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Mission St. Hefeweizen | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mwagner1018 on 06-12-2010

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/26/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, cloves, and some slight banana and bubblegum aromas. Taste is of wheat, yeast, banana, and clove/spice on the finish. There is a very mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and easy to drink beer, especially for the $1.99 per bomber price tag it carries.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of banana esters from the yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is mostly dominated by flavors of wheat and also has notes of bananas. I couldn't detect any other flavors such as cloves.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much in the way of complexity when it comes to aromas or flavors, but it's easy to drink and would make for a nice selection on a hot summer day when you're not looking for something overly fancy.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bubbly orange tinted golden color beneath a white medium sized carbonated head that quickly dies leaving a very small bubbly lacing.

The aroma is citrus with oranges leading the way, there is a light spice hint the aroma but I could tell what it was.

The taste is more oranges/citrus with added spices-ginger nutmeg added well to the taste, I'm not much of a hefe drinker but this stuff was above the norm. A light slightly sour/bitter aftertaste was pretty decent, not a draw back at all. Honestly I could drink a few more of these and I'm usually a Oktoberfest/ipa/and other dark beers drinker.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown glass bottle served into hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Cloudy yellow-orange colour.

Sm: Lemon peel, very unwelcome pale hops, and light orange hops. A strangely bad aroma for the style. Moderately strong.

T: Lemon peel and pale hops. A simple crappy build that ruins the style. It's a bit dirty as well. Badly balanced to boot. The main thing it has going for it is that it's not watery.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a certain awkward astringency I don't like. Doesn't complement the style.

Dr: Not horribly drinkable - a relative rarity for the style. The price isn't great either for an in-state purchase. I'd leave this one on the shelf, lads. The ABV is low as well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head with small bubbles. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of clove, wheat, banana and a touch of lemon.

T - Good spicy flavor with clove, wheat and a strong banana presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied hefe with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice hefe and a great bargain at $1.99 for 22oz at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy almost no head, light hazy nectar orange color.

Nose citrus, orange peel, light wheat, light spices, light malts, bit sweetness.

Taste is light, light wheat, slightly sweet, orange and citrus, light spices, light marmalade, finishes dry and slightly bitter, a weird bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb, wished it had a little more for a hefe.

Overall not bad, lighter, drinkable, typical flavors but nothing special.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goldenrod with lemon peel trim and a lightly crackly crown of clam shell colored foam that leaves almost nothing of itself on the sides of the glass. Not a great start... or even a good one.

The nose is a comeback of sorts, with plenty of the banana fruitiness and zesty clove spiciness that is the hallmark of the style. Let's hope the brewers managed to put it all together where it matters most.

Like the other two Mission St. beers that I've reviewed so far, Hefeweizen is better than average. It doesn't quite make it up to the next level, but when price is factored in, it's an easy recommendation for those who enjoy beer of this style.

The flavor profile delivers nothing out of the ordinary, but then that's how hefeweizens should be. The banan-o-meter score is a more than respectable 2.5/5.0 and the clove esters bring a lovely balance to the proceedings. Sweet and bitter are balanced too. Tangy wasn't invited to the party.

When ABV is taken into account, mouthfeel size is fine. The bubbles are slight too buzzy early, then settle down some by the second pour. There are a few more positives than negatives, which is why the score is what it is.

Mission St. Hefeweizen follows in the footsteps of Blonde Ale and Brown Ale in terms of overall quality. This is a pretty good effort that deserves a single bomber purchase the next time you're in Trader Joe's.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mission St. Hefeweizen
22 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "01/25/13 18:10" on 4/24/13

Basic hefeweizen. Seems a bit thin. Just a little more malt, and perhaps a better quality malt, could make it a great beer because it has a very nice hefeweizen yeast component with bananas and clove and apples. It's balanced for what it is, but again, it's just a few feet short of the goal line. However, given the price tag I have to give it a nod as a back up or secondary beer. When I'm working around the house, or cooking dinner, or watching football I don't want to drink one of my 'special' beers, and thus something like this fits in great. It's got enough character to keep me happy, and it's cheap! Every beer has a time and place.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy, orange-gold body with a large, white head that steadily sinks.

Smell: Lightly sweetish nose smelling of crisp malted wheat with a bit of characteristic tanginess and hint of coarse grains. Soft sniffs of stone fruit, citrus, and still-ripening bananas. Very, very, very light tartness in the nose.

