Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams HefeweizenSamuel Adams Hefeweizen

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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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 thryn
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass. A slightly hazy honey color. Billowy white head, but it doesn't last and I'm not getting any real lacing.

Lots of banana and clove in the nose, along with some grassy hops and a bit of lemon.

This beer is a bit of a mess on the palate. It's grassy and a bit citric -- the banana and clove that I caught in the nose are not really there except in the burp (seriously). Seems like it doesn't know whether it wants to be a hefe or an APA.

Mouthfeel is too thin, though the moderate carbonation is nice.

Here's the thing -- this is not Sam Adams' best offering by miles, but it's still very drinkable. It's faintly bitter and quite refreshing. It's just not a very good hefeweizen, IMO.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy solid amber with a thick foamy white head. No lacing though.

S - I hate to say it... but it smells like the other fruity sam adams I've had. This time it's a banana. Cloying sweetness. No hops.

T/M - Biting carbonation clouds a astringent malt bitterness. Slight banana flavor. Not sweet like the smell. Slightly metallic. Tastes better than a BMC...?

D - Slightly tasteless... but more pleasant than unpleasant.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.1/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a cloudy, brown amber color with a two-finger creamy, foam white head. Slight retention to the glass.

S: Very nice citrus and mild hop notes.

T&M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but very watery aftertaste. Almost no flavor to speak of. Touch of lemony flavor and wheat twang. Light sweet taste.

Probably the worst Hefeweizen I've ever had. I do remember my first try several years back was an unpleasant experience. Recently bought a sampler case of Sam's and I don't know what I'll do with the remaining hefe, but I'm sure it'll be last of the group.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Weizen glass. Best by Sept '09 notched on the label.

A - Semi-cloudy, effervescent light gold with a touch of amber in the fuller areas. Good lacing down the glass from a moderately short-lived white head. Dark color for the style.

S - Moderately strong wheaty, straw smell with a noticeable but not overpowering clove aroma. No esters brings the aroma down.

T - Strong phenols of clove in the flavor with no real esters to speak of. Wheaty and somewhat husky to the body.

M - Light bodied and effervescent with a crisp refreshing finish.

D - While its not quite to style, it's not awful and is certainly drinkable for a few rounds. Ok beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredible how I haven't gotten around to trying this yet. Served in a weizen glass at just above fridge temperature with a freshly grilled Bubba Burger.

Appearance- With just a hint of yeast haze, this beer pours a bright gold with a full, gorgeous five finger crown. Steady streams of miniscule carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass, very nice. The head is still craggy and soapy... lacing is slow and steady.

Smell- Some bready, lemony aromas rise from the glass, along with wheat malt and some zippy hop notes for balance. Simple and right to the point, done very well.

Taste- As with the nose, the initial presence is a yeasty, bready flavor with plenty of wheat malt and a lemony character. Crisp and refreshing, with a nice bittering in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture is mellow, with a subtle carbonation that eases up and smooths out in a few seconds. I enjoyed this particular example of the style much more than others, especially with a lighthanded approach to spices and overall presentation.

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

A - This beer poured a semi-cloudy golden color that produced a foamy white head that had little retention and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - The only aroma that I picked up from this beer was a grainy scent

T - The taste of this beer was predominately wheat with a touch of citrus

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a light to moderate body with a high amount of carbonation

D - This beer is really underwhelming as a Hefeweizen, I know it is not classified as one, but the label speaks more to me here

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Cloudy with a dark golden color, and a thin white head.

Smell: More wheat than I was expecting with only a hint of citrus.

Taste: Strong wheat flavor with a hint of citrus and some other spice that I couldn't put my finger on...maybe coriander.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated which gives it a smooth feel and a medium body.

Drinkability: Although I was expecting a little better, this beer is still very good and I could drink several of these. Especially on a nice summer day. It's very refreshing.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly cloudy yellow with about an inch and a half of bleached white fluffy head.
Smells weekly with some rind and yeast.
Taste has a sweet wheat taste, the hops give it a smooth backend.
The finish is crisp with sweet wheaty after-taste.
Goes down pretty smooth, good drinker.

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Photo of thekanna
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Somewhat dark, clear yellow brew with a thinnish white head.

S: Strong (somewhat unpalatable) yeast flavor, with cooked veggies and a very faint hint of honey.

T: Dominant yeast flavor with slight funk and detectable phenols. Strange bitterness rears its head at the end.

M: A bit watery, as if the flavor was diluted.

D: I'm usually a fan of Hefeweizens, but this isn't one I'll be returning back to.

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Photo of Nobody420
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is always a good decision

The appearance is a cloudy golden haze

the smell has a powerful yeast scent, and yet again a hint of citrus im finding with more samuel adams

the taste is wheat of course, slight citrus. I hate to say it because i would NEVER do this, but i wouldnt be shocked if people would add a lemon or orange slice as is custom here in KC with this type of brew

the drinkability is mid to high, perfect for summer time

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Enjoy by date notched on front label. Purchased as part of a 24-pack summer sample from Sam's Club for $25.22.

A: Typical hazy straw yellow with 2-3 finger head with average weizen retention and nice lace rings down the glass.

S: More malty and minerally than most hefeweizens with very few fruity esters. Some crisp grassy hops aromas are also present.

T: Not a very typical flavor profile for a hefeweizen with more mineral and tannin flavors without many of the usual fruity ester flavors of banana or pear or spice flavors like clove. Despite this, this is an enjoyable beer and drinks like a more twangy, wheaty version of a summer wheat beer.

M: Good medium body feel with relatively low carbonation but long mineral and tannin finish.

