Mission Hefeweizen | Mission Brewery

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Mission HefeweizenMission Hefeweizen

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Mission Brewery
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ahpark
4.52/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at O'Brien's a night ago. Poured a golden yellow color, like most hefes do, but the smell was quite different; it was sweet, almost champagne-like.

Taste was very fruity as well, with hints of bananas, various flowers, and some hard candy-like flavors. No aftertaste of wheat like most hefes; if I had to compare, I'd actually say it tasted like a more fragrant, sweeter Duvel. I was completely thrown off and thought my buddy had bought us a Belgian ale than a hefe.

Drinkability is superb; c'mon, it's a hefe with very fruity flavors that's reminiscent of Duvel, with half the ABV. I could see myself draining a whole sixer of these in one night, easy.

I only wish they bottled this stuff up and sold it at least at the local liquor stores around here.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, nice lacing. Amber, brownish, mustardy color.

S-Yeast, banana, clove, pear, malts. Very nice aroma, I wish I could describe it better.

T-Banana, clove, the pear really shines here, malts and some yeast.

M-Light bodied with a nice presence in your mouth. Low on the carbonation side but it's just right.

D-Easy drinking beer that would
go well with any season.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with small smattering of bubbles out of the tap.

S: Banana esters certainly, baked bread, cereal.

T: Heavy on the banana and very full flavoured. Bubblegum in there as well, pastry bread, really no clove. On the sweeter side of this style, probably the best tasting hefe I have ever had.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, not really yeasty at all.

D: An outstanding hefe, I think the freshness really helps it compared to its German counterparts. Never had anything from Mission before, but I was quite impressed with this brew.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.36/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another bottle with olieipa and patron wizard. a recent gem from my last trip to holiday wine cellar

pours golden with a one finger fluffy head that sticks around but then recedes on the quick side. very little lacing. looks pretty good.

smell is excellent. banana esters are strong. with faint hints of yeast and clove. i would just like to sit and smell this baby all night. its a beautiful smell.

taste is good. this is a solid hef. sweet. this is a big banana experience. beautiful. amazing burp taste.

this is so nice to see something simple that is this great. no imperial hef. no big beer hef. just a simple down to earth hefeweizen. great work mission

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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 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 gthornton
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We made a trip to Germany for our honeymoon last year, and since then have had a German-style bug that needs its fix about once a week. I respect the other beers from this brewery, so decided to give this a try.

Appearance: Murky, dense amber gold. The head did not retain very long, but lacing is good.

Aroma: The nose gives off a subtle citrus, and banana. Light hop aroma. Strong clover, and a hint of anise come through.

Taste: The first time I reviewed this beer, I noted that the "middle is dominated by citrus zest and pears as well as subtle banana notes." This time around I am getting more clove and banana with a light citrus backing. I think it is an improvement in this regard.

Mouthfeel: The beer is fuller than I last remembered. I commented in my initial review that I did not think that the mouthfeel was as rich as the German examples we had.

Drinkability: I am loving this beer right now. Extremely quaffable, and deceptively drinkable. I prefer this style more to blondes/kolsch, so it is a bias, yet let's face it, informed, opinion when I say I prefer this over the blonde.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Mission brewery.

A: Hazy yellow orange with an inch of white foam.

S: White pepper and clove with grainy malt. Esters are redolent of banana, pear, and bubblegum. Nice.

T: Banana and lightly spicy clove notes accompany bubblegum. Malt is grainy with some wheat. All aspects are balanced.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good American-made Hefeweizen.

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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 Chizoad
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly enjoyable hefeweizen. Haven't had anything else from this brewer but this wasn't a bad start.

Served in a tall glass, about a finger of frothy head over a cloudy yellow-orange beer. Looks nice, but not like the Weihenstephaner hefe.

Mostly banana, some cloves in the nose.

Lemony taste, the banana is muted, and not a lot of sugar. Without the sweetness the beer has a little more zip to it, but isn't as well rounded. Good mouthfeel though, with the right body for the style. Went down easy enough without becoming boring.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big fat thanks I owe Mauerhan. Shits getting old.

Pours a completely opaque gold. Small head of white bubbles with great legs just like ... nevermind.

Tradidional smell of banana and cloves buried in wheat. Maybe oranges. Nice.

Taste is just the same. Delicious actually.

Smooth and lip smacking good. Refreshing even.

