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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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 103
Photo of uno99
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO.

A: Might be the muddiest and most opaque hefe I've ever seen. I can just imagine a whole heap of wheat going into every glass of this. Head isnt sticking around long, I'm gonna go ahead and blame the dirty glass at my inlaws on that account

S: The usual suspects for a hefe, lots of banana and clove, some citrus as well. A powerfull aroma for the style.

T: more banana and clove, some apple cider enters the mix as well. orange zest on the finish. very refeshing. nice yeasty zap as well...

M: quite thick and grainy. again, the image of a huge amout of wheat being used in this comes to mind.

D: Not the most drinkable hefe, but certainly one of the best. Ive had this on Tap alot, and I think I prefer the tap version. I'll get around to reviewing that in the future.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been ages since I've had Denisons - used to be on tap in KW but the bar closed. Some cans picked up on a T.O. road trip will have to suffice.

Poured into a hefe glass. A slightly opaque golden brew, leaves about a half inch head that receded all too soon. A few flecks of yeast sediment make their way to the bottom of the glass.

Nose is typical hefe: banana, cloves, citrus, wheat.

Tastes like a hefe should; all the proper pieces are in the puzzle box. A slight apple taste and a mild graininess distinguishes Denisons from other major hefes. Cloves take second fiddle to the banana esters. Other than that, it's pretty damned good. Finishes dry.

Tart, aggressive carbonation at first, but a more appealing equilibrium is hit after a moment. Medium bodied.

If this were available more outside of T.O., I'd drink this all the time. Good local hefe. Went down incredibly smooth, no strangeness or funky flavors to be found. Just a good, solid hefe. Would love to have this on tap again.

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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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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly spicey, and shows a considerable amount of clove, nutmeg and "wheatiness." The clove is not overdone, and overall I thought this beer smelled pretty nice. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, but with a hint of citrus in the finish that helps to balance the spice and modest sweetness. The beer is quite smooth and a bit slick on the palate, and finishes well. Drinkability is very, very good. Always appreciate seeing low alcohol beers (relatively speaking) with this amount of flavor.

Quite enjoyable.

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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 Long813
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated: NA
From: liamt07

A: Cloudy orangish body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is very poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Mild aromas of cloves, banana's some bubble gum and distinct yeast notes. Typical hefe.

T: Much like the aromas, there is a nice mix of spice, banana and yeast. Some cirtrus - lemon/peach - notes are nice.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a pleasant dry fruity aftertaste.

D: I'd drink this all day. On a hot day like today this was very refreshing. Thanks liam!.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eat for this wonderful Hefeweizen, much appreciated! 473ml can poured into a Laurelwood pint glass.

A- Hazy straw, golden sun drenched fields of wheat... a finger of quickly dissipating head. No lacing to speak of.

S- Banana... lots and lots of banana... hints of clove and bubble gum. My lady friend loves it, I have to agree it smells wonderful.

T- A little banana, a suggestion of bubble gum... its has a wonderful almost floral component... chamomile? Tastes like delicious.

M- Nice Carbonation, light body, refreshing. This beer was made for summer.

D- Exceptional! This one is a session-able summertime jam! You have a BBQ and you need beer? Pick up this lil gem.

Dear Mr Denison, We would like some of your beer please.

Sincerely, British Columbia

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to viggo for handing this out as an extra and to Azurelimits for bringing a can to a recent tasting.

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow-gold with a nice white head.

S: A bit of banana and bubblegum in the nose, but nothing too overpowering in either direction. A nice delicate balance.

T: Banana, bubblegum, and some soft wheat characteristics. Everything is pretty delicate, but overall a very good flavor.

M: Light and creamy. Good carbonation and very refreshing.

D: A very, very nice drinkable brew. Something that would definitely be a summer staple of mine if I had regular access.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of summer beer; a quality Hefe with all the banana and bubblegum notes in a tall can. Shame it isn't available in BC. Thanks to Meisterburger for this beer.

Pours hazy dark yellow with a great banana nose. Beer has solid malt backbone to offset the typical Hefe notes. Could drink a few of these and would love to have it on tap. One of Canada's best Hefes

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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 ThaBobfather
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a nearly opaque tint and a thin ring of white head.
Smell is highly spiced with a very wheaty aspect.
Taste is well complex for a wheat. Starts with a light spice and transits to a wheat/yeast character.
Finish is very dry- yeasty spice on the aftertaste.
Drinks solidly- very refreshing.

