Coastal Haze
Baxter Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #102
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #18,595
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 13.1%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
22
From:
Baxter Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Kayakguy from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz can into Pilsner glass. Hazy straw color with white fomy head. Not your average Hefeweizen. Definitely could taste the alcohol! A unique brew that I enjoyed but an Imperial Hefeweizen does seem like an oxymoron considering that this style is usually easy drinking session style beer. Kinda like someone brewing a blond Stout or Dark Ale.

May 28, 2018
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braker649er from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on the whole, but I found it hard to Consider straightforwardly as a hefeweizen. Maybe that's as intended. There's obviously some banana-clove-fruit character from the wheat and yeast, but there's also a whole lotta hop juice. And some bitter. And some booze. The combo of banana and hop fruitiness somehow made me think of pineapple juice from a can--not unpleasant, but again just a bit confusing. Maybe it's a fruity ipaweizen?

All that aside, if I put style blinders on and relax, it was a good pour, which is in the end the main thing I look for.

Aug 03, 2017
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Just-the-sip from California

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blessed be. This is quite delicious. Hazy rind like fresh squeezed juice. Smells of papaya, mango and a hit of orange. Taste is like mandrian oranges and papaya. Love this beer. Wish I'd have bought more!

Jun 17, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: malt first, then bubblegum, clove, and a hint of citrus;

T: malt and clove from start to finish; mild astringent bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the malt character is a interesting variation on the style; personally, I don't like the way the bitterness comes through;

Jun 15, 2017
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RedSox3424 from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap. Hazy yellow color. Not a ton of lacing. Banana notes in the nose. Tastes very much like it smells. Good bitter hop taste along side the banana flavor. Nice feel on the tongue, very chewy. Lingering taste.

May 07, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy (duh) straw/yellow with a big white head that recedes to a soap foam.

Aroma: Classic hefe aromas, backed by a stronger than normal booze kick. Bananas and cloves and wheat are all there, as is booze.

Taste: Hoppier on the palate than the nose. Almost an IPA/hefe hybrid. Tasty wheat/honey Type character with some spicy hops and booziness. Kind of surprised it's only 7 percent.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat slow drinker with the high-ish ABV, but spring-like and pleasant.

Overall: Nice, unique offering from Baxter. Fun, different spring seasonal, and more complex than a lot of hefes.

May 02, 2017
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Greenlabel from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with a canned Imperial Hefeweizen and it was a very pleasant experience. I'm not a big fan of Hefeweizens but this one appealed in a big way. Much hoppier than I expected and, along with the 7% ABV, the product had both taste and body unlike other examples of this style I've tasted. Although I suspect this is strictly a seasonal offering, I could see it as a solid year-round product. Whatever the case, I'll be enjoying it often while its available.

Apr 25, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New spring seasonal 6 pack cans.

A very active, muddy golden color with white hues. Major chunky foam cap, remains pretty high and leaves nice, sticky lace in it's wake.

A very aromatic nose, and banana and herbal combo, spices, citrus tang, tropical fruits....excellent hop aroma and a very funky German yeast. The malt gives a very light, sweet and grainy effect.

A very full and smooth body, very lush indeed. The flavor spectrum is very complex, hence the Imperial part of the style. Big malty flavor, light but sweet approach, sour and sweet German yeast adds some funk , pretty boozy...7% is pretty hefty for a wheat beer. The wheat is very crispy, sweet and slightly dry effect. The hops provide big earthy tones, bitter and dry earth with citrus and tangy fruits. Comes across very much like a wheat IPA. Overall, big flavor's are intense but the balance remains true to a hoppyhefe.

A big hitter for summertime fun in the sun with a can.

Apr 11, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/9/2017 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, spices, caramelized malts, bananas, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, caramel, spices and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Apr 10, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz can dated 02/28/17. Sampled on April 9, 2017.

It pours a hazy golden yellow wit a tremendous white, foamy head that lingers and laces.

The aroma is of toasted bread, biscuit, wheat, grass, and even a little lemon zing.

The body is heavier than I imagined but it is in the medium range.

The wheat and bread show up the most in the flavor as well as a decent sweetness. The lemon note I got is not as evident here. Bit it has a lingering bitterness to finish. It is clean and crisp overall.

Apr 09, 2017
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NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

~40 day old can here in New Hampshire. This is a very solid hefenweizen style brew. The alcohol isn't particularly well-hidden and there is a bit of an aftertaste "bite". It's relatively straight-forward with it's spice and flavors and is a very nice beer to look at, I might add. I give this one a 3.8-4 range - or B+.

Well done, but I wouldn't buy again, as there are better offerings to my taste.

Apr 07, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apparently Baxter's "On The Count Of 3" third anniversary imperial hoppy hefeweizen was really popular, because they brought it back note-for-note with Coastal Haze, a new Spring seasonal. I'm really happy with this decision on Baxter's part because I had a real soft spot for OTCO3, but it was gone before I knew it. Guess I wasn't alone!

Pours a completely opaque goldenrod-orange color, not at all dissimilar to most modern "New England" IPAs, even down to the consistent and chunky lace that this shows off. A nice looking beer. Very hazy surface and solid enough head formation. It's a couple shades darker than most hefeweizens, but perhaps that has something to do with the strength.

Nose is clovey and phenolic with some citrus and light notes of pine. Doughy yeast and striking wheat malt backbone right up front as well. This actually feels a little less "West Coast hoppy" than OTCO3's original batch, but it works solidly anyway. Maybe it's a little more juicy or something; less abrasive, anyway, at least on first impression. Some orange pulp and grapefruit kicking around with super-subtle tropical fruit (guava). Ethanol is mildly present.

Flavor is clove and spice forward, as expected from the nose, with a soft and chewy wheat-forward flavor and feel. Delicate and nuanced carbonation with some pine-like bitterness and some hints at the 7% ABV towards the end of each sip. They must have chosen to use WLP351 to ferment this one, or at least something really similar, as it's incredibly phenolic and keeps the banana-like esters to a minimum. In other words, the base hefe for this isn't Weihenstephaner-like. I really like the interplay between the spicy and herbal, piney hops with the chewy and soft malt base here. One of my favorite things about OTCO3 was how well it made some disparate flavors play together, and the citrus-ness of this re-brew is similarly curtailed on the tongue (smartly, I think).

They pulled off a nice reboot of a fan-favorite beer here, and I'm very happy with it. I'll pick up some more soon to support these guys, as they've been destroying the game lately and remain under-the-radar for a lot of craft beer fans. Thanks Baxter!

Mar 18, 2017
Coastal Haze from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings