Side Launch Wheat | Side Launch Brewing Company

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Side Launch WheatSide Launch Wheat

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Side Launch Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 05-12-2014

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Reviews by peensteen:
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - rich dark golden color, with a massive three finger billowy dense head. Great lacing left behind from the frothy head.

Smell - faint banana and clove, surprisingly subdued. Some bread pudding aromatics too.

Taste- big bold sweet banana flavor, very minimal bitterness even for a hefeweizen. Not a lot of clove, this is a little more fruity although it's also more grainy tasting than usual. Still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, fairly light, but doesn't quite have the dream like lightness that the German greats have. Well carbonated.

Overall- much better upon a second tasting, with a great flavor profile and good feel overall. The nose was dissapointing for sure, but otherwise quite impressive.

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Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473ml can, from notes - this brew showed up in Alberta (more than) a few months ago with the old Denison's labeling, and no date markings (thanks again, Craft Beer Importers), and while waiting for the newer branded offerings to show up, I've just gotten too fucking tired of looking at this in my 'maybe' queue.

This beer appears a hazy, light golden peach colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of specked and randomly streaky lace around the glass as it slowly and surely recedes.

It smells of soft, semi-sweet bready wheat, prominent dried banana chips, ethereal citrus rind, and some mild black and white pepper spice. The taste is quite fruity and still moderately sweet - apple and pear joining the steadfast banana republic here - all over a very soft grainy and wheaty malt, well faded table-top spice, and some emerging, yet light, dry earthy hops.

The carbonation is ample in its playfully coy frothiness, but alas, it fades quite quickly, the body a decent medium weight, smooth and fruity as all get out, with a wee airy creaminess arising during our short time together. It finishes slightly off-dry, with a smidgen of yeast and the lingering spice and citrus meekly raging against their own communal dying of the light.

Well, even though I am not a particularly big fan of the style, this is still one of the best Weissbiers that I have ever had - smooth, fruity, tasty, balanced, and actually very enjoyable to drink, and very, very (maybe too very?) reminiscent of putting this stuff back at Bar Volo in T-Dot all those interceding years ago.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WeizenMike
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens very well pouring large white head that lasts and lasts. Golden yellow, unfiltered.

S- Nice shot of coriander. Yeasty

T- Very good. Nice yeast left overs. Good attempt at a German white.

M- Pretty good. Enjoyably light yet still holds the wheat bite.

O- Very good. Would buy again. Nice little cross over beer

Food Pairing

This unusual and nice little wheat lager goes well with... Tuna sandwiches. Tuna with a touch of mayo and green onions on whole wheat.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ikidunot
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ECsurfattic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO, served only somewhat chilled. There is a production date, but it is smudged and illegible (same thing happened with their can of pale ale I tried last week). I've never tried Denison's Weissbier, but apparently this beer is just a re-labelled version of that long-time GTA staple. Whether or not the recipe has been adjusted along with the branding, I obviously cannot say.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, with two fingers of fluffy, eggshell white head erupting from the surface. It looks impressive initially, but lacks the retention I tend to expect from this style, quickly dissipating away over the next minute or two into a soapy collar and film. Not much lace, either. At least the aroma is more enticing - wheaty malts, banana and clove are the central features of this one, with minor notes of citrusy orange, yeast and bubble gum. The nose is a little weak and subdued off the glass, but very nice off the can.

Not bad at all! All the usual German hefe tropes are in play here - bready, wheaty malt sweetness, ripe banana and bubblegum being the most noticeable to me, with hints of orange and lemon. Notes of spicy clove and coriander become apparent at the finish, with a yeasty, wheaty malt flavour outlasting these features in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with relatively weak carbonation that equips this hefe with an exceptionally smooth, silky feel on the palate. I do like the mouthfeel, but it was borderline flat by the time I reached the bottom of my glass. And believe me, that didn't take very long, because this is one light-drinking, tasty little wheat beer.

Final Grade: 3.85, a respectable B+. Side Launch Wheat has a pretty long (by Ontario craft beer standards, at least), venerable history in the GTA. Now that I've finally tried it, I can see why it has been so highly-lauded - this is one of the few Canadian-made hefes I have tried that might actually be able to compete with some of the quality German-made examples. It's really reminding me of Paulaner's. I prefer a livelier mouthfeel from my hefes, but in the grand scheme of things that is a pretty forgiveable flaw. This is a solid, affordable wheat beer that, along with their Pale Ale, will make an excellent pair of flagship brews for this (quasi) start-up brewery.

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Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of portwood
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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