Burleigh Hefeweizen | Burleigh Brewing Co.

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Burleigh HefeweizenBurleigh Hefeweizen

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Burleigh Brewing Co.

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 08-13-2008

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Photo of Camallan
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale gold with a very quickly disappearing head.
Aroma shows light wheat, lemon and faint cloves. Little else.
Same flavours, lots more of that bready wheat, followed by a subtle weak bitterness.
Carbonation is too low for a wheat beer.

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Photo of spicelab
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange with a very restrained head for a Hefe. Retention isn't great either, rapidly dropping to nought.

Impressive depth of yeast character. Apple strudel, pear danish, banana, fairy floss and mild band-aidy phenolics. Grainy wheat lurking underneath.

Taste displays more of the grainy wheat character, which at once smooths out and dulls the ester profile.

Fairly light entry, hefted up a little from the wheat. Carbonation is a bit full-on and in-your-face.

Very nicely done and definitely one of the better Hefeweizens going around. Strikes as a completely different beer from when I first tried it 2 years ago. Don't know whether they changed the recipe/brewing or if this bottle was in much better nick.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Stavage
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with minimal and very thin head which became a very thin bubbly lacing in no time. The liquid itself was a hazy orange amber. Didn't look bad, but didn't look like a hefeweizen.

I got a sweet malt smell, a touch of clove spice and even a little nutty yeast. I did notice a banana smell but only because my nose was searching for it in expectation.

Taste was dominated by a smooth malt sweetness which is partially cut with a a dry clove and citrus bite.

Had a pleasingly smooth mouthfeel, a light bodied drink with medium carbonation. Left the mouth relatively dry making it quite refreshing. Worked well to wash down my meal and would make quite a pleasant drink in hot weather.

My immediate impression was that this beer was not horrible but it was certainly not a hefeweizen. Now that the bottle is finished this beer still does not seem like a hefeweizen to me, but as a refreshing and drinkable summer time beer it certainly works a treat. Sometimes I want a decent basic ale without the hops bite of a pale ale. This beer fits that bill well.

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Photo of juju7
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best Aussie made Hefeweizens I have had (which doesn't say a lot for Aussie hefs but still). It looks the part, has all those lovely banana, clove, bubblegum notes going on the nose and drinks very smooth. Nice medium carbonation helps it slide down very easy, begging for another bottle. Probably a little too light in body and lacking in depth is all.

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Photo of Hyperionecta
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of soju6
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a weak head that fades quickly to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of Citrus and banana with a bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of banana, some citrus with a very light sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Not a bad beer, reminds me more of a Belgian Witbier than a German "Hef".

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of magpieken
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of koolk
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange in colour, it offers little head and no retention.

Interesting and pleasing nose of sweet candied bananas with a touch of spice. Not overly complex or powerful, but good.

Flavours on the palate are light and unimpressive. Some citrus and tropical fruits but not a whole lot more. Thin and watery.

Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet with a tangy after taste. Not very nice. Not really digging the taste.

Nice smelling beer, pretty boring palate. Not a bad hefe from an Aussie brewer, but you can do so much better with the Germans for not a whole lot more money.

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Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 20.01.10. From Dan Murphy Mona Vale.

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a 1" rocky white head.

Slight cidery note up front, citrus hints, rusty metal, touch of candy, funky hint of vegetable decay. Warms to a fleshy, nutty aroma.

Wheat malt, slight sour tinge. Fairly noticable herbaceous hop flavour for style, and a moderate bitterness as well.

Chewy, tingly, and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, slightly pale gold colour, with lots of fizz but little head - a whisper of bubbles on top sinks almost immediately and I'm left with a very lagery-looking hefe. Looks over-carbonated and under cloudy.

Touches of banana on the nose and also some mild citrus rind that sometimes comes with it. Fair amount of sour-bitter blend and a slightly coppery edge. Smells quite sweet at the front, but it's milder, and most of the aroma comes from the metallic character at the back. Not bad, but underwhelming and lacking in the classic hefe spice character.

Taste is quite sweet - yeah, a candy sort of sensation. Fair amount of banana and vanilla on the front crawling into a bubblegum flavour towards the mid. Mid-palate expands with a metallic and very phenolic flavour sensation. Lots of copper, cough medicine and a hint of rubber. A little bit too much of that though, and it's unbalanced to the brinks of unpleasantness. Back palate catches the tail of these flavours and finishes with a tickle of a sour yeast character. Not one of these elements would make an outright bad beer, but I'm put off firstly because none of the classic hefe characters are here to a significant extent, giving way to an overdone lagery flavour that's too strong to be refreshing, and secondly because the balance is off, and the flavours just don't mesh together.

Feel is a little slimy, I guess a bit too thin, with a slightly harsh sizzle on the back as it goes down. I hate to keep bashing on about this, but it's not a classic hefe texture.

Not a revolting beer, but not very good. There are far better hefeweizens being made in Oz.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear yellow gold colour, with just a fizzle of head that spends itself quickly, dissipating to a ring of tiny bubbles around the edges. For something that calls itself a hefeweizen, it's incredibly clear, despite the fact I swirled the bottom third of the bottle trying to stir up some sediment. Nothing. A real shame - this is a very lacklustre looking beer.

Nose is analogous to the look - slight spice of cloves, and a hint of tangy citrus, but very mild and not very flavoursome. You can just tell what it's trying to be, but it's very light on, and not very exciting.

I don't know how long I can keep beating this horse, but all the characters match - they're all like a pale, dull shadow of a real hefe. The taste is slightly sweet on the fore, with a hint of pepper and spice on the back, but all incredibly muted and rather watery. It's as though I'm perceiving the beer through several layers of frosted glass. I can tell what's there, but it's all vague and indistinct. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with just a erratic burst of carbonation.

