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Mission St. Hefeweizen | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. HefeweizenMission St. Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Northsider
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, picked up from Trader Joe's. I picked this one up on a whim while shopping. Looked interesting.

Appearance is typical of a hefeweizen: cloudy yellow, thin white head. Taste was strongly fruity, lots of hints of orange peel. Taste was pretty good...banana and cloves came strong. Mouthfeel was relatively smooth.

Overall a decent hefe...I'd definitely pick this up again from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of MattyGEE26
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, burnt orange. 1 finger of white, creamy, thick head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smell: Of course you notice the banana at first, but past that there are hints of citrus, cloves, and nutmeg.

Taste: Smooth wheat, banana, and spicy cloves. Finishes with a slight cidery taste. Very good for the price. Smells a bit better than it tastes, but that isn't bad because the smell is awesome.

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat thick, perfect for a Hefe. Nice carbination, too.

Overall: A very solid Hefe, especially for an American company. Not as good as a world class Hefe like Weihenstephaner or Ayinger (Which I had two days ago-highly recommend). Worth a purchase, but if you have high quality German Hefeweizens available, Mission St. will be a one time deal.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Bockrules
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a weizen glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde with a huge 3 finger fluffy, yellow-hued head. Not as cloudy as I was expecting and plentiful streams of carbonation rush to the head. Head is gone halfway down the glass and leaves behind no lacing at all.

S - Moderate, inviting banana and clove smell with lots of malt. Standard hefeweizen smell, nothing too special.

T - Cloves and wheat flavors upfront. The body has banana and spice flavors and excellent balance with hops mingling with wheat to keep the flavor interesting. The finish is dry and banana bready that slowly fades dot leave a yeasty flavor on the back of the tongue. Would have scored slightly higher, but I got bored with the flavor halfway through the bottle.

M - Medium-light and highly carbonated. Suits the style well.

This is a simple, textbook take on a hefeweizen, however it works. Middle of the road price for a decent beer. Certainly worth the $2 or so for the bomber to try it, but not something I would seek out as this beer does little for the eyes.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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 EORS
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had seen something to the effect that this beer was now being put out by Firestone Walker for Trader Joe's, but I'm not sure whether that's the case or not. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: definitely the weakest aspect of the beer. Head is thin and doesn't last more than a few seconds. Nice golden color, paler around the edges, with a small amount of carbonation.

Smell: Mostly a pleasant, musty aroma from the yeast, with a little bit of spiciness and hints of banana and citrus at the end.

Taste: Mellow body with a bit of hop bitterness at the end, not much in the way of spiciness or citrus flavor, but certainly solid for the style.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery, but not overly so, carbonation adds a bit of a tingle. Overall very smooth.

Overall: The taste won't blow you away, but it will come as a pleasant surprise. A great value beer, and certainly better than other offerings at or above the price. (1.99 for a 22oz bottle) Worth looking into if you're having a bunch of people over and want to put out something more interesting than the usual.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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 GregBlatz
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden orange. This was a 22oz bottle and poured into my traditional wheat glass, I wasn't able to rouse the yeast very much. So, the color is slightly cloudy, and I bet the second pour will be more so. Head was 1" then settled to 1/4 with no lacing on a chilled glass.

S - Metallic scent with grain. Very little ester, banana or clove. Relatively clean, but hints of a Bavarian style.

T - Well, the banana and clove came on strong in the taste. Very nice banana flavor up front, with the clove playing a background character. Sweetness from the grain with a slightly noticeable oxidation note.

M - Mild carbonation, nice full mouthfeel.

O - Very nice beer. I forget what I paid for it, but if it was from Trader Joe's, I bet it was $2 or $3 per 22oz bottle. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a 22 oz bottle, poured a cloudy orang color with stinker head that dissipated at a normal pace. The aroma was yeasty and banana tones. The taste was that of a Belgium wheat very clean with a good mouthful. This is a good hefe that I will buy again on another occasion.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A bomber. Pours hazy-golden with a small, white head, lively carbonation and nor too much hefe in the bottle. Aroma is sweet, malty with some fruity and hoppy notes. Light, slightly crisp body. Flavors are some yeast, apples, sweet malt and hints off spicy hops. Short, dry finish. This brew lacks flavors and complexity of good hefeweizen.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz from Trader Joe's. Pours very hazy with a yellowish almost orange hint. The head is big but loosens up a lot very quickly and resides quite a bit. The aroma is spicy with a bit of cardboard and some orange. The flavor is almost oddly spicy with cinnamon and ginger in there and has a flavor reminiscent to orange candy. Some clove and sharp hoppiness sneak in there but overall there really isn't the kind of depth of flavor I would like from a nice hefe. This is really too sweet for my tastes, but it's not all together bad. The mouthfeel is the classic full bodied balanced with champagne bubbliness that many of the great Hefeweizens display.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy golden straw appearance. There is a four-finger, eggshell head that dies off far to quickly, with no visible activity in the glass. The initial appearance was promising but after about 10 seconds the beer looks pretty dead and uninviting.

S - The aroma has plenty of clove, a good helping of grainy bread, and a touch of lemon.

T/M - Light-medium bodied but overall the mouthfeel is lacking due to the complete absence of carbonation. There is plenty of clove in the flavor, as well as hints of wheat. Mildly sweet and overall a very enjoyable flavor. I expect a spritzer like finish from my hefeweizen but there is none here due to lack of carbonation.

D - Good flavor, but bad presentation. Overall the beer just doesn't leave you with much to walk away with. Fix the carbonation and I think it would have a positive impact on appearance, mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of richkrull
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Trader Joes over the weekend.

