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Stoudts Heifer-in-WheatStoudts Heifer-in-Wheat

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 246
Photo of UDbeernut
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: cloudy yellow, small head with ok retention

s: clove, dull earthyness, hint of sweetness

t: clove provides the balance with wheat, light notes of flowery hops, a nice hefe

m: light and refreshing, slick

o: good example of the style.

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Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly leaving little-to-no lacing.

Aromas begin with generic wheat maltiness and phenic yeast notes of bananas and some spice with a touch a touch of undistinguishable hops.

The tastes begin with a strong grainy and slightly tangy wheat maltiness that is quickly followed by yeast derived flavors of bananas and spices with some slight generic citrus hop flavor. The caramel maltiness emerges more and more as it warms. The hops presence is mild and there isn't quite as much balance as you would want in this kind of beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth and slightly sticky with some bready and slightly sweet flavors lingering into the aftertaste.

Overall this was a fine American interpretation of the style and there is nothing wrong with it but there are just a lot of others in the style that I would choose first. Forgettable but not bad.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudt's- Heifer-in-Wheat (Hefeweizen)

A- Cloudy hazy yellow with a big billowy white head. Minimal lacing on the glass.
S- Strong fresh wheat, hay/ grass, and cloves.
T- Sweet honey touched wheat, cloves, a slight bubblegum flavor.
M- Starts of sweet with a big wheat flavor. Finishes off slightly spicy and dry. Smooth and easy.

Overall- A good sessionable hefe. Solid, middle of the road but enjoyable.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured, it has a hazy straw colored body with not head or lace. The smell has a little lemon flavor and some banana comes through. The taste is grainey and clove come through strong. The moouth feel is nice and crisp, overall i say this is a good beer.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden, creamy-looking Hefeweizen, just the way I like it. More points would've been given for longer-lasting retention and lacing, but the look otherwise, to me, is right on.

Smell: Lighter banana and bubblegum and sweeter wheat malt flavors. Solid and balanced, but way too subdued for me.

Taste: Same with the aroma: it's there, but way too subdued. Bigger bubblegum, it seems, but it lacks the creaminess and the banana cream that I like so much in my choice of Hefe flavors. Finish is good and balanced, but doesn't linger as much as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, but again lacking creaminess that it should have.

Drinkability: Like a lot of domestic Hefes, this one doesn't stand up to the real Bavarian style. That said, it would be easy to put down a few of these, though it's on the lighter side, even though much of the classic flavors are there. They just don't take on the dominance they should.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with an orange tint. Medium sized head that fades fast.
The aroma of bananas,light cloves and some citrus notes.

The taste is sweet,bananas,hints of cloves and mild fruit notes.

The feel is smooth with low carbonation.

Notes: I was just not impressed with this offering. It was not awful, just not a good example of the style in my opinion. I guess I expected more. Really sweet with a mild tart finish. I see this a lot, but I do not get excited at all.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved the name, thought I'd give it a shot.
Heifer pours out an extremly clear(for a Hefe) amber hay color. Light carbonation in the glass. An aggressive pour yields a rather unremarkable head that settles far too quickly.
On the aromatics the beer begins to gain some ground. Light hay, clove, a nice touch of sweet golden maltiness, finshes with a light yeasty banana note. Lightly subdued hops add in just enough spice with =out being overpowering.
Flavor falls abit short. Clove, yeast, fruits and spiced peppery flavors come though, but in a somewhat watery sense. Where's that good German creaminess?
Another example of a Hefeweize that should have been marketed as an American Wheat Ale. Drinkablity is good, but I'll probably not pick this one up again

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices and bananas. Taste like it smells, lots of banana and clove with other spices. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong wheat flavor that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of bananas, spices, citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild and there isn't quite as much balance as you would want in this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Illegible, smudged dating on the neck of the bottle, unfortunately.

Appearance: Pours a lightly clouded, pale gold body with a small-sized, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Very gently toasted golden wheat nose with smooth banana notes and spicy clove accents. A little lemon showing moments later.

