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

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 rootbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

A: pours cloudy orange yellow, with a finger and a half of white head which leaves a small amount of thin lacing.
S: wheat malt, more yeasty with light banana and even lighter clove
T: wheat malt, with a more banana, clove and yeast.
M: rather bubbly, seem a little watery as well.
D: overall flavors a a tad light, but made up for in the feel, goes down very well.

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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 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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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 Flightoficarus
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 22 oz bottle.

A - Pours a super hazy golden color, with almost no head or lacing to speak of. Has me a bit confounded for this style, lol.

S - Smells heavily of wheat, clove, and banana, and some mild citrus fruit.

T - Light, sweet, and malty. Heavy on the wheat, banana, and clove flavors. The traditional hefeweizen flavors are found here, but are somewhat unbalanced. The unique "bubble gum" aftertaste in some hefs is absent as well. Not too shabby though.

M - Smooth and fairly creamy for the ABV. Similar in body to other hefeweizens.

D - Pretty easy to quaff down, as most hefs typically are. Good for nice weather drinking!

Overall - Not a bad hef, just no Franziskaner. For $2.50 a bomber though, it's worth it. Would willingly drink again, and recommend to hef fans, there's just better ones out there.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this at Trader Joe's for a pittance--I believe somewhere around $3.50 for a bomber. Upon opening, the nose has a good yeasty Italian bread overtone, joined by strong touches of banana, orange, and berry.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a fruit hit, as oranges, apricots, bananas, and pear notes wash across the tastebuds. These are tempered by subtle hints of spiciness, including light clove and white pepper. Toasted grain flavors are very light, and come across as fresh baguette. At the end of the mouthful, the banana flavors increase in potency, joined by a slight buttery tang. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, and fades at a moderate pace. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is surprisingly decent beer for the price, and while it won't be able to compete with a $10-per-bottle hefeweizen, it's certainly holds its own, and will likely be very appreciated by the casual drinker.

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Photo of mpyle
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored and very cloudy, okay for the style. Poured a modest white head with poor retention, but that may have been influenced by pouring into a small sampling glass.

Muted clove aroma, and no hop.

Sample probably is too cold, but flavors are pretty muted. Light flavor is dominated by clovey hefeweizen yeast character. A bit of sweetness carries into the finish. Not a bright tasting, fresh hefeweizen, but not bad. Definitely tastes better a little warmer.

Fairly light body and moderately high carbonation. A bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue, but not bad.

A nice, drinkable beer, perfect for summer. But I'd probably take the TJ house beer version of the hefeweizen over this one.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light light orange. Smells of heavy wheat and loads of bananas. Possibly some orange. Small bit of zest. Tastes the same minus the zest. Very heavy on the wheat, very HUGE on banana. Not a whole lot more than that. Maybe the slightest bit of orange. Mouthfeel is way too light. Very plain. Very boring. Not much of a finish. No layers. Just light, carbonated....boring. Nothing special. However, overall, at 1.99 this is very drinkable. Well worth 2 bucks. Beautiful for these insane amounts of 90+ degree days that are going on this summer.

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Photo of UWagner
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent orange/yellow, didn't retain it's head for very long due to low carbonation. Not as cloudy as some other hefeweizens.

S: The familiar smell of malted wheat, with hints of citrus and banana.

T: Same as the smell, with the familiar taste of cloves in the background that followed the fading taste of malted wheat. Very mildly sour.

M: Light but crisp carbonation, moderate body. The malted wheat lingered on the roof of my mouth and center of my tongue, with the acidity and hints of banana/cloves becoming more pronounced on the edges of my tongue.

D: Could probably go through a couple of these at a time, but I would probably do so deliberately.

Decent buy at Trader Joes for $2.49 per bomber. The value point allows me to see myself buying it again. It didn't blow me away, but it delivered everything I've come to expect out of this style.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -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 TheStoutLord
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Standard look for a hefe. Hazy gold, filtered, heavy head that stays around for a good minute.

S: Faint floral/fruity smell. Mixes well with the wheat scents.

