Samuel Adams Hefeweizen | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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Photo of Hefekopf
4.53/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a paneled glass mug. Hazy golden orange color, nice fluffy head that sits nicely over the top of the glass. Relatively minimal lacing, but okay head retention.

Not terribly strong on the nose. Citrusy, wheaty, some clove. Could be better.

Flavor is quite a bit better. The citrusy flavor is a pleasant surprise, I don't know of many (if any) hefeweizens with citrus flavors in them like this, that's usually more of a Witbier kind of thing. Really lets you know that this is a wheat beer; speaking of which, the wheat malt is actually a bit present here too, not too bad really. Standard clove note is also there and nicely prominent. The banana is there too and it takes a bit of a backseat, but certainly helps to round out the flavor. There's also actually a nice little hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very interesting.

The mouthfeel is also pretty interesting. It's juicy, really quite drinkable, somewhat creamy thanks to the flavor, but it's a bit chalky in the finish. I don't really necessarily mind that, but some might find it off-putting.

Overall, I was honestly pleasantly surprised with this. This is in fact a rather solid hefeweizen. The citrus notes, crusty malt note and little pinch of hop bitterness are a really nice touch that makes this one stand out from many others. Well done Boston Beer Company, well done indeed. You do not disappoint.

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Photo of videofrog
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.09/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange color, 1 inch white head, good lacing

S: Banana, clove, bubble gum

T: Sweet malts, banana, clove, bubble gum, band aid. All of these flavors come in as a mixture of different flavors.

M: Medium to light

O: A pretty good representation of the style. This is one of my favorite styles and this beer hits the nail on the head.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another Sam Adam's offering, another solid entry in the hefeweizen arena...

An appealing orange-yellow coloration to go along with the hazy look in the glass all of it topped off with a thick, white head. The smell is mostly wheaty but there are some hints of coriander I pulled out. The feel is mostly carbonation, but still very crisp on the tongue. A decent taste of wheat and some lemongrass as a backdrop to the hops. Though not one of the best SAs I have had it is a solid offering and one I'll enjoy again.

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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 sweemzander
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Wezen glass. Enjoy by October 2017.

L: Hazy mustard yellow. Two finger fluffy off-white head. Good stick to the glass. Great retention.

S: Faint phenols, bubblegum, leafy hop, wheat, bready and yeasty.

T: Kind of weak flavors, don't get much banana or clove like a typical hefe. Some wheat, some yeast. A poor attempt.

F: Light, crisp, smooth and clean.

O: This is a disappointment.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden body, short white head, lots of thin lacing.

S - Lots of banana and bubble gum, yeast esters that are quite clearly offering the expected Hefeweizen notes.

T - Flavor is brisk, lots banana and bubble gum, a core of wheat and a bit of sourness in the close.

M - Smart carbonation, a bit spiky, with a lingering feel that rests on the tongue after the close.

O - I'll note that the beer does not reach the heights of German versions of the style, but there is nothing wrong with this version, and it does hit a number of the expected flavor notes.

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Photo of Riff
3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow, straw color with about a half inch of white head, slowly fades away. Smell is banana and spices, a little yeast. Taste is spicey through most of it, primarily clove, finishing with a strong banana flavor that lingers long after the finish. Lighter body beer. Overall, eh, not the best hefe I've had, just decent. Would have again if say, at a BBQ.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
1.73/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle in a tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy straw with a big foaming white head. Standard presentation.

Aroma: Spices, wheat, banana, hint of lemon.

Taste: Bananatown, USA! Super bananariffic hefe. Tastes like bananas and banana bread. I like it, but the banana flavor is very forward and unsubtle. Some spices and wheat, too.

Mouthfeel: Summery and drinkable.

Overall: Bananas. But the beer itself isn't "Bananas!" - it's just a decent hefe. Would have again.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Golfontap
4.13/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with a full creamy head, no retention nor lacing, looks under carbonated.

A: Lots of aroma, getting a lot of banana and clove like notes, some peppery spice, nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose with banana then clove, spice, pepper, finish is very dry with lingering notes of spice and clove, clove are present throughout but really burst in the middle and linger in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish, lacks some carbonation, lots of pepper and spice.

O: A solid beer, good amount of flavor, has a lot of spice and clove notes, I think it could use a little more banana sweetness but overall fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty cool to see this one get a re-release as I honestly don't think I've seen it in the past few years. As good as they are at dealing with traditional German styles, I have never had a memorable German style ale from SA, so I'm looking forward to this one. Came as part of the Summer 2017 variety pack, by the by.

Pours a semi-clear golden yellow color with a tight, retentive head of white foam. Keeps a solid surface haze together and seems to have good legs for the style, so I'm alright with it. Wish it were a slight bit hazier but that's probably nit-picking. Carbonation is moderately active, potentially more than usual for the style but that could also have to do with how clear this one is (making it that much easier to see the bubbles rising).

Nose is very much in the middle-ground between clove-like phenols and banana-like ester notes, initially. I love stuff that toes this line, though, because it reminds me how unique a hefeweizen can really be when it comes down to the wire. The smoky clove notes kind of win out upon later sniffs, though, which definitely puts this further up my alley than some other hefes. I know a lot of hefe drinkers love the more "Weihenstephan"-focused approach with hefes but I love the smoky, weird spice and this falls a bit more squarely into that category (to my nostrils anyway!).

Flavor is, again, spice-forward with a lot more bready malt notes and 4VG/clove elements than expected. Very much up my alley but not for everyone, of course. Wheat malt is a bit lacking here though the yeast flavors are on-point. Kind of a strange match-up of elements given that the feel is weaker than expected. I would much prefer a bigger, chewier feel with banana-like flavors placed slightly more upfront than this thinner-bodied brew boasting my favored hefe flavors. Hefes just have a lot to do with feel and this is a bit too pedestrian and effervescent for me. I love the clove-forward elements, but the actual final product is a bit too meh. This is a solid beer and I'm glad to have a few more of them, but compared to some of the classic German stuff, this feels merely passable.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A hazy gold/lemon, with lots of bubbles rising and a finger of off white head that leaves some mild lacing. The aroma is sweet, banana bread, and a little bit of a spicy quality. The taste is big, almost too big and a little biting, for the style. Lingering banana bread, and a again that slightly peppery spice. The feel is on the thinner side, but not watery. Dry, and full carbonation. This might be a nice intro beer for the style and then give them a Weihenstephaner Hefe for contrast, and some subtlety.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen has a thick, frothy, white head, a hazy, golden appearance, with a descending gray cloud, following the "swish & pour", and some glass lacing. Aroma is of banana, coriander, spiced white bread, and maybe bubble gum base. Taste is of those elements, with a touch of bitterness, at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is high medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Hefeweizen finishes medium dry.


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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.21 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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