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 cdkrenz
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, apple cider looking body. The eggshell white colored head is thick and foamy at about an inch tall.

S - Soapy apricot aroma with sweet mild hops.

T - There are a few flavors here. There's some sweet malt and mild citrus tastes here.

M - The feel is soft and smooth. It has a very nice finish that allows the flavors to be savored.

~ Overall this is a quality brew. I was actually luck enough to pick it up for 49 cents a bottle. I grabbed a bunch... with my right, and Left Hand.

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Photo of ScarletLady
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy blond in color little head little lace.
Nose: is the best part, clove & a little lemon
Strong clove, a little hint of sour on the tonque that thins pretty quickly. It's drinkable.

Overall it was ok but I wouldn't seek it out

I was unimpressed enough that I am having touble filling my 250 minimum commentary

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Photo of angelmonster
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small 1 finger white head. Body is a hazy deep orange with lots of carbonation rising. Head retention and lacing werent really present at all

Smell is of a hefeweizen, mostly clove and banana combo, which i love. No hops at all can be detected.

Taste is almost exactly like smell. Its closer to a hefe than a american pale wheat ale. If i had to compare it to something i would say it was like having a watered down Franziskaner

Mouth feel is really over carbonated. Thin slightly watery body doesnt help either. The mouth feel really affects my over all ability to enjoy it

Over all it was decent. Tasted too thin and overcarbonated to really enjoy it but its still drinkable

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Photo of bark
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is a bit cloudy. The compact white head is finger thick.

The smell is fruity, there are lots of ripe apples here. Some sour notes, yeast and spicy-creamy hints.

The taste is fresher and a little sourer than the German hefe weizens. And compared to those, the body is weaker. Some notes of green apples and beans. The aftertaste is mild, almost absent.

The carbonation is strong and fresh; the bubbles are small. The liquid is light, the mouthfeel dry.

Weaker then the German equivalents... I stick to those.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving not much lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen more than anything - lots of bananas with sweet malt and just a hint of grassiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the banana isn't as strong. Still, dried banana flavors are most pronounced, with a bit of grassiness at the end that lingers for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with a good amount of carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and would certainly consider having another.

Overall this is a solid beer, though I'm not sure how well it fits in as a wheat beer. Better than I expected, and worth a shot.

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Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Bier Markt in Cleveland this past Saturday Night. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Murky, hazy translucent light yellow. Appropriate to the style but nothing remarkable.

S Sweet wheat smell, appropriate to the style and inviting.

T Good light wheat with some citrus, spices, coriander and cinnamon. Nice taste.

M Thin. light mouthfeel.

D Very very drinkable. I could have several of these in an evening. Tonight I only had the one though.

Notes: Nice to have this on tap this past Saturday.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow orange, decent carbonation

Smell: orange, vanilla, bananas, and cloves

Taste: orange, vanilla, bananas, and cloves

Mouthfeel: very smooth, light, slightly crisp aftertaste

Drinkability: This is a very good example of the sytle. I could definately session this in the summer

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

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date stamped on label.

The pour revealed a golden, hazy color with a tremendous, fluffy white head typical of a hefe style wheat. I don't recall any american wheat ales that poured like this.

The smell is also typical of a south German wheat: clovy, sweet bubble gum aromas.

The taste very much reminds me of a Paulaner or Spaten wheat with that bubble gum flavor and banana flavor with hints of cloves.

Well carbonated and fizzy in the mouth with a surprisingly substantial mouthfee for an american wheat.

This would be a great quencher in the summer months and a session beer at 5.0 ABV. A good interpretation of a Hefe weizen, not really an american wheat style.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap, poured into standard pint glass

a: straw yellow color, hazy, decent 1/2" head that reduces to a lace cap

s: wheat and hints of banana and clove

t: see smell

m&d: medium bodied beer, very drinkable due to lower ABV,

and Ok beer, i've had better and I've had worse.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated simply "10" into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Golden, slightly amber color, almost like apple cider. Fairly hazy/cloudy. Nice, rich white head poured 3+ fingers, but quickly receded. Some active fermentation, and okay but not great lacing.

S: Smooth, sweet-malty smell with a slight floral and bread note to it. Not very strong, really had to breath deep.

T: No taste on the front of the tongue, but the same sweet candy-malty taste as the smell is evident on the back of the tongue. Very very slight hoppy bitterness is evident.

