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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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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 239
Photo of steve8robin
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in a BIF. Let's give this 22oz bottle a go...

A: A nice golden honey color. Like a blend of lemonade and iced tea. 1 inch white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Smells good. Earthy dry hop upfront with some sweet citrus and hints of grapefruit on the backend. Not too much going on in this one. Ok.

T: Bready citrus malts upfront with hints of grapefruit and light fruit on the backend. Kind of a strange metallic flavor blended in. Not much else going on here. Ok.

M: Leaves a strange hint of metallic flavor on your palate. Good.

D: Goes down super easy despite the ABV. Very good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not much special going on here. Not worth hunting or trying unless you like very light flavorful brews. Not my style.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 22oz bomber for $6.99 at Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. I was tempted to put it in a tulip because it's a big beer, but the bottle calls out a chilled weizen glass so I'll follow that advice.

Moderately hazy dark yellow brew gives a thick, frothy, and stable 2" of light tan head. Nose is a good dose of yeast at first but this evens out after a bit. The smell has a creamy vanilla body that melds well with the typical banana peel and stale cinnamon. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but very smooth. Taste comes right from the smell plus a little boozy spice. It leaves a good amount of lace webbing. Overall very tasty and easy drinking.

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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 jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Slight haze pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Lemon and yeast nose. Flavor is sweet lemon and yeast, better than a normal wheat. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a cloudy golden color with a solid inch or two of fluffy head. Smell is pretty strange and unpleasant, an odd mix of fruits and spices with what I want to say is tomato coming out strong in front.

Taste is a mix of alcohol, banana, and cloves.. reminds me of some kind of creamy banana dessert. Alcohol is much stronger than the typical hefe and it is hard to compare it to others in the style. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Drinkability isn't too bad for the ABV.

This isn't too bad, I was just put off a little by the smell. You definitely shouldn't expect a typical hefe here though.

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Photo of Spica66
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting night at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10.

A: Orange color, slightly cloudy, decent head formation and carbonation.

S: Smells like cereal, then citrus. You can tell this is going to be a stronger-then-normal tasting hefe!

T: Biscuits and spicy and yeastyness (is that a word?). Some floral/citrus flavors. Actually tastes quite good.

M: Lots of body, smooth, but could use more carbonation.

D: Good tasting, 8% does not show itself, so I would say this is easy to drink.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a cloudy golden yellow with a lovely white head of creaminess.

Huge wheat scent with some spicy notes and a kiss of lemon.

Big time wheat here again with some spicy clove, touch of banana and hint of lemony citrus. Has an earthy presence as well with some noticeable alcohol, but not much. Big flavor overall.

This is what makes this beer so damn good. The feel bigger, but has such a creamy smooth feel. Almost a chewiness to it.

I will have no problem finishing a bomber of this, but I think that is where the limit will be. It's imperial and awesome but the spice can wear on a person a bit. Another awesome beer from Southern Tier though.

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Photo of jslot38
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip.

App: Head is not as billowy as you'd expect from a Hefe, the strength increase has certainly effected the appearance of this beer. Still, color is a great cloudy orange hue.

Aroma: Strong smell to this one. A nice mix of grains, yeast, orange peel, clove and slight bananas. Cereal grains balance the fruit.

Taste: For a beer of 8% this could pass as lower. Has a very good traditional weizen flavor to it, but holds back on the fruit and clove. Nice yeast core to this beer, a bit floral, and some biscuity grains to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation could be a bit higher, but not bad.

Drinkability: As mentioned earlier this could pass a strong hefe, not an 8% imperial. Easy to drink, 22oz won't be a problem. Solid beer, and a good one for the summer heat.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance: pours a golden yellow, very cloudy with decent amount of sediment, moderate foamy white head

Smell: great aroma for an "imperial" hefeweizen, both yeasty and slightly alcoholic

Taste: very yeasty and moderately alcoholic at the same time, not overly impressive but slightly above average, alcohol stays with the after taste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, moderate carbonation, medium body, pretty solid

Drinkability: not overly drinkable for a hefeweizen due to the alcohol content but is worth a try, one bottle would be enough, it's pretty solid

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Photo of alleykatking
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow color. Two finger white head comes to a peak and stays for a short period. Some light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There are tons of creamy banana aroma coming from this. Clove and light alcohol notes in this as well. Some light wheat undertones throughout the entire beer.