Taste: Tangy-tasting wheat malt with some toasty, grainy accents to it and ever so lightly sweet hinting at honey. Fruity influences of apricots, tart lemons, and bananas perk up midway. Teaspoon of spicy cloves. Very small hint of bitterness. Whole wheat rolls on the finish with light final touches of fruit and cracked cloves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight fluffiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While not stellar, it is fairly solid -- and priced to moved, baby!

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge white head with a slow descent. It leaves good ring lace on the glass. Cloudy, naturally, with a light amber color.

Great wheat smells up front. The rest is in the background.

The flavor is pedestrian--very typical of hefe's but with no pop or style. The aftertaste dies so fast. Slightly sour and relatively bland.

Overall, not a notable offering, and there are no special touches to this beer. It's easy to drink, but uninteresting.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice orange gold body. Ok white head with low retention and ok lace.

S - Light nose of lemon, damp wheat, and orange.

T - Dilute orange juice, soft wheat, bright semi-acidic hop center.

M - Light body, somewhat under carbonated.

O - Not a bad hefe. Nothing special though.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no idea what "Mission St." is trying to symbolize, but it was inexpensive ($1.99 for a 22 ounce bottle.) Let's hope the contents are good. On to the beer:

A pour into the Weihenstephaner glass brings a show like any other German hefeweizen. An eye catching yellow-orange color that's unfiltered and a big billowy head on top. The nose is on the mark as well; banana bread and a little spicy clove. As time goes on, the banana bread fadeds and brings more standard wheat malt. All told, the nose still remains appetizing.

Mission St. Hefeweizen easily justifies the cost. While not as full flavored as a Franziskaner, it's easily better than an Erdinger Hefe-weizen. The mix of lemon and banana bread work with a touch of clove to make this solid beer. Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, it comes very close to what an authentic Bavarian hefeweizen should be, but at a bargain price.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No apparent bottle date that I could find; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a hazy straw, orange-amber color that shows a really hazy honey hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of black pepper, banana, definite clove, fresh coated grassy wheat, sweet malt, dusty grain aromas and a finish that has a nice low tartness. As the beer warms it becomes much more fruit accented; both the bananas as well as some pear / faint-apple notes are accentuated by the sweet clove notes.

The beer has a light tartness to it and perhaps a hint of malt sweetness, but only just so this doesn't finish bone dry. There is a nice wholesome graininess that is rich with flavors of crushed wheat and pale malt. There is a light tartness to this beer that adds a bit of zip to this beer in the finish. The finish also has a touch of bitterness and a light phenolic note as well as some peppery spiciness. Light and quaffable, this is truly a refreshing beer for the Summer; it has just enough viscousness to not seem watery. The tartness in the finish accentuates some fruit notes similar to tart pears and perhaps a hint of apple. The balance of yeast derived notes of banana (the lighter note), clove (the stronger slightly tongue numbing note) works very well with the rustic grain notes and tart finish.

I usually prefer a Hefeweizen that has a bit more texture to it, but those aren't really suitable to the heat of summer; this one definitely is suitable for hot weather though and goes down quickly and easily. A very nice Hefeweizen, when you take in the $2.50 price for a bomber, this becomes down right awesome.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy yellow to burnt orange with a medium frothy white head, good lace.

S: Smell is to style, good amount of clove, spice dominated, hint of banana.

T: Pretty much a clove dominated hefe, some banana esters. A banana bread finish, spicy.

M: Light-bodied, thin for the style, frothy.

O: This is quite a good domestic hefe and it's QPR is outstanding at $2 a bomber.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a weizen glass.

Appearance: light, hazy orange-yellow hue with two fingers of fizzy white foam. Not too bad, but not great. A little dark and a bit too little head for a good hefeweizen, in my opinion.

Smell: mild wheaty aroma with a little bit of clove. Not much in the way of banana, but it's definitely got more of a hefeweizen feel than that of a pale wheat ale or somesuch. Not too bad.

Taste: way clovey. There is a yeasty character here that is a little bit off-putting; like spoiled vegetables or something. It's not strong, but it definitely brings this one down a notch.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. There's actually quite a good level of creaminess here. Really, it's the best part about this beer.

Drinkability: this beer is not great. It is passable or mediocre in most qualities except mouthfeel, where I feel it actually rather excels. I won't seek this out again, but it isn't a drain pour or anything.

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Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this bottle with jlindros, picked up at a trader joes in portland, me after an allagash brewery trip. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a golden clear hue with a one finger head that slumps to leave a nice blanket. Left slight side lacing.

S - Grassy hops, light yeast, and some odd bitterness.

T - More like that. Light grassy hops, some more light yeast. Some light citrus as well as some odd bittereness.

M - Rather light on the carbonation but super drinkable. Really enjoyable in the mouth.

