Heartland Brewery Harvest Wheat - Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Harvest Wheat
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Heartland Brewery Union Square visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2001

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
2.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a lot to say about this beer, it was pretty weak all the way around. The appearance was a cloudy light orange color with little to no head (not sure if this was the beer or the bartender as 2 of the 3 beers that I had had little to no head on them) The aroma was non-existent. Very light citrus smell to it, but I guess that could have been the lemon wedge that they served with it. There was not much of a taste to it either, slight citrus and some yeast, heavy on the carbonation. Overall, if I were to visit the Heartland Brewery again, I would not order this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.54/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a hazy orange in color and was very fluffy just like a good Hefe Weizen should be. The head showed some nice, clingy retention as well.

Smell – Where’s the yeast? It says “wheat”, but there’s no wheat. What’s up with that? This is more of a spicy peach and cherry Belgian than a Wheat Beer.

Taste – This had some pleasant, light pale Belgian flavors but, again, no wheat.

Mouthfeel – This one was clumsy and, worst of all, lacked the fluffy character of a good Hefe Weizen.

Drinkability – Not a bad ale but too off-style to enjoy.

Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Radio City. Another pale wheat. Caution and disclosure: They put the slice of lemon in, and my protest led to them removing it and returning the glass rather than giving me a new serving. Overcarbonated, faint of flavour, light mouthfeel, drying finish.

Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse (Times Square), New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grain and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems raw, rough and grainy.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount if carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't refreshing. I took out the lemon to review it but after taking notes I put it in and the taste dramatically improved. It really needs the lemon to cut through the raw grainy and wheaty taste.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

18th Jan 2013: New York, ESB location.

Hazy/cloudy pale yellow, a bit of a white crown on top.

Vanilla esters in the aroma and taste: overall a bit sweet and not impressed.

Thin bodied and wishy-washy in general: this was not to my taste at all. It lacked character and any strong flavours to get into. Refreshing it maybe but I wanted something to quench my thirst and give me a reason to have another one.

Photo of plaid75
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat biscuity wheat with a minor yeast spiciness. There was a bit of a lemon zest as well.

The taste consisted of a trace yeast element and a light wheat malt. There was no clove spiciness to speak of.

The mouthfeel was slightly chewy and dry.

Overall an easy drinking light wheat ale.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a part of a voyage at the Heartland at 51st between fifth and sixth avenues in Manhattan. The first problem was that the beer came with a slice of orange in it. I didn't have the heart to ask for another one. It was ok, like many of their beers. It looked exactly as a wheat should, good aroma, nice flavor. If you like wheats, it's a good one.

Photo of jneiswender
2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of a flight at the Radio City location. Cool and in a sample glass.

Pours a hazy gold body and a wisp head (lemon wedge ruined it). Lemon smell. Lemon taste.

Low carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

Please stop the lemon wedge. Very lemon drop flavor and too little carbonation.

Photo of bob3701
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a shaker pint at their South Street Seaport location. By far the weakest offering they have. Small head for a wheat with a cloudy staw colored body which laced OK. Could only smell the slice of lemon that was served with this one. Taste was not to my liking and I like wheats. Very bland and watery if not for the lemon slice it may of had no taste at all. Avoid this one they do offer better brews.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Heartland Brewery Harvest Wheat...

Appearance-on tap in a 23 oz glass, decent head, fizzy, lots of carbonation, they claim it is unfiltered but there is no cloudiness and it actually seems pretty clean.

Smell-grainy, alcohol notes, some hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel-thin and sweet, some residual hops appear and malt but very watery on the finish.

Drinkability-refreshing on a hot day, but then again so is miller lite.

Overall-this beer does not measure up to some of the better version of this style and it's barely passable. Much better wheat beers for your money.

Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 01/10/07 at the Heartland Brewery Times Square in NY, NY.

Cloudy straw colored with a decent white head. Nice grainy aroma and flavor without that annoying citric wheat character that is typical of the style. Medium-light bodied and smooth with a nice finish.

One of the better American Pale Wheat Ales that I've had in a while.

Per HB website: 4.5% ABV.
Malted Red Wheat and 2-row Barley.

Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samples at Radio City, New York. Pours hazy golden hue, with a foamy, long lasting, white head. Aroma is dominated by apples and bananas some notes of weat malt. Light, crisp body. Yeasty, fruity flavor (mostly apples). Nice, refreshing summer brew..

Photo of maddogruss
2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a pint of this at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy golden body with a silky, bright white head with good retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Not much of a smell. Slight citrus undertones were noted.

T: Not much of a taste either. Slight notes of orange blossoms and lemon zest, but nothing too impressive. Malts were almost not evident and made themselves appear in the aftertaste.

M: A fairly light mouthfeel that was a little on the thin side. Nothing too impressive.

D: Ok drinkability overall, but nothing to write home about. The taste was decent at best and the mouthfeel could have used a little working on. I can't say I'd return for this one.

Photo of smcolw
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little head, no lace, cloudy yellow in appearance.

Sorry, I call 'em as I smell 'em: this beer smells fishy to me, sort of the smell you get as you enter a fish market. Not very appealling.

The flavor is slightly redeeming after the smell. This beer is very tart and is surprisingly dry. The mouthfeel is interesting considering the review thus far. The beer has the consistency of whole milk with good carbonation. There's nearly no aftertaste as this may be one of the driest beers I've ever had.

Sorry, at best, this is an average wheat beer.

