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Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 06-20-2008

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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 242
Photo of UDbeernut
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: cloudy yellow, small head with ok retention

s: clove, dull earthyness, hint of sweetness

t: clove provides the balance with wheat, light notes of flowery hops, a nice hefe

m: light and refreshing, slick

o: good example of the style.

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing hazy yellow color with a slight orange hue. Two fingers of fluffy white foam has settled to a thin lace rather quickly. Minimal head retention.

Definitely picking up the typical banana and clove like aromas.

Nice and fruity up front followed up by just the right amount of lemony tartness. Finish is crisp and refreshing.

Thin to medium body with a moderate carbonation level.

A pretty good Heifeweizen overall.

Morey’s Bottom Line: This is definitely a summer seasonal I could see myself picking up if only it were available in Erie. You would figure living in the same state and all, that wouldn’t be too difficult. Unfortunately, Stoudts seasonls are not currently shipped to the area. I’m working to change that. Cheers!

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No directions or anything else of note on the bottle, so I will jump right in on this one.

I tried really hard to generate some head on this one, but it dissipated as quickly as I poured. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was banana forward in terms of its esters, underlain by clove. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a muted banana flavor on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and refreshing, but I felt like something was missing. It just did not have the oomph of some of the other hefeweizens that I have tried recently.

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Photo of Neuenhaus
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the expo.

Poured cloudy and hazy light golden with hardly any head. Hmm, this is different for a wheat I guess. At least the banana is pretty prominent though! Lighter notes of clove and bubblegum, but mostly banana and wheat twang. A solid hefe with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Nothing that offends the palate here. Will revisit.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best by 10/20/11 printed on bottle, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/25/11.

A: Pours a cloudy golden straw color with white head. Lots of visible cloudy and wispy yeast floating around.

S: Lots of yeast with some wheat and cloves as well as hints of banana.

T: Sweet pale malts and wheat with the typical banana and clove of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. The banana really comes through in the finish and lingers around for a while.

M: Definitely creamier than your typical hefe but in a good way. Medium body with medium-light carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Solid hefeweizen, nothing extraordinary but the flavor and mouthfeel are great. Really refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A honey straw colored beer hazy and cloudy.
The head cap is short and dense but lingers on and on leaving fine lacing in its wake.

Aroma is of your typical wheat beer and is quite the same in this case. Malty with fine aromas of yeast banana and cloves.

Plenty of flavor here. Skads of banana and clove esters with a desent malt bill.

A smooth and somewhat thicker bodied beer here.
Soft on the pallette.

A good drinking beer. I had this without a lemon and it was super. a good beer from a worthy brewery.

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

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A= settled to golden cloudy yellow, modest to little head.

S= nice wheat, typical hints of clove and some faint hops florals.

T= a reasonable wheat taste, nothing to knock, pretty standard.

M= nice lingering aftertaste of wheat and modest clove notes.

O= very drinkable, went well with cheese and salad.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, straight from the brewery today.

A: Pale golden straw color with a thick, creamy and bubbly white head. Hazy body that doesn't settle out, very typical looking for the style, maybe a bit lighter than others though.

S: Banana, clove, orange peel and heavy yeast notes. The malt back here seems very grainy and bread-like but unfortunately doesn't seem to give any balance to the typical Hefe notes mentioned earlier.

T: Up front are banana notes that quickly recede and turn into a rather flat flavor profile. Everything goes quite muted with a lingering of a yeasty flavor - a bit sticky, stale...something. This is definitely not the best representation of the style by any means. It's weak, muted and not nearly complex enough.

M: Way too thin, really carbonated - this seems messy.

Stoudt's generally makes solid beer but the "Bavarian Hefeweizen" is just not refined enough to be one of them. It's very local, easily accessible in the Spring and definitely one I will actually pick up again, but if I'm in the mood for a good Hefeweizen, this won't be on my list of options.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been drinking some inferior Shiners today and so when I opened this and took a sip I was in heaven. This is a decent American wheat beer. Not so much authentic to German ones, but more flavorful as per American ones.

It's a bit harsh and strong tasting, but this one works. As with most Stoudts it is to be trusted na bought again. They are an example of what's right with American breweries.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe isn't too bad. The pour is a bright yellow and as the glass filled the sediment starts to get kicked around and it makes this brew look more like a true Hefe. The color turned more golden as the head settles. The aromas are pretty much like a normal Hefe, it's got the wheat, the clove, and the banana flavors all in there. The drinkability is pretty smooth. It's not a bad beer at all really.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden colour, visible carbonation, thin white head. Last few drops from the 120z bottle were completely made up of sediment that mesmerizingly swam down to the bottom of my weizen glass. By the time it all settles, it was rather cloudy.

