Hefeweizen | Legend Brewing Co.

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Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 72
Photo of phisig137
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By FAR one of the best Hefe's that I've had this summer. Great nose that is phenolic, biscut-like and slightly citrusy. While most hefe's seem to be a little thin, this one is incredibly full bodied, with a fantastic mouthfeel and body. Huge citrusy and bread like flavors, that actually linger on the tongue and beg for another sip.

This beer was almost perfect. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be a slightly lighter color. That, and I wish it was more widely available. This is one beer that I'm seriously considering buying a keg of... it's really that good!

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Photo of michaelc916
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen...one of the best I have had outside of Germany. Hefe's are one, if not my favorite style of beer and I tend try them most everywhere I go. Legend has got a great handle on this style.

Banana nose, with perfect yeasty and cloudy presentation...crisp finish. High level of drinkability...quite refreshing sitting on the Legend deck on a hot August afternoon.

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Photo of nriech
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Legends.

Appearance: Great unfiltered light straw color. Minimum head.

Smell: Yeasty, banana and vanilla. Very mild.

Taste: Much better than your typical hefe. Full bodied, banana, not much clove which was nice. More like what you would actually get in Germany.

Overall the best hefe I have ever had. Im not one to drink this style normally but it could make me sway my stock to include a few more if this was more readily available, even just over the summer period. Please Legend, if you read these, make this available more often!

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into an Erdinger hefeweizen glass, I swirled the bottom 1/3 to stir up the setiment.

Appearance: Pours (at first) a clear pale golden yellow color, once swirled the setiment clouds the entire glass so you can't see throug to the other side. The head formed a sticky 2-3 fingers thick, at its highest it reached over the top of the glass but did not spill, and it retained nicely.

Aroma: Bananas and yeast, not too strong though.

Taste: Bananas, yeat, and wheat throughout. The finish is mainly wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light body, a little watery to be honest. The carbonation, while not overly visible, was present and balanced nicely.

Overall: An excellent interpretation. If I didn't know better I'd think it was from Germany. This one tasted excellent on a rather hot Virginia afternoon.

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Photo of oelergud
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle. Pry-off cap. The tan label shows a rearing unicorn.
Clear, highly carbonated straw golden body with a large small bubbled white head. Great retention and lace.
Sweet yesty scent with lots of spice, clove and faint cherries.
The flavor is a slightly perfumed sweet and light malt with just enough yeast and spice. The hops are in the minority but strong and a bit harsh, good balance overall. The aftertaste is of medium lenght and has a good hop bite.
Medium body with good coating.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of Jimmys
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy, lazy orangy-gold. a massive plume of dense white has reasonable retention and some nice lacing.

S: black pepper, a serious clove, and nutmeg. some kind of wheat and munichy mix. floral in the finish.

T: the nutmeg and clove are prominent on the palate. a grainy wheatiness comes on to cloy onto the palate after the spice. a nip of alcohol.

M: a big time wheat body with an effervescent like carbonation.

D: great example of a german hefe from central va. very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden with a tall, creamy white head with great retention. Yeasty aroma with a nice fruity, flowery quality as well. The grainy wheat malt palate features the perfect balance between a slightly sweet and fairly tart lemony citrus character and that classic earthy, yeasty banana character. A nice but very mild touch of clovey spice is present as well.

Very nice: true the style with all the right flavors perfectly balanced with one another. The bright maltiness, delicious wheat grain character, excellent yeastiness and slightly lighter than moderate-full body all make for one drinkable summer thirst quencher.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 09/13/08.

Pours a bright golden-straw yellow color with about two fingers of bubbly white head. The head dropped quickly leaving no lacing. Strong spicy aroma with lots of clove, bubblegum, and banana.

Taste is similar to the aroma but better. Good wheat taste, pepper and clove, bubblegum, banana. A bit of light citrus as well. Not too sweet at all. This is one of the best tasting hefeweizens I've ever had. A very nice mix of flavors.

Feel is light-medium body and well-carbonated. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is great. It's not heavy at all and it goes down so smoothly. A few of these would be great on a hot day.

Overall a pretty good hefeweizen. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better hefeweizens I've had this year. Pours the usual cloudy, straw color with a big, bubbly white head. Average head retention. Good lacing.

