Bavarian Style Hefeweizen | Black Market Brewing Co.

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Bavarian Style HefeweizenBavarian Style Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Cavery
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at schmidy's in palm desert, served in a pint glass under the description of rye hefeweizen

A: hazy mix of tang and organic lemonade, light cream foam sits on top of the beer like a white frosted cupcake. High watermark lacing with little to no vertical lacing. The foam ends up receding to a thin film over a pulpy orange juice mixer body. Looks okay, like a hef milkshake.

S: very mellow zest free orange peel with some pizza doughiness in the end. Some very drying cracked wheat that dries into raw steel cut flakes. A very mellow nose that doesn't give much more than suggestion. Honeys come through dried on grains.

T: a decently anti-sweet flavor of tangerine and whole wheat bread crusts. The flavor goes quickly with a drying mouth. Perhaps an under appreciated refinement in the lack of bitterness in any of the notes. The sweetness hits with a slight tinge of dry mild currents, it dries and never hits a cliched hefeweizen sweetness. Pretty okay, a yummy dry character that elevates the decency of the drink. Faint pear-apple in the end.

M: like I said in the taste: this thing is dry as the desert I live in. The rye may inhibit some if the zesty citrus, which makes for a detrimental lack of crispness, but I'll take it over dizzying sweetness any day. A rustic non-aspirin dry mouth. Light sandy textures are left in the end.

O: The dryness contributes to a flavor profile of yellow/red pears and slightly unripe green apples. Decent, but nothing I'd grab again. I like the anti-sweetness, but it is a bit of a catch 22, as it's a major flavor block as well. In the world hefeweizens, this is a reasonably interesting interpretation of the style. This is an attempt to make it more compatible with the beer geek palate. Nice idea, but it's got a ways to go.

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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Diameter
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal. A respectable tasting bavarian from the USA.
Looks right, smells right, tastes right. And when I say right I just mean bavarian. No offense to the lemon people.

Poured from a can no less.

Edit: forgot to mention this immediately reminded me of a Erdinger on tap. Or maybe it was Koenig. I better go check.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Somehow the whole Prohibition theme doesn't work when dealing with a German brewing staple.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying cannonball splash lace in places around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, soft earthy yeast, wet banana chips, a subtle white pepper and clove spiciness, and plain weedy, leafy noble hops. The taste is bready, grainy wheat malt, a twinge of white breakfast biscuit, muddled earthy spice, underripe banana peel, ethereal hints of played-out bubblegum, and more weak leafy, musty hops.

The carbonation is mostly just soft and lilting in its genial frothiness, the body sort of on the light side of middleweight, and pretty smooth, actually, with a small burgeoning creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the wheatiness not ready to cede the day, just yet, while the spice and hop astringencies carry on with their downward spiral.

Not quite sure what awards this one has garnered, but IMHO it lies somewhere in the middle between bland American pale wheat ales, and the best of class from yer old-school German brewers. Easy enough to drink, I suppose, but there's nothing here to encourage me to lay down the ducats for another.

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Photo of joeyjoey104
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pitfire Pizza. Reviewed from brief notes. Pitcher to shaker pint.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a light smattering of magnolia foam that recedes to nothing fairly rapidly. Delicate lacing, poor retention.

Aroma is sweet and faintly grainy with neither significant phenols or esters.

Sweet-tart on the palate - with hints of buttermilk (from the wheat) and overripe bananas. Finishes not-quite-dry and refreshing.

Soft, medium-bodied mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation.

An unremarkable example of the style, with a flavor profile that is neither especially clean or flavorful, though no significant off notes present themselves either. A far cry from the real thing, but still satisfying while sitting in the sun after a long morning of exercise.

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Photo of tsandler
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Draught at our hotel). Pours cloudy yellow with creamy white head. Aroma has loads of ripe banana, clove, wheat and a bit of bubblegum. Taste is semi-sweet with light bitterness. Medium bodied with thick texture. Smooth, yeasty finish. Pretty good hefeweizen!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best year-round beer Black Market brews, and I am a dark beer fan. My only complaint is semi noticeable quality control. Sometimes I have this beer at the brewery and it just isn't as enjoyable as the previous.

Great, smooth taste. Served in a 20 ounce glass at the brewery. Easy drinking, enjoyable beer with classic qualities associated with the Bavarian Style.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MrJolly
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly to a thick film. Classic aroma of wheat, light banana and clove. Flavor follows with semi-sweet wheat, yeast, clove and banana and mild breadiness. Finishes drier and lighter in flavor. Light bodied with active carbonation. A pretty good domestic take on a hefeweizen. Finish flavors don't linger as much as the better German versions, but overall nicely made and enjoyable.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jorgerod99
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of zaptone
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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