Hefeweizen
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #574
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,446
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
58
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Tree Brewing
 
British Columbia, Canada
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81
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HefeweizenHefeweizen
Notes: Un-filtered wheat Ale. A distinct cloudy appearance, with banana and clove undertones.
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bludtek from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer on a warm Indian Summer afternoon. A puffy white head topped this cloudy golden beer with a slight orange tinge.

The aroma was inviting. Warm and smooth notes of allspice catch my attention. There is a sweetness there of freshly baked banana bread, apricots and applesauce.

The taste is sweet and carries the same flavours as in the smell with more of the light grains coming through. The flavour does not appear to be as intense as what the aroma leads up to.

A smooth swallow with slightly tart aftertaste holds my interest. Nice balance of sweet and sour. I like faint citrus and pineapple.

Nice beer. Feels good and tastes good. It seems to miss a wow factor in the taste but is enjoyable.

Overall the flavours are a bit muted, but present nonetheless. I'll definitely continue to drink this from one of my favourite local micros.

Sep 14, 2009
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hoser from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to rate all my beers on the other beer website but someone pointed to support Canadian Micro breweries I should rate on both sites so here it goes. Stefan the head brewer at Tree studied at Weihenstephaner so he knows how to make a Hefeweissbier and this clearly shows; way to go Stefan!!! Meatier as a Schneider and fucking drinkable

Sep 05, 2006
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canucklehead from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice addition to the influx of wheat beers in BC. This one pours big and cloudy with a strong nose of wheat, bubblegum and citrus. Very well constructed and not overly banana in its finish, this is a deep enough Hefe to travel into early fall. Please put it in six packs for next summer.

Sep 22, 2006
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IronDjinn from Canada

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't believe I beat the B.C. boys in adding this one. Picked up a bottle of it at Willow Park. Hard to miss this one, the bright yellow label stands out amongst the riff-raff.

Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a very cloudy/hazed solid apricot hue, very dense in appearance. A large white merruengue-like spongy head caps it off, and retains well.

Aroma is straight wheat grain, candied bananas and nutmeg, no other perks or quirks, simply true to style.

This is a very malty hefe, a solid wall of wheat malt up front, which becomes the predominant flavour in this ale. Mostly rounded, just a touch of tartness that brewing with wheat can sometimes provide. The true flavour profile doesn't present itself until the full bottle is eventually poured out into the glass. The wall of malt fades back a touch, yet the wheat does become more sharp and tart. In fact it finishes with that wheat tartness, perhaps assisted with some sort of hop bill as well. Not much spice in the flavour, just a hint of nutmeg towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, perhaps a bit too thick at times for a summer quaffer, but I'm not really complaining about that, it's always nice to come across a beer with a solid body.

In the end it's a fairly one-dimensional take on a hefe to me, however all of the components of the style are in there. A good stepping stone ale and introduction to the style for the uninitiated.

Jul 22, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep yellow color beer with an average bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of wheat is dominant with some subtle bananas. Taste is dominated by rich wheat with a full body and limited filtration. While this is an excellent example of the style, I though it lack a bit the banana characteristic that I really love in Hefeweizen.

Sep 22, 2006
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Cwrw from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love to see domestic craft brewers trying their hand at the oft-unmatched style of a true German hefeweizen. Tree has always done well with all their styles though, and this hefe by Tree should be interesting. This is new to Alberta.

A 650ml bottle here: simple yellow and white label with the word "hefeweizen" across it. The beer pours a thick unfiltered orange colour, with yellows and tangerine colours. The head is solid, thick and bright white in colour. Good retention and good lacing. So far so good. The beer is impermeable, but certainly doesn't have any "floaties" of yeast in it, like some other domestic hefes I have tried. The aroma is plagued by over-ripe banana, like so many attempted hefeweizens, but it's pleasant enough. To its credit it has some bark-like spiciness which I have found in some Germans. Cream and butter, some clove and a distinct bitterness. Not overly complex, but better than most other domestic varieties, I think by far. Taste is spicy, full of banana and ends with pronounced bitterness--very good hopping indeed. It starts light and very creamy on the tongue, with some metallic tang and numbing clove. By the middle the taste is full on banana and other fruits, as well as some spice. The finish is actually a little TOO bitter for a hefeweizen. All in all though, this is mighty tasty. Low in carbonation, with a full mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. This is the best Canadian hefe I have had, and, rating in view of style for that demographic, this rates high on my list. Recommended.

