Side Launch Brewing Company

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Side Launch Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Ranked #99
Ranked #19,533
3.83 | pDev: 11.49%
Mar 29, 2022
May 12, 2014
Very Good
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

May 12, 2014
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Hazy and classically golden straw coloured in the glass, the head is a bit disappointing, about maybe one finger that dissipates over the course of one minute.

Strong yeasty aroma and a blast of wheat on the nose, very classic earthy and grassy hop whiffs here as well. Lastly is banana and cloves. Very basic profile

A savouriness to the beers first sip that is broken up by the effervescence. This gives it a very creamy wheat flavour, compared to some other hefe’s which are dryer and crisper, this is a very creamy wheaty, little bit yeasty experience. A little bit doughy on the back end, which is pleasant. Mild banana but a nice touch of phenols and cloves, general spices. Only the slightest hint of a hop presence in some earthiness to the flavour profile and some gentle straw like grassiness on the finish.

While the can says very effervescent, the carbonation is average for the style, not overly so. Lighter body than typical, the lighter carbonation and tiny bubbles explode in the mouth and gently fizz to give it a creamier sip. Doughy, grainy, earthy finish.

Overall, a very interesting offering. This is their flagship product, and I could see this being a world class beer if it tightened up in some areas. Nothing mind shattering, but that’s really not a bad thing considering how poorly Hefeweizen as a style is represented by local North American brewers. Unlike a few other styles, the absolute masters and top tier beers are still all German and European. I still enjoyed this quite a bit, and as I write this a very pleasant cereal grain wheaty doughy malt is on my palate from the last sip. It does everything a hefe needs to do!
Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave wispy head.

S - Big aromas of creamy wheat, tons of banana along with bright hefe yeast. Really solid.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with tons of creamy wheat and banana, nice clove and spices. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, body is rather thin though.

O - Overall this was a solid enough hefe. Good creamy wheat and banana. Solid elements.

Serving Type: can
Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Picked up at a store in Ontario
POurs a decent creamy foamy but small head, that fades at a med pace, a bit of lacing, fair hazy medium orange-gold color

Nose is a nice hefe, raw doughy wheat, with a little bready doughy wheat, a little vanilla and honey like, with a nice banana, vanilla icing, a little clove like spice phenol, banana bread, creamy doughy, nice

Taste a bit lighter but nice, creamy doughy wheat, bready dough, plenty of banana again, banana bread especially, a little citrus and zest, light bitterness, doughy notes, mild vanilla icing and a little honey wheat, a bit of clove spice as well, dry finish with a fair bitterness that lingerings, maybe a touch too much

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, a touch thin, medium to a bit higher almost effervescent carb

Overall pretty good for a hefe from Ontario, nice base wheat, nice ester profile and phenols, a bit thin on the mouth but otherwise nice
Nov 01, 2019
Rated: 2.83 by achepil from Canada (ON)

Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by JunctionCat from Canada (ON)

Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by rdub from Pennsylvania

Aug 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Hefes are, largely, about the yeast. It is why only a few North American crafters get close to the Bavarian masters.
Side Launch did not its yeast right, though this is a hefe... a mild one, an undistinguished one. But still, an enjoyable one.

Looks are below average, I recognize the color; but where is the head?
Smells remind me of a hefe... if I imagine clove. Tastes are refreshing like a good hefe, but where is my banana?
OA: Because it is refreshing and from a part of Ontario that may need crafters, I give these guys a hug for trying.
Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Slightly cloudy dark straw color with poor activity. Weak foamy white 1-2 finger head, lasting around a minute, with poor legs and swirl. Flavors of wheat, sweet barley, light caramel, lemon, pears, coriander, banana yeast, and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, a bit spicy while more grainy and fruity. Some wet corn in there. Decent freshness and balance, though not as filling as a regular wheat beer. Not sharp enough, slightly dull, not enough "fluffy". The yeast is a bit crapped, me thinks. Overall average quality craft.
May 22, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours misty golden colour with a thinnish creamy white head. Aroma tropical fruit, bubble gum. Flavour: fruit forward, very drinkable, slight graininess.
Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 5 by TheBubblegumkid from Canada (ON)

Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by EmilyC103 from Canada (ON)

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by scottfalkingham from Canada (MB)

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Oct 14, 2017
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Rated by Eric_Blanchard from Canada (NS)

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great tasting weat beer, more on the light side but good flavour and easy to drink. Great session beer for weat beer enthusiast
Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by Evanimal from Canada (ON)

Sep 01, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by halivera from Canada (ON)

Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by km02600 from Michigan

Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by jamesd345 from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Decent head for a wheat beer, with an excellent aroma and clear pour. This is a great drinking beer, perfect for the Canadian summer months. I look forward to trying Side launch's other products.
Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by SportsGuy33 from Canada (ON)

May 12, 2017
Rated: 1.98 by john_hugh7 from Canada (ON)

Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Oct 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - A pretty pour, golden, clear, with cascading carbonation and a white head, short and fading quickly. Some lacing.

S - Lots of yeast, banana and bubble gum, a strong hit of apple skin and flesh, a bit of pear.

T - Following the nose, but with stronger fruit flavor, apple flesh, sweet notes couple with a subtle but present sour note of grain in the close. A hint of bitterness also appears, but well back.

M - Good carbonation, decent acidity, and a very friendly feel that makes this an easy drinker.

O - Nothing too deep, but a very nice rendition of the Hefe from the farmlands north of Toronto. Good show.
Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Aug 23, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by BakaGaijin from Canada (ON)

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Jun 16, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by suckaj from Florida

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

May 24, 2016
Rated: 3.43 by portwood from Canada (ON)

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MJ63 from Canada (ON)

May 07, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Geosuds from Spain

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Apr 24, 2016
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Reviewed by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy straw colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing. Toasted grains, bread wheat, fruity yeast esters and cloves on the nose. Solid wheat and bready flavors with hints of clove and banana. A touch of peppery spice and bitter leafy greens o the finish. A solid hefe and will definitely be a go to in the summer.
Mar 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Hancock's finest is as good as ever. Not a lot of head for a wheat, but wonderful silky texture. Pleasant clove with underlying banana in the aroma and flavour. Easy drinker with some great flavour.
Mar 16, 2016
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Reviewed by WeizenMike from Canada (ON)

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Formerly named Denison's Weissbier, Side Launch Wheat will always have a special place in my heart as it was the beer that first got me introduced to craft beer and wheat beer specifically.

Sweet with hints of banana, cloves and some coriander, this beer is one of Canada's best takes on the German Hefeweizen style. Great carbonation and easy drinkability make this a must have on a hot summer day. Fans of Ayinger, Erdinger or Hacker-Pschorr will enjoy this brew
Feb 26, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 86 ratings