Denison's Weissbier | Denison's Brewing Company

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Denison's WeissbierDenison's Weissbier

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Denison's Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Denison’s Weissbier has been brewed for twenty years in Toronto. From 1989 until 2003 it was brewed along with several other popular Bavarian beer styles at the brewpub on Victoria Street. While brewed there, it was known as Weizen.

Our Weissbier is an authentic Bavarian style wheat beer and has attracted an extremely loyal following and wonderful reviews from some of the world's top beer writers. In 2002 Denison's Wheat Beer became rated #1 in the world in the 'German Hefeweizen' category on, and has remained in that place to this date.

Denison's Weissbier is true to style, served unfiltered and is very refreshing. Although its only ingredients are malted barley, malted wheat, imported hops, water and yeast, the special Bavarian yeast produces the classic but unusual flavours of a true wheat beer. Flavour notes such as banana, clove and vanilla are all present.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.21/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In a very generous trade with peensteen this summer. Thanks for coming by man!

From a 500ml can into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very fizzy, thin, bubbly, soapy looking, white head with lousy retention. Cloudy amber orange in color with lots of carbonation, even for a weizen. Head quickly fades to a thin, bubbly film with loads of fizzing carbonation all over the top. Only a ring remains until the end leaving zero lacing down the glass. Looks like an ugly weizen really.

SMELL: Mild nose of wheat malt, bread, with some nice banana and lemon esters as well. Some spicy clove notes play a roll as well. Nice, but too mild to be any better than average for the style.

TASTE: Some wheat malt with light bready notes and clove flavors. Mild lemon and wheat notes, but it's relatively empty and watery through the middle and into the swallow. Aftertaste is mild but lingering, with some wheat, lemon and hints of clove, but is also unimpressive. While not off-putting or anything, this is certainly a little watery and bland.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate at best. Goes down watery and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: The nose showed some promise, but the taste and feel, while not off-putting per se, were certainly not up to standards to be called a Bavarian Style Wheat Beer. The look also sucked. This brew gets a lot of praise around here, so I can only hope this was a lousy can. As it stands now, however, this is not nearly as good as touted, and is nowhere close to the Bavarian standard. I’ll give it another go if I see it though. Every brew deserves a second chance. Thanks again peensteen.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 1989 to 2003, Denison's Brewing Company was located at 75 Victoria Street in Toronto, Ontario. Since 20 03, two of its most popular beers have been produced under licensing agreements. Denison's Weissbier and Dunkel are now brewed under the direction of the original Brewmaster, Michael Hancock at the Cool Beer Brewing Company in Etobicoke, Ontario. The smallest amount previously available for retail sale was a 20 litre keg, but Denison's Weissbier ("Weissbier") is now available in 473 ml cans at select LCBO stores.

We sampled Weissbier on October 14, 2011 in a 473 ml can with no visible date code. Weissbier was 5.3% alcohol by volume. The beer poured a very cloudy yellow/orange colour which was unchanged when held up to the light. Given the extreme cloudiness, there was no visible carbonation. A 1 inch fluffy white head lasted for about 5 minutes before shrinking to a thin film and foamy collar which left no spotting or lacing down the glass. Its aroma was primarily lemon citrus with just a touch of banana, but unfortunately these were accompanied by a mildly unpleasant acerbic smell. The taste began with yeast and citrus, followed by a hint of banana, and finished with a sour flavour. A sour/lemon aftertaste didn't linger long enough to be objectionable. Weissbier was light to medium bodied with enough carbonation to make it refreshing. Overall, I'd rate this beer as a decent effort, but the banana aroma and taste are too understated for my liking, and I could do without the acerbic smell all together. It also lacked the clove aroma and taste typical of weissbiers. If I was in the mood for a wheat beer, I'd reach for a Weihenstephaner or Blanche de Chambly instead.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I recently received this one from MeisterBurger. Over the summer I was introduced to heffes and really enjoyed the local one, so let's see what Ontario has to offer, shall we?

