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: 238
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
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

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Beer added by: rarevos on 09-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of scooter231
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, golden color, cloudy, little head, no lacing. Looks like a hefe. Smells like a punchy hefe- lemony, bananay, sweet and alcoholic. Kind of reminds me of something Belgian and fruity. Taste is yeasty and a replica of the nose, with more alcohol near the end- it's almost too much. Fruity, strong, definitely sippy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I'm not sure, this beer has potential, but it's just really rough around the edges right now. (437 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new manner of beast for me and probably most others.
A "heavy weizen" indeed, nearly doubling up on the booze in a hefe weizen changes many of the characteristics one tends to find in the style.
The color is a bit darker than one would expect and not much of a head comes forms from a moderate pour. Amber, hazy, looks like beer.
Odors are not as lush and striking as typical hefes... they're deeper making me think more of a Belgian strong pale ale or even a tripel. FLoral and kinda yeasty with some bready aromas.
Flavors are also more along the lines of Belgian pale ale or tripel. Some grapefruit sourness lives in here with some good yeast characteristics. Not the light and refreshing experience that most hefes are but more of a sit and savor sort.
Some more fine tuning could make this pretty special. For now it's a pretty good higher octane brew. (872 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber, painted label of an anvil dominating the scene. Paint chips off easily when in contact with other bottles, hard objects. Lists hop and malt types, plus plato, abv, IBUs, etc as well as serving glass and temp suggestions. More breweries should as this very helpful data to their labels...

I didn't have a Hefeweizen glass handy, so it was poured into an imperial pint glass. Comes forth a clear, pale golden color, with minimal carbo rising up. Head was almost non-existant.... just a few wisps of white bubbles, mostly playing wall-flower at the edge of the glass. No frothy mountain o' foam or steady chain of bubbles visible like the typical Hefe... Has some banana and bubblegum aromas spilling out of the glass. Not bad... Body was firmly ensconced in the medium class, and it was quite smooth for a Hefe.

Lightly sweet in the flavor department, with a tinge of toastiness. As in the aroma, it comes on with fruit, with banana again leading the way and more bubblegum esters. Almost has a tropical side to it - mango, green apple - almost... No dry, crisp wheatiness found, imo, or any essence of clove, for that matter. Flavorful, all-in-all, for what it's trying to be...

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of kennyo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

This is a weizen on steroids. It needs to be checked for the Clear.

Pours like a very nice hefeweizen but doesn't have the big soapy head that is associated ith hefe's. Color is darker than hefe but lighter than a dunkel, has a nice haze to it.

Aroma is bananas, some bubblegum, a little spice

Tastes like a wheat beer, some yeast, some spice but what you don't get is any hint of the high alcohol in either the smell or taste.

not a bad drinking beer, ust a little slower drinking than a regular hefe (528 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body, with some haze to it (but not as much as I expected), and slow perking bubbles gracefully rising to the baseball size white froth that fills the bulb of my weizen glass. Good lacing begins quickly.

Nice pungent nose strong of clove, faint whiff of banana.

Light, wheaty taste start, a splash of lemon, gives way to peppery spice before the swallow. Light, refreshing aftertaste revives the wheat. Alcohol completely hidden.

Light, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Could be sneaky if served blind.

Tastes like a pretty good American hefe. However, the only thing Imperial would seem to be the alcohol, which you don't notice, at least with the first serving, so I'm not sure we're really pioneering anything wonderous here. Much better than my experience with Imperial Octoberfest though. In summary, a good hefe to have if you're having only one. (890 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy peachish color with an initial one finger white fizzy head. Dissipates rather quickly for a wheat.
S: Sweet bubblegum with a big blast of banana esters. Slight infusion of apple and pears
T/M: Sweet fruity esters with a decent level of wheatyness. Apples, pears, bubblegum, lemon zest, and bananas are all present and intermingled. Slight hop sting and the most I've come across in a wheat beer to date. Sugary thickness with spicy notes. Higher abv is definitely noticeable. Thick and smooth body that finishes with a hop presence. Dryer aftertaste.
D: Pretty drinkable. Nice body with and surprisingly smooth for the high abv. Pretty tasty, but I was expecting it to be a big bolder and bigger. (722 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8% German Hefe!! This thing needs its own category.

Has the yellow, cloudy appearance of a hefe, but the wispy white head is not nearly as lasting as any German Hefe I can think of. The aroma is pretty typical with bannana, yeast and slight touch of perfumey alcohol.

Again the fore is typical with bannana, bubblegum, spice, but with a very notable bracing alcohol you wouldn’t normally get. The finish is almost bannana pudding with a thimble of grain alcohol, but in the best possible way you can imagine that and definitely with some Nilla Wafers crumbled into it. The flavor concentration is very high and the fact that this is a German Hefe is immediate and undeniable, but the massive (for the style) abv subtly plays on the flavors by buttressing them with a face flushing warmth.

