Haystack Wheat | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by finepaws on 09-04-2005

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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of sterstar1
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite summertime brew. Light, crisp and smooth with a banana nose and a clove finish. This brew is fantastic on tap but like most beers, it looses something when it goes into a bottle. When pouring from a bottle, you need to roll the bottle on it's side for a few minutes to get the yeast that has settled in the bottom to mix back up it's the yeast that gives this true German hefeweizen it’s wonderful taste and aroma. If you ever get a chance to get this amazing beer on tap, order one and you won’t be disappointed.

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Photo of billybob
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured hazy golden straw color with a large white head that held well and moderate lacing. smell mostly of wheat malt and spice. taste wheat malt, yeast, allspice and clove. mouthfeel light with light carbonation. everything comes together well with this beer, but mostly what i liked was that it was nicely spiced and had a great taste. drinkability, all the time, any time.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

they actually use German Hefeweizen yeast strains in this.

pours a murky dulled out yellow. nice white head. good lacing. aroma is banana and wheat. taste is great! bananas, citrus, wheat, yeast, coriander. amazing. medium to light bodied. low carbo. a very good american wheat beer. definately one of my favorites.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have all heard the well known fact that left handed folk are far less superior than right handed people and we all know this to be the case. There is something about being right handed that simply makes you far better than lefties. (Of course I am only saying this because I am right handed) However, just as every good baseball team needs a few good left handed pitchers, every now and again we righties do in fact rely on a lefty for one reason or another.

Thanks to the fine folks at the Left Hand Brewing Company from Longmont, Colorado, both lefties and righties alike can join together and put their differences aside over a pint of beer. That is because after having Left Hand Brewing's offering Haystack Wheat we all can agree that what Left Hand Brewing has crafted is a sensational wheat offering for all to enjoy.

Haystack Wheat is brewed in the German Wheat style, although some might call it an American Pale Wheat Ale. Amongst wheat beers out there right now, Haystack Wheat perhaps can be classified as being in the top ten percentile of wheat beers available right now.

The beer is a decent 5.00% ABV and is a perfect session beer or the ideal beer for a picnic or backyard cookout. The taste certainly will appeal to a rather large demographic of beer lovers thanks in part to the fact that it is a delicious offering that is also well defined for those with a sophisticated beer palate.

I sampled Haystack Wheat out of a twelve ounce brown bottle and utilized a hefeweizen glass for the drinking of the beer. Immediately, the beer poured a very cloudy and bright yellow color that truly exhibited the color expected from a good wheat beer. The beer did in fact pour an extremely frothy head when poured and large amounts of yeast sunk quickly to the bottom of the glass. The yeast seemed much darker in color than most yeasts I have seen in other wheat offerings.

The taste associated with Haystack Wheat is certainly what will keep me coming back to this taste-filled beer. A great fusion of wheat, banana and an almost citrus taste was tasted in the pour and there was a perfect marriage of those flavors to hints of spice and cloves in the beer. The nice thing about Haystack Wheat is that it is mild enough to appeal to those that don't like a really strong tasting beer but also is so well crafted that microbrew fans will indeed find favor with Haystack Wheat.

Haystack Wheat would be the ideal pair to a meal that involves lighter tasting foods such as pork, chicken or fish. Ideally, I can imagine this beer serving as a nice complement to a grilled chicken dinner while sitting outside on the patio. The beer is good enough to not even require food and certainly is the kind of beer that could be enjoyed with more than one bottle.

Left Hand Brewing has seemed to find a winning wheat beer with their offering Haystack Wheat. Although on the East Coast it may be a bit harder to track down, I have seen six packs being offered in more and more package stores around my area. Haystack Wheat is a nice offering that should be enjoyed by beer lovers that can find it.

Let's just say that this wheat beer is a far better thing to find in a haystack than a needle would be.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.61/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve ounces, bottle-conditioned. Bottled about six weeks ago. Pouring into a Weizen glass.