Pouring into a glass results in a translucent pale straw color with two fingers of white head. Head is somewhat slow to disappear.

Smell contains some wheat, some clove, some banana, but also some yeasty smell that reminds me of a lager.

Definitely some wheat flavor. Very moist. Some citrus taste, but unfortunately the citrus becomes a slightly unpleasant sour near the end. Some banana is there if you search for it, but is far more prevalent in the aftertaste (as in, I was burping banana briefly)

Overall, it is pretty good.... until that sourness kicks in. Most reviews lauding this beverage thus far seem to be from tap, so I don't know if it just that the can's are suffering a bit, or I got a bad can or what. Whatever the reason, the sourness is there for me, and it brings down the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. It is not enough to make me discard the beer, but it is enough to make me not want to risk a second glass.

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Photo of paxkey
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, Authentic and Far from Ordinary printed on can.

5.3% abv.
Toronto's Wheat beer since 1990..more on can.

a-cloudy pale orange, honey yellow on edges of glass. two finger bone white head. fluffy head.

a-very grassy smelling. spicy yeast aroma. citrus hops. a little on the fizzy cardboardy side of things overall. its in the malt i'm getting the cardboard smell. not a big fan. smells avery ascerbic.

fresh in the mouth. slightly more acidic fizzy then i like but not terrible. and the aftertaste brings the cardboard back. not strong and offputting but its there.

there is some interesting stuff going on here overall but for me its that malt profile that is knocking this down a bit for me. not sure i'd seek this one out again.

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3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy yellow-orange with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a lingering ring.

Smell - Spicy cloves and vaguely citrusy hops followed by bready malt sweetness, and just a hint of characteristic banana and vanilla.

Taste - Surprisingly thin. Echoes of the armoa, but somewhat watery. Not bad by any means, just lighlty flavoured. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got my pops to haul this back from Toronto a few days ago. Of a list of 3-4 beers this is the only one he could find there so bottoms up!

A - Really cloudy with a few floating chunks and heavy carbonation. Initial head gone to nothing very fast. Dark orange sorta colour. No lacing or retention.

S - Good banana and mild sweet spice. Seems fairly subdued.

T - Banana, yeast, and sweet spice combo. Not bad. Balanced and no one element takes the cake.

M - Strong carbonation and a light/medium body. A slight sweet finish in the back. Very smooth.

O/D - I was expecting alot more from this sucker. It was refreshing but it lacked the punch that alot of other Hefes bring.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw colour with orange hues in it. High carbonation is visible. Head is a solid inch and is white and frothy.

S: Wheat, Spices, hints of cloves and banana.

T: Flavours are a bit soft. Cloves and banana are in the background while the wheat takes over.

M: Thin, a bit watery and carbonation feels low.

O: Appearance and smell are good but the flavour disappoints and mouth feel even more.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can 473 ml poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A: unfilterd golden colour , head of 1 finger that comes down in seconds leaving no head at all , no lacing at the glass

S: aromas of banana, wheat and ?? I cant find anything else

T: was just like it smelled only more; bananas, cloves, and wheat, taste is to soft and watery , aftertaste disappears very fast and only leaves some wheat taste behind

M: little carbonation , watery , not very smooth ,

Overall, its à good brew , but not wow

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Viggo, this was received in CanBIF6 this year. Came in a 500 ml can. Pours out a cloudy pale gold, tall foamy white head that quickly subsides.

Crisp tart wheat in the nose, some mellow sweet malt, prominent banana esters, clove phenols are more mild.

Things switch around in the flavour, with the phenols taking centre stage, light banana ester, rounded grains. Decent flavour profile for a light domestic hefe.

Medium-light mouthfeel, good crisp carbonbation, refreshing.

Pretty impressive for a hefe in a can, not mind blowing, but good to know that it's around.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can provided by blutt59.