I’m starting to think this brewery is a bit misunderstood and a lot underrated. (882 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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... (401 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden and cloudy, not much of a head. Poured into a weizen glass so I found that to be odd. Only flaw I could really find.

Smell - Mucho bananas and spice in the nose. Yeast is prominent. The whole deal is very aromatic.

Taste - Juicy up front with smooth banana flavors, bubblegum, and spicy, yet mild, hops. Big kick of warm alcohol in the end.

Overall this is a wonderful beer, a big take on a usually mild beer. I like where they went with this and it was a good one. I shall get it again. (517 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rad name for a brew of this style. Pours a slightly hazy amber/gold, thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and snowflake laces nicely. Smell is sweet, citrus and grass, light banana/clove, some alcohol, phenol-tastic! Taste is powerful, amped up weissbier. Sweet and grassy malts, some grains, vanilla and banana, clove, citrus, clean finish, some fruity alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. I think some higher carbonation would help this brew as it is a little too thick on the palate, pretty neat though, may have trouble with this bomber. (575 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

t is heavy. It is a weizen. It is a heavy weizen. So it is, so it shall be. This one pours a hazy yellow with a frothed up bitch of a white head.Good lace. Lemony and limey, grassy, very herbal, dripping with hops and grass/hay. Creamsicle flavours of the lemon persuasion. Corriander, fresh leafy hops. FInishes bad ass boozey, astringent, slight burn. Pretty heavy booze all around. GLad I got to try it, but I’ll take Hackerr Weiss any day. Thanks for sharing this fackin’ beer Mikey! (489 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with good lacing. Aroma is clove bananas with fruity alcohol. Flavor is the usual wheat character clove/banana upfront, quickly banged by a strong alcohol hit, and then mellows back to wheat, with a warming swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but nothing too exciting. An interesting halfway stop between weizen and wheatwine, but not something I'd be dying to try again. (584 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, dirty straw; white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Grapefruit citrus, some banana & pineapple, touch of spicyness (cloves?), a little acidity (unfortunately a little vomit-like).

T: Plenty of citrus from the yeast, grapefruity (I'd swear it was PNW american hops), pineapple, slight breadyness, hints of banana; fairly warming.

M: Light to moderate body, slight creamyness, moderate carbonation, fairly acidic.

D: Big, bold & interesting, but not very sessionable. (498 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed straw yellow with a middling, bright white head. Coarse foam leaves a bit of clumpy lacing on the glass. Lemon and clove hit initially in the nose, but bready, banana and light alcohol notes appear soon after. Bready, wheaty sweetness with a mild bitterness running through the middle. Light citrus, banana and clove with a hint of alcohol and warmth in the finish. The carbonation is a little on the low side, which really makes the body feel heavier than it should. Decent character and goes down pretty easily. If the carbonation were a little higher, it would really bring the flavours and aromas out more (not to mention lift the body a bit). As it is, it feels a little dead. Definitely an interesting experiment. (725 characters)

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

It pours a very hazy and carbonated vivid yellow gold, righ like apricot nectar. Two fingers of bright white head stay fluffy for some time. Murals of lacing fresco the inside of the glass.

The aroma offers a smooth series of segues from sweet malted grain, light tanginess, hints of mint and vanilla, peach, banana, and clove. There's a very mild allegation of alcohol as well.

Upon sipping, there's a substantial grain sweetness along with a tart wheat bite. A slice of banana cream pie, topped with ground cloves and sprinkled sparingly with alcohol, is plated in the middle. A light biscuit note comes about as the grain re-ups, and a residual sugary sweetness dries as a crisply bitter finish lingers a bit. The flavor is not as layered as the aroma, but it's tasty and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, the carbonation enhances a pleasant malt and spice pairing.

It's not too big, and it's not too little- it's close to just right. It doesn't grab so much as cajole, and that works quite well here. The ABV is bigger than it appears, so it is worth noting, but it warms and meshes well with the beer's hefty yet crisp and refreshing nature. There's nothing like a fun style done well, and that's just what this is. (1,228 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a light, murky orange like iced tea, with a similarly airy foam which leaves weak crust rings. no real sign of sediment in my first pour from the 22oz bomber. love the silkscreened bottles, very classy. so far, this series has been hit or miss for me.. although all have been passable.

it smells like a hefeweizen on steroids, with additional floral hop aromas reminiscent of houblon chouffe. the phenols and clove profile are jacked through the roof, although the standard banana isn't offensively monkeying it up in the nose. not the biggest fan of super phenols, but the spiciness of the hops and yeast serve to somewhat counterbalance the obscene nature.

holy christ, not what i expected at all. big sweet honey notes first, spicy black pepper and almost a garlicky tang. a honest-to-goodness belgian yeastiness brings fruit rinds and explains some of the seasoning here. first impression is all belgian strong golden, very little hefe. finishes slightly bitter with marshmallow and booze, some raw graininess, roasted green pistachios and a la fin du monde-esque outro. complex.

this is pretty good though, just a complete misnomer. why would you begin to tag a beer as an imperial hefe? there are double wheat beers, and there are big hefe's. my local brewpub (cambridge house in granby) makes a HW with similar alcohol content, but true-to-style flavors. this is easily consumed despite some underattenuation and is rather full.. but so are most beers of this belgo-nature.

recommended, just don't expect german goodness here. this is a bit more southwestern... (1,596 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Hefe Weizen you say? I say, interesting!!