T- Huge banana flavor on the front end with a light clove in the ending initial flavor. The banana flavor turns more creamy toward the middle. Wheat undertones mix with a sweet alcohol in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Creamy feeling on the middle to end of this. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are crisp and blend well. Huge banana flavor on the palate with more banana and light alcohol on the backend.

D- This beer is a knockout for the style. Southern Tier imperial styles are amazing yet their regular offering seem kind of lackluster. This beer reminds me of Alpha Kong when it was fresh with the over the top banana flavor. Drinkable and bottle drinkable...more than one and that might be pushing it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a darker gold, with an orange hue. White fluffy holds together pretty well. A few spots of lace.

Nice aroma of banana and clove. Some tartness in the nose. A spicy hop nose. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

A little tartness up front, but there is also something that is a bit harsh a fair amount of sweetness that is balanced well by some spicy hops. Some earthy flavor and clove. Minimal banana.

Medium body, carbonation is there but not spritzy like a traditional hefeweizen. Some alcohol is felt. Overall, pretty nice but lacks the quenching ability of a regular hefeweizen. Of course, that probably wasn't the point. Nice beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey amber color with OK head retention and pretty good lacing. The nose is impressive, though a bit puzzling. I get a considerable amount of smoke and bacon fat, which is not what I was expecting at all in an imperial weizen. The beer also shows a slight clove aroma. On the palate, this beer is outstanding. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet weizen, with the beer showing plenty of clove, allspice and nutmeg. Also, I don't know what ST did to get this in the flavor profile, but the beer has just enough spice and clove to give the beer a dry sensation in the finish, which is something I normally only see in "real" German wheat beer. Mouthfeel is rich and full; this wheat beer is a real presence on the palate. Drinkability is good, though I would still recommend that ST tone down the alcohol a bit. There was just a bit of heat in this otherwise impressive wheat beer that was a bit off putting. Otherwise, this is clearly one of the better "imperial style" beers I've encountered from ST.

Count me impressed, I'm definitely a fan.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Aroma has a strong hint of clove to it and a bit of banana as well. More like the deep banana/clove blackout? Not quite but both are there.

Taste is full of clove interacting with wheat to make something that's sweet, but like far from cloying and a bit of alcohol burn is present.

Mouthfeel is a bit "warm" but otherwise, spot on.

Basically, a hefeweizen dialed all the way up to 11. Could use a bit of aging but otherwise, nice and drinkable.

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Photo of scottyb88
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark yellow/gold color with a really nice 2 finger fluffy head

S-classic aroma of cloves, banana, fresh dough

T-very similar to aroma with a nice citrus and dryness at the end

M-smooth a nicely carbonated, very refreshing

D-very balanced for an 8% wheat beer; my serving was a sample size, but I'll definitely seek this out in the bottle as this is one of the better american-brewed hefeweizens I have tasted

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Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, pretty much clear with a two finger white head with not a ton of retention and minimal lacing.

S - Pretty wheaty and bready with some banana and clove. About what expected, but nothing unusual or innovative.

T - Biscuity with some slight citrus, decent amount of banana and clove, it's a solid tasting hefe, but nothing particularly new.

M - Decently carbonated, but a little two heavy feeling for the style, wanted it to be sharper.

D - Decently drinkable, as it''s not real offensive, but not something I would seek out much.

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

Poured from a bomber into a chalice-ish glass (it was actually a water glass but similarly shaped). Poured an attractive deep and cloudy golden color with not too much head. Initial smells of citrus and subtle tastes of peach, pear, apple, a hint of yeast similar to a Belgian brew, and a rich malty backbone with just a touch of sweetness. As it warmed up there was a distinct and very pleasant ripe banana & brown sugar taste and smell (made me think of banana bread). Medium thick texture without being viscous and a pleasant and lasting malty finish. Very drinkable for the ABV, I had the whole bomber while hanging out with some non-beer-drinking friends. A very enjoyable beer all told. Makes me wish there were more imperial wheats being made.

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a white head that fades and leaves good lacing. As I poured the rest of the bomber the beer became hazy.

S: The nose is banana and cloves with a malty sweetness.

T: The taste is banana, vanilla, and a slight hop flavor in the background.

M: The feel is creamy and nicely carbonated.

