Hey Day Hefeweizen | Granville Island Brewery

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Hey Day HefeweizenHey Day Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of trevorwideman
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazey yellow-orange with about 1/8 inch of head. Unfiltered, very little lace, medium carbonation, and little to no head retention, a bit poor for a hefe. Colour is nice though. Typical hefe nose, very pleasant, very mellow. Lots of banana and less spice. Yeasty and bready in spades.

Taste is pleasant and mellow and refreshing. Wheaty and yeasty. Banana, clove, and a refreshing zesty lemon. Typical, but it's well balanced and enjoyable, very much a hot weather beer. Medium carbonation and body, extremely drinkable. The only complaint about this beer is really the appearance, it needs a good kick in the head retention department.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this one while on vacation in vancouver. this is one of the better hefes ive had. while maybe not quite as exceptional as the weihenstephaner or ayinger hefes it really has no faults i can find. it is an excellent example of this style and is maybe the most sheerly drinkable beer ive ever had. if your ever in the area make sure u have this

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this beer is NOT retired...Just as their winter seasonal is also not retired. Perhaps an Admin can rectify this??

Great summer seasonal by Granville Island yet again. Pours a standard Wheat-beer cloudy orange. Smells of citrus and bananas with a spicey kick at the end. THe taste is somewhat tart with a beautiful fruity character. Carbonation is low-mid which lends itself to the high drinkability. It goes down extremely easy on those hot days after work. Good job GI!

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Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull hazy orange, and retained no head despite an aggressive pour.

The smell is clove dominated but does have a sweetness underlying it. Bubblegum more than banana for this one.

In the taste cloves dominate again. A great long clove finish that lasts and lasts. Unfortunately the front doesn't hold up it's part of the bargain. The sweetness isn't nearly as lively as the finish is, and almost seems non-existant because of the lack of balance. The flavours are nice, just not working as well as they could together.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and the carbonation is lively. Works well, and is a good example for the style.

Nothing about this beer would slow a person down while quaffing. Not a stand out, but an acceptable version of a fair-weather beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden/orange color. Decent size fluffy head. The head dissipates quickly.

Aroma has some spiciness. Can't place it all, but cloves appear. Some sweet banana in the background.

Taste is cloves and sweeter than I expected. I've had quite a few hefs, and this is slightly below what I expect. Not as clean or enticing as most.

There is a decent amount of carbonation which gives it adequate mouthfeel. Overall, it was not the usual Hef and perhaps not as much to my liking, but it was definitely thirst quenching and I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the third year of this beer and this version is the most full flavoured yet. Cloudy mid gold with a banana nose this beer tastes of major cloves with the banana to the back. Very drinkable but still lots of the Hefe flavours. Not an American Wheat in disguise but rather as close to the real deal as you can get in BC. ( Except for Hugo's in Victoria).

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow, with a thin white head.
Lots of citrus aroma, with quite an acidic tang - and of course a lot of wheat and yeast as well. The nose is really quite interesting. The flavour is very smooth, with plenty of citrus-heavy fruit, especially lemon.
A very nice fruity summer offering - hold the lemon, thank you.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange opaque body with no head.
Orange juice and yeast aroma.
The flavor is wheaty and obviously Heffe-y (yeasty). No banana, but found other bright fruit flavors which were nicely balanced by the malt. Its a tad tart, but in balance with everything else.
There was tad bit of roughness on the palate, but it was not out of bounds.

The label suggests a lemon wedge, that took a half a point off my drinkability score. It is fine just the way it is.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just came back from a one-week stay on Granville Island at a hotel with an in-house brewery just down the street from GIB.

After a disappointing first round of beers at "the other place," GIB's Hefe saved the day. Characteristically cloudy, with a hazy staw color, the lemon notes were the first to hit the palate, followed by the typical banana notes. Overall, has a nice flavor and bouquet all its own.

My first GIB hefe was actually on tap and savored immediately following a tour of the small brewery. Following that, I enjoyed a bottle in my hotel room on the day of my departure, and just had another from the sampler six-pack I brought back home.

Hefes are best served at 48 – 50°F. However, since it's sizzling hot in So Cal, I chilled my souvenir brew to just above frosty (low 40s), which can sometimes disturbs the delicate balance of the ingredients. However, the flavor and consistency of GIB's hefe held up quite nicely.

All in all a good hefe, especially for someone who may be new to the style.
PS – I enjoyed all three servings of this hefe without the lemon.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2004 edition of Granville Island's Robson Street Hefeweizen, picked up in Vancouver. A hazy apricot hue in appearance with a quick sticky bubbley head that fades almost as soon as it appears. Wheat, yeast, and a powerful citrus note on the nose, candied banana hiding behind it. A sweet grainy wheat up front that melds right into a serious lemon citrus flavour, accompanied by banana and cloves, but the lemon citrus predominates throughout. No need for a lemon wedge with this hefe as the back label suggests (the the chagrin of the brewmaster). Not a very balanced hefe, but its strong point is the tartness of the wheat and citrus esters, very refreshing in that aspect, the spiciness of the yeast takes a back seat in this sample. Once again a wide-market driven offering from Granville Island, I can see this casting a wide net and drawing a few more converts to the world of craft beers and acting as a gateway for the hefe style.

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Photo of Garin
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GI's hefeweizen (2003) poured a hazy pale orange yellow colour. The head formed readily, and was creamy and thick. It reduced to a creamy thin layer, leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was interesting. I found some vanilla, and a little banana. There was also a tangy yeast smell, mixed with the wheat.

The flavour was smooth and light, perhaps a little too smooth and too light. There was more vanilla than banana in the flavour -- last year's was more estery if I remember correctly. Wheat flavours were throughout, unsurprisingly. The yeast added a little bit of zing to it, but overall this wasn't as distinctly flavoured as I remember last year's to be (I imagine both more spicy phenol and more banana ester). As I know I heard people describe it as "that banana beer", I wouldn't be surprised if they intentionally toned it down a touch.

In the mouth it felt creamy and lush, but finished light and refreshing. The carbonation was fairly light, but for me that just makes it a bit more easy-drinking.

Though I criticize, I have to say that GI's Hefeweizen is incredibly drinkable. I could drink these all day long. As far as refreshing, quaffable, cold summer beer goes, this beer has it. If you can find it, buy it.

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