Haymarket Hefe-Weizen | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

very good
22 Reviews

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 35
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at Canal Street, and served in a pint glass. The beer is a bright, cloudy yellow-gold coloring, with a slight unfiltering to it, and a ring of white, frothy head. Very floral aromas, with some effervescent characteristics and feel to it. Smooth, but light, the flavors are sweet, with citrus/lemon highlights over a doughy, bready backbone. Tart towards the end, with a foamy and filmy finish. The aftertaste is lemon zest, with some bread-like flavors. Sour at the end, too. Not a favorite, that's for sure.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark gold, slightly orange, w/ lace done the glass. An aroma that is slightly spicy and yeasty but not much else - not picking up much citric notes. Taste is more of the same as this is a light beer that has some lemon notes, some clove spicy notes and has a little bit of sweetness. Finishes crips, little haggard, and this is a good summer/lawnmower beer but not much complexity, even by hefe standards.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a hot summer night in a crowded and cantakerous Fenway bar where we needed liquid refreshment. The brew was dispensed a cloudy orange/yellow with a fair white head that was gone in a flash.

Really wonderful nose on this one. Lots of tropical fruit, banana, and yeast, with a hint of sharp, almost white pepper-like spice. Gotta love that fresh beer.

Great yeast and bread dough flavor, with some biting hints of lemon amd light bitter spice. Just everything you'd want in a hefe this time of year.

Lighter bodied and carbonated.

A very easy drinker -- I said F-U to the lemon and was glad I did. This was pint #2 and a great seasonal to try.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange, yellow ,lemon color with a medium white lacey head. The smell is strong lemon,wheat,clove, banana,and bread yeast. Not bad at all. The taste is like the smell with a very crisp summer type flavor. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A nice refreshing beer for a summer night in Beantown.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thin off-white head that has fair retention. Spotty lacing. Wheaty, yeasty aroma with touches of spice. Medium body with citrus, yeast and wheat flavors. The finish is mostly yeast with touches of spice and hops. Above average overall.

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Photo of cbl2
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/18/2005 $4.50 16 oz. 4.50%


Pours a hazy yellow with very little head. Spot on for style.


Nice and citrusy with some good coriander and banana overtones.


Nice and refreshing with definite citrus flavors & just a touch of banana. Dries the mouth a little too much in the finish, leaving an astringent taste.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely no head or lace which is very unusual for a wheat beer. Cloudy and blonde.

The wife added the lemon before I had a chance to taste or smell. The brew did not hold up to the lemon aromas. No flaws that I could detect.

First impression is raw grains followed by some nice wheat. Interesting complexity without any noticable hop. Excellent body and moderate carbonation.

This is a strong steady entry into hefe-weizen world, but not remarkable.

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Photo of Crosling
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really nice, authentic German yeast smells, with hints of banana, clove, vanilla, cinnamon roll dough and banana bread. Cloudy orange brown color. Unfortunately, upon tasting, it surely lacks the magic of the nose. Initially sharp, husky and acidic, very mild with a watery texture.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 09/30/05 at the Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA.

Hazy over-ripe banana peel color with a nice white head... Nice yeasty banana and bubblegum aroma and flavor with little to no clove character noticeable to me. Medium-light bodied and lightly creamy. A nice fruity version !!

Per BBW website: Haymarket Hefe Weizen
Hefe Weizen is German for wheat beer with yeast. This golden ale utilizes a German yeast to give this beer its signature flavors, both a banana, fruity aroma and a crisp, spicy clove finish, and is served unfiltered to produce its cloudy appearance.
Season: spring/summer Color: orange/gold Alc./Vol: 4.5%

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Boston Beer Works (Fenway) on 9/4/2005.

Presentation: Poured a cloudy, unfiltered dark yellow color into a tall glass. A significant head formed and stayed around the entire time that I drank this beer. Swirling the glass also helped to release a little more of the carbonation. The scent was of bananas and malts, very typical of this style of beer. I had it without a lemon wedge, which was different from the last time I tasted it a year ago. This made the beer's presentation much better.

Tasting: This is a smooth, refreshing beer for mid-to-late summer consumption. Slight bubblegum characteristics came across, as well as banana and clove flavors. There even was a slight hint of coriander in there, but not much. It had a medium body and it went down very easily. It was suitable for taking large sips. I certainly would have another of these, but since it's a seasonal beer, I will have to get back to Beer Works before it's off the taps.

This was a very good beer, one that I would recommend to anyone looking for something both satisfying and easy to drink.

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Photo of rousee
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky gold-very nice looking with beautiful 3mm head. Smell is absolutely beautiful-carefully treading the line of what is a great hefe and a slight sulfur-ish hint.

