Harvest Hefeweizen | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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Harvest HefeweizenHarvest Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 06-25-2003

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at the Pittsburgh location

Pours a cloudy banana yellow with a white ring of carbonation.

Smells of bananas, coriander, and lemon citrus.

Flavor of citrus, lemongrass, and banana esters over sweet bready malt.

Light body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Surprisingly good hefe. Much better than I was expecting. If you like hefes, this is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a murky gold with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, clove, bubblegum, and some subtle banana aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slightly medicinal flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but it's lacking in the mouthfeel in my opinion.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap in Reno, NV. Very pretty, just what a hefe should look like. Bold gold with just thick and perfect haze throughout, great head, great lace. So close to perfect, if not perfect. Good fruity aroma, not clovey, way to go!

Flavor was big on citrus, small on bandaids and clove, nice. Really brought the fruit flavor better than almost every hefe out there. Bitterness and hops are kept the heck out of there. No alcohol noticeable. Don't check this out if you don't like banana or citrus, because its very much what it delivers.

Very solid stuff from the best chain brewery in the world.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

Poured a cloudy, pale, golden-yellow with a small cap of white that reduced to a thin layer of random bubbles. Aroma of bready yeast and fruity notes with a dash of spice. Sweet and malty taste, with the typical wheat profile, bready, with some pleasant citrus zest. Not as chewy and banana-y as typical hefeweizen, but still having a nice light spice to it. Light-medium body and moderately drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Citrus Park Mall in Tampa, FL.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Big bubbles. Bright white head drops readily. Actually looks more like a Belgian wit than a Bavarian hefeweizen.

Smell: Sulphur. Yeast. Mild citrus-like fruitiness. Low level basic maltiness.

Taste: Sweet malt that's just a touch wheaty. Lemon. Low level bitterness. It's not at all complex, but very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Crisp.

Drinkability: It's not the banana and clove that's usually found, which leaves it fairly unique (not that you can't find hefeweizens that utilize this yeast, but they're not as common). Quite refreshing and tasty. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold's brews this beer for BJ's in Houston

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a hazed pale sunset yellow.

Aroma: Fruity and yeast. Bananas, bubblegum, clove, wheat, spice, and a hint of lemon zest.

Taste: Floral and herbal hops. Bubblegum, bananas, cloves, wheat, light spice notes. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with spice flavors.

Overall, a really easy drinking hefe. Solid flavors all around. I could easily drink more of this one.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a one finger to a one and a half finger head that gives way to some decent lacing. The aroma is of wheat malt and yeast along with some subtle hints of banana and clove. The taste is of wheat and pale malt with a slight taste of banana and clove. The taste isn't that strong. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and medium bodied. The drinkability is good, it has a nice easy drinkability to it. The taste however, isn't as strong i would have hope for.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 4.8% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - The look of this hefe is solid right out of the gate. Hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head with decent retention and lace left over.

S - Harvest Hefe has hints of a classic hefe but doesn't reach the level I had hoped for. It's got the yeast with hints of banana and clove backed up by wheat but nothing impressing about it.

T - The wheat and pale malts step up a bit in the flavor but in turn, push the nice clove and banana yeast esters back to a to-thin level.

M - A lot of wheat comes out giving the body a soft and medium-bodied texture but the flavor still remains thin across the palate.

D - Smooth and easy drinking, Harvest Hefe is on it's way to being a solid hefe but it could use a little work in the flavor department.

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Photo of baos
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From brief notes:

Pint in a pint glass.

A: Nice hazy yellow glow with a tiny tiny bit of head. Not much lacing.

S: Yummy wheat and candi sugar, banana and bit of cloves.

T: Just like it smells.

M: A bit like but still good.

D: Pretty good it gets sweeter as it wrms.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a pint of Harvest Hefeweizen at the Columbus (Polaris) BJ's Restaurant and bar.

On the way out of town for the weekend, we decided to stop off for a casual lunch and fuel for the way. Deciding on the Hefe was definately the way to go.

It's a fantastic little Hefe with a remarkable balance of bananna and clove flavor and aroma. The wheat and pilsner malts come together with a firm bready, malty base with some viscous textures that are evident in both the mouthfeel and appearance. Wishing the beer held onto it's foamstand better, the head comes to the table level with the glass but falls to a trace at about mid-session. Otherwise very hazy underneath the golden-straw color. Decorated with light phenolic pepper and spice notes the beer is obviously ester driven. The banannas are backed up by apples, pears, peaches. A bubblegum confection flavor and aroma adds to the complexity in the absence of hop character. At times the beer was a bit sweet and heavy for my lunchtime palate but was pleasant and creamy nonetheless.

I'll happily take another please!

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BJ's Harvest Hefeweizen is a non filtered Hefeweizen. It pours a straw colored cloudy yellow with a decent head. The wheat bill leaves a good lacing on the glass as it's consumed. The nose is heavy on banana notes and ends with a light clove note. The flavor is the same, heavy on the banana flavors. Maybe a bit too much banana on the occasional swallow as it comes offs tasting like a banana popsicle. There is a ending flavor not of cloves but it's a bit understated. This beer has a good mouthfeel for a Hefe and drinks well but I am left wishing for a little more banana / clove balance.

