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Mission Hefeweizen | Mission Brewery

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Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-29-2008

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Reviews:
67
Ratings:
187
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
31.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 187
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. No a great representative of the style, this beer has some spot-on characteristics of the style and some poor ones. Pours unfiltered look, but also light orange with rising carbonation bubbles. Some orange and wheat aroma but also a little stinky. Sour wheat was OK, some sips tasty, but also off notes. A bit thin for the style. I did not finish the bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ygtbsm94
2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grapefruit gold with lemon peel edges. The eggshell white head is snap-crackle-and-poppy, which leads to less than great texture, poor persistence and a clean glass. The rest of the scores have some work to do because we aren't off to a wonderful start.

The nasal profile is appropriate for the style, with notes of pale wheat, banana, clove and a hint of lemon zest. The only trouble is, it's too underpowered to truly impress. Warming doesn't help one iota.

Thankfully, Mission Hefeweizen tastes better than it smells. As always, using an authentic Bavarian yeast strain is the key. I'm convinced that something is slightly off with this batch because of the appearance, the weak aroma and the thinnish mouthfeel. The beer tastes too good to be saddled with those kind of faults.

The flavor profile consists of juicy pear, apple, ripe banana and clove. There are no real surprises, but then a well-crafted hefeweizen is a fairly predictable beer. The banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 3.5/5.0 and the clove spiciness ain't too shabby either. Banana burps are a beautiful bonus.

Whether due to a shortage of malt or improper carbonation, the body/mouthfeel doesn't get the job done. It's too light and contains bubbles that are both too few and too harsh. It's amazing that the flavor delivers as well as it does.

Mission Hefeweizen tastes better than Mission IPA, but it still has problems. If these guys can get the kinks worked out, this could be one of the best domestic versions out there. Bottom line: plenty of potential, but not there yet.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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 WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
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 GarthDanielson
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a good amount of bubbling carbonation. White, thick, foamy head to start, but quickly settles into a standard thin film of foamy head. The smells are slightly sour, with no spice present. Also, a musty, slightly unpleasant characteristic sneaks into the aroma. The beer is oily slick in mouth. Flavors are quick on the tongue, and there is a slightly tart citrus tone, with other fruity flavors muddled about. Again, no spices to speak of. Sour and bitter characteristics develop as you continue to drink. The beer's flavors retreat quickly from the tastebuds, and there is not any considerable aftertaste. There is a slight bittering on the tongue during the finish. Not overly pleasant, and I have had much better Hefs.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 tempest
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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 DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been seeing Mission products on the shelves at some stores here in Orange County. I was even surprised to see this in the bomber at the Wine Excahnge. I have everything ready to go. On to the beer:

This beer doesn't really have a head. You pour the beer into the glass, and it fizzles away to nothing. The body is on the mark though, a cloudy bold orange-yellow color. The aroma has a few intersting aspects. Oxidation (cardboard) is most noticed, but the creamy banana and ground clove aromas sure make things mouth-watering. Maybe a touch of alcohol too.

The label promises no fruit was added to this beer, but I beg to differ. It sure tastes like someone sqeeze a lemon in my beer. There's a load of lemon in this beer, and little (if any) resenblance of a hefeweizen. The best I can say is it doesn't have a bad taste, just one way out in left field. I feel like I'm drinking lemonade. The beer has good carbonation and a medium-body.

What's weird is this beer doesn't taste bad, and it isn't bland. Instead, it's one that was intended to be like an authentic Bavarian hefe, and turned into an expensive lemon beverage with alcohol. I can't find anything German-styled here except the style name.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mission hefeweizen

On tap, pours a very hazy murky straw color with a small white head and a few rings of lace on the glass. Certainly unfiltered. Aroma is yeasty, wheaty and alittle fruity. In the flavor, wheat malt, faint banana and some American style hops which contribute an even bitterness. A little earthy, tons of yeast and a little chalky. Spritzy carbonation on a medium body. Overall, it's a decent hefeweizen but could use some cleaning up.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
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 Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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 tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/12/2011

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 spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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 rfgetz
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an uber cloudy gold color with active carbonation but little to no head. Some yeast floaties also present. Scent is mild for the style and combines white bread, banana, orange cream and mild spice. Taste leans towards fruity and sweet with banana and creamsicle and a white bready backbone with mild clove and peppercorn. Medium bodied and creamy but feels like a slurry at the end when the carbonation escapes and all that's left is yeast in suspension, finishes dry. Odd beer, lacking in many fronts but not all together bad.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy/ milky yellow to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry bananas and yeast. In the taste, big spices, dry banana and a yeasty end. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and spice in the aftertaste. I felt it was overly yeasty, and asked how long this keg has been on, thinking it was the end of the barrel. I was told this is the second one they tapped and it has been like this continuously. Everything was fine in smell and taste, except o bit yeasty, but it looked like hell.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Hazy golden color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Banana Laffy Taffy with a bit of clove in the background.

T: Typical hef flavors of banana, clove and wheat. The mouthfeel is a little too heavy and weighs the flavors down a bit.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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 yemenmocha
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale hazy golden colour with modest white head that doesn't last long. Nose is moderate banana with lemon, and overall not very aromatic. On the palate it is noted to be watery, with some light banana and wheat cracker. Carbonation seemed low, which perhaps contributed to the watery observation up front. Easy drinking but not inspiring in the least.

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Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color, slightly cloudy, with a faint head.

Aromas are of citrus, some lime, lemon, and mineral hops.

Taste is very citrus like, lots of lemon, and not much more. Some light sweetness, with a bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Drinkability is so so at best. Not really digging this one, not a great example of the style. Too much bitter citrus flavors.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours cloudy yellow with an orange hue and an inch-plus head of white froth. Retention is short for the style, with a partial skim coat becoming apparent quickly and some sporatic lacing.

Aromatics are chock-full of bannanas and clove. Heavy on the 'nanna. Traces of husky, citric wheat flow underneath as well as a touch of orange and bubblegum.

Light bodied with a crisp, somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation low for the style.

Tart wheat with bannana lead off the palate. An oddly large amount of orange peel seems to build and covers up some of the clove action. Slightly grassy with a grainy, somewhat coarse midsection.

Finishes with lingering lemon, bannana, and orange.

This is an interesting beer. The orange adds something unique but takes away some of the traditional clove character found in great Hefs. Also missing is the pillowy, soft mouthfeel and classicly large carbonation.

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