Golden Spike Hefeweizen | Uinta Brewing Company

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Golden Spike HefeweizenGolden Spike Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A refreshing unfiltered American style wheat beer, this medium-bodied ale has a delicate hop character.

18 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-21-2002

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Photo of BigGold
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at Molly Green's, Brighton, Utah, on draft into into tumbler, with orange slice (removed). Golden Spike Hefeweizen is a solid entry in the wheat ale category.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with slight opacity giving it an amber tint. Lemon-white medium retention head. Smells good but generic, just grainy and lemony, with the latter fading quickly. Similar to the taste, bready, with lemon, or orange even, predominating. Rind in the back and in the finish as well, but otherwise very clean. Lighter medium-bodied wheat ale. Well-carbonated with fine, sudsy bubbles, just a tad prickly. Good drink for the season.

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Photo of Zorro
2.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells lightly sweet and of wheat flour with with a spicy clove scent. Spicy smells like there might be a little coriander in it.

Starts out with a soda cracker malt flavor. Little bit of clove flavor. Still very lightly flavored.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall a mild unoffensive ale. Still it is what it is. 4% Utah beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange/Yellow hazy pour with little head and limited lacing. Very muted smell and similar taste. Sweet wheat flavor with a little orange but mild. Clean to drink, strong carbonation pops on tongue. Good value but very low ABV hurts this one. Session Hefe which is not a good thing.

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Photo of riversider76
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Little bit of retention and lacing. Aroma is of fruit and candy. Nice, but really weak. Body is medium and fizzy. Taste is of sweet tart candy. Notes of orange and lemon as well. Certainly not in the elite of this style, but worth a try.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass with a lemon garnish (ugh!) at Ray's Tavern in Utah. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. nice thickness, okay cream, and average retention.

Body colour is a murky hazy copper. Dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Vague orange peel. Maybe yeast-derived clove. Mild in strength. Disappointingly simple.

T: Wheat forms the base, with muted orange peel and some clove. Quite simple, but pleasant. It's alright. A bit lackluster for the style. Decently balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and of good thickness. Good carbonation.

Dr: Nicely drinkable, but not a great hefeweizen. I wouldn't get it again. Too simple and boring. I like it, but it just isn't up to par with good examples of the style. Hides its ABV nicely.


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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City last week, having never tried this before. I like unfiltered beers and this certainly fit that bill, in terms of appearance. As so many others have pointed out on here, this is not a true Hefe compared to its German counterparts and this beer certainly put the "Pale" into American Pale Wheat Ale, since that's what stood out the most to me.

This had a pretty typical pour to it, with a cloudy hue and decent amount of head. As opposed to so many other beers of this style, this was not as bright in terms of appearance nor taste. There was sweetness up front like bubblegum that faded into a Kolsch-like sourness in the back. The citrus, grass, banana, and clove flavors that I expected were not to be found here and the mouthfeel was weak because of the lack of wheat in this. No need for a lemon to cut this at all and the carbonation was nearly absent as well, even though this was light enough to be enjoyed without any bubbles to cleanse after each sip.

I bought a whole sixer of this and to be fair, I could have easily downed this one sitting. That's not because of the taste, but due to the low alcoholic content of this beer and how little I could feel it during my drinking session. This is not so much bad as just not true to form and fans of this style will be disappointed here. The bottle design and name of this brew are certainly unique but unfortunately, what's inside of the bottle just doesn't measure up to those attributes.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer #44 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Oh, the things I will do for the greater good. Like, drink pale wheat ales. Bleh.

This is actually pretty decent. Quite a full body and full flavor, though it seems muddled overall. And the carbonation is definitely way too high on this. It's attacking and biting on the tongue.

It certainly hits on the style parameters and is somewhat "there," but doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served with a lemon as per the package instructions

A - Mostly clear gold body with little head or lace.

S - Relatively straight forward. White sugar, bright lemon cirtrus, touch of bready malt.

T - Skunky malt with a slightly sour lemon acid.

M - Thin with low carbonation, especially for the style

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Photo of atr2605
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a cloudy golden straw color with a white head with average retention
S-lemon and wheat
T-hearty wheat flavor met with crisp hop bitterness, bit of lemon flavor in the background. Clean finish on the palate
M-light bodied
O-pretty much what i would expect from the style. Wouldn't seek it out again but would drink it if it was available

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Photo of rinhaak
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sundance, served in a pint glass with a wedge of lemon.

While Golden Spike "Hefeweizen" is not a bad beer, it is fairly bland, boring, and middle-of-the-road. Surprisingly malty with a small amount of citrus up front, I get far more flavor from the pilsener malt than I do the wheat. It is actually pretty far from a Hefeweizen, and, despite the wheat, drinks more like a bland pale ale.

I wouldn't really recommend the beer. It lacks any of the character I associate with a hefe: no clove, no spiciness, no banana, almost no citrus, no brightness in the mouth, almost no aromas in the nose. In short, it's just plain boring.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: lighly hazy medium golden hue with a thick finger of frothy white foam and a nice effervescence. Good stuff.

Smell: malty with a mild wheat character and a light dusting of hops. Not too bad, and stylistically appropriate.

