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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 benwiley
4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
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 techdiver
4.23/5  rDev +33.9%
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 +33.2%
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 +32%
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 +31.3%
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 +31.3%
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 Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
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 +30.7%
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 +30.7%
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 +30.7%
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 +29.7%
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 +29.7%
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 +29.7%
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 +28.5%
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 +28.2%
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 +27.8%
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 +27.5%
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 evanackerman
4.01/5  rDev +26.9%
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 IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy golden wheat color with a very nice solid 1 and half finger head that melted very slowly to thick lacing.
Aroma was citrus, light banana and wheat grain with honey.
Taste is like aroma...sweet honey first followed by citrus and banana and then the drying wheat....
Slight honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very rich and full for this style due to the ample (but apparently forced) carbonation.
Yea...I can drink these...very sessionable.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty cloudy since it's unfiltered, with a crazy amount of tiny bubbles gurgling to the top. The head is rich, frothy white, and is leaving thick rings around the top of the glass, all the while staying about 1/2" above the body.

Smell: Wheat sweetness, along with some vanilla, honey, bread, bright dough or yeast aromas, and a bit of ripe fruit along the lines of cherry and some banana. Complex and not overly sweet.

Taste: Ripe wheat sweetness along with some vanilla and banana are at the forefront, with some dough and yeast in the back and at the finish. Not as much funkiness you'd maybe get with others, which I do like, but this is again, fairly tasty and complex. I think this may be a bit sweet for some, but luckily for me the balance is working well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, though it's not really syrupy, just ends up being rich and full-bodied in a good way as I keep sipping on it.

Drinkability: I was actually pretty impressed with this and would think about snagging a 12-pack every once in a while if they made it available as a seasonal. Not the most complex hefe, but for an American version, it's complex and rich enough to satisfy the hot days' thirst away.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet wheat creamy medium tart light herbal/Euro hops.

Yellow/orange apricot color, not clear – definitely unfiltered with a little yeast, medium-light head creamy off-white head.

Tart wheat edge. Medium-light malt with light sweetness. Creamy rich. Medium-light yeast flavors – fruity with a little spicy phenols. Light hop Euro herbal and lighter spice. Finishes clean. Some citrus flavors develop – lemon/orange-like.

Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Extremely creamy and smooth, almost perfect.

Impressive Hefe from Boston Beer. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best before Feb 2005"
Blurry orange fluid. Appears viscous. Smells grainy. Doughy yeast smells are joined by notes of pepper, tangerine and green banana. Creamy. Cottony fizz bites down on the ripe fruit flavors. Quite dry. A bit tangy. Seed and crust flavors characterize the finish. Nothing exotic here. More bready than Burgundian. Typical of an emerging American style wheat.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is notable for bananas, cloves and yeast.
Taste follows the smell with some nice banana and spice essences.
Finished with a slight bitterness.
Very pleasant to drink. Good example of the style

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Feb 06. Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, minor carbonation and small head. Lacing thorough out though. Scents of bananna's and grassy wheat. I like the taste refreshing and kinda sweet, not much of a bite. Light-Med body. Would make a nice session beer in the fall. Typical SA beer, very nice.

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