On The Count Of 3 | Baxter Brewing Co.

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On The Count Of 3On The Count Of 3

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Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by meehandennis on 01-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 92
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-I like the look of this. Thick, opaque orange. A thicker, doughy, off-white head. Rather particular with it's lacing.

S-I know this beer is a little older but it's fairly hoppy still. I wasn't even expecting this to smell very hoppy. Bubblegum Hefe yeast. Coriander and some clove. Fruity because of hops and yeast.

T-The hops and yeast combine to give me a very nice apricot flavor. Bubblegum, clove, some light banana as well. Lots of wheat. Citrus, a bit like clementines and there are some neat pineapple flavors as well. Has a sort of whipped cream flavor that accentuates the fruit. Finishes hoppy with a wheat and coriander lining. A big, juicy Hefeweizen.

M-Creamy, full and soft carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol is hidden.

O-Imperial Hefeweizen? Sounds cool. I liked it a bunch because they hopped it up and made it really juicy but it still stayed true to many Hefe aspects. This is one of the more unique beers I have tried recently. I liked it a bunch.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a puffy two finger head. Finally head reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with no vision of anything.

Smell: Citrus, grassy, vanilla, apple, banana, clove, spice, and wheat.

Taste: Same as above with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, chewy, tart, medium to full bodied, a little bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: More like a hoppy hefeweizen and Weizenbock, but still aneed enjoyable brew.

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Photo of CJRubes
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' glass.

A - Pours a hazy, dark gold with a thick, fluffy head on top. Really nice lacing on the glass with the head clinging on strongly.

S - Smells like a hefeweizen to me. I'm getting the yeast up front that contains the typical banana and clove common in hefeweizens. I'm also getting some light orange/tangerine mixed in as well. The wheat adds a nice overall sweetness. Very nice smelling beer...it has me looking forward to the taste!

T - Taste follows closely to the smell. I'm getting some nice apple/orange/tangerine tartness up front that fades into a light, peppery bitterness. The wheat adds a soft, underlying sweetness throughout. There is a slight bitterness/drying effect from the hops but overall it's far from overpowering...perhaps more than a typical hefeweizen but this is far from a hop-bomb. There's a slight warming effect from the alcohol but otherwise it's hidden well. I'm not noticing the 'spicy' character that I get from other hefeweizens but overall it's an enjoyable beer.

M - Moderately carbonated with a smooth, creamy texture. Not as light on the mouthfeel as other hefeweizens but, considering this is an 'Imperial Hefeweizen', it still goes down pretty easily.

O - Very interesting beer. I've never heard of or seen an 'Imperial Hefeweizen' so this is my first experience with this 'type' of beer. Overall I really enjoyed it. Stronger (in flavor and alcohol content) than your typical hefeweizen but still very drinkable. Is it a world-class hefeweizen? No, but I do think it's a fantastic beer in it's own right. It would be worthwhile for anyone to pick this up a try it at least once.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a nice hazy orange with two fingers of foamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Lots of citrus fruit, orange, lemon, and then the wheat backbone comes through. Also get some breadiness and yeast, exactly what I'd expect.

T: Crisp orange peel comes to the palate, with more citrus, some wheaty tones and a touch of coriander.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinks easy and finishes smooth.

O: A real tasty hefeweizen here from Baxter. Aside from the ABV, I'm not quite sure what makes it "imperial" since it drinks like a standard here. Regardless, I dig it, and especially the 16 oz cans!

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured from a 16oz can. It's an attractive hazy gold color with a thick white head. Aroma is lemon, yeast, sourdough. Taste is light malt up front with a complex, sour finish. Not much hop action. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a fine beer. It's a solid hefe. Refreshing and drinkable, but nothing fantastic.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can. Sampled on March 15, 2014.

Pale yellow, carbonated pour with a huge white foamy head. It lingers and lingers.

The aroma does have a decent wheat note but there is also a vibrant orange or tangerine scent to it. The hops feel clean and crisp.

Light to medium body with smooth texture.

Like the nose, the wheat can be found in the taste but it quickly gets overtaken by this citrus or more precisely orange/tangerine character. There is a solid bitterness at the finish. Not your average wheat.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd Anniversary is a hefe?! Hmmm, well I guess... at least a hefe in a can. Just finished a big turkey dinner, so I need something quenchable. Hope this hits the spot.

Pours a quickly rising head that hits 3 fingers, how's that for coincidence (on the count of 3... umm yeah I'll show myself out now). The pillowy bubbly fizzy head fades back at a med to slower pace with tons of soapy lacing all over. Fairly hazy honey orange colored beer.

