Hefeweizen | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good
57 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a nonical half-pint glass at Firestone Walker's taproom in Paso Robles on its second day of operation. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery - which I find mundane.

Paired with a steak and some fries - quite well, I might add.

A: Pours a half finger white colour head of some cream, okay thickness, and pretty bad retention (~40 seconds). Colour is a predictable hazy orange-yellow.

Sm: Fresh orange peel, clove, and banana. Standard fare for the style. Pleasant but unremarkable. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Fresh orange peel, clove, banana, wheat as the foundation, and a hint of yeast. Balanced, fresh, pleasant, and enjoyable. Not horribly complex but it doesn't need to be. Refreshing. Built quite well for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, slightly crisp, refreshing, and of good thickness. Complements the flavours well. Not perfect, but well executed.

Dr: Very drinkable. A good session hefeweizen. I'd get it again. Very solid. It's done typically and by the numbers, but it's very good for what it is. Its simplicity and lack of subtlety holds it back, but hefeweizen fans will really like this.

B-

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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 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 dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of sd123
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into an imperial pint glass (20 oz.) at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.50. One finger of head when I got it that was light, white and bubbly. Beer color was hazy honey orange. Good retention on sides of the glass and light on the top.

Smelled banana, cloves, Circus Peanuts, wheat, bubble gum and tropical fruit.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got Circus Peanuts, banana, tropical fruit, light citrus hops, cloves and bubble gum.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation, slightly lower than most hefe’s. Long, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this for a hefe and really really enjoyed it for a summer beer.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy golden color. Smells like a hefe—bananas and cloves abound. Tastes hefe-y, too, with yeasty estery flavor in spades. It’s a solid brew but it’s not terribly exciting—I’m not complaining but… in comparison to the rest of Firestone Walker’s beers there’s so much else I’d rather drink.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

Firestone Walker Brewing co.
Paso Robles, CA

Hazed light yellow in color with a near-white crown that doesn't last for long and only leaves small dots of stick down the glass. Appropriate.

A very mild aroma, with some orange zest, bubblegum, and banana. There's a bit of wheat and sweetness.

The flavor too is exceptionally mild, even for a hefeweizen. There's very minor amounts of banana and bubblegum, a hint of clove, but this is exceptionally wild.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very average hefeweizen.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica calls this beer "Blowfish Hefeweizen." Something tells me that they gave it that name, but it's good enough for me.

This hefeweizen pours a bright yellow, cloudy body with a creamy white head. OK retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma is packed with wheat, and also contains a peppery phenol character to go along with a little bit of banana esther aroma.

The taste is what I expect from a solid American Hefeweizen. A good wheat body and a flavor profile that leans heavily on pehnolic qualities to provide a peppery flavor. To a lesser extent, esthers are present also to provide a little bit of banana flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel with adequate carbonation and body.

Lately I'm surprised when I find good American-brewed German styles, and this qualifies.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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