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

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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 200
Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Started to pour into my Weizen glass from the 22 and-- ruh roh. We're talking a whole fist of head with a careful pour. The head is hefe-fluffy with a white airy head that verrrryyyy slowwwly dissipates the way it should. The beer itself is amber and clear, interesting because the bottle says unfiltered. I'm getting the impression this bottle may have sat in the store awhile. No worries though, because it's an Imperial, right? Right.

The smell from this bottle is decidedly spicy. As the beer warms, and I take several more sniffs from my stuffy nose, I get a little bit of cloves and some yeasty scents coming through.

The taste is a hoppy hefeweizen. I want to like it, because things like the head are spot on for the style, but it just isn't the beer I wanted it to be. Yes, it's definitely the beer they're selling me (read the bottle), but not really what I wanted out of an ST Hefe. The taste is quite spicy as well, with a tingling on the back sides of my tongue as it finishes, a little alchohol wash.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty much what I expected when I saw the beer, a little watery with a spicy finish.

I'll certainly finish the bomber, and I may yet try this again. The drinkability factor on this is not as high as many other hefes I've had but hey, it comes in a 22oz. I don't really need more than this alone than a 22oz, and personally suggest you share it.

Later, I read the bottle more closely. NOW I know why it reminds me of a Pilsner. Czech Saaz hops. Touche`.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to sample this and liked it bought a bottle at first sighting today,poured a hazed peach color with a well defined white head that stuck like glue to my weiss glass,Iam not sure if many of you have smelled an overripe rotted apple but this kinda came across that way to me somewhat musty along with some clovey apple pie-like spice I have to say its very Autumn like.This is one big ass weiss beer everything is maginified the clovey spice times two the yeastiness times two the banana liquer times two and I like it,Iam not the biggest fan of the style but when you magnify it and concentrate it I like it alot more.The hop presence in its spicey/peppery form really shows itself in the finish and is a nice element to this very unique wheat ale.Hey I liked it when sampled and like even more now Southern Tier to me is the best brewery in NY at least western NY,I need to get some more Southampton offerings to make a better judgement.

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Hefe Weizen you say? I say, interesting!!

Pours a murky bright golden with a decent head that evaporates rather quickly down to a small ring at the edge of the glassware. Liquid gold.

Smells very spicy, with lots of cloves and some bananas. Maybe like a tripel but with some wheat tones to it. Interesting!

Taste is huge on spiciness, cloves, fruity, a bit of banana, a tad of alcohol, coriander, hops...slight aftertaste of wheat. This is ridiculously unique.

Mouthfeel is rather thick and velvety with prickly small bubble carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. This one here is a winner. It reminds me a lot of a good tripel, almost like Golden Monkey yet different, and thicker.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier bomber, no freshness indication on the bottle. Pours typical semi cloudy golden, with a near white head, leaving spotty, fine lacing. Fruity, zesty, citrus nose, I love wheat beer and I love "big" beers so this one is a natural for my beer enjoyment. More citrus, yeast, snappy spice on the palate. tastes like a yeasty, peppery belgian single/pale ale to me, hey I love that style to...

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, bright orange gold, some sediment, medium carbonation

Smell: banana, wheat, and cloves dominate

Taste: banana, wheat, lemon, cloves, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: moderately smooth, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitterish-more alcoholic finish, very heavy for the style

Drinkability: This is truth in advertising and is a heavy hefeweizen. For me the alcohol was too pronounced taking away from some of the other flavors. For that reason I would only have one. Southern Tier makes some excellent big beers. This one misses the mark for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Looks just like any other hefeweizen. The aroma is strong wheat and bananas, but I don't get much, if any, clove notes in the smell. The flavor is bananas, wheat, alcohol, some cloves and some other spices. You can definitely notice the alcohol in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kpantz
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: Southern Tier can be hit or miss. I absolutely LOVE their IPA and their Porter. The Tripel? Not so much. What, then, would a hefe bring to the table? Fortunately, enough. It advertises very well to the nose and the eyes, and while the flavor is good, it's nothing that would blow you away. Worth a try, though.

Appearance: A very hazy straw/amber, with a clean, fluffy white head which persists at about finger thickness.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, bubble gum, yeast. Great hefe aroma.

Taste: Oddly enough, this is about exactly how I expected this to taste. A malty sweetness jumps in quickly, followed by the prototypical hefeweizen flavor profile - bright, fruity, with a little residual alcohol to round it out. Almost imperial pilsener-esque in the latter half, a la Sam Adams or DFH Golden Shower.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as carbonated as I would have liked for a hefe. Imperial or not, I'd expect this to be at least a little refreshing. A little sticky, which is to be expected for a higher-gravity offering.

Drinkability: An interesting flavor, but it's not really captivating enough to make me go for another bomber. Combine that with less than satisfying carbonation and a higher ABV, this doesn't rank too high in my drinkability book.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three fingers of tight white head over a golden orange body. The well retained head slowly fades, leaving sporadic patches of thick lace.