Good strong aroma. Cloves banana, bubble gum....the whole 9 yards.

Same for the taste. Strong, crisp, pronounced, Astringent, little wheat bitterness, bubble gum, pepper, and cloves.

Mouthfeel is about average. Crisp but a little thin. Drinkability is excellent. This would be a warm weather treat either as a session beer or a one beer thirst quencher.

If you like bland hefes like Widmers, you won't appreciate this. If you like strong flavors in a hefe...this is a good domestic take on the style.

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Photo of DirtHelmet
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Germany for the first time in May. I fell in love with the unfiltered goodness of Hefeweizen. It seems that every restaurant in Weisbaden brewed their own variation. After my return to the states, the search ensued for an American Brewery who could replicate the glorious beer I drank in the Fatherland. After a few "yeah, that was a good beer...but not quite it," I bought a 22 ounce bottle of Legend's Hefeweizen. I live in Richmond, VA, so I am very proud to say this local company nailed it.

From the appearance, smell, and taste, to it's smoothness, it was exactly what I was searching for. I've since bought many a six pack, and have yet to be let down. If you're looking for the real deal, this is the closest I've tasted this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 4.5
T: 4.0
M: 4.0
D: 4.5

Hazed yellow with a brown tint from the yeast. Diddn't get much head, but improper glassware will do that to ya. Nose is jam packed with clove. A good bit of banana and yeast as well. Taste is clove and banana again, but not as strong as the nose. Still quite tasty though. Medium body. Good carbonation and a good creaminess - super smooth. A very solid hefe.

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Photo of badbeer
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of phisig137, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a soft white head that stays around and leaves a nice lacing. Nose is composed of banana, clove, lemon, and some sort of chlorine smell. Taste is mostly clove, with some lemon and banana undertones. Quite a refreshing taste. Highly carbonated and full bodied, pretty nice. This would be a great beer to have around, other than the smell this one could rival its German counterparts.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a weizen glass. Color is a really cloudy yellow color with a nice white head. The nose rally brings out a lot of classic hefeweizen character with some nice banana, clove, and bubblegum. The taste isn't quite as yeast-forward and has a bit of wheat. Nice creamy light body on a beer that drinks quite well.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow with an orange tint. Fluffy white head stay as long as it takes to finish the beer. Aroma is bananas with a small zing of citrus. Taste is a bit musty with the yeast up front and then traditional “German” weizen flavors.

This is one of the first American versions of a weizen beer that makes me want more. A well balanced, all around good American version Hefeweizen. Reminds me of drinking a weizen with my father-in –law back in Germany.
A must try!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with lots of white head. Good retention, lots of nice sticky lacing.

Smells slightly spicy, put also nicely fruity and yeasty.

Taste follows the smell. A curious (but tasty)blend of spiciness that is not limited to just coriander. Nice fruit flavors, that do not seem limited to just bannana to me. I notice citrus and maybe even some notes of cherry Good wheat backbone and bite. Well-carbonated, somewhat thin bodied.

Drinkable heffe, good beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy (unfiltered), orange-peach color, with about nice finger or so head. I poured... waited...swirled... then poured the rest, getting a massive amount of suds from the bottom. Nice!

S: Strong, fresh, smell of coriander, banana and clove. Phenol and esthers and then some!

T: Very muted, soft, and yeasty on the spice content. Fruity and bubblegum-like, with a tinge of candy sugar.

M: Not watery in any way, but still understated nevertheless. The carbonation was prickly, yet not too high, and the lacing was moderate... at best.

O: I've become somewhat of a fan of Legend. You can call me a homer if you want, but in my limited experience with them, I have yet to taste a bad brew from them.

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Photo of kshankar
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and cloudy orange with a small foam that has a decent retention.

Yeast, clove, banana, etc. Typical hefe profile here.

Taste is yeasty, somewhat spicy, big on the banana profile here. Toned down on the citrus zest on this wheat, but thats alright. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the cloudy burnished golden brew. Frothy head holds on strong, with foamy lace when it sticks. Aroma is wheat and citrus. Taste is the same, hearty wheat upfront with a spritx of lemon in the middle. Didn't even have to have the lemon on the glass, the flavor's already in there... Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little chalky on the close, and drinkability is good as well. Nice summertime choice.

