Hefeweizen | Golden Road Brewing

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Brewed by:
Golden Road Brewing
California, United States
goldenroad.la

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ehammond1 on 10-18-2011

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Reviews:
36
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 195
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is some funny stuff. Starts out with some German flavors, and then you get the tart, nearly sour touch. The citrusy bitter flavors are interesting, but not as pleasing as a good mellow Hefeweizen. Quite nice foam and sudsy mouthfeel. Watery body. Just a little more bitter aftertaste than I would like in this style, but some may prefer it. It's more of an orange peel bitterness than hoppy.

Still, it's a noble experiment and a lot of flavor for a lower-alcohol beer as well. Not to mention the 16 oz thirsty boy can. Ten bucks for a six pack of these from Best Damn Beer Store.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a can into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Not paired with food. Expectations are low.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay/average retention (~two minutes). Colour is a murky hazy nontransparent orange-gold. Standard appearance for a hefeweizen, but it's dull rather than bright and appealing.

Sm: Orange peel, clove, banana, and wheat. A moderately strong aroma.

T: A wheat foundation with trace amounts of fruit esters atop - mainly dirty orange peel. No yeast comes through. A boring simple build for a hefeweizen. Some clove comes through on the climax. The balance is lackluster. This is mundane. At least no alcohol comes through. Very bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick for the lack of flavour. Nothing exemplary here.

Dr: A run of the mill bad hefeweizen. There's nothing here to keep me coming back, and at this point I'm even suspicious of the brewery.

D+

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/30/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Samanatha --

*It should be noted that this is from the first run batch. It should also be noted that the can was short filled, missing 2-3oz of beer.

A: Because the can was short filled, I was worried about carbonation, and therefore I gave it a hard pour down the center of my glass. Luckily the carbonation came alive, and produced a modest and soapy looking 1.75 finger head. The color is really lovely - unfilterted, warm tangerine. White lacing rims the glass, as does a solid white collar.

S: The traditional hefe characteristics are certainly here: banana, clove, candied sugar and mild yeast. But what's really awesome about the bouquet is the substancial amount of west coast hops that I get, which really adds a cool complexity to it.

T: Well balanced. It's not nearly the wheat bomb I've come to dislike in the style. Sure it's hefe-y up front (as it should be), but it transforms and evolves on the mid, as a citrus-like hop oil kicks into gear. The finish is quite floral, and the malt stands strong, providing a real backbone to the beer.

M: I figured the short fill would bite this beer in the ass, and it does just that on the feel. I'm actually surprised it's not carbless, as there is a modest amount of bubbles. What I do see is the potential, as a proper fill would cut down on the oily texture, making for a really top notch canned wheat beer.

O: I gotta give it up to Golden Road. There Hefe is a pretty damn good stab at the style, and one of (if not the best) canned wheat based brew I've encountered. I'm hoping the SoCal market drinks this up, as it's quality beer with tons of appeal.

Easily recommended.

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Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Nosignsofpain. Thanks Sam!

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a soapy white head that settles to a think haze and sudsy ring, leaving spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp, fruity aromas of banana and ripe pear with a touch of clove and a good amount of sweet bubblegum character.
T - Moderately flavorful, with banana and bubblegum jumping out the most, followed by a muted clove note. A bit watered-down.
M - Fairly crisp, with a slightly watery medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Decent enough Hefeweizen, probably nice on a hot day, but I'll stick with Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/22/2012

A: Hazy yellow gold with a white head.

S: Spicy pepper with a little clove. Pear blends with apple and I get a dash of banana. Malt is redolent of wheat.

T: Phenolic pepper and clove notes with bread and grain. Somewhat bland. Apple is light. There are some nondescript citrus.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Sort of a cross between an American Wheat and a Bavarian Hefeweizen. 

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger of white head. Smells a bit like a traditional hefeweizen with aromas of banana and hints of clove. But there's also a lot of orange peel and some straw like notes that throw it off. Unfortunately, the flavor is a touch watery as well as being stuck in between being a witbier, a hefeweizen, and an American wheat beer. Some clove and banana, some yeast, some citrus, and some straw and grass flavors. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of RexF
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of wheat beers, especially on a sunny day, i was pleasantly surprised by how great this beer is.

Many breweries make attempts at Hefes but few deliver like this one does.

I t tastes as good as it looks and smells as good as it tastes. With summer coming, I see a lot of these in my future.

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

Standard hazy burnt orange color, not much head on this pour. Aroma is light banana clove. Very complete and balanced. Taste is similar. Everything you look for in a hefeweizen yet no one steals the show. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Particularly light yet still full and flavorful. Slight creaminess. This is not a style I particularly like but this is a beer I would happily drink again and again. Overall great balance and a very thoughtful and delicious approach to a style that can often be one dimensional.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky golden color with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. The smell and taste of this one are pretty much the same with wheat, spices, banana, and bubble gum. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a refreshing and easy to drink hefeweizen. Good stuff.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy, yellow, billowing white head with some filthy lacing....proper hefe!

S-Clove, banana, bubble gum but neither of the three in abundance, or to the point that I wished it was 'more balanced'...they hit the esters just right on this one.

T-Nice and fluffy, just a tad of spice from the phenols, more clove, some gum and a nice little bit of hop kick in the finish. THIS was another one of those beers that just went down too easily.

M-Another balanced, enjoyable and firm feel from GR...can't say I'd change a thing on this hefe...I havn't enjoyed this style for a while now outside of Weihenstephaner...glad there is a new kid in town.

O-Impressive, and enjoyable. I will be giving these guys a lot of money in the future :(

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Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Golden Road Brewing Grand Opening Party
Golden Road Brewing
Los Angeles, CA

Hazy, golden orange and and yellow with a thick white head, though, surprisingly, it doesn't leave much lace at all on the glass.

Pleasant and somewhat simple aroma: light banana and clove with a bit of wheat. Not as strong or powerful as my favorite within this style.

Light banana, clove, a hint of black pepper, and a little pear combine for a pleasing, accessible flavor. The flavors aren't quite as big and bold as I would prefer, even within style, but I think this is a very accessible and drinkable hefeweizen.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

I think Golden Road accomplished exactly what they sought to do with this beer: an accessible, incredibly drinkable, relatively low-alcohol, flavorful hefeweizen.

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