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Golden Spike Hefeweizen - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-21-2002

A refreshing unfiltered American style wheat beer, this medium-bodied ale has a delicate hop character.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by ebrauser:
Photo of ebrauser
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dull gold with an ample amount of carbonation and a nice white head about 1 finger deep

Aroma: Wheaty and bready with a slight whiff of citrus

Flavor: Wheat beginning quickly fades away to a yeasty aftertaste. Slight grapefruit flavors reside in the middle. Light body makes for a very easy drinking beer with little flavor to make this beer stand out.

Overall: A little bland and non-exciting

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta's Golden Spike pours the typical hefe-weizen body and head. Retention is average, and lacing is limited. The nose expresses bready malt, cereal, and an unusual but welcoming note of delicate fudge brownies (where does that come from?). Some mild hops appear in the background and then grow in the flavor, expressing themselves as leafy and grassy. It starts with a bready and wheaty malt base, allows the hops to step in, and then becomes a touch tart over the same kind of bready and lightly fudge-like character found in the nose. Oddly enough, there's never any chocolate to it! It's just cereal-like with an unusual edge. The bitterness is very firm, but not solid; and it finishes drying and subtly tart with yeast. Nicely done! An interesting American hefe-weizen.

Photo of digitalczech
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For a Hefeweizen it has all the traditional elements there, unfilted yellow haze and hints of cloves and banana but there's something there in the beer that makes it seem like it's blended from another beer. The drinkability isn't great either. The beer tends to leave a bland lifeless aftertaste in your mouth wanted another beer to wash it down. The one element I did like about the beer is it did pour a nice head and retained it so I'll give it that. I've had worse Hefeweizens but this one isn't great. I would grab a Pyramid over this beer any day.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.08/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled in Cedar City, Utah (7/19/10):

Bottled: 7/1/10:

The beer poured a cloudy, light yellow color with an average white, light head that was not well retained.

The aroma of the beer was less than stellar. Very, very light, with only a hint of what a Hefe should smell like, some bread to it with a very light hint of lemon. No real banana aroma to note.

The taste followed the nose, nothing much to it, some wheat/bread taste to it, with only light hints of lemon and banana. Overall, less than average.

The beer felt light and was probably over-carbonated. Based upon the other aspects noted above, the beer was not drinkable; I did not finish the entire bottle. Overall, this beer is less than average and one that I will not be ordering/buying again.

Photo of u2carew
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Consumed on 9/22/09
A) Pours with a wispy head that settles quickly. Lacing is weak. Hazy body. Straw colored.
S) Not very aromatic. Light citrus notes.
T) Not much flavor in the nose. Light, very light, citrus notes. In the finish, nutty and grainy.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Thin sediment feel.
D) Not too impressed. The flavor was weak and the appearance poor. Did not look like a quality brew.

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of wheat along with some hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but it lacks much in the way of aromas and flavors.

Photo of mountdew1
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Color was a golden amber, with a constant stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom. The head was thin, but lasted a long time. Aroma was a bit sour and skunky at times, also was yeasty. Taste had a small hoppy finish and hints of white bread. Felt ok in the mouth, a little thin and watery, but nicely carbonated. Easy to drink, but not an outstanding choice.

Photo of bsm80x
2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

not true to the style

Photo of Zorro
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells lightly sweet and of wheat flour with with a spicy clove scent. Spicy smells like there might be a little coriander in it.

Starts out with a soda cracker malt flavor. Little bit of clove flavor. Still very lightly flavored.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall a mild unoffensive ale. Still it is what it is. 4% Utah beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades quite fast and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with wheat and yeast, with some hops and touch of malt sweetness.

T: The taste is likewise very bready and full of wheat and yeast with just a slight bit of sweetness and spice. Since there's not much sweetness (unlike many beers in this style) the hops presence comes out more.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty and refreshing, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style especially if you think most American Hefe Weizens are to sweet.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange/Yellow hazy pour with little head and limited lacing. Very muted smell and similar taste. Sweet wheat flavor with a little orange but mild. Clean to drink, strong carbonation pops on tongue. Good value but very low ABV hurts this one. Session Hefe which is not a good thing.

Photo of atr2605
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy golden straw color with a white head with average retention
S-lemon and wheat
T-hearty wheat flavor met with crisp hop bitterness, bit of lemon flavor in the background. Clean finish on the palate
M-light bodied
O-pretty much what i would expect from the style. Wouldn't seek it out again but would drink it if it was available

Photo of Buggies
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I had a couple of these on tap. It poured a hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head.

S: A typical wheat smell with a little citrus coming in.

T: Kind of sweet and a bit bready. The taste was definitely interesting. A little hops in the end which was a nice surprise.

I kind of like drinking these. They were lite and refreshing. I even threw in a wedge of lemon a time or two which added a little something more to it.

Photo of smcolw
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large chunky yeast in the cloudy light gold liquid. Light head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. No lace.

Strong barnyard stinkiness on the initial pour. Once it mellows, there isn't much to the smell.

