Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)
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German Hefeweizen
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating but this has been retired for a couple years at least. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, lemon, pear, wheat, caramel, honey, clove, bread, orange, pepper, bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and decent balance; the age is definitely apparent. Taste of banana, orange, clove, pear, wheat, biscuit, caramel, lemon, pepper, honey, earth, toffee, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of banana, light fruits, wheat, biscuit, clove, caramel, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; good fruity/spicy flavor balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial hefeweizen. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink for an 8% beer. Very enjoyable offering, despite the noticeable age.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange gold amber with a thin off-white head with decent retention. Aroma of wheat, banana, cloves and other Belgian spices. Flavor follows, with Wheat, banana and clove elements, almost like a cross between a tripel and a weizen. Has an odd bitter taste in the middle and end. Medium bodied. An odd take on a hefeweizen, but interesting.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found a bottle of this in a liquor store in Rehoboth Beach. I now see that its retired. I hope its still good!

A-cloudy gold with a large frothy cream colored head

S-smells like bananas, nectarines, and cloves. very good smelling. strong scent.

T-comes in with a strong and bitter taste of wheat, bananas, and cloves. there's also a hint of alcohol to it. the after-taste has a plasticy bitterness with a hint of the wheat. its an odd and unbalanced beer.

M-creamy with very low carbonation and a watery finish.

O-the idea of a strong hefe really intrigued me, but as i expected it really isn't well done. i have a feeling that if Southern Tier toned this down a bit, that it could be a very drinkable beer, yet never reaching the greatness of the German hefes.I think ST knows this, so they amped the beer up to be an imperial hefe so that it had some sort of allure to it. I'm glad i tried this, i'll finish the bomber with a smile, but i won't get this again.

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Photo of cratez
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Brew Sherpa’s "Beer, Deer & Christmas Cheer" event at The London Club in December 2011. Bottle was purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI.

Pours an unfiltered and hazy golden hue with amber edges and a sliver of white foam that subsides after a few sips.

Smell is yeast esters, lemon peel, clove, unripened banana, bubblegum, light phenol, wheat husk, melon fruit, and ethanol.

Taste is honey, wheat malt, banana, and lemon upfront; grassy, herbal and leafy hops precede an assertive bitterness with some cantaloupe and liquor on the cough.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy, brief astringent hop bitterness transitions to a warming alcoholic finish.

Overall, Heavy Weizen is a pretty decent take on a hoppy double wheat ale. In many ways it reminds me of Les Trois Mousquetaires Weizen Impériale (though not as stellar). I was expecting more spiciness and less booze from the palate, but on the whole this beer has solid flavours and aromas that are consistent with the style.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head and a body that gradients from pale gold to deep hazy amber. Quite pretty.

Smell is... remarkably pineappley. I don't really smell anything else. As the head dissipates, I kinda get applesauce instead.

Taste is kinda tart, kinda pineappley, and kinda oaky, with tropical sweetness and woody bitterness. A bit like a hoppy pina colada. It's interesting and not really what I expected.

Mouthfeel is thick; carbonation only becomes evident when aerated.

This is... odd. I go into a hefeweizen, I think orange, maybe apple or banana, coriander... pineapple is different. Reading the bottle, I guess I get the Czech hop character, but it's an interesting choice for something this thick. I think I approve.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head

S-Orange, wheat, spices, some hops.

T-Extremely malty, sweet wheat, orangepeel, cinnamon. Ends with some bitterness, easily an overhopped Hefeweizen.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Wayy to malty, the hops a flavorful but just do not go with the beer. Southern Tier really needs to kick this out of the rotation and bring back UberSun,

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy orangish-gold with little head. Smell is sweet and spicy like bananas and cloves. Taste is heavy, sweet, and malty. I get bananas and maybe pear or apple. This beer is far more malty than one would expect from a hefeweizen, but it's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. This beer is well put together

It's not what you typically find in a hefeweizen, but anyone who enjoys a malty full bodied beer will enjoy this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer got some real hate lately. I happen to enjoy it.

