Mission St. Hefeweizen | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. HefeweizenMission St. Hefeweizen
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mwagner1018 on 06-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Kahlstrom
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MacQ32
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Kellerweis glass. Pours a hazy orange with a hint of brown, and offers a half inch of almost white foam. Decent retention and light lacing follow though the carbonation seems a bit light.

Heavy banana on the nose along with an 'old' wheat malt aroma. This improves with a bit of air and becomes better balanced with wheat and clove balancing a decreasing banana influence. A bit odd yet intriguing on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a malty banana finish. Has a nice firm carbonation to help the feel although it was a bit disguised by the relatively dark pour. Otherwise a neutral wheat flavor with a hint of citrus. Nice body and not sweet for the style as the texture of the grain masks things well. Some band aid banana notes return on the finish to keep the drink in check, otherwise this could be a solid Hefe and is still better than most Gringo versions.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer is the perfect time for a hefeweizen. I enjoyed this one out of the 22oz bomber into my 23 oz hefe glass after a hot and humid summer storm.

A: Orangish yellow, with some darker hues in the middle. At first a nice rocky, fluffy hefe head is on top. It dies really quickly however. Carbonation is on the medium to high end, but not quite at perfect hefe levels. Looks solid, but nothing spectacular.

S: Banana and some clove. Both fairly subdued for the style. Banana is definitely greater than the clove. Some other fruits too like orange and apricot. All of the aromas are a little too subdued for me. I like a nice "slap you in the face" banana and clove aroma, with more cloves than banana.

T: The aromas don't come through as much in the flavor. I do get a little banana and just a hair of clove, but really not a lot of yeast character. I do get some other fruits like that orange and apricot I mentioned earlier. The wheat adds a nice grainy sweetness as well. The flavors are good, but nothing spectacular. Average at best.

M: Light to medium bodied. Fluffy but finishes crisp. Carbonation is too low for the style.

D: An above average hefeweizen. Not your epic German clone, but still pretty good. Better than some brewpub versions, but still not as good as some other American versions (see Kellerweis). For the price it is fantastic ($2.99 per bomber) and it fits perfectly in my hefe glass. I'll buy it again, but not before some others.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Radiant orange hue, consistent with the style. No foam or lacing, and it's a bit flat. No yeasty thickness.

Smell: Definitely bubblegum and a bit of banana in there somewhere.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Banana is the main flavor, with a bit of clove an nutmeg. Refreshing, but the thin mouthfeel leaves much to be desired.

Overall Drinkability: A very average beer.

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Photo of zoso493
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Mission St. Hefe pours a brilliant golden banana color with touches of coppery amber towards its center. The beer is quite cloudy as any good hefeweizen. I'm very satisfied with the color of this brew, but it has a bit of a worrying lack of head, as the head is only a slight one-finger cluster of bubbles that dies down very quickly.

Smell: This one has a very subdued scent to it, though it has a lot of the ingredients for a good hefe. The bready yeast is certainly present, as well as the wheat of course. To a lesser extent the clove and banana are present, but these two are far less pronounced than they should be.

Taste: Average is really the word that comes to mind with this hefeweizen. It's not a bad beer by any measure, but it is noticeably lacking in flavor. The bready yeast and wheat are really the only two flavors I can pick up on, and there is something of a tinny aftertaste which I am not a huge fan of.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is certainly adequate in this brew. It's very highly carbonated, but I think just a touch too much because it is just a hint on the thin side. On the other hand, it is pretty refreshing.

Drinkability: As this beer is light on the flavor and low in ABV, I guess it could be pretty drinkable. I doubt if I will ever have more than this bomber in my lifetime, but I will enjoy all 22 ounces.

Overall, Mission St. Hefeweizen is a decent if rough stab at the style but it lacks a certain punch that even the airier German hefes have. It's an enjoyable beer but it's just missing a bit of flavor to live up to the better examples of the style.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a cloudy lemonade color with a slight orange tint into a half-liter weizen glass. I can tell I haven't had a hefe in along time because instead of tilting the glass I poured it straight. Bad idea. Major head, which was thick and foamy and dissipated slowly.

Smell: Oh, heavenly hefe. Mostly bananas and cloves, but also apple cider, orange citrus, and a little strawberry.

Taste: Weak, but still just inside the edge of tasty. The taste is a much less potent version of the aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange citrus, a little apple cider, and just a hint of strawberry.

Drinkability: It's not the best example of the style, but would probably still be a good, refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, mildly hazy dark yellow. Short off-white head with weak retention.

S: Earthy citrus, bananas, wheat, lemon grass, and some clove spice. Hints of grapefruit, pine and honey.

T/M: Starts with lemony citrus bite. Rounds off with smooth fruits, earthy pine and fresh yeast. Wheat, clove, pale malts and heavy grapefruit tones follow through. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty good for a hefe. Got this for damn cheap at a Trader Joes, great buy.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recent addition to the portfolio at Trader Joe's in Minnesota, comes in a 22 oz. bomber, has a stamped bottle date of 5/27/10, presuming this is at bottling.

A- Pours a cloudy sunshine color, large bubbles are rising, but masked in the opaque character of the beer. Good 2 fingers of frothy crisp white head, settles down to a pillowy cover on the beer. Leaves some sporadic lacing down the glass. I didn't see any yeast sediment in the bottle or as I poured, which I would have expected in a more traditional hefe.

S- Light orange peel, mild yeasty, banana ester present, light grain. The aroma is not all that impressive, it is nice up front, but does not have any spice or good deep yeasty notes.

T- Fruity up front, sweet orange peel, has hints of a creamsicle, definite wheat to the texture and soft body, finishes smooth with a very light noble bitterness.

M- Slightly watery thin texture, light body. High carbonation, creates a frothy mouthfeel.

D- Clean and drinkable, refreshing, good for summer, not my favorite style of beer, but albeit a good representation. For the price at $2.49 for a bomber, pretty good deal, and would recommend as a hefe option that is on the very basic level. Low alcohol makes it a sessionable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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 rootbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -2.8%
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 peachy-tay
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregBlatz
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.3%
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%
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%
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 -1.4%
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 LaurensDeJong
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mission St. Hefeweizen from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 38.1% out of 100 with 210 ratings
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