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Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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85
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong wheat flavor that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of bananas, spices, citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild and there isn't quite as much balance as you would want in this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The hefe appears a cloudy straw yellow color with about an inch of white foam. The head disappears in less than a minute. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted wheat, hints of lemon, banana, grassy, mildly spicy yeast. A bit thin bodied, but still passable with ample carbonation. Worth a try I suppose.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by 9/18/09

Even with an aggressive pour this is fairly clear until the last moment.. (I turned over the bottle in the glass) Yeast was fairly settled on the bottom. Perhaps I needed to roll the bottle more ahead of time. Settles to a cloudy light amber. No head to speak of. Formed for a moment, then immediately faded.

Aroma is of light grain, slightly sweet and clearly of yeast notes.

Flavor is a bit muted. Mostly some nice wheat flavors and a touch of banana. Not much spice at all.

Slightly creamy mouth feel only interrupted by a moment of carbonation.

This is ok, but I had it on the heels of a New Glarus and this pales in comparison...

Sorry Stoudts.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of spices, clove, wheat. Flavor is quite similar with lots of spices, bubblegum, and wheat. Your typical hefe, but has too much spice presence. Overall decent.

Photo of jkrich
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a memorable label poured a clear, gold and yellowish color until I swirled the last amount and poured it into the glass. The standard cloudy appearance with a short lived fluffy white head revealed itself.

This one is more subdued in aroma category. The clove-like, bubble gum and banana aromas come faintly to the fore.

The taste is sweeter than most hefewiezens I have tried, especially the imported ones. The sweetness tends to overpower the more subtle banana and yeasty flavors.

It lacks the spritzy character and refreshing flavor I have come to expect from this style. It is somewhat light bodied and flat.

It is still an enjoyable brew for the late summer. I simply would not recommend it as a great representation of the style. Not my favorite of the Stoudt family of beers.

Photo of mountdew1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a slightly cloudy amber with a thick frothy head. Head didn't last very long, and left a very very thin head on top. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was floral, and slightly sweet. Taste was slightly olivey, but fairly pleasant. Felt good in the mouth, coated well, and wasn't overly watery. Pleasant to drink, went down well.

Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and radiant with lots of carbonation and a big fluffy head. Aroma is sprightly and phenolic, with ripe fruit, citrus and apricot. The flavor is spicy, a little thick on the clove, with apricot and citrus and the pleasant bitter bite of wheat. A bit of vanilla perhaps. The mouthfeel is thin but heavily carbonated.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is very good for an American made Hefeweizen. There are all of the notes of wheat, banana and clove that you would expect from a beer this style.

T- The taste like the aroma features some sweet malt with banana, cloves and yeast.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad Hefeweizen and is definitely one that I enjoyed.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of yeast colonies in this beer. Quite cloudy as expected. Very modest head that levels off to a single layer of fine bubbles--leaves some fine lace that slides back to the liquid.

Traditional wheat aroma, practically begging for lemon for the less hip. Light amounts of corn in the background. Crisp.

More sweet than I expected. Good wheat presence, but not as strong as the smell would indicate. More round than crisp in the mouth--fairly thick body. Lightly sour. I'd love to see how I'd rate this one in a flight of hefe's.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Hazed yellow color with a bubbly white head that thinned out to a layer, no lacing.
Yeast and wheat, earthy smell.
Taste is somewhat sweet and malty with a lemon twist.
Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
Easy to drink on a sunny afternoon.

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of fizzy white head... Head quickly fades leaving only the slightest lacing... Loads of fast paced rushing carbonation... Pale straw color with an ever so slight orange hue...

S - Yeast... Lemon... Banana... Clove... Fairly textbook hefeweizen... Musky... Not overly complex...

T - Wonderful flavor... Much more complex than the nose would lead one to believe... Banana stands out amongst the lemon and clove... I'll swear there is also a slight hop component to this brew... Loads of pale malt also lend to the presence of some faint vanilla flavor...

M - Lots of carbonation, all with a very distinctive sharp bite... Dry... Medium bodied... Sturdy...

D - An interesting American take on the style... The flavor and mouthfeel are on the assertive side... Overall a very solid brew that I would gladly revisit in the future...

Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of malty
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mobyfann
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thecarster1
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of stewart124
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.