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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: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rarevos on 09-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Photo of czfreeman
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me personally, if the words "Imperial" and "Southern Tier" on the label, its mine! So far, they've taken some of my favorite things- Coffee, Belgian chocolate, pumpkins, hops:) and produced some of the finest beverages I've ever had. Lets see what great thing they've concocted with one of my favorite beer styles.

Heavy weizen pours out a gorgeous super cloudy glass of wheat. This is some thick stuff. A murky amber tone is revealed, producing a true Hefe super light head, active carbonation keep this fluffy cloud of goodness around for quite a while.Seriously, so murky, can't even see through this brew at all. A fine few droplets of brown yeast sediment decorate the top of the cloud-like head. Great apperance.
On the aromatics-clove, anise, lots and lots of yeast, alcohol comes into play, warming, almost cherry-like. Pureed bananas, lemony wheat, all peppered with a nice phenolic balance. This smells a bit like a Belgian-strong Hefeweizen if you will! A great combination, I'll volunteer myself to be the guinea pig.
Oh wow! Flavor provides middle ground between a and a Hefe deleriumtremens-weizen, super creamy, banana, clove rush through and explode. incedible creamy and spicy at the same time, pepper, lemon,wheat,underrripe sugared plums, yeast full bodied, light grainy wheat breads. The hops provide the perfect amount of balance to this Hefe-bomb. This is creamy and smooth yet spicy and excellently balanced.
Drinkablity is through the roof for me. Hefeweizens are one of my favorite styles, and this is an exceptional example. This style always seems to remain a challenge to American brewers in the never seem "authentic" in their lack of all German flavor and quality. Not here. Southern Tier has produced an Uber-Deutch Hefe if you willThis is a unique creation by the higher ABV in that remains incredibly creamy and refreshing, yet spicy, exciting, lemony and biting. This truly remind me of a BSPA with all the qualities of a hefe.
I am debating awarding this one perfection on the taste. I really can't find a thing wrong with the flavor, and I always have a sixer of Weihenstephaner in the fridge. It truly is one of my favorite styles.
The alcohol is extremely well masked, where did my beer go? I guess lawsuits would ensue, but southern Tier could call this one Duvel-Weizen,just kidding. If you like hefeweizen, find this brew and enjoy!
Danke Schon Southern Tier

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Photo of vfgccp
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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 bort11
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Solid finger's width of white head. Never fully recedes, leaving a full white cap on the surface, and some thin lacing lines. Color is a hazy golden orange/yellow with tons of bubble activity.

Smell is a fantastic blend of cloves and bananas. Slight hints of tobacco. Taste is a clove bomb, if that's such a thing. Mildly sweet banana esters mix with the spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a strong wheat chewiness. The 8% isn't vey noticeable and goes down very easily. One of the best weizen I've had in a while

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Photo of bilge17
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle served in pint glass.

A - Looks like a typical Hefe, light gold/orange, cloudy appearance. Creamy slightly off-white head is REALLY thick (2") and drops out into deep caverns. Great retention.

S - Big presence of Banana, then clove and standard hefe yeast aromas. Almost no sign of this being an 8.00% ABV beer.

T - The taste experience was right on with the smell. Good Wheat and malt balance. Lemon and cloves in the middle with banana taste lingering on the tongue. Slight alcohol taste quickly dissapears with a mild hop spice. You are left with a nice residual banana/clove taste in your mouth.

M - Creamy but yet quenching. Light carbonation. Mouthfeel doesn't linger.