Smell: Bready, strong yeast, light, and refreshing.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet upfront, notes of clove and banana. Of course, there is that lovely yeasty flavour all too familiar in hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: A nice smooth feeling, light, refreshing, mild bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth, light, refreshing, overall a decent brew. A little too sweet for my tastes, otherwise very good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice, classic hefe style here, with a rich and hazy and very light pale yellow color. A large, two inch high head of white came up over the top and settled down gently into a light and fluffy layer that all it took was a few seconds to wisp away. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. A light banana and clove like smell comes at me with the first whiff. Sweet, almost bubblegum like presence, and we all know that all too familiar strain of yeast that makes it just really stick out in a crown. Flavor came through right away, light and very bright with a light grain base that was quickly overshadowed by a light fruit like flavor that really just shined right through. Quick and clean with the lasting flavor of banana stuck on my tongue, this was simply done very well. Light body with a great amount of carbonation in it, I was shocked by how smooth and easy this one went down.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into weizen glass.
Pours a cloudy (yeast was swirled and added) yellow color with a modest head that shrinks rather quickly. Smells like a classic hefe. Bubble gum hits the nose first, then banana and clove. Palate follows the nose and is very enjoyable. Light bodied and very fluid. Overall a nice hefeweizen that stacks up well with alot of the German imports.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a medium yellow with a very small creamy white head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing.The aroma was very faint of an earthy yeast and a hay like malt with notes of banana and clove. It tasted mildly yeasty and lightly bitter form start to finish with the end having notes of banana and citus. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall and OK brew typical of the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a pale golden yellow color, transparent, with a very thin bubbly head that fizzles away immediately.

S-strong aroma of a nutty wheat, notes of sweet yeast, creamy banana and clove, light note of lightly spiced alcohol

T-flavors are heavy on wheat and malt up front, slightly nutty, sweet banana esters, fair bit of yeast with light notes of spicy alcohol in the back. moderate bitterness in the finish for the style and slightly medicinal phenol accompanies.

M-relatively lively carbonation on a medium creamy body. seems to thin out slightly in the back and has a champagne like lingering carbonation.

D-not a bad beer, interesting strain of yeast and strong malt body. relatively simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of CooperEllis
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into .3l tulip.

The pour was very foamy initially, perhaps as much as 2:3 ratio of foam to liquid, but it disapeared quickly leaving only traces of lace, which stayed. Cloudy; dirty blond color.

The aroma is a baking aroma, dough or bready. There is some spice to it, not distinctly any one.

The taste doesn't linger much. It is full for a moment, then gone. A bit of fruit, banana-ish, but more like banana pudding or banana bread than a fresh piece of fruit. There doesn't seem to much carbonation. No trace of alcohol.

It isn't hard to drink but there is no overwhelming urge to pour another. Would like it to have a bit more flavor through to the finish.


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Photo of yesyouam
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat is a cloudy, pale golden ale with a thin white head that quickly thins to a film and leaves decent lacing. It has a banana-clove aroma with notes of lemon and wheat. It's pretty light bodied and smooth with a pretty clean finish. It's lightly flavored with banana, clove and lemon-- just like the aroma. It's pretty refreshing.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudts Bavarian Wheat | volume ml. | % ABV | vintage

Brewer: Stoudts Brewing Co.
Style: Hefeweizen
Glass: Pint

Hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head.

Neroli oil, processed wheat.

Straight wheat grain and surprisingly bitter hop presence -- this is not your typical hefe.

Highly carbonated, prickly. Light to medium-bodied.

It's a bit unbalanced, on the bitter side. Not a successful aberration from the standard hefe in my opinion, though not undrinkable.

Would I get it again?:

Served: August 24, 2010. On-tap @ The Stag's Head

Price = $6.00

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall Weizen glass.

Pours with 2-3F of soapy white head over a semi-opaque, dirty-golden body. Lots of carbonation flowing up.

Pleasantly balanced aromas of ripe banana, and spicy German yeast. Touch of butterscotch sweetness in the back.

Malt forward with sweetness. Banana popsicle, pancakes, and little bit of lemongrass.

Smooth up front, slightly watery with solid carbonation, but ending with a light cloying finish from the sweetness.

This is a fine example of a hefeweizen. Has all the right characteristics. Maybe slightly thin, but a great summer beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500mL Paulaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a large, slowly dissipating white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick, spotty lace. Many bubbles sticking to the side of the glass inside the beer.

Smell: Citrusy aromas with yeast and wheat. Mild banana backbone.

Taste: Begins wheaty, with some sweet citrus flavors and a mild banana note. Finishes yeasty, with some more citrus flavors and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Thinner body with sharp carbonation up front, finishing watery and refreshing.

Drinkability: This isn't a great hefeweizen, but is much more faithful to the style compared to many American varieties. While I wouldn't be opposed to drinking this again, I think I would pick a German Hefe over this if the opportunity existed.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour and see a nice golden body.The smell is pretty good and the taste is not bad either. I try a few Hefeweizen but this is right up there. I see it at the store all the time and just over look it until this morning. I'm such a rookie at this. Willing to try some other beers by them.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color with a white head that quickly disappeared. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bananas, bubble gum, cloves and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is slightly sweet; no bitterness from the hops is evident.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, thirst quenching and refreshing, and the low alcohol content makes it rather sessionable, particularly during the summer months.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat from Stoudts Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.