Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
3.21/5
738 Ratings
Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hazy golden and filled with smooth wheat character, our Hefeweizen is our take on the classic German beer. Notes of clove and banana, signatures of this traditional style, accent the aroma and flavor, and are complemented by a subtle bready malt character. Clean and crisp, this beer pairs best with a sunny summer day.

HOP VARIETIES
Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt-Spalter Noble hops

MALT VARIETIES
Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, White Wheat

14 IBU

Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,335
Reviews:
576
Ratings:
738
pDev:
16.2%
Bros Score:
2.83
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Czequershuus
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright gold with a medium head. The aroma features a strong bite of clove and a touch of banana, and a touch of green apple and black pepper. The flavor is semi sweet with banana, clove, bubblegum, and a hint of black pepper. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rich, almost oily quality. Overall this has the key flavors of a hefe, but maybe a touch too much body and not enough carbonation to cut through.

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Photo of ccryder
2.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mando31
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Johncnh
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 10/2017. Pours fairly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 2 finger dense, creamy, and rocky white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a great hefeweizen! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV, perfectly balanced yeast and malt flavors; with just enough bittering hops to balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by Oct 2017.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a half inch head with low retention but low to moderate lacing.
S: Aromas of banana, toast, spice, pepper and sea salt.
T: Slightly sweet with a biscuit to cookie and banana muffin flavor; otherwise follows the nose. Mild bitterness is really very nicely balanced with the mild flavors.
M: Medium bodied with light effervescence.
O: I have had many German-made hefeweizens. While I am not suggesting that this offering was on a par with them, I found it both drinkable and enjoyable. Based on that, the aggregate scores here are unfairly low. I wouldn't hesitate to have this again. Sometimes mild hits the spot.

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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strong clove, wheat, slight honey, pale malt, yeast, and banana. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong clove, wheat, slight honey, pale malt, yeast, hint of hops, and banana. Overall, decent appearance and feel, but aroma and body dominated by clove unfortunately.

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Photo of Satsuma
3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Hefeweizen in their new summer variety pack. I don't believe I've had this beer before and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice summer theme to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of chunky and fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking example of the style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a very noticeable ripe banana like aromas along with lots of spices with some cloves seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a very bready, doughy, wheat, and sweet malt aromas with the sweet malts sticking out a little too much. This beer has a decent aroma, but it's pretty sweet for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with bananas and cloves still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects, but they are a little less sweet this time with a little more wheat and bready flavors coming through. On the finis there's some lingering sweetness with no bitterness and it had a very yeasty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting Hefe, but I feel like the sweetness holds it back.

M- Fairly smooth, a little too cloying, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it wasn't a little too cloying.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was a pretty average example of the style, it wasn't bad and it didn't really have any off flavors and it was fairly true to style, but the sweetness ended up holding it back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a nice looking Hefe. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, it needs to be toned down. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own and I can't say I would recommend it as a great Hefe. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love either and it could use a little more work. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's pretty average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.16/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomMorris
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy yellow gold with a small white head. Smells of wheat, banana esters, and German yeast. Taste follows the nose exactly with some dryness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent hefeweizen, just a little strong in the yeast flavors.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a mildly murky light gold color with a small white head. The aroma has a lot of cloves in it with some banana and a little wheat. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.19/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a teku appears a fairly clear golden color with white froth that foams up 2 fingers tall and holds well.

Aroma is quite clove dominant with banana and sulfur to back it up.

Taste brings clove, banana and slight pear/sulfur and apple skins. A little bit of mineral component, grain and bitterness into the finish.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall not bad, it falls middle of the pack as far as im concerned in the style. The sulfur could really be ratcheted back.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the American Summer variety pack. Poured a cloudy light golden color, as to be expected of a Hefe Weizen. Smell of cloves and banana as a light hint of both on the taste. Me personally, it finished with a faint oak, smoke hint.
Not bad, wouldn't purchase it if individualized.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.54/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another miss by Sam Adams. Very faint banana and clove taste. Pretty much nothing more than a stale malt mess.

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Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 738 ratings
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