Taste: Malty wheat with some crunchy toastiness to it, perhaps a low touch of grain. Lightly honeyish quality and not overtly sweet. Faint, faded lemon fruitiness, then, the near-ripe bananas followed by spicy notes from the clove phenols and German hops. Drying finish pointed by the crispish carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Passably refreshing and sufficiently representative for an American-born hefe.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12-ounce bottle yields a pale golden-bodied beer with only the barest trace of haze diminishing its clarity. A finger-thick white cap of foam is fed by a trickle of internal carbonation, but fades rather quickly, leaving minimal fine-bubbled wisps of lacing sliding down the sides of a large pilsner glass.

There is a tangy note of sweetly savory wheat and a twist of lemony twang in the aroma. A bit of earthy spice adds interest.

The taste is dry and lightly toasted with a bit of mild, green appley zip in the finish. Richer, sweeter, and grainier as the drink progresses.

The drink is medium-bodied and well-carbonated, contributing to a pretty good drinkability factor. A nice, cool refresher on a hot day.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a pillowy bone white head. Minimal lacing and a good amount of bubbles moving quickly north.

Smells of wheat, hay, lemons, sour yeast, clove and a mild hint of banana. A little muddled together and dominated by the wheat and sour yeast. Not a very clean nose.

Sweet wheat (that's fun to say) body with a bready yeast sourness. Some light citrus hops and spicy notes also come through on the back end.

Light bodied, on the creamy side. A little undercarbonated.

A sessionable hefe, light and refreshing.

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Photo of watermelon
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden body with an almost non existent withe head. Trace amounts of lacing.

S: Typical smells for the style banana and cloves berry scents as well. Smell could have been stronger

T: Cloves and fruity esters, banana Some spiciness present. Tart aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp, coats mouth in a tart film. Easy drinking.

O: Solid representation of the style although there are better representations.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A= settled to golden cloudy yellow, modest to little head.

S= nice wheat, typical hints of clove and some faint hops florals.

T= a reasonable wheat taste, nothing to knock, pretty standard.

M= nice lingering aftertaste of wheat and modest clove notes.

O= very drinkable, went well with cheese and salad.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass...

Pours a hazy, orange colored brew with a one inch thick fluffy white head - leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of banana, clove, spices and bready yeast.

Tastes of wheat, yeast and mild banana with a hint of clove - very mild spicing.

Crisp and refreshing. Creamy, but somewhat thinner than I would have liked - good stuff overall though...

As all samples I've had of this style - very drinkable and would be a good pick for summertime gatherings. Not the best I've had in the style, but definitely case-worthy - the only caveat being the price...

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Photo of angelmonster
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big white 2 finger head. Pale yellow/gold body, hazy and tons of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average.

Smell is of typical hefeweizen, clove/coriander combo and that yeasty banana aroma

Taste is also of typical hefe, slightly less flavorful than the highest rated hefeweizens

Mouth feel is above average. Generous amount of carbonation, light bodied and smooth

Dink ability is good, very session able. Just isnt as good as other top hefeweizens from Germany, and doesnt separate itself from all the other beers in this category

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by 9/18/09

Even with an aggressive pour this is fairly clear until the last moment.. (I turned over the bottle in the glass) Yeast was fairly settled on the bottom. Perhaps I needed to roll the bottle more ahead of time. Settles to a cloudy light amber. No head to speak of. Formed for a moment, then immediately faded.

Aroma is of light grain, slightly sweet and clearly of yeast notes.

Flavor is a bit muted. Mostly some nice wheat flavors and a touch of banana. Not much spice at all.

Slightly creamy mouth feel only interrupted by a moment of carbonation.

This is ok, but I had it on the heels of a New Glarus and this pales in comparison...

Sorry Stoudts.

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Photo of magine
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy deep yellow/light orange color. Has a white fluffy head. Head settles to a lace island head. No lace to speak of.

