Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 546 | Ratings: 649
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Substantial haze, yellow, white head rose to 1/3" but vanished immediately. Aroma was some wheat. Some candy sugar. Some lemon.

Taste was just way too sweet. Spice rack, too much. Not very acccessible, much less palateable.

Doesn't smack of summertime. Or spring. Or anytime really. So much lemon and sugar.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mediocre Hefe but not bad. This one poured cloudy yellow with a small white head on top. The aroma is a bit of banana and funk. The flavor follows this with some extra sweetness and a hint of spice. The finish is a little off in the same way I don't like the finish on the SA Lager. Won't get it again (especially since this one is apparently retired) but SA was such a gateway drug to craft back in college that I have fond memories.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy yellow colored beer with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing and retention were both pretty good looking. The smell of the beer had the typical aromas of clove and banana with some fresh wheat in the mix. The taste of the beer had just a hint of citrus but mostly had the subtle wheat flavors and some spice. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and was light bodied. Overall this beer was decent, not my favorite Hefe but it's was drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dull, cloudy yellow, white head leaves no lace. Aroma was wheat and candy lemon.

Taste, whoa, not impressed at all. Seemed like artificial sweetner with artificial 'sourner' as well (yeah I know it ain't a word). No hops, bad clove taste in the mouthfeel. Weird bitterness to it. Seems like it would have had the 'not a real hefeweizen' tab on it. Would be nice to tame down the lemon and include some banana or other spice. Light body, heavy saturation of undesireable flavor. Couldn't even give it drinkability points, or 'summer' beer qualifications.

Was disappointed especially given the price on this, at almost $9 a 6 pack

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Photo of JizackFH
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a hazy golden color, that has a nice fluffy white head. The head left decent lacing on the glass as it falls. There is plenty of floating yeast particles visible.

S - To me this smells more like an adjunct lager than it does a hefeweizen. I am however, getting nice notes of clove, banana, honey, and some orangey citrus.

T - This tastes of wheat and lemon. There is some yeastiness and fruitiness as well. There is also some hop presence, and some citrus. It also has a bit of an odd aftertaste.

M - It has a medium-light body and high carbonation. It has a creamy quality to it, and it goes down quite easy.

D - It has decent drinkability. It goes down pretty easy, and it is quite refreshing. Overall, it is an okay beer, but it just seems more like a whet beer than a hefeweizen.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Interesting that this is categorized as an American Pale Wheat Ale when its label clearly proclaims 'Hefeweizen', but that's neither here nor there.

Pours a straw-colored yellow with a bubbly white head that leaves some loose, stringy lacing. It's pretty hazy in there; upon closer inspection, there appear to be little particles of wheat suspended in the brew. Not surprising since its unfiltered. Smell has that sweet malty aroma that is characteristic of wheat beers in general. Some banana nuances are also pretty prevalent.

Taste is on the light side, with sweet malts making up the majority of the the flavor. There's the traditional weizen banana taste, but it's pretty subdued. Not much else in the way of flavor, no bubblegum or citrus notes, no spice nuances. Clean and actually pretty boring. Hops are non-existent and there is basically no bitterness to this beer at all. Mouthfeel is on the lightish side as well, with a bit of carbonation and none of the creamy, fluffy body I'm used to from most good wheat beers.

Drinkability is fairly limited. It's an easy enough beer to drink but I wouldn't really go for another one unless it was the only thing available. It's really quite boring and I can definitely understand why the Boston Beer Co. ceased production, especially when there are so many other wheat beers available that blow this one completely out of the water.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. This beer has a medium haze and forms a near non-existent head with minimal carbonation and no lacing. Its amber in color.

Aroma is nothing.

Beer is malty sweet and really kind of gross. Close to the worst hefe I've ever had. Its retired now and this was probably the best move for SA. My bottle was from December 2008. Never again, even if it were possible.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Found this at the back of my fridge, I see now its no longer brewed. After drinking, I can see why - its just not that good, and there are lots of better hefes available on the open market.

Color is a light brownish but clear, very little foam. Light smell, nothing like you'd typically get or want from a hefe. Mild spice, not much banana/clove combo.

Taste is clean, light all around. Not much going on there. Could almost mistake this for a pale wheat ale.

It was ok - but Boston Beer Co. is certainly capable of better. The Coastal Wheat, though not spectacular itself, is an improvement.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The purchase date for this beer was January 2010.

This beer poured with a decent foamy white head that was about 2 fingers thick. It receded to a light cap with lacing around the beer. It is a hazy orange yellow with slowly rising carbonation.

