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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 SpdKilz
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice golden hue when poured. Poured hard at the end and obtained almost two fingers of head. Head dissipates relatively fast but does leave some lacing.

Smell - Smells of wheat, spices, and citrus. Very light smells overall - nothing overpowering.

Taste - Rush of wheat taste followed by the citrus and spices with a hint of bananna. Almost zero hop presence. I somewhat notice an odd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Average I'd say. Not overly carbonated and very light. Not as creamy as expected.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. This came in a summer twelve pack and while I could drink a few of these in a row, I will not be actively seeking this SA brew out on its own.

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Photo of n00tz
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Sperzel
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date poured into a weizen glass.

Pale, golden, and cloudy with a decent head and lingering, light lacing. Grainy citrus smell with a bit of flowery hop notes. Lemony, wheat flavor with a very dry finish. The aftertaste is similar to a water with 3 lemons in it. Hop bitterness is present (a little much) and a slight malt characteristic. Drinks like a Vienna style lager (like the Sam Boston Lager) with lemon zest.

I rated this one real low, but the beer tastes fine except for the fact that this was made to be a Hefeweizen, but it totally missed. It lacks those spicy, tingling flavors that a true hefe brings. I love the guys at the Boston Beer company, but this one does not make the cut.

IM(un-professional)O, to make a Hefe, do like the Germans and start with Reinheitsgebot, then use the 'Sam Adams' creativity to add those subtle details that most of the other Sam brews have to improve this brew.

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Photo of dfranks
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was not actually sure how I was gonna like this beer by Sams Adam but was very impressed. Pours a nice golden color with a really good 1/2" head that sticks around. Really just a good all around smooth beer.

Im going to be going to a pizza and beer party later in the week and will be bringing a few of these for people to try...

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Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Situation: a long day of chasing and cleaning cat pee...but cheered by Carrill in Dan in Real Life...
Glassware: 23 oz. pilsener...
Appearance: head makes a white, rather nicely laced glass; steady effervescence in an orange copper body--but why uncloudy for a hefe?
Aroma: light lemon approach; a bit of clove hints out as well; some stro(a)nger elements--and malt?
Palate: light bodied (too light?) with a throaty flourish; rather mellow and unassuming...
Taste: a rather smooth wheat taste settles on the tongue; not as much fanfare as some other Sam Adams--light lemon sprig and not much else...
Overall: enough here to place in the second tier of wheat beers--a good choice at a barbecue if thoughtful folks are stocking the cooler, but definitely not a six-packer...

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into .5l Swiss boot. Beer is unoffensive, probably its most defining characteristic. Slightly lacking in color, taste, mouthfeel, and aroma. Still a pretty solid brew, but is much more an american pale ale than it is a hefe. Sessionable, for sure... you could drink this all night. This beer is perfect for weaning the masses off Bud, Miller, & Coors.. but I wouln't seek this one out. Every beer has it's place, I guess.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy mustard/pale amber color. A standard pour yielded an unimpressive half-finger head that vanished almost immediately and left spotty lacing.

Has a clean, crisp breaded malt and slightly yeasty aroma with some citrus elements.

Taste starts with the familiar smack of fermented wheat that progresses to an unexpected body dominated more by hops than the lemon zest. Medium bodied and carbonation.

It was fairly obvious from the get-go that this is NOT a Hef; I have no idea why it is labeled as such.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, slight citrus scent. Taste is also very mild, some wheat and citrus flavors, but overall not hefeweizen flavorfullness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is fairly drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of magine
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a NON CLOUDY; clear light orange brew with a white head that fades quickly into a head of lace. Minimal lacing.

Smells like minor orange and some wheat - very weak smell. Smells NOTHING like a hefe.

This brew tastes almost like the Sam Adams Summer Ale. Tastes like an American wheat brew, nothing to get excited about either. Tastes faintly of wheat and some citrus. Some hop tastes, creamy.

This brew is not a Hefe to me. I cant imagine why the label it as a hefe. Drinkable but very forgettable. Sam Adams really missed on this one. A definite pass in the future.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a "pint" glass at my girlfriends apartment

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Streams of carbonation are rising up from the bottom of the glass. The head is gone before half way down the glass, lacing attempts to cling to the glass, but ultimately fails; leaving only a few splotches.

S - Upon opening the bottle, a tiny bit of wheat malt strains to reach the nose.

T - A little bit of wheat malt up front. The body is surprisingly fairly balanced by a poppy Bavarian Spalt hops and a tiny bit of lemony sweetness is present. The finish is in fact clean and wheaty without much of a yeast bite. The aftertaste is follows the finish but with a tad more lemon notes resurfacing.

M - Medium Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. Suits the style well.