Overall: a treat

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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 jds619
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellowy orange with a head that doesn't stick around long. Scent is of pear and clove. Taste is banana and spicy yeast. I haven't tasted this much spice in this style before. A nice change from what most hefeweizens taste like. I would definitely have another at some point.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose: banana dominates with cloves and esters. Mild citrus hops.

pour: pale orange, slightly hazy but not opaque. Pours with a white head, but dissipates quickly and never returns.

taste: banana and citrus up front with a clove/slightly hoppy dry finish.

mouth: medium viscosity. Medium carbonation which accents the banana/clove.

Drink: medium-high. Pretty easy to drink and would be nice on hot summer day. A better Hef than many other american/commercial examples, but by no means the best. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at least twice before, from a growler and 12oz bottle that Chris Fisher generously shared on two separate occasions. I was very impressed by this beer the first time I had it and even thought it was one of the best Hefeweizens made in the U.S. Thanks to my buddy Danny from La Bella for this labeled 22oz bottle.

A little description from the label:
Our award winning Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen is unlike the lemon-laden beers that flood the market under the same name. Ours is a classic, a pious ode to the summer style, replete with hints of banana, clove and pear. It's all in all refreshing, and no fruit was added--nor needed. Instead the complex character of the beer is produced through mastery, detail and authentic Bavarian yeast. 5.3% ABV, 15 IBU

The beer pours a pale yellow and very fizzy, hardly any head retention. A few bubbles slowly and somewhat monotonously rise to the top. A very thin ring forms with the last ounce from the bottle. Not enough haze on this beer. Very lacking in appearance of a typical Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.

Banana and wheat bread at first with notes of clove in the background, slight bubblegum, and hints of citrus. Slightly spicy as well. Good balance between the wheat malt, esters and phenols. A little more citrus later on with some soft white pepper, wild flowers, pear, and honey.

Tasty banana, wheat, slightly sweet nuts, hints of bubblegum, and a touch of caramel in the finish. Hints of vanilla in the aftertaste. A bit of a citrus wheat zing in the aftertaste. Well balanced just like the aroma. Very tasty but just missing something...maybe a little more carbonation to pick it up in the end.

Medium-low carbonation, nice body on the palate and quite refreshing.

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Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber that weigh's in at 5.3%ABV and has 15 IBU's. Poured into a weizen glass a hazy yellow gold with a pure white one-finger foam head. The head disipates to nothing before your eyes making an audible fizzy sound like effervescence.

Sweet fruity nose with wheat and yeastiness. Estery and phenolic sweet fruit aroma, with lots of banana, pear, wheat, yeast and spice of clove.

Sweet and very fruity taste with a bit of spice to the finish. Lots of banana and bubblegum with light caramel malt and wheatness. A light bitterness to the finish with notes of clove and perhaps coriander, leaving a lingering spice on the tongue.

Light-medium body with less carbonation than appears, the alcohol stays out of the picture completely. Overall a fairly sturdy hefe that's quite drinkable...just a tad cloying with the sweetness.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow beer with an understated head for the style.

Smell is cloves and banana in about the same proportions. Soft yeast and wheat malt scent no hops apparent. Little bit of what I call "Orange Circus Peanut" scent.

The taste starts out mild and fine carbonated with a well-balanced Banana and clove flavor with far more banana than the scent would make you think. Refreshing Hefeweizen flavor, this is a good competitor for the German Beers right yeast used and not favoring just banana or clove, both.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly good and better than the smell made me think at first. Flavor makes up for what the appearance and smell lack. Real Hefeweizen taste from San Diego.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart wheat beer.

Pours an attractive light amber in the glass with a nice head. Carbonation lasts well. Perfumey flavors and fragrant nose. Not exactly bananas and cloves, but interesting fruitiness. More on the lemon side and rather acidic. Hops are negligible at 15 IBU. I don't know the vintage of this bottle but label claims 5.3% ABV.

A watery kind of Hefeweizen and very drinkable. I don't see any reason to hate it, unless there are some batches that had sanitation problems.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky copper, near white tight bubbled head leaves to disk fast.
Some sudsy lace.

S - Banana pie. Ripe ripe bananas. That is pretty much all I get.

T - Again, mostly banana, with some wheat/straw notes and a little lemon lime.