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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 wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

473ml can poured into pint glass april22 2010

A very cloudy peachy orange with lots of bubbles popping up from everywhere, a dense white head falls fast and leaves no lace

S a fair bit of banana, some spice, a little lemon rind and some bubblegum not bad at all pretty much what I expect from a good example of the style

T thank god it mimics the smell only with a tiny bit of yeast and some cereal. I'm impressed by this one on par with the best wheat beers I've ever had

M light and fluffy in the mouth, well carbonated and very refreshing

D I could drink a large number of these bad boys with little effort. far as great summer beers go this would be high on my list

thanks ritzkiss for knocking this one off the Canadian top 25 for me. I see no reason why this one won't stay there for a long long time

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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 kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice thick white head, exactly what you'd want from a hefe. Smells of banana and spices. The banana taste seems to be more muted than the version on tap, but I think there is some added bubble gum sweetness. Also some cloves in there I think. Very smooth mouthfeel. I could drink many of these.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eat for this one. Enjoyed last night with my supper: ham, potatoes & macaroni salad.

Poured from a 473ml. can & split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light gold body that gets progressively cloudier as i finish the pour and the yeast mixes in. A good deal of foam that lasts pretty good and sticks to the side of the glass. Lovely!

Smell: I love that crisp weissbier aroma, like a gust of fresh air. Banana is predominant with a bread-like feel and a tinge of lemon in there. Very refreshing.

Taste: Heavy on the wheat and banana bread. At first it was a little shy but as it warmed, it opened up a bit more. Some underlying citrus fruit that's not quite lemon but can't put my finger on it. Digging the fresh wheat & yeast combination.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, well balanced flavor-wise but i found the body to be a bit lacking. Not well rounded enough for my tastes though it still is pleasing in the palate.

Drinkability: No troubles. Good taste & easy to drink. Glad to have another can and i'd happily have this on a regular basis.

Overall: Though it's not as good as authentic as a German weissbier, it's pretty close in my opinion and does the style proud. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of eat
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this on tap today at Volo and had to re-review, since it's apparently a completely different beer on tap.

Poured with a massive, bright-white meringue-like head, Denison's Weissbier is a glowing golden colour, hazy and opaque. Sheets of rocky lace all down the glass. Awesome retention. There could be no improvement.

Big smell, featuring lemony citrus, wheat, yeast and a pleasant astringency. Musty with a slight banana scent. Nice.

The taste is lots of wheat, citrus, a touch of banana and spice and a bit of dust/must. Prickly bitterness. Wheaty finish. Pretty unique in terms of weissbiers I've had.

Awesome full body for a weiss. Refreshing high carbonation. Great feel.

Completely different brew on tap and canned! The canned version is only a shadow of the tap version, in my opinion. This is extremely sessionable and one of the very best, if not the best, weissbier I've had.


Canned version from 02-11-2010:

Poured into a weizen glass. Dull, straw-coloured and opaque with cloudiness, its solid cover of bright white head fades to a ring around the glass. Barely any lacing. 3.5

Yeast, freshly baked bread, wheat, peppery, light hops, citrus, a little funky astringency. Only a touch of the banana you would expect in such a beer. Nice smell, but I could use some more presence. 3.5

Wheat, spices (coriander), a pleasant astringency, slight sweetness. Decent hop presence on the finish. I didn't think it was all that great at first but it grew on me. I like how it's a little more bitter than usual for a weiss beer, leaving a slightly drying finish. No alcohol present. 4.0

The feel is pretty nice. Medium body and lightly carbonated.4.0

I don't my opinion there are a couple much better weiss beers in Quebec I would put on the Canadian top 25 ahead of this one. Still, this is quite a drinkable brew and one that I'm happy exists in Ontario, considering the relative absence of decent beers here. 4.0

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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 biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is apparently Canada's best weissbier - about time I got to try it, before tearing into Cafe Volo's more potent offerings...

This beer appears a hazy light peach colour, with three fingers of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves a bit of specked lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of soft grainy wheat, banana, and some mild white pepper. The taste is quite fruity and sweet - apple and pear, mostly - over a very soft wheatiness, and light, dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, but fades quite quickly, the body decently weighted, smooth, and fruity, and it finishes slightly off-dry, with a smidgen of yeast.

Well, even though I am not a big fan of the style, this is still the best weissbier that I have ever had - smooth, tasty, and very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Next can has the nice swirling carbonation I would expect which raises the score some. Still a slightly odd smell almost bordering on Brett funk/barnyard (not typical when on tap). Tasty, drinkable beer.

Had this a number of times on tap, first time in the can - let's see how it transitions. 500ml from the LCBO.

Pours the typical unfiltered golden, hard to see through. Loads of big bubbly head build up and then pop right down to nothing. Not much to muster on a swirl, the typical spot on carbonation is not there...

