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 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 yemenmocha
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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 lcollis4
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into stone pint glass.

appearance: definitely does not look like a hefeweizen. first off i can see through it which is not a good sign. very little head retention, as a matter of fact, hardly any at all.

smell: slight yeast aroma. a hearty helping of banana.

taste: a banana assault on the taste buds with some wheat snuck in for good measure. not actually a bad taste though.

mouthfeel: light mouthfeel, doesnt linger much. carbonation is strange. theres no head on this beer but definitely a lot of carbonation in the mouth.

drinkability: I could definitely drink another bomber. it doesnt go down roughly at all.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
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 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 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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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 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 OlieIPA
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Supplied and poured by Mauerhan...a real man of genius!

A: The first thing that caught my eye was the abundance of carbonation that filled up my glass...very similar to champagne I guess. Also, like any good hefeweizen, a nice orange tint encompassed my glass along with a promising head that fizzled after a few moments. I was expecting more lacing as well, but very little was produced.

S: I nice mix of grains to go along with some citrus-like aromas; a touch of banana was present as well.

T: Call me crazy...but I was picking up some sort of honey to go along with nice banana and grain mixture. Maybe a caramelized-banana in fact! Overall...nothing too robust, but refreshing.

M: A little too sharp on the carbonation, but I also think it brought out more of the flavors that would have otherwise been impossible to detect without this addition kick.

D: One of the better hefe's I've had...and a perfect session beer.

Overall: A few friends of mine love this beer, but I'm not sure if I would go that far into describing how this well this beer tastes. I wish I could have this on tap to really give it a fair shot...but a good brew anyway you look at it. Cheers!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Mission Hefeweizen from Mission Brewery
3.37 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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