Haystack Wheat | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Haystack WheatHaystack Wheat

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable drinkable hefe, tangy and sweet. Good sized soapy head on yellow. Wheat aroma , creamy above average mouthfeel.Smooth and average taste for a hefe, a touch of clove, hint of bannana in the tropical fruit. Suitably and significantly carbonated.

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Photo of kylehay2004
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's a fair beer for an American Wheat. Of course, American Wheat beers aren't very good. Starts off with a good estery, bananna, clove, and bubblegum aroma that is much weaker in the flavor. The color is golden to straw with a thin haze and high carbonation. Tastes weak on the palate and less creamy than desired. Soft texture thins considerably into the finish. Malt presence has a medium showing at initial sip and remains into the finish. Finishes a little like cereal grains. All in all, a fair beer but not one to seek out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a rather slim head for a hefe; leaves the occasional dot of lace

Smell: Bready wheat, bananas and cloves

Taste: Opens with a banana bread character that gets clovey by mid-palate, along with a bit lemony twang; after the swallow, all of these flavors intertwine nicely through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Sort of a cross between a hefe and an American Wheat; perhaps that is why the website calls it a German Wheat; leans a bit more in the hefe direction, but it has a lighter mouthfeel than its European cousins

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Leaves no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted strongly of clove, wheat and yeast. It was quite sweet, too.

M - It was crisp and very light-bodied.

D - Very good for the style. Nice blend of wheat, yeast and sweet kick.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a slightly hazy...well hay/straw color with a white one finger head that leaves pretty quickly leaving no lace behind,nice lemony aroma very effervescent with just a light wheaty undertone.Wow this beer suprises me a little not just a run of the mill American wheat ale here nice big wheat malt profile very sturdy but not heavy in the mouth,soft lemony tones round this out very nicely just enough to make you not think about the "dreaded" lemon wedge.Could be one of the better American wheat beers out there wich might not be saying much but this is very good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 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 of wheat, yeast, spices, banana & lemon a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is pretty nicely balanced with strong flavors of wheat, yeast and bananas along with some touches of spice and lemons. The malt character is thin, but hearty for the style and there’s a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, this is good beer to drink a lot of. It’s light and very flavorful. This is one of the better APWA's that I’ve had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep yellow-orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Light aroma of clearance rack wheat crackers with faint notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Tangy wheat, with a hint of grain and a fine layer of dust. Mild honey sweetness. Mild tastes of banana and clove. Drop of acidity. Light, spicy bitterness that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Suspiciously watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though I have enjoyed some of their lighter fare (e.g., Deep Cover and Polestar), I just didn't dig this one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored (a little cloudy) with an efferevescent 2" deep white head. Some lacing and head retention

Smell; Huge band aidy& banana peel scents, hefe fans will dig this

Taste: Large fruttyness up front with a hint of cinamon??? Then banana peel hitsfollowed up by a quenching bubble gum finish

MF: Good carbonation & balance

Pretty drinkable despite this being one of my least favorite styles. If this isn't really a hefe, I'd say my scores need to drop, but every time I've had this, it says hefe! This would fit in well in Germany

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down."

--Irish proverb

Pale tangerine with a flurry of fine yeast and a generous number of uprushing bubbles. All that carbonation has created an ecru cap that was three fingers to start and shouldn't lose digits very quickly. It could be stickier, though, since no more than a few shredded sheets of soapy lace find their way to the glass.

Haystack Wheat is absolutely, positively, without a doubt a hefe weizen. I could tell that as soon as the first ounce splashed into the glass. The brewery considers it to be a 'German wheat' and says it has 'classic accents of banana, clove and nutmeg'. I agree, although I'm not so sure about that nutmeg thing. There's plenty of monkey fruit, that's for damn sure.

This is a pretty good version that, nevertheless, can't touch the German originals. I'm just glad that Left Hand decided to use an actual hefe weizen yeast strain and decided against foisting another insipid American pale wheat on us all. The world has far too many of those already.

Unless I miss my guess, quite a bit of pale malt (pils malt actually) is added to the kettles. The tart tanginess of the wheat still comes through loud and clear however. The other members of the malt bill are red wheat and dark winter wheat. Northern Brewer and Perle hops add a hint of flavor, a touch of balancing bitterness and otherwise stay the hell out the way.

Ripe banana isn't quite the presence on the palate that it is in the nose. Still though, the beer earns a more than respectable hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. Ground clove is less prominent, but still noticeable. Still no nutmeg as far as I can tell. I like what I'm tasting and I like it even more as the goodies at the bottom of the bottle are added to the glass.

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as bubbled as it looked immediately after the pour. I like beer of this style to be either lightly silky smooth or more full and creamy. This one doesn't fit comfortably into either camp.

Sometimes it's difficult to tell if American craft brewers are trying to brew a true hefe weizen or not. This time it's obvious. This Left Hand offering is a commendable version that is nicely drinkable because the taste buds are given something of interest to chew on. I'd take a bottle of Haystack Wheat over an APWA any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a cloudy golden orange. Head is below average is height and doesn't last very long. Aroma reminds me of a witbier, smell is a sweet combination of orange peel and spices. Flavor is more of the same, belgian spices are evident alongside sweet citrus. Wheat flavors provide a solid backbone. Corriander is especially noticed in a peppery finish. One downside, the flavors could be a bit bigger.

Note: Most reviewers linked Haystack with flavors typical of a hefeweizen, for some reason my sample displayed the characteristics of a witbier.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04-23-08:

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass:

Pours clouded golden with a thick white head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Very nice appearance, though short on lacing.

The smell is of banana with a hint of clove and some wheat tang. It has more of a HW aroma than does a typical APWA.

The taste is of banana with a hint of clove. Wheat tang gives it a nice balance. Crackery breadiness emerges as it progresses, and lingers into the aftertaste. It has a bready, dryish finish.

It's light-bodied, and a bit fizzy - it could be creamier, but still a bit better than a run-of-the-mill American Pale Wheat Ale, I would say.

A refreshing brew, though a bit more creaminess and not so much grainy breadiness would really make this even better. As it is though, it has a nice hefe-weisse touch that makes it stand out over many others of the style. A very good summer brew!

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