Nose is basically what I expect, lots of wheat, tons of wheat, a little creamy wheat with a little toasty note as well, as well as tons of orange zest, citrusy zest with a little orange clementine like juice blended in, very light spices like coriander and clove, hint peppery, as well as mild esters and touch of phenols. Typical hefe, at least American made version. A little sweet orange cream cake thing.

Taste starts with a bit of a yeasty note actually, but that fades quickly and into the big wheat flavors, creamy wheat, toasted, again that wheaty cake like sweetness and toasty almost biscuit like cracker and grain note. then orange, citrus, a little zest, orange marmalade like, and some clementine like juice. It also has a bit of an apricot like tangerine juice note, into a bitter orange zest and little bitter spicy hop note. Also hints of spices, very very little, a little too little, mild peppery phenols though, and touch of ester. It gets a litle too bland somehow, despite all the great orange and citrus and wheat without the real hefe yeast additions and spices, etc, just seems missing stuff. Finish is a little bitter, more orange zest and little peppery note, pretty dry too.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, fluffy carb, just a hint of booze.

Overall not bad, but seems a bit bland and like it's missing something, the yeast just didn't seem to do what it should have, at least all around, still a nice wheat character, and orange citrus notes, little hop bitterness is weird in this style, but then again this is truely an American hefe. Booze is hidden fairly well for 7% though, and drinkable so that hits the spot.

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Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy can into a can-shaped Baxter glass with a semi-hazy, light golden yellow body. A thick and creamy cap crowns the beer and is about two fingers high. Head retention is good and it eventually falls to a thick, frothy ring and nice islands on the beer. Thick pillows of lace at the top of the glass with webs and drizzle spots below that.

S- As I may have expected from an Imperial Hefe, yeast dominates the nose. Large scale fruity esters, banana, clove, apples, slight tart lemons, coriander, bread and vanilla. Some noble hops behind that.

T- Has the same basic formula as the aroma but intensifies here. The yeast flavors are very strong and it really does feel like an imperial version of a Hefeweizen. A lot of orange rind citrus. Fruity esters coat the palate with notes of banana, apples, white grapes and dried light fruits. Other things include hints of tart lemon, coriander, cooking herbs, clove and even a bit of alcohol. Light hops and fresh cracked grains after the yeast finishes.

MF- Silky smooth and creamy light to moderately thick body. Carbonation is on the high side but the texture helps soften it on the palate as it foams up. Finishes with a spicy yeast feel on the palate.

Solid but the strength catches up with the beer about half way through. The hint of alcohol is one of the only flaws and the yeast flavors really get intense after about 8oz of the brew. If you love esters and phenols from yeast, this is for you, a tad abrasive on the palate IMO.

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Photo of Boomblaze
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this out of the tall boy into a Newcastle Brown glass. When the beer is poured it has a solid thick creamy 1" head that sticks around for a few minutes with a color that is a light amber. The smell is pretty descent with hints of clove, bubble gum and hints of grassy hops. It's the taste where the beer really shines, first thing that you get is bubble gum right up front then grassy/woodsy hops flavor with a clove punch on the back end, they really all come together so well. The body is medium that makes for easy drinking with mild carbonation and no hint of alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer, I'm not normally a big hefeweizen drinker so comparing to the traditional style I wouldn't be the guy to ask but this beer I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden yellow with a slight haze and an two finger width, off-white, bubbly, soft head. Smells of banana, pepper, clove, coriander; the usual Hefeweizen suspects. However, this brew add on a hop profile that worked well in this instance. Smooth across the tongue; light-to-medium bodied. A tasty, refreshing, and bigger Hefeweizen.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Baxter Brewing Co - On The Count Of 3, poured into a weizen glass.

Look - Pours a hazy straaw amber with a glorious soapy head. Lots and lots of lacing. Great looking hef.

Smell - Bitter coriander with some hoppy pine. Sour yeast. Almost has the aroma of a sour.

Taste - Rich malt followed by citrus. Lots of coriander and good hopping. Finished bitter orange rind.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Malty warm and boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - This is a good brew. I am curioius to see if other breweries will follow suit and introduce variations in this sub-style/recipe.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy yellow-orange. Big white head that fades quickly. Leaves very nice lacing. Carbonation bubbles barely visible throughout the enjoyment.

S - Spicy black pepper most predominant, orange zest. No recognizable malt or grain.

T - More subdued than I expected given the smell. Bitterness from the hops, some slight sweetness from the grain, and then an alcohol burn. The booze is hidden as well as can be expected for a hefe.

M - Thick for a hefe, which is nice surprise.. I guess that's why it's an imperial. High carb, which helps move it along the tongue.

