Wheat | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DerBayer on 08-06-2009

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Wattsox:
Photo of Wattsox
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011.

A - Hazy amber body with a rapidly dissipating head that disappears almost entirely.

S - Spicy banana and clove aromas lead, with some orangey fruit notes and wheat backing them up.

T - Similar to the aromas, banana, cloves and wheat are the prominent taste, light and sweet finish with a brief sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth finish.

O - Overall quite a pleasant beer to sit and enjoy. Possibly a little sweet for a session beer, but certainly one to appreciate.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011. Rear label mentions that a strain of Bavarian yeast is used in the brewing of this wheat beer.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass; bottle was swirled towards the end to ensure the yeast was fully suspended. A cloudy, almost opaque golden-amber hue. Fine carbonation is visible at the edge of the glass. Produces a thick creamy head of white foam, although this subsides quite quickly. A complex aroma of yeasty sourness, fruity esters, bananas and cloves - fantastic!

Taste is pleasingly sour, with extra bite from the carbonation. Notes of yeast, fruit esters, bananas and cloves all mingling on the palate. A flavour smorgasbord! Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, with prickliness from the CO2 (this fades after a while). Faint sour yeast aftertaste.

A lovely hefeweizen - subtly acidic with lots of yeast flavours contributing to the taste. A good match for genuine German hefes, and worth your time if you come across it.

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Photo of JohnW
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Hefe Weiss style glass, decent dense white head, typical of Wheat beers, though body not as cloudy as some. Aroma typical of German style Hefe Weiss beers, though less pronounced as the best - cloves, fruity and banana's.

Taste similar to the German style (and probably the best UK brewed German Weiss style I have tasted) though slightly sweeter finish than most German Weiss beers. No great depth of flavours however, and a light finish - making it less satisfying than the best of the German's.

However, for a UK brewed German style Weiss beer, think it's a decent job and would have it again, though not in preference to Schneider, Wehenstephener, Erdinger, Maisels or Andechs etc!

B'ham UK Nov 2009

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Photo of Noice
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ruds
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 330ml bottle into a UK pint glass (at my parents so nothing else available!)

pours an amber colour and fairly clear for a wheat beer with some hazing

very little head, what there was vanished in the first minute and almost no lacing as I drank

smells of citrus, toffee, yeast

tastes very much banana and cloves, slight strains of toffee and citrus, more orange than lemon

maybe a little too carbonated/fizzy for my liking but so much as to ruin the experience

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Photo of AEK
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hoegaarden Witbier glass.

A. A brown/amber cloudy beer with a creamy head that shrank to a depth of approximately 2mm and sat on top of the beer.

N. Similar to the Hoegaarden, spicy notes with curacao knocking at the door plus a hint of banana and cloves.

T. Warming spicy clove notes dominate with banana. A touch of creaminess joins in the blend too.

M. Smooth, clean and easy drinking.

A very good English take on the German wheat beer. Pity it is only a 335 ml bottle rather than a 500ml.

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Photo of Dracook
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.62/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lovely looking brown bottle,330ml, best before 23rd Jan 2010, drank 6th Nov 2009.

Poured into a Corsendonk badged, stemmed tulip glass. A small amount of sediment sat within the glass, but the beer was almost crystal clear, golden and lively. A white head left before it could settle, leaving a wisp and collar.

The aroma was of yeast and peaches, not the normal banana and vanilla smells associated with this style. Nothing wrong with that, except the label claimed banana, cloves and toffee smells.

Wheat flavoured in the taste, fairly dry for the style, yeasty too.

Not overly impressed I'm afraid, the 5% ABV is evident, but it doesn't do anything to add any substance to the beer.

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Photo of dmurray50000
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer as expected from Meantime

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

bottled can it be, that it was all so simple then
needs to be cloudier, what there is, is a slightly hazy wheat colured body with minimal white head
aroma is cloves

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Photo of weaselchew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rarbring
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clouded copper toned brew with lots of small bubbles, a white fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

A smell of yeast, oranges and spices, in that order.

