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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rarevos on 09-24-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with misterdmac... thanks!

A: Foggy yellowish blonde. Creamy puff of head.

S: Almost a clear blend of German and American... Citrus and clove. Slightly spicy.

T: There's the light banana... spiced banana bread and orange rind? The standard weizen flavours follow. Kinda toned down and a bit bitter.

M: Medium-heavy... citrus flavours come out more as it warms, and linger a bit. Not too bad.

D: A good finisher for the night. ABV is a little high. I'd use this to top of the evening from time to time.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on draft, in a Weizen glass. Poured a cloudy, dark straw color, with a white, foamy head. A good amount of lacing was left behind after the head subsided.

An intriguing nose that I found very pleasant. A spicy banana smell, with some hop crispness.

This weizen has a very chewy bread feel to it. It starts off sweet, banana with some clove. Spice then rolls through with some subtle alcohol. A nice interplay of spice and fruit is left on your tongue.

This wasn't as refreshing as I would have expected or liked (more). As a big Dunkel Weizen fan, I find it surprising that I can say that about a Hefeweizen. Nonetheless, it is a good, intriguing wheat ale with an aroma that I find absolutely intoxicating (for lack of a better term).

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Photo of Buebie
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized merlot glass.
Color is a GLOWING gold, with a nice unfiltered hazy touch. Head is 2 fingeres frothy white. Retention isnt much, mild laceing as well.

Smells of candied banana's, Wheat spicieness, dme, caramel rolls, ginger, cracked peppercorn spice. Some alcahol fuminess at the knose.

Upfront a creamy wheat character with a zing of carbonation in the middle. Floral hoppyness, sweat light malt, touch of lemon. Mild alcahol warming at the swallow, with a rush of more citrussy lemon, some spicieness from the hops.
Very light, dry finish.

Good clean beer, very good for a wheat beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pick up any new ST bomber the second I see it, so I was pretty excited about this one. I'm a big fan of the Hop Sun, so hoping this was more of the same with some "big beer" kick to it. Appearance is solid and consistent; it's a little lighter than most, potentially a little more "pale-ale-ish." Solid lacing comes off a nice big white head. Nose is a ton of spicy malt, and then citrus, wheat and yeast. Flavor wise, you can tell right off the bat, it's different from your standard hefe. There's sort of a chalkier, rougher smoky side of the malt that's unexpected in a wheat beer like this. Of course you've got a ton of spiciness (although not as much as some hefes), and even the citrus is subtler than I expected. A surprising breadiness likens this one to a Belgian strong pale a little. 8% ABV definitely shows up on the back end. Carbonation is strong, a very lively feel, with good body. Overall, it's definitely a solid brew. Not one of their home-runs (or even as good as Hop Sun, in my opinion), but a nice beer nonetheless.

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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 Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizen on Steroids? M'kay sounds tasty!

Cloudy yellowish brown colored beer with a diminished white head for the style must be the alcohol.

Smell is sweet and spicy with clove and lemon being the two strongest scents. Little bit of banana but not much, really smells more Belgian than German. Strong citrus and spice aromas to the point it makes the nose itch. I repeat this is intensely spicy.

Taste starts out sweet banana pudding with a little gingerbread under it. Sweet then the spice and then a mild noble hop bitter finish all the way through. Banana pudding on New Orleans bread pudding describes the flavor exactly.

Mouthfeel is good.

Taste WAY more mellow than it smells. Not bad but not great either, except for the smell it is just OK.

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Photo of ianranderson
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with little head from bomber. Smell is very nice. HInts of citrus and banana. Taste got better as the drink went on. I found the first couple sips to be overpowered with alcohol but later sips were noticeably sweeter and much more pleasant. Give this beer some time! Mouthfeel is good. Smooth almost creamy. Banana dominates. Very drinkable but you need to give it time. Gets better as you drink (though that could be due to the 8.0% abv!).

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Photo of BMoney575
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 5-13-08

Pours a clear golden color, with a filmy head that yields huge, sticky lacing.

Smell is very Belgian, sweet, and fruity, lots of yeast and a hint of booze.

Taste is Belgian yeast at first, then a sweet malt. The finish is ghastly. A bitter, soapy, watery, metallic flavor slides in. It tastes like the first batch they made after they bleached the tank.

Mouthfeel is alright, too thin and watery.

Drinkability is not good, the flavor just isn't there.

Overall, a disappointment. At least it's 8%.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one last night along with their Imperial Barley wine.

Hazy, yellow color with an orange tint. Two finger head that hangs around.

Immediate smell of apple juice. As the head mellows, more smells are revealed. Wheat, hops, citrus and still more apples are all present.

Strong presence of apples that seemed to dominate the overall taste. A mix of wheat and hops as the beer warms slightly. A big beer, although only 8%, still needs to be shared with friends because of the thickness and sugary quality.

I thought this was a little over the top but was worth the try. Not my favorite in their imperial line. Tasted more like a quadruple.

