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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rarevos on 09-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheatish beige colour with abundant crowning head. Great aroma, floral, of the hop combination, and the wheat. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, with taste not the greatest in the style, but certainly not detracting. A bit of grapefruit from hops, pleasantly finding little saaz. A good effort.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery on 7-3-10. The beer was a cloudy yellow with a fairly nice sized head on it. I drank this without any fruit added. The beer probably would have been pretty good with a wedge of orange in it but I got the beer and that was all. This beer was a pretty standard hefeweizen. Couldn't honestly tell that it was an imperial in some way.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium orange color weizen with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consist of medium sweet wheat malt with some notes of cloves and banana ester. Taste is a mix between some dominating wheat malt with distinctive notes of cloves. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very heavy but very well balance at the same time and easily drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange-yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. It left some small rings of lace.

S - This really hits your nose with a heavy dose of clove aroma. There were subtle wheat smells.

T - Taste was dominated by clove and banana flavors. Also, a good deal of spiciness. One of the most spicy hefes that I've had. The wheat flavor is secondary to all the spice, banana and clove.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was really good. I was skeptical of an "Imperial" Weizen, but it worked quite well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ripe lemon rind with a subtle infusion of Sunkist orange. Although few yeast have entered the glass so far, quite a cloud has been stirred up in the bottom of the bottle. Subsequent pours should look even better. Up top is an albaster colored crown that does its job well enough and isn't too shabby in the lace department.

When it comes to noses, too many Imperial hefe weizens add too much alcohol and lose too much of the essential fruit and spice yeastiness. Not this one. The aroma is full of sugared banana and warm clove, with no trace of ethanol. If the flavor profile follows suit, we're looking at yet another winner from Southern Tier.

Hefe weizen is one of those styles that is so perfect as is, that it doesn't lend itself to being Imperialized as easily as most styles (so says a lover of big beer). Even though I still feel that way, I like this offering because it's still recognizable as a hefe weizen, albeit a massive one.

The pale malt backbone is mammoth in size and provides tons of malt sugars that glide over the tongue like crushed velvet. Forget about being able to appreciate any wheatiness. I don't anyway. The hops (Hallertau Magnum for flavor/bittering, Czech Saaz for aroma) are easily noted and do a bang-up job of balancing things out, both in terms of flavor and sweet-bitter.

Without an incredibly estery yeast strain, Heavy Weizen would be just another big beer gone awry. While it isn't bursting with fresh banana, it does earn a more than respectable 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. Just enough clove is present to beautifully complement the spiciness of the Euro hops.

My philosophy has always been that if you're going to brew a big beer, then give it a big mouthfeel. Someone up in Lakewood, NY agrees with me. This one is medium-full with a plushness that might not have been possible without the malted white wheat. Just enough bubbles are present to keep things from bogging down.

Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout is still the king of the 'Imperial' series from the brewmasters at Southern Tier; at least as far as I'm concerned. Heavy Weizen is still wonderful beer and is the blueprint that others would do well to follow if they wish to bulk up their standard hefes.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to sample this and liked it bought a bottle at first sighting today,poured a hazed peach color with a well defined white head that stuck like glue to my weiss glass,Iam not sure if many of you have smelled an overripe rotted apple but this kinda came across that way to me somewhat musty along with some clovey apple pie-like spice I have to say its very Autumn like.This is one big ass weiss beer everything is maginified the clovey spice times two the yeastiness times two the banana liquer times two and I like it,Iam not the biggest fan of the style but when you magnify it and concentrate it I like it alot more.The hop presence in its spicey/peppery form really shows itself in the finish and is a nice element to this very unique wheat ale.Hey I liked it when sampled and like even more now Southern Tier to me is the best brewery in NY at least western NY,I need to get some more Southampton offerings to make a better judgement.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was nice,light and hazy in color with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of grapefruit, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot and a definite grape flavor finishes it off rather nicely.

Overall a very solid and very strong ale here. Light in body but it packed a wallop. Definitely a one and done for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange (with some unfiltered yeasty goodness swirling about) with a finger width of brite-white head. Retained nicely around the edges and left some decent lacing. The aroma is a big wheat beer nose. Bready wheats, yeast, spices (coriander & clove stood out), citrus, bananas, light hops, and just a smidge of heat.