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Photo of FSUBrad
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Sampled on tap at BJ's Brewhouse in Orlando, FL. Consumed from a pint glass.

A: Hazy Golden Color. I really enjoyed the fogginess.

S: Hints of Banana, Clove, and Spice.

T: Has the distinct taste of a good wheat beer without any bitterness.

M: I nice medium bodied beer. Not too thin, not too thick.

D: I could enjoy a few of these if I didnt get Pizza at BJ's too!

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap on the Corona, CA location.

A: Rich gold in color with impressive haze. The brew has less than a one finger, mousy head.

S: Sweet and subtle with hints of citrus and spices.

T: An explosion of flavor, atleast for a hefe. Nicely balanced and loaded with spicey citrus, banana, and clove.

M: Carbonation was everything I would expect in a good hefe.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable, though it is a little filling.

A nicely made hefe and great for the cost. I had always thought the alcohol content would be much higher, it always seems like a few of these would take me over the top.


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Photo of sammy44
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very solid wheat beer from BJ's in Reno. Completely opaque yellow color, not as much of a head as expected from a 'weizen. Aroma was good, though a little weak. Taste made up for it, very smooth and fruity. Banana flavor came through strong.

Very drinkable and easy to quaff.

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Photo of drewmprs
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the harvest hefe off the tap many times but just recently tried it from the bottle. The phenolic charecteristics aren't quite as strong but there still is a mild banana and clove taste. Drinkability improves towards end. Perle hops are evident throughout.
I had it with a pepperoni pizza and it was fantastic. Still a great brew but you're better off getting a pint from the tap. Its about 9 bucks for a 6 pack, and 40 bucks for a mini keg. You'd save alot of money getting a mini keg and drinking this stuff for a couple days. Best hefe i know of for the price.

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Photo of baiser
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright yellow body, with a light, fluffy white head. Some banana, clove, yeast and citrus in the nose. The taste was ok. Some banana, spice, clove and tartness. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. But all in all, a bit one dimensional. Mouthfeel could be better. An ok hefe.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken earlier today. The color is a hazy golden with little carbonation. Head is almost non-existant. The aroma is rather light, but consists of an appropriate spicy banana/clove combo. Taste starts off with a blitz of clove/banana and is quickly joined by a tasty light malt body. A nice amount of spiciness makes it's way into the flavor profile too. As with any hefe the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a straight-sided pint glass, this Hefe arrived with a dark yellow body featuring an orange core. A full finger of foam dissipated rather quickly, but all the while emitting a wonderous nose of bananas, cloves, and yeast.

Entry shows full carbonation and a wheat presence far and above most hefeweizens. The finish is supported by malt toward the rear of the mouth and is quickly followed by a nice, yeasty fade.

This is a solid representation and an excellent gateway toward craft beer for the novice.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived as a bright gold with minimal head. It's leaving some token lacing behind.

The smell is nice, with banana tones taking over the bulk of it. However, the taste and mouthfeel are a little thin. Drinkability stays fairly high.

A slight kick of esters give it some character.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy gold color, with a 1/2" off-white head.

Smell: the aroma was nice as malt, banana, and cloves were strong and easily detectable.

taste: the flavor was weaker than the aroma, as the flavors seemed tame. The malt, banana, and spice were there but needed a slight kick.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, but was thin. The finish was smooth with some spice lingering on the tongue.

Drinkability: not a bad drinking brew, just some stronger flavors would make this a nice Hefe.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled (5oz.) at BJ's Brewhouse in Arcadia, CA
Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a thin white head and no lace.
Smell was of bready malt, bananas, and clove indicative of a Bavarian hefe. Also detected a slightly bitter note I've smelled in American wheats before.
Taste is initially of white bread, yeast, banana and clove. While somewhat sweet, this beer had a disconcerting bitterness lurking underneath.
Feel was light, dry, and refreshing.
A bit of a disappointment. Appearance was promising but it didn't have the full taste of a Bavarian hefeweizen. Seemed like it was made in the Bavarian style but with some American wheat characteristics built in. The bitterness interfered with the classic German hefe taste I love.

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Photo of Morris729
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ABV: 4.8%, IBU: 15, OG: 1.048, FG: 1.011
Thankfully, this beer was not accompanied by a lemon wedge (I was told, however, that lemon wedges were available upon request). Pours a very cloudy golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a patchy lace. Lots of fresh wheat in the nose with some lesser aromas of fruity yeasts. Light to medium in body with a smooth and creamy texture. Taste starts off with some mild banana flavors followed by some doughy and nutty yeast and a hint of clove. A nice refreshing brew, but nothing special. Sampled locally at the BJ’s at 4901 Beltline in Addison.

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Harvest Hefeweizen from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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