Samuel Adams Hefeweizen
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #739
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
75
Ranked #49,000
Avg:
3.24 | pDev: 16.05%
Reviews:
588
Ratings:
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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.

HOP VARIETIES
Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt-Spalter Noble hops

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

14 IBU
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle with a “Sam Adams” embossed shoulder. Classic Sam Adams label design with a brown on yellow coloring and the word ‘Hefeweizen’ on the main label, with an extra ‘unfiltered’ on the neck label. Has a nicked “April 2006” Brewery Fresh date.

Appearance: Soft amber orange, hazed rather than cloudy. Has a gorgeous luminescent tangerine glow when backlit. Dirty white head is ½” but soon collapses in depth to leave a 1/8” thick cap. Minimal lacing and a finely dissolved solid conditioning. Breaking head lets this one down a little.

Nose: Soft citrus fruits and a tangy banana. Wheat tingles with a sharp edge. Lightly acidic with a breaded doughy feel.

Taste: Delicate spiced wheat’s start the experience, middles with some freshly peeled orange and lemons, with a distinctly citric yet yeasty fruit finish. Very clean, maybe a little too clean, has all the right ingredients yet it seems to lack that defined Hefe feel somehow.

Mouthfeel: Creamy start with rising carbonation lends a lively “fresh from the tap” dimension to this one. Soft creamy finish with a spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I had two bottles, one straight after the other, the first quenched a day long thirst and the second satisfied that “drinking a half decent beer whilst cooking” task. But this is not one that I would splash the cash on for a Six-Pack.

Overall: Not that bad actually, very clean and easy going but it has the feel of a mainstream beer with hints of its Hefe pedigree. Nice enough and a great Airport Bar brew I'm sure, but ultimately nothing special.

Dec 25, 2005
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Billowing white head fills the top half of the glass and rises above the rim. Below is a hazy yellow-orange body with fine carbonation. But if you're going to play up the unfiltered, can we have a few yeasties floating about? Excellent lacing though.

Nose offers the merest whiff of bubble gum, and then, nothing. Absolutely nothing.

There's a bit of wheat in the taste, washing about the tongue and then a clean finish. But really very little presence.

Mouthfeel is light, some might say watery, but I'll vote for refreshing.

Certainly easy to drink, ok for a lawn mover beer on a scorching afternoon.

Another mediocre American Wheat, and one that certainly does not merit "hefeweizen" as a name. Not one of Boston Beer's better efforts. Bring back the Kolsch (Spring Ale) or Golden Pilsner please.

Jun 28, 2004
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up to go with all the hefe's that I've been enjoying as of late. With the exception of the White Ale, it's been quite some time since I enjoyed an offering from the Boston Beer Company. It's a nice summer night out, and it calls for a good hefe to enjoy it with, but unfortunately, this just isn't it. It's not a bad beer, it's not hard to get down or enjoy, but after having other unfiltered brews, this just doesn't measure up to them.

This had to be the darkest hefe that I've ever poured out into my pint glass. Just a shade lighter than apricot, with a decent head and lacing to boot. The taste...well, when I find it, I will let ya know! It's very malty and buscuity, with no clove, grass, bubblegum, or banana to be found. Starts basic, stays basic, and the aftertaste goes down from there, if that's even possible. I've let this warm up as I've been drinking it, and it still seems fairly weak and watery to me. Not that a hefe has to be complex, but I like mine to have something to feel and think about, even if it's not that deep.

There's a bit of tanginess to the back and this would make a somewhat decent "lawnmower beer". However, a big bottle of one of the European hefe's, or a few other brews in Boston's portfolio would be a better choice than this. This is worth a shot once, but that's about it. Certainly, a letdown...

Aug 20, 2006
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n00tz from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bronze body, tight white head, active carbonation.

S - Sweet bready notes, citrusy hints.

T/M - Light body of wheat bread, with a bit of citrus

D - Drinkable, but it doesn't have the defining character of a true Hefe as labeled. Good thing the collective BA knows its character.