The taste is more of the same. A strong presence of banana and orange mixed with spices is carried by a big backbone of sweet and yeasty malts. The mouthfeel is full bodied and beefy enough to carry all those hefty flavors across your palette. There is an alcohol element present (naturally at 8%) but it's not really distracting, instead offering some extra warmth and beef to the beer.

These new takes on Imperial styles by Southern Tier have been interesting and this one was no different. I think this one lent itself to the style pretty well, while possessing a beefed up profile, it still retained the characteristics and drinkibility of a good Hefe

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance. Average head retention, but at 8% abv that's to be expected. The nose is more malty than your standard weizen, but otherwise typical. More spicy than banana-like; and there is some alcohol present. In the mouth it's definitely fuller bodied, but not overdone... dextrinous medium-full. Moderate zesty carb. Smooth. Nice. The flavor, not unlike the nose, is maltier than a standard weizen, and there's less yeast characteristics. It is yeasty, however, just not in a Bavarian kind of way... more "just yeast". Well-balanced. The alcohol is noticeable. Hmmm... it's not bad... it does dry and stick in the mouth a bit however. Still OK. It finishes dry, yeasty, and rough with an edge of alcohol. An interesting idea with less interesting results. Enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Powerful and hugely flavored wheat ale.

Wow, what a big beer. Shouldn't have been a surprise that it tastes like an enormous Hefeweizen, though it certainly does. But it really is a wheat wine.

Pours clear and bright if you don't disturb the sediment. Beautiful amber color and head is very long lasting while leaving plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Hops are assertive but don't steal the show. Esters and spicy notes are powerful. But if we can have hugely hopped IPA monsters, why not a double mouthful for the wheat beer fans? I love it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with wheat & yeast and a little bit of lemon and banana.

T: The flavors of wheat, yeast, banana and lemon are well-balanced and blend together nicely. There’s just a hint of spice as well. The malt character is a bit heavier than most beers of the style, as is the ABV, hence the name. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, this is a very poundable beer even with the well-hidden 8.00% ABV. I think it’s a very good representation of the style while taking the style to the next level. I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 5 inches of billowy ivory colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, some haze towards the bottom the bottle. The head stays hyperactive; infection might be an issue, but not really tasting any off flavors, so no deduction on that

S: Breadyness & grainyness, grassy hops once warm

T: Follows the nose, a touch of honey & grass as well, then some yeasty & clove flavors emerge up front, a touch lemon zest as well. I also get a touch of white pepper as this warms, along with pear & white grape. Finishes with phenolic notes, grainyness, & almost taste like spelt & maybe some other wet grain. A .5 deduction for varying too far out of style

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & warming. There's a bit of grainyness as well

Drinks easy, not a straight down the line hefe, I would've bought this as a Belgian Wit as well, but pretty tasty. The abv does slow me down a touch. I would buy this again without hesitation

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not so hefe color of a brownish orange. Nose is purely hefe with a thick spiced nose and bananas. Purely hefe. This is like a hefe on steroids. Intense and in your mouth. Dough, yeast, spices, and that banana edge. Yep. This is a hefeweizen. Smooth feel. Appropriate carbonation. Nice. Another good ST beer. Flamboyant yes. But it definitely flows in the lines of what a hefe is.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating but this has been retired for a couple years at least. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, lemon, pear, wheat, caramel, honey, clove, bread, orange, pepper, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and decent balance; the age is definitely apparent. Taste of banana, orange, clove, pear, wheat, biscuit, caramel, lemon, pepper, honey, earth, toffee, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, wheat, biscuit, clove, caramel, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; good fruity/spicy flavor balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial hefeweizen. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink for an 8% beer. Very enjoyable offering, despite the noticeable age.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A pale-golden color with moderate carbonation and litte head. Very transparent as well.

s - Smells like wheat, some grain or bread,a nd some sweet fruits.

t - Wheat, bread, small hops but not too bitter, bready malts. Also tastes sweet like bannana or other fruits.

m - Medium bodied, little carbonation, nice and smooth.

d - Overall this was a sweet, nice wheat ale. I thought it was a light ale that is very drinkable, and would try this again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, into a nice, footed, pilsner-style Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. Seems a little appropriate.

Clouded, dull straw yellow coloring, big, chalk white head, drifts down to a slim ring.

Aroma: soft banana, cream, and gentle spice. Banana cream pie, with a lemon twist.