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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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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours just a slightly hazy, medium gold color with a rather unimpressive sized head. Aroma is slightly confusing; it's alcoholic, floral hops, plentiful phenolics. Overall it's just a clovey, boozey mess, really no focus to it. On the palate, things slightly improve. It is a huge mouthfeel, thick and viscous with the plummy cloves really hitting you hard. The Saaz hops add an additional spiciness, which I guess I find is difficult to pair with such phenolic yeast strains. Overall, it's interesting, but with such a huge body, it's closer to a barley wine than a weizen. Still, more power to them for pushing the boundaries.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle copped for $5.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
This certainly falls under the category of a "Super Hefeweizen" with a hefty alcohol percentage of 8%, however, where it scores for strength, it somewhat lacks in original Hefeweizen quality, style, and flavor...
For example, although it might not be nearly as strong, a good, solid, Hefe like Weihenstephaner is still way ahead of this one due to its original, flavorful, true-to-the-depiction style... Although this one was good, it seemed like a strange depiction of the style, with the ABV cranked up, but the authentic Hefe styles sadly lacking... It scores for flavor because despite its strong resemblance to an authentic German Hefe, it is still a very tasty, refreshing, and drinkable brew...
Appearance was extremely hazy and cloudy, with a light-orange, straw-colored hue...
Nice citrus-dominated aroma with obvious sugars, florals, and lemon...
Taste bombarded by fresh citrus, candied sugars, lemon,oranges, nectarines, tangerines, and florals...
Nice, rich mouthfeel with an easy drinkability due to the fact that the ABV is very well hidden... Slightly sweet with a nice tart balance...
Worth a shot...

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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 HopDerek
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy amber orange color with cloudy waves of yeast. Small off-white head and good lacing. Very prominent aroma of lemon, banana, clove, and bread dough. Tastes of refreshing lemon, caramelized bananas, spicy cloves, yeast, alcohol, and bread with an orange peel finish. Medium in body with good carbonation and a lingering bite of citrus and alcohol. Refreshing and packing in lots of strong flavors, but a little too hoppy for a wheat, making it unbalanced.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very slightly cloudy golden color. Minimal head and lace.

S: Wheat and hops at the end which is weird for a heff. Even though I consider this an imperial wheat.

T: Slight banana taste, No clove. Heavier than normal heff. No surprise. Very wheaty in taste. Still surprisingly refreshing though.

M: Med body. Slightly thin on the tongue.

D: While not the best from Souther Tier this is a good beer. Very drinkable for the ABV. This would be great during the summer.

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

Ripe lemon rind with a subtle infusion of Sunkist orange. Although few yeast have entered the glass so far, quite a cloud has been stirred up in the bottom of the bottle. Subsequent pours should look even better. Up top is an albaster colored crown that does its job well enough and isn't too shabby in the lace department.

When it comes to noses, too many Imperial hefe weizens add too much alcohol and lose too much of the essential fruit and spice yeastiness. Not this one. The aroma is full of sugared banana and warm clove, with no trace of ethanol. If the flavor profile follows suit, we're looking at yet another winner from Southern Tier.

Hefe weizen is one of those styles that is so perfect as is, that it doesn't lend itself to being Imperialized as easily as most styles (so says a lover of big beer). Even though I still feel that way, I like this offering because it's still recognizable as a hefe weizen, albeit a massive one.

The pale malt backbone is mammoth in size and provides tons of malt sugars that glide over the tongue like crushed velvet. Forget about being able to appreciate any wheatiness. I don't anyway. The hops (Hallertau Magnum for flavor/bittering, Czech Saaz for aroma) are easily noted and do a bang-up job of balancing things out, both in terms of flavor and sweet-bitter.

Without an incredibly estery yeast strain, Heavy Weizen would be just another big beer gone awry. While it isn't bursting with fresh banana, it does earn a more than respectable 2.5/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. Just enough clove is present to beautifully complement the spiciness of the Euro hops.

My philosophy has always been that if you're going to brew a big beer, then give it a big mouthfeel. Someone up in Lakewood, NY agrees with me. This one is medium-full with a plushness that might not have been possible without the malted white wheat. Just enough bubbles are present to keep things from bogging down.

Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout is still the king of the 'Imperial' series from the brewmasters at Southern Tier; at least as far as I'm concerned. Heavy Weizen is still wonderful beer and is the blueprint that others would do well to follow if they wish to bulk up their standard hefes.

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

Cloudy, yellow gold with a thick, sticky, off-white head. Rich banana bread and fruit cocktail esters on the nose along with marmalade, clove, and spicy hops. Light toasted grain and spicy hop bitterness up front. Toffee, banana bread dough, and tropical fruit sweetness dominate the palate. Banana and clove stay into the yeasty, warming finish. Nble hop bitterness makes a brief appearance. Full-bodied, thick, syrupy feel (almost like a banana milkshake). Nice.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a Big Hefe glass, The liquid id a medium gold, cloudy with ok carbonation. The head is lively but not as big as a normal hefe. (reviewing on the Imp Hefe basis). The foam is white 3 fingers and leaves good lace.

The smell is nice, lots of banana, with some spicy notes.

