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Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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:
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(Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 06-20-2008)
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Photo of gobias
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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!

Photo of czfreeman
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ToddT
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of confer
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a swirl of the bottle to rouse the yeast, Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat pours the traditional cloudy golden orange body of a Bavarian hefeweizen. Surprisingly, the head drops fairly readily, and it leaves little lacing behind on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and distinctly wheaty, threaded through with notes of soft clove.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and soft and smooth with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that lightly tickles the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with a very flavorful and sweet wheaty malt base. The yeast lends soft clove, a hint of vanilla, and some mild smokey and plastic phenols. Hops are barely found, but what's there is grassy and floral. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's definitely on the sweet side.

A good representation of the style. Quite drinkable.

Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Blah. Stoudts makes some great beers and this is not one of them. Pour was a flat cloudy light gold with no head. Aroma was so so. Light grain and brown sugar (?). Taste was incredibly sweet with little carbonation. Honey and sugar in the front with a sticky aftertaste. Not very good.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best By: 10/28/08

A: Pours a cloudy and unfiltered glowing straw color with a thin cushion of bright-white head. Lots of suspended sediment. Actively carbonated.

S: Yeasty and fruity. Aromas of banana, berry, clove, lemon, toasted grain, and bubblegum.

T: See above. Banana and clove at first with a strong showing of wheat and then clove, biscuit, bubblegum, and spices. Slight tinge of lemon-y noble hops.

M: Starts off thick and prickly, gains a little sweetness, and finishes dry and spicy. Consistantly full and thick throughout.

D: Very likable and should be an excellent thirst quencher during the warmer months. This has me longing for spring and summer already!

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my glass a hazy straw yellow with golden highlights and a small bubbly head that quickly fades. Aromas of crisp wheat grain maltiness along with plenty of yeast esters. Hints of clove, pepper, bubblegum and some fruity banana notes as well. A little mellow overall.

First sip brings a crisp wheat malt body upfront that carries into spicy yeast tones. Lots of fruity esters with banana coming through most. Clove, pepper and bubblegum accents that flow down to a crisp clean finish. Tasty hefeweizen overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp twang from the wheat and good spritzy carbonation. This one is refreshing and ends up going down easy enough. A solid hefe from Stoudt's that would be good drinking in the summer months.

Photo of blackie
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

900 reviews, whoopee

a: poured into my huge hefe glass, yeast swirled and included, fizzy head dies with a quickness, the beer is a hazy golden-orange in color...the complete lack of head, especially on a hefe, is a big detractor

s: some doughy yeast, sweet lemon, smooth wheat with a pale malt sweetness, a little metallic, a little citric hop twist, pleasant clove and banana

m: bubbly light-medium carbonation and body, a bit fizzy at first but becoming dead over the course

t: yeasy clove with a sugary lemon-wheat sweetness that seems to take over, too sweet, light banana, very light hop flavor and bitterness

d: decent overall, a little heavy and sweet for the style, lowering drinkability

single bottle picked up at a beerfest

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

A: Pours like a berliner weisse: an effervescent hazy yellow with a bubbly off-white head that fizzes away almost instantly. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Strong aroma of clove and yeast followed by some banana. The bubblegum is there if you sniff subtly.

T: Bready, spicy, yet refreshing. Again the clove dominates.

M: Lots of prickly carbonation but overall light bodied.

D: A "B" session bear if you like your hefeweizens spicy.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded golden with a rush of carbonated bubbles forming a one-finger white head, that pretty quickly goes to a thin cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove - banana really stands out - with doughy wheat.

The taste is of banana/clove with doughy wheat There is a tart, fruity zest. Tastes more like an American Pale Wheat Ale with a solid Bavarian Hefeweizen leaning. Malted, doughy, wheat, tart-ish fruitiness, with noticeable banana/clove mix together. It has a crisp finish.

It finishes crisp and clean with some creaminess, but also a fizzy edge. Quite smooth. (I was between two scores - a "second" of the two I had convinced me to give it the higher of the two scores).

This is a nice thirst-quencher. Not convinced that it's on par with some "classic" HW's - more of an APWA/HW, but does a fine job with that. Very easy to drink and refreshing!

Photo of ATPete
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Great name. This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color, with a small, but very vocal white head. Good, but almost stereo-typical Bavarian Hefe nose, very clear and clean whiffs of banana and clove with hints of muffin and soap. The beer drinks very well, a nice soft wheat texture quickly invades as its ignited by lots of small but bright carbonation, notes of citrus fruit and spice are blasted in by bubbles just before a bready banana flavor takes over, ending in a slightly boozy and immediate finish. Light in body and very exciting this beer is perfect for summer.

Photo of thethrone
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw color with big head with little retention and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of yeast, clove, hint of esters and lemon.

T - Doughy sweet wheat flavor up front, banana/ester, pepper, clove.

M - Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A pretty tasty hefe that represents the style well.

Photo of AltBock
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a label of a brown cow standing in the middle of a wheat field and a red tractor in the background. There's a best before date on the neck of the bottle, but mine was smeared.

When it was poured into a Erdinger Weizen glass, this Heifer was a pale lightly hazy lemon yellow color. The head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch in height and white in color. It had good retention that left behind a small white film and spots of white lace around the glass. I thought the aroma was very peppery with black pepper, sweet yeast, malted wheat, and some candied citrus fruits at the end. I'm allowed to say that it was a unique aroma. This Hefeweizen tasted like candied citrus fruits with malted wheat, a dash of black pepper, and then suddenly ends on a subtle touch of citrus hops. Not really all that much in the taste. If you like citrus fruit candy with a pinch of citrus hops, then you'll love the taste of this Hefeweizen. This was a light bodied beer with a light aftertaste of malted wheat, black pepper, a hint of candied citrus fruits, and a touch of sweet yeast. You know what, I'll give it to Stoudt's for making a unique Hefeweizen. Would I ever try this beer again? I might in the near future.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a very small, white head that fades. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a nice yeasty and bready aroma with pleasant tones of clove and bananna.

Yeasty and bready upfront leading into nice clove and banana flavors. Dry finish with a lingering yeasty taste.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a hefe that meets most of the standard requirements. Certainly satisfies my thirst for a wheat beer, but is little more than average for the style.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy straw yellow body. Pours with a tiny fizzy white head that disappears quickly. No lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Cloudiness is medium and denser in some spots.

S- Banana mixes with clove and peppery spice well. Peppery spice is slightly dominant over the banana for the scent. A sweet, bready yeast can be detected in the background.

T-Some banana and citrus upfront with a mild sweet yeast backbone. A citrus/funky yeast sourness comes in for the finish as the other flavors fade. Clove and some of the sourness linger long after the swallow.

M-Medium to high carbonation and light body. Yeast can be felt but not enough to make the entire body smooth.

D- This is a nice hefe that Stoudt's has released. It's very drinkable and not over the top with any flavors. If I see this again I may pick it up.

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

Had a bottle in one of the less-smoky corners of Liberty St. Tavern.

The appearance is a bit disappointing, while the hazy yellow is on, I can't get any head retention. The aroma and flavor, however, are quite authentic, albeit clove-heavy. Aside from the clove, the beer is still focused on phenol with light spices and pepper with a touch of vanilla and cream. Definitely a worthy hefe and worth trying.

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