Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen
738 Ratings
Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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

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.

Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt-Spalter Noble hops

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, White Wheat

14 IBU

Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 576
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale wheat, light colour with a bit of initial foam. Nutreal aroma, at best. Drinkable though tingling above average carbonation. Sweetish and drying finish. An average beer though below average hefe. An average mouthfeel and alcohol effect from it. OK by self, better with a juicy burger or steak.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy yellow colored beer with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing and retention were both pretty good looking. The smell of the beer had the typical aromas of clove and banana with some fresh wheat in the mix. The taste of the beer had just a hint of citrus but mostly had the subtle wheat flavors and some spice. The mouthfeel was smooth, gently carbonated and was light bodied. Overall this beer was decent, not my favorite Hefe but it's was drinkable.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad Hefe from Sam Adams here. Has the usual banana-ish aroma and taste but it does have a nice body and mouthfeel that I feel some other Hefe's are lacking. Granted, it isn't anything extraordinary, but it's easy to drink and tasty so it's good in my book.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better American Wheats out there, however the American wheat beers are quite inferior to classic German Hefe's. Sam Adams always delivers classic flavors that are well formulated, cleanly brewed and aged, but often lacking boldness. This beer fits the part with a standard Hefe haze, strong straw appearance, and creamy visual cues. The head retention started promising, showing a whip-cream appearance, but didn't last the session or lace very well. The beer has a standard blen of wheat malt and pilsner malts which provide a proper pillow for the acented esters, peppery-ness, and light hop balance. Thought the esters (clove, bananna, and lemons) are light they do a fine job of adding complexity to the sweetness. Hops help out quite late, but the flavors rest on the malts and esters. Finishes very clean and crisp with a light hop and ester lingering. Certainly a highly-drinkable beer and a welcome summertime addition to by palate. The Sam Adams glass, in which I enjoyed this beverage certainly accentuated all of the nuances that Mr. Koch promised.

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Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a whipped egg white head that leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: A bit of banana but none of the characteristic clove and coriander phenols I expect from a quality hefe

Taste: Starts with a vaguely wheaty/banana flavor; after the swallow, an unexpected astringency appears that is not lemony, as one might expect

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a characteristic creaminess; lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Neither a classic hefe nor an American Wheat, I would almost characterize this as a hefe light, and that is not intended to be a compliment; having said that, it is certainly drinkable in spite of the stylistic disappointment

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange/amber color with a tan, foamy, three-finger head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and lemon. Also, wheat and yeast aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and citrusy. It had notes of citrus/corriander and lemon.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty nice wheat ale. It is a nice substitute for a German hefe when enjoying some Brats.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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 mothman
2.81/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Best before Dec. 2009.

Color is a very cloudy golden orange. A ton of carbonation bubbles in the glass. Pours 1 finger of white head. Decent retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: Wow, is this a hefe or a macro adjunct? It resembles hardly anything of a hefe, except some clove and spices and old bananas.

Taste: I am sorry to say but this is the worst hefe I have ever had in my life. Sam Adams really disappoints me here. It tastes very grainy and similar to an adjunct lager. Some spice and clove notes, but that is it. This simply is not good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and a little creamy. I really don't like the flavor so it is hard to keep it in my mouth for very long. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with an aftertaste similar to that of an adjunct lager.

Overall, I am not enjoying this beer at all. It simply doesn't taste like any hefe I have ever had. It lacks a lot of flavor and I never want to drink it again. I doubt my bottle is old, because it is fresh until December 2009. This is almost on a Tripel Bock level.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much a typical Bavarian weizen. It's slightly darker with a deep orange/amber body. Very cloudy with yeast. The banana esters are a bit subdued. There's floral notes in the nose and the flavor; and it's just slightly more bitter than most of the very well-known examples.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +29.3%
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 oberon
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light copper color with a fairly large, sticky head. Has a light smell of hops and wheat, fairly faint. Tastes average with slightly bitter finish. I didn't detect the citrus others have detected. This is a fairly drinkable brew, but doesn't rise more than slightly above average. This hefeweisen was a little too plain for me to get into.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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 smcolw
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Properly cloudy with a dark gold hue. Surprisingly thin head for this type of beer, but it does leave a good lace.

Floral wheat aroma, typical of the style. Slight touch of alcohol.

Initial taste is subtly tart. There's a fullness to the beer that I hadn't expected--higher than average carbonation. The swallow is sour and dry. The tartness and sourness are different: the former being very soft; the latter being closer to unsweet cherries. The aftertaste is longlasting but largely benign and softly puckering.

I'm pretty neutral on this one. No serious demerits but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of russpowell
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen bier glass. Pours a murky gold/honey with an impressive 4 finger head. Lots of beading rising from the base, this sure looks like a hefe. Head retention was good, lacing average

Smell: Some husk-like smells and slight pepper spice smell and slight tart/sour smell

Taste: Grainy and crisp upfront with a nice dryness on the finish. Too clean tasting to be a hefe, more like a straight up wheat beer. which I prefer to most hefes any how (there are exceptions). The hotter it is the more I tend to enjoy hefes, & this Mid-Winter (feels more like spring)

MF: Fairly balanced, carbonation spot on

I'd consider this a "training wheels" Hefe, but it sure goes down easy. Not enough complexity for purists. If this billed as wheat ale/beer this would rated higher. Not bad if you aren't drinking critically

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, golden body with a creamy, medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Creamy wheat aroma, a little nip of caramel and a touch of citrus. Not really picking up much in the way of bananas or spicing, and the hints I am trying to coax out may just be my imagination.

Taste: A bit of pale malt, a bit more wheat malt. Mildly sweet, lightly tangy. Spicy hop bitterness remains light. Exceedingly mild banana taste but that still may just be wishful thinking. Hint of lemon. Soft wheat finish with just a very slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable little wheat ale, but having the word "Hefeweizen" emblazoned on the front label is a dubious claim at best.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly milky orange-gold with a few dark bits floating around at the bottom of the glass. The off-white head is respectably firm and never falls lower than a slim one finger. Unfortunately, not much lace makes it to the glass. The nose is of softly malted wheat with a mild fruitiness. Simple and too weak to be more than average.

The BA style is much more accurate than the style given by the brewery. No way, no how is this beer a hefe weizen. The flavor is untoasted wheaty and gains some degree of personality by being slightly fruity as well. Each mouthful starts out with some promise, but the flavor seems to progressively coarsen as it goes. Thankfully, it all fades away fairly quickly so the unpleasantness never has a chance to grab hold.

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen is uninspirational beer and I don't feel like spending any more time looking for inspiration. It's drinkable in the most generous sense of the word, but why would anyone bother when there are dozens of real hefe weizens everywhere you look? BBC needs to take this one back to the drawing board.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a purchase before freshness date.

Appearance: Solid frothing from the get go, quite heady to begin with then it subsides to a thin semi-sticky lace. Obviously cloudy after the yeast was poured into the glass, murky mustard beige color.

Smell: Clean malty aroma, a touch of fresh doughy malt on the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Trademark fermented wheat twang, mild on the hops yet balancing. Very smooth in the medium body. Fresh malt flavor all over the place, finishes a tad sweet.

Notes: It’s hard to say if this is better than the rest or just as good, the style alone is somewhat ordinary to begin with. Refreshing none the less and worth the try.

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