The taste follows the beer was not too spicy in the clove area but bananas were well represented.

The mouthfeel is big and thick, totally unlike a regular Bavarian hefe, the carbonation is stifled by the thick body.

The drinkability is ok, could be this just is not a great twist on a classic, reminds me a bit of the DFH Gorden Era. Prosit MK

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from by NY beer guy BeerTruth.

A: Pours a nice light straw yellow color with a very small head for a hefe. The head dies to nothing rather quickly.

S: Nice strong sweet fruit smells with tons of over ripe banana. Cloves, nutmeg, and all spice also make an appearence.

T: Wow huge flavor for a wheat beer. Tons of clove and banana right up front. On the first sip the clove actually stung my tongue a bit. The yeastiness pulls through as does nice sweet sugars and a hint of vanilla. This is a BIG wheat beer which I am starting to like more and more as the contents disappear. I don't know if it's the ABV or the taste, but man I am liking this one.

M: Nice and light, even though there is a tiny head this one does have some carbonation.

D: I enjoyed the bomber alone, and drank every last drop, including all the yeasty goodness at the end.

Overall: I really like what Southern Tier is doing with beer. They are going outside the box and taking every class of beer and super sizing it. Well keep it going. I am a sucker for big beers and hop bombs. It's why I love 3 Floyds and why my crush will contiue to grow on Southern Tier.

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Photo of Gmann
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with just an average head, not much in retention. The smell is of cloves, juicy fruit, medicinal, quite spicy. Good aroma just not in a typical hefe way. The taste is of spice, cloves, corriander, orange peel, over-ripe bananas, good malt presence. The feel is moderate and has good carbonation, finishes pretty balanced, perhaps on the sweet side. This is a great beer, just not a "true" hefe weizen. If I didn't read the label I would swear that this is a Belgian beer. Lucky for me I enjoy a good Belgian beer and this is a fine brew. I guess call it what you want, its still a good choice.

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Photo of genog
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a thick and fluffy white head that builds up to two inches and then is cut in half to still leave a thick fluffy white weizen head during the drink. Aroma is strong of spices, and wheat. I can pick out clove, banana, orange peel, coriander in the nose. Taste is very good as well. I pick out yeast, orange peel, coriander and other spices that makes this a relatively heavy flavor drink. Mouth feeling is a little mild making this a drink that lets you concentrate on all the flavors. Overall a strong beer that I think rivals the batch 8000 from bells.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review number 200. I am always a little hesitant when it comes to this brewery because all there beers seem to be so heavy on the alcohol. Nevertheless I wanted to see what their interpretation of a hefeweizen would be like. Loom of this beer is orange and murky, surprisingly like a hefeweizen. Smell is sweet and creamy, with a bit of tangy fruit. When tasting, creamsickles come to mind immediately. There is a nice hop bight in there as well. Unlike many of the other beers by Southern Tier that I have sampled, the alcohol is not too in your face in this offering. It is certainly there in the flavor, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium, but for this style seems very heavy with the alcohol and other flavors. So far this bomber is going down rather easily, so I am going to say that it is a pretty easy to drink weizen. I like how American brewers like Southern Tier put their stamp on various styles such as this. I still prefer the German hefeweizens over this, but it certainly takes this style in a new direction. Cheers

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with BeerBeing.

A: The weizen has a dark orange color, hazy to the point of murky thickness. The color is especially pronounced when the last few drops of a thick yeasty sediment drip into the glass. The head was immemorable.

S: The aroma is noticeably wheaty with a clove sweetness that lacks any bubblegum or banana notes. The strength is hard to notice.

T: A sip reveals a heady banana flavor, full ot estery potency. That flavor accentuates, even overwhelms, the wheat body. An alcohol presence lies just below the surface but it doesn't add an element of warmth. The strength instead seems to pair nicely with the estery clove and banana. Only long after a sip is gone does some residual heat kick up in the back of the month.

M: The mouthfeel is big, living up to the imperial in the title. The ale is a big drink, a far cry from a light refreshing hefe weizen.

D: This is a sippin' beer, too big and strong for its own good. Stick with one, and save it for a cooler September day.

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Photo of mnj21655
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden-straw with a finger of white head and sticky lacing. Smell is initially just spicyness. After a few whiffs I am able to detect the aromas normally present in weizenbiers: wheat, yeast, bananas, and in this case so lemons. Taste was much like the aroma. Spicyness was dominant. There were cloves in there as well as the banana, wheat and yeast flavors. All the flavors are exaggerated here. They blend together well at first but then at the finish they come together unpleasantly and really linger. Its a real hard flavor to describe but in other styles I might find it enjoyable but in a weizenbier, with no other bold flavors to accompany it, its unwelcome. The more of this I had the less noticeable it became but then all of the flavors seemed more subdued after a few healthy sips. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit heavy, maybe medium, leaning towards full, in body with moderate carbonation. In terms of drinkability I can't rate this very high. I simply have no urge to have another. Overall I was actually a bit disappointed. The exaggerated flavors came together in an unpleasant way that hangs around much too long.

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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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