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Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a surprise. Normally I dont give American Hefe's much of a chance to be authentic or good, Legends offering however proved me wrong.
Pours a cloudy orange straw colour with a big white fluffy head perched on top. Aroma is a little more banana than clove with a nice bready nose to it as well. A touch of slight sourness at the end keeps this refreshing and in balanceTaste is definity real Hefe not the generic Widmer bastardization of Hefe. Nice spicey banana notes with a really full flavour.
Mouthfeel is nice, this is one full bodied hefe. More like Schneider in terms of body than some of the lighter Hefe's like Paulaner or Konig Ludwig. Drinkability is quite good as well. Legend keeps improving with each season. Hopefully the improvement will continue and they can join Old Dominion and bring Virginia more into the limelight of craft brew

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Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Beautiful cascading tornado yeast effect spirals upward through the center of the glass, sccompanied by rising suds. Nice two tip head with excellent retention. Laced quite well.

S - Light aroma of banana and clove, with an unexpected blast of cinnamon!

T - High powered citrus smack, very lemony, cinnamon and banana both show through in the body as well as the scent. Spicy finish.

M - Light bodied, but a slightly high carbonation level caused a hit here. Nice lemony aftertaste.

D - Good American take on a hefeweizen. Tasty, refreshing, and pretty complex. Once again Legend impresses, if you see it, don't hesitate. Reco.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Hazy goleden color, decent size head that left some nice lace on the glass.

smell - Citrus smells, lemons, cloves, fruits and wheats.

taste - Has a little bit of a citrus taste but not that sweet. Some taste of yeast.

mouthfeel -Medium body.

drinkability - Nice balanced beer, easy drinking, just like the other Legend beers.

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Photo of manleyphoto
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The recent unseasonably warm weather that blanketed Hampton Roads has sent me in search of a beer that enhances the good will of spring. I found that in spades. I'm not the world's biggest wheat beer fan, and they are almost never my first choice but when looking for a slice of spring, a cool hefeweizen is hard to beat.

I found Legend's Hefeweizen on a whim, and I'm lucky I did. It fit the premature dose of warm weather nicely. This beer is a lovely golden yellow and is unfiltered so carries with it a slight hazy turbidity. The aroma is loaded with bananas. Crazy banana, in fact, and also has a touch of peppery clove. German-style hefeweizen's which means literally wheat beer with yeast; (weizen=wheat, hefe=yeast,) often have a tropical fruit character, produced by the warmer fermentation temperatures, and rich ale yeast used to produce the drink. No spices or fruit are added, and I would recommend that they be drank the same way. Keep your lemon off my glass.

Legend's Hefeweizen has a light body and a nice malty sweetness, accented by a thirst quenching citrus acidity that helps this to be an easy drinking beer.
This is Legend's summer seasonal so what's around now is the last remaining until they produce it again

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a very hazy, pale straw color with a nice thick pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has the classic clove like yeasty spiciness to it with a little banana coming through. A bit of sweet, bready, wheat flavor comes through as well.

The taste shows a lot of the wheat character to it with a nice refreshing citrus zest to it. The banana and clove play more of a supporting background role in this one. So many American versions in this style it's the opposite and the clove spice seems to dominate. I really appreciated this one in that respect.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is a little above moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's great tasting and an excellent version of the style. The citrus zest and the wheat made it a very refreshing beer overall. I really liked how the clove spice seemed to be relatively mild in it overall.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A day to drink quaffable style beers as I started around 1:00PM and the fireworks have not even started.Poured into a weizen glass a clouded light peach color with a decent sized rocky white head atop.Alot of banana and toasted malt in the nose,light lemon lingers.Flavors are banana-clove heavy with light toasted what malt underneath,I like the heavier creamy feel to the beer.It's a good warmer weather beer,very good for today.

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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super hazy dark gold/light amber with one finger of white foam with decent retention and lacing. Sweet wheaty aromas, with yeasty notes, a bit of bananas, and a distant whiff of spices. The taste is quite balanced between a gently sweet wheatiness and a light lemon peel hop. The simple, straightforward flavors are enhanced by a nice, medium body that softly tingles before slowly smoothing out. Well made, not objectionable in the least. A solid choice.

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