Poured too aggressively at first and then eased up. Resulted in four fingers of foam settling down to two. Cloudy gold-orange hue. It has *that* smell, the clovey-with-hints-of-banana Hefeweizen aroma. One of the most distinguishable bouquets that my nose is able to detect. Also present are elements of freshly cut wheat and citrus.

The palate is crisp, clean and refreshing. Slightly. It's all wheat here. Try as I might, I detect no hop bitterness. You still get some clove and banana in there, especially if you're drinking "mit hefe", but not as much as your nose got during the initial whiffs. Light bodied, sweet, earthy. In the heat of Summer, I could mow down a sixer in no time.

In my limited experience, this Weizen (yeah, I'm calling it a Weizen) is pretty damn good. Not Weihenstephaner good, but quite admirable if I may say.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.
A: Nice pale lemon color with lots of carbonation. Thin white head quickly dissipates. Cloudy yeast particles present.
S: Nice light banana and clove aroma. Citrus hops.
T: Taste is heavier and more full than the aroma let on...nice! Darker citrus notes, malt, clove, banana. Still very light and very refreshing.
M: Light body. Taste lingers decently...wish it was more.
D: Very drinkable! One is not enough. Excellent spring/summer beer. Of note, the carbonation impressively lasts until the last drop. This lends a wonderful effervescence to this brew and helps continue to give off the very nice aroma.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Wheat's are my favorite of the "styles", and I'll always opt for one is given a choice. Poured hazy yellow, smell dominated by wheat with spices/lemon(?) in background. First taste just as good as last...or vice versa. A wonderful wheat beer, not the best, but infinitely drinkable. I'll be looking for a sixer of this my next time at the store.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 12/30/2005:

The second wheat beer of the night, and yet another good one. Pours to a light golden yellow with a sinking haze reminiscent of a lava lamp. The head is a whole two inches of frothy white with plenty of carbonation for support.

The smell is easily the most ripe banana aroma I’ve had in a beer. I would have thought somebody was peeling a banana in front of me.

The taste also has a great banana flavor, though with some clove and graininess. Very, very quaffable. Not much else to it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in New England after the EBF. I like Left Hand's other offerings (and yes, I'm left handed too!), so I anticipated enjoying this offering when I finally got around to it. I can honestly say that it's very unique, and quite a brew to drink - my expectations were met and exceeded!

This beer poured like ginger ale - between the carbonation, color, and near lack of head. I didn't mind the greenish tint to it so much, and the aroma was that of German or Bavarian Hefe Weizen. Lots of straw, grass, and wheat up front, with the lightness that I'd expect. Then, it transitioned wonderfully to the back. The cloves and grass kicked in with an amazing, soothing banana backbone to it. It was light, fruity, and just wonderful in terms of it's transition and lingering ablitity. I never had anything so complex, and yet simply enjoyable at the same time. Quite an achievement!

This beer was a pleasure to drink, pure and simple. Almost no bitterness, no heavy tones, and no rough transitions made it enjoyable sip after sip. I had fun exploring it's depths and notes, and wish that more Left Hand offerings were available around here. Certainly worth a try!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy tequila sunrise glowing orange beer with a faint blood red cast...like a drop of grenadine in a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. The head rises to about two fingers before settling at a thin cap, and not a whole helluva lot of lace is on the glass.

S - Bubblegum and orange juice. Cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and mango fruit notes are there along with a little hint of hay-like hops. Nice! This nose is fruity, sweet, and really fresh. Nice balance too.

T - Like the nose, this has all sorts of fresh fruity flavors, along with a bready yeast flavor that is tasty as hell. This is like a fat slice of freshly baked white bread slathered with orange and mango preserves, eaten after spitting out a wad of Bazooka Joe classic bubble gum.

M - Medium bodied and yeasty, but extremely thirst quenching and satisfying after my bicycle ride home from the gym. The finish is yeasty and fresh, and the lingering taste of fresh bread and tropical fruit is really nice.

