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Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 06-20-2008)
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Being reviewed from notes, as I drank this a few weeks ago now. A 12 oz bottle poured into my weizen glass. This beer pours a clear (unlike most hefeweizens), medium golden color. It had a fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating and ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of malty wheat and a lemony zest are present. Has a sweet wheat flavor with definite lemon zest and a slight spiciness. The is also something else that is very distinct, I want to say it is grains of paradise but I am not quite sure. Has a slightly crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink.

Eric

06-29-2009 03:06:45 | More by neenerzig
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a yellow straw gold. 2-finger fizzy head with little retention. Slightly hazy, but not hazy enough to call it truly unfiltered. Faint thin bubble streams present.

Mildly strong banana clove nose. Faint citrus tints as well, slightly lemony.

Decent mix of banana and lemon flavors. A little on the fizzy side for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for a hefe.

Easy to drink in 95 degree heat we're having right now.

06-29-2009 00:15:54 | More by beer2day
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malty

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Best by 9-18-09

Pours a cloudy banana yellow with a just trace of beige. The white bubbly head slowly declines to a 1/4" after resting for 3-4 minutes. The body looks great but I wish the head stuck around.

A few swirls of my gorgeous Ayinger Hefe glass evokes a somewhat yeasty/musty undertone with a traditional lemon/citrus scents with a discernable clove backbone. Not much (if any) bubblegum in the nose. Boy, if you like clove - this nose will tick your clock.

The flavors are a fresh mixture of what I love in a traditional Bavarian Hefe - yeasty esters, lemon rind, clove, a smidge of vanilla..but where's my bubblegum? I'm sure the bubblegum flavor is here, but merely a 'ghost' element I guess.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a good amount of building and playful carbonation. Flavorful yeasty finish.

Drinkability is very good, as any hefeweizen should.

Overall a good rendition of a hard to nail style. Most of the elements were in-place and well balanced, but not quite to scale as the German benchmarks. I'll take this over any American Wheat Ale anyday. But if put next to a Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, H-P or even a Franz - I'd have to go with the Deutchland selections as the price per oz. is almost identical ($11/6-pack). Good Hefeweizen Carol!

06-28-2009 20:55:34 | More by malty
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

This is the re-branded Stoudt's Weizen.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy deep yellow color with a big head that leaves a great deal of lace.

Smell: This is one of the few American hefes that gives an authentic clove-banana aroma and I like it very much.

Taste: The wheat malt provides for a smooth base that is very flavorful. Add to that the yeast and the bananas and cloves that it brings and you have a beer that tastes very good.

Mouthfeel: The ale is soft and airy, leaving a great deal of flavor without the heaviness of other styles.

Drinkability: A very good candidate for a German session beer.

06-27-2009 02:57:03 | More by akorsak
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a big white 2 finger head. Pale yellow/gold body, hazy and tons of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average.

Smell is of typical hefeweizen, clove/coriander combo and that yeasty banana aroma

Taste is also of typical hefe, slightly less flavorful than the highest rated hefeweizens

Mouth feel is above average. Generous amount of carbonation, light bodied and smooth

Dink ability is good, very session able. Just isnt as good as other top hefeweizens from Germany, and doesnt separate itself from all the other beers in this category

06-27-2009 00:47:27 | More by angelmonster
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a cloudy pale golden. fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is of fruit,clove and bubble gum. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is of banana,clove and citrus. Light and refreshing. Very nice finish.Excellent choice for Summer or any season!

06-21-2009 01:12:52 | More by riversider76
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Paid $1.70 for a single at Ludlow Wines in Clifton...

The beer pours a clear golden base, decent sized head, good retention and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is banana heavy with other notes of wheat and clove/cardamom.

The taste is refreshing during the summer-time, low carbonation, very crisp with little aftertaste; tastes just like it smells. Excellent feeling in the mouth and yes, session, a great session beer!

Final Thought: Solid offering as usual from Stoudt's, but I was hoping they would try an mimic a Bavarian hefeweizen over this unique brew... oh well, it works!

06-19-2009 22:20:40 | More by mobyfann
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

The 12-ounce bottle yields a pale golden-bodied beer with only the barest trace of haze diminishing its clarity. A finger-thick white cap of foam is fed by a trickle of internal carbonation, but fades rather quickly, leaving minimal fine-bubbled wisps of lacing sliding down the sides of a large pilsner glass.

There is a tangy note of sweetly savory wheat and a twist of lemony twang in the aroma. A bit of earthy spice adds interest.

The taste is dry and lightly toasted with a bit of mild, green appley zip in the finish. Richer, sweeter, and grainier as the drink progresses.