The taste has a pure initial sweetness, then some bitter orange sourness and bitterness, a spicy character like cloves and cumin.

Rather high carbonation, lively bubbles, a refreshing feeling. The finish is dry.

Not bad, a bit sweet for being the perfect summer refresher. But fits nicely in a cooler and damper climate.

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Photo of mike130
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass. Pours with a very small head which dissipates extremely quickly. No lacing, looks quite disappointing, very little head, but at least the color is a nice golden wheat yellow.

Smells quite decent - quite a bit of banana, clove and wheat, very little bit of hop spiciness.

Tastes a lot blander than the smell - a bit of banana and estery flavors which really are secondary to the quite prominent yeasty flavor. It's not very intense, a decent imitation of a hefeweizen but too light and weakly flavored to be anywhere near a good hefe.

The mouthfeel is too carbonated, drinks moderately easily but far too gassy to really be enjoyable. Decent, but really not that great as a hefeweizen.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into my Scheider Weisse Weissbier glass

A- Cloudy yeasty pale blonde with 3 finger head after aggressive pour. Head reduces very quickly, lacing is average.

S- The banana quality in the nose is fantastic, so fresh. Some clove notes.

T- Lots of banana again, fading to a faint bitterness, every so slightly thin finish. The banana lingers on. Maybe some youghurt creaminess.

M- Medium to high carbonation, light, spritzy, but a bit thin.

D- The banana element is delicious in the nose and tongue but appearance is letting it down. If the beer had a little more body to it, it would be a winner as the smell is excellent. Still very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of steverx8
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Morningstorm
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DerBayer
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Another all around good brew by Meantime true to style in Hefeweizen with the following couple of devuiations:

Could be fruitier - more banana and clove please

Could have better head

Could be a bit cloudier

Is kind of herbal / spicy - I guess that s a British twist really but really enjoyed trinking one!

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Photo of BrickOneal
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, a little hazy but without loosing its brightness with lots of head with good density and retention.
Mild aroma of cereals, yeast and cloves. And a predominant citric smell leaning towards orange like and a hint of banana.
Taste similar to aroma, with a zesty and citric flavor of orange and lime. Not so sweet and more acid in comparison to other wheat beers. Extremely refreshing with a superior drinkability of his counterparties.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Honey coloured and cloudy. Pours with a medium white head, although it has poor retention.

Aroma: Grainy wheat, with a slight sweetness. Orange, and possible a hint of honey or maybe toffee.

Taste: The initial flavours are citrus, followed by a hint of sourness. After this there are sweet toffee flavours combined with a sugary biscuitiness, ending the beer with a lingering sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel: Fresh. and crisp, with a mild sharpness.

Drinkability: Not the best beer I have had from the Meantime brewery. It is very refreshing but it lacks something in the flavours. Unfortunately, this is just an average offering from an otherwise fantastic brewery.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dead, flat, and a reasonably cloudy light amber.

Smell is hay and banana..

Slightly spicy. Quite restrainted spice, no real hops but a light, dry finish. A very subtle hint of barnyard-ish yeast is probably the best thing going on here. In total, not a lot happening, but quite unoffensive.

Thin watery body and minimal carbonation.

Honestly, this is completely unoffensive, not interesting, but not bad. Could pound these all night.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review on here so it's fitting it should be a hefeweizen.

A terrific golden orange colour that cloudy as expected. The lack of a good head was a slight disappointment.

A pleasant & unique combination of banana and toffee that works well together & is rounded off nicely with spices & cloves at the back. Refreshingly pleasant & well balanced.

The taste of wheat & banana make up the main flavours of this beer & work well without being outstanding. There is a nice hint of toffee in there too which is different whilst still tasting like a hefeweizen.

Plenty of fizz and carbonation to this one, it is light bodied but could do with being more crisp in the finish.

This was a nice, enjoyable hefeweizen but definitely not the best I've tried. It works on some levels but the alcohol content can be tasted through the banana flavouring, in addition to this the lack of a head was a real let down.


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Photo of Etfi
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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