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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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange one finger white head, little retention and lace. Smell is full of banana and cloves, a bit of spice, yeasty, fruity almost citrus like notes as well. Taste is like the nose lots of banana and clove, bubblegum and a light sweetness, yeasty with a big malty presence mid palate into the finish, a little more banana there as well. Medium crisp carbonation, lightish-medium feel. A nice hefe that can hang with some of the better ones, certainly a beer that I have enjoyed on tap a little more than in the can but something I will still pick up now and again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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 spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 500MLperWeek
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 ml can from the LCBO, bought relatively close to the date reviewed. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy, very hazy yellow color - almost white at the bottom of the glass when held to light. The head quickly fizzed away, leaving only a little around the sides.

Smell: It has the strong clove banana smell, with maybe a little grassy hops. A little citrusy and, I don't know how to put this, beer-y. It reminds of how I remember the liquor store smelling when I was young: slightly sandalwood, wine corks, oak, stale beer, and paper bags. That might not sound appealing, but it's really a rich, complex, smell.

Taste: I get the banana, clove - but they are subdued. A really nice wheat taste, a little bready that transitions into a really clear body with a little citrus kick. No real bitterness, just a mellow finish almost like a champagne. Again, I'm getting that wine cork and oak flavour, which is unusual, but nice all the same.

Mouthfeel: It's got a great effervescence, but it's pretty light bodied. I'd like a little more fluffiness maybe, but it's really nice.

Overall: A nice Hefeweizen and the more I drink it the more I like it. A little off-kilter with some oak notes, but with the effervescence it almost tastes like a wheat beer turning into a champagne at the end. I could see buying this again or ordering it on tap as a local alternative to the German giants. Overall, refreshing is the key word.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At c'est what, poured one finger into a pint glass, cloudy wheat orange colour, creamy patchy lacing. Decent retention as it dwindled to a creamy collar.

Smell is wheat malt, citrus, a little earthy

Taste is wheat malt, orange and a hint of banana, peppery, mild hops.

Light to medium body, sour and dry and mildly bitter.

Very good, true to the style, however slightly disappointing given the hype, does not stand up to some of the german wheats I can grab down the street anytime, nevertheless, damn close to world class.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the CAN!

Pours a very nice hazy, light sun color. Bright white finger of head, nice lace. Big clove and banana aroma, with a slight spiciness and a touch of citrus. Smells damn good. Less clove and banana on the taste, but it's there. More citrus juices and breadinesss. Crisp feel, nice carbonation.

I have my favorite styles, but a well made beer is a well made beer, and this is definitely a well made beer!

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Photo of Jeffo
2.21/5  rDev -43.9%
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 bylerteck
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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 allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a big billowy head. Very effervescent.

S - Wheaty, yeasty. Light orange and some cool spices.

T - Dry with a crisp wheat and background orange. Hints of banana and something anise-like.

M - Light body with a touch of slickness. Nice zip in the carbonation isn't too strong.

D - Very drinkable, refreshing summertime brew.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What?, in Toronto.

Even for a style that is notoriously murky, Denison's is cloudy. The high protein content of the wheat has impaired clarity the same way a few pints of this impairs my ability to dribble a basketball. Its colour is like that of pulpy, blanched orange juice. While I've always associated Denison's with a thick, moussy head, this sample is flat as a prairie mile.

No actual spices were used - unless you consider bona fide German yeast a spice - but you could easily imagine coriander, perhaps even subdued clove. That phenolic zest, however, doesn't lay so much as a single glove on the beer's effervescent, citrusy fruitiness. Fresh-cut wheat and grain also stack up, imparting vivid images of rural farmland.

The taste might seem straightforward enough but it is a cathedral of holy German hefeweizen flavours: crisp, sun-kissed wheat enveloped in mushed bananas, citrusy tang and a candy coating of bubblegum. A generous splash of vanilla turns out an angelic match for the beer's herbaceous notes. It could easily acquire EU citizenship.

"Smooth" is a term best used in a relative sense; this weizen is nowhere near as fluid or neutral as the lagers most people consider 'easy drinking'; if anything, the beer's coarse graininess, fiery phenols and tongue-splitting acidity might prove too pungent for some. Still, the beer's refreshing and pleasant disposition give it definite mass-appeal leanings.

Denison's Weissbier is certainly deserving of its cult following here around the greater Toronto area and as a staple of hometown pride for Ontario beer geeks. For those who long to go to Bavaria, it's a far more affordable way to stamp your passport and, absent the alps, harsh vowels, city squares and castle cathedrals, actually seems a little out of place here.

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3.27/5  rDev -17%
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 paxkey
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of MattyV
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Cloudy yellow colour with one finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, light citrus notes, bready malts.

T - Cloves, bready/grainy malts, belgian yeast, banana, coriander. Very clean and crisp.

M - Light body with a slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not a preferred style of mine but I really enjoyed this one. Clean, crisp and very enjoyable.

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Denison's Weissbier from Denison's Brewing Company
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