The drink is medium-bodied and well-carbonated, contributing to a pretty good drinkability factor. A nice, cool refresher on a hot day.

06-19-2009 14:46:28 | More by cvstrickland
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Hazy yellow with an orange tint. Medium sized head that fades fast.
The aroma of bananas,light cloves and some citrus notes.

The taste is sweet,bananas,hints of cloves and mild fruit notes.

The feel is smooth with low carbonation.

Notes: I was just not impressed with this offering. It was not awful, just not a good example of the style in my opinion. I guess I expected more. Really sweet with a mild tart finish. I see this a lot, but I do not get excited at all.

06-18-2009 02:13:22 | More by Lexluthor33
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Beer pours from bottle a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that persists.

S: Bananas, coriander, clove, dried apricots make up big part of the mix. Wheat and light roasted malt. Citrusy hop notes.

T: Coriander, and wheat, citrusy yeast and hops. Some yellow grapefruit flavors. Finishes smooth.

M: Light to medium body, smooth, light carbonation.

D: Easy to drink! Very light and refreshing with a very satisfying flavor.

06-17-2009 03:42:02 | More by scottbrew4u
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

a- bottle poured into a weizen, one finger head, hazy honey coloring, good lacing that disappears quickly, minimal carbonation, best by stamped on neck 9/18/09

s- spice, lemon/orange, typical wheat smell.

t- wheaty, tangy spice, little sweetness, lingering aftertaste.

m- nice and filling, medium bodied.

d- pretty drinkable, not too shabby, good brew.

06-17-2009 01:19:13 | More by thecarster1
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stewart124

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Hazy straw in color wiht a puffy head like a marchmellow.

Strong banana and clove spice in the nose.

Loads of spice on the tongue with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied and finishes spicy. Lots of carbonation. Just a tad of lemon zest in the flavor.

Very nice. Refreshing and quite drinkable. Huge spice character but it doesn't take away from the grainy/maltiness.

06-16-2009 20:56:54 | More by stewart124
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WesWes

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt and wheat scent along with the signature hefe yeast esters. The aroma isn't overpowering, but it's nice nonetheless. The taste is decent also. It has a dry and fruity flavor that boasts of pale and wheat malts. It's light and refreshing with some banana/clove in the finish. The esters aren't as pronounced as I like. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good hefe. I wish the yeast character was more pronounced, but it's a solid offering and a good drinker.

06-11-2009 21:23:30 | More by WesWes
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asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden, creamy-looking Hefeweizen, just the way I like it. More points would've been given for longer-lasting retention and lacing, but the look otherwise, to me, is right on.

Smell: Lighter banana and bubblegum and sweeter wheat malt flavors. Solid and balanced, but way too subdued for me.

Taste: Same with the aroma: it's there, but way too subdued. Bigger bubblegum, it seems, but it lacks the creaminess and the banana cream that I like so much in my choice of Hefe flavors. Finish is good and balanced, but doesn't linger as much as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, but again lacking creaminess that it should have.

Drinkability: Like a lot of domestic Hefes, this one doesn't stand up to the real Bavarian style. That said, it would be easy to put down a few of these, though it's on the lighter side, even though much of the classic flavors are there. They just don't take on the dominance they should.

05-22-2009 19:02:49 | More by asabreed
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gobias

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -11%

When I poured it I thought it was a little pale for a hefeweizen but it smelled good, aromatic and fruity.

The taste was blander than I hoped for, not bad, just not a lot to it. I think its a decent choice for hefeweizen. You could do a lot worse, but you could choose a lot better too.

05-11-2009 05:27:44 | More by gobias
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz brown glass pry-top. Best Before date is smudged, but looks like 9/18/09.

Appearance: A rough pour turns up 1/2 inch of fluffy bone-white head that grips the glass. Cloudy and active, a slightly brownish yellow straw color.

Nose: Spot on German style hefe! Fruity, banana peel, a little yeasty, some lemon peel like aromas.

Palate: Crisp and and somewhat tart. Great mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Nice and yeasty, lemony and really crisp.

Notes: A great capturing of the style and a great addition to the wheat beers available in Vermont. Most of what we have had up until recently has either been Belgian wheat style or just downright bad. It's going to go really well with my Serrano-pepper and bean tostadas. Well done Stoudt's!

