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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 01-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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 -6.3%
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 oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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 zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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 oberon
3.57/5  rDev +13%
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 NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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 mothman
2.81/5  rDev -11.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 mikesgroove
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My father in law always loves hi Sam Adams and had picked up the Summer mixer. By the time I got over there this was the only one left, which suited me just fine, as it was the one I had most wanted to try from th start. Big Hefe fan and had heard good things about this one so I was definatly all in.

A - Poured a very cloudy yellow with some suspended sedimant. Nice carbonation was bubbling up from the bottom of the glass for most of the session. Nice one inch plus head formed immediatly and slightly receded but kept some nice layer throughout the session and a touch of a ring down the side of the glass. Good overall look on this one and I was definatly waiting to try it out.

S - Light, very grainy with the wheat aroma very present. A touch of what almost seemed like some bittering hops in the back of it. Lots of yeast, and a touch of banana maybe, but really needed a bit more of a punch to it.

T - Nice light flavor. Perfect summer beer. Lots of wheat, kinda chewey almost. Had a refined and finished like yeasty flavor, very nice. A touch of fruitiness in the finish as it warmed up.

M - Nice feel, smooth and not too heavy. A good light, crisp beer. Had a very clean finish, with a bit of a lingering flavor leftover at the end of it.

D- Awesome, This is the beer you could put down literally all night long. Had a great light feel and awesome taste pofile. Did not overwhelm you, nor did it bore you, very nice.

Overall I would have to give this a recommend. I really thought it was quite good. Definatly a spot above average for sure. Its got nothing on a classic german Hefe, but this was not a bad seasonal release from Sam Adas, and I would gladly try it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Lightly hazed golden w/ a thin white head

S - A light wheat scent w/ spiced wheat malt aroma, very faint fruitiness.

M - Very mellow, smooth and malty with ordinary amounts of carbonation.

T - A flavor w/ a big effervescence you might find in any other American wheat. Not much of the usual spice and yeast flavor of a traditional Hefe. The taste is lightly sweet and bready, but pretty average and makes me lose interest somewhere mid bottle.

D - A regular wheat, no more, no less. Not a bad beer overall, just not what you expect from a hefe and dissapointing compared to the real thing, but an average wheat ale that has basic drinkability.

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Photo of russpowell
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Jason
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Jan. '08, poured into a HW glass:

Pours clouded deep gold with a thick head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of wheat tang with mild banana/clove.

The taste is of wheat dough and vague hints of banana/clove. Clean finish.

Light-bodied with some crispness.

This is a pedestrian wheat ale - goes towards a HW, with subdued character, but doesn't make it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color, huge, milky white head, slowly collapsing.
Soft aromatics, floral, light, lacks a lot of what one would want in a hafeweizen worth it's yeast.
Taste: small yeasty taste, very slight weizen texture, a bit of fruit, but never quite enough of the citric taste we want, a little banana, though (none of the associated clove, however). Body is terribly light, and the finish, well, it never starts, really. Bit too smooth and insignificant.
Not a terrible beer, easy to drink, but if you're looking for a good example of a hefe weizen, this ain't it!

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Photo of drabmuh
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. This beer has a medium haze and forms a near non-existent head with minimal carbonation and no lacing. Its amber in color.

Aroma is nothing.

Beer is malty sweet and really kind of gross. Close to the worst hefe I've ever had. Its retired now and this was probably the best move for SA. My bottle was from December 2008. Never again, even if it were possible.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tempest
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

People aren't fans of this beer? I don't get, it reminds me a lot of Paulner Hefe.

My only critiques are that there isn't enough yeast, this beer is too clear. And the flavors could be less subtle, considering this beer is over 5%. The aroma has a mellow, sweet wheat bread aroma with a bit of apple and banana fruit. The flavor has a little cleaner wheat taste, along with sweet banana candy and a kiss of peppery hops at the end. Overall, pretty tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of WesWes
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth wheat scent with a bit of maltiness to boot. The taste is average. It has a dry wheat flavor that finishes a bit watery. It is lacking in real hefe flavor and yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average hefe. It lacks real hefe flavor and has a terrible mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.67/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After this review, you might see why I'm glad thier Brewmaster Collection Variety 6-pack has taken this out and replaced it with its Honey Porter. On to the beer:

A very thin head arises on top the cloudy and hazy yellow-orange beer. It's a hoppy smell, with notes of mixed fruits. Taste is just like the smell, but with lemon pepper added to the mix. Phenolic flavors are nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is annoying, and makes my tongue feel weird.

Fortunately, I have a lemon I can slice and add to my beer. I'm hoping I can enhance this Hefe somehow, as this is a last resort. Drop in some lemon juice, and now I smell Mr. Clean. Oh, and what remained of the head has now vanished. The taste hasn't gotten any better either. So much for that.

Back to the drawing back on this stuff.

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