Aug 15, 2006
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Sammy from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LCBO Tree series. Hits the style, so tasty and on sweet side,with some clove spice, but not the best Hefe I have had, not very complex. Decent drinkability. Hazy slightly orange appearance. Citrus and wheat aromas. Slightly above average mouthfeel.Appropriate carbonation.

Jul 15, 2012
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elricorico from Canada

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-arange with a finger of creamy head. The head isn't as big as I expect from a hefe, but it seems to have some staying power. Lacing is left all over my weizen glass.

The smell is loaded towards the bubblegum and cloves. Banana is in there, but more sugary than natural. The strength of the clove aroma almost gives it the impression of smokiness.

Cloves again take the lead in the taste department. Sweeter flavours seem muted in this one. Tart is the overall impression. Doesn't seem to have much variety to the flavour.

For a hefe this one is full bodied, it has a creamy feel. Carbonation is subtle, not overdone.

This doesn't go down quite as well as some of the best hefe's I've had, but it is still a good beer on a hot evening.

Jul 24, 2006
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BigBry from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Aug 23, 2014
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BDTyre from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid hefe from a brewery that consistently delivers quality brews. I can't point out anything really wrong with this.

Nice hazy orange colour with a frothy white head. Coriander, lemony scent. Sweety, spicy taste that is definite hefe in character. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but this is a great, refreshing brew.

It took me a while to find it for some reason.

Sep 19, 2006
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Derek from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange; fluffy white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Citrus (lemon), clove, bread & biscuit, touch of banana.

T: Citrus rind, earthy, light cloves, biscuit, apricot and a hint of banana. The yeast sediment provides plenty of citrus-rind & earthyness.

M: Smooth moderate body and carbonation.

D: Well-rounded, mild flavours; good introduction to the style; great drinkability.

Sep 13, 2006
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fisherman34 from Canada

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange and gold in colour with medium carbonation. Potent aromas of banana, clove, and gum-drops. Good wheaty thickness on the palate. Some fairly assertive yeast flavors to this one, not to mention grainy. The lemony-banana fruit flavors are more reserved. There are some grassy hop notes on the back end as well, with a slightly drying finish. This one is very close to being excellent. The aroma, the body, and the potency of the flavors are there, but it’s just a bit too yeasty and dry. At least it’s not sweet or watery like some other attempts at this style. Many thanks to Presario for the tasty extra.

Sep 11, 2006
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Orrshow from Canada

3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a golden color resembling honey slightly. It’s cloudy and has a small amount of white head.

Smell – Banana is there along with sweet nectar and cloves. I smell citrus hops and grains as well. Overall quite nice here.

Taste – Not as strong as the smell suggested. It’s somewhat malty and quite full of banana flavor. I also detect grapefruit and lemon with some adjuncts. Not bad.

Mouthfeel – This one has a decent body to it...not too heavy not to light. The carbonation is a little sharp on the tongue though.

Drinkability – Pretty good. I didn’t have any trouble here downing this one.

This has the characteristics of a good Hefeweizen. Some fine tuning would improve it though.

Jul 29, 2006
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biegaman from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tree Hefeweizen streams out the bottle looking anemically pale but, owing largely to a deep-set haze, settles in the glass a fairly deep shade of gold. The beer is still sunny, however, despite all the foggy overtones. The surface of the glass is so padded with white foam that it could probably absorb a Major League fastball.

The bouquet is spicy and fragrant - it's like someone just added a dash of clove while I wasn't looking. The beer may be German-inspired - as its name suggests - but the remarkable semblance to clove in this aroma has me thinking Jamaican jerk, Indian lentils or Autumn squash soup. Or it would, if not for scents of cereal grain and sweet malt.

The primary flavors of dry grass, hay, and cereal grain are enlivened by notable banana fruit notes and a sprinkling of clove spice. High-revved carbonation does a fine job of impressing those tastes right into the palate. The beer feels very creamy in the mouth but a rash of minerals and sharp bubbles spring up on the finish.

The beer marries sweetness and spice, but both in fairly modest quantities. As far as the strong bubblegum-y banana and clove spice qualities typical of the style, this recipe goes in only knee-deep. Despite the flavor profile starting strong, it ultimately lacks in texture and can, on some sips, drink more like a pale ale or lager.

Tree Hefeweizen has enough character to emulate a bona fide German offering, albeit one of the more commercial brands. What I mean is that it has the flavors and quality requisite of the style, but also an easy approachability and potential for mass appeal. It might not stack up against the Weihenstephaners and Schneiders, but it pays them good praise.

