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Haystack Wheat - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of PheerNoBeer
1.4/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm an open minded consumer who's willing to try just about anything. Vietnamese tripe soup with a few blood cubes for good measure? Sure, I gave it a try. Beef testicles, goose liver pate, baked opossum, haggis? Been there done that too, but this crap I just couldn't drink. I poured it right down the sink and good riddance.

I've tried hundreds of beers and I'm no expert, but I really wish brewers would provide an accurate description and warning of the taste found in this beer. It's the common Belgian ale or French saison taste that I'm referring to. I don't really know what creates this taste, but it's very distinct and I'm sure some people like it. Unfortunately, I find it undrinkable. Last week at a bar I ordered a White Rascal from Avery Brewing company and it tasted identical to this crap. I would rather drink fermented human saliva than this stuff.

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Photo of bark
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is a bit cloudy. The compact white head is finger thick.

The smell is fruity, there are lots of ripe apples here. Some sour notes, yeast and spicy-creamy hints.

The taste is fresher and a little sourer than the German hefe weizens. And compared to those, the body is weaker. Some notes of green apples and beans. The aftertaste is mild, almost absent.

The carbonation is strong and fresh; the bubbles are small. The liquid is light, the mouthfeel dry.

Weaker then the German equivalents... I stick to those.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Hazy blande color. Wheaty scent that has some yeasty smells as well.

Taste brings out yeast right at the front and again in the aftertaste. Some germany style hefe flavors of banana and clove. Also a mild wheat flavor that comes out.

Tasty beer, not my favorite style, but tasty for a german wheat.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[Appearance]: Orange-golden color, cloudy, lots of carbonation, head looks kinda foamy, leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Mild banana and cloves, yeast, bready wheat, some hint of lemon.
[Taste]: Lemony up front, yeast, bready wheat, I could taste some little banana and cloves, dry chalky aftertaste.
[Mouthfeel]: Light, but kinda chewy mouthfeel, well carbonated, harsh muddy aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Not too drinkable, gives me a headache after drink this beer. It taste more like an American Wheat than Hefeweizen.

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Photo of starsbleedblue
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of ScarletLady
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy blond in color little head little lace.
Nose: is the best part, clove & a little lemon
Strong clove, a little hint of sour on the tonque that thins pretty quickly. It's drinkable.

Overall it was ok but I wouldn't seek it out

I was unimpressed enough that I am having touble filling my 250 minimum commentary

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Photo of BeerZack
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-amberish color, almost like dirty bathwater with big white head leaving some clumps of lacing on its way down.

Smells like banana laffy taffy, sweet, with a bit of allspice and 'wheatiness'.

Tastes like artificial banana flavoring and some double bubble bubblegum with a crisp all-malt BMC underneath (ala Michelob). Sweet up-front but drying finish.

A bit too much carbonation, seems a little thin and watery to be a true Hefe.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good lord!

An honest attempt to make a Hefe-Weizen by an American brewery! I was shocked when I tasted this beer to find that banana-bubblegum flavour that I long for in a good Weizen.

Unfortunately, as I drank on, it became apparent how one-dimensional this beer really was. First, it was slightly undercarbonated for the style. More importantly, it nearly completely lacked the clove taste that serve to balance the banana flavours in most weizens. *MOST* importantly, there was something definately missing in the malt department. This beer felt . . . thin, and the wheat spiciness didn't really manage to come though.

As the beer warmed, man. Artificial banana, that's all I've got to say. Yellow-popsickle. I mean, it makes sense, since I'm guessing the yeast make the same ester that some factory off the New Jersey turnpike makes to flavour your popsickles.

By the end of the beer, I was really tryin' hard to finish it. A weizen normally ranks amongst the most drinkable of beers. That this one, well, isn't, should tell you something.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a 12oz single for $2.95 at Hoosick beverage in Troy NY. I didn't know it rang up for that much until I looked at the receipt just now, seems a little steep. But then again, I guess I'd expect to pay twice that for a bomber, so I guess it's on par with that. Anyway, bottled on 04 28 10, served cold in a chilled pint glass today, t = ~4 .5 months.

Cloudy light honey colored brew gives a thin fizzy white head that settles immediately from a moderately rigorous pour. Very poor head for a hefe. Smell is semi-sweet with some wheat and citrus elements that are pretty distinct from each other... I mean they're sharp smells, nothing rounded and full, the start and finish of each one is clearly defined. (I'm sure there's a word for that but damned if I can think of it.)

Feel is on the light side of moderately bodied and quite fizzy. I'd consider calling this a witbier instead of a hefeweizen. Taste is a bit too sweet. Mostly just a malty sweetness with some bits of citrus, wheat spice, cinnamon springing from it. The finish is the only place where this really says Hefeweizen to me because some banana comes out when the sweetness has faded away.

Decent in a mediocre way, and overall not very representative of the style.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Traded my friend for a bottle of this.

A: Pours a straw-colored body, slightly cloudy, with a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Slight hint of banana esters with some olive undertones.

T: A smooth, slightly olive taste with an olive aftertaste. Not sure how this taste developed, but I am not sure if the olive taste was meant to be there.

M: A little on the thin side with a little too much carbonation, even for a wheat beer.