A - A bit darker than one would expect but it is an imperial after all. With a light pour I managed to get no yeast in my 16oz weizen glass. Head is minimal but lacing is awesome.

S - First sniff I wonder what it was since indeed it is spicy. After much thought I figured it must be roasted barley with a touch of wheat, almost like a rye only more spicy. There is mild alcohol of course and a touch of candied banana's

T - Taste starts off sweet with banana's then only for a moment does it get a bit spicy with the cloves and roasty barley but it quickly again turns sweet with candied banana like taste with touches of caramel.

M - Almost surreal as I detect no alcohol in this. Drank like a normal hefeweizen.

Overall I guess I got a relatively newer bottle since indeed it does have a touch of sediment in the bottom but nowhere near enough to become overbearing. With little yeast taste, mostly sweet and very nice spiced aroma's, I do believe ST has won my praise again. A very nice take on an imperial.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was nice,light and hazy in color with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of grapefruit, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot and a definite grape flavor finishes it off rather nicely.

Overall a very solid and very strong ale here. Light in body but it packed a wallop. Definitely a one and done for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery on 7-3-10. The beer was a cloudy yellow with a fairly nice sized head on it. I drank this without any fruit added. The beer probably would have been pretty good with a wedge of orange in it but I got the beer and that was all. This beer was a pretty standard hefeweizen. Couldn't honestly tell that it was an imperial in some way.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy light amber, apricot. Low head for the style. Ok lace.

S - Booze, green raisins, molasses.

T - Brown sugar, caramelized bananas / bananas foster, plantains. Soft malt. Toffee.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Finishes sweet.

O - Fantastic drinkability for 8%. Delicious and smooth.

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Photo of Ommy
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier's Heavy Weizen shows a great dark golden color and forms a very tightknit head. Quite a bit of carbonation is seen which seems to cause the head to dissipate a little.

The smell does have the hint of banana as promised, and with a flurry of sweetness and hint of orange peel. I get a very faint sense of freshly cut grass along with it.

Upon tasting, the carbonation instantly tickles the tongue and spikes it with a bolder and fuller taste than the usual hefeweizen. The brew engages the tongue wonderfully throughout, and leaves a very pleasant citrus feeling on the finish that lasts.

The alcohol is present, though at 8% ABV it does well to hide it within the various flavors and sensations. The alcohol and the sweetness of this brew gives it sensation quite like mead.

Overall I would say this beer is a nice break from the norm of most hefeweizen and is definitely something I would recommend and will buy again.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Weizen | 650 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: Hefeweizen
Glass: Duvel tulip

Stagnant amber with a surprisingly small head.

Banana bread soaked in alcohol, cloves.

Definitely a heavy weizen. All the same flavors--banana, cloves, lemon rind--are there, just with much more heft. Alcohol plays a strong role.

Medium bodied, but slow to develop. Carbonation is lower than expected.

The idea of creating a heftier hefe was a good one. Unfortunately, it seems there's a reason for the former style's dominance--it's simply a more delicate and complex balance of flavors.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 19, 2011

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a tall Weizen glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer along with a list of ingredients and its abv (8%). There is however no freshness date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: This beer raises a very tall white head which slowly settles as I drink. A nice cap of foam hangs till the last sip and makes for some slick lacy finger patterns on the glass. Its body has a somewhat tan, sandy amber color which is quite murky.

Smell: The aroma is yeasty and estery with tons of wheat and some hints of its 8% abv. I also pick also pick up on some hops in the background that add a light earthy/spicy/floral character.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has a big yeasty and malty character with notes of banana baby food, unripe peach, pear, mellow phenolic clove and sweet wheat. Towards the finish there is more grainy wheat and light hints of hops and mildly spicy alcohol. The palate feels heavy, smooth and slick with mild carbonation.

