Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-09-2008 23:40:54 | More by NeroFiddled
2.3/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
11-14-2008 23:37:03 | More by HomebrewPgh
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
10-28-2008 23:26:57 | More by GbVDave
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-14-2008 01:09:11 | More by orbitalr0x
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
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
10-08-2008 03:11:09 | More by blackie
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-02-2008 02:48:39 | More by kasper
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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!
10-01-2008 22:40:57 | More by jwc215
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-26-2008 23:58:44 | More by ATPete
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
08-26-2008 02:30:06 | More by thethrone
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
08-21-2008 02:56:47 | More by AltBock
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-07-2008 02:59:11 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
08-05-2008 03:03:15 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-01-2008 15:36:02 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to Dim for this fantastic extra
Bottle poured into a Wiezen glass produced two fingers worth of white that that doesn't last to long, on top of a hazy almost grapefruit juice colored body.
Great bananas and bubble gum aromas of the yeast cloves and wheat come thru as well
Tastes sweet and wheaty with a light spice bitter finish in your mouth. Very light in the mouthfeel tons of carbonation for your tongue
Good drinkability on this brew great representation of the style
07-26-2008 02:12:00 | More by joepais
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
12 oz. bottle.
Very cloudy pale lemon yellow, with a couple little yeast chunks adrift. Thick cushion of soft, cotton white head. Good lacing. Lots of yeast and estery bananas on the nose. A little clove. Spicy Tettnanger hops.
Bready wheat malt up front. Yeasty twang. Banana and clove follow. Spicy, lightly bitter noble hops in the otherwise yeasty, banana-y finish. Medium body with a pulpy, thick feel. Nice American made hefe. Good summer sipping for this evening!
07-23-2008 01:12:35 | More by alexgash
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a pillowy bone white head. Minimal lacing and a good amount of bubbles moving quickly north.
Smells of wheat, hay, lemons, sour yeast, clove and a mild hint of banana. A little muddled together and dominated by the wheat and sour yeast. Not a very clean nose.
Sweet wheat (that's fun to say) body with a bready yeast sourness. Some light citrus hops and spicy notes also come through on the back end.
Light bodied, on the creamy side. A little undercarbonated.
A sessionable hefe, light and refreshing.
07-18-2008 12:02:47 | More by ColForbinBC
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
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Poured a very cloudy lemony-orange with a 1 finger soft, white creamy head that was littered with macro-bubbles. Retention was slightly less then average and dissipated after only a minute after the pour.
S: The nose yielded beautiful aromatics of sour yeastiness, lemons, pale oranges and wheat.
T: equally as beautiful and impressive as the nose displaying flavors of light dry wheat with a subtle sourness of lemons and oranges. A sharp citursy hopping soon makes its presence known along with a smooth tartness and light acidity. There was a sharp lemon flavor and yeastiness which gently fades on the finish with some light dry wheat character that makes you long for the next sip.
M: very light, with a slight creaminess and tartness. A nice breadiness and wheatiness is detected as well.
D: Great drinkability and one that is case worthy and would satisify on a hot summer day. An all day drinker that wont let you done.
07-10-2008 22:54:58 | More by beerthulhu
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
note: I think this is the same recipie as their Weizen under a new name.
a: This was a cloudy sraw colored yellow, paler than most hefes. It was served to me with a big creamy white head that didn't last.
s: Big sweet wheat aromas with milder banana notes than most hefes. Very mildly spiced.
t: Much more sweet than spicy, but not at all cloying. Sweet, bready, wheat flavors with some banana flavor. The finish does have some faint peppery qualities.
m: I think was slightly under carbonated.
d: This isn't the best hefe around, but they did a pretty nice job with this one. I think Lancaster Brewing's is the best local hefe.
07-08-2008 10:50:55 | More by DIM
3.18/5 rDev -15%
Picked up at State Line Liquor, a new one. Cloudy yellow with some good foam. Wheat aroma, a bit watery in mouthfeel,coinciding with some creamy mouthfeel and a slight but well-malted down sourness.A clove, even a tad of sugar. OK but nothing special to drink.
07-06-2008 04:28:29 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
Stoudt's- Heifer-in-Wheat (Hefeweizen)
A- Cloudy hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.
S- Strong fresh wheat, hay/ grass, and cloves.
T- Sweet honey touched wheat, cloves, a slight bubblegum flavor.
M- Starts of sweet with a big wheat flavor. Finishes off slightly spicy and dry. Smooth and easy.
Overall- A good sessionable hefe. Solid, middle of the road but enjoyable.
06-20-2008 20:06:46 | More by NJpadreFan
Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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