O - A very interesting take on the hefeweizen. The first imperial hefe I've seen. Really reminds me of a Belgian golden ale. A nice alternative sipper in the winter.

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I have tasted from Baxter. Hopefully, it will not only be a limited release.

Poured a golden-orange color in a Imperial pint glass- which works fine for this style. I just broke my Hefeweizen glass( no details included).

Unusual cloves aroma from the head- unlike any Hefweizen clove aroma in other beers : there is also some light sweetness from the head.

Mouth feel is excellent- quite carbonated, zesty transitioning to the taste.

The taste is a different type of cloves, some lemon-refreshing. Followed by a hoppy, bitter finish.

This is different than other Baxter beers. A slow drinking beer with different levels of taste, aroma and finish.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a proper hazy yellow with notes of cloudy straw and orange dancing through the glass. It’s an ugly and muddled color that the beer settles into, but it looks proper and beautiful for a hefe. The beer pours with a perfectly massive head of huge, creamy, off-white bubbles that stick around, and crown the beer in a regal sheet of suds and fat lacing. In body, the beer is very cloudy, with fat chunks sitting in the bottom of the glass. The beer’s body is opaque with clouding and just a hint of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells thick with spicy, clove-like yeast esters and deep, pungent citrus pineapple, grapefruit, and pine scents. Touches of prickly cactus fruit, passion fruit, and banana also gush against the nose. The smell is especially thick and coating on the nose, which I like a lot. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter and sweet in an oddly nice blending. Bitter hops and sweet yeast funk take turns in a perpetual tango over the tongue, interspersing themselves with light touches of citric acid that gives the beer a gentle pop and pulls saliva into the mouth. There is a touch of hot alcohol at the back of the beer that is rather well hidden by the other flavors, but probably shouldn’t be coming through given the 7% ABV. The heat is not oppressive, however, and does add another touch of complexity to the sip. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet caramel and wheat malt, moving into citrus, then pineapple, then spicy clove, then passion fruit flavors with a touch of pine rounding out the sip. The finish is bitter with pine and grapefruit, and very reminiscent of a classic IPA, which I love. Touches of wheat bread and crackers float on the tongue around the finish, along with a smooth, banana cream flavor. There are a lot of cool things happening in the flavor of this beer, but they don’t quite blend as nicely as I was hoping. In the mouth, the beer feels oddly watery, yet medium bodied with a thick creaminess to parts of the sip. The wateriness helps the drinkability of the beer, but does takes away from the oomf that the beer could carry. Carbonation is soft and pillow-likw, and the finish has a great creamy pull on the tongue, but there is a wateriness on the edges that is off with the rest of the beer’s weight. Overall, this is an intriguing and interesting beer. I’m really excited to see Baxter doing some “outside the box” brews, and hope they continue. The beer has some great hop character, and nice subdued hefeweizen notes, but it doesn’t quite blend as nicely as I was hoping it would. The beer is also sitting quite heavily in my stomach, which is a little surprising given the 7%. It does however, do beautifully alongside fatty foods. In the end, I like this beer, but I see a lot of room for improvement. It’s a great one to try and I highly advise it for the experience, especially when put with food.

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Photo of Chilly444
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I stumbled upon this by accident and then realized what this beer was for. I have had a few baxter beers but nothing ever even close to this good! This orangey-yellow heffe to me tastes more like an IPA to me. Its a shame this ones only got 200 barrells before its gone. Go get one ASAP!

Appearance - Very hazy orangey-yellow. Great frothy paper white head. Decent lacing through out the glass.

Smell - Piney but mostly fruity.

Taste - Absolutely awesome. A very citrusy body that is filled with hops. This one starts out with a clean entry and finishes with a bright laced up taste. Notes of grape fruit, orange, and pine combine to make an outstanding combination. The best part about this one is the drinkability level is a 10 out of 10. Thats hard to come by for 7%ABV brews.

Mouthfeel - Porous frothy head, Light/Medium body, very apparent finish.

Overall - you better go get one...or 7 while you have the chance.

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Photo of Jonny41
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can serving,,, Listed as Imperial Hefeweizen on front.. Rear of can listed as a weissbier with an American twist
Appearance: Carmel orange haze, slight head giving way to small bubbly top, lots of bubbly lacing on glass.

Smell: Citrus and slightly hoppy very enjoyable with something else hard to identify

Taste: Slightly sour, citrus, flavorful with nice bitterness at the end, flavor resonates after.

mouth feel: Thin, bubbly, nice tingling carbonation finishes dry

First can late night was good. Second can afternoon and first beer was very good would defiantly buy again and appreciate more each time.

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On The Count Of 3 from Baxter Brewing Co.
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