Haystack Wheat - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: finepaws on 09-04-2005

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Reviews by numberwang:
Photo of numberwang
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by the pub in longmont and was surprised to see this on tap, Left Hand used to bottle this, but I never had it from the bottle. It definitely remained me of fo Germany. It was all there kinda like a sweet-banana-clove like cinnamon roll with ant orange/lemon glaze, and of course that distinct weisse yeast twang. Mild hoppiness/ This is now a seasonal left hand offering.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a slightly hazy...well hay/straw color with a white one finger head that leaves pretty quickly leaving no lace behind,nice lemony aroma very effervescent with just a light wheaty undertone.Wow this beer suprises me a little not just a run of the mill American wheat ale here nice big wheat malt profile very sturdy but not heavy in the mouth,soft lemony tones round this out very nicely just enough to make you not think about the "dreaded" lemon wedge.Could be one of the better American wheat beers out there wich might not be saying much but this is very good.

Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-04-16. Served in hefeweizen glass.

A: Yellow color, orange hues. Uneven haze in the liquid. Big white creamy head that settles just a little too fast. Some chunky lacings.

S: Mostly fruity - bananas, orange peel and peach. Wheat and white bread. Faint spices.

T: A rather week taste. Mostly sweet with some bananas and oranges. Plenty of wheat flavors and toast. Slightly spicy in the middle (cloves, white pepper). The finish is short, minimally bitter and has some spices, minerals and grassy hops.

M: Moderate body, low carbonation that could have been slightly more aggressive.

D: An average beer. It smells and tastes okay. Easy to drink, but it falls short compared to the many great German beers of similar styles.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very murky yellow brown with a fine white head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheat, banana and cloves.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and lots of banana with some citrus and light spices. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation and slightly watery.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a light and unadventurous hefe, but it is decent.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow orange, decent carbonation

Smell: orange, vanilla, bananas, and cloves

Taste: orange, vanilla, bananas, and cloves

Mouthfeel: very smooth, light, slightly crisp aftertaste

Drinkability: This is a very good example of the sytle. I could definately session this in the summer

Photo of Mora2000
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly golden orange color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, flowers, sugar, butter and some honey. The flavor is butter and sugar, along with some wheat, flowery hops and vanilla. Very interesting, but a little bit buttery and too sweet. Medium mouthfeel and high, prickly carbonation. Not sure if this bottle is off or not, but it is not up to Left Hand's usual standards.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a tall wheat glass.

Cloudy,pale golden color,2" froathy white head with fair retention and bits of lacing. Large yeast chunks at the bottom of the bottle some were very dark looking almost black.

Very clean aromas,fruity. Slight to faint aromas of bannana and clove with some bready/yeastyness also present.

Clean taste,slightly sour,touch of fruityness with some hints of apriocot and faint bannana with some citrusy note at the finish. Not the typical tastes i would favor and expect in a wheat beer.

Light mouthfeel,on the watery sied with some light tangyness. Was just lacking the characteristics of would want in a wheat beer. Nothing offensive at all,just not enough of anything.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 8/1/07, part of a Left Hand sampler twelve pack. It pours a slightly hazy dull yellow. The white head is a little weak and doesn't stick around for very long.

The aroma is very yeasty, along with ginger, clove, and little lemon zest. The flavor follows, along with some banana and a slightly soapy finish.

The mouth is light and the carbonation lacks a little. It's not really complex, but has enough going on to make it flavorful. It's very drinkable. It's awright.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving not much lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen more than anything - lots of bananas with sweet malt and just a hint of grassiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the banana isn't as strong. Still, dried banana flavors are most pronounced, with a bit of grassiness at the end that lingers for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with a good amount of carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and would certainly consider having another.

Overall this is a solid beer, though I'm not sure how well it fits in as a wheat beer. Better than I expected, and worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short Weizen glass)

A-This beer has a hazy caramel yellow colored body with a thin white head the dissipates quickly. Three is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the top.