Aug 11, 2009
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Dalkri from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jun 20, 2018
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Chaz from Minnesota

2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange in color (no excessive sedimentation) with a crisp white head of short duration, leaving a thin lace around the edge and covering half of the surface. Nose is definitely suggestive of the style: a hint of banana and spice, a hint of pale malt, and a sourness I recall from my mother’s old “friendship cake” starter. Appearance is viscous, with carbonation appearing as is languidly ascending fine bubbles, in the manner of a sparkling wine. First Sip: astringent, a touch bitter, and with a dry finish. Second Sip/Swig: this plays lightly on the palate, indicating more carbonation than was at first apparent. Aromatic-malty, with a touch of alcohol and banana in the nose. Nearing end of glass: Dry, bitter, and almost salty (?), with a notable but not excessive malty almost cereal grain aftertaste, and satisfying residual bitterness. Most of the hefes I’ve ever tasted have balanced a distinct sweet/sour/spicy taste profile, but there’s almost no sweetness here and precious little spiciness. Final verdict: carbonation and dry/saltiness make this seem like a “hefe-seltzer,” and while it might work with food or as a thirst-killer on a hot summer day, there are plenty of imported and domestic hefes which simply pummel this effort - if someone hands this to me and it’s all they have in their fridge I'll drink it, but I won't buy it again.

Feb 07, 2004
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Gaben from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey not alot of people like hefeweizen, but its me! I love floaters!

One of my fav sam adams, I cant compair it to many other hefe's but Its in a leauge of its own for sure. Appearance standerd floater/ good olde unfilterd/german. Smell is great many other hefe's have a weird... catsup smell to it.

Taste of corse is my man, this baby has a great bodied feel and smoooth/ So yes I would be more then happy to drink a happy sixer of this stuff next time I have the chance.

Last words for this is , not many people dig the floaters... but damn if you want a beer , here ya go!

Apr 30, 2006
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Thomajt from Alabama

1.72/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I will begin with saying that I got this beer mixed in with my 6 pack of Sam Adams Porter. Since I truly enjoy a hefeweizen, I was not too upset with this finding. I never looked at the exp. date, but something was def. wrong with this beer. In the end, I poured this beer out to be replaced with a Flying Dog Imperial Porter.

Appearance - Said it was an unfiltered beer, but poured almost as clear as a bud light. Not cloudy at all and had no buildup of yeast at bottom.

Smell - Was a very weak wheat/banana smell.

Taste - Nothing like a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel - Weak and slightly sour. This beer had to of been expired.

Drinkability - Poured it out before I was done.

I hate to give Sam Adams such a bad review, as I enjoy a number of their beers. But this one was terrible. I will have to try it again at another time and hopefully change my review, but will be in no hurry to do so.

Feb 12, 2009
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Damilton5 from North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 09, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poures a hazy peach color with a really thin for the styl normally like to see that big rocky head form as I pour in to my big weisse glass,picked up some clove and banana with a little butteriness in there wich is different.Taste is on the lighter side but there is a decent spiciness in there with some lighter banana.I have had much worse American styles than this one but this isnt up to some of the world class German beers either.

Mar 06, 2005
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carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with four finger head. Good head retention with sudsy lacing. Coloring is deep caramel.

Smell is a bit fruity with a hint of lemon.

Taste begins with a bit of fruit and finishes with a nice lemony bitterness.

The mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is pretty high. I would recommend this a bit higher than the other reviewers. Of course, I've not tried many Hefeweizens before so the taste may not satisfy an expert. Not real sure, but I like it just the same.

Feb 06, 2006
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flipshevanel from Arizona

3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another quality beer from the Boston Ale Co., but not a standout Hefeweizen. Started with a small white head that was fully diminishing, a clear golden yellow body with medium-sized particles with a thin density. The aroma was a doughy yeast with a lot of sweet citrus and maybe grape? The palate was a medium body with a watery chalky feel with a soft carbonation. The flavor was heavily sweetened and a light bitterness. The finish was somewhat bitter and lasted a long time.

Aug 01, 2008
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TonyCaporaso805 from California

4.48/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer!!!!! awesome aftertaste!