The beer smells pretty good and has a sweet aroma of malts and yeasty notes. This beer tastes really good for being a light and refreshing hefeweizen. A pleasing aftertaste and smooth mouthfeel round out the beer and make me wish that I bought a 12-pack.

Not half bad although apparently retired.

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Photo of icetraxx
2.11/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this earlier in the year. What a terrible, terrible impersonation of the Hefe-Weiss style. Luckily I was able to use the three bottles of this from a sampler pack in beer bread or else it would of gone down the drain. The bottles were fresh, but the flavor was truly disappointing. No banana or clove aromas, no complexity, and a stale off-tasting and boring malt flavor that is common with all Sam Adam's wheat beers. This beer also damaged the flavor of my beer bread. I am very glad that they retired this beer and it may prevent newcomers from trying better versions of the hefe weisse style.

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Photo of Soilworker
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy Golden yellow with thin white head

Smell: Citrusy/Lemon aroma that accompanies a strong ripe fruit aroma. Hints of yeast and bread permeate through.

Taste: Simple taste which is dominated by lemon/citrus flavors. Slight malty flavors and yeasty bread is present which become apparent after the citrusy flavors. There is an overtone of bitterness that lingers throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a light (almost watered down) body.

Drinkability: This is an average hefeweizen with nothing that really distinguishes it from any other beer like it. The falvor is okay but I don't think I would purchase this one again.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.


$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Obvious wheat scent, but not much in the line of fruity esters. No hop scent, typical of the style. Some clove, and just a very subtle sweetness.

A: Cloudy straw body with medium loose head that quickly dissipates leaving slight lacing and light cover.

T: Strong wheat backbone with a weak sweetness and some toast. Some spice, perhaps clove, along with faint medicinal undertones noticeable in the aftertaste.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Bites the tongue but comes off crisp.

D: Light, bubbly, and refreshing. Goes down easy but somewhat boring.

O: Decent beer, but didn't blow me away. Nothing present that I haven't seen many times before.

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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy yellow gold in color with a 1 inch foamy white head, and smelled of yeast, wheat, grains, malt and a hint of lemon.

Tastes of lemon, wheat, yeast and a little malt and bread flavor. The lack of hops and any real flavor punch takes away from this beer a bit leaving it kind of basic and dull. It has very light/mild carbonation with a body that's crisp and watery, yet smooth with decent lacing. It has a dry finish with a hint of hops, but I can't pick up any of the clove that other reviews mention.

A good Hefewiezen that leans towards the boring side as far as flavor goes, but it's a very drinkable beer. It's great ice cold on a nice summer day.

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Photo of david18
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this just the other day. My friend, who is not an adventurous beer drinker, hated it...right from the smell all the way to the taste. I was not overly impressed either. The aroma was great, very wheaty. Other than that it was not my favorite Heffe at all. What can you expect, they can't master every style. This is worth trying once, maybe, but not one of the better wheats around.

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Photo of mothman
2.81/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Best before Dec. 2009.

Color is a very cloudy golden orange. A ton of carbonation bubbles in the glass. Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: Wow, is this a hefe or a macro adjunct? It resembles hardly anything of a hefe, except some clove and spices and old bananas.

Taste: I am sorry to say but this is the worst hefe I have ever had in my life. Sam Adams really disappoints me here. It tastes very grainy and similar to an adjunct lager. Some spice and clove notes, but that is it. This simply is not good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and a little creamy. I really don't like the flavor so it is hard to keep it in my mouth for very long. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with an aftertaste similar to that of an adjunct lager.

Overall, I am not enjoying this beer at all. It simply doesn't taste like any hefe I have ever had. It lacks a lot of flavor and I never want to drink it again. I doubt my bottle is old, because it is fresh until December 2009. This is almost on a Tripel Bock level.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Out of the bottle. Looks like a pale golden clear body but clouded a bit with particles, as it is unfiltered.
S: Not much there. Some syrupy malts, honey, and wheat.
T: A fair amount of lemon and wheat. The Spalt hops keep the aftertaste sweet but still a bit hoppy.
M: A little too syrupy but not bad.
D: Would be a great summer beer--easy to drink and some good flavor.

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Photo of vegantreats
4.83/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice dark yellow color and left a really cool wish bone shaped minute amount of foam on the top! I wished this would happen more often but didn't have anyone to do the wish bone battle with, so time will tell is this newfound way to do this wishbone will be fruitful.
This is the best Sam Adams beer I've tried; very crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a small, but stiff and dense cap of white foam. Not as hazy as most of the style and darker in color.

Smell is mainly lemony citrus and tangy wheat. More like an American wheat than a true German style hefe.

