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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Photo of Spica66
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Left Hand tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/22/10. The brewery rep was pouring and telling us all about the beers as we went. Very informational and fun.

A: Dark gold, good head retention.

S: Bready and yeasty. A little sharpness. Smells like young homebrew.

T: Tangy, slightly citrusy. Lots of yeast flavor.

M: Light body. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

D: Easy to drink.

I am reminded of American Wheat style more than Hefeweizen.

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

A kind of dirty-golden color, with a tinge of orange or brown overtones, and a nice head that laces the glass a little bit.

The smell is spicy with some orange and sweet grainy overtones, overall quite appetizing.

It's got a nice, wheaty taste with some yeasty flavors and spicy citrus. Moderately carbonated, it goes down easy and has a nice mouthfeel too.

I'd have to say that this beer is pretty darn good. Maybe not the top beer of all times, but definitely a nice wheat beer that's above average in its category, and that I'd certainly buy again.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a gift from a friend. It's an average-looking, burnt golden color. Hazy. The head is very thin, especially for a hefe. Nice aroma though...I really enjoyed smelling this beer. Lots of wheat, a touch of banana, some malt, a little twang and citrus. Nice. It has a wheat chaff smell as well...something interesting. Medium body, and reasonably drinkable. This is a good beer, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mjurney
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[Appearance]: Orange-golden color, cloudy, lots of carbonation, head looks kinda foamy, leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Mild banana and cloves, yeast, bready wheat, some hint of lemon.
[Taste]: Lemony up front, yeast, bready wheat, I could taste some little banana and cloves, dry chalky aftertaste.
[Mouthfeel]: Light, but kinda chewy mouthfeel, well carbonated, harsh muddy aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Not too drinkable, gives me a headache after drink this beer. It taste more like an American Wheat than Hefeweizen.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled on stamp of 09.09.09. Pours a very hazed orangish-brown color with a modest amount of white head. Falls surprisingly fast for a hefe and does not leave a whole lot of lace behind.

Seeing this beer on the shelves for awhile now and always thought it was a standard American wheat, but I am glad to see (and smell) that this is definitely more of a Bavarian style hefeweizen. Overripe bananas, cloves and bubblegum galore!

Taste has plenty of banana and clove flavors, but it seems to be undercarbonated...not good for a hefe. There is some nice wheat tang to offset some of the sweeter, fruity yeast esters. I would like to try a fresher sample, as this one is a little more than half a year old. Not bad, but does not come close to some of the finer versions of hefeweizen. Lack of carbonation hurt my scores for the beer, both visually and in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of whynot44
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot orange color with a moderate foamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, producing just a bit of lace.

The aroma is clove, fresh biscuits, bananas and a hint of lemon.

The taste is also dominated by the cloves, with a slightly more substantial biscuit background, bananas and a hint of lemon, grass and phenol at the finish.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and fairly smooth, easy to drink. A very nice hefe weizen.

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

This beer is hazy "murky" golden, a small white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smelling sweet, fruity, raisins and dried apricots, rather faint spices, cardamom and cinnamon, definitely yeast and, yes - haystack!

Much fruity sweetness, dried apples and oranges, some malty notes, cinnamon buns. A bit yeast. Very little bitterness, but this bottle where a bit old (a month past exp date).

Mild carbonation, a nice body.

This sample was a bit old, so smell and taste where maybe a bit off. I very much enjoy it on warm summer nights.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass into a tap.

The color is a cloudy orange like orange juice with a finger or two of foamy head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a nice wheaty flavor with some nice biscuity flavor that gives a bready dough image in head. Some slight citrus flavor as well.

The taste a nice biscuit flavor that really gives off a citrus flavor that has some quite good lemon flavor has a great amount of wheat flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down pretty well and quite refreshing.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy apricot with active carbonation. A foamy white head has good retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: A moderate and balanced dose of lemon, clove and biscuit dominate the nose. Banana is there, but it's subtle. Slightly musty.

T: The clove flavor takes the forefront of the flavor profile. It's joined by a dry biscuit flavor at the opening and a slight sourdough flavor in the finish.

M: The body is almost doughy and has the high carbonation I've come to expect from Hefes.

D: This is a nice and light beer that would be a good bet on a nice summer day. Perhaps not the best example of the style I've had, but a solid offering.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy dark golden color with a big-bubbled head that has very weak retention.