S- The soft yeasty note has hints of banana and clove that increase as the beer warms. The soft note of banana bread and soft bubble gum finish the beer.

T- The soft wheat hint has a nice clove note that finishes with a slight tartness

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that cleans off the tongue

D- This beer has a nice aroma and taste but the fizz starts to drowned everything out after it warms a tad.

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of scottblaze
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, straw colored (just like hay should be), a heavy handed pour produced a 3/4" head, fair retention, fair lacing. Smell is a little grassy but mostly spice..a little ginger, a little clove. Taste is pronounced clove , a little bitterness on the finish. Crisp mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

A tasty and refreshing one. Would make a very good summer refresher.

Photo of ggaughan
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the other day from the Foodery in Philly. The beer poured a very hazy deeper colored gold with a thick bubbly white head. Reminds me of a Duvel pour so I served it in a Duvel glass..to myself. This beer has fantastic lacing with a crisp, citrusy aroma. The taste was is of citrus, maybe some banana and definite wheat tons and a bit of spice. The body is light and refreshing and easy to drink but not overly complex. This would make for a good summertime beer so I will have to keep that in mind for the coming months.

Photo of dacrza1
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consistently soft white head one-inch head settles nicely on an attractive orange-brown body--definitely unfilteredas apparent when swishing the bottle's sediment...bright, soft wheat scents with a bit of fruit as well... clean, almost elusive in mouth and throat--not like a hefe... slighty effervescent and medium-bodied...smooth wheats abound and dominate...light malt and little hop to the glass...tickles the tongue in a playful manner... as hefes go, not outstanding but not flawed in any majorly detectable way either... a solid player in a Left Hand sampler....

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand- Haystack Wheat

Appearance- Cloudy orange with a small quick disappating head.
Smell- Strong wheat, yeast and clove.
Taste- Big clove flavor with a malty backbone and hints of wheat germ and brewers yeast.
Mouthfeel- Spicy up front with huge flavor in the tail end. Smooth throughout.

Overall- Very good, very flavorful. This is a good 6er to bring to any summer party.

Photo of starsbleedblue
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

a- pale cloudy yellow with a nice thick head

s- very fruity and musty

t- sweet banana and tropical fruit/ wheat flavors

m- medium body and carbonation, very smooth and crisp

d- i'm not going so to say it was bad but waaayyy to sweet for my taste, not something i would be able to drink very much of or will buy again.

Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle stamped bottled on 4.26.06. Poured into an Aventinus weizen glass.

Appearance: I swirled and poured the yeast, so there's a lovely haze going on without being so unfiltered-looking you can't see through it. Sappy, drippy patterned tears of lacing are slowly left around the top of the bulb, and the head fades fairly fast but still leaves some around the top, enough to have a visual white point of reference.

Smell: Bread and cookie flavors come first, with some yeast, highly sweet wheat aromas, some banana, and some heavy cream.

Taste: Again, the cookie like flavors, maybe from the yeast, come through, with the too subdued flavors of banana, yeastiness, bread crust, vanilla, and lemon. This has the potential to be awesome, but it's way too slight all around, minus the balance, as the finish doesn't end up too sweet, which I also like.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery as I expected it to be a bit creamier with a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Not something I'd buy a 6-pack of probably, but I'd drink it again. It's not that it's not a balanced brew, it just seems a little safe and subdued to me and doesn't really take that extra step that a domestic needs to catch up to the real deals.

Photo of Dave128
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - almost no head with a pretty vigorous pour. Reached about a finger before quickly dissipating into nothingness. A tiny ring is present around the outside of the glass.

S - banana clove and coriander... A metallic smell that isnt very pleasing.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, down to the metallic taste. The hefeweizen qualities of this beer are great, but the twang of metal I get in the finish is very off-putting.

M - Light and crisp.

