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

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87
very good

238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 13
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rarevos on 09-24-2006)
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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Heavy Weizen | 650 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: Hefeweizen
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
Stagnant amber with a surprisingly small head.

Aroma:
Banana bread soaked in alcohol, cloves.

Taste:
Definitely a heavy weizen. All the same flavors--banana, cloves, lemon rind--are there, just with much more heft. Alcohol plays a strong role.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, but slow to develop. Carbonation is lower than expected.

Harmony:
The idea of creating a heftier hefe was a good one. Unfortunately, it seems there's a reason for the former style's dominance--it's simply a more delicate and complex balance of flavors.

Would I get it again?:
No.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 19, 2011

BeerNemesis, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a tall Weizen glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer along with a list of ingredients and its abv (8%). There is however no freshness date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: This beer raises a very tall white head which slowly settles as I drink. A nice cap of foam hangs till the last sip and makes for some slick lacy finger patterns on the glass. Its body has a somewhat tan, sandy amber color which is quite murky.

Smell: The aroma is yeasty and estery with tons of wheat and some hints of its 8% abv. I also pick also pick up on some hops in the background that add a light earthy/spicy/floral character.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has a big yeasty and malty character with notes of banana baby food, unripe peach, pear, mellow phenolic clove and sweet wheat. Towards the finish there is more grainy wheat and light hints of hops and mildly spicy alcohol. The palate feels heavy, smooth and slick with mild carbonation.

Notes: This is an interesting beer that walks the line between Hefeweizen and Wheatwine. The heavier feel and abv seems to take away from the bright refreshing nature and drinkability of an average Hefeweizen but the favor is interesting and complex.

generallee, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Very clear golden color, lots o' little bubbles continuously rising up to reinforce a pillowy white head which sticks all over the place. Nice wheat beer scent, a bit of hops as well and maybe a hint of spice for the alcohol. I love a good hefe and normally the more german the better, but this is a pretty interesting take. Its got all of the classic elements, but throws in some bittering hops (not dominating, but they are there), and the alcohol is there but its well blended. Given its similarities to a regular hefe im a little curious where they got the extra 3-4% alcohol. Oh and it definitely clouds up a lot when you pour the 2nd half of the bottle in. Good beer, check it out.

Tballz420, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

A: hazy golden color with an average amount of white head. Good retention and solid lacing adorns the glass.

S: super rich and wheaty. Sweet malts, clove, banana, more wheat.

T: cloves, citrus, nectar, wheat, banana, some spices. Sweet in the middle that lasts until the bitter hoppy aftertaste sets in. As close to perfection as I've tasted from a hef.

M: medium-bodied and creamy; perfectly carbonated.

D: really easy drinking here, especially for an 8% hef. Southern Tier has done it again -- this is my new favorite of the style.

brystmar, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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

russpowell, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Gorgeous gold bordering on nectarine hue with not much head.

S: Apricots, citrus fruits, bouquets of flowers, and slightly creamy floral hops.

T/M: Strong apricot taste followed by a slight citrus zest and floral hops. Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style.

D: Fantastic brew; like a better version of Magic Hat #9. I like.

thekanna, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip because I had no weizen glass available. I haven't had many hefeweizens so take this review for what it is worth.

Look: hazy gold color with a two finger head that fades slowly leaving behind a good amount of lacing. Its cloudy. The head is slightly off white. There's a lot of carbonation visible in the glass and its kind of crazy.

Smell: I can smell sugary banana, wheat and cloves. There's some yeast spiciness and a hint of Saaz hops. When I was at the bottom of the glass and it had warmed up quite a bit, I could detect the alcohol a bit but nothing serious.

Taste: malty sweet with not much wheat flavor. The banana is subdued and the cloves and yeast are very forward. This nicely fits into my preferences, since I am not a big fan of hefeweizens specifically because I don't like the banana flavor. The Hallertau Magnum hop flavors are clearly there.

Feel: medium to full bodied. Very crisp carbonation. There isn't a bitter bite. Towards the end when the beer has warmed, the alcohol becomes more apparent but it still lacks a alcohol bite.