Poured a cloudy golden color with quite a bit of head. Smells sweet, citrus, and spice. Tastes like wheat, orange and coriander. Pretty smooth easy to drink beer. Very drinkable, no overpowering flavors. Pretty good for the price.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 negroobserver
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Golden Amber color. Filtered, but with a light haziness similar to unfiltered hefeweizens.

Smell: Malty. Fruits (light citrus scent)

Taste: Lacking. I had trouble distinguishing any of the flavors from the malts. There is a very mild fruity scent.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a little strong.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly ice cold on a summer day.


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Photo of clarkm04
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 22-ounce bomber purchased at Trader Joe's

Appearance- Very good appearance. A nice white head retention. Decently carbonated (seems a little more carbonated than then the typical hefe) with a hazy typical hefe look.

Smell- Light smell. Very little banana flavors with mostly a light undertone of clovish flavor.

Taste- Very one note. Not super crisp nothing that makes it stand out or spectacular flavor profile. Fairly absent front taste that cascades into a yeasty, bready back taste. The back end of the flavor profile is the best aspect of the taste. Very minimal after taste.

Mouthfeel- Fairly watery with light carbonation.

Drinkability- Very high. It is a hefeweizen!

Overall- For me a below average hefeweizen. I'm glad I've tasted it and kudos for Trader Joe's for shipping this out since I'd never get to try it otherwise but I have other hefeweizens I would recommend over this beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Lukafer for picking this one up!

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention and leaves a cap on the beer. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Good sized wheat upfront in the aroma. There was a some nice banana and clove hints here and there as well. Some light grainy aroma comes in the backing in hints but nothing in big doses. Light alcohol in very end...overall a nice above average aroma.

T- Wheat upfront like one would expect. A light almost I want to say toasted flavor in the front as well. Banana and orange peel in the middle with a hint of wheat and a nice dose of clove. Some light yeasty notes in the ending along with a hint of hop bitterness. A good taste overall.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat and banana left on the palate. Clove and light alcohol with a touch of yeast left in the aftertaste. Well balanced flavor profile the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Clean and crisp tasting overall in the beer.

D- The pricing is right for this beer. Actually it's above right it's fantastic. The ABV makes this beer a session beer for the entire night. I wish I had a Trader Joe's around here cause I would drink the shit out of this when I needed a break from the huge IPA's and stouts I'm drinking now!

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Photo of haddon
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a bomber of this at Trader Joe's for $2. I like it already.

pours a cloudy yellow that is the color of straw. not much head and little to no lacing.

smells of grassy lemon and light bitter hops. perhaps a bit of banana and clove. pretty typical of a hef but a bit on the light side.

tastes of lemon, grass, banana & a light spicy clove. very faint bitter hop on the end that may lend a little more citrus to it

medium body. a little heavy on the carbonation that could take away a bit on the taste

fairly average hefe but I would say it is very drinkable. at 4.7% abv and under $2 a bomber, I would definitely keep this around during the warmer months for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of headbucket
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Trader Joe's for $1.99

Appearance: A hazy yellow-orange color with a bit a good head after a somewhat vigorous pour,recedes to a small but still frothy and appealing white head around the top of the beer. Nice lacing that clings to the glass but doesn't stay fully in place as I tip my Weihenstephan half liter Hefe glass to drink it.

Smell: A little weak at first but it does open up and start to gain some strength as it warms up. Typical hefe smells of banana, maybe a bit of citrus, and yeast.

Taste: A little tart with flavors of wheat, yeast, bread, and a bit of citrus on the back end.

mouthfeel: pretty smooth and easy going. A little more crisp and less creamy than I usually like my hefe's, but still not bad.

Drinkability: light, easy to drink, and somewhat refreshing although a little more tart than I usually like for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 magnj
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber at Trader Joe's.

A - Hazy light orange body with a tiny head.

S - Vaguely musty vegetable smell under some yeast driven spices, smells pretty good.

T - Taste is on the clean side with some clove and other yeast driven character. Ends with a bit of banana.

M/D - light-medium body, good taste, easy to drink, clean and to style. Worth a try but you can get some of the best hefes for the same or less.

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Photo of CMW
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured the typical straw yellow color with a medium head and minimal lacing.

S - The aroma had banana and clove and maybe some coriander. It smelled a little more medicinal than most hefeweizens.

T - Sweet upfront but definitely more spice than I would like. I think this is the medicinal quality I picked up in the nose. Not terrible just a little rougher than your run of the mill German version.

M - Light and crisp, nothing bad here.

D - One positive is that it was cheap. However, many better offerings of the same style are also cheap. Glad I tried, just probably will not buy again.

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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass. From notes
A: Short head retention, with minimal lacing. A hazy, golden body with a lack of head retention.
S: Classic Hefeweizen aroma, a very good hint of what is to come. Mostly banana and clove.
T/M: As the nose suggests a full banana and clove taste, that is overall a bit light on the palate.
D: A good Hefe taste that is drinkable at a good price, 2.50$ for a 22oz.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A- Cloudy orange-yellow color with finger of creamy white head that quickly dissipates into a fine film.

S- Crisp crackery wheat malts with a nice spicy yeast scent. More spice than banana here, but a pretty typical hefeweizen aroma.

T- Pretty clean, spicy taste with a nice wheat backbone. Nice stuff.

M- Pretty smooth and a bit creamy with some prickly carbonation.

D- Easy drinking here. Mile, pretty well-balanced flavors.

A nice, easy-drinking hefeweizen. Had never heard of it before, but a favorite of a friend of mine, who gave me some. I wouldn't turn it down if he did it again.

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Mission St. Hefeweizen from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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