The beer pours a hazy milky yellow with a white head. The aroma is very strong bananas with not much clove. The flavor is more of the same with bananas and wheat being the most dominant. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have had this periodically about town, over the years. Thought it more of a banana smoothie with a high level of carbonation and pronounced yeast, like a yogurt kafir beverage. Nice appearance, like the Pizza Port hefe that is fruit and then bannana. Canadians like this for the bannana and mouthfeel, and its a nice one.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. listed here as 5.4% abv but this can has 5.3% on it. "B2514" on the label so i'm guessing this was canned on february 25, 2014. enjoyed on june 4, 2014

a: hazy pale yellow. two fingers of head that dies down quickly

s: not a very strong aroma, but i do get yeast, bread, spices, ripe bananas, and subtle lemon

t: same as the nose. yeasty and malty up front. banana, spice, and slight lemon starting mid-palate. malty all the way through. mild flavours, but this is tasty, balanced, and easy-going stuff

m: light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, creamy

o: refreshing and delicious. seems like a great summertime beer

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Photo of Ralphus
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received my can of Denison's via a trade with Derek, thank you! I had been looking forward to this one for a while as I had recently become more interested in the style and this one was well received by the local beer community.

Poured from a can into a mid sized Bavarian style stein. I gave it some gusto towards the end, looking forward to a nice wheat beer head. I saw immediately that I was not going to happen. The carbonation was too large and the head just fizzed away quickly to a small ring of white foam.

The smell is mostly of citrus fruits with some banana underneath. It's pleasant but not exactly mind blowing.

Taste is fairly similar, light, citrusy with notes of banana. It's not very sweet which is nice and I think this aids in drinkability. As others have mentioned one could easily session this without becoming sick of it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp because of the aggressive carbonation. I could see this pairing easily with lots of different meal types.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can received in trade from Jason - thanks!

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, lemon, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and lots of banana. There is also a nice mix of spices - coriander/cloves and a touch of a honey sweetness. It ends with a mildly spicy yet fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Wow, this is surprisingly good stuff. It can compete with some of the well known European hefe's. I really like the banana flavour and it has a fantastic balance. I'd drink it again anytime.

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Photo of MattyV
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was excited to see that this beer finally made the long trek down the 401 to a Kingston LCBO.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a surprisingly unimpressive half-finger white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a pleasant mixture of banana, wheat, and a hint of bubble gum. Very little spice evident in the taste, but I am picking up banana, sweet bready malt, which lead to a crisp, slightly tart and citrusy finish. Nice carbonation, but comes off feeling a tad watery.

I was glad that I finally got the chance to try this Ontario hefe out, just in time for summer. It may pale in comparison to Weihenstephaner (as most other hefe's do), but I will definitely revisit this over the next few months as long as it's available.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good to see this on tap at C'est What. Served up in an impy pint glass. Let's see what happens...

Body is light and cloudy, with a natural honey color. Head isn't huge, and it goes quickly.

There is a LOT of banana here, and some toffee as a kicker. Not in a diacetyl way, though...more like a C&B Butterscotch way. Interesting.

Tastes less heavy on the banana and a little more spritely. Honestly, my homebrewed hefe has very similar qualities to this one...a fair amount of banana, lighter carbonation than the average bear and a slight amount of off-weirdness...nothing significant, though...some strange phenol? I dunno. Either way, I'm almost honored that I can find similarities with such a well-regarded (and more importantly, enjoyable) concoction such as this.

Despite appearance, this is more jumpy than the average banana bomb, which makes it very easy and welcome on the palate.

Yup - not a "traditional" hefeweizen...more of an Anglo-style hefe if there ever could be one (hefe flavor + ESB carbonation). Either way, it rolls very nicely.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for around $2.60/ea. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Not too bad. Opens ok with a good 1" head and off clear golden color

S- Not much here at all

T- Pretty good. Nice carbonation. Good malt/wheat beer. Very light on the tongue. Very little coriander.

M- Excellent! Like the creaminess and tart in one. Very enjoyable.

