Haystack Wheat
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Brenden from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's about a medium yellow-gold in color and pretty clear. There may be a touch of haziness but it's not close to cloudy by any means. A small white head grows to just under a finger tall and diminishes in time to a solid foam that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell offers what I expect from a wheat, though rather than being plainly American it seems to have a lot in common with a hefeweizen; that is, the Belgian yeast strain. The nose gives up the banana, clove and bubble gum along with a bit of dustiness I would expect not from a purely American offering but a Belgian.
The taste follows suit but is a little weaker somehow. It seems to fade off at some point. it's also different in that it's fruitier and tangier than the aroma, not letting things mingle nicely but sort of mashing it all together. It's not bad, just unfinished.
I don't expect a big body, but it could have a little more to it. the carbonation's at a good level but the crispness goes spritzy, but it works fairly well and there's a nice smoothness there too.

Jul 31, 2012
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy light golden amber color with a thin white head. Head is gone pretty quick leaving behind only a few bubbles. Very little to no lacing.

S- Wheat, bananas, clove, bubble gum and a touch of spices. A bit of yeast here too.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Bubble gum and banana are leading the way here. Just a bit of yeast and spice here.

M- Fairly light in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty solid brew.

Jan 16, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky golden amber color with single finger head

S: tons of citrus. Very aromatous.

T: lemon custard and wheat mostly with some mild earthy notes

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp.

Overall: Had this at the brewery. A typical hefe really. Nothing too special.

Sep 29, 2011
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bigbeerbrett from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Apparently this is to become a seasonal although it was recently resurrected from retirement.

Poured with a beautiful head in a pilsener glass. Classic color of hazy yellow. Carbonation rose quickly in the glass.

Aroma has the classic smell of wheat, a little grapefruit and maybe a hint of banana. A little fizz to the head.

Taste was very similar to a classic german hefe. I think this his a great example of the style where most american wheats are almost undrinkable. Lots of easy drinking wheat body with citrus notes.

Mouthfeel was very full and complete. The fizziness made it a litle refreshing on a warm September day.

Will definitely have this again and would recommend this as a classic style German wheat.

Sep 16, 2011
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numberwang from Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by the pub in longmont and was surprised to see this on tap, Left Hand used to bottle this, but I never had it from the bottle. It definitely remained me of fo Germany. It was all there kinda like a sweet-banana-clove like cinnamon roll with ant orange/lemon glaze, and of course that distinct weisse yeast twang. Mild hoppiness/ This is now a seasonal left hand offering.

Aug 31, 2011
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Slyjoker87 from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours with a light amber color paired with a fair amount of head which seemed to recede quickly. Fairly light in color.

Smell - Very light aroma, subtle wheat smell

Taste - Very mellow with a slight sweetness that develops in your mouth after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel - Fairly highly carbonated. Crisp.

Overall - This is a very light and drinkable beer. It's an easy one, and doesn't demand your attention, but is still pleasant with the subtle flavor and crispness.

Aug 04, 2011
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely opaque, looking like a bastard combination of grapefruit juice and apple cider. Not much head from the pour, it drops to a spotty film. No lace.
Smell is rich with malt, yeasty bread, spices and a hint of citrus.
Taste is malty, with citrus, yeast, spices (clove, pepper) with an alcohol bloom.
A solidly medium body with good carbonation upfront. Bubbles fade quickly leaving a mellow aftertaste of yeasty maltiness with a light warming throughout. A solid performer.

May 09, 2011
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly to a super thin ring around the glass leaving behind only a touch of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some fruity (banana) and citrus (orange and lemon) with some supporting spices. Also a bit of wheat aroma mixed in.

T - Starts off with a mix of some citrus (lemon) flavor and some background wheat and light spices. Through the middle, some banana flavor and a bit more spices come through. The finish is a mix of banana, spices, and some wheat that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and very crisp. The finish could have bee a bit more clean, but still feels fairly refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. With the exception of the finish, the flavors are really nicely balanced. The spices especially play a nice supporting role without taking over. Could have used a bit more punch and the finish could have been a bit cleaner.

May 08, 2011
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blakelive784 from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy orange/golden color with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - Smells mostly of citrus and some spice, maybe coriander, followed by sweet malty aromas. Mostly pleasant.

T - No surprises. Pleasant citrus flavors at the front, but not as sweet as the smell would indicate. The bitterness comes from the clove/coriander spice.

M - Very light and watery mouth feel. Good carbonation. It has a strange aftertaste though.

D - Overall, quite drinkable, but not one I'd come back to. Just an ok beer.

