Haystack Wheat - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by dturchin:
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
bought at: learys, newburyport, ma
A: an inviting hazy golden hue as you'd expect from an hefe, that unfilterted sediment slowly glides down the center of the brew dulling the shimmering gold which eventually fades into a more muted/tarnished gold/orange sun reflected in the ocean on hot summer day...make sure to roll this one around and repour to get the good stuff from the bottom if you're drinking out of a bottle, its so exhilirating to watch that yeast swimming to the bottom of the brew and start to let off those big aromas
S: sink your nose into the glass and its hard not to stick out your tongue and start lapping this stuff up...big overripe banana/banana bread with faint citrus undertones (grapefruit is predominant), with subtle suggestion of clove to come
MF: banana and faint citrus up front with gum coming on later, banana really sits on the middle of your tongue as citrus fades towards the sides and gum washes over the back...perfect carbonation for the style, if only a bit prickly towards as it goes down
T: cirtus comes on first, big, if not slightly unbalanced,banana all over the place coupled with citrus undertones as it goes down, really subtle clove as the flavors start to leave your tongue, with that ever so subtle gum/"band aid" (as one reviewer called it - pretty accurate) coming off the tongue as the banana and citrus wash over
D: great session beer if you're ready for a big banana/banana bread presence thats gonna linger...awesome summertime beer...six pack on the beach...can't go wrong with this one if you want to class it up a bit
overall way above "average" (however you may define that, i guess its relative) in terms of american wheats, im a big sammy fan being from the boston area but this blows their summer offering (which i once swore by) away, if youre looking for a little banana in your life, this is your summer brew...would i like more balanced flavors? maybe, but the flavors that do come across are well executed in an overall very good to great beer
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2006 04:13:48 | More by dturchin
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3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It's about a medium yellow-gold in color and pretty clear. There may be a touch of haziness but it's not close to cloudy by any means. A small white head grows to just under a finger tall and diminishes in time to a solid foam that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell offers what I expect from a wheat, though rather than being plainly American it seems to have a lot in common with a hefeweizen; that is, the Belgian yeast strain. The nose gives up the banana, clove and bubble gum along with a bit of dustiness I would expect not from a purely American offering but a Belgian.
The taste follows suit but is a little weaker somehow. It seems to fade off at some point. it's also different in that it's fruitier and tangier than the aroma, not letting things mingle nicely but sort of mashing it all together. It's not bad, just unfinished.
I don't expect a big body, but it could have a little more to it. the carbonation's at a good level but the crispness goes spritzy, but it works fairly well and there's a nice smoothness there too.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2012 00:10:19 | More by Brenden
Haystack Wheat from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.