up before. Regardless, this is a commendable example. If the carbonation was a tad less prickly and with a touch more bubblegum found in the flavor as it is with the nose, this would be right up there with the best of them. Regardless, don't miss out if you see this. Grab one!

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Happy Hour doesn't not get any better than at my local Gordon Biersch. This beer goes down so smooth. It's more of a spring and summer beer, but can really be enjoyed year round. It has a hint of banana that can be both smelt and tasted. If this beer was available in kegs, it would be a permanent staple.

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Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.69 out of 5 based on 413 ratings.
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