Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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4.87/5 rDev +30.2%
Poured into a Samuel Smith commemorative glass. No freshness date.
A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch of head and displays thick bunches of fluffy lacing.
S- Yeasty with a bit of barnyard funk plus notes of citrus and banana.
T- Sweet rush of vibrant banana and yeast. The citrus element takes a back seat to the main attraction of wheat and spices. A tiny tinge of alcohol is present but doesn't get in the way of enjoyment. Bitterness is at a minimum. Notes of vanilla and bubble gum.
M- Soft, rich and incredibly smooth. Medium-high carbonation brings life to the body. Ever-so-slightly tart.
O- Probably my favorite Hefeweizen thus far. I always look forward to it coming out every year.
05-17-2012 22:35:36 | More by Immortale25
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Thanks to the beneficence of Paulys55, I finally get to try a bunch of traditional German-style beers brewed in eastern Pennsylvania. This was the first one of them I cracked open.
Appearance: Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my half-liter generic weissbier glass, Heifer-in-Wheat looks just as expected: a cloudy, golden-hued body with a faint hint of orange. Copious (four-finger) head, augmented by the yeast stirred up prior to a "weizen pour." Lots of retention on said head. Right on target for the style.
Smell: Also exemplary of the style, if somewhat more muted than the best of them. Crisp wheaty tang hits the nose first, followed very quickly by bready yeast, banana, and cloves. A glimmer of noble hops character is in there somewhere, but it's not at all prominent (again, just right for the style).
Taste: An archetypal hefeweizen that I'd give a 5.0, were it not a bit heavy on chalky/powdery yeast character. This must be a pretty fresh bottle -- the banana/clove is right up front, but at the end of each sip, I can actually detect the hops a LITTLE bit. Wholesome, bready, and mildly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Again, I'm guessing that this is a fresh bottle, as the mouthfeel is as rich, creamy, and full as any hefeweizen I've had (and I've had a lot of them). Vibrant effervescence carries the hefty yeast body right down the throat, exactly as should be the case with a good hefeweizen.
Overall: With 4.5s in every other category, I've got to deliver a 4.5 here, too! Easy-drinking, refreshing, and spot-on for the style. A glance at other reviews strongly suggests that this beer deteriorates quickly on the shelf, so be sure to seek out a fresh bottle (or, better yet, try it on tap). As American-brewed hefeweizens go, this one is near the top of the heap!
07-04-2011 20:26:42 | More by UGADawgGuy
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
A terrific hefe for summer drinking. Glad I kept one back until Christmas. Poured into a Weizen glass. The appearance is the familiar slightly cloudy look of the standard Hefe. The taste is only slightly clovey, not overpowering. A small head dissapates rather quickly. Heifer in Wheat is an above average Hefe and it will be on the summer rotation.
12-26-2008 02:26:40 | More by confer
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
Notes from 4/6/12
Cloudy, orange-amber gold body with a slim head that doesn't stick around. A thin, white, soapy rim remains.
Bright and cool clove & banana aroma. Warm esters. Floral. Pleasant in the nose.
Deliciously crisp up front with fruity yeast, over-ripe banana and wheat bread. Wood-like tone far in the back end.
This brew throws long and dry on the taste buds. What I discern to be some booze lingers in a friendly way. Exceptional!
Notes: quite possibly the tastiest hefeweizen I've had to date. I threw this down with pleasure in no time.
04-20-2012 23:24:26 | More by DerekP
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Appears a clouded golden sunrise haziness, bright white head forms nice and thick. Fine even layers of speckledlacing forms around my Weihenstephaner glass. Aroma brings a blast of banana and clove the spicy German yeast strain used here is great, it really stands out in the smell. A bit of citrus and bready whea arise as well with a touch of chalky minera water tones going on. Flavors collide with banana, sharp wheat, mild citrus tones, bubblegum like the hard stale sticks from the packs of baseball cards. A really nice summer seasonal authentic as they come, much like most German offerings that Stoudt's put out. The mouthfeel is nice and sprizy carbonation this is dead on for the mouthfeel that lacks from most American brewed hefeweizens, this stuff is great sharp wheat with the clove/vannilla/bubblegum/and banana tones that I've come to love from this syle of beer. Drinkability is incredible one of those beers that should be bought by the case this summer.
