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: 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 chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked thisone up in the mix six pack for this beer. In a nut shell it was ok. It poured a cloudy, hazey gold with a an off white, one finger head. Lace was alittle sparce if at all, esp. for this style or even other Sammy's for that matter. The nose was bread like with a hint of citric. The taste was clean, not overpowering citric, dough and a good dose of malt. The mouthfeel was left with a biscuit and lemon feel. The body I thought was alittle thin for the style. Over-all a good Summer easy drinker. It was worth a try.

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Photo of packetknife
2.54/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An unfortunate offering from Sam's IMO. The pour was nice with a cloudy golden dense look with a quickly fading dense white head, no real lacing. Barely an impression of anything on the nose, perhaps a bit of citrus but mostly just clean glass. Weak taste of wheat and lemon that was a bit thin too. Just enough hop to remind you that it's a modern beer but that's about it. Drank real easy but reminded me more of a crystal light lemon mix that thickened more than a beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice job Sammy. From the hazy, amber pour with frothy ivory head, to the clove, banana and malt aroma, this was a good-ol good one. Excellent grain on top of malt taste, well balanced with light hops. Good medium body and carbination. Very pleasantly surprised by this one, it would be an excellent summer brew. Wife and daughter really liked their pints (just about have them converted and wanting tasty brews).

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Photo of budgood1
2.34/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clouded copper colour with a moderate egg shell white head. decent and appropriate lacing. fruity aroma....lemons and oranges....a hint of wheat and woodiness. upon tasting, i find myself not experiencing any of the flavours i really dig about the hefe style. there is an abundance of huskiness and a tannin coarseness that's unappealing. the fruit flavours are muted and there is a slight alcohol burn in the end. full bodied but with a coarse mouthfeel; this hefe is just poor for the style. finishes with a lingering flavours to be had. drinkable on a hot summer day, but not a brew i'll reach for when seeking out summer quenchers. i liked the weiss beer a lot better if my memory serves me correct.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peachy amber in color with an off white head that just stays and stays, leaving long splotches of lace.

Aroma is wheaty, lightly citrussy, and has subtle notes of banana.

Flavor is similarly bland, with wheat flavors, a touch of lemon, and some hops in the finish.

Light body with a slightly grainy mouthfeel. The final sip still wears a white veil of suds, impressive for a beer that otherwise sucks!

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Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a 1 finger head and just OK lace. Not mush aroma. Some wheat malt notes - citrus, banana etc. but not much. As an American hefe its OK. Some wheat malt flavors but not the extreme tartness of a Euro hefe. Could be a bit more full bodied and have some more hop character but for an American hefe its OK. It is a bit heavy, fairly low carbonation. Slightly better than average drinkability. Not Sam's best stuff but its OK.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-amber color, with head that starts small and fades away all too quickly. Aroma is nearly non-existent, just a faint sweet malt. Flavor shows some slight weizen character: a little bit of vanilla, some ripe fruit, and a moderate amount of wheat taste. Body is limpid.

Highly disappointing beer from Sam Adams. I've been impressed with all of the other offerings in the "Brewmaster" collection. Each has been a good example of its style. This beer, however, is very subpar.

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Photo of mjohn27603
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark gold out of the bottle leaving a nice one finger head that is cottony white. Aroma is of grains. I don't get much of an aroma from the beer. First sip reveals a really dry and somewhat sour tasting hefeweizen. It tastes like a stale beer even though it is marked good before Sept 2005. None of the sweetness of other hefe's that I've tasted. A disappointment. I would have expected better. No yeasty taste or sediment.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Hefeweizen...from the Brewmaster's variety pack.

Appearance-pours a cloudy unfiltered gold color with a decent head, clarity is cloudy due to the type of beer, decent.

Smell-aroma of light hops and citrus, no real malt to speak of, yeasty though.

Taste-not that filling, hops seem slightly out of place, citrus pulls through with a lemon zing. It's alright...

Mouthfeel-somewhat hard to coax down at first, after it warms up and flavors come up it gets easier.

Drinkability-it seems to style and isn't that alcoholic, if this is your thing then this should pass, not exactly inspirting though.

Overall- I must confess this is only the second hefeweizen I've had after Appalacian's Watergap Wheat, this beats that one but is still rather uninspired, I may have to try a belgian version to get more out of this style. Cheers.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another solid brew from the Boston Beer Company. Pours out to a cloudy sunshine yellow color with low carbonation. A bit of sediment was noted at the bottom of the bottle. Lemon like scent, mixed with earthy overtones were most noted. Flavor was light and crisp, slighly sweet, with a complexity of mostly citrus flavors and a touch of malt. Not a bad offering, but there are better hefes out there. Worth a try.