Mar 08, 2011
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BeardedRiker from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really love Left Hand's Milk Stout and I thought their Juju Ginger was interesting. It's still hot/warm out so I thought I'd get their wheat beer. I don't drink them regularly but their good to have every so often to satisfy my beer palette.

The head was two fingers high and white and smelled strongly of citrus, like a lemon-orange-mango mix, and of course wheat and yeast. The color of the beer looked exactly like pineapple juice.

Upon tasting I was greeted first by the strong citrus flavor - tasting much like mango-pineapple - that added a bit of acidity to it. The rest of the body consisted of wheat/yeast and citrusy sweetness. I'm sure some people would like this beer more than I if they like their beers to be fruity but it wasn't wheaty enough for me to like a lot.

Feb 25, 2011
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Dave128 from Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - almost no head with a pretty vigorous pour. Reached about a finger before quickly dissipating into nothingness. A tiny ring is present around the outside of the glass.

S - banana clove and coriander... A metallic smell that isnt very pleasing.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, down to the metallic taste. The hefeweizen qualities of this beer are great, but the twang of metal I get in the finish is very off-putting.

M - Light and crisp.

D - I generally love weizens but this one is definitely not my favorite. Maybe its old.. I bought it as a single and the bottle dating was rubbed off so its possible. I may try it again in the future, but this tasting didnt impress me much.

Feb 25, 2011
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Shrews629 from Kentucky

3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Predominately hazy yellow/orange color with a white head with ok retention and lacing. Some large bubbles appear in the head. Some light gold highlights at the bottom. Several small bubbles streaming from the bottom. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.

Smell - Aromas of orange, banana and lemon. Some spicy notes similar to coriander. Some wheat notes. Maybe even a bit of green celery. Some pepper.

Taste - The taste mimicked the aroma in that it provided the fruitiness of the banana, orange and lemon. Some wheat bread flavors follow and the spicy tones bring up the rear. Not much bitterness is detected.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Smooth and mostly watery. Thirst quenching. Doesn't coat the palate very well.

Drinkability - This beer is ok. Another refresher for Summer. I could probably set a few of these back with ease. It's nothing outstanding or overly complicated. Fairly solid all the way around. Very similar to other wheat or "Wit" beers, but maybe not quite as spicy.

Feb 23, 2011
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beerlove82 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium dark cloudy amber appearance. white medium head that dissipates to a nice lace that lingers thought.

S: Nice smell, nothing jumps out, just a basic wheat to me.

T: Nice full body flavor, with a nice tart zing at the end. No off flavors. pretty basic wheat taste though, nothing special.

M: Perfect carbonation, medium high. Not dry at all, refreshing

D: Not bad! gonna try a few more, but still looking for that prefect wheat that I'm in search of.

Feb 06, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly golden orange color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, flowers, sugar, butter and some honey. The flavor is butter and sugar, along with some wheat, flowery hops and vanilla. Very interesting, but a little bit buttery and too sweet. Medium mouthfeel and high, prickly carbonation. Not sure if this bottle is off or not, but it is not up to Left Hand's usual standards.

Dec 31, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head that lasts for awhile at about two fingers. The nose is some light bubblegum, citrus, clove, and a bit of banana. The taste is light wheat and bubblegum plus a bit of spicy clove. Good light body and carbonation. Drinks quite well; a really nice summer beer.

Nov 14, 2010
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MTNboy from Germany

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has an excellent brass body that has the downside of a lot of sediment. The tan head and lace were great. It has a light wheat like aroma. It has nice flavor to it. There are esters of banana and clove. Some good hops. I tried to give this beer a fair shake over the sediment but both times that I tried it in the bottle there were tons of sediment so that going to be the thing that hurts it when I rate the appearance and the mouthfeel. Maybe Missouri just got a bad batch. Everything else was good.

Sep 24, 2010
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good looking beer. A straw color with slight orange hues sits beneath a thin white head. It's a very hazy, cloudy beer.

Scents include pine, citrus, cloves, pepper and God only knows what else. But they all work well together.

Not sweet like I expected, being a wheat good, but still good nonetheless. Everything you smell, you also taste and like in the nose, they all work well.

I'm not sure how I'd have scored this during cold weather, but in the heat, it felt great. There's some peppery bitter that mixes well with a crisp astringent feeling that completely refreshes the palate.

I enjoyed this. Lots of flavor and it felt good and went down easy despite all the spices. Moderate alcohol means you can have these all night long.

Sep 18, 2010
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jikvig from Norway

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a rich golden colour to it.
It also got a pretty loud Co2 in the start, and there is no head to talk about.
Also alittle yeast on the bottom of the bottle as well.