My wife who is a fan of Hefe's didn't like this one. I found it to be drinkable but unremarkable. Some wheat and yeast flavors. Mild sourness in the swallow and a notable minor amount of hop bitterness. Neutral body and carbonation.

Photo of Gavage
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a wispy head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: almost no aroma here as only a hint of lemon and spice are detectable.

Taste: light wheat profile with some soft lemon zest, and a hint of spice. Very one dimensional and light on the flavors.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer just does not fit the style - not refreshing or tasty as expected.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a highly carbonated orange-yellow with medium thick white head that lingered long and left good lacing. Nose was an almost sickeningly sweet medicinal orange, with a thin metallic mouthfeel and fruity orange flavor. This all led to a short, dry finish.

All and all, not a very good beer.

Photo of Avryle
3.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours darkish, hazy yellow-orange. Small white head quickly dissapears completely

S- Light wheat & yeast with some citrus notes

T- Wheat & suprisingly up-front esters. Light citrus notes with a very faint hop finish.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Actually a bit fuller bodied than expected. Pleasant carbonation

D- Very drinkable. I'd like to try this on tap.

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass with a lemon garnish (ugh!) at Ray's Tavern in Utah. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. nice thickness, okay cream, and average retention.

Body colour is a murky hazy copper. Dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Vague orange peel. Maybe yeast-derived clove. Mild in strength. Disappointingly simple.

T: Wheat forms the base, with muted orange peel and some clove. Quite simple, but pleasant. It's alright. A bit lackluster for the style. Decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and of good thickness. Good carbonation.

Dr: Nicely drinkable, but not a great hefeweizen. I wouldn't get it again. Too simple and boring. I like it, but it just isn't up to par with good examples of the style. Hides its ABV nicely.

C

Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in the glass with nice enough foam and lacing. I was looking for the flavor to emerge, but there just isn't much. Just a slight wheaty cereal flavor that shades into tartness. Aroma gives just a hint of malt, and certainly none of the German esters. Soft mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Poured a 12 oz bottle from a Salt Lake grocery store.

I would have to call this an American light wheat. It's just too anemic and makes me wish for what is often a rich and lip-smacking beer, even at low alcohol contents like this one. Goes down easy enough, however, and it's certainly better than a lackluster lager.

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: lighly hazy medium golden hue with a thick finger of frothy white foam and a nice effervescence. Good stuff.

Smell: malty with a mild wheat character and a light dusting of hops. Not too bad, and stylistically appropriate.

Taste: malty with a light fruity character up front; slightly citrusy but also with a hint of apple. Bitterness is quite low and hops aren't even as prevalent as in the aroma. An interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is actually a decent beer, though its style is oft-maligned. I didn't go into this expecting a German hefeweizen, and what I found was a mild but pleasing and refreshing wheat ale. Good stuff.

Photo of albern
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For what it is worth, the labeling has changed on the beer, but from the remarks of the reviewers, the recipe has not. This is a mediocre hefeweizen that is quite light, fairly bland, and uninteresting. The beer pours a slightly hazy blonde, medium carbonation and efforvescence. There is no head on this beer at all. As a credit to the Unita Brewing Co. they do put the bottling date on the label. Why can't more breweries do this to ensure freshness ... I'll never know. The nose is good. There are some nice bready malts in there and a touch of floral.

There is a mild sourishness to the beer. It starts out a bit more doughy and malty and buttery but becomes a bit thinner in body as it settles and takes on more of a thin slightly citrusy wheat beer. There is a slight lemon tang, a touch of clove, and that sourishness that is not endearing me to the beer. It is quite light, refreshing, and a summer light ABV beer. What's missing are the rainbow palate of florals for the style, a bit more prickliness in the mouth, less honey smoothness would help too. It's not the worst hefe you can try, but there are tons better.

Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice white foamy head which stuck around for a little while, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, wheat, and slight spices. The taste is mostly of wheat and a little bit of spices. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew at that, would recommend. Not much of a difference then on tap.

Photo of ATPete
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 4%? really?

"Earth, Wind and Beer"

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head that dissipates very quickly, some of what's left of the head sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Very mellow, wheat aroma in the nose, orange peel, and a nuttiness.

T- Very bright, lots of bubbles attack the tongue initially leaving way to a soft but grainy wheat character mid palate and a burst of hoppy, citrus fruit followed by a soft, quick, slightly boozey, slightly bitter finish. Semi Sweet after taste, light bodied, refreshing and very drinkable. Not bad

Photo of beernut7
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This German brew is more like the beer I would expect from a Salt Lake City brewery. Very light yellow and a bit cloudy. This beer is light on aroma and on flavor. Alight bitter aftertaste finish off an average beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap; a few strands of lace are left behind but disappear rather quickly

Smell: Bready, with hints of banana and lemon

Taste: After a bready opening, the vaguest hints of banana and coriander appear, with a bit of butterscotch underneath; the swallow brings on a bit of lemon, too, but the whole effect is somewhat understated for the style

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing offensive and readily drinkable, but a far cry from a standard-bearer for the style

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Golden Spike Hefeweizen from Uinta Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.