O- Very good. Will buy again. Nice blend of blend of North American and Wheat beer. Hope word gets around more of this lovely beer

Food Pairing

This nice little blend beer went well with... Greek salad with chicken


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can from the LCBO for $2.70 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass (really need to get new glassware).

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colored beer that becomes more transparent after pouring. 1.5 fingers of glorious,creamy white head with huge lacing were poured. The head lingers a bit and tons of bubbles are present. Did I mention the intoxicating look of the lacing?

Smell - Fermenting banana, glove. Some vague bitterness there too, but the banana is definitely the star. Weird off putting metallicness combines with the banana to have outputting smell at first but improves steadily as the beer warms. Because I served the beer a bit too cold and the aroma did improve as it warmed I will give it a relative pass here. It was pretty good smelling by the time I was half way into the beer.

Taste - Wheat, banana, clove some sweetness but restrained well like many of the excellent variations of this style. Some bubblegum n there too but once again the banana flavor steals the show. Quite delicious, if a bitter sweeter than others in the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth creamy and refined, well crafted with high carbonation and medium-light bodied.

Overall - Quite delicious, about as good as the last time I had this, although the nose can cause some problems if served too cold. Otherwise, one of the best tasting and feeling hefeweizens I've ever had.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, served in a brewery weisse glass. The beer was hazy gold colored with a thick foam. The aromas were on target, more clove than banana, maybe a little lactose. Same in the taste, I got the bananas and cloves but a little sour milk and maybe a hops bitterness in the aftertaste. It tasted good but not as good as many other hefeweizens I've had. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick, a solid hefeweizen all around.

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Photo of NV9
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very cloudy yellow beer, not a ton of foam and it dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell is citrus, banana, hops and wheat, very appetizing.

wheat and yeast in the taste backed by some nice citrus and just a hint of banana.

very light body, but a fair amount of carbonation, very smooth but a bit of a slick aftertaste.

overall, great tasting beer, reflective of the style and on par with a lot of the european hefe's definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a golden-straw with just a bit of haze and a half finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Cloves, toasty wheat, a little bananna.

Taste. Again, cloves and toasty wheat but less bananna than the smell. A little bit of nice sour lemon that is actually the highlight in flavours for me.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low in body and medium carbonation. Seems a little bit thin and carbonation isn't as smooth as others of the style.

Overall. Heffe's are'n really my thing, but that being said it smells and tastes great for the style.

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Photo of degerbah
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow. The aroma is a little yeasty with a hint of banana. The taste reminds me of bananas more than anything else. The aftertaste remains in my mouth a little longer than I'd like. The yeasty taste is kind of disconcerting after a while.

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Photo of mwa423
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color, light white head.

S - Wheaty aroma with a strange deli meat aroma in the background that knocks it down a bit.

T - Very nice and even wheat flavor with a hint of spice and a slight citrus zest.

M/D - Mouthfeel is watery, but refreshing. Very drinkable, solid wheat beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass (didn't have a weizen glass available!). Born on date L2610 (Nov. 26/2010).

Poured a golden orange, with a predominantly fizzy head the disappeared immediately (similar to that of a cola). No lace or retention, but a helluva lot of carbonation evident here. Wheat and banana dominate the nose, with a light spice and bubblegum to be found a bit deeper. Same flavours come through on the palate, but feel somewhat muted compared to the nose. Some alcohol felt here which is a bit surprising, and the carbonation is a bit high for my liking. Still maintains good drinkability, but the can is far inferior to having this on tap.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devin shared this the other day. Thanks, bud.

Mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is very good. Less intense than the best, there's a ton of wheat, rather raw, making this smell really like banana bread. A little spice is present as well, and there's just a little bit more fruit (mango and a little citrus). Rather understated, but nice. The palate opens prominently wheaty with moderate bready flavors and rather delicate array of bananas and clove. Delicately flavored, I do get a little tropical fruit on the finish. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, the finish is dry with a little spice. Excellent stuff, I'd love to try it fresher, though.

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