T: Less wheaty than I would like. Nice burst of fruit and floral taste at the end of the gulp. Very light, good for being outside and working hard. Kinda boring though, not a ton of flavor and doesn't have the strong qualities that I like in my hefe.

F: Light body and crisp. Actually very nice.

O: Not a great hefe, but not a bad beer. Good to drink on a hot day I think. Its just too light and fruity for my wheat beer tastes.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Mission St Hefeweizen in a grocery store (Trader Joe's). Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, hazy, with a blast of bubbles rising in the glass and a thin fizzy head.

Smell is sweet, a little like a Bavarian style hefe, with some clove and banana notes.

Taste is a mix of Bavarian and American style wheat ale. There are some hints of banana a clove flavor, but also the citrus flavor from the American style.

Mouthfeel is wet and clean.

Overall a decent hefe. An odd blend of styles. I would have this again

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white, finger width head which dissipates quickly, leaving behind a spotty, semi-sticky lace.

Smell - Banana and bubblegum can be found on the nose, but there's also a faint, almost medicinal quality as well.

Taste - Classic hefewiezen flavors are there, but subtle: banana, wheat, yeast, and just a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost watery body, but the carbonation lends itself to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - One of the better Trader Joe's brand beers, and while it won't win any awards, at $2 a bomber it's a hell of a bargain.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I'd try this given it is contract brewed by Firestone Walker for Trader Joe's. A bomber for 1.99.

Body is hazy gold. Poured into a Kolsch glass to a 3/4 inch head of white foam, quickly dissipates to a ring and leaves no lacing.

Smells of fresh lemons and oranges with a bit of spice.

Tastes pretty acceptable, has the acid upfront, then settles in with banana and clove, and has a long dry, buttery, and slightly hopped finish.

Body is light and carbonation is spritzy, overall, pretty refreshing.

A quaffable hefeweizen and a good value for the price. But not extraordinary.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 rinhaak
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a moderate head that faded quickly, but left small amount of foam on top. A little darker in color than a typical Hefe.

Lots of banana in the nose, with cloves mingling in the background. Almost smells like a Belgian wit.

Lots of biscuit up front in the mouth with a cereal grain background. Traces of tropical fruit, it finishes very dry.

Full of carbonation that bites the tongue.

There isn't a great deal of character to this Hefe, though it isn't a bad beer. Generally sort of a boring brew, it's at least worth the $2+ price tag at Trader Joes.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for $1.99 (650mL). Here is an all around slightly above average cheap drinkable beer. Nothing special for a Hefeweizen but has enough flavor to keep you happy. The mouthfeel is soft and enjoyable, with a cleansing banana aftertaste. A perfect table beer to take gulps of, and the bottle is big enough to share.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 scootny
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice solid hefe. cloudy gold with a fast fading head of decent proportions. A touch of lace. Smell is suitably hefey. Notes of clove and very twangy wheat malt. Taste follows with a good yeasty component and mild banana fruitiness. Low bitterness is complimented by a dry grainy finish. Feel is nicely carbonated and crisp with a light refreshing feel. Quite quaffable with a quenching edge. A good value at 4 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a double deuce into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

This beer pours a bruised orange with a tawny 2 inch cap that quickly disappears into nothing. Just a thin line around one side of the glass. No lacing is noticed. The aroma is nice for the style. Up front is some nice, but in no way overpowering banana, with a bit clove and just a hint of bready malts. My biggest turn off with a beer is when the banana goes through the roof. The aroma has this section nailed. The flavor falls off a bit though. While the banana and clove are still there, its almost as if they have been diluted with water. Just a hint of nuttiness at the finish with no tang from the wheat. Also as it warms there is an underlying vanilla flavor. Don't know where that one comes from. The mouthfeel is soft. Carbonation is a little prickly and it finishes dryly. This beer is a medium of the road Hefe but when its price point is taken into consideration it really moves it up in my book. Next time you in Trader Joe's pick one up.

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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 bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Mission St. Hefeweizen from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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