Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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
Ratings:
671
Reviews:
554
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 671 |  Reviews: 554
Photo of vegantreats
4.83/5  rDev +51.9%
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 Brennen
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
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

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Photo of benwiley
4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

overall very like other hefeweizen. maybe even more palatable to the general public, tho. stands to reason - this being sam adams and all. not a dis, this is a good beer, no doubt. its done proper for a hefe thru and thru. tastes of various mild spices. some people on here wrote "banana." i could see that, tho i might not have pinned it myself. well carbonated lending it a very drinkable character. color, aroma, mouthfeel, etc. are all par normal for good., quality hefeweizens.
very drinkable, good option fo r a session beer forsure. i like it.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of September 2017. Sampled on May 14, 2017. This was previously available around 2008 if I recall.

It pours a hazy olive-yellow-amber with a long lasting, foamy cream colored head.

What a nice aroma! Big on the wheat, cloves, coriander, brown sugar, lemonzest, and floral. It smells great.

The body is smooth, creamy, and around medium.

The taste is of toasted biscuit, sweet toffee, herbal spice, and a lemon zing. Smooth finish. This is a topnotch product from Sam Adams.

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Photo of techdiver
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a substantial head that dissipates at a moderate rate. Nice wheat and faint banana smell. Taste is pretty surprising; very refreshing; and what's with the big bubbles of carbonation? All in all a most enjoyable brew and very drinkable, if only I'd put more than one out of the sample pack in the fridge yesterday.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.21/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark gold. The grand three finger head is creamy and thick with excellent retention and lacing. Wheat and floral hop nose, niether of which are very apparent. Well balanced for an American pale wheat ale, but not a Hefeweizen, so I will score it accordingly. Indistinct spices and wheat taste, with pronounced hops and background citrus. Smooth medium body and mild carbonation. It scores high because of its full flavor and high drinkability, a rare combonation. And a better choice than Sam Adam's summer ale for its clean finish.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.17/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy orange-amber color, nice head when poured but thinned out. Some lace left on the glass.

smell - Banana's and citrus present, some bread smells here too.

taste - Nice fruity and citrus tate here. Some orange and lemon taste here.

muthfeel - Has a creamy taste to it with carbonation.

drinkability - Easy drinking, one of my favorite Hefe beers when I get a chance to drink this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy pale gold, with a thick, foamy, white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of wheat, yeast, lemon, and a faint whiff of hops, but overall the aroma isn’t very strong.

T: The taste has a wheat and lemony malt flavor that consistently prevails as you drink it. You also taste the yeast and a mild hops background. The lemon sweetness sticks around in a faint after-taste.

M: Very smooth & crisp, with a light-to-medium body, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This is a very easy-drinking beer as most are in this style. It’s not very filing and provides a good balance as it doesn’t try to overpower you.

Although this beer may not be one of the best rated in its style, I think it’s an excellent representation and I liked it better than both UFO & Circus Boy (which I know aren’t the most highly rated either). As with most APWA’s, it’s a good transition beer for those taking their first steps away from the macros.

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Photo of DocSeven
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first BA review...

A: Poured using the Inverted Bottle into a glass. Thick head forms which diminishes after a short time. Foam remains on surface and slight-to-moderate lacing on glass. Cloudy, as a hefeweizen is supposed to look, and moderate amounts of tiny bubbles throughout.

S: I'm new to non-BMC beer but I can pick out some banana after reading other reviews indicating that I 'should.'

T/M: This beer is light and refreshing. Since I put the 6-pack into my fridge it's been my go-to first beer on the days I got home from work and was thirsty.

D: Seems to me like a great session beer and hot summer day drink.

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Photo of Golfontap
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold that has the palest orange hints with a large head that clings to the side of the beer.

S: Yeast, lemon zest, and some light spices.

T: Wheat comes through with yeasty spices, bread, and just a bit of tangy citrus.

M: Creamy then some bubbles with a crisp, clean finish.

D: Very easy to drink and enjoying this beer reminds me of summer. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice job Sammy. From the hazy, amber pour with frothy ivory head, to the clove, banana and malt aroma, this was a good-ol good one. Excellent grain on top of malt taste, well balanced with light hops. Good medium body and carbination. Very pleasantly surprised by this one, it would be an excellent summer brew. Wife and daughter really liked their pints (just about have them converted and wanting tasty brews).

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Photo of mclanem
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I love unfiltered beer and this is unfiltered it just looks so hearty and rich.

Smell: Fresh clean hops, and yeast very nice

Taste: very smooth tasting the hops blend is perfect in this one, the yeast isn't over powering not bitter at all, kinda sweet really.