Aromas of bubblegum and spice. Lemon. Mild banana. Faint grassy noble hop character. It smells a little bit boozy.

Banana flavour is sweet and bold. Mild acidic twang, from the wheat, I think. Vanilla. Hop flavour grassy/citrusy. Mild bitterness, but still more hop character than a typical hefe. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Everything else keeps it in check. Hops come forward a little as it warms.

Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with low carbonation. It's a sipper, but a very enjoyable and easy one. I really enjoy drinking this beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As per style, it's important to swirl this one to wake up the sediment at bottom...doing so results in a hazy, dirty peach yellow/orange color, with a modest-sized head that leaves a few strings and patches of lace on the way down.

Aroma is very nice, really clean and fresh, but doesn't seem like an Imperial anything...just an authentic banana-nut bread aroma that could've been marketed as Banana-nut Beer (I think that's already been done by someone else). Can definitely smell the Czech Saaz hops too, not in a huge way, but in a way that can certainly be appreciated, especially in a style that doesn't normally features hops in any big way.

Flavor is very good. Seems an authentic representation of the style, something so many U.S. brewers get so terribly wrong. Not as good as New Glarus' freaking awesome Imperial Weizen, but this will do for now. The requisite banana flavor and slickness are here, as is a doughy center and a nutty yeastiness...the only thing making it stand out from a standard hefe is a citrusy element that brings in pineapple and something that reminds of watered-down Squirt soda. Finishes a bit tart.

Just a little over-carbonated for the style, which continues to bring the sharper citrus elements into focus. Not sure it works, but it's not bad at all. It lends a unique character to the beer, and further separates it from a "non-imperial" regular hefe. I'd still prefer a Franziskaner texture any day.

Doesn't really seem all that "imperial" to me, although no matter what it's called, it's obviously very well-brewed. It's tasty, it's as true a hefe as you're likely to get from a U.S. brewer, and it's another solid Southern Tier offering.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, toasted yellow body with a milky thick, sticky white head of decent duration.
At first and well-chilled, it noses primarily of banana nut muffins, somewhat undercooked and overmoist Wheat adds further doughiness. Muskmelon takes holds more as it warms and really begins to open up. A quick squirt of lemon and likeminded lemongrass hops trait are noticed as well, and yeast adds a touch of allspice and vanilla, way in the back.
Doughy wheat and bruised bananas are the studs in the taste department. Some tropical fruit push forward, mostly kiwi and papaya. There's a small flourish of ginger and nutmeg (and possibly cinnamon as it warms up) in the middle as the yeast does it's thing. It rides out with a curious, but tasty, sense of fleshy, slightly sour, gourd meat (almost as nod towards their Pumking). Hops have little say, but add flashes of peppery dry grasses around the rear.
Heavy, yeasty thick, and just plain doughy in the mouth, but not in the least obese or lazy, as a small, steady, spritzy [email protected] keeps things moving through the mouth and foregoing any notion of the jacked-up boozed quotient.
Some of the big flavors here keep this from being rapidly drinkable or sessionable, but it's not impinged by its strength. This succeeds in full at being a Bigass Hefeweizen, maintaining it's basic style specification and purpose, without seeming Imperialized simply because they could.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheatish beige colour with abundant crowning head. Great aroma, floral, of the hop combination, and the wheat. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, with taste not the greatest in the style, but certainly not detracting. A bit of grapefruit from hops, pleasantly finding little saaz. A good effort.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 brewerburgundy
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into weizen glass.

A: Golden wheat, in this second glass cloudy enough to be opaque because I poured all of the yeast with this. Especially in the first glass plenty of nice sized bubbles were rising. A good inch of head that became an eighth in five minutes.

S: Banana that is the part of banana that turned my stomach as a kid, also clove-like spice. Metallic European hops, Saaz specifically, as it says on the label.

T: Moderately sweet banana with a cloviness in the middle, and the hops at the end with a light bitterness finishing it off. This doesn't seem all that revolutionary. A weizen with a bit more hopping and alcohol, which is well hidden in my bottle. Drink it very cold to avoid the alcohol and keep it from tasting a bit musty like some of the Belgians I've tried.

M: A nice full, almost heavy feeling.

D: The drinkability is obviously not what a normal weizen would be due to the alcohol. I do like the mouthfeel and it is much like a normal weizen. I'd say just grab an authentic Bavarian bottle instead though I am happy to have tried this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance. Average head retention, but at 8% abv that's to be expected. The nose is more malty than your standard weizen, but otherwise typical. More spicy than banana-like; and there is some alcohol present. In the mouth it's definitely fuller bodied, but not overdone... dextrinous medium-full. Moderate zesty carb. Smooth. Nice. The flavor, not unlike the nose, is maltier than a standard weizen, and there's less yeast characteristics. It is yeasty, however, just not in a Bavarian kind of way... more "just yeast". Well-balanced. The alcohol is noticeable. Hmmm... it's not bad... it does dry and stick in the mouth a bit however. Still OK. It finishes dry, yeasty, and rough with an edge of alcohol. An interesting idea with less interesting results. Enjoyable.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a straw color and is a little hazy. I was expecting more cloudiness, but it's not there. I suspect there's more in the bottle. The head is foamy white and only about a finger deep. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing. ABV might have gotten to it. I never though I'd see a hefe this "heavy."

