Hefeweizen | Tree Brewing

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Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Un-filtered wheat Ale. A distinct cloudy appearance, with banana and clove undertones.

Added by IronDjinn on 07-22-2006

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
58
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 58
Photo of bludtek
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a head that thins to a ring. The head leaves spotty lacing.

S - strong bubblegum scent with some banana and light phenol notes

T - citric and grassy malt flavor that is mildly fruity. It has a soft spice finish.

M - medium carbonation with a dry finish

D - This Hefe is very refreshing but it's a bit mild in taste.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from stagger. Thanks man! :)

More so than Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr, whose labels are all very stuffy, formal and virtually interchangeable, I find the label on this beer pleasing and indicative of what's to come.

It pours an orangey hazy yellow with a decent head but it slowly dies and dies some more until the last few sips where it's pretty much packed it in completely.

Smells more grainy and citrusy-sour than anything else and exhibits few of the attributes that normally draw me into a hefeweizen.

The taste is also grainy and lemony. Predominant wheat. The banana aspect only comes out towards the end and is fleeting at best. There's an aspect of dried apricot to it. The clove is on the shy side, and it has a bit of bubblegum that's on the soapy side.

This is a good and refreshing beer. Easily drinking and you could do worse if you needed a refreshing beer. But the aroma and taste are off for the style. If nothing else it needs to lose the graininess.

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Photo of BreWolf
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ablaze
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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).

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of hoser
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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Photo of vanrassel
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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