Pours a murky bright golden with a decent head that evaporates rather quickly down to a small ring at the edge of the glassware. Liquid gold.

Smells very spicy, with lots of cloves and some bananas. Maybe like a tripel but with some wheat tones to it. Interesting!

Taste is huge on spiciness, cloves, fruity, a bit of banana, a tad of alcohol, coriander, hops...slight aftertaste of wheat. This is ridiculously unique.

Mouthfeel is rather thick and velvety with prickly small bubble carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. This one here is a winner. It reminds me a lot of a good tripel, almost like Golden Monkey yet different, and thicker. (704 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this...
Appears a really hazy gold with a small white head that quickly fizzles out. Little spots and streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of slight sulfer, yeasty, light fruit, banana, and clove.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild banana, gentle spices, and perhaps a touch of peach.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, medium bodied, and semi-dry. (398 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with average head, a blinding orange in colour. No bubbles, glows like a distant star. Some cloudyness. Aroma of over-ripened tangerines more than anything. Bits of coriander and general spice. An overly aggresive mouthfeel ("heavy" might be a better word) chalk full of spice. No alcohol is detected, but this drinks closer to a Belgian (Strong) Pale. A light, airy flavour but with a dense, thick mole I mouthfeel. I'm not getting much wheat. Hops are faint (though for this style I wouldn't hold against it) Yeast rounds out the flavour a little abruptly. A good job at keeping its parts together, and drinkability is, overall, good. But while I normally really appreciate (and even more enjoy) beers that "explore the inner depths of creativity and craftsmenship" this went out of character for a weisse and lost the appeal of the style.
Big thanks Harry! (867 characters)

Photo of bassnbeer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden caramel color. Not much head as I was pouring from my growler. Quite an attractive beer.

I'm not very good with smells; all I can say is that it smells sweet and spicy to me. It's a very fresh smell.

The taste is bright and flowery - with clovelike spice deepening it's complexity. This is the 3rd hefeweizen I've tried and definitely the most opinionated (read best). The aftertaste was a bit too much, almost like black licorice, but it faded quickly.

This beer fills your mouth with its flavor and just enough carbonation to add a tingle to the rich flavor. It drinks very clean and easy.

All in all a very enjoyable beer. (650 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a nice Southern Tier bottle (well designed labeling with good beer description on side panel) into a big rounded goblet. The head is porous and white and quickly dissipates into a low rimming around the edge of the beer with low lacing despite being 8.0 %. The color is rich golden-orange, cloudy and consistent throughout the glass. Very nice glowing murkiness to this beer.
The nose is moderate with present spice, some warming alcohol, coriander, wheaty cearealness and bold.
The taste is delightfully strong and mild at the same time. The true joy of this style comes from the seeming timidity of the weizen, but brought to a new level of depth and strength by the alcohol and fullness of flavor. It is no doubt a hefe weizen by ancestry but it rides a Harley and raises eyebrows. Starts with the wheat and slightly sweet grains, then moves to mid palette with orange, coriander, basil, alcohol and cereals. It finishes warm and drunk, but not hot just warm. Actually very well rounded and complex without overt boisterousness.
The mouthfeel is full and rich, flows to all corners of the mouth, my bottle probably doesn't need any more age, and the carbonation is still there to back up the weight of the body itself.
Drinkability? Yes, very high. could drink these often, but it's a delightful style too. (1,324 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of rarevos
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weisse glass. And I've added it to the database as a hefe weizen rather than an American Pale Wheat Ale; this beer is actually labeled an Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale, so do with this info what you wish.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with thick head and lively carbonation. Head eventually becomes a solid blanket.

S: Hefe weizen aroma, though leaning in the direction of Belgium a bit. Banana and wheat are present, as are clove and black pepper. A citrusy kick as well.

T/M: The aroma may have a bit of Belgium in it, but the flavor doesn't. Up front is the spiciness and some banana flavor, and the middle is a bit wheaty/bready with the spiciness still present. The finish is lightly bitter (both Hallertau and Saaz hops in this) and has a bit of an alcohol presence in the tail. Like many hefes, the mouthfeel is nicely chewy.

D: At 8% abv, you probably couldn't enjoy this as you would a hefeweizen or American Pale Wheat ale, but it's still pretty easy drinking. Like all Southern Tier beers that mention hops, you don't have to squint to experience the bitterness. This is a different hefeweizen, but still pretty nice. The alcohol isn't hidden well at all, so don't expect a really light beer or American Pale Wheat Ale when you reach for this. I got it in a bomber, and it was just the right amount. I'll get it again, sure. One of the better American stabs at a hefeweizen I've had this year. (1,433 characters)

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