D: Enjoyable beer but not very true to style in the aroma or flavor categories. Drinks more like a wheatier-than-average summer wheat ale.

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.93/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light gold color, good size head that retained for almost the whole drink.

S: Wheaty, I'm not good at picking out smells so I'm sure there was probably something else as well.

T: Very wheaty but a good wheaty.

M: Feels fine, perfect carbonation.

D: Goes down easy and leaves a good wheaty aftertaste.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one at a BBQ this past weekend. The only glass that I could find was a wide mouthed pilsener glass. Not as much head as I would have expected from a hefe. Dark shade of orange in color. Decent amount of carbonation. Smell lacked in all aspects of a hefe. Taste was a major letdown. How does SA call this a hefeweizen? No clove, no banana, no bubble gum, nothing. Tastes like a run of the mill pale ale. Thin body. Easy to drink, for sure, because it was a bit watery. SA needs to rethink the receipe for this beer, or re-market it as something esle.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden color with thick bubbly white heading. Has very nice lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is very sweet maltiness with a fruity aroma.Also hints of lemony zest as well. A slight aroma of hops.

Taste is all the same, sweet malts and a little fruity bite in the middle somewhere.

Mouth is light bodied,good carbonation.

Drink is good. Again like most of the other summer style's This is a little too sweet for my liking. Good for a tasting not for a session.

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Photo of tj4288
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a mug

not much to say about this beer, overall a good beer but not very memorable, no real WOW factor here, great drinkability though and better than average taste so i will be buying this beer again.

a- slightly cloudy, some sediment, two finger head, disapated quickly

s- VERY yeasty smell, smells like raw bread dough

t- again yeast

m- good carbonation, medium body

d- very drinkable, i WILL buy this one again

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Photo of jsh420
2.03/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

drink by sept 09

pours hazy gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sour malts

taste like sour malts with some spice and maybe a some banana

mouthfeel is way to heavy for this style with not much carbonation

drinkability - the only way i am ever going to be drinking this beer is when its sold in the sample 12 packs

overall - sam adams should not be allowed to even print hefeweizen on the bottle

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Photo of Anthony1
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance- cloudy amber with a nice head, but not much lace

smell- very grainy/leafy notes with hits of citrus

taste- not a hefeweizen taste for sure. Malt with a wheat after taste

mouthfeel- smooth and meduim body, but lacking. some carbonation, but also lacking

drinkability- didnt fit the style, and definately didnt fit the label.

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Photo of beerdavis
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beer poured with little head, that diminished into a thin layer quickly (either a bad bottle or an unclean glass i would imagine)

S- Smells of yeast, hints of hops, fruits. A little bitter or sour smelling.

T- A little tangy at first. A really off-tasting aftertaste. Not sure what it is, doughy or something. Not good.

M- Decent carbonation, light and airy.

D- I can drink this pretty easily, as long as I ignore the aftertaste. Overall kind of disappointing.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

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

A: Frothy head on a cloudy dark yellow brew leaves a sticky lacing.

S: Very malty, with a slight aroma of thawing bread dough.

T&M: Wow, A malty wheat tang somewhat smooth with a rather thin body. Ach very sweet for the style it is trying to be.

D: This is not hard to drink, but so are a lot of other beers. This is a stab at a hefe, but feels more like American wheat. Nice try but no soup for you Jim. This beer should be called Ameriweizen.

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Photo of cnally
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

gosh, have I had enough bbc lately?

grand head but very cloudy straw yellow and lots of carbonation.

scents of sour wheat, yeasty, not very good imo

the flavor begins very sour, with a highly sweet/honey flavor midway through. while the sweet overpowers the sour, it still does not mesh well. very grainy and grassy flavors besides that.

fizzy, sticky, and slightly watery. not very impressive.

very sour effort for me here. unbalanced flavor, going from sour to sweet without a good blended flavor. aromatics=not very good. I don't see why this would be better than peers oberon, 312, or gumballhead. love sam adams typically, just not this one.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

The color is a light gold with a foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit grainy, some hop aroma as well as some citrus fruit flavor.

The Taste is bit lemony mixed with some grapefruit. Some hop bitterness mixed together with some slight hints at malt.

This beer has a nice lance of hops and malts. The feel of the beer is quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint Glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with 1/2 inch head that lasts with slight lacing.

Smell: Mainly just wheat, maybe very slight citrus.

Taste: Once again, mainly just wheat with some citrus. Crisp and refreshing.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Once again, it is very refreshing. However, it is just a standard straightforward wheat ale. Easy to drink and could easily have another, but would rather move on to something else.

Why is this called a Hefeweizen? I know it is supposed to be an American Hefeweizen, but that isn't a real style, and I would think Sam Adams would not feed into misrepresenting the Hefeweizen name.

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Photo of garylee
1.92/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Has a golden appearance not much else to say

S-Smells much better than it tastes. Pleasant aroma

T-Very bad aftertaste, not to mention it tastes bad goin down

M-Feels ok...It should have been a little colder but thats my fault

D-I couldn't have more than one or two of these. One of the worst SA has to offer.

Overall: Part of the summer sampler pack...I would never buy this in a 6 pack. One of the worst hefeweizens I have had. Pales in comparison to even Schlafly's offering not to mention the Weihenstephaner that I've tried. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of chaswisler
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok so this beer is eh..

A-cloudy gold, nice head lasts a few minutes, somewhat satisfying. Leaves white ring around glass throughout the drink

S-Smells good, tells you it's a little beer

T-Nice smooth taste, for someone who doesn't want anything crazy.

M-Nice feel, not overly carbonated.

D-Goes down easy but nothing special. You could have about 3.

Not a bad beer, but not too good either. I'll drink one again in a few years.

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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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