Mouthfeel: good carb and the unfilter beer is a bit thicker than filtered Love it.

Drinkablity: I could drink a lot of these they are really refreshing and smooth no strong lingering aftertaste. Great for a hot day served cold.

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Photo of Gaben
4.13/5  rDev +29.9%
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!

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Photo of MattFrenzy
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Usually not a fan of unfiltered beers, but Hefeweizen surprised me. Pours a cloudy dark yellow as expected, with a creamy white head. Smells of light fruit, malts, almost bready. Taste is dry and wheaty, with a kick of citrus and hops and mild finish. Very good beer for the style.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best-by date of November 2007. Drank it from my Mikasa hefeweizen glass. Cloudy, unfiltered golden color. Nice, small white head. Excellent retention. Continuous carbonation. Light smells of the honey and the wheat. Taste features the same, with hints of yeast and bananas. Bright, fizzy carbonation at the front of the tongue. Not the best Hefeweizen I've ever had, but still very drinkable. Very tasty, makes for a perfect session beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very hazy golden color with a full white head that leaves ok lacing but falls very fast.

S-Pretty good and balanced on the smell. Not too clovy or bannana"y". But balanced. Lots of wheat too in the nose.

T-Balanced as well. Lots of wheat and some slight bannana and cloves to complement.

M-Not too effervecent. Nice and crisp. I love this in the summer.

D-Given the abv, I could have a few of these. Go out and get some. It's good.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.06/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very palatable brew by Samuel Adams.
A light carmel like colour with a full two finger head, exellent retention, mountainous glass cling and medium carbonation all paint a very nice picture.
The nose seems to be bready.
The taste has a citrus quality to it, balanced by moderate grains of sweetness but clearly the bitterness wins out.
Very little aftertaste.
Medium body.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of the summer mixed 12 pack, served in a Weiss glass with slice of lemon.

A - hazy gold color with a huge fluffy white head that hangs around a long time and leaves nice lacing.

S - rich malted wheat aroma, hints of yeast.

T - very nice wheat beer, hearty flavor on it's own, lemon makes the finish clean.

M - thick, rich and creamy, good carbonation.

D - good, drinkable wheat beer.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.04/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence hazy yellow nice three finger white head could have been a little more yeast in the botel though oh well. Smell clove banana bread yeast and some citrus. Taste not bad like the smell except the citrus seemed a little more prounounced. Mouthfeel mediem body and carbonation, would have liked to see a bit more carbonation though. Drinkablity not a world class hefe but I would love it if my friends had it at a barbeque on a hot summer day I could down a few.

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Photo of MDekker
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy straw color, with a nice finger of foamy white head. good retention and lacing. Mostly wheat in the nose, some yeast. Satisfying. The first sip is creamy, as a hefeweizen goes at least, with clear wheat notes, some hints of lemon. A little soapy, but mostly clean and crisp in the mouth, with a slight aftertaste that fades in a moment. For the most part, another solid SA offering that I'm quite happy to drink. Not really spectacular, but nothing I want to complain about either.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanackerman
4.01/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, i am surprised at the low reviews, i have tried pretty much all the highly rated German Hefes on this site and i find this to quite tasty and just as good as most others.


Apperance is gorgeous - nice hazy light orange color with a huge head typical of the style.

smell is faint wheat and yeast with a hint of lemon zest.

taste is a lovely balance of wheat malt with hints of banana, lemon zest, and bitter hops.

mouthfeel is smooth and just the right viscosity.

drinkability is very very high, about as easy drinking as they come.

overall, this is a fine beer, very refreshing, really hits the spot on a summer day. I guess some might find this less flavorful than other hefes but I find it delightfully subtle, and really most hefes are rahter simple anyway in my opinion. I think this beer is underrated.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden amber with a suspension of cloudy yeastiness in the bottle nice cream colored lacing with a golden tinge to it not bad, lacing is speckled and sparse. Aroma: Slight citrus funk with a bready yeast signature Sam Adams characteristic some semi-sweet notes with a zesty hop bite in the finish. Taste: This beer can grow on you definitely not a hefeweizen but not a bad American wheat definitely grows on me, refreshing quality about it bready tone with some hop bite and a bit of a grassy slash bready note. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied hefe fuller than most authentic representations at least mild carbonation different from a true weizen. Drinkability: Not bad if a wheat ale is your thing but truthfully somebody should get the BBC for false advertisement this is no hefeweizen but a decent American wheat ale. Edit:

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