Samuel Adams Hefeweizen
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #742
Ranked #50,030
3.24 | pDev: 16.05%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
Notes: 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.

Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt-Spalter Noble hops

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, White Wheat

14 IBU
Reviews: 588 | Ratings: 788 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Samlover55 from New York

3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into perfect pint
Bb Nov 18
Pours a clear gold with huge fluffy white head
Bananas and cloves
Crisp wheat with tons of cloves and some banana
Medium - bodied crisp average carbonation
Overall an ok Hefe, that becomes cloyingly sweet on the backend

Nov 04, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen pours a copper color, with a small, long lasting head. Meaty aroma, lots and lots of spices. Flavor is creamy, with a huge hit of sweet dry spices. Good body and feel. Overall, a very strong, overpowering hefe.

Oct 19, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - very clear yellow colored with a thick white foam. Bizarre bubble appearance, looks highly carbonated. Not much lacing on the glass. The Sam Adams bottle labels are getting less and less unique.
Smell - Aroma of various spices, cloves being the dominant. Some minor notes of banana, vanilla, brown sugar, wheat bread, eggnog
Taste - Wow, this is a lot sweeter than it smelled. It doesn't have one flavor that really stands out (Banana + Cloves mashed together), but there is a slight soapy water taste. It is not heavy at all. Very drinkable. Only the slightest bitterness detected. It's a bit too sweet for my personal preference, almost like a Belgian sugary pastry.

Overall, it is enjoyable, it's certainly different than most beers but just not a beer i would prefer
I give this beer a grade of B

Aug 23, 2018
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Profundobaso from New York

3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Hazy golden color, with a one finger head + lacing. Appears to be quite carbonated
Smell - bananas, cloves, bubble gum, and a fair bit of sweetness. Light, but pleasant.
Taste - nice strong wheat flavor, but remains fairly crisp in the finish. Refreshing without sacrificing too much on flavor.
Feel - light to medium bodied, high carbonation (for a hefe), and average ABV at 5.4%.
Overall - I've certainly had better, but this is not at all bad. There are so many phenomenal hefes out there that this doesn't at all stand out, but it's definitely still enjoyable.

Aug 13, 2018
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Poured a slightly cloudy gold with thick fluffy white head. Notes of spice, clove, and banana in the aroma. Taste followed the nose. Clean crisp and smooth. Light bodied. Very nice brew.

Jul 23, 2018
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Nvrmind16 from California

3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth wheat beer, but clearly a beer you drink from a chilled glass and not a bottle. Not as fruity or aromatic as other Hefeweizen, but smooth overall.

Jul 04, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the mixed case from BJ's
Slightly hazy light golden with a bubbly white head. Light clove some banana and lots of bready maltiness with faint earthy spicy hops. Drinkable but too mainstream to be considered a German Hefe.

Jun 22, 2018
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: 3.25 strawlike. Moderate carbonation. Thin white head.
S: 3.5 Bananas. Cloves.
T: 3.75 follows the nose.
F: 3.5. Refreshing. Light bodied. Sessionable
O: 3.5. A decent Hefe but not easy to obtain.

Jun 14, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy golden color with a big, soapy, off-white head. Beautiful. The nose has the obligatory banana and clove notes, but they’re a bit muted.

The flavors associated with the style are present on the taste, but they’re even more muted than they were on the nose, which is the biggest issue I’ve had with Sam beers for a while now - they round the edges off of so many of the beers they brew.

I really appreciate what they’ve done in the 35 years they’ve helped lead the craft beer regalia, but I wish they’d just push forward a bit more. I’ve had 50+ beers from them, so I obviously like what they do, but I wish they’d take more chances.

Apr 30, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The left side of the label says "FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED" with a mark over "SEP"

Appearance: The beer is a nice deep gold color with a lot of visible carbonation. It has really good clarity which is not typical for a Hefeweizen, but it does have just a slight haze when looking straight through the glass. The head is long-lasting, white, large, and fluffy.

Aroma: It has a pleasant clove aroma with a touch of ripe banana.

Taste: There is a banana flavor that pervades throughout the beer. There is a light tartness to the beer. The beer finishes with a mild cream of wheat flavor. There is only a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth with a medium-light body. It is easy to drink and it is satisfying.

Overall: It's a nice Hefeweizen that seems to play it safe with texture and appearance as to satisfy traditional Hefeweizen fans without driving away those new to the style. Where it really shines, is the aroma and flavor that is provided by the yeast. It has this nice banana and clove character that is refreshing.

On a side-note, I would really recommend this beer to those who might have become jaded by the oxidized and heat-degraded German Hefeweizens that are often imported to the U.S. While this beer does not have the character of some of the fresh German offerings in this style, it certainly provides a good drinking experience.

Apr 29, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I know for a fact I've reviewed this already - I just haven't yet typed up my review from handwritten notes. Here's my 04/14/18 impression from a bottle until I do so:

5.4% ABV. 14 IBUs.

Body is strangely clear, putting this into kellerweizen territory. Colour is more copper than yellow as well, which is also way off-style.

Aroma's about right: clove, banana, bubblegum phenols. Wheat could be more obvious and more fresh.

Taste follows the aroma, and it has a nice soft texture. Soft banana and clove esters mingle with faint bubblegum phenol to good effect, showcasing hefeweizen (I presume Weihenstephaner) yeast. All the boxes of the style are checked and it's well balanced, but it does leave better depth of flavour and subtlety to be desired.

Smooth. Wet. Refreshing. Medium-bodied. Overcarbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

A competent kellerweizen billed as a hefeweizen that I'd definitely revisit. I imagine it's getting less than fair reviews because it pretends to be a style it isn't and Boston Beer Company seems to attract criticism by those drinkers whose palates have "moved on" (or whatever), but for my money it's balanced drinkable fare that warrants at least a couple tries. It's not Ayinger, but it beats the subpar cans of Live Oak Hefeweizen sitting on shelves across the Austin market. I'd happily shell out ~$7ish per sixer of this in future.

The softness of the mouthfeel and the prominence of the German yeast flavours are the highlights for me.

B- (3.30) / WORTHY

Apr 15, 2018
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DigitalHillbilly from Canada (ON)

4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On appearance and smell this is nothing special. However, after swallowing each mouthful I find myself with the most amazing toasted caramel flavour in the back of my mouth. It was incredible. Each sip was was taken in anticipation of that unexpected treat at the end. Really enjoy this beer.

Dec 01, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Sep 07, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Aug 19, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Aug 16, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Aug 12, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jul 24, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jul 16, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Jul 13, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +9%
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.

Jul 12, 2017
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Myboymi from Kansas

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jul 11, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just as the label reads golden and crisp. Golden in color very crisp taste not too hoppy in flavor. Goes down super smooth to drink. Sam Adams out did themselves in the v pack

Jul 02, 2017
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellowish-gold color with a frothy bright white head. If you look hard enough you will see plenty of carbonation as well. The smell is average for the the style, nothing extra. Initial taste is fruity, crisp and also typical for the style. No over bearing flavors to speak of. A decent example of the style and not much else, but tasty and very drinkable.

Jun 28, 2017
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udfan07 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in the 2017 summer pack. Smells of bananas, clove, and also of wheat. An easy drinking beer and the banana flavor signs though. I could drink this again for sure.

Jun 28, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Park of a 12-pack variety $14.96 Sam's Club
Smell of bananas, bread
Hazy golden color
Medium-high carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Taste of bananas, spices
Overall a good hefeweizen. I would drink it again.

Jun 16, 2017
Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 788 ratings