Nose is a nice balance of grains, bubblegum and banana, perhaps leaning a bit toward banana - and then a slightly funny yeasty/mineral note. I'm thinking this can might not be as representative as could be...

Still a very drinkable, tasty brew despite it's 'off'ness. Loads of unfiltered flavor, bubblegum, yeasty fruits, grain, a hint of lemon. Just doesn't have the punch that it would with appropriate carb, kind of a shadow of what I know it to be fresh on tap.

Will have to try again and re-rate from the can, hopefully this is just an aberration. Normally this beer is world-class.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from last month, enjoyed in my hotel room while working on the road. Murky honey-golden colour with two finger white foamy, creamy head that settled to a thin white film. Sheet and ribbon lace turn spotty on the glass. Slow, steady, persistent carbonation - sure looks good!

Yeasty aroma, slightly spicy nose, allspice. Taste is all wheat beer, banana, clove, touch of sour at mid-mouth, more spice, slight acidity gives it a cleansing mouthfeel. Full play to malted wheat and barley, hops not too dramatic. This is a pretty tasty offering overall. Yeast, described on the can as "specially selected", weighs in heavily and there is a sour, dark fruit under tone that I'm getting that meshes well with the wheat beer chassis. Thanks to the small glasses in my hotel room, the yeast cloud is more visible with every pour.

Thanks to biegaman for dropping this home grown classic on me, I've lost my Denison's Weissbier virginity!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and translucent, the body is a shade of pale yellow-orange. Liquid sunshine - the colour actually reminds me of Sunny Delite. Loads of visible carbonation and massive pile of thick, white, and well-retained head which leaves some lacing behind. There are visible yeast floaties circulating in the glass, rising upwards with the carbonation and falling back down again. Banana aroma seems a little muted at first, but comes forward with a bit of warmth and aeration. There's some slightly tart lemon, some clove, and a little bit of what could be bubblegum or vanilla. There really isn't much to the aroma at all. Tastes of banana with lots of tangy lemon coming through midway. Clove isn't overbearing, and a little bit gummy towards the end. Medium bodied and well-carbonated, it manages to feel both light and substantial at the same time. Very refreshing and easy drinking. I like my weizen a little more candy-like though, and remember it being more to my taste when I had this on tap. Still, a pretty solid hefeweizen.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's nice to finally see this local gem on the LCBO shelves instead of just on tap. I will be enjoying many at home in the future.

It pours a deep, hazy golden yellow, nice and opaque as expected of the stile. A massive pure white head crowns the elixir lasting well past the halfway mark. Chunks of yeast settled on the bottom with a few catching the sides of the glass.

All the usual suspects for the style showed up in the nose. Right up front were hits of citrus, clove and bubblegum. A mild clove presence cam through accompanied by strong sour apple/ripe fruit esters. A suggestion of bread dough from the yeast came to mind followed by some wet phenol notes.

A big punch of spice and smooth citrus notes were tasted right away, cloves and cinnamon. Mild tartness akin to green apples lent a very refreshing note to the already thirst quenching brew. The spice flavours continues with a nice biting pepper taste, cayenne like in nature. Yeast flavours crept into the brew near the finish, which was overall very clean. Not too much in the way of hop flavour, as to be expected, the balance is there though. A nice body just as one would expect of a Weissbier rounds out this fine local offering.

Overall a damn fine beer and a dead ringer of the style. It's good to see some solid offerings locally made. I can't wait for spring and summer to drink this en mass in my backyard.

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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 ludachris
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks pal.

Pours a pale, hazy, golden straw colour with pastel butter-yellow highlights. Only one finger of creamy white, but quickly dissipating head tops this beer that still leaves some nice tightly knit, sticky lacing. An aggressive amount of carbonation streams up the surface of the glass. I definitely expected a more pronounced head when I took in consideration the style, but nonetheless, a decent looking beer.

Nice smell of banana, clove, bubblegum, lemon, light biscuity malt and creamy wheat which all falls against a sour backdrop.

Wet wheat, banana and bubblegum upfront followed by a big kick of lemon and light orange, finished off by a creamy, buttery malt touch. All of these flavours effortlessly transition into eachother, making this very pleasant to drink.

Extremely well balanced, creamy and very refreshing with the great citrus bite.

Judging from the appearance alone, I didn't think this hefe would be anything special, but everything that followed justified its place in the Canadian top 25. The transition from sweet to citric to smooth and buttery is almost unparalleled. The citrus being so pronounced at the beginning was unusual to me but I love how Denison's thought outside of the box of the standard hefe. It also greatly contributed to its drinkability and level of refreshment. I'm proud to say this beer is Canadian.

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Denison's Weissbier from Denison's Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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