D - Southern Tier continues to make good quality beer on this one, with their distinct style added to each beer. I enjoyed this Hefe very much, only downside is the availablity. I will try to stock up on these when I find them.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: into my allagash weizen glass, yeast agitated fully before pouring, forming an opaque haze in the sunset golden beer with hues of orange peeking through, topped with a creamy white head that never quits, looks great

s: soft, doughy yeast aromas on a full wheat body and a touch of pale malt that provides a moderate level of sweetness, fresh banana bread, mild clove, creamy banana milkshake or banana pudding, some candied lemon and bubblegum, a touch of sweet alcohol, delicate noble hop spice, every individual component of the aroma comes together seamlessly

m: carbonation on the low end and delicate, body on the fuller side of medium but never too far so - creamy seems to be the word for this one, just glides across the palate

t: body of wheat malt carries a slurry of yeasty cloves and fantastic flavors of fresh banana milkshake, pale malts add body and a moderate sweetness, the saaz adds only a mild spice to the finish, sugared lemon rind, delicious and fantastically unbalanced - in that for a beer that tends towards sweeter flavors and makes light use of hops, the sugars never become overbearing

d: no issues with the alcohol here, obviously not a session hefe but the bomber goes down with ease

hesitant purchase but completely satisfied at this point, can't help but hold New Glarus' Imperial Weizen as the hallmark of this style, and this one provides some competition but falls a bit short...bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 mL bottle into weizen glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation producing a nice 2 inch thick bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Sweet banana and clove. Soft wheat notes and a hint of alcohol. Yummy! If this was a bit more complex, I would notch this a 5.
T: Wonderful banana, clove, wheat...reminiscent of the great German weizen beers I have been fortunate enough to quaff from the source.
M: Soft and sweet. Medium body with nice lasting and lingering on the palate.
D: Highly drinkable except that the ABV does eventually catch up with you...damn! A very solid all-around brew. I will definitely be coming back to this again and again!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured a slightly cloudy pale golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, some tiny islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, citrusy, spicy, with a dash of caramel. The taste has a nice sweetness to it, malty/yeasty are the big factors to this brew, nice slight citrusy/spicyness tones. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from ST, thanks again Joe.

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with some golden ripe banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a thick frothy two finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring leaving slight lacing.

Yeasty/bread aroma with a lot of spicy clove notes, ripe banana and citrus peel. Also, there is a bit of crisp light fruit(apple, pear) and a nice hop presence.

Extremely smooth and quaffable medium yeasty/bready body with a healthy dose of clove spiciness. Lots of ripe banana and citrus peel along with some light fruit notes, subtle hops and slightly sour dry finish.

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Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light peach colored beer, cottony layer of head, slightly opaque, as one would expect from a hefeweizen the head seems to stick around on this one - 4.00, S: Wonderfully aromatic, lots of Bazooka Joe bubblegum, crisp and slightly tart, subtle apple - 4.50, T: Some woodiness that I attribute to the wheat, spicy, earthy, the hops actually come through in a style not known for hops, noticeable alcohol - 4.50, M: Smooth - 4.25, D: An exceptional example of the style, packed with flavors and very easy drinking - 4.50

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Photo of brystmar
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold. Not necessarily cloudy, but hazy. White, bubbly crop of froth. Great retention. Lace comes in evenly spaced rings. Very nice aroma of all the regulars: clove, banana, vanilla, pepper and lemon. Great hefe smell. Taste is pretty good too. Quite drinkable and refreshing for 8% a/v. Creamy mouthfeel. Banana esters compliment the tangy wheat/lemon basse. Little shots of bubblegum here and there add a nice complexity. A little doughiness from the yeast. Solid Imperial Hefe. However, I'd have to say, even though this is a very good beer, I prefer the New Glarus Imperial Weizen to this. Not by much though, and that in itself is high praise since New Glarus makes the best Weizens around in the country.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with wheat & yeast and a little bit of lemon and banana.

T: The flavors of wheat, yeast, banana and lemon are well-balanced and blend together nicely. There’s just a hint of spice as well. The malt character is a bit heavier than most beers of the style, as is the ABV, hence the name. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, this is a very poundable beer even with the well-hidden 8.00% ABV. I think it’s a very good representation of the style while taking the style to the next level. I liked it quite a bit.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden yellow color. Two finger white head comes to a peak and stays for a short period. Some light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There are tons of creamy banana aroma coming from this. Clove and light alcohol notes in this as well. Some light wheat undertones throughout the entire beer.