O - Not a bad beer, considering what I paid for it. That being said, much better hefe's out there.

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Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Contemptible 22oz bottle into 9oz Pilsener glass. Dated 5/2/12. Poured a hazy light gold color with less than 1/2 inch of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a very light wheat scent, almost benign, and just the barest hints of the expected banana and clove scents. Just kinda meh smelling. The taste was the same, just a very subdued example of what should be. Not bad, per se, just bland.

The body was light and even and meh. Drinkability was OK, but why bother? With the lack of overall presence, this is a forgettable example of the style. Maybe a budget buy for a gathering where the focus isn't on beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about a 2 inch off-white head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is cloves, banana, and wheat. Taste is similar to the aroma, but along with the cloves, bananas and wheat, there's also some oranges and orange peel noticable in the flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. It's a decent enough brew, and for $2.49 a bomber I don't have any complaints about it!

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden peach colored...light creamy off white head..

S-Banana....citrus....

T-Really shines here...Fresh barely ripe banana with a perfect flavor for a hefe...light citrus on the finish which adds a quenching dimension..

M-Body is about right...medium...creamy and smooth...easy drinking.

O-This is a pleasant surprise. Got it at Trader Joes and while I can't remember the price I'm pretty sure it was pretty cheap. I wouldn't confuse this with fresh Ayinger but this is a very nice every day hefe I could drink all summer long. Recommended...particularly when you factor in the price point.

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Photo of popery
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the greatest Hefe ever, but it's definitely a good beer for the price. This beer is a bit thin and doesn't have quite as much flavor as some. However, it's fresh, cheap and pretty delicious. There's good banana and clove. It's a good looking beer - hazy yellow-orange with a sudsy white head. The aroma is somewhat muted. It's yeasty and sweet with a spicy, tart wheat bite. Lots of green bananas. Feel is lively - lots of fine carbonation. Once again, this is a great bargain. Nice to have this and Kellerweis around.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

851st Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen
22oz

No bottle date

Trader Joe's Chino Hills

App- A copper gold with orange burst in the center. A little yellow floating around. A big puffy two finger head with great lines of cling.

Smell- A mellow banana with some nuttiness and yeast behind it. A pretty staightforward hefe with standard Clove/Spice as well.

Taste- A little banana flavors a little spice comes next. Missing that big hefe bubblegum flavors makes this one pretty average. A bit fuller flavored as well. Drinks bigger than the 4.7

Mouth- A light medium bodied beer with a light medium carbonation. A little banana and pecan flavors.

Drink- This was okay for a store brand. I've seen rumors of Steinhaus being FW and this to me falls short of what they would do. This was a pretty hefe and dropped a little from there. Still looking for that great So. Cal craft hefe as I don't get live oak here.

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Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange-brown with a small, but sticky head that leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice balance of yeasty banana and wheat over a pepper and clove spiciness. Light, balanced banana and clove along with pepper, yeast and plenty of wheat twang. A very slight hint of vanilla as well. Light and refreshing. Another solid Mission St. beer from TJ's.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Trader Joes in Salem. $1.99 Nice lookng cloudy yellow beer with a lovely half inch white frothy head Surprisingly nice strong "hefe" aromas..banana,bubblegum.clove..unexpected. Taste is like the aroma but a little subdued..more wheat in the taste..slight lemon . LIked the mouthfeel on this very smooth and semi dry finish Very nice American hefe..i was expecting far worse. Good summer beer and cheap

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Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dirty orange in color. Forms a noisy bit of bubbly head that is gone before I can even take my first sip. No lacing what-so-ever.

S: Lightly sweet aroma of banana and faint spice. Some orangey citrus. A little vanilla.

T: Flavor is quite light. Mild sweetness. Banana, orange, fruit salad. A quick burst of sugary sweetness after the swallow, but it is fleeting. Quick finish. No bitterness to speak of.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Soft carbonation.

O: A decent hefe. Nothing too great, but this one is very approachable and quite easy to drink. Neither the flavor nor the nose are very strong. And with the price of $2 or $3 a bottle, I'd definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Weizen glass.
Pours a golden color with good deal of haze, one-finger of head and no lacing. The smell is mostly sweet and seems malty. The banana and clove aromas are initially undetectable, but then the banana emerges as the beer gets warmer.

Unfortunately, the banana aromas don't transfer over to the beer as the banana and clove are difficult to detect. A heavy carbonation overpowers the drink and leaves little room for other flavors to emerge.

Overall, not a beer I'd drink again, although I've really enjoyed other beers from the Steinhaus Brewing (aka Firestone Walker).

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Mission St. Hefeweizen from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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