Notes: This is an interesting beer that walks the line between Hefeweizen and Wheatwine. The heavier feel and abv seems to take away from the bright refreshing nature and drinkability of an average Hefeweizen but the favor is interesting and complex.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color, lots o' little bubbles continuously rising up to reinforce a pillowy white head which sticks all over the place. Nice wheat beer scent, a bit of hops as well and maybe a hint of spice for the alcohol. I love a good hefe and normally the more german the better, but this is a pretty interesting take. Its got all of the classic elements, but throws in some bittering hops (not dominating, but they are there), and the alcohol is there but its well blended. Given its similarities to a regular hefe im a little curious where they got the extra 3-4% alcohol. Oh and it definitely clouds up a lot when you pour the 2nd half of the bottle in. Good beer, check it out.

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Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden color with an average amount of white head. Good retention and solid lacing adorns the glass.

S: super rich and wheaty. Sweet malts, clove, banana, more wheat.

T: cloves, citrus, nectar, wheat, banana, some spices. Sweet in the middle that lasts until the bitter hoppy aftertaste sets in. As close to perfection as I've tasted from a hef.

M: medium-bodied and creamy; perfectly carbonated.

D: really easy drinking here, especially for an 8% hef. Southern Tier has done it again -- this is my new favorite of the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 5 inches of billowy ivory colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, some haze towards the bottom the bottle. The head stays hyperactive; infection might be an issue, but not really tasting any off flavors, so no deduction on that

S: Breadyness & grainyness, grassy hops once warm

T: Follows the nose, a touch of honey & grass as well, then some yeasty & clove flavors emerge up front, a touch lemon zest as well. I also get a touch of white pepper as this warms, along with pear & white grape. Finishes with phenolic notes, grainyness, & almost taste like spelt & maybe some other wet grain. A .5 deduction for varying too far out of style

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & warming. There's a bit of grainyness as well

Drinks easy, not a straight down the line hefe, I would've bought this as a Belgian Wit as well, but pretty tasty. The abv does slow me down a touch. I would buy this again without hesitation

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Photo of thekanna
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous gold bordering on nectarine hue with not much head.

S: Apricots, citrus fruits, bouquets of flowers, and slightly creamy floral hops.

T/M: Strong apricot taste followed by a slight citrus zest and floral hops. Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style.

D: Fantastic brew; like a better version of Magic Hat #9. I like.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip because I had no weizen glass available. I haven't had many hefeweizens so take this review for what it is worth.

Look: hazy gold color with a two finger head that fades slowly leaving behind a good amount of lacing. Its cloudy. The head is slightly off white. There's a lot of carbonation visible in the glass and its kind of crazy.

Smell: I can smell sugary banana, wheat and cloves. There's some yeast spiciness and a hint of Saaz hops. When I was at the bottom of the glass and it had warmed up quite a bit, I could detect the alcohol a bit but nothing serious.

Taste: malty sweet with not much wheat flavor. The banana is subdued and the cloves and yeast are very forward. This nicely fits into my preferences, since I am not a big fan of hefeweizens specifically because I don't like the banana flavor. The Hallertau Magnum hop flavors are clearly there.

Feel: medium to full bodied. Very crisp carbonation. There isn't a bitter bite. Towards the end when the beer has warmed, the alcohol becomes more apparent but it still lacks a alcohol bite.

Drink: very easy to drink and very pleasant to drink. I could drink this all night if I wanted to.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers generally or hefeweizens in particular but this was a pretty good beer. As I find myself trying to expand my horizons, I thought Southern Tier would be a good place to start since I love their other Imperial series beers that I've had and I'm glad this didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a try and I recommend picking this up if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of the last of these bombers from the great Neil St. Piccadilly.

Two lush fingers of white foam top a slightly murky lemon-yellow body; good duration and nice lacing on the ol' DAB mug. Rich fruit smells--plenty of banana, some orange peel, lemon, and a bit of pepper--on the nose. More would almost seem obscene, but this is quite appealing aromatically.

