On The Count Of 3 | Baxter Brewing Co.

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On The Count Of 3On The Count Of 3

Brewed by:
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
Reviews by Maxwell:
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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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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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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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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2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has the ingredients of a Hefeweizen however the common traits are mild and too bitter to rate higher.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of founddrama
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hefeweizen that reads more like a standard pale ale? Overall flavor is pretty mild, and not really a strong alcohol note like I'd expect.

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