Photo of Gavage
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy pale yellow color with a short 1" head. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: no real aroma with this beer, which is surprising for the style.

Taste: grainy wheat, hint of a clove or two, and some mild bitterness. This beer lacked bold flavors and drier than expected with a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp and dry throughout. Aftertaste is very short, almost can be considered clean.

Drinkability: this is a wheat beer that is easy to quaff but flavorwise it doesn't satisfy the tastebuds.

Photo of Andreji
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all american wheat ale by definition. Nice half cloudy pour with a medium head and ever present carbonation.

Smell is nice but subtle with a banana wheat and hop blend but you really have to dig in.

Taste... Bland. Wheat indeed and a discrete bitter finish in a kinds watery body. Overall drinkable but I remain unimpressed by heartland.

Photo of Weissenheimer
4.24/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I'm just grumpy because the pint cost six dollars and came with a lemon wedge, but I'm not terribly impressed with the appearance of this beer. With a light, yellowish hay color and smallish frothy head that quickly fades to a foamy film, it looks kind of wimpy for a wheat beer. The scent, however, is nicely balanced. I smell lemon, of course, but it's not overdone. It also smells fresh, floral, mildy hoppy and somehow chewy; my expectations are raising.

I take a taste and cannot maintain my grumpiness. This is yummy stuff. It's sharp, hoppy, woody, bracing, nutty, and wheaty. The lemony flavor up front is admirably restrained, allowing me to appreciate this beer's interesting, well-balanced, full-bodied character. The middle is hoppy and woody, and the finish carries a delightful, slightly metallic dryness that sizzles on the back of my tongue and cheeks. A wonderful chewiness pervades all of these stages. The web of foamy stalactites covering the glass at the end is a nice bonus.

Overall I'd say that three words describe this beer well: Crisp. Full. Balanced. If I didn't have to schlep to Times Square and pay through the nose to get this stuff I'd drink it all the time.

Photo of jimbotrost
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted as part of an 8 beer flite on last visit. This beer appeared to be more of an American Wheat than a Hefe-.

The pour was of a slightly hazy gold. Aromas of yeast subtly showed themselves off in the aroma. Very light body and light flavor led up to a surprisingly dry finish with a slight yeasty aftertaste.

Photo of albern
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was probably my least favorite in the sampler. The beer poured a hazy orange yellow color with lots of lacing. The nose was a bit sourish, a bit lemony, but not overall inviting. There was a mustiness in the aroma too. This is the least sweet wheat beer you'll find. There is a hop bite to the beer and very little wheaty character in its body. It is almost the worst of both worlds.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Heartland Brewery on 43rd

Just by glancing at other reviews of this brew i am really shocked to see so many negative opinions. I thought this one was one of the better beers available at Heartland. Crisp and refreshing, summery and light. The harvest wheat really accomplishes everything its set out to do. I must say that the enormous slice of lemon they throw in the glass is extremely not necessary and unwelcome IMO. It pours a hazy yellow color with a good white head. Its very balanced, hops are detectable underneath the soft wheat/yeast texture, also some banana and spice notes. Its got a body that weighs in slightly above thin and is a very drinkable summer brew.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly clouded gold with basically no head. Nose is virtually non-existent as is the flavor. Metallic flavor with virtually no wheat characteristic to speak of. Feel is okay. Drinkability is low. And the lemon wedge on the glass really doesn’t endear me to this brew as well. Why bother?

Photo of Nickls
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a pretty thin white head that really disappeared quickly; hazy bright orangey-yellow color

S - Lightly yeasty; some hop presence; and a bit of orange zest

T - Just not very good; very muted on all fronts; a bit of a hop in the finish; apple skins come through as well...

M - Thinner and light body; OK carbonation; but a little slick

D - I really didn't care for some of the flavors; or lack thereof

Overall, not the worst brew I've ever had, but not very good...

Photo of Chaney
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Heartland in Times Square.

Served in a pint glass with a lemon.... jeez..

A: Poured a very cloudy, wheaty, golden color with a pillowy white head that head good retention.

S: Very faint puff of lemon and wheat with the wheat winning out slightly. Understated overall.

T: While this was a tad on the thin side, I found it refreshing on a hot day. The wheat and lemon was present and the overall taste was pleasant enough but nothing to write home about.

M: Like I stated, this was palatable and great for such a hot day, with a nice carbonation bill as well as a pillowy, comfortable feel.

O: Nothing earth shattering, but still passable nonetheless.

Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Times Square Location: This poured a hazy, dark yellow color. There was a big white head to it. The nose had a bit of lemon citrus to it, as well as some wheat. Perhaps a bit of spiciness. The body of the beer was fairly typical of a wheat beer. Typical wheat flavors with some citrus. Good, but nothing special.

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off: outside of the Beerworks Blueberry and a Negra Modelo, please do not put fruit in my beer. That's like me putting broccoli in your Pepsi.

A cloudy peachy gold color with a headless pour, came with a lemon wedge. So, it smelled like a lemon, though I could smell an interesting wheaty mossiness underneath. Decent wheat flavor with good apricot highlights (and of course, lemon,) the finish was crisp but dry. I'm more partial to their Hefe, which I always order without the lemon, (I don't hate lemons, they are great - in lemonade, not beer.) I might have to try another one of these without the unexpected garnish for a second opinion.

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Heartland Brewery Harvest Wheat from Heartland Brewery Union Square
74 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.