Big Honey Hefe
Millstream Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
3.68 | pDev: 14.4%
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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FreshHawk from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright, glowing coppery honey color. An average sized, light, bubbly, foamy, off-white head. Disappears almost instantly leaving almost no lace.

S - Interesting aroma that I can't quite place. Lots of honey sweetness with kind of a candy or pastry type of sweetness as well. Some vague wet wheat type of aroma. Some caramel and cotton candy aroma as well with the cotton candy coming on strong at the end.

T - Quite sweet with some alcohol burn in there. Lots of honey and cotton candy sweetness. A little too much for me as it weighs a little too much on the tongue. In the background there is some sweet, wet wheat flavor. Touches of spice, maybe clove but it's hard to pin down. Mid sip to finish a phenol flavor comes out. Slight alcohol burn toward the finish.

M - Medium to full body with average carbonation. Pretty thick and fairly cloying. Sticks to your mouth.

D - A little too sweet and cloying and the sticky mouthfeel doesn't help. A bit strong on the phenol flavor as well. Not bad, but not what I really want in a beer.

Notes: Somewhat reminiscent of a mead. Loads of honey and sweetness with alcohol being present. It wasn't bad or undrinkable, but it's not really what I want when I'm looking for a beer. Once you get used to it, it gets a bit better and the finish gets better bordering toward nice. Not worth seeking but not something I'd advice against.

Jan 01, 2012
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iabeerbaron from Iowa

3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from John’s Grocery in Iowa City, IA. A mostly clear, orange-colored pour with a medium sized, off-white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and bready. Banana is very present with a bit of bubble gum as well. Flavor is about the same, maybe some clove thrown in there. Somewhat unique, glad to see some aggressiveness from Millstream.

Dec 04, 2011
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ZAP from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer...a lot of sweetness...kind of a honey glazed doughnut type of impression...a lot of flavor and bordering on cloying...aroma has some hefe characteristics...a bit of banana and cloves....that carries through to the taste as well but the sweetness is the major player on the taste...

This is about what I was expecting from a 9% honey hefe..nice effort here. Not something you want to drink in excess but good for a change-up....

Nov 05, 2011
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zeledonia from Washington

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled some time in June or July 2011 (the notches on the label are ambiguous). Looking forward to trying this, my first taste of Millstream's offerings.

Pours a clear, deep orange amber. One finger of yellowish head that fades fast, leaving apple cider-like lacing.

Smell is hard to pin down. There are a lot of subtle things playing off each other here, with no one smell coming to the fore. There's some alcohol sharpness, a bit of honey-ish sweetness, and some fruity malts trying to fight their way through (pomegranate?). A little weaker than I'd like it to be, but otherwise intriguing and quite nice.

Taste is quite a bit sweeter than I expected. Heavy heavy heavy on the honey; everything else is secondary. I can see and appreciate what they were trying to do, but I find it overpowering and almost cloying. It does have some tangy spice, some bite. Finish is an odd mix of sweetness, spice, and dryness.

Mouthfeel is good - rich, heavy, sticky, and syrupy. It almost feels like I'm drowning in honey, but the high carbonation helps me come up for air.

It's a good beer, but a little weird. The sweetness of the honey drowns out everything else - lighter on that, and it would be delicious.

Oct 05, 2011
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Soneast from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, amber to brown coloer, growing a decent sized, creamy white head, with above average retention, and some nice dollopy lace.

The aroma is sweet and grainy, with some tasty yeasty esters, mostly clove and just a hint of banana. Some nice biscuity flavors round things out.

The flavor consists of upfront clovey flavors that immediately drops into a nice grainy breadiness and some almost caramely characteristics. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, although I think the carbonation is a tad light making the beer feel slightly syrupy and heavy.

Overall I found this beer to be quite delicious, well rounded flavors and a nice balance. Definitely something I would enjoy drinking again. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Jul 30, 2011
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daledeee from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A special release from Millstream.

It pours a kinda dark rusty brown. The head was medium but left a ring around the glass. The head can be revived with some swirling

Nose is strong clover blossum.

