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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Added by SShelly on 12-06-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
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 UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, banana, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a grainy aftertaste. There is a mild 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 that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

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Photo of anon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper/yellow with a decent, two-finger fluffy head, off-white, leavings trails of lace that don't stick, but trail down the glass. Smell is heavily grain, straw and malt forward with a heaping of clove. A little too pungent for me and lacking some complexity.

Taste is decent with more heavy grain and straw flavours, with a sweet malt lick and some notes of clove, banana, pepper, vanilla. A little bit bready and chewy. A good straightforward hefe but missing something to make it "pop". There are definitely better takes on the style out there but this is a decent go-to on a budget.

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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 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 emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Staying with my sister's family in Temecula, California, we went to old Temecula this afternoon for lunch. With a great tri tip sandwich, I tried this beer, which the waiter told me was a Belgian white. Obviously it wasn't, but it was a tasty hefeweizen. Hazy golden color, banana, cloves and a good amount of yeast. Refreshing and good.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: Amazingly, this smells like an actual hefeweizen. Lots of cloves, and some banana, though perhaps not as much as I would like. Sweet bread and wheat notes with a mild yeastiness and pepper note.

T: Sweet malts and bread all the way through with lots of spices. Plenty of clove, banana, sweet bread, and wheat. There is a slight citrus peel flavor toward the back end, almost candied orange peel.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: A surprisingly decent hefeweizen, but it doesn't really stand up to an authentic German example.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

exactly what it should be, a traditional german hefe here, made in the usa. yellow and a little cloudy in the glass, with all kinds of head on it. banana clove yeast complex is as close to any of the german ones i have seen, its delicate but distinctive and definitely fruity as they come. wheat malt is very light in this one, my only real critique. i like my hefeweizen to have some body, some creamy feel for the banana esters to cling to, and something to dry up in the finish. this one is thin to me, and all the bubbles make it too light on the whole. the flavor is great though, and i really dig the yeast. i havent had any other beer from these guys, but it looks like they have several worth trying. i did the authenticity here, but would lust for this if it had a frothy fluffier body on it.

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

A: The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow gold, with a forthy white head that leaves light lacing.

S: I get hints of wheat froms the malts, notes of banana, and some clove spice, as well as a light citrus hop note.

T: Mirrors the nose, fresh wheat provides the malt backbone, mild spice and banana in the middle, slight bitter lends a smooth crispness to the beer.

M: Clean, medium carbonation, slighlty dry finish, easy to drink.

O: Solid Hefeweizen. Great on a hot sunny California day, and one could easily have more than one.

I've actually had this beer twice now. Most recently as a taster at the Black Market Brewing Co. tasting room. The first time was about 10 months back, before their tasting room was open, and I was seeking these guys out. At the time, the only spot that carried them was a small local airport (French Valley I believe) and 1 restaurant (The Mill in Murrieta) so my wife and friend were able to get a pitcher of this, and have several pints. Now I hear Stone may have picked them up, so I'm looking forward to being able to have this, and a few other of their beers closer to home.

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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now available in 22 oz bottles. Pours a nearly clear amber-tinted golden, which gets a little hazier as the bottle gets lower. Big slug of sediment in the bottle, but it doesn't stir up much when pouring. Pleasantly sudsy with a nice prickly mouthfeel.

Out of the bottle this actually tastes more like a Hefeweizen than the tap version. It's a nice blend of the American and German wheat styles. A modest amount of malty sweetness greets the mouth. Aftertaste has a faint bitterness and just a hint of roasted malt. Slight fruit flavor and some tartness. All very well mannered.

Quite a pleasant quaff, watery, and refreshing. I will look for this again, and I'm glad to see Black Market is getting more distribution with some different packaging.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Salted Pig without the fruit, on to the beer:

Cloudy wheat field blonde in color, topped off by a good creamy head that sticks around for some time. Baked lemon cake and some clove make up the nose, which in general is soft. The taste starts off light, though it does seem to slowly build intensity as more is consumed. Subtle flavors run all around, the clvoe and malted wheat are most notable. Vanilla and cinnamon come into play later, which jazzes up this wheat ale. Light medium bodied, semi-crisp, and very refreshing.

A bad experience with the brown ale made me shy away from a second chance of Black Market until now. I'm glad to report that the second time came up well, and one beer that I would recommmend.

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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 SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good hefe, tried this at the brewery after juding a flight of american ales for the temecula valley contest (i.e. i will probably rate again when i havent had a bunch o beer...)

aroma is moderate to heavy banana with a clove background

uber-traditional flavor, very refreshing, I want this with some food on a hot day. pretty large esters with a nice dry finish.

pretty impressed, like I said, I will do a better job when I have it again!

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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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Bavarian Style Hefeweizen from Black Market Brewing Co.
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