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Sunshine Coast Hefeweizen | Granville Island Brewery

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Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hey Day Hefeweizen

This unfiltered wheat ale is a West Coast favourite. Enjoy Robson St. Hefeweizen chilled in a tall, slim glass and although our brewmaster may scoff, a lemon wedge is the perfect accessory to the natural fruit flavours of this refreshing beer.

Added by Garin on 05-28-2003

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Darandos
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotsudge
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jcubz
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevin67
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bryanzk
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeharris27
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a pint glass
IBU: 15

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy white head with good retention. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Hazy gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing as it empties.

SMELL: Lots of clove, wheat and some banana esters on the nose. More clove and wheat over banana perhaps, though it's colorful and bold enough for the style. Good.

TASTE: Very flavorful for sure. Lots of clove and wheat like the nose had indicated, with light flavors of lemon and banana esters after the swallow. Big finish of wheat and spicy clove mostly, with the light fruity esters balancing it all. Really flavorful and lingers nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy, smooth going down and finishes dry.

OVERALL: Really good weizen, especially for this side of the pond. One of the best, if not the best Canadian example I've come across. Granted I do not seek out this style while I'm in The Home and Native, though I can say for sure that this one is much better than that Ontario brewed weizen that got all the good press a couple years back. I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head, but you guys know which one I'm talking about. This one is not quite as estery as some of the German examples, but the wheat and clove character do very well together. Surprised at the relatively low ratings here. Give this one a go if you get the chance.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akdo
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer's body is a cloudy light orange. Its shade is almost close to that of yellow. The beer also has a one-finger white head that dissipates quickly as you are smelling the aromas. If anything, the head recedes to a white ring that stays on the beer's surface.

Smell: There is a little bit of sweetness on the nose. I could smell some bananas, cloves and even lemon juice.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste is a little disappointing, because Hefeweizens (or Weissbiers) are beers that I always look forward to drink. The weakness of the malt profile made the notes of bananas and cloves be too brief. Hopefully, there were some herbal spices at the end, but they seemed to disappear quickly in order to make the beer refreshing.

Feel: The beer has a juicy mouthfeel and is very refreshing. There is a little bit of carbonation on the palate.

Overall: I give this beer a 3.75 out of 5, because is better than some industrial beers that pretend to be Weissbier. Granville Island's Hey Day has a fruitier taste than its industrial counterparts like Shock Top. However, its weak malt profile make this beer not being to style. If you want a better Hefeweizen brewed in Canada, go for the All or Nothing from Underdogs Brewery, which is based in Oshawa, ON. That Ontarian beer not only has notes of banana and cloves, but it also has a brief bubble gum taste which gives it a slight mouthfeel of a cocktail.

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Photo of theDuck
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CurtisD
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MikeGa
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341mL bottle.

The head is very light for a Weizen. Very thin largish bubbles.
Smell is very distinctively Hefeweizen. Definitely a plus as this is one of my favorite styles.
Taste: fairly light, a step up from Grasshopper but definitely weak when compared to a classic German Weize Bier.
Feel: again light, relatively thin on the tongue and doesn't leave as much of a "coating" in the mouth afterwards are other Hefes I've tasted.

Overall I'm still giving this a 4. I don't think this is a particularly good example of the style but it is tasty and definitely enjoyable to drink. A good intro Weizen to give friends to encourage them to stray away from the run of the mill mass market lagers: definitely Weizen like but lighter in both texture and strength of flavor profile versus say a Paulaner. But, for those that are already fans of the style, I'd suggest sticking with the German varieties, it probably will only cost you 50 cents more and you'll get more flavor, and texture closer to the style and a half liter bottle instead. Granville Island does have some other tasty beers though, they are definitely worth giving a shot, just this isn't there best showing.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Granville Is 'Hey Day Hefeweizen' @ 5.0% , served from x3 341 ml bottles from the Summer Mingler
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to hazy gold in the glass with a small thin off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the weizen glass
S-banana & clove
T-refreshing summer beer
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer & Hefeweizen
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Brew_42
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gay colored with a fluffy white head

Smell-yeasty and citrusy.

Taste- follows the nose. Sadly lacking the banana /love flavor that love in hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel- mmedium body and carbonation

Overall kind of a weak hefe. Although I look to hefes for the clove and banana, so you may feel differently.

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Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden opaque pour with a healthy white head.
Malty, lemons, fruit, hint of cloves and banana popsicle.
Tastes of lemon, banana popsicle, malt and some sweet fruit.
Moist, sharp and mild bitterness for mouth feel.
Ooh Canada!

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Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Sunshine Coast Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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