Hefeweizen | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-13-2009

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of bargerking
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at firestone tonight. Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is exceptional. Very inviting. Its a very pretty bright gold almost orange color and opaque. Very pretty. You get a very nice balance of bannana and clove from start to finish. Lacing is evident. Everything is very well balanced. The drink is of medium body and is a great joy to drink. I did get hints of toastiness and a tad of spice. This beer is definatly where it needs to be for bottling and I cant wait for the day!

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Photo of MikeDre
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium yellow color with a nic white head and good carbonation. Nose is wheat, banana, clove, citrus and some honey. Taste is is wheat, crisp, nice and refreshing with clove and banana. Mouthfeel is good but the taste almost falls flat but wheat is the dominance. Drinkability is exceptional!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a 10oz nonic.

Cloudy tangerine body with faint amber highlights. Very small creamy head which fizzes away to a small active collar. Decent, albeit thin, sea-foam-like lacing.

Banana, honey, and wheat in the nose. Clean with maybe a hint of spice.

Flavors closely follow the aromatics, with the addition of a touch of orange zest, a hint of malt, and Cheerios. Very clean, brisk, and fresh.

Medium-light bodied, soft, yet zesty and well carbonated.

In retrospect I wish I'd picked up a growler of this...

Freshness counts for so much with this style - and this is among the better domestic examples I've thus far sampled. FW has put a subtle signature on a German classic, much like they normally do with English ales.

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Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of musicman575
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Broken Record in San Francisco, they have this beer on tap as "F*** your stupid Wheat Beer". Yea, I couldn't find that when I looked it up on this site.

They served it up with a slice of orange or lemon or something, which was immediately discarded after the first sip. The nose on this is huge on the bubblegum. The easiness on the tongue and bit of diacetyl made it taste a bit german, but the fresh, heavy, carbonation made it an obvious American hef. After a few gulps, the aftertaste is kinda gnarly (-1 point on the taste).

To me this seemed like a carnival beer, if there was or is such a thing. It's bright, yet smooth, easily drinkable, and high in the candy-like aromas.

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Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Curt3
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firestone Brewery.

Served a nice orange/yellow with a one finger white head which left moderate lacing.

The aroma was first and foremost bananas, along with some clove and a bit of lemon.

Taste followed the smell closely, and was nicely balanced. As the beer warmed the citrus became slightly more prevalent.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and medium bodied.

Overall this was one of the nicest American Hefeweizens I've ever had. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey, a new one to add to the favorite Hefeweizen list. Cloudy light amber in the glass with lovely lacing. Watery body, in a nice way, and a sprightly mouthfeel. Pleasing mix of esters but not too heavy on the spice. Mellow malt sweetness with a tang for balance. Hard to find fault with this. A lighter but full-flavored version of Hefe style. Beautiful and totally gulpable in that big glass. Long spicy nose.

On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego. The half-litre pour is it in a tall German Weissebier glass.

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Photo of Taste-Acquired
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Ca.

I was hesitant to try this beer as I used to drink a lot of hefeweizens and was pretty burnt out on them.

Pours a nice semi-opaque orange color with a half finger of head.

Smells like a standard hef but tastes like no other I've had. Lots of sweet citrus notes with a slight floral quality. The tap room employee mentioned that "no orange is required" which I'm excited to say is true. I hate getting a beer with a hunk of fruit hanging off of it.

If you're like me and possibly drank a lot of Blue Moon at some point in your life, let this hefeweizen reintroduce you to the genre. Now if only Firestone Walker would bottle this stuff!

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Photo of oso
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. Appears a cloudy amber in the glass, topped by a finger of white head that recedes to a ring.

The aroma has a big bubblegum character, though it's by no means cloying. There's also some spiciness, bread dough, yeast and a hint of banana.

Dry and crackery on the tongue, mildly sweet citrus and banana flavors support fairly reserved spicy phenols. Bubblegum, white pepper and clove come out mid-palate. It finishes dry and bready with a touch of spice. Very refreshing stuff, an above-average hefe.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not enough American Brewers try their hands at hefes, and even fewer do a great job with it. Firestone has produced a very good one. Hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Aromas of orange, banana, some spiciness, a hint of bubblegum. Creamy mouthfeel. Paired nicely with pork carnitas and a pineapple salsa.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rhertan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of yspiff
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of onepersonriot
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Davihaw
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of 21Maestro8
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Aliano
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Hefeweizen from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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