Feb 20, 2019
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the new sampler pack....good hazy Hefe pour, dark yellow and cloudy color. Fluffy 1/4 inch head of decent 50 second duration. Laces in sticky patches. Aroma is mildly grainy with some white bread qualities, lightly orangey. Few esters. Medium-light body, a little too much carbonation. Yeasty and citric in taste, emphasizes dry qualities without a spicy wheat back up. Decently drinkable I suppose, but there are American Hefes like Capital Kloster that have far more qualities of the style.

Jan 23, 2004
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cheers2beers from Texas

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a snifter glass,this beer pours white pillowy head about two fingers thick but diappears quickly.Cloudy,shady,looks like a ciderish orange color.The aromas are of bananas,faint smell of tangerine,and breads.The palate is wheat,bananas,acidic finish and apricot.The mouthfeel is soft,thin,smooth, and bubblely.The drinkability is limited to one to two of these per session but the turn over rate for me wouldn't be great.Not a bad wheat beer but then again not my favorite style.

-Cheers2Beers

Nov 11, 2005
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen has a thick, frothy, white head, a hazy, golden appearance, with a descending gray cloud, following the "swish & pour", and some glass lacing. Aroma is of banana, coriander, spiced white bread, and maybe bubble gum base. Taste is of those elements, with a touch of bitterness, at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is high medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Hefeweizen finishes medium dry.

RJT

May 18, 2017
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SamHill_92 from Nebraska

2.31/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Jul 29, 2018
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Pegasus from Texas

2.33/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, similar to egg yolk, with modest carbonation and a small white head, which slowly fades to a paper-thin layer. The lacing is excellent.

Aroma: Odd, slightly tart aroma, rather like caramel and German dark bread, not proper for the style.

Taste: Slightly tart and grainy, this persists throughout the taste, finishes dry with an unpleasant powdery characteristic. Little of the expected banana and clove aspects were present, although the DMS trait of cooked vegetables was pronounced.

Mouth feel: Reasonably smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very much off-style, quite limited in its appeal.

Apr 07, 2005
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Manosbeeroffate from Maine

3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One od SA's less interesting beers, part of the mix pack. Pours a very hazy gold color with a moderate head that lasts for a while. Smell is a bit like citrus. Taste is a lot more citrus like a sweet lemony flavor. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall is this is just average. Almost like adding lemon flavor to a beer rather than it being a natural part of the beer. It's allright but if it came in it's own sixer or twelver I wouldn't bother.

Apr 09, 2006
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mooseo from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 25, 2017
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jr5639 from West Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too much banana flavor for my liking but not terrible.

Aug 19, 2018
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Included in the masterbrewer sampler pack. Hazy orange-gold color, with a little white head. Smells heavily of wheat and malt. A very light tasting beer that is mainly flavored with wheat (i think this is unfiltered), and malt, not a lot of hops. Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy. Not one of my favorite styles of beer, but one of the better examples I have had of it.

Jan 23, 2004
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dbalsock from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours hazy orange/murkey brown tint, not particularly enticing in my book. the orange alone would have been beautiful, but in its depths lived some sort of erie brownness that i have trouble attributing strictly to the unfiltered nature of the beer. the head, however, is a nice fluffy thick white treasure.

smell: i picked up on a nice citrus fruit combination, but primarily the smell remined me of grapefruit. it wasn't too intricate and lacked subtly, however.

taste: the hops definitely bring out a fruitiness on the palate while adding an undertoned bitterness. the malt balances at the end by providing an extra sweet kick of sugar.

mouthfeel: it feels very clean in my mouth and has a light feel to it. although it doesn't feel watery, it coats the palate thinly.

drinkability: the citrus flavor combined with the slightest bitterness balances this beer. the light mouthfeel contributes to making this a very drinkable brew. i'd be happy to have a couple in a sitting.

Jan 31, 2006
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thekanna from Maryland

2.26/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Somewhat dark, clear yellow brew with a thinnish white head.

S: Strong (somewhat unpalatable) yeast flavor, with cooked veggies and a very faint hint of honey.

T: Dominant yeast flavor with slight funk and detectable phenols. Strange bitterness rears its head at the end.

M: A bit watery, as if the flavor was diluted.

D: I'm usually a fan of Hefeweizens, but this isn't one I'll be returning back to.

Jun 01, 2009
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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
Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 788 ratings