S-Traditional wheat yeast flavors of banana and clove. Also some floral hops

T- The flavor is well done with the hops being the dominant factor but definitely not overpowering

M- The carbonation is steady and active with a nice bubble. Pretty full bodied with the yeast in suspension

D- Smooth and totally enjoyable unless the banana and clove aromas get in your way.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, nice head at the start and quick disapates into nothing. Looks like wet straw for color. Hazy, unable to see thru.

Wheat (duh) was the first thing, some soft bannana notes. Smells somewhat grassy.

Absolutely no bitterness, wheat grassy overtones. Some mild bananna, also sparcely spiced.

Very crisp brew, mostly grassy aftertaste, medium body. Goes down really easy.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This one pours murky orange, with a medium white head that leaves some lace.

S: Very refreshing with green bananas and apples, some yeast and faint bitter hops. The wheat is very present.

T: Almost everything I wrote on the smell is also a fact when it comes to taste. The bitter hops makes this one rather dry.

M: Rather long bitter/dry aftertaste. The body is creamy medium and the carbonation holds small bubbles.

D: This is a very refreshing beer. I'm glad to see that this product can be produced outside Bavaria with such nice result.

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Photo of liquidsunshine
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from my local liquor store, poured into a tall glass. Thick hazy yellow orange color, large puffy head with some nice lacing on the glass as it started to disappear. Rustic wheat flavors, with a nice variety of spices and some more interesting unusual flavors as well. Rather bubbly mouthfeel and is light on your tongue. I could easily drink quite a few in a sitting, so high on the scale for drinkability.

Cheers - Matt

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

Picked up a single for $1.99. Bottled on 01.21.09.

Looks pretty good when doing the traditional hefeweizen pour in a weiss glass. Hazy, fluffy head, spider web lacing. lots of bubbles.

Heavy on the coriander and bell pepper aromas. Very ripe just peeled banana smells. A bit of cherry bubblegum too.

The taste has close to none of the banana / bubblegum flavors you get in traditional hefeweziens. The spicy coriander is dominant, with a bit of soft drink-like artificial strawberry flavor lurking in the background. Close to no hop bitterness.

This beer is easy to drink due to the brisk carbonation. Very soda like. Its got a bit of a not so great sour taste once it warms up, so its better to drink this really cold.

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Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on-tap at The Pit served a crisp straw-yellow with a decent off-white head. Aroma is a bit of wheat and slight citrus hops. The taste is a decent balance of sweet malts, citrus hops and slight bubblegum. The beer is quite light crisp and very Summery. This is a very respectable wheat beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/yellow in color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of coriander, sweet malt, banana, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level - also slightly watery. Tastes of coriander, yeast, sweet malt, banana, and slight wheat in the finish. Overall, a decent beer that's too heavy on fruit flavors and lacking in wheat and malt flavor.

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

Bottle conditioned, served in a clear pint glass. Shows a bottled on date of 1/19/08.

Appearance - One finger off white head dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing. Coudy orange/tan color...there were little bits of dark sediment laying on the inside of the glass after the pour.

Smell - Orange rind, bready wheat and lemon abounds. This is an effervescent little number.

Taste - The taste pretty much mimics the nose...orange rind, clove and coriander. It does actually seem light or lacking in the banana department though.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Thin to medium mouthfeel. Relative lack of carbonation. Aftertaste of clove. Decent drinkability, especially for the .49 per bottle I paid for it on closeout.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy, golden straw color. Huge three finger or more head. No lacing to speak of.
S: Smells great. All kinds of bready wheat and lemons. A hint of spices mixed in as well.
T: Not nearly as exciting as the smell. I get the lemons and wheat and a few of the spices. However, I find it overcome by some bitterness. In general, I like the way these play off each other, but not in a "summer beer".
M: Highly cabronated. Has a little bite, but all and all is crisp and smooth.
D: It is refreshing, but the bitterness, while not huge, does more to hinder this beer than help it. It's not overpowering, but hides the true flavor of the beer. That being said, you could have a few and do worse.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, an American wheat beer? Apparently, this is one of the new beers in Systembolaget's "standard selection", and it might be a nice suprise for the summer to come. Or will it?

The beer pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a huge white head. Looks nice, but I don't think wheat beers in general look too nice.