Banana and spicy notes but not hot peppery ones. We're dealing with more like allspice, clove, cardamom, etc. Think pumpkin pie or something sweet and spicy. Plenty of malt and wheat and all the things that make a good hefe. I look at the highest rated for the hefe style, and its Weihanstephaner and I far prefer this one.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served with a lemon. Bloody hell.

Poured a hazy gold with a big head that receded into a film. The nose was wheat, yeast and citrus (not sure if that was the lemon that I yanked out). The flavor was more wheat and citrus (lemon and lime). Also, something that I want t describe as sunflower seeds (so I will). Also, maybe (just maybe) a slight hint of banana. It was a bit watery, but so crisp that the wateriness did not detract from the mouthfeel. A very crisp and refreshing drink.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poors a cloudy rich yellow color and keeps an inch or so head for a good while

Smell: I didn't detect anything to strong but my beer did come with the lemon wedge which could have tainted any aromas I would be able to detect.

Taste: Like I said the beer came with the lemon wedge(w/o asking) and The first few sips were full of lemon. After the strong lemon taste the beer took a strong wheat taste .

Mouthfeel : the beer was light and not overwhelming at all. It was smooth but not in the sense of a light beer.

This was at the Beerworks on Canal St(Fleetcenter). My first beer review...

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Photo of mschofield
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow topped with a three finger white head, left partial webs of lacing.
Spicy, floral aroma, clove, powdery.
Not as much yeast in the taste, more wheat centered, spicy, lemon and lime.
Light-medium bodied, pretty refreshing, but the aroma was a bit off.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Spot on appearance, hazy yellow color, decent and very white head of 1/2 an inch and OK lasting power. Laces in detail on the glass. Aromatics of wheaty grain and slight bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium, fine, could be slightly stauncher. The flavor is middle-of-the-road for what the beer is -- elements of slight banana and candyidsh esters appear early. Slight lime tone to the finish, a little on the watery side. Aside from a beefy Scotch Ale, this was the best beer I had at the AOBF kick-off party, not noteworthy but meeting the style fine.

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

Good beer. Not great, but good. Fairly cloudy straw/gold; I watched the bartender pour it, and it just looked like the head was a little weak for the style.

I caught whiffs of rotting, limp lemon (in a good way!) Very light, refreshing, and zingy up front. Big lemon kick in the mid-mouth that moves to a tiny, almost unnoticeable bitterness in the finish. A decent Bavarian-style hefe.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say? I am very demanding of this style, and this beer seemed to be a "light" version of a wheat. It had the wheat taste, but somehow the volume was turned down. It also lacked that "dry" wheat boldness I have come to exspect. This would be good introductory beer to anyone who hasn't tried the style yet.

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Photo of Longstaff
2.19/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Not impressed with this one at all. First of all this poured crystal clear with no yeast and very little head (its a wheat beer -no head?). Had some fruity and clove flavors but was covered up due way too many hops for the style - not to mention that it was bitter. I barely finished it.

Other reviewers liked this beer and seemed to have a much different experience than I did which leaves me to believe that they have consistency problems or maybe they use different formulas for each location? BTW this one was sampled at the brewpub near the Fleet Center.

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Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefe-Weissen: On tap. Very nice appearance, cloudy with yeast in the glass after I finished! Had wonderful aroma of apples/bananas/yeast. Seemed somewhat fruity, with citrus and apples/plums, than other of its style. Very easy to drink, with a dry very clean finish.

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

First off … I don’t need a lemon. The head was good but the lemon wedge cropped it back a bit. The usual cloudy golden colour. Aromas of plantains, clove and malted wheat. Flexed crispness from the carbonation in a medium body. Big twang of fermented wheat, spicy clove and plantains in the flavour. Minimal hops. Nutty yeast in the back end. Good rendition of the German Hefeweizen style.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a very good tasting beer. The citrus taste with any lemon was impressive. The cloudyness of the beer is not a turn off because of the great taste. Well done Boston Beer Works.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow straw colour adorns a thick creamy white lace.

Smell: Beautiful ripe fruity banana with a touch of spicy clove and soft wheat.

Taste: Fruity (banana), estery and a generous portion of sweet malted wheat with hints of nutty yeast. A slight spicy clove hits the tongue about the same time as the hop bitterness kicks in which gives off a mild rind flavour.

Notes: Brewed to style with roughly 60% wheat make this a well rounded hefe, flavours cover all bases. One of the best hefeweizens in the area. Excellent brew!

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Haymarket Hefe-Weizen from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
3.8 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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