T- Huge banana flavor on the front end with a light clove in the ending initial flavor. The banana flavor turns more creamy toward the middle. Wheat undertones mix with a sweet alcohol in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation for the style. Creamy feeling on the middle to end of this. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are crisp and blend well. Huge banana flavor on the palate with more banana and light alcohol on the backend.

D- This beer is a knockout for the style. Southern Tier imperial styles are amazing yet their regular offering seem kind of lackluster. This beer reminds me of Alpha Kong when it was fresh with the over the top banana flavor. Drinkable and bottle drinkable...more than one and that might be pushing it.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, last freebie for awhile, so I hope it's a good one.

Appearance - A hazy gold with a couple inches of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Amazing. Like a spicy banana bread, with the banana and citrus, some bread and some almost nutmeg. Just smells amazing. Definitely some belgian hop going on. It has that sweetness and spice as well. More like a belgian smell than a typical hefe.

Taste - Pretty much like it smells. It's sweet upfront, with that hoppy spiciness follow, then a sweet funky finish. The alcohol is present on the end, which is appreciated. Very much more like a belgian than a hefe, but with that hefe mildness that makes it incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel - Not bad. Nothing special, it's very smooth, and a little sharp, which is nice. But not too creamy or carbonated. Good.

Drinkability - Awesome. A very drinkable 8 abv. Smooth as hell, with each sip leaving you wanting more.

This was a good one to go out on, the only problem is now I want another one. Awesome beer, dammit.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 22oz bomber for $6.99 at Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. I was tempted to put it in a tulip because it's a big beer, but the bottle calls out a chilled weizen glass so I'll follow that advice.

Moderately hazy dark yellow brew gives a thick, frothy, and stable 2" of light tan head. Nose is a good dose of yeast at first but this evens out after a bit. The smell has a creamy vanilla body that melds well with the typical banana peel and stale cinnamon. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but very smooth. Taste comes right from the smell plus a little boozy spice. It leaves a good amount of lace webbing. Overall very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of thekanna
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 lpayette
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a cloudy banana yellow color with bright white head. Not as big of a head as your typical hefe, so I tried to pour harder. Produced a 2-3 finger head with not much lacing.

s- tons of alcohol driven banana smells that are pretty unique to this beer (but I've never had anything quite like this). Both spicy and clovey. But the banana is tops.

t- wow. nice and clean like all ST brews seem to be. huge banana taste with a slight spice finish.

m- clean and smooth.

d- Nearly as drinkable as a standard hefe. yet another great beer from ST.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a cloudy golden yellow with a lovely white head of creaminess.

Huge wheat scent with some spicy notes and a kiss of lemon.

Big time wheat here again with some spicy clove, touch of banana and hint of lemony citrus. Has an earthy presence as well with some noticeable alcohol, but not much. Big flavor overall.

This is what makes this beer so damn good. The feel bigger, but has such a creamy smooth feel. Almost a chewiness to it.

I will have no problem finishing a bomber of this, but I think that is where the limit will be. It's imperial and awesome but the spice can wear on a person a bit. Another awesome beer from Southern Tier though.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden orange color with thin white head. Cloudy with lots of floaties dancing around in my glass.

S: BIG, yeast bite contributes the massive nose of this beer of bananas, and cloves.

T: Initial flavor also bears huge banana and cloves with a equally as huge tart fininsh. Magnum hops used for bittering finished off by the spicy Saaz hops for aroma that mixes nicely with the yeast aroma. Nice tart finish especially when it warms.

M: creamy, smooth with a nice yeasty presence.

D: Good drinkability a big enjoyable experience.

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

On tap at Union Brewhouse. Poured into a 9 oz glass. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head. Smells of some lemon and spice and banana. Taste is similar. Lot of flavor for a hefe and it is very filling. Thick mouthfeel. Little tinge of alcohol in the back, but that is to be expected with a high abv. Nice beer and a bit more flavor than a typical hefe.

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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
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