Smell: The nose isn't exactly strong, but it's got a good smell. It's spicy initially. Nice clove smell. It mixes well with some light banana. It is definitely earthy and grainy smelling. No surprise there. It smells sweet and a little sugary. I wouldn't exactly call it diverse or deep, but it smells good for hefe. I'd also like to point out that alcohol is faintly noticeable. Big victory there.

Taste: This is a really nice tasting hefe, albeit a big one. It's sugary sweet and malty up front. The malts give it a really strong foundation. The spice flavors kick in and add quite a bit of character. It's mostly clove. There's some banana in there, as well. It definitely stays pretty true to the style. It is grainy and earthy, rounding out all the bells and whistles of a nice hefe. There's some nice hop flavors in there too. They're primarily floral, but add a slight bitter bite that's a welcome surprise. Again, very little alcohol is noted. Very impressive for an imperialized hefe.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got a medium body and a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation feels light and helps smooth it out. Excellent marks here. Drinkability is also very high. Generally, I'm not very inclined to give a really high score to an "imperial" beer simply because the ABV's at such a level to limit drinkability. Definitely not the case here. It's 8% and I'm not deterred.

Southern Tier's release a very unique and tasty hefe. Yeah, it's a little big. But, I like it. I'm not generally a huge fan of hefes, but this one's good. I also haven't encountered many "imperial" hefes. This one's a winner. Very tasty and drinkable, especially for a big beer. Check it out if you have the chance. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snuck away from Thanksgiving dinner to write down a review for this beer. Yeah, I'm that obsessed. Bomber from Jason's in Ellicott City, MD.

Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a fairly large long-lasting white head.

Aroma is wheat, yeast, banana, citrus, and spice.

Flavor is very nice and only mildly sweet with wheat, yeast, citrus and floral hops, banana, clove, and loads of spices on the finish.

Medium-full body with a tingly, spicy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high and you don't feel the ABV at all...until later that is. Overall a great beer. Interesting. These guys do wheat beers well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange (with some unfiltered yeasty goodness swirling about) with a finger width of brite-white head. Retained nicely around the edges and left some decent lacing. The aroma is a big wheat beer nose. Bready wheats, yeast, spices (coriander & clove stood out), citrus, bananas, light hops, and just a smidge of heat.

The taste is more of the same. A strong presence of banana and orange mixed with spices is carried by a big backbone of sweet and yeasty malts. The mouthfeel is full bodied and beefy enough to carry all those hefty flavors across your palette. There is an alcohol element present (naturally at 8%) but it's not really distracting, instead offering some extra warmth and beef to the beer.

These new takes on Imperial styles by Southern Tier have been interesting and this one was no different. I think this one lent itself to the style pretty well, while possessing a beefed up profile, it still retained the characteristics and drinkibility of a good Hefe

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, maize-ish, yellow. Decent head, about finger or two.
S: Can't beat it. Very yeasty and biscuity. This is cut by some heavy citrus smells, mainly lemon. Banana is also prevalent. Excellent hodgepodge of olfactory pleasure.
T: Like the smell, awesome. Bready, leomony, some banana and maybe a hint of orange? Despite the high ABV, it's not filling and its quite refreshing.
M: It's think and linger on the palate a while, but this reduces in time. Goes down smooth, but has just a little bite. Perfect.
D: I'd definitely have a few of these. Perfect for the spring. Not filling, not over powering.

Southern Tier has done well. A nice Hefe-offering.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notebook.

A- Bright gold, hazy. Huge 1" head of soft fluffy foam.

S- Bananas, oranges, honeydew melon, cotton candy, vanilla, cloves.

T- Sweet and sugary, bitterness does its best to keep up on the balancing act. Somewhat spicy, peppery, and clovy.

M- Medium in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. This one could definitely sneak up on you with the 8% ABV.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden straw color with a tiny little thin white head. Nothing much to the appearance here.

S- Very sweet and spicy- caramel and corriander- possibly some lemon.

T- I got a huge taste of bubblegum and banana followed up by a slight metallic aftertaste. As to be expected, huge wheat and alcohol taste, spices. This one was tasty but nothing overwhelming.

M- Mouthfeel was big and bold with a sticky aftertaste. Nice warming sensation as it was going down.

D- Big ABV for a Hefe, but very drinkable due to the taste and masking of the ABV.

This one was good, I recommend a try.

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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 239 ratings