A very average beer in my opinion. There's nothing really off about it, it's just incredibly dull and only barely scraping acceptability stylistically. Better than generic Australian swill, but really, I shouldn't be making the comparison at all.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of deg
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good golden brown color. On the first sniff, I picked up lots of banana and bread, and something else. Maybe a little spice? I couldn't pick that something else up on subsequent sniffs. I could taste a little clove when I drank it. Pleasing carbonation. Easy to drink, I could easily drink more.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dull yellowish orange colour with a very pour head for a hefe.

S - Usual hefe aroma but with an enhanced bubblegum aspect. Wheat, yeast, citrus, clove.

T - Follows the nose, including the big bubblegum character. Very tasty but lacking in depth of flavour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy mouthful.

O - As a lover of hefes, Ill happily drink this again anytime, as long as there isn't a Weihenstephan around. Not sure it justified an international award.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I certainly love my Hefe's, and hopefully BB Co. can deliver with their "Hef". There is however a touch of trepidation as I try Hef; I'm yet to have an Aussie Weissbier that impresses me like the German originals. It's with that trepidation that I launch into a glass of Hef, will it compare or even compete? Let's see.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: First off - Hef looks good. It looks like a real German Weiss should with it's cloudy soft orange body and a meaty 2cm white head that reduces a little (as I expected).

S: Banana and clove Phenols and sour dough yeast characters; still ticking boxes here. There is a worrying musty aroma that gives an impression of the first breaking point with Hef, however I am judging it against German Weissbiers - many of which have been in production since the middle ages, big shoes to fill!

T: Impressive, most impressive. Hef has the classic wheat beer flavours; grains on the base, banana/clove front to back palate and sour bread yeast throughout. The finish is mild in bitterness (wheat beers generally hold back on the hops) and slightly dry. There is a hint of honey in the mid-palate that gives this brew a nice flourish.

M: Excellent body (if somewhat over carbonated) that I was not expecting. Neither watery or creamy it fits right between.

D: Bravo Burleigh Brewing! This is without a doubt the best beer I've had of theirs if not the best wheat beer you will find in Australia. How does it compare with it's German brethren though? It's definitely up there with the titans (Weihenstephaner I'm looking at you). Highly recommended if you want to try an Australian Weissbier.

Food match: Roast pork and kartoffel is always a wheat beer winner. For an Aussie spin on a German classic you could add Lemon Myrtle oil to the kartoffel. Vegetarians always have the tofu-turkey option (or "tofurkey" as I like to call it) instead of the roast pork.

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Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow colour with average carbonation and leaves a one finger head and and little lacing,the aromas are banannas and bubblegum,it has an average mouthfeel with nice hints of bubble gum candied banannas which finishes with a nice dose of wheat on the palette,not bad but have seen better out there of this style.

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Photo of drpimento
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The clerk at the BWS store recommended this, but to me it’s pretty average. Poured at a good a temperature with a sudsy head into a rinsed, but apparently not so clean hotel glass with a small, sudsy, short lived, off-white head and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with some large bubble trails. Aroma is the traditional Bavarian fruit profile with yeast and some malt. Flavor’s like nose, plus some bitter and just a hint of tang as low carbonation. Body is also a tad thin. Finish is like flavor but somewhat lackluster. Nothing special, but not bad.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very hazy deep yellow with a thin layer of bubbly white head that fades almost immediately. Lots of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Same as most hefes, lemon, bubble gum, and yeast up front with hints of pepper in the back.

T - Follows the aroma pretty similarly. Lemon with hints of light fruits like pear and apple followed up by the distinct hefe taste of bubblegum and yeast. Very tangy.

M - Thin to medium body, heavily carbonated. Finish is sweet and tangy like most of the taste with the light fruit flavor lingering.

O - Pretty standard hefe, good though. I could easily enjoy multiple in one sitting and wouldn't mind doing so.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 03 2013 From Slowbeer

Pours a cloudy straw. Barely half a finger head comes and goes to film. Poor.

Sweet nose, cloves and banana candy.

Taste is very yeast driven. Cloves yes, bananas barely there. And more yeast. As it warms, other subtle flvours come out like a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel has dreaded mineral water tang at first, but interestingly that passes and becomes much more refeshing.

I was looking forward to drinking and reviewing this one. A World Beer Cup winner, but a low placing here had me intigued. I guess I go more with the BA crowd than the judges, but still good beer, in taste if not looks.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with an alright label, have to admit that I do like the mo.

Appearance: not sure this looks much like a hefe - pours a clear mid golden-straw. Update: a light haze after rolling the second bottle. A half-finger white head that dissipates after only a few seconds. Mediocre for a hefe.

Aroma: picks up on the nose - plenty of the traditional clove aroma with a quite strong malt - odd for a hefeweizen. None-the-less, promising.

Taste: and then, let down again. The best way to describe the taste is: awkward. Some spice in the back, but the palate is almost entirely dominated by an awkward, fug-like wheat-malt combination of unknown origins. Not awful, but not what I would have expected from Burleigh.

Aftertaste: a pleasant bitterness does cut through in the aftertaste, still a bit of that awkward fug though.

Mouth feel: the mouthfeel is just about right. Mid-thickness with a fair old whack of carbonation. Somewhat dry on the finish too.

Overall: I have always found Burleigh Brewery a bit of a hit or miss - they made the great My Wife's Bitter, 28 Pale Ale and FIG Jam IPA, but also cursed the world with the unbearably awful BigHead no carb. This beer is something I never thought I would assign to a Burleigh brew - it is boring. Not much really going on as far as a hefe is concerned - awkward malt and wheat with a touch of spice. Add the AU$62 a case price (2014) and this one is a no-go. Not offensive, just dull.

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Burleigh Hefeweizen from Burleigh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 31 ratings