Haystack Wheat - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by jwff:
4.25/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 02/08/08. Pours an orange/yellow with a thick foamy white head. Smell is rich with clove and bubblegum with a mild hint of citrus. Taste heavily leans on the clove with mild banana and bubblegum backing it up. Slight graininess but works well with the heavy clove. Light carbonation on a medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. This is one of the better American examples of a Hefe-weizen I've had and probably the best bottled example. Thank you Left Hand for bringing an amazing Hefe-weizen out of nowhere.
Also why is this beer in the American Pale Wheat Ale category? Anyone who has tasted it should realize it doesn't belong there.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2008 04:34:57 | More by jwff
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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.