Hefty Weiss
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #269
Ranked #26,154
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
Sep 18, 2021
Jan 05, 2011
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3.56 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 18, 2021
3.67 by rossracing from Illinois on Dec 20, 2017
3.68 by tommy5 from Michigan on Sep 04, 2016
3.42 by CreedeSon from Illinois on Jun 27, 2016
4 by aussiebeer from Illinois on Oct 02, 2015
3.2 by sweemzander from Illinois on Sep 03, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Suds from Missouri

This one is a gusher. After a quick pour and a cleanup, though, the beer is amazing. It has a tall white head and a dark gold, Amber color. Some haze. The smell is strong of bubblegum and malt, flowery hops, and subtle spice. Medium sweetness and lots of wheat softness. Great!

Aug 15, 2015
4.14 by Dohdaman from Illinois on Jul 09, 2015
3.28 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jun 06, 2015
3.79 by OneEyedBulldog from Minnesota on May 20, 2015
3.74 by Nurt20 from Illinois on May 01, 2015
3.34 by oldvines from Illinois on Apr 17, 2015
3.54 by zaraspook from Illinois on Mar 06, 2015
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3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a very small, thin head of foam. It smelled of wheat and yeast. Very sweet and not much of the typical hefe spices.

Jan 29, 2015
3.55 by ruckus232 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2015
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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of clove, hint of yeast, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of bubblegum. Overall, poor appearance, very low carbonation for a Hefeweizen, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Jan 22, 2015
3.4 by scruffwhor from Illinois on Jan 10, 2015
3.26 by enelson from Illinois on Jan 02, 2015
3.58 by mush from Illinois on Dec 23, 2014
4 by Kyle1986 from Illinois on Nov 23, 2014
3.75 by cnbrown313 from Illinois on Nov 05, 2014
3 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 27, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
by Fcolle2 from Illinois

Pours amber in with haze and a thin head. Smell has predominately banana esters along with a large wheat presence,sweet doughy malt,and yeast. Somewhat thicker for the style but moderate amount of carbonation help cut the body

Oct 01, 2014
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Sep 18, 2014
2.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 06, 2014
3.5 by jscheuf from Illinois on Aug 31, 2014
4.75 by NIURicky from Illinois on Apr 15, 2014
3.5 by maxcoinage from Illinois on Feb 08, 2014
3 by Kaveman from Illinois on Aug 26, 2013
3.5 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois on Aug 13, 2013
3 by DrJoe82 from Illinois on Jun 20, 2013
3.5 by sdonegan from Illinois on Aug 27, 2012
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1.67/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by kif from Illinois

A - Dark orange color, no head, no lacing

S - Really smelled of old bananas to me. Some lemon also. Not a super strong smell.

T - Almost no banana flavor which I found odd for a hefeweizen. a bit of caramel, but overall just tasted like a skunky old beer. Just in case I was crazy, I had 5 other people try a sip or two who are all BAs, and everyone agreed. Either there was something wrong with the keg, or this is just a really terrible beer. For the first time ever I had to send back a beer. The bartender said I was not the first to say it was a drain pour.

M - Flat. No carbonation at all. Not an enjoyable feel.

O - I really like hefeweizen's but this was terrible. I could not get past a couple sips and had to drain pour it. For the first Onion beer I have tried, it really made an extremely poor first impression. I really hope it was just a bad keg, or some really really dirty keg lines (seems unlikely based on the bar).

May 28, 2012
3.75 by fergster75 from Illinois on May 02, 2012
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3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by emerge077 from Illinois

Served in a tumbler with a lemon, no thanks.

Very murky brownish dark orange color, opaque with a few randomly surfacing stray pond bubbles. Not much head, and no lace at all. Doesn't look all that appealing to be honest.

Sweet bready aroma and taste, some impression of banana chips, but nothing in the way of fresh banana. Light astringency, slight paperiness. Feel is average, the sweetness and lack of expressive yeast makes for an average Hefeweizen.

This is way too much like Hacker-Pschorr or similar mass produced and overly sweet Hefes... take a look at Dancing Man as an example of a good domestic Hefe.

Apr 21, 2012
4 by Duff27 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2012
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4.77/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by latackbeer from Illinois

I'm a sucker for a Great Hefe.

Nose right away double bubble favorite gum! Light Lemon highlights.

Poured a murky orange with a huge puffy cloud with lots of stickiness.

Taste is excellent, Spark of Clove and a hint of caramel great mouthful.

Loved it so much purchased my first Growler from the Wild onion filled with this delicious brew!!

Great service and my type of Pub!!

Aug 22, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served in a weizen glass (with a lemon wedge) at the brewpub.

And my visit to the Onion ends here. It pours a surprisingly clear golden straw topped by a finger of white micro-froth. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, cardamom, coriander, and flowers. The lemon wedge may have biased my nose, but I did try to work around it. The taste holds notes of mandarin oranges, lemon zest, coriander, wheat, and a minor touch of caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice hefe, though it seems lacking in the way of hefe-ness, so to speak. I'm not really sure how else to put it. Still pretty good, though.

Jan 05, 2011
Hefty Weiss from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 38 ratings