Mission Hefeweizen | Mission Brewery

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Mission HefeweizenMission Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of anon
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy orange hue this one. Small fluff sits atop, with soft carbonation and no lace.

Smell and aroma go hand-in-hand; lots of clove up front, wheat, yeast, bread, straw, malt, light pear and, of course, banana comes through heavy. Medium-bodied, a bit dry. The flavours are there but are missing that pop. Just a straightforward take on the style with no wow factor, but altogether not a horrible beer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical fruity smell of Hefeweizen beers, but this one seems to have a dominate banana smell and taste. Interesting beer to sip on. Not bad for when you just want a single beer to sip on at the end of the day.

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Photo of sightless
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought this was not a bad way to do a Hefeweizen. Honestly, I think they got it down pretty good. It definitely has an 'American-ness' to it. But I don't view that as a bad thing. Came out nice from the tap. Good flavors throughout.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.14/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma of vanilla, light banana, clove, straw. Taste banana, light spice, straw, vanilla, pears; pretty harsh and bitter. rather astringent. Not a good rep of the style!

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +18.7%

08/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. On tap. A revisit to the very robust concoction. They say there is no fruit herein, but whatever is giving it the assertive flavor sure works. Full body & flavorful.

07/25/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Excellent brew. A tad thick for a full on summer session beer, for my taste, but it makes up for it in flavor.

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Photo of chickenflea
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour rises up into large fizzy head, but rapidly dissipates - almost no lace. Initially clear but murky after adding yeast from bottom of bottle. Nose of clove, over-ripe apples, mildly peppery phenols - very promising. Carbonation is a bit fizzy and rough, not creamy. It's a bit unsettling. Flavor is yeasty and a bit quite sour with a bit of spiciness. Finish is dry with white pepper and lime. I like the beer. It is very refreshing. But when Mission Brewery says on the label that the beer is a "German-style wheat beer", I would have to say that Mission did not quite hit the mark for the hefeweizen (at least not how it is interpreted at this time.)

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, color is straw gold, head did not appear.

Smell is sweet, not much wheat or hefe yeast scents.

Taste is overly sweet, almost syrupy, hefe flavor is subdued, no wheat flavors noted.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, maybe overcarbonated, or biting from the yeast flavors.

Overall, a subpar hefeweizen, too sweet and harsh in mouthfeel. Maybe this is an off bottle, but does not have hefe profile in nose and flavor.

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Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden cloudy amber with a small quickly fading white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet fruits, banana, wheat with some yeast, mild bitterness. A medium body, crisp mouth feel with good carbonation on the palate. Finishes with sweet fruity notes, some banana, wheat and yeast flavors with light bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a good, crisp and refreshing session ale.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date tasted: July 6, 2013... Glassware: weizen glass... Occasion: mucho food o at Jim and Maria's annual 4th (6th) of July party....Appearance: thick, foamy head that recedes to a single finger of white cloud; body is sunset orange with thick chunks of sediment sailing up and down its coast--a yeasty depot at the glass's bottom... Aroma: banana and clove, as the bottle promises; yeasts are soft, less doughy than expected... Palate: medium-bodied, teethy impact on the mouth; a pleasant presence that doesn't dominate--acidic, too... Taste: VERY subtly in its profile; the banana acquiesces and the clove is a gentle tickle at the throat--no problems, but not outstanding... Overall: smooth and useful, this hefe is indeed NOT a lemon-suds extravaganza, as its label warns its peers have become; its heft and subtlety make adding a lemon possible but negotiable; can't see this on par with any real German offering, but the price was right....

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Photo of JLOcolorado
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was a little disappointed. I was so excited to try the hefe since it was the first time we could get it in Colorado. Sorry to say but I will probably never buy it again, I will stick to the local brews instead. Epic failure on this one, but they did redeem themselves with the Dark Seas.

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Photo of searsclone
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into a new belgium globe glass. opaque butterscotch yellow with no head to speak of. no lace either.

smell is bread, sour fruits, pineapple, and pretzels.

taste is mostly sour citrus.

mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. decent carbonation, even though it looks completely flat.

overall, I really wanted to like this one, but it was just very average to me.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tab in San Diego- Poured into a pint glass. Medium amber/copper with a minimal head. A touch on the darker side for a hefe. Smell is a bit subdued. A little banana/cloves but not much else, a little disappointing. Taste is the typical fruity, malty hefe on the front, but finishes with a hint of metalic bitter/sourness. I get some orange and bread as well, but a bit of an aftertaste. Feel is nothing spectacular. Okay carbonation and a tad thick for the style. Overall- It's a pretty average hefe that brings nothing special to the table. It would be a lot better and more sessionable minus the sour/metalic finish. Won't seek it out, but would drink a free one if offered-

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Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, bananas, a rustiness/metallic notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lots of citric acid and some banana. There is also some light spices/yeast notes. It ends with a tart citric acid aftertaste.