D - All and alll, this is a middle of the road "hefeweizen" crafted to be tame and marketable to the macro drinker. As I drank this beer, I began liking it better, but I still won't seek it out in the future.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is September 2009.

The pour is a light gold with two fingers' white head. The head recedes quickly, but there is some lacing.

The nose is mostly wheat with some citrus and spices. I get banana as well. The taste is more of the same, with the wheat highly evident at first before allowing the other flavours to come out. The sip is mildly bitter.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, and carbonation is low. Drinkability is okay; I cannot see how I could have more than two.

It's not a bad beer, but it's mislabeled like the Cranberry Lambic. I can't see myself buying this again when there are both better hezeweizens and pale wheat ales.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a Weisen glass.

It was a hazy golden color with a decent white head.

The smell was just average, and the taste a little better. I am not sure if this is a true hefeweisen.

The mouthfeel was pretty decent and it was drinkable.

Overall it is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown long neck bottle from Summer Mix Pack. Freshness notched on back. Poured into an American pint glass.

Lightly clouded yellow body. Fluffy/creamy beige head. Not much to look at. The color is a little reminiscent of piss and mustard. The head offers little retention or lacing, and the body can't seem to make up its mind whether or not it wants to be cloudy like a hefeweizen should be.

Slight peppery zest with a citrus highlight. Malty presence stops short and doesn't bring anything special. Faint biscuit and fruit notes, but no spice or depth like a hefeweizen should have.

Very weak malt and absolutely not hop presence. Weird tanginess along the tongue and distant citrus notes hide in the corner. A faint banana-like fruitiness in the finish, but no spice to round out the profile. Surprisingly a soft and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky biscuit and banana aftertaste.

A drinkable brew, but definitely not a hefeweizen - think more of a limp wheat ale. A bit sloppy in the profile and quite unbalanced. Next time, I'll drink it out of the bottle; not pleasant to look at (never thought I could say that about a beer), and there is no noticeable "unfiltered sediment" that can be swirled into the glass.
Probably best paired with a fruit salad, anything banana-based, any style of eggs (not too heavy on the spices), and/or a creamy wash-rind cheese (again, nothing too strong).


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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 scottyshades
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy light orange/copper color that produces a nice two finger head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is pretty legit.

S: Citrus peel (orange and lemon), earthy, yeasty, wheaty, slight hint of mild fruit

T: ?...The flavor profile on this brew is pathetic. Mild bitterness, metallic, earthy, yeasty, and bready notes are present. Pretty plain and boring

MF/D: Nice medium body, smooth and velvety, very good carbonation

One of the few misses from the BBC

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Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Brewmaster's Summer Collection series, 6 beers, 4 bottles per case. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pale gold in color and slightly hazy. Frothy three-finger stark white head is moderately resilient. A few bubbles are seen rising in the glass.

Smell is of soft fruits, melons and pears. There is a hint of spice, nutmeg or cloves.

The taste is a biscuit flavor followed by some mild citrus tastes. It lacks the soft fruit and spices hinted at in the aroma. Tastes like a run of the mill wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a but flat and under carbonated, and clean.

Drinkable but real average on the whole Not a good representation of the authentic hefe. There are American wheat ales that are better than this.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: 4 fingers frothy white head fill the glass. The beer is hazy light orange and dark yellow. Neat retention and puffy lacing on the glass.
S: Pretty good clove and banana phenols on the nose. Sweet honey malt and a refreshing wheat are balanced out by some grassy hops. Definitely more like a wheat ale than a hefe.
T: Citrus, particularly sweet orange and lemon. I get a decent sense of alcohol on the tongue, which I was a bit surprised by. There's a slightly unpleasant bitter taste that I am not enjoying much. Grapefruit peeks through with time, as do some more easily discernible grassy hops. Though I get some good banana and clove on the nose, I can't get them in the flavors at all.
M: Medium body and low carbonation.
D: Not to style really, but at least refreshing.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/30/2009 (bottle BB SEP 2009):

Pours a somewhat cloudy body, yellow colored, with an average white head, somewhat lasting. Very strong banana aroma, some spiciness. Ripe bananas. Banana aftertaste. Sweet taste, some spiciness in the taste. Tasty, refreshing. Kind of a thin body, watery. Not as tasty as it warms.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A hazy, dark yellow color with a thin but creamy white head. This just looks a bit limp compared to its German counterparts.

S- Some banana and some other fruitiness. Smells pretty sweet and has a definite Sam Adams-ness to it.

T- Some fruitiness and a bit of white bread. This tastes like a general Sam Adams beer. Too sweet and lacking in enough Hefeweizen characteristics.

M- Carbonation is fine, but it leaves a slightly astringent quality to the mouth.