05-09-2009 01:06:44 | More by SFLpunk
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czfreeman

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Loved the name, thought I'd give it a shot.
Heifer pours out an extremly clear(for a Hefe) amber hay color. Light carbonation in the glass. An aggressive pour yields a rather unremarkable head that settles far too quickly.
On the aromatics the beer begins to gain some ground. Light hay, clove, a nice touch of sweet golden maltiness, finshes with a light yeasty banana note. Lightly subdued hops add in just enough spice with =out being overpowering.
Flavor falls abit short. Clove, yeast, fruits and spiced peppery flavors come though, but in a somewhat watery sense. Where's that good German creaminess?
Another example of a Hefeweize that should have been marketed as an American Wheat Ale. Drinkablity is good, but I'll probably not pick this one up again

05-06-2009 21:36:48 | More by czfreeman
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11%

Pours out a straw gold, almost yellow, and more clear than I would've expected. The head pours kind of thin, but not too thin, with loose bubbles that pop and soon the head is turned into just a few swirls. Not a lot of lacing, but I hardly expected it. The smell is kind of different. There's plenty of wheat sweetness, and there is the banana-clove stuff, but it just seems kind of odd in this particular beer. There's almost like a smokiness to it, like ham or something - must be the clovey stuff. The yeast character in this is intense, but good. The taste is very nice. Not very complex, but nice. There's a good sweetness, with plenty of wheat character. I kind of wondered if you couldn't get a bit more complex maltiness, like sometimes happens with decoction mashing in wheat beers. The strong clovey spiciness carries over, and even something still reminds me of ham, not like the meaty part, but the smoky, spicy part of it. The mouthfeel complements the flavor, with the normal sweet kind of full body of wheat, but the carbonation is very sharp, not unpleasantly so, but it slows me down a bit. The drinkability is nice, this one doesn't hit you too hard, and this is pretty refreshing. The clovey stuff and the carbonation kind of slows me down, and this one certainly isn't on the same level as some of the others in the style, but I'd recommend it if you're looking for a nice, simple, inexpensive, American interpretation of a Hefeweizen.

04-28-2009 23:43:33 | More by taylorhamrick
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, bananas, cloves and bubblegum.

T: Taste consisted of bananas, wheat, cloves and bubblegum - standard hefeweizen material. Had a slightly grating, acidic quality to it in the finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a solid, but not exactly spectacular hefeweizen. Drinkable, though.

04-27-2009 12:51:34 | More by avalon07
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Pale golden/orange yellow, slightly cloudy with a small fluffy off white head. Head dissipates quickly and leave no leaving on the glass.

S- Banana, clove, bubblegum and spice.

T- Clove and banana upfront, followed by wheat and yeast. A quick hit of bubblegum to round out the finish which is slightly sweet.

M- Medium in body with just the right carbonation to keep it feeling light in the mouth. Finish is clean and crisp with a slight aftertaste of sweetness.

D- Easy drinking summer session beer at 5.0% ABV it is not one that will creep up on you and knock you out.

A nice offering from Stoudts, retains the classic character of a hefeweizen well. A good one to relax with on a summer afternoon.

04-22-2009 01:35:42 | More by ToddT
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

A pleasant surprise at Stew Leonard's in Paramus. Love the style, but can we trust Stoudts to offer up a delicious take on the beloved Bavarian Hefe? Let's find out...

Served in a traditional hefeweizen glass at between cellar and fridge temperature. Best by 9/18/09 lasered on the neck.

Appearance- Loaded with wheat malt and an abundance of yeast, this beer pours a dense, foggy gold with a sudsy three-finger crown. It's almost totally opaque, glowing from within. Minimal lacing leaves a patch here and there down the inside of the glass.

Smell- Phenols leap from the glass, carrying with them big aromas of banana, clove, and bubblegum... it's a rich, lush nose that really concentrates the ingredients in a big way.

Taste- As with the aroma, there is a tremendous phenol presence that distracts from the full, potential pleasure of all of the flavors here. The beer starts off with lush, grandiose bubblegum, banana bread, and clove before deferring to the phenolic character which follows.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wow! The rolling, slick, and just-so-right seafoamy texture is perfection. It becomes, after a few seconds, liquid air... it's almost indiscernable as anything but fluidity. The big flavors and phenols would put me off just a little bit for more than one or two, but this is a solid example and a well invested $8.99 for the sixer.

04-17-2009 01:02:50 | More by yelterdow
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white fizz that fades rapidly, leaving no lacing. Smells of banana, clove, wheat, and a touch of bubble gum. Tastes of lemon, banana, clove, honey, Belgian candy, green apples, and grainy wheat with a yeast and peppery finish. Medium to medium-light in body with some effervescent carbonation. Sweet with a crisp finish. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing, a good summer sessionable hefe.

04-01-2009 22:11:43 | More by HopDerek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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
Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat from Stoudts Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.