The flavor profile is of citrus peels, grassy hops and crisp wheat. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, creamy and full. Not a bad wheat beer, but the label has no business claiming it is a hefeweizen. Ratings based on an American wheat style ale. As a hefe, it fails miserably.

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Photo of Genuine
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my newbury comics pint glass.

It spoke of a white, short living head with minimal lacing down the sides. Not sticky at all. I'm starting to be saddened by this. It's certainly cloudy, due to the unfiltered yeast, a bit darker than golden in color.

Smell - lots of wheat, malt. Not much of a hop presence on the nose.

Taste - This very Hefeweizen was one of the first beers i've ever had. I remember liking it and it being very good. Since then, I have gotten into IPA's and stouts, etc. This is where I was let down the most. Since my pallet has matured since my first tasting of this beer, I was very much turned off to it by now. It was full of wheat and malt. I wish it had a bit more hops to balance it out. I am, by no means, a bonafide hop head, But I do enjoy that slight bitterness. I find that this one is lacking. It would be a great starter beer, but I'm unimpressed by this one. I think Circus Boy (magic hat) is a better brew in comparision.

Mouthfeel - a bit sticky. Good for a hot summer day.

Drinkability - I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish this sixer. Not that it taste horrible, just not what I'm into anymore. Other than that, it's definitley drinkable.

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Photo of mempath
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite style...but here we go

nice appearance but a quickly dying always, the color of an SA is beautiful....pungent, sour smell as it is swirl again...not bad at all...though cold, this tastes warm and bready...actually well-balanced and helps me forget the flying dog disaster (great brews but not that hefe...!)...mouthfeel is in sync making this a nice, decent, acceptable, drinkable to get something with alot of hops!

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Photo of philibum13
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Hefeweizen stays true to that Sam Adams unique flavor by not giving in to the typical Hefeweizen flavor and making it its own version of a hefeweizen. It was good, nothing special, but then again, nothing unoriginal. I give it a thumbs up, but I'm not raising my arms up in the air.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orangish tan body topped by a thick frothy cloud of pure white head. It offers some nice lacing too.

S - Subtle wheat aroma with a hint of malt. There is also a sweet pear scent here.

T - The flavors are slow but they do surface. The first is a mild wheat and citrus. Then the pear and hops come toward the end.

M - The feel is nice. It starts out very smooth and gradually gets a bit more coarse. It has a nice flow to it that allows for the flavors to be revealed.

~ This is a sessionable brew and I think The Boston Beer Company got exactly what they were trying for here.

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Photo of albern
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty mediocre and bland hefeweizen if there ever was one. It looks good with the dirty water hazy blond color but it goes down hill from there. There beer had a touch of foamy head, not much lacing or retention. The nose had an ever so slight citrusy aroma, but none of the clove or banana that you would expect in the style.

The taste was a bit spritzy, and that is a good thing, there was a bit of husky grain and prickly mouthfeel, but the taste itself was just plain bland. There was no clove flavors, no florals, just a bland, a touch lemony, watery, refreshing summer beer that goes down easy, but really has little if anything to recommend it either as a hefeweizen, as it is labeled, or as a wheat ale. I'm beginning to think that SA has gotten worse in direct proportion to the number of beers it produces and the quantity in which it manufactures.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy butter color with some very fine particles floating about. The head was short lived and whispy.

The smell was heavy on the grain, light on the wheat. Not much else going on there.

The wheat came through in the taste, but this was rather dull for a hefe. There was only a minute trace of over-ripe banana and no sight of any clove-like spiciness that I was wanting. This wasn't a bad tasting beer, just weak for the style.

Mouthfeel was light and way overcarbonated. It was fizzy yellow stuff. There was a slight hop dryness at the end.

Like I said, this wasn't a bad tasting beer. That plus the lighter body made it rather drinkable and it's a fine beer for outdoors in the summer. However, if you're looking for something true to the hefe style, don't look here.

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Photo of cavedave
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look is a straw colored, fairly cloudy (both with fine yeasties and, unfortunately, larger particles) beer with airy, off-white head that settles quickly, and leaves lasting gargoyle arms of lace. First disappointment.

Smell is a weak combo of yeast and grain. Not the full aroma I hoped for, but not bad.

Taste is as weak as the smell, not much there, yeastiness and bread, a faint degree of fruit. Second disappointment. Finish is short and unimpressive.

Mouthfeel? With this paucity of flavor it hardly matters that the mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Third disappointment

Drinkability is okay today, a hot humid day, with refreshment a plus even when flavor lacks, but I doubt I will buy this again.

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