Mission St. Hefeweizen

22 oz bottle from the Trader Joe’s cheap and cheerful line. I have had some really good success with some of these budget brews, but there have also been one or two stinkers so it’s always an adventure – let’s see what we have here.
The beer goes into the 500 mL Tucher Weizen glass. It’s color is definitely out of the ordinary for the style. It’s deep, orangey copper which is a long way away from a typical, lemony yellow body. The head is good initially, and to be fair doesn’t fade as badly as many other cheaper beers, and even produces a little lace and retention. The color is striking if for no other reason than it’s a little odd!
Tastes do replicate some very mild banana notes but the beer lacks a cutting edge. It feels a bit bloated and buttery and does not give a serious, sharp tang.
The finish threatens more Hefe character, and to be honest it does deliver a little more, but at the end it feels a bit flabby for the style.
Having said that I was still happy purchase; didn’t expect a lot, so wasn’t disappointed.

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04/08/2011
Style:
Hefeweizen
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.7 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.18
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