Aroma holds some nice notes of green bananas, unmature apples and some spicy yeast notes. There are also some slightly bitter hops that balances all this fruitiness. Nice!

Taste is slightly less interesting than the smell. Otherwise it's quite similar to the smell with those earlier mentioned green bananas and green apples.

All and all, a very drinkable and refreshing beer!

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Photo of PheerNoBeer
1.4/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm an open minded consumer who's willing to try just about anything. Vietnamese tripe soup with a few blood cubes for good measure? Sure, I gave it a try. Beef testicles, goose liver pate, baked opossum, haggis? Been there done that too, but this crap I just couldn't drink. I poured it right down the sink and good riddance.

I've tried hundreds of beers and I'm no expert, but I really wish brewers would provide an accurate description and warning of the taste found in this beer. It's the common Belgian ale or French saison taste that I'm referring to. I don't really know what creates this taste, but it's very distinct and I'm sure some people like it. Unfortunately, I find it undrinkable. Last week at a bar I ordered a White Rascal from Avery Brewing company and it tasted identical to this crap. I would rather drink fermented human saliva than this stuff.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color with a tint of orange and with nice head retention.

S- Banana bready aromas dominate the smell. Followed by cereal and a hint of clove aroma. Haystack wheat has faint hop aroma.

T- The Haystack has mild taste of banana, clove, bread and cereal. There is a lingering aftertaste of the banana bread. Some what of a dry finish.

M- Soft medium body with a nice biting carbonation.

D- This beer has a mild taste and soft body with could make it a great summertime beer.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Left Hand's Haystack Wheat pours a semi-opaque golden coloured tone along with a crown of surprisingly high posture, literally extreme no matter how I poured the beer, the crown - of clear white colour - sprouted above the 4" line. The Crown deserves some special mention outisde of that: it's structure is pretty airy, meaning that it consists of big bubbles and - after some minutes - implodes into a cobweb-looking remnant with lines of lacing along my pint glass. Additionally, and not rather unsurprisingly, a lot of bubbles are visible.

Smell: Fresh and fruity, a upfront yeastiness (it does however fade in a matter of minutes) notes some malt lurks around in the background. I'd say it smells more like a pils than a weissebrew.

Taste: A pleasantly mild sourness is what strikes you at first, then a lactose sugar-like sweetness and hints of - would ya believe it - strawberry hits the palate in mixture with a mild and dry bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but thin, surprisingly low in carbonation after a while due to the fact that it disappears so quickly, in the beginning, however, the carbonation is medium-to-high and ads a freshness to the beer.

Drinkability: Al lot of its characteristics seem too ephemeral, they appear at first only to vanish shortly thereafter. I liked it but it wasn't the best weissebeer, or weissebeer-wannabe I've had, neither was it the best I've tried from Left Hand, but still NOT bad at all, nice interesting features, especially the pretty unique - for this kind of beer - sourness that I experienced.

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Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-04-16. Served in hefeweizen glass.

A: Yellow color, orange hues. Uneven haze in the liquid. Big white creamy head that settles just a little too fast. Some chunky lacings.

S: Mostly fruity - bananas, orange peel and peach. Wheat and white bread. Faint spices.

T: A rather week taste. Mostly sweet with some bananas and oranges. Plenty of wheat flavors and toast. Slightly spicy in the middle (cloves, white pepper). The finish is short, minimally bitter and has some spices, minerals and grassy hops.

M: Moderate body, low carbonation that could have been slightly more aggressive.

D: An average beer. It smells and tastes okay. Easy to drink, but it falls short compared to the many great German beers of similar styles.

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

Poured a medium golden color into my Sam Adams beer glass. The pour produced a nice fat two finger head. The head held up pretty well and provided some nice lace.

The smell is all wheat and grains with a hint of citrus.

Tastes just like it smells with the wheat malts dominating the tongue and the citrus coming through on the finish.

Lots of carbonation in this drink, light bodied brew.

Great for drinking in the hot Florida sun. I drank this one while I was washing my truck and enjoyed it. Not a bad brew, but there are better alternatives.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a hefe glass. It pours a hazy gold with an abundant head. The head sticks around for a while. The nose is bannana and bubblegum, I do not detect much spice. The taste follows the nose. The finish is slightly sweet and lingers around a bit. This brew is perfect for a hot summer day, light bodied, low carbonation and easily quaffable.

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Haystack Wheat from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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