D: Ok drinkability overall, but nothing to impressive. The taste was interesting and the mouthfeel was a bit off. I would give it a go again, but the taste was most definitely average, at best I believe.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy puke brown color with not much head, smells of citrus and malt. nearly no carbonation in this one, maybe due to the fact its january and its a summer release beer, tastes average for a what, nothing phenomenal, but still tasty nonetheless. tastes of citrus with hardly any hop character, i'd probably enjoy it more if it were a hot summer day rather than a cold winter night

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Photo of mountdew1
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11 09 05. Drank from a standard pint glass. Smell was interesting, almost slightly like a pimento stuffed green olive. Taste had a very small hint of the same. The end of the pint was very very bitter, actually made me shudder. Possibly an iffy bottle, which heavily goes towards my averages across the board. It was a little thin in the mouth, I perefer a thicker drink that lingers for a while. The head disappeared quickly, with just a trace of white left during the drink. It was an interesting beer that I would want to try again before making a solid yeah or nay vote, albeit with a fresher bottle.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Bright orange, cloudy color. Sudsy white head; big bubbles throughout.

Smell- Clean, dry and wheaty. A slight alcohol/hop twang seeps in along the edges.

Taste- Medium-bodied, with lively carbonation. Slightly chewy, tangy wheat flavor up front. A faint touch of fruity, citric sweetness pops up in the middle before being replaced by dry, grassy bitterness in the finish.

Verdict- Not bad, but there just isn't much here for the taste buds to grab on to.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep yellow-orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Light aroma of clearance rack wheat crackers with faint notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Tangy wheat, with a hint of grain and a fine layer of dust. Mild honey sweetness. Mild tastes of banana and clove. Drop of acidity. Light, spicy bitterness that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Suspiciously watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though I have enjoyed some of their lighter fare (e.g., Deep Cover and Polestar), I just didn't dig this one.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into the glass a honey color with a cloudy swirl of yeast. An impressive off-white rootbeer float-like head.
Smells slightly of banana, slight yeast aroma and very little of the up front citrus scents expected for this style. As the beer warms the cirtus is more readily detected.
Very light bodied, almost weak. In my opinion this may be a Light American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours with a light amber color paired with a fair amount of head which seemed to recede quickly. Fairly light in color.

Smell - Very light aroma, subtle wheat smell

Taste - Very mellow with a slight sweetness that develops in your mouth after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel - Fairly highly carbonated. Crisp.

Overall - This is a very light and drinkable beer. It's an easy one, and doesn't demand your attention, but is still pleasant with the subtle flavor and crispness.

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Photo of Onslow
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to mister joey moneyman for this free bonus ... some bubblegum, lemon, and banana ... i didn't know the evil monkey liked Foghat...a simple beer for a summer beer ... refreshing ... it won't win awards but it is drinkable with some people pleasing flavours... ok

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Photo of blakelive784
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy orange/golden color with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - Smells mostly of citrus and some spice, maybe coriander, followed by sweet malty aromas. Mostly pleasant.

T - No surprises. Pleasant citrus flavors at the front, but not as sweet as the smell would indicate. The bitterness comes from the clove/coriander spice.

M - Very light and watery mouth feel. Good carbonation. It has a strange aftertaste though.

D - Overall, quite drinkable, but not one I'd come back to. Just an ok beer.

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Photo of becktone
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: Cloudy dark yellow brown in appearance with a very small head with little to no lacing and poor head retention. Very poor appearance with this brew.

Nose: Tons of yeast and wheat aroma in this brew. Definitely has a ester/phenolic yeast profile, there are definitely banana and clove phenolics here. Reminds me of a Belgian or German yeast strain.

Tongue: Much of the flavor profile comes from the yeast. Reminds me of the yeast profile of a Witbier. Reminiscent of the coriander and other spices used in the Witbier. Again huge banana and clove tastes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with appropriate levels of carbonation. Leaves the mouth with huge aftertaste of cloves. This beer goes down well, and is easy to drink. Even though this brew is classified on this site as an American pale wheat ale it is clearly not that. It is closer to a Witibier than that and I'd prefer Hoegaarden over this brew.

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3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a fair beer for an American Wheat. Of course, American Wheat beers aren't very good. Starts off with a good estery, bananna, clove, and bubblegum aroma that is much weaker in the flavor. The color is golden to straw with a thin haze and high carbonation. Tastes weak on the palate and less creamy than desired. Soft texture thins considerably into the finish. Malt presence has a medium showing at initial sip and remains into the finish. Finishes a little like cereal grains. All in all, a fair beer but not one to seek out.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice hazy golden light-brown pour.

Yeasty smell with sweet wheat aroma.

Heavy orange citrus taste dominates this beer. A nice subtle hint of cloves and spices warm the flavor, transitioning to the aftertaste. Unfortunately, the aftertaste didn't change much for me, still giving me too much orange flavor.

It was still very drinkable, just not too complex.

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Photo of jackorain
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JLMJL for the sample.

Pours a cludy straw color, or is it hay? Big foamy white head that stay around for quite a while and leaves quite nice splotchy lacing as it recedes.

Aromais sweet wheat, banana, a touch of clove and pear. Smells like a wheat should.

Similar to the nose with a quick hit of sweetness from the wheat. This is followed by banana and clove. there is a slight hint of spciy hops, but notinh stands out in the hop department. One and done.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery with a gentle carboantion.

Really I'd prefer my American Pale wheat beer to have some more hops for flavoring and bittering. I'd leave the gentle hopping to the wit and hefe stuff

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Photo of ybnorml
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden beer with a slight haze. Has a small white head. There are nice notes of clove and banana in the aroma. The flavor has a decided wheat character with some sourness and a hint of clove in the background. The mouthfeel was a little dry and puckery.

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Haystack Wheat from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.