D- This goes down alright, but it is boring as hell.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle.

Slightly hazy golden hue. A previous pour showed off virtually no head and zero sustainability; this time, a more vigorous pour delivers a tall, faintly off-white mousse-like head that falls away with a little restraint, eventually settling to a small topper that leaves behind only slight rings of disappearing lace on the glass.

Aroma is mild and wheaty, with a bit of light lemony citrus and just the faintest, nearly indiscernible note of clove.

Smooth and light in body with a bit less carbonation than expected for a Hefeweizen. Slightly sweet barley malt mixes with wheat on the palate, sliding into a bit of lemon zest, orange and just a touch of unknown spice, finishing light and with a lingering sweet citrus fade.

Inoffensive and very easy-drinking, but completely mislabeled. American Pale Wheat Ale is much more appropriate, as Hefeweizen this is not. No clove, bubblegum, banana -- nothing that would suggest a Bavarian yeast strain; rather poor head retention and only a faint haze certainly suggest either a low level of wheat causing a lack of protein or a bit too much filtering, and no roiling of the yeast is necessary in this non-bottle-conditioned brew, as is common in true Hefeweizens.

A decent session beer, perhaps, but a bastardization of a name.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (notched with a "best by" Sep '09 date) poured into a weizen glass.

A- A normal pour left about 2 fingers of off-white head with just touch of yeast coming out at the end. The body was a clean gold-amber with moderate to heavy carbonation. The head eventually fell to about 1/4 finger and left great sticky rings down the side of the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty traditional for an American wheat. There were some yeasty tones mixed with citrus and spice (maybe orange or lemon and something of corriander?).

T- The flavor is a bit meh. Everything just seemed a tad muted. I kept sipping, thinking something would really hit me at some point. There is a solid wheat/malt backbone, to go with a touch of lemon, and the spicyness suggested in the nose.

M- Again, a little bland. More watery, than thee full, chewy feel I'd expect from an unfiltered wheat beer. The carbonation came off a little lighter than it would visually suggest. The citrus flavor added a slight bite to an otherwise mediocre mouthfeel.

D- This does fit the American wheat mold when it comes to drinkability. I could see putting more than a couple of these back on a hot summer day. On the flip side, it's somewhat unremarkable. While it isn't offensive, I don't think I'd go out of my way to drink this beer again.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale golden straw color into a tall pilsner glass. Head starts off pretty good but seems thin. It doesn't last too long.

The beer smells of bananas and yeast. Not bad!

Tastes the same as it smells with not much else really going on. I also picked up on a little bit of a metallic twang in the finish of the beer. Mouth feel is a bit thin.

Not too bad but Honestly I wasn't too impressed. Still I would not pass it up if I had another.

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Photo of JMD
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden yellow with white pillowy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet bananas, some mild spice, citrus and orange zest.

T: Some spice and wheat. Citrus flavors are present as well. Also some bready, earthy notes.

M: Light and crisp.

D: This beer is light and refreshing, but not the best example of the style. This one really falls short of the typical hefe flavors and aromas.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears an ultra clouded golden/amber, a steady pour produces a thin head, with low-moderate retention. A less clouded, darker amber looking Hefeweizen, leaves some spotted lacing. Smells of mild earthy hops, with wheat, citrus grape, and a touch of orange zest. This ones not extremely dominate in wheat, but rather more balanced, with earthy & citrus notes, different for the style.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of mild, almost musky wheat, a bit grainy, followed by a touch of citrus, and finishes with very mild hop bitterness and with some sweet mellow molasses & subtle nuttiness. Different than your average Hefe, flavors linger a bit as well. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp , smooth, slightly chewy and medium-full bodied, but more on the medium side. Needs a little more fullness to it.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I definitely expected this one to be different, being from Sam Adams, and it was, but it certainly didn't wow me. It had a nicely well balance flavor profile, with flavors that I haven't experienced in a Hefeweizen before, and the earthy hop aroma was definitely interesting. I think the mouthfeel was lacking for sure, it just needed that thick feel, fuller body, and it wasn't there, all in all it's good, and I could enjoy a couple once in a while, I say if you can try it than go for it. Cheers!

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Photo of Mdog
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, yeast in suspension, good head.

Smell: Not much, kind of bready.

Taste: Bready, a little spice note, mildly sweet lemon aftertaste (like lemonhead candy).

Drinkability: I could have a few but would seek out something else.

Second beer out of the summer pack is the Hefeweizen. I had this years ago and thought it was terrible for a hefe. It still is pretty poor for a hefe, but I rated it for the pale wheat category. More flavor than I remember, but still not too impressive. A little heavy for a pale wheat summer drinker.

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