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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 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 Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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 SDRedDevil
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found it at a BevMo in the local craft beer section. Pours heavy, no head whatsoever. Hazy color, very little carbonation. Not a whole lot of bite, I guess I prefer a hefe that's a little bit more crisp and flavorful. Overall, I gave it a shot as a local brew, but wasn't very impressed.

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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 rfgetz
3.47/5  rDev +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 notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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 MrOH
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light hazy orange with less than a finger of white head that immediately dies. This was with a hard pour, as well.

Banana, bubblegum and clove over some doughy malts.

Good banana flavor, with a bit of clove. Nice tartness. Some doughy malt as well.

Needs a lot more carbonation, feels thicker than it is due to the lack.

At least they got the yeast flavors right.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
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 antlerwrestler19
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep gold with an orange hue to it - very nice coloring. A two finger white frothy head dicipated slowly to leave a fine line of lacing, not much at all. Bubblegum, banana, as well as sweet tangy citrus notes come through in the nose. It tastes pretty much as is smells but the citrus is a little more toned down and the bubble gummy flavor is really showing for me. The mouthfeel is moderate with little feel of the carbonation but leaves my mouth watering in the end. Overall this is a decent beer - good for a hot day in the sun - not something I'm likely to sit and drink very often but it caught my eye while at the local beer shop. Very similar to the hefeweizen that my girl and I brewed - but, then again, I feel it is relatively simple to produce a drinkable hefeweizen.


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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 Stinkypuss
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle purchased at Abe's for just about $2. Poured into my nonic. Appears a hazy muted yellow color with barely a finger of fast fading white foam. Notes of bubblegum, banana, peppery wheat, and a pinch of clove are evident in the nose. Not so much in the flavor though. Thin bodied with lower than average carbonation. I'll walk right past this one next time.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.42/5  rDev -28.2%
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 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 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 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 farrago
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of off-white microfoam, the bubbles seethe like a can of worms, dissipates down to the surface with the pedal to the metal, lacing slides down the glass sides as if greased. Slight gauziness to the metallic orange to yellow color, steady dispersion of bubbles, visually pretty much plays the part. White grape, peach and pear fruit in the nose, sour orange and lemon citrus pulp, pretzel dough, wheat germ, white vinegar, small dollop of honey, hard to find any meaningful malt presence. Medium-bodied, on the lighter side but does sink into the tongue decently enough. Sourness elevates here with a leading lady in the mandarin orange, white grapefruit and lemon citrus. Clove, coriander spice with a metallic touch, raw dough and yeast as well. The grape, apricot, peach, pear fruit stronger than in many peers, manages to sweeten the finish a notch. The carbonation is hard core and for the better as it manages to paper over a few flaws. The funny thing is that it keeps teasing you into wanting to like it but then drops the ball.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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 tgat
2.12/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very cloudy, much more so than an average wheat beer. The head was almost nonexistent, but had decent lacing for whatever was there.

Smell: Smells faintly of hops and strongly of yeast and fermentation.

Taste: This is what got me. It tasted a lot like a bad experiment of mine where I mixed some peach cider with some Yuengling because I was sick of drinking Yuengling. The only difference was that instead of having a peach flavor, the flavor was more like mixing apple juice and a wheat beer. Very difficult to drink since I resented every swig.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
1.06/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz. bottle tired 7 May 2010. Thanks to K for bringing this back from California for us.

Served in a 22 oz. Shiner wheat beer glass.

Large white head quickly dissipates. Cloudy orange amber color. Aroma is strongly reminsicent of citrus, yeast. Like oranges gone bad. Touch of urine almost. Very tangy to taste, hard to get past aroma which is not improving with the temperature. Medium chewy body. Again flavor is dominated by old/bad oranges. Like a bag of oranges left out in the heat a few days past their prime but not quite to the point of being rotten.

Becomes worse as you drink. A rare drain pour, drank maybe 2 out of 22 oz... Avoid.

Somehow A liked this better than I did (judging by score) but drank even less than I did...

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Photo of HopJ
1.92/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Uuggg... This became fairly painful after a few sips. Overwhelming orange peel and banana pudding. That goes from the smell until 5 minutes after drinking. This is all about acid and banana pudding. The balance is out of whack. There are some spice elements with clove and coriander but the are easily overwhelmed but the acid and pudding.

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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 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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