Overall – Some shades of a sour with this beer.. it really isn't as drinkable as it should be. It seems like a poorly made beer and not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this hefe pours a thick hazy honey orange, with a thin white head that disspates almost immediately, several streams of steady carbonation meander to the top

S - some big spice notes, especially nutmeg or coriander along with some non-hoppy citrus zest aromas

T - the spice characteristics are less defined in the taste than in the aroma, more of a spice amalgam. and they lose some bite in favor ofsome tart sweetness, which is nota good thing. some maltsmake an appearance in the back of the sip mellowing out the spice and yeast qualities

M&D - overall, not the best Hefe I have had, maybe on par with Sam Adams, but it is of quality and has good taste. a great session Hefe, would make an excellent introductory beer to a craft beer newbie, would also be an excellent sitting-on-the-porch-after-mowing-the-lawn beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, spice, banana, and slight bubblegum. Taste is much the same and pretty sweet. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange, with a finger width head. Poor retention. The resulting lace is spotty at best.

Smell - Notes of wheat and some serious citrus aromas.

Taste - Starts with a modest hint traditional hef flavors, but this is quickly run over steam roller style by a tremendous amount of citric acids; comes across as dirty pineapple, and then it finishes with some serious lemon bite. WTF?

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with an aggressive amount of carbonation... or maybe that's just the acidity nipping at my tongue.

Overall - Fooled by the label. It claims to be a traditional bavarian hef, but the aggressive citric acids suggests anything but. Do they think us dumb? With an honest label, this probably gets a nudge in overall rating, but I'm not going to sit here and give a beer high marks with such a clearly deceptive description. Clearly States it's "Unlike the lemon-laden beers that flood the market under the same name." Funny, that's EXACTLY what it is.

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Photo of Brushkanna
2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The head is gone quickly
Smells light and tart
Taste it is a bit sour, tart with some overripe banana, not what I expected from a hefeweizen style
Mouthfeel not much here
I don't like to write bad reviews but this is not a beer to buy, I would avoid it until they update their recipe

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this on tap a few times in the Burgh over the last year, snagged a bottle last night on Mount Washington from a cool affordable bottleshop, Packs and Dogs. Pours a murky clouded orange golden nectarine hue with a large flowing cloud of off white head. Aroma has big banana, citrus, and bubblegum flowing forth in the nose, definitely has those love-able German yeast esters. Clove is kicking in the background with just barely a nipple of herbal hop dust. Sturdy flavorful yeast components, sharp wheat sweetness cut with a mild acidic yogurt like tartness, big clove and pink bubblegum balanced with citrus/banana tropical fruit. I like this beer, it's a true hefe brewed on the West Coast, good flowing high end of the carbonation scale with slightly chewy girth to it from the proteins in the yeast sediment. Damn that's a good wheat beer, I really like it ballsy flavorful hefeweizen if there ever was one.

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Photo of CraftLoverSD
1.86/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer should not be labeled a Hef. It mgiht be great if you are expecting some other type of ale that has a little bit of yeast and has some tart taste to it. But a hef this is definitely not. I think this would earn a double face slap from a German brewery if they were given this and told it was a hef. For the type it is disgusting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and caramel come in. The hops presence is milk but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Hefeweizen to drink for a while but at $8.25 for a 10oz. pour there are several better and less expensive options within the style.

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Photo of riversider76
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange. Very little head and no lacing. Aroma is of tart fruit,and bready malts. Body is thin with some carbonation. Taste is of sour dough,sour fruit. Not tart...sour. Not a lot of what I like so much about this style. Not very goodin my humble opinion. I recommend you avoid.

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Photo of exodus1369
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do love Mission beer but this one was just aveage. Nothing really jumped out at me. Has a ligher taste then I like from a Hefeweizen. And it is very light in substance. Not sure if it is just becuase it was in a bottle for longer then it should have been but reading other reviews on this I agree with most every one else. Good taste... just not a lot of it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a fairly respectable take on the style, if not outstanding or exceptional. Overall it sticks pretty close to the tradition. Cloudy orange color with a big fluffy off white head and good lacing. Appearance is fairly spot-on.

Expected aroma of yeast, spices, banana, clove, bubblegum. Continues in the tasting, with banana and clove dominant. Touches of lemon tartness and a fairly high degree of sweetness for the style. Nothing outlandish or surprising here.

Mouthfeel is decent enough, with a body on the medium-thin side and good carbonation. Finishes clean.

I am a pretty big fan of hefeweizen and rarely buy one not made in Germany as they’re readily available and set the standard by which all others must be measured. I also live very close to a German beer garden which always has a few wheat beers on offer at the height of freshness. I’d have to say by comparison Mission has done a respectable job here and I’m glad I tried this but I can’t see myself coming back when the real thing is both better and easier to get AND priced about the same.

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Photo of thain709
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - The body was a golden yellow with a slight haze to it...there was two fingers worth of white head...despite the carbonation bubbles the head fell quickly to a wispy cap and didn't leave much lacing behind

S - Rather weak on the nose...banana, yeast, and some fruitiness...a little watered down as well

T - Of course the banana is the first flavor that jumps out...it's followed by a creamy, chewy yeast...I usually don't mind that in a Hefe, but there was something a little weird about it...a sweet flavor comes in towards the end of the beer...caramel dipped wheat malt is what comes to mind

M - Medium bodied...sweet with caramel and fruit...but there's something odd lingering in there as well

O - I know the intent for this beer was there, but it just came up short on all aspects...the nose was weak and there was an odd flavor throughout the beer...I'll stick with Mission's IPAs

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a curiously clear gold with no head or lace, odd for a hefeweizen. The aroma is of dough, some citrus, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is typical hefeweizen banana, a little subdued, dough, and a malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Mission Hefeweizen is an average brew, recommended.

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