Taste: lemon zest hits first, calm, cool wheat malt collects on the palate and promises great refreshment. Let's take another drink: Light spice, prominent citrus zing, then smooth, mellow and lovely. Hardly the hint of the higher alcohol...you know how this goes, though, right?..."no, wait...here it comes..."

8% isn't horrible, but plenty outsized for a hefe weizen. And yet it still captures all the qualities of a great weizen. Just a bit too big to really resemble a classic.

The benchmarks are there, though, they hit them, and they also threw a wrench in there if you want to fly a little higher. I'm still of the opinion that this is a style that should refuse "imperializing". It just should, there's clearly no point. But then again, the spirit of American craft brewing calls out: "if you can do it, ...it must be done."
Just don't make a regular thing of it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded yellow with a thick head that descends to a patch.

The smell is of bready yeast, doughy wheat, candy banana with a hint of clove. Grassy undertone with a hint of something plastic-like.

The taste is of doughy wheat and banana/clove. Candy-like sweetness with a mildly spicy kick.

Medium-bodied, smooth texture.

Unique - though flavors not as bold as I expected. Still, it's very smooth and has a refreshing quality and easy to drink, considering abv.

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Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow/orange color with a thin cap of white lace for a head. Nose is heavy with clove, banana, little bit of citrus and bubblegum aroma. Also includes a bit of zippy spice included with the hops. Taste is clovey but quite bitter with hops for a wheat. Some spice coming through along with notes of banana and a high amount of alcohol taste. Lingering taste of yeast and hops with clove. Overally not bad. Light to medium feel with lower than usual carbonation for the style.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy orangish-gold with little head. Smell is sweet and spicy like bananas and cloves. Taste is heavy, sweet, and malty. I get bananas and maybe pear or apple. This beer is far more malty than one would expect from a hefeweizen, but it's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. This beer is well put together

It's not what you typically find in a hefeweizen, but anyone who enjoys a malty full bodied beer will enjoy this.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid weisen aroma along with an added alcohol kick. It's fruity with loads of yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor along with a light hop finish. It's powerful at 8% abv., so it warms a bit on the way down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinking beer. It's got nice hefe character as well as the added abv. I don't understand the fixation with craft breweries brewing everything big. Some beers should be left alone. Hefe's are one of them. Still I applaud the effort.

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Photo of billab914
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a hazy pale golden color with a small white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of wheat present with banana, cloves and spices also present. Taste has a lot of the same things present, a lot of wheat with the banana and clove yeasty flavors as well as some spice and citrus in the finish. The spices are pretty heavy in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, for an imperial this tastes fairly light and refreshing all things considered, which wasn't expected.

Overall this one was pretty good, I was surprised that this style translated as well as it did to being imperialized. When in the mood for a beer of this taste I'm not sure I would choose the imperial version over the regular version though. worth a try though for sure.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Looks just like any other hefeweizen. The aroma is strong wheat and bananas, but I don't get much, if any, clove notes in the smell. The flavor is bananas, wheat, alcohol, some cloves and some other spices. You can definitely notice the alcohol in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier bomber, no freshness indication on the bottle. Pours typical semi cloudy golden, with a near white head, leaving spotty, fine lacing. Fruity, zesty, citrus nose, I love wheat beer and I love "big" beers so this one is a natural for my beer enjoyment. More citrus, yeast, snappy spice on the palate. tastes like a yeasty, peppery belgian single/pale ale to me, hey I love that style to...

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Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge 3"+ head that slowly fades. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: loads of wheat, spice, and banana.

Taste: this is a wheat beer on steroids. Loads of grainy wheat flavor along with banana, clove, pepper, and lemon. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. The finish is also dry. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste of wheat and banana.

Drinkability: this is a slow sippin' wheat beer, but the flavors are bold and interesting. Must try this one.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizen on Steroids? M'kay sounds tasty!

Cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with a diminished white head for the style must be the alcohol.

Smell is sweet and spicy with clove and lemon being the two strongest scents. Little bit of banana but not much, really smells more Belgian than German. Strong citrus and spice aromas to the point it makes the nose itch. I repeat this is intensely spicy.

Taste starts out sweet banana pudding with a little gingerbread under it. Sweet then the spice and then a mild noble hop bitter finish all the way through. Banana pudding on New Orleans bread pudding describes the flavor exactly.

Mouthfeel is good.

Taste WAY more mellow than it smells. Not bad but not great either, except for the smell it is just OK.

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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.