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours cloudy pale orange to gold with a white frothy head. Citrus hop aroma greets you and attempts to mask the wheat notes. Has a thin film lacing that falls leaving spotty lacing. Tart hop flavor initially with some spiciness and then finishes a bit malty with wheat notes. Medium-bodied and crisp refreshing palate.

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Photo of necoadam
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a hazy light golden/yellow color with a big foamy head which took a while to settle. Smell was quite light. Some faint grain and wheat aromas with a very light citrusy aroma. Taste was a little better than the smell. Quite yeasty with some grain and wheat. Some cloves do show up, but it's at the very end. No banana flavors at all. Mouthfeel was light to medium with a watery ending. This would probably appeal more to macro drinkers, but for micro drinkers, it's just another down the middle of the road wheat beer. Nothing exciting here, just move along.

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Photo of danielharper
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL in a Sam Adams mixed pack along with the Black Lager and Boston Ale. Reviewing all three today.

I'm usually a big fan of Hefes, but this one was quite unpleasant, almost to the point of being undrinkable. Disappointing from one of the best of the "medium-sized" breweries.

The beer poured okay, had a small head that dissipated fairly quickly and a sort of hazy dark brown color. Didn't look very much like others hefes I've had, but it wasn't unpleasant, and probably just SA's take on the style.

The smell was a bit unpleasant. I was aware that this wasn't a true hefe, but I still expected some of the fruity aromas to dominate the nose on this beer. Instead, most of what I could smell was the standard Sam Adams hop profile that works so well on their darker brews, but seemed totally out-of-place here.

Taste was also a bit negative, as the hop profile totally washed away any sense of the rest of the beer, causing the citrus flavors to move into the background. In both aroma and taste I found myself thinking of chicken soup -- I sensed a bit of that flavor somewhere in the back of the beer.

The mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer, as there is a nice foaminess to the taste that does make me think of a good hefe, and the hops and citrus actually sort of cancel each other out to leave minimal aftertaste. This quality would probably make it go well with different types of food, if you enjoyed the flavor enough for it.

I don't find this very drinkable; I got two in my mixed sixer and will probably save the other for a time when I don't have any other beers that match the profile. I generally like Sam Adams brews, but this one is one I won't buy again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sampler pack, sereved into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Body is a hazy, dark yellow with a healthy, white head that rises two fingers tall and retains well. Lots of clingy, island chain lace adorn the glass.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued for a Hefe, with spicy coriander, grassy hops, earthy yeast, and a hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with ideal carbonation.

Taste: Earthy, glutinous, yeast is assertive all the way down. Spicy coriander and white pepper, faint note of lemon zest, and some grassy hops are about all there is to this one. Possibly, a note of orange, but fruit flavors are lacking. Finish is clean and crisp, with a mild wheat note.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not exactly inspiring. I'm not much of a fan of American pale wheat ales and this one is in the middle of the pack. Not an ale that I would look for unless there was a very limited selection.

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Photo of ZAP
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This ranks right up there with the Pyramid hefe as the most dissapointing hefe's I've had....No hefe nose at all .some soft wheat malt is evident but that is it...pours a bright, hazy gold color....taste is American wheat all the way...nice wheat malt flavor but no cloves, bananas, lemon grass, etc....

Mouthfeel is light side of medium..creamy..drinkability is OK if you want a Hefe that tastes like an American wheat...Their Weiss was considerably better...why they call this beer a Hefe is beyond me as it has none of its characteristics...

With that said this is considerably better than widmers hefe that i had last night when I was out to eat...

Not undrinkable but don't expect a Hefe when you buy this...think American Wheat...I won't ever buy it in a six-pack that is for sure...

As an American Wheat it would rate above average but as a hefe it fails..

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Photo of twelvsies
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light, cloudy, iced tea color, with a thin bubbly white head that is disappearing. Smells vaguely of bananas, wheat and grain, and a little dirty. Taste is just about what I expected, maybe even less. Kind of sweet, yeasty and grainy, kind of a blah aftertaste. Not very interesting in the least. I have had good hefeweizens before, but recently I just haven't been able to find anything worth drinking more than one of. Definately my least favorite beer out of the Sam Adams mixed pack...