Taste is sweet honey, malts, yeast and orange with spice. Plenty going on here. If the sweetness was just a little less, I would really like this. As is, not balanced at all.

Not a lot of carbonation but as I said if the beer is swirled the head returns and the beer is pretty creamy on the mouth. This is probably the best beer they have made lately. It is close...

Jul 24, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA reviews, this beer appears to be a new seasonal release.
Julian code "1133" on the bottom of the bottle suggests a date in the Spring of 2011 (April/May?). Label notched between June & July.

Murky russet coloration, brown/red/orange in varying amounts. Some lacing forms around the edges right away. Its creamy head of foam has a soft meringue texture, with a banana creme pie aroma from a couple feet away. So far so good.

Bananas, vanilla wafers, banana pudding, and whipped cream = Big Honey Hefe. Aroma isn't too sweet, there's a wheaty undercurrent that keeps things from swerving into dessert territory.

Extra creamy feel, smooth banana creme texture again, very mellow and wheaty, true to style. Big banana flavors, also vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Flavor is mildly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The alcohol is present, but somewhat hidden behind the recurring banana creme pie theme. It surfaces more in the aftertaste as it warms. Super tasty and fresh, which is hard to find sometimes with imported Weizenbocks.

This beer didn't look like much from the label, but it's most certainly worth picking up a sixer or two if you like stronger hefeweizen/weizenbocks. Now i'm wishing I had more than a single...

Jun 28, 2011
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy orange with amber tones. One finger of lightly tanned head dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge. A customary cake of yeast was stuck to the bottom of the bottle, but most of it was worked loose after a couple swirls.

Smell: When loosening the cap I got a whiff of hefe and vodka. After pouring it into the glass, the beer smelled more like a proper hefe: yeast, ripe banana, apple, bubblegum, orange, lemon citrus, and clove. Along with a slight alcohol edge, which is understandable, there is a hint of pepper. There may be a little honey in there, but it does not jump out and scream, “HONEY!”

Taste: I still do not get much honey, which is fine; the honey was not the selling point for me. Each sip is tinged with a potent alcohol edge, but it is partly hidden by the usual hefe suspects: yeast, ripe banana, apple, bubblegum, orange, and clove. As it warms, the alcohol edge becomes a kick.

Drinkability: Tasty stuff, though it is a tad bit boozy for my taste. Frankly, after one bottle I am a little buzzed.

Jun 16, 2011
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rundocrun from Iowa

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Its a slightly deeper gold than honey. Almost brownish. Has the expected opacity of a wheat beer. Yields a finger of white foamy head that fades quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of cloves, banana bread and slight peppery alcohol note. Has a pleasant juicy fruitiness and sweetness to it too.

T - Tangy esters and subtle honey flavor up front. The sweetness lasts all the way to the finish and is joined by mild hop and alcohol bitterness on the sides of the tongue. This beer has the crisp, refreshing character of a wheat beer, but it kind of gets lost amid the booziness and sweetness (120 lbs. of honey in this batch!).

M - Medium mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation. Any less and this beer would be too syrupy for a wheat beer.

Overall, a good balanced specialty beer from Millstream. I'm always cautiously glad to see Iowa breweries taking advantage of the new beer laws in the last few years (6.25% ABV maximum was changed to 15% ABV max). I have hit some clunkers along with the good ones, so I'm glad to see Millstream hit the mark on this beer!

Jun 11, 2011
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AmericanGothic from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper orange with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Cloves, bubble gum and banana. Subtle but good.

T: Quite good. Leads with mild clove and pepper that gives way to semi-sweet malt and bubble gum, finishing with the spices. The high alcohol accentuates the spiciness without becoming boozy. Honey is subtle and does not overtake things. After a few sips, some dark fruits join the other flavors.

M: Smooth, medium mouthfeel with ample creaminess.

O: I enjoyed this very much. Nice balance of spicy esters and malt that continues to satisfy with each sip. Will buy again.

Jun 10, 2011
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