D - This is one of the best "American Wheat" beers that I've had. I really don't see how this is not a hefeweizen...it's more akin to those smooth and yeasty Bavarian beers than a what I think of as tangy and tart American wheat. Damn fine stuff. I'll definitely be buying more of this in the future.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 ounce bottle just purchased from Monarch Liquors in Long Island, New York for $1.99...
"Bottle conditioned wheat beer" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-color with a minimal head that quickly receded and left hardly any lacing around the serving glass...
Decent aroma replete with wheat, bananas, citrus, and florals...
Strong, sweet, creamy, vanilla taste with obvious essences of lemons, bananas, ripe fruit, and fresh florals...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel present along with an excellent level of drinkability... definitely a light, refreshing, thirst-quenching beer that was sweet and creamy and really hit home...
Great stuff and a good representation of the style...

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Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jwff
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/08/08. Pours an orange/yellow with a thick foamy white head. Smell is rich with clove and bubblegum with a mild hint of citrus. Taste heavily leans on the clove with mild banana and bubblegum backing it up. Slight graininess but works well with the heavy clove. Light carbonation on a medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. This is one of the better American examples of a Hefe-weizen I've had and probably the best bottled example. Thank you Left Hand for bringing an amazing Hefe-weizen out of nowhere.

Also why is this beer in the American Pale Wheat Ale category? Anyone who has tasted it should realize it doesn't belong there.

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Photo of bigbeerbrett
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I honestly found this when doing some seasonal cleaning and realized I had never gotten the chance to try it. Well for me that was all the reason I needed to dig right in. It poured a very nice and hazy bright golden amber, almost a yellow, with a decent amount of suspension and a good bit of foamy white top to it. The aroma on it was somewhat light, full of grain and almost a light lemon scent to it, a very bright kind of look I have to say. The flavor was remarkable to be honest. Sometimes these wheat beers fall a bit flat to me, this one was the exception. I thought this was remarkably well rounded and really had a tremendously full balanced flavor to it. The wheat flavor was strong with a great yeast presence to it and a very nice hop back. A light frothy mouth feel only served to push the flavors forward and really push on what this was all about. Overall I thought this was very good. A very fun wheat beer that stayed away from some of the coying nuances that have popped up in some others lately. Nicely hopped but nothing extreme this was a fine example of the style and something I look forward to trying again next year. Definitly have to recommend this one.

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Photo of dturchin
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

bought at: learys, newburyport, ma

A: an inviting hazy golden hue as you'd expect from an hefe, that unfilterted sediment slowly glides down the center of the brew dulling the shimmering gold which eventually fades into a more muted/tarnished gold/orange sun reflected in the ocean on hot summer day...make sure to roll this one around and repour to get the good stuff from the bottom if you're drinking out of a bottle, its so exhilirating to watch that yeast swimming to the bottom of the brew and start to let off those big aromas

S: sink your nose into the glass and its hard not to stick out your tongue and start lapping this stuff up...big overripe banana/banana bread with faint citrus undertones (grapefruit is predominant), with subtle suggestion of clove to come

MF: banana and faint citrus up front with gum coming on later, banana really sits on the middle of your tongue as citrus fades towards the sides and gum washes over the back...perfect carbonation for the style, if only a bit prickly towards as it goes down

T: cirtus comes on first, big, if not slightly unbalanced,banana all over the place coupled with citrus undertones as it goes down, really subtle clove as the flavors start to leave your tongue, with that ever so subtle gum/"band aid" (as one reviewer called it - pretty accurate) coming off the tongue as the banana and citrus wash over

D: great session beer if you're ready for a big banana/banana bread presence thats gonna linger...awesome summertime beer...six pack on the beach...can't go wrong with this one if you want to class it up a bit

overall way above "average" (however you may define that, i guess its relative) in terms of american wheats, im a big sammy fan being from the boston area but this blows their summer offering (which i once swore by) away, if youre looking for a little banana in your life, this is your summer brew...would i like more balanced flavors? maybe, but the flavors that do come across are well executed in an overall very good to great beer

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Bottled on 11/09/05.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head recedes slowly, with lots of foamy lacing. Aroma is classic, lots of banana and light cloves. Taste is just what the nose indicated, with even more banana maybe. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy, just what I'd would want from a pale wheat.