Taste: malty with a light fruity character up front; slightly citrusy but also with a hint of apple. Bitterness is quite low and hops aren't even as prevalent as in the aroma. An interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is actually a decent beer, though its style is oft-maligned. I didn't go into this expecting a German hefeweizen, and what I found was a mild but pleasing and refreshing wheat ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that quickly died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of wheat along with some hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but it lacks much in the way of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in the glass with nice enough foam and lacing. I was looking for the flavor to emerge, but there just isn't much. Just a slight wheaty cereal flavor that shades into tartness. Aroma gives just a hint of malt, and certainly none of the German esters. Soft mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Poured a 12 oz bottle from a Salt Lake grocery store.

I would have to call this an American light wheat. It's just too anemic and makes me wish for what is often a rich and lip-smacking beer, even at low alcohol contents like this one. Goes down easy enough, however, and it's certainly better than a lackluster lager.

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Photo of kflorence
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imported from my profile - JAN 3, 2008

Pours light orange with minimal head, doesn’t have much of a smell... some wheat, maybe some hops and honey. This beer is very smooth and only lightly carbonated, very drinkable. Tastes very wheaty, with hints of yeast and honey, and maybe very slight hops and some metallic flavor. Overall very drinkable, refreshing, and doesn’t taste too bad, but nothing entirely special.

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Photo of dtivp
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a small white head, good retention with moderate lacing.

Aroma was very light with hints of yeast, wheat and lemon.

Taste initially wheat dominated followed by yeast and a very slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel was light leaning medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this was a barely average hefeweizen.

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Photo of ebrauser
2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dull gold with an ample amount of carbonation and a nice white head about 1 finger deep

Aroma: Wheaty and bready with a slight whiff of citrus

Flavor: Wheat beginning quickly fades away to a yeasty aftertaste. Slight grapefruit flavors reside in the middle. Light body makes for a very easy drinking beer with little flavor to make this beer stand out.

Overall: A little bland and non-exciting

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.08/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled in Cedar City, Utah (7/19/10):

Bottled: 7/1/10:

The beer poured a cloudy, light yellow color with an average white, light head that was not well retained.

The aroma of the beer was less than stellar. Very, very light, with only a hint of what a Hefe should smell like, some bread to it with a very light hint of lemon. No real banana aroma to note.

The taste followed the nose, nothing much to it, some wheat/bread taste to it, with only light hints of lemon and banana. Overall, less than average.

The beer felt light and was probably over-carbonated. Based upon the other aspects noted above, the beer was not drinkable; I did not finish the entire bottle. Overall, this beer is less than average and one that I will not be ordering/buying again.

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Photo of Gavage
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a wispy head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: almost no aroma here as only a hint of lemon and spice are detectable.

Taste: light wheat profile with some soft lemon zest, and a hint of spice. Very one dimensional and light on the flavors.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Very short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer just does not fit the style - not refreshing or tasty as expected.

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Photo of digitalczech
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For a Hefeweizen it has all the traditional elements there, unfilted yellow haze and hints of cloves and banana but there's something there in the beer that makes it seem like it's blended from another beer. The drinkability isn't great either. The beer tends to leave a bland lifeless aftertaste in your mouth wanted another beer to wash it down. The one element I did like about the beer is it did pour a nice head and retained it so I'll give it that. I've had worse Hefeweizens but this one isn't great. I would grab a Pyramid over this beer any day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest cap; a few strands of lace are left behind but disappear rather quickly

Smell: Bready, with hints of banana and lemon

Taste: After a bready opening, the vaguest hints of banana and coriander appear, with a bit of butterscotch underneath; the swallow brings on a bit of lemon, too, but the whole effect is somewhat understated for the style

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing offensive and readily drinkable, but a far cry from a standard-bearer for the style

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of albern
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For what it is worth, the labeling has changed on the beer, but from the remarks of the reviewers, the recipe has not. This is a mediocre hefeweizen that is quite light, fairly bland, and uninteresting. The beer pours a slightly hazy blonde, medium carbonation and efforvescence. There is no head on this beer at all. As a credit to the Unita Brewing Co. they do put the bottling date on the label. Why can't more breweries do this to ensure freshness ... I'll never know. The nose is good. There are some nice bready malts in there and a touch of floral.

There is a mild sourishness to the beer. It starts out a bit more doughy and malty and buttery but becomes a bit thinner in body as it settles and takes on more of a thin slightly citrusy wheat beer. There is a slight lemon tang, a touch of clove, and that sourishness that is not endearing me to the beer. It is quite light, refreshing, and a summer light ABV beer. What's missing are the rainbow palate of florals for the style, a bit more prickliness in the mouth, less honey smoothness would help too. It's not the worst hefe you can try, but there are tons better.

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Photo of u2carew
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Consumed on 9/22/09
A) Pours with a wispy head that settles quickly. Lacing is weak. Hazy body. Straw colored.
S) Not very aromatic. Light citrus notes.
T) Not much flavor in the nose. Light, very light, citrus notes. In the finish, nutty and grainy.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Thin sediment feel.
D) Not too impressed. The flavor was weak and the appearance poor. Did not look like a quality brew.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a hazy gold with a medium white head and light lacing. Nose is of wheat and floral hops, and a medium mouthfeel. Flavor of malts and light floral hops. Overall this is what you would call a middle of the road American Wheat.

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Photo of smcolw
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large chunky yeast in the cloudy light gold liquid. Light head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. No lace.

Strong barnyard stinkiness on the initial pour. Once it mellows, there isn't much to the smell.

My wife who is a fan of Hefe's didn't like this one. I found it to be drinkable but unremarkable. Some wheat and yeast flavors. Mild sourness in the swallow and a notable minor amount of hop bitterness. Neutral body and carbonation.

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