07-05-2010 18:20:41 | More by WVbeergeek
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
In the glass, this beer looks a lot like OJ when the sun shines through it, but a little darker in the middle with a slight brown tint. The head is beautiful! It's a billowing white meringue that left some huge splotches along the top of my glass.
Smells of tasty, fruity oranges, peaches, green grapes and a delicate pasty wheat dough. There's also a subtle touch of clove to this one. This is very well balanced, but perhaps a little too fruity to make it perfect.
The taste starts out with a little nip of lemon zest and then unfolds into a fruity orange and dry little nips of sour wheat and clove. Again, a nice balance, but this seemed a little watery. I would have liked to see the flavors a little more present, and not subdued. Still, quite an accomplishment.
Feels dense, clean and heavy with a soft, raspy carbonation and only a little sticky.
Having lived in Germany for a spell, this is really spot on. One of the better American attempts at the style I have ever encountered.
04-04-2009 21:32:25 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Appearance: light hazy pale yellow color with a 1/2" head. Loads of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. No lacing develops.
Smell: big wheat and citrus aroma is extremely pleasant to the nose.
Taste: grainy wheat profile with granny smith apples, green grapes, and lemon zest. Mild bitterness rounds it out.
Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Nicely refreshing. Very short-lived aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: easy to consume this one over the course of an afternoon. Refreshing and flavorful. Worth picking this one up.
02-10-2009 13:38:41 | More by Gavage
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Pours a nice orange color with a two-finger head that fades into my piraat glass.
Aroma is strong with banana and clove in the nose. A decent wheat kick follows as well.
Taste is full of clove upfront with only a slight hint of banana. Feels like a true hefeweizen solely in that regard. Smooth and tasty. Sweet and full of wheat.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and light banana flavors. Tasty and has a good feel to it.
A nice version of a hefeweizen that actually feels authentic as the label claims. I like it and you will too, especially if you like the style.
04-11-2009 12:34:51 | More by Brad007
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
Notes are from last night (5/28).
This brew pours out a clouded golden bronze. A moderate head forms, retaining pretty well, and some spotty lacing is left on the glass.
This one's got a very solid hefe aroma of clove and banana in a solid wheat backbone with a light lemon zest.
A soft flavor with all of the clove and banana flavors up front gives way to a balance of grains, lemon zest, green apple tartness and just a touch of hops for balance. The finish is soft and lingers shortly.
The mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a nice bite of crispness. Carbonation is moderate in a light-medium body. This one flows very nicely.
This is a nice hefe that isn't too tame and I'd like to try it again.
05-29-2010 13:47:00 | More by Brenden
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
This is my first time reviewing any beer and if I must start this is a good one to start with.
I found it a very smooth beer with a slight smokey flavor, I didn't get any fruity taste but that might be due to my inexperience and having spent the last 30 years drinking "household" brand beers.
It was great to taste something so different than I am used to. The brewery is close to my home but I have not been there since I was a kid when my Father stopped there.
I would recommend this to every beer lover it was an excellent beer.
07-01-2011 03:34:49 | More by Neuenhaus
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - 2008 Bottling - Fridge Temp
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a 3.5" white, foamy head. Retention is great. Tentacles of lace remain on the glass.
Smell: Spicy banana, clove and pale, wheat malts. Lots of sweetness in the aroma with a strong yeast character.
Taste: Banana, clove, soft black pepper, sweet wheat and malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy for a Hefe. Sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is plentiful. The beer is smooth and very easy drinking.
Drinkability: Awesome. Probably the 3rd best Hefe I've ever had behind Live Oak and Weiphestaphaner. I had 6 of these while I was working a catering. Money.
07-18-2008 12:01:13 | More by Risser09
Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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