Arizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial Hefeweizen | The Phoenix Ale Brewery

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Arizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial HefeweizenArizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial Hefeweizen
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Arizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial HefeweizenArizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Auraan on 01-11-2013

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by bambam2517:
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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bomber to a tulip glass, enjoyed at 50F.

A - Ripe wheat-colored body, slightly hazy. Some really lazy carbonation develops a weak watery lace ring, which does not hold at all down the glass.

S - The bottle says cherries, I'm not getting it. Smells like boiled gooseberries before they are mixed with sugar into jam. Its astringent, not especially appetizing. It is very unique though!

T - The hops outplay the grains in this one, and although they are nicely developed in the bitterness range it is not very interesting. A little bit of wheat comes through, but not enough for me. A little bit of a letdown.

M - Pretty easy on the palate, especially for 7.8 ABV. Clean finish also.

O - I was excited to give this a go, saved it for AZ Beer Week. Unfortunately, this one is low on my list of local brews.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.54/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the Phoenix Brewery tasting room. Poured a deep orange hue, with an inch high, fluffy white head that receded to a smaller floating head. The scent was of cherries and coconut. The flavor was of bread and wheat, a slight bit of malted barley in the background and a pronounced coconut flavor. There is also a bit of a high hop bitterness, with 60 IBUs in the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink, not as highly carbonated as many wheat ales and hefeweizens. It's an interesting experiment in making a higher alcohol wheat ale and the addition of brown rice to add a coconut flavor when it interacts with the wheat was a gamble. It was a gamble that paid off, as this is quite the unique beer and one that is also quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JonAdams
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tulip glass at the Phoenix Ale Brewery.
Clear, brass-colored, small white head, maybe 1/4" high.
First note was a mix of cherry and other fruit sweetness.
Another reviewer had suggested a whiskey note, I can see how that might be there, but I wouldn't call it a bourbon-y taste like I've had at other local breweries (Fate comes to mind, with their barrel-aged ale).
Lace remains long after the beer is gone, thin white traces on the glass.
The beer is interesting, but unremarkable. Since it's a local beer, I have to give them kudos for trying hard and urge them to keep on trying!
11May15: tried it again, and perhaps my palate's changed, in any event I like I more. Beautiful hazy copper gives way to minor but persistent lace. Nose is a bit sharp, pleasantly bready. Taste is banana muffins with a bit of a tart fruit mixed in for zest. Mouthfeel is bready, full-bodied, with a nice carbonation. Overall a nice beer - not sure I'd class it as a hefe!

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Photo of illtexzona
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 12oz snifter

A - Poured a hazy deep orange with carmel notes. One finger head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some thin lacing.

S - I detected bread right up front and not as much of the banana and citrus you expect from a wheat beer, but they are present. A touch of honey.

T - Lots of fresh bread. Settles in with some slight malty sweetness, but still hidden behind the wheat. Washes very dry, but not much hop flavor with that dryness.

M - It felt full but not sticky in the mouth. It goes down smooth and despite the higher alcohol content who don't feel it.

O - Very unique beer. I like the higher ABV in a wheat ale. It makes it a more bold beer, but not hard to drink at all. I wish I'd picked up more than one bottle when I was in Arizona.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MikeyDFresh
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JeffH
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouts a deep golden yellow with nice white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma is mostly wheat which a hint of sour cherries. Very light carbonation leaves the mouthfeel a little flat and medium bodied. The initial flavor is fairly intense wheat with a quick bitterness from the significant hop addition. The end of the flavor brings the sour cherries. Despite the relatively high abv it drinks easily and is interesting if nothing else. I picked the bottle up from the brewery and would recommend it to others for its uniqueness.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kp29
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of trytoketchup
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of arizcards
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of May for $5.99. Best by 05.13.2013...oh well.

Beer poured orange with very little head that is leaving no lacing.

Nose is definitely wheaty with some sweetness lingering in the back.

Taste was initially wheat dominated. Cherry sweetness comes into play after the initial sips. Hopping level tries to keep the sweetness at bay but does not quite give it the balance it needs. For some reason i am catching some bourbon but it must be my imagination.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Nothing special going on there.

Overall this is not a bad beer. It is a little on the sweet side for my palate. Definitely glad i gave it a try and would drink if offered but probably will not purchase again.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DRTBrewster
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Arizuma Series Wheatstalk Imperial Hefeweizen from The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 18 ratings