Jun 09, 2012
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mintjellie from Canada

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the yellow side of orange and translucent with wheat protein and yeast sediment. Moderate head for the style shows good retention and excellent lace. Wheat, lemon peel, and banana aroma hits the right notes but plays them a little too quietly. Citric up-front with delicate wheat and banana notes following. Light clove in the short finish. Light-bodied and a little undercarbonated for the style. It feels just a little bit thin in the mouth. A very inoffensive and middle-of-the-road interpretation of Weissbier. It's drinkable, but why bother when there is much better available in abundance? This begs the question, why do some breweries feel the need to dumb down one of the most approachable styles of beer?

Sep 12, 2012
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vanrassel from Canada

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best domestic Hefe I've had, and even though it isn't quite in the same league as a classic like Paulaner, it's certainly worthy of a recommendation to anyone who comes across it.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber with a fluffy two-finger head topping a cloudy straw-coloured body with some copper highlights. The smell seemed underwhelming — a little banana, but not much more.

The taste starts with banana, bubblegum and some general fruitiness that yields to a lemony puckering in the middle. It finished spicy — a little too much so, in my mind, for this style. The mouthfeel and carbonation make for a smooth brew that is, for the most part, a refreshing experience.

Aug 22, 2006
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; best before 06/10/12. I am always eager to crack open a hefe in skanky hot weather like this. Additional varieties always seem to migrate to the shelves around this time of year, and as a ticker I just can't resist the temptation to try every single one I can get my clammy little hands on.

Pours a murky yellowish colour with a twinge of amber, topped with nearly two fingers of silky, creamy white head with excellent retention. It takes well over five minutes for the foam to die down to a thin cap, and it leaves plenty of lacing smudged all over the sides of the glass. The aroma contains most of the usual hefe tropes - sweet wheaty malts, banana, yeast and some clove spiciness. Decent, but far from unique.

Unfortunately, that last sentence seems to be just as appropriate when applied to the flavour. It starts off comparable to most hefes - firm backbone of sweet, bready wheat malts, supported by subdued notes of lemon, banana and clove. The finish is where it differs substantially - this particular offering is quite dry, with a pronounced grassy bitterness that lingers on the palate. The aftertaste is what really turns me off here - it's a bit chalky, a bit minerally, and just mildly off-putting in general. Relatively light-bodied and watery, without any slickness and very little chew. Good carbonation for the style - enough to keep it reasonably crisp and refreshing.

Not the most inspiring hefe I've had recently, but I suppose it's serviceable enough. The chalky aftertaste combined with the relatively weak malt profile has left me a bit underwhelmed - and I have always considered myself relatively easy to please when it comes to this style. Maybe I've just been spoiled by all the great German hefes that are so easy to find around here.

Final Grade: 3.28, a slightly mediocre C+. I'd hesitate to call Tree's Hefeweizen bad, but I'd be just as hesitant to call it good, too. To be blunt (and I must hand over control to my 'inner hipster' to actually type this without wincing), it's kinda sorta 'meh'. The bomber is definitely not worth the 6 dollar price tag, especially when there is a bottle of the vastly superior Weihenstephaner next to it selling for half as much. I'd be willing to retry this somewhere in B.C. where freshness is less likely to be an issue, but it's not something I intend to revisit anytime soon. This one could use some work, but the basic foundations of a decent hefe are mostly present, so there's no reason it wouldn't quench your thirst on a hot night like this.

Jul 13, 2012
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ablaze from Canada

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one of these as they are slowly disappearing from most stores.

Pours a bright hazy yellow, maybe a faint green. Poor head and lacing. Expected more.

Not a lot of smell on this one. Maybe a hint of bananas, but it's light.

Sourness upfront with some bubblegum. Refreshing Golden Delicious apples in the middle, very clean and light with a wheaty, slightly sweet finish.

Light body and quite astringent.

This is a sour and fruity hefe. Quite crisp and refreshing. It's not bad, but it leaves much to be desired. Reminds me of celery. Would consider again if the price is right (averages 6 bucks for a bomber).

Sep 27, 2007
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Shadman from Canada

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See as this beer has been retired, I'm gonna guess mine was an older sample because it seemed fizzy with no real head retention or lacing. It certainly smelled Hefe-like with very faint banana, some stronger clove, and some very up front wheatiness. Tasted very much like a good bavarian Hefe, but with a more pronounced malt profile. I found, like others, that it got nicely spicey towards the end. The over-all body was good, but I did find it a bit astringent in the final mouthfeel dept. Certainly drinkable, but something seemed off to me, let's hope it was a beer past it's best-before-date and would love to try a fresher sample.

Oct 10, 2007
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Not the best looking Weiss beer that I've seen. It's coloring is very bland and light looking IMO, reminding me of what dry prairie grass looks like, but is hazy and full of yeast, as it should be. The head is kind of fizzy and doesn't amount to much, sinking to a thin layer over the beer. I will say that the lacing is good and sticky, much like Trees' other offerings.

S- I find this to be spicier than average, with loads of clove and allspice, perhaps even some mild ginger notes. It's somewhat fruity as well, with the banana that I expected to smell, but not sweet like the fruit....rather like the peel. There is an earthy bitterness on the finish, reminding me of dry grass and soil mixed in with the hops. An interesting aroma indeed!

T- Much like the aroma lets on, except the spiciness is even more dominant and the banana hints are more in the backround. There is a yeasty/biscuit character that helps round out the edge of the spice towards the finish. On the finish itself, there is a leafy and soft bitter hop flavor that's not too prominent.

M- It's light to medium bodied and has a reasonably high level of carbonation, more of which I'd expect in a more thirst quenching Kristal Weiss but not unwelcome. I'm reminded of very well spiced baking....Euro style baking to be precise....rich in characters.

D- It's not that I don't like this or that I wouldn't drink it again, but it's not my favorite Weiss beer and I probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink this one again. That said, i wouldn't pass this up if available....I just find it's a beer that I probably wouldn't drink more than one of before moving on, due to the bold spiciness. I still say give it a try.

Aug 17, 2010
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CanuckRover from Canada

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice murky yellow into an Erdinger glass. Was a bit tentative on the pour, so not much of a head, my fault.

I only really get bubblegum on the nose, not that there's anything wrong with that. Perhaps a bit of damp malt if I'm being generous.

Punchy up front with some good wheat malt flavours and a touch of clove... but then it just sort of fades away. Minerally finish makes it a tad too thin for my taste.

Like quite a few of the Canadian hefes that have come out lately (and there have been many), this is high on the refreshing wheat malt and low on the spice. Canada's embraced these as patio beers, but I think they've lost some character in alot of the versions we're seeing.

Jun 25, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with two fingers of creamy, foamy white head, which leaves some sparse strands of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of musty wheat grain, clove, banana chips, and yeast. The taste is mildly sweet wheat grain, clove, light black pepper, more dry banana, and musty, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and somewhat sharp, and it finishes mostly dry and a bit dusty.

The proclaimed banana and clove undertones are certainly understated, as is the rest of the flavour. Decent, but it makes me want something, well, bolder...

Aug 11, 2010
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BreWolf from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not retired!
I just bought a 6er and they had lots more at the store.
Not retired! Maybe it's a seasonal? I hope they change the status immediately.

Anyway, I picked this one up because I saw it at one of my cold beer and wine stores and I like to try new beers, I never had this one before and I tend to like the wheat beers so what the hey...

It pours a nice cloudy gold with a fair foamy head. it recedes to a consistent (thin) lacing. The flavor is to me fairly characteristic of the hefeweizen style. Smooth and subtly fruity. quite nice actually! goes down easy. Nice body carbonation, good mouth feel. I would definitely get this again.

Apr 04, 2009
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kjyost from Canada

2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

660 mL bottle purchased inside a week of the MLCC putting them on the shelves. Poured at 5C into a fluted 250mL glass

A: Looks the part. Hazy orange to yellow with a hint of brown. White fluffy head that drops a little too easily.
S: Stellar. A little heavy on the clove, but with a nice banana undertone and a hint of pink bubblegum. Later a hint of earth and malt come through.
T/M: Stunned. It smells SO GOOD! But this body? An odd astringent and metallic taste with a nasty lingering bitterness prevail. Somehow the body seems watery and thin. WTF? Such a grave disappointment as I have had some nice beers from Tree and have always tried their special releases.
O: I have two glasses left in the bomber and I am in no way looking forward to it. There may be a drainpour by the end here...

Jul 28, 2011
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nickd717 from California

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to chswimmer.

Pours hazy yellow in color with a small white head that fades to slight foam.

Nice aroma for the style - banana and clove with a little strange note to it, reminiscent of rubber.

Big banana and clove on the flavor. A little rubbery and earthy.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

Pretty good for the style but not a standout. Drinkable at least.

Aug 18, 2010
Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 58 ratings