D: Very refreshing and the 8% is not even evident. I'd grab this at the bar if I was looking for a nice malty hefe.

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Photo of MrIncognito
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice copper body with lively carbonation. Big white head that retains very well in its fluffy state.

S - Big wheat presence with a strange sweetness I think from the alcohol. Slight citrus hop aroma adds an odd mix to the nose especially with the maltiness in the air. Overall kinda smells like fresh cut hay with a touch added citrus.

T&M - The flavors just don't mesh well with me. This has the oddest flavor but I can't quite put my finger on what it is... but bubblegum is the only thing that comes to mind. At first sip it is nice and wheaty, which I like. Then the warm alcohol comes into play with some sweetness but the citrus hops are bitter enough to make the wheat and alcohol get thrown off balance. Then the bready malts come in and takes this in another direction. Kind of all over the place IMO. The mouthfeel seems fine to me. Moderate caronation yet more wet than I expected.

D - I really had a hard time drinking this one but I really wanted to finish it to see if it would improve. It was more tolerable towards the end as it warmed a bit but I just think the flavors are all over the place and don't blend well.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, slight tart malt, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, wheat, sweet malt, slight hop, strong yeast, and slight citrus (banana). Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful orange color, a lot like the Terrapin Maggies Farmhouse Ale I just had before this. The difference between the two is the head on this one comes and goes before you even realize whats happening. It fizzled out way too quickly, and doesn't leave any lacing.

The nose is wheat, and thats pretty much it. Maybe a little booze. It's just wet, stale wheat.

The taste is pretty heavy on the wheat (hence being named heavy weizen?) and the alcohol is more hidden, but I just don't get this one. It doesn't taste very good to me, and definitley not inviting me to drink more.

Moutfeel is medium with a crisp carbonation. I was expecting something smooth from the wheat but didn't get it. Drinkability takes a hit because I'm not a fan of the taste.

Overall, I can't seem to catch a break with Southern Tier. Their Imperial Series has let me down more than a few times, yet I keep coming back and trying more styles. I guess I'll continue to do so, but maybe should be more realistic going into my next bottle.

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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 icetraxx
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy opaque orange with a three finger head. The head is creamy and fizzles down to a one finger job after a short while. The head dissipates too quickly and doesn't lace the glass as well as expected.

S: Smells sort of like a Witbier to me, bitter orange and a spicy nose dominate. There is a tad of banana and other mixed fruits in the nose. There is definitely some German hops going on in this one. The high ABV definitely contributes to more aroma than usual.

T: Big and wheaty, definitely some banana in the flavor, but not as much as a regular hefe. This is definitely mislabeled on BA, this is a Weizenbock, not a hefe. There is a bit of hop spiciness and bitter orange to balance the wheat malt. Alcohol is warm and slightly medicinal at times, if you love Weizenbocks, you would love this beer. There is some complexity from the interactions of the weizen yeast and spicy hops, but nothing unprecedented. Esters don't have a refined enough flavor profile for my liking.

M: Good carbonation, viscous with an almost syrupy mouth-feel. Too syrupy for the style.

D: There is a refreshing aspect that inherently fights with the big alcohol in this one. Is this a beer for a hot summer day or a slow sipper? It tries to be both, yet fails to be good at either one.

O: Medicinal alcohol notes overshadow a decent weizen. This suggests that imperial versions of every style isn't always the way to go.

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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 lansingj24
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip from a 22 oz bomber.

A: Pale golden/straw color that turned hazy after getting some of the yeast in there. White head came off nicely and slowly disappeared with time. Just from the looks, it seems thicker than most Hefes.

S: Subtle smells of wheat, bananas and cloves. I also got a subtle hint of something sweet. The yeast smelly is there too. Reminded me of Weihenstephan...(my fav).

T: At first, I got the clove-eque taste of a good Hefe with some spicyness. Enjoyed the presence of yeast. Something may have given it a weird aftertaste to me though. Good, but a little strange. (A little acidic on the sides of my tongue?) Couldn't put my finger on it. Alcohol was also more present than other Hefes I've had. Understandable though with its Imperial status.

M: Def thicker than most Hefes but nothing crazy.

D: I wasn't a fan of the higher alcohol with this style. I think lower alcohol actually brings out more of the nicer flavors the beer has to offer. Of course...happy I tried it though.

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