Drink: very easy to drink and very pleasant to drink. I could drink this all night if I wanted to.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers generally or hefeweizens in particular but this was a pretty good beer. As I find myself trying to expand my horizons, I thought Southern Tier would be a good place to start since I love their other Imperial series beers that I've had and I'm glad this didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a try and I recommend picking this up if you can. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Grabbed one of the last of these bombers from the great Neil St. Piccadilly.

Two lush fingers of white foam top a slightly murky lemon-yellow body; good duration and nice lacing on the ol' DAB mug. Rich fruit smells--plenty of banana, some orange peel, lemon, and a bit of pepper--on the nose. More would almost seem obscene, but this is quite appealing aromatically.

Fine, delicate taste; very fruity and light, but with a bit of malt heft. This is really good Hefeweizen, packing plenty of flavor while going easy on the tongue. The spice takes me a little by surprise, but in no way exceeds the boundaries set by the delicious, ample fruit. I'd almost like more banana, for the orange and lemon really emerge quite prominently, but this will surely do.

The mouthfeel sets this in the upper echelon of Hefeweizen, to me. It is airy and effervescent, light but with substance; an almost ideal balance that Southern Tier, with all its bombers, achieves with remarkably regular brilliance. That this is 8% is surprising, for it hardly registers during consumption.

Fantastic bomber, but aren't they all from ST? If this appeared in central Illinois more often, I'd stock up on it during the warm months like it ain't nobody's business.

Gehrig, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

mactrail, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Good take on a hefeweizen, nothing particularly remarkable but all in all fairly well rounded.

Presentation: 22 OZ. bottle. Contemporary screen printed design with the image of an anvil over yellow background framed within the Southern Tier branding. Small paragraph narrative noting their advanced brewing to turn and reinterpret the style in a sturdy fashion, main ingredients and brewing overview, and as it is often the case with this brewery a note to enjoy the beer with moderation. Offers serving notes, including a recommendation to add a lemon wedge and a chilled glass. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (18), and Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Hazy gold pour with a fair head, maybe a bit short for a wheat brew, moderate to low retention, thin surface memory with some faint surface patches.

S - Sweet banana and clove, a bit malty.

T - Lightly yeasty, with a wheaty banana and clove sense, touch of pepper in the distance riding the malty sense.

M - Medium to medium-full body with good carbonation that fades a bit quickly. Smooth and slightly boozier in the feel than what is common for the style but it neither makes it outstanding nor particularly noticeable.

D - Maybe a bit of a slower take than the average hefeweizen given the alcohol and fuller sense but not too distant.

Notes: It is not bad, but for Southern Tier offerings this is closer to the forgettable column than to the recommendable one.

Daniellobo, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A-pours a glowing golden amber color with a dense creamy white head that lingers for some time leaving a thick lace behind.

S-earthy malt aroma, strong notes of wheat, hints of banana and lemon zest, light yeast and peppery spice in back.

T-thick sticky malt up front, notes of wheat with a light banana and lemon flavor coming in. sticky pine resign, light yeast, with notes of spice but faint. moderate bitterness in the finish showing a hint of dry herbal hops.

M-relatively full bodied and chewy, creamy on the tongue with a moderate carbonation slightly less than I'd like to see in the style. very syrupy sticky feel to it.

D-interesting brew, relatively simple and lacks a little of the spicy balance and big yeast flavors I'd prefer to see. Very unique malt body and flavor to it, different. Still tasty and done well enough to hide the alcohol.

cpetrone84, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A little light in colour. Bright orange with a very voluminous white head.

Coriander, clove and bubble gum in the scent. Very low alcohol presence. Slightly sweet banana flavour with a dry, mildly hoppy finish.

A little oily on the mouth could by a bit drier and have the carbonation amped up a bit.

Still a nice beer...though I would class this as a double or an Imperial hefe.

BDTyre, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Review from notes:

Appearance is 2 fingers of head, clings to the side of glass with good lacing. Color is a light, hazy golden. Smell is bananas, cloves, some yeast and wheat. Taste is banana, wheat, clove with a nice alcohol finish. Not much carbonation, mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is very high for 8%, delicious beer.

Lukafer, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

steve8robin, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

BeerNinja007, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Mora2000, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

jdhilt, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

webmanspidey, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Spica66
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Spica66, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

jera1350, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of jslot38
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

jslot38, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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

aasher, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

alleykatking, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Bierguy5, May 29, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +8%

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.

John_M, May 28, 2010
Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.