So, the name really stands for the smell of this beer. Big malt aromas, a touch of yeast and clear fruitynes with sitrus as the main component.

On the palate, rich flavours. It has a "sournes" to it, almost a hint of lambic if I might say so. Not to much bitternes, but alot of freshnes.
A perfect summerbeer, even in september!

Sep 17, 2010
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BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a 12oz single for $2.95 at Hoosick beverage in Troy NY. I didn't know it rang up for that much until I looked at the receipt just now, seems a little steep. But then again, I guess I'd expect to pay twice that for a bomber, so I guess it's on par with that. Anyway, bottled on 04 28 10, served cold in a chilled pint glass today, t = ~4 .5 months.

Cloudy light honey colored brew gives a thin fizzy white head that settles immediately from a moderately rigorous pour. Very poor head for a hefe. Smell is semi-sweet with some wheat and citrus elements that are pretty distinct from each other... I mean they're sharp smells, nothing rounded and full, the start and finish of each one is clearly defined. (I'm sure there's a word for that but damned if I can think of it.)

Feel is on the light side of moderately bodied and quite fizzy. I'd consider calling this a witbier instead of a hefeweizen. Taste is a bit too sweet. Mostly just a malty sweetness with some bits of citrus, wheat spice, cinnamon springing from it. The finish is the only place where this really says Hefeweizen to me because some banana comes out when the sweetness has faded away.

Decent in a mediocre way, and overall not very representative of the style.

Sep 13, 2010
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July2Nov from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a very light yellow with an one inch frothy head.

Smell: The clove scents is enormous and also tends to have an unripe banana smell near the end.

Taste & Mouthfeel: If you like clove then this is for you. Also, has a bubble gum flavor and just like the nose indicated...the unripe banana is present toward the end. Has a faint perfume aftertaste.

Drinakability: While it's not the best Hefeweizen i've had, it's certainly not the worst and it is quite refreshing. If your into the clove-bubble gum of hefeweizen then try this one on for size.

Sep 12, 2010
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall thin glass. Best before date clearly marked on bottle- right on Left Hand. Poured at 50 degrees.

A: Pours a dull orange under a rather limp and minimal white head. Not a particularly distinguished looking hefeweizen.

S: Clean, sweet and inviting swirl of malts and sticky hops form a pleasant and moderately rich nose. A pleasant surprise after the lackluster appearance.

T: The usual banana, clove and lighter malt notes of a good hefeweizen. I am detecting an unusually high level of nutmeg as well, making this seem more like a bottle of Christmas banana bread. A little thin...

M: Lacking here. Feels much to waters, and the carbonation isn't nearly smooth enough.

D: Average.

Conclusion: This beer has some good points, but overall falls far short of the best German versions of the style. The flavor and nose are good, but the mouthfeel and appearance are below par. Overall I enjoyed it however.

Sep 03, 2010
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy-gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Wheat, lemon zest, spices
Taste-Classic Hefeweizen: Coriander, clove, subtle banana and lemon zest.
Overall, pretty true to style. Faintly spicy, lightly aromatic, and very drinkable and refreshing, especially on a warm summer day.

Aug 30, 2010
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't go wrong when you pick up a bottle of Left Hand and this one was quite the pick.

This brew is a dark orange that is super cloudy and capped with two fingers of foam. There are some misc. bits in the bottom that look like pieces of seeds, they add to the character. The aroma is wheat with a copious amount if citrus mixed in. It has a rather sweet taste and is quite enjoyable to throw back. This is a fantastic brew to enjoy during the hot months of an Iowa summer!

Aug 24, 2010
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TheQuietMan22 from Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. Tons of thick, white head, which was my fault. The color is a cloudy, deep straw with an amber hue.

Smell: Nice smell from an American hefe; very true to style. Bananas, cloves, a little apple, and a tingle of hop spice.

Taste: The flavor is not as enticing, which is a surprise given the solid appearance and smell. Weak banana, just a hint of cloves and apple, and no hops. It's on the sweet, orangeade side, and a little watered down.

Drinkability: Haystack Wheat is decent at best. It's a nice alternative to the macro hefes and wits sold in the US, but is definitely in a lower division compared to the proper stuff from Das Vaterland.

Aug 21, 2010
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poued into a pint glass along with the yeast. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is filled with wheat, banana, spices and yeast. Most American wheat beers are pretty bland in the nose, this one has some really nice character from the yeast. 

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty similar to banana bread with a lot of wheat and some banana and spices and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Haystack Wheat is a solid wheat beer that is a great summer-time beer. Definitely worth a try.

Aug 21, 2010
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