Hefe-who?

So, I picked up Harpoon‘s Hefeweizen, UFO. I was really surprised at how un-hefe-like it was and now I’m kind of wondering if I got a dud. This hefeweizen barely had any characteristics of a standard hefeweizen. Or maybe I’m thinking of a different style? To my knowledge, most hefeweizens tend to be spicy and have banana, vanilla and even bubblegum smells. None here though! Meanwhile, I look over at the Harpoon site, and they do say: “The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon.” So anyway… on with the tasting notes, but if anyone has any comments about this beer and where I may be mixed up, please pass ’em along!
Appearance: Pours very deep yellow with a nice 1″ of fluffy white head. The head doesn’t last long, but there’s a bit of lacing. One place where I’m definitely finding contrast in my review is that this beer was crystal clear! Or mine was, anyway. It was also good and fizzy.
Aroma: Not a lot going on for aroma. Largely, I’m getting a sense of the wheat, I guess, as well as citrus undertones and a breadiness (probably the wheat as well).
Taste: Taste is very reflective of the smell on this beer. Moderately sweet and bitter at the same time up front. I think the citrus hops want it to be bitter, but the wheat rounds it out to make it a sweeter taste. Then, that really dough-like flavor comes through from the wheat. The wheat flavor lingers for a while.
Mouthfeel: This is overall a good beer to drink. I’m surprised at how much body I find in it, since it’s supposed to be a lighter beer. The texture is kind of oily, and in contrast to how it looks, this beer is smooth and not overly fizzy.
So, I don’t know, did I have an off tasting night? I didn’t feel like this beer was hugely hefeweizen-like, though it was still good. Maybe I’ll give it a re-taste sometime soon!

The Facts:
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 19
Original Gravity: 12P
Color: 10 EBC

Hefeweizen #1

Hefeweizen #1, Circus Boy, is sample #2 from Joe’s Garage. I can’t even remember the last time I had a Hefeweizencircus1.jpg so it was fun to revisit!
Appearance: Like your average everyday bottle conditioned Hefeweizen, Circus Boy pours cloudy, but REAL cloudy. I know I was a little rough on the pour with this one, but even after about 10 min. of settling time, still no clarity. I’d read on several other blogs about the great clarity, so it has to be me. Anyway, it still poured into a nice fizzy off-white head with a quickly diminishing head and had a great kind of murky, light orangey-gold color.
Aroma: Wow! This beer has it in the aroma category! My nose is overwhelmed in peachy/pear smells and a bit of alcohol, almost like a white wine. I can also pick up a citrusy smell in there too.
Taste: At first taste this beer has a kind of tart taste that quickly turns into hops. After that first nip, it fades to a nice malty-yeasty flavor. It’s pretty good and easy to drink. Would be great on a nice summer day. My only problem with this beer is that it’s got that amazing smell, but the taste doesn’t really live up to it. Short of that first super quick flavor burst (that was a little too tart for my taste), things fade out a little too quickly. While I wouldn’t turn my nose up at this beer, I definitely want to check out some other hefeweizens to compare.

The Facts
ABV: 5.4
IBUs: 18
SRM: 5.0
Gravity: 1.055