D - I generally love weizens but this one is definitely not my favorite. Maybe its old.. I bought it as a single and the bottle dating was rubbed off so its possible. I may try it again in the future, but this tasting didnt impress me much.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable drinkable hefe, tangy and sweet. Good sized soapy head on yellow. Wheat aroma , creamy above average mouthfeel.Smooth and average taste for a hefe, a touch of clove, hint of bannana in the tropical fruit. Suitably and significantly carbonated.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy tequila sunrise glowing orange beer with a faint blood red cast...like a drop of grenadine in a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. The head rises to about two fingers before settling at a thin cap, and not a whole helluva lot of lace is on the glass.

S - Bubblegum and orange juice. Cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and mango fruit notes are there along with a little hint of hay-like hops. Nice! This nose is fruity, sweet, and really fresh. Nice balance too.

T - Like the nose, this has all sorts of fresh fruity flavors, along with a bready yeast flavor that is tasty as hell. This is like a fat slice of freshly baked white bread slathered with orange and mango preserves, eaten after spitting out a wad of Bazooka Joe classic bubble gum.

M - Medium bodied and yeasty, but extremely thirst quenching and satisfying after my bicycle ride home from the gym. The finish is yeasty and fresh, and the lingering taste of fresh bread and tropical fruit is really nice.

D - This is one of the best "American Wheat" beers that I've had. I really don't see how this is not a hefeweizen...it's more akin to those smooth and yeasty Bavarian beers than a what I think of as tangy and tart American wheat. Damn fine stuff. I'll definitely be buying more of this in the future.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really love Left Hand's Milk Stout and I thought their Juju Ginger was interesting. It's still hot/warm out so I thought I'd get their wheat beer. I don't drink them regularly but their good to have every so often to satisfy my beer palette.

The head was two fingers high and white and smelled strongly of citrus, like a lemon-orange-mango mix, and of course wheat and yeast. The color of the beer looked exactly like pineapple juice.

Upon tasting I was greeted first by the strong citrus flavor - tasting much like mango-pineapple - that added a bit of acidity to it. The rest of the body consisted of wheat/yeast and citrusy sweetness. I'm sure some people would like this beer more than I if they like their beers to be fruity but it wasn't wheaty enough for me to like a lot.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poued into a pint glass along with the yeast. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is filled with wheat, banana, spices and yeast. Most American wheat beers are pretty bland in the nose, this one has some really nice character from the yeast. 

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty similar to banana bread with a lot of wheat and some banana and spices and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Haystack Wheat is a solid wheat beer that is a great summer-time beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good looking beer. A straw color with slight orange hues sits beneath a thin white head. It's a very hazy, cloudy beer.

Scents include pine, citrus, cloves, pepper and God only knows what else. But they all work well together.

Not sweet like I expected, being a wheat good, but still good nonetheless. Everything you smell, you also taste and like in the nose, they all work well.

I'm not sure how I'd have scored this during cold weather, but in the heat, it felt great. There's some peppery bitter that mixes well with a crisp astringent feeling that completely refreshes the palate.

I enjoyed this. Lots of flavor and it felt good and went down easy despite all the spices. Moderate alcohol means you can have these all night long.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Six-Pack Shop in Bethlehem. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head and thin lacing.

This pretty much smells and tastes like a German hefe, or how about its a very German tasting American wheat. The aroma is of sweet and spicy toast and the flavor matches with a small fruity note that reminds me of Five Alive and vanilla. The body is light, making this a tasty and sessionable beer. I'm sure it's especially nice in summer months.

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored (a little cloudy) with an efferevescent 2" deep white head. Some lacing and head retention

Smell; Huge band aidy& banana peel scents, hefe fans will dig this

Taste: Large fruttyness up front with a hint of cinamon??? Then banana peel hitsfollowed up by a quenching bubble gum finish

MF: Good carbonation & balance

Pretty drinkable despite this being one of my least favorite styles. If this isn't really a hefe, I'd say my scores need to drop, but every time I've had this, it says hefe! This would fit in well in Germany

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Haystack Wheat from Left Hand Brewing Company
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