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the Sam Adams Hefeweizen as part of a sampler sixer that I found on sale at the local grocer's for $5.99. Not a bad deal for Sammy brews, and a sampler pack to boot! I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle of the hefe.

It poured well, with a generous head of tight, compact foam. Nice appearance, straw colored and hazy.

The nose was weak on this sample. I got some faint citrus out of the smell, but not much else.

The taste was actually quite nice. Bready wheat malts, a crisp little citrus bite, very clean and refreshing. Not complex at all, but it's not meant to be. Good hop presence offsetting the grain.

Good mouthfeel with healthy carbonation level. Smooth and drinkable. Another one would go down quite nicely.

Not a bad attempt at a hefeweizen at all. This would make a fine summer beer to pair up with some seafood or pork. It's not outstanding by any means, but it's certainly not a dud, either. I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before Oct. 05. Pours a cloudy orangy yellow with a 2" fluffy, creamy, tannish colored head. decent lacing.

Aroma is mildly bannana, with some butter and wheat toast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Flavor is sweet wheat, a little spice with a touch of orange zest at the end.

I’m split here, on one hand it is definitely quaffable, I could drink a few of these in a night. On the other hand it’s kind of boring and not up to standards I’ve come to expect from SA.

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Photo of brewQ
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apple cider with a thin white head.

Hard to pick up much aroma. Jim Koch says Spalt hops on the neck band. A light sweetness in the flavor. Very clean beer- perhaps too clean. Devoid of any distinguishing taste.

The finish is there an gone. Leads to its strongest attribute, drinkability. ,

A well crafted beverage but they gotta be looking for volume here. Too many other Hefes offer more character.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh. I guess I was hoping for more, but all in all, it IS an ok beer. Not the best beer, and i have definately had worse. But, still like people have said before " Samuel Adams, always a good choice, never a great one". Maybe I bitch to much, but it was meh.

Pours a hazy, orangey-golden color. spicey-yeasty odor, lemony and tart. Little head, some lacing. In a way, I expected more head.

Taste. Hmmm. Slightly tart. Somewhatcitrusy. little clove, little banana. They seem to shoot for multiple aspects for the flavors, going for a little of everything instead of going for something very good. I mean I like the fact they try, and it does come across as aliright, but, it also tries to strecth a little too much.

It is drinkable, it is pleasent. Good, solid choice, but, nothing to go and hunt down

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not quite a hefe, but still a wheat beer. Poured shiny gold in color. No head. Bit of haze going on. The aroma was yeasty, wheaty, and lemony (I yanked out the lemon the bartender hung on the edge of the glass). The taste was sweet malts, honey, lemon, wheat, and some hliday spices thrown in. The mouthfeel was pretty good, very full body and satisfying, but there was an ever so slight metallic taste. Not a bad beer, and it was good with BBQ. Nothing unique about it, but ood overall. I have a hunch that this beer would get really, really sour and nasty with age.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, similar to egg yolk, with modest carbonation and a small white head, which slowly fades to a paper-thin layer. The lacing is excellent.

Aroma: Odd, slightly tart aroma, rather like caramel and German dark bread, not proper for the style.

Taste: Slightly tart and grainy, this persists throughout the taste, finishes dry with an unpleasant powdery characteristic. Little of the expected banana and clove aspects were present, although the DMS trait of cooked vegetables was pronounced.

Mouth feel: Reasonably smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very much off-style, quite limited in its appeal.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.96/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sept 05 notched, out of the sampler pack. Thanks to Pegasus for sharing a bottle.
Aroma: Has something gone wrong? A very artificial sour citric smell with mild lemon.
Appearance: Dirty blond glass topped with a fluffy white head that collared very quickly. Started out great, but no retention
Flavor: That sour note in the aroma carries through against all my hopes. I get wet grain, artificial banana flavoring, and DMS cooked veggies. There is also an “adjunct” taste going on. Bottom line: dishwater.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, ok carbonation level.
Overall Impression: Just nasty tasting. None of the refreshing wheat and banana/clove flavors I look for in a Hefe. Back to the drawing board with this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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 clemtig76
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased along with stock ale and black lager as part of a "Bremasters Colection" six pack. Freshness date 07/05. Pours a cloudy, golden straw color. Faint floral, citrus aroma. Taste - slight lemon, citrus, with a hint of clove. To be honest, I am a big fan of Sam Adams, but this one misses the mark. Average at best.

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Samuel Adams Hefeweizen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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