Brew smells of banana, clove and spice, yeasts.

Brew is carbonated initially then finishes slightly smooth. Has a more citrus/spice flavor when compared to my favorites for this style. Dry aftertaste, nothing that wows me from the flavors.

This is a good brew, not great. A solid Hefeweizen, but rather light in the flavor department when copared to some other I have tried. As far as being sessionable it would be that, as most are for this style.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudts Bavarian Wheat | volume ml. | % ABV | vintage

Brewer: Stoudts Brewing Co.
Style: Hefeweizen
Glass: Pint

Hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head.

Neroli oil, processed wheat.

Straight wheat grain and surprisingly bitter hop presence -- this is not your typical hefe.

Highly carbonated, prickly. Light to medium-bodied.

It's a bit unbalanced, on the bitter side. Not a successful aberration from the standard hefe in my opinion, though not undrinkable.

Would I get it again?:

Served: August 24, 2010. On-tap @ The Stag's Head

Price = $6.00

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Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring and swirling into a Penn Weizen glass.

Pours remarkably light in color. Good bit of a haze to a straw-yellow brew. Firm, foamy crown of white head. A pale, but classic, look.

Firm-fleshed banana, lemon, understated clove, and bubblegum in the aroma. Bready wheat grains push through after the swirl, along with a kiss of floral hopping.

Slightly tart banana forward with a hint of citric acidity. Bready grains are here, but thinner than expected. A lot of yeasty/estery flavor. Sweet dried clove is dozing off in the backseat. Mild tobacco (possibly from the hops), lemon zest, and orange. Grainy finish that's not far from sweet. Flutters of bitterness ebb and flow around the flavor profile.

Medium body with some air, but not too much. Feels like sweet tea.

This beer actually pairs pretty well with a cigarette, believe it or not. Not entirely sure what kind of profile Stoudts wanted to build around this beer, but it doesn't stand out in any one department. It has balance and drinkability, which is plus. Nice aroma, but the esters are fairly in-check once you start to imbibe.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and radiant with lots of carbonation and a big fluffy head. Aroma is sprightly and phenolic, with ripe fruit, citrus and apricot. The flavor is spicy, a little thick on the clove, with apricot and citrus and the pleasant bitter bite of wheat. A bit of vanilla perhaps. The mouthfeel is thin but heavily carbonated.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt and wheat scent along with the signature hefe yeast esters. The aroma isn't overpowering, but it's nice nonetheless. The taste is decent also. It has a dry and fruity flavor that boasts of pale and wheat malts. It's light and refreshing with some banana/clove in the finish. The esters aren't as pronounced as I like. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good hefe. I wish the yeast character was more pronounced, but it's a solid offering and a good drinker.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, one finger head, hazy honey coloring, good lacing that disappears quickly, minimal carbonation, best by stamped on neck 9/18/09

s- spice, lemon/orange, typical wheat smell.

t- wheaty, tangy spice, little sweetness, lingering aftertaste.

m- nice and filling, medium bodied.

d- pretty drinkable, not too shabby, good brew.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, orange-kised, golden body...the yeast was left in the glass so no floaties...a big, fluffy, soapy, white head...decent retention...not much lacing

S - Nothing out of the ordinary...banana, heavy spices, some wheat malt

T - Again, nothing that blew me away...the banana flavor was up front and paired with the wheat malt...the yeast and bready flavors helped in the middle...the spices added a nice touch throughout and helped with the finish

M - Medium bodied...on the lighter side...crisp and refreshing

D - This was a hefe that didn't blow my mind but it's made for what it is...easy to drink and refreshing on a hot day

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Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow straw gold. 2-finger fizzy head with little retention. Slightly hazy, but not hazy enough to call it truly unfiltered. Faint thin bubble streams present.

Mildly strong banana clove nose. Faint citrus tints as well, slightly lemony.

Decent mix of banana and lemon flavors. A little on the fizzy side for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for a hefe.

Easy to drink in 95 degree heat we're having right now.

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