Fine, delicate taste; very fruity and light, but with a bit of malt heft. This is really good Hefeweizen, packing plenty of flavor while going easy on the tongue. The spice takes me a little by surprise, but in no way exceeds the boundaries set by the delicious, ample fruit. I'd almost like more banana, for the orange and lemon really emerge quite prominently, but this will surely do.

The mouthfeel sets this in the upper echelon of Hefeweizen, to me. It is airy and effervescent, light but with substance; an almost ideal balance that Southern Tier, with all its bombers, achieves with remarkably regular brilliance. That this is 8% is surprising, for it hardly registers during consumption.

Fantastic bomber, but aren't they all from ST? If this appeared in central Illinois more often, I'd stock up on it during the warm months like it ain't nobody's business.

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Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Powerful and hugely flavored wheat ale.

Wow, what a big beer. Shouldn't have been a surprise that it tastes like an enormous Hefeweizen, though it certainly does. But it really is a wheat wine.

Pours clear and bright if you don't disturb the sediment. Beautiful amber color and head is very long lasting while leaving plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Hops are assertive but don't steal the show. Esters and spicy notes are powerful. But if we can have hugely hopped IPA monsters, why not a double mouthful for the wheat beer fans? I love it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good take on a hefeweizen, nothing particularly remarkable but all in all fairly well rounded.

Presentation: 22 OZ. bottle. Contemporary screen printed design with the image of an anvil over yellow background framed within the Southern Tier branding. Small paragraph narrative noting their advanced brewing to turn and reinterpret the style in a sturdy fashion, main ingredients and brewing overview, and as it is often the case with this brewery a note to enjoy the beer with moderation. Offers serving notes, including a recommendation to add a lemon wedge and a chilled glass. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (18), and Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Hazy gold pour with a fair head, maybe a bit short for a wheat brew, moderate to low retention, thin surface memory with some faint surface patches.

S - Sweet banana and clove, a bit malty.

T - Lightly yeasty, with a wheaty banana and clove sense, touch of pepper in the distance riding the malty sense.

M - Medium to medium-full body with good carbonation that fades a bit quickly. Smooth and slightly boozier in the feel than what is common for the style but it neither makes it outstanding nor particularly noticeable.

D - Maybe a bit of a slower take than the average hefeweizen given the alcohol and fuller sense but not too distant.

Notes: It is not bad, but for Southern Tier offerings this is closer to the forgettable column than to the recommendable one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a glowing golden amber color with a dense creamy white head that lingers for some time leaving a thick lace behind.

S-earthy malt aroma, strong notes of wheat, hints of banana and lemon zest, light yeast and peppery spice in back.

T-thick sticky malt up front, notes of wheat with a light banana and lemon flavor coming in. sticky pine resign, light yeast, with notes of spice but faint. moderate bitterness in the finish showing a hint of dry herbal hops.

M-relatively full bodied and chewy, creamy on the tongue with a moderate carbonation slightly less than I'd like to see in the style. very syrupy sticky feel to it.

D-interesting brew, relatively simple and lacks a little of the spicy balance and big yeast flavors I'd prefer to see. Very unique malt body and flavor to it, different. Still tasty and done well enough to hide the alcohol.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little light in colour. Bright orange with a very voluminous white head.

Coriander, clove and bubble gum in the scent. Very low alcohol presence. Slightly sweet banana flavour with a dry, mildly hoppy finish.

A little oily on the mouth could by a bit drier and have the carbonation amped up a bit.

Still a nice beer...though I would class this as a double or an Imperial hefe.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Appearance is 2 fingers of head, clings to the side of glass with good lacing. Color is a light, hazy golden. Smell is bananas, cloves, some yeast and wheat. Taste is banana, wheat, clove with a nice alcohol finish. Not much carbonation, mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is very high for 8%, delicious beer.

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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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