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Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark lemon/orange with a thick white head that stays a bit with this brew. The aroma is ripe bananas, cloves, honey, herbal sweetness, similar to a tropical drink. The taste is candied citrus lemon upfront followed by a fruity, honey spiced syrupy finish complemented with a wheat, bready, mouthfeel, and a hoppy bitterness. This imo is more like a traditonal hefeweizen than an American Wheat.

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Photo of alexskovan
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light gold, with the effervescence typical of the style, and a thin bubbly head. Strong fruity aroma, rasiny and rich. Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but still good, sweet but not cloyingly so, with a lemony finish.

This is a hefe witbeer that looks and tastes like this style should. After all the watery, "macro-ey" excuses for this style that are out there, this is a very nice change.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short pilsner glass. Brewed on date present.

A: Hazy banana gold with lots of particulate matter and 2 finger nearly white head. Not much lace down the glass however.

S: An initial tangy breadiness is followed by delicious aromas of banana and pear and a healthy dose of cloves and coriander. A light but zesty lemon aroma is there as well.

T: The taste is a nice reflection of the aromas, but on a smaller scale. Yeasty and bready with tangy wheat elements accented with a heavy fruitiness of banana and pear flavors with cloves and a lemony finish.

M: Heavy to the point of being almost syrupy but very smooth. Aftertaste is short and fruity.

D: A unique hefeweizen with a heavy fruit quotient but plenty of malt to give a multidimensional aroma and flavor that is very enjoyable.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden and somewhat hazy, leaving it semitransparent. Head is 1" of white head after pour. Not much lacing at all but a light film remains on the top surface of the beer.

S- Very grainy, grassy, and wheaty. There are also some lively aromas of oranges, lemons and honey.

T- Nice husky, grainy taste mixed with the citrusy fruits and honey. Lemony zing midstream that works well with the high carbonation.

M- Medium to thin and carbonaton is high.

D- Very drinkable. I could down a few of these easily in a day.

Overall- I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did. Well rounded and very refreshing. Style points are definitely given to LH for this brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking cloudy. light golden colour with a mid-sized to smallish head that leaves minimal residue on the glass. Looks much more like a Witbier than a typical Pale Wheat.

The aroma is a very nice blend of yeast, wheat, banana, citrus, clove and other spices. Full of aroma and well balanced.

Flavour is more of the same, although perhaps a bit more tame. The citrus flavour seems to come out a bit more here and it blends nicely with yeast that's certainly present throughout each sip. Banana falls to the back a bit and clove is right on the money in terms of being noticeable but unoffensive, just as it was in the aroma. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp refreshing feel to it.

I enjoyed this one much more than anticipated as I noticed that BA labels it an American Pale Wheat Ale, so I expected something fairly tame and uninspiring, which isn't a knock on the brewers but rather the style as a whole. Luckily I got what to me was much more in line with the characteristics of a Witbier or even a straight up Hefeweizen, and a good one at that. This is a nice brew from Left Hand for sure.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana and cloves on the nose. Poured a cloudy golden color. Thin head. Cloves and banana follow through on the palate. An excellent wheat. Closest version to a German Hefe from an American brewer yet. This was off putting to my wife and friends. They did not like the idea of their beer tasting like bananas. I typically don't care for wheats, but this one delivers as promised. A definite departure from what I normally prefer, however I will rate this one based on style. Excellent wheat beer. I highly recommend if this is your style.

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Haystack Wheat from Left Hand Brewing Company
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