M - Heavily overbalanced to the banana, it would seem.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-yellow body with a discouragingly small-sized, fizzy, white head. No amount of vigorous swirling can seem to resuscitate it.

Smell: Tangy-scented wheat aroma with supporting notes of citrus, dried banana chips, clove, and one solitary drop of vanilla.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat taste with some crisp graininess and a full dose of sugary sweetness. Sure, it's a bit on the sweet side for a hefeweizen, but I'll let that slide. Touches of faintly tart citrus, banana, and lightly spicy clove follow. Very minimal amount of hop bitterness. Then, it's back to the citrus, banana, vanilla blend giving a suggestion of a smoothie, in terms of flavor. Lightly effervescent, dry finish with a lasting hint of tangy wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight smooth, creamy wheat-bolstered mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. I'd say a little work on the appearance is in order, but otherwise it's a fairly enjoyable, easy drinking hefe.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer. Poured a hazy orange with a medium white head that leaves lacing. Overall, the beer isn't quite on par with the best of Germany, but it's a fine stab at the style. I'd be happy to have a keg at a summer BBQ or brew something similar myself. The flavor is just a touch light, but still a pleasant mix of creamy orange with hint of toasty wheat, earthy hops, and brewers yeast. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a small weizen glass, this beer pours a clear golden straw with a half inch of fizzy head. Retention is less than 30 seconds, with nary a bubble in sight after that. Strikingly clear for a 'Hefe'.

Mostly sweetened banana on the nose, with a hint of wheat. The banana chip comment below is quite appropriate from my view. Just a bit more depth beyond that, but not much. A good swirl will throw off some yeast notes but it is very short lived.

Flavor follows the nose and finishes with a bit more of the sweet banana notes. A lingering sense of ripe banana exists but nothing else. This beer has little body as might have been predicted by the immediate blow off of carbonation. As a result the finish is subpar and the sweetness is overly evident. Little yeast, very little wheat, and the notes of banana are somewhat odd.

The fact that this sells at a premium to other local breweries year round offerings is a bit of a travesty. 'Bavarian style hefeweizen at 5.3% ABV' Surely this bottle may have had some carbonation issues but given other reviews I don't sense that was the case. No markings as for freshness date.

Edit: A fresh bottle bears no resemblance whatsoever to my original experience, perhaps the new downtown brew house has a bit more control? Pour is your typical hazed golden now from a 22 oz. bottle. Retention is enhanced as well. Aroma is classic yet subtle. Still a bit light in feel but much more enjoyable in the end.

Initial review 2/3/3/2/2.5 or 2.75(C-)

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Photo of jjh19
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: My bottle of Mission Hefeweizen was a darkish yellow, with a fast head, and teeny tiny bubbles.

Smell: Sharp, almost vinegar smell. Not my favorite part of the beer.

Taste: I enjoyed the taste much more than the smell. I got a mix upfront of mostly banana, a little clove, and then almost champagne dryness.

Mouthfeel: My bottle had a fairly stock medium-to-light body. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Hef.

Drinkability: Probably not my favorite Hef, but fairly decent. I thought the champagne aspects were interesting, worth a try.

Odds and Ends: I really like Mission Brewery's bottle label. Funky type, funkier label shape.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow with almost no head and no sticky lacing on the glass.

S: does have the classic banana aroma with sweet sugar, very little wheat and slight booze notes as well.

T: nice crisp clean wheat flavor with bananas and hints of citrus as well.

M: light to medium body with very little carbonation and a thin base at the end of a sip.

D: drinks good all the way through the bottle. I could drink a whole bomber by myself. Decent offering from mission.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is my first attempt at a beer from this new brewery in San Diego County. Poured into a glass mug and saw very little head and lacing. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top on the inside. A very apple-yellow translucent color as the overall hue. Looking pretty nice but I'm surprised how small of a head there was.

Smells like fiji apples and coriander. Not very present and could be a lot more alluring, but still decent.

Tastes like it smells, and better. Semi fruity apple taste backing a honey afterglow. Coriander and other complex flavors to round it off. Nice on the tongue.. good taste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly mediocre. No solid feeling whatsoever and it kind of leaves the mouth as fast as it came in. Light and not powerful.

Drinkability is high. Light on the stomach and worthwhile of a 6'er.

Overall this is a pretty good brew and I will be trying others from the brewery without a doubt. IPA is next.

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