M: Very much like an American Adjunct Lager, but slightly heavier. Maybe a little creamy

D: Good, but not great. The sweet/candy/malty taste becomes a little bothersome, but this may be because I am so unsure of exactly what it is.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a small off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Strong wheat and a bit of fruit, bananas possibly.

T: Fruity (bananas, pears, and berries) pretty wheaty with a small amount of hops. Pretty complex for a wheat beer, very similar to a Triple...go figure.

Overall: Very drinkable and well carbonated but nothing out of the ordinary in that aspect. Unique wheat beer though for sure, I would have sworn it were a triple.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Franzikaner weisen glass hosted three fingers of amber foam over a sunset honey straw beer with tons of carbonation. The head eventually settles to a fine blanket.

Hay, nuts and some orange peel lead the way while ginger and shite wine follow with other aromas that are difficult to pin down.

The full flavors closely follow the nose with a nice balance and slight sourness. The finish is mildly bitter.

Haystack Wheat coats the palate and has a surprisingly soft carbonation that completely covers any alcohol.

This is a refreshing beer, great for a deck party when you just want a good beer.

Date consumed: 5 September 2008

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet an unfiltered gold color with a half-finger head that quickly disappeared, leaving no lacing to speak of. Aroma is heavily of banana, orange, wheat, clove, apples. Mouthfeel is cloudy, a little slick, sticky, medium-bodied with good, active carbonation. Taste is sweet with banana, citrus, spice, vanilla, no bitterness to speak of even in the finish, just the up-front sweetness that carries through. On the sweeter side of things but still a good offering. Overall, I do enjoy this and it's pretty good for a wheat, but I think I will wait until summer to enjoy this brew again.

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

Left Hand Haystack Wheat....from the Variety Pack...

Appearance-pure orange gold, thick floaters bounce around as well, cloudy with a nice head.

Smell-banana and clove and the normal wheat trappings. Very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light, banana and grain on the tongue, alcohol is well hidden. Flavorful with active carbonation, if somewhat subdued compared to some others I've tried.

Drinkability-enjoyable, light, and it tasted good.

Overall-they nail the style and I recommend giving it a shot, it's a good version. That said it doesn't rank up there with other versions I consider even better.

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A so so attempt at the style. I don't think American brewers every really nail this style, but this came close. Aroma was nice. Banana and a little clove. Pour was a thick dirty gold with a thin white ring for a head. Taste was wheaty and grainy with a slight yeast bite. Thick and bubbly with a bite on the sides of the tongue. Not as full or carbonated as true German hefe but nice.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Tolnik
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. When first poured it produced a good amount of head and reduced to a lingering lacing. There was a distinct wheat taste with a balance between hops and malts. As it is a unfiltered wheat colored beer it was a great overall tasting beer.

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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 williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seriously cloudy look, banana yellow. Thick finger of head, pure white. Lots of carbonation. Bright and inviting. A swath of lace.

A spicy Belgian ale aroma. Pungent coriander and orange peel. Really spicy, fruity and heavy. Some sweet lemon. Both sweet & spicy in one.

The taste is a nice spicy Belgian ale flavor, with notes of orange, lemon and banana. A little fruity, a little pungent. Spicy and a tad lemony sour.

It's fizzy like uncorked champagne. Overall, it's quite fizzy and bursting with flavor. Too intense for repeats.

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

(Served in a short Weizen glass)

A-This beer has a hazy caramel yellow colored body with a thin white head the dissipates quickly. Three is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that race to the top.

S- The soft yeasty note has hints of banana and clove that increase as the beer warms. The soft note of banana bread and soft bubble gum finish the beer.

T- The soft wheat hint has a nice clove note that finishes with a slight tartness

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that cleans off the tongue

D- This beer has a nice aroma and taste but the fizz starts to drowned everything out after it warms a tad.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat seethru orange body with decent head retention and lacing. Sharp citric smell, more pronounced like a hefe than pale wheat...also some tropical fruits and there is a pronounce wheat smell. While smooth and fluffy bodied like a pale wheat, there is a sharp citric twang and even some minor pepper and clove spices. Goes down real smooth and quasi-sweet; a good pale wheat for anyone to try.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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 tempest
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Six-Pack Shop in Bethlehem. Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head and thin lacing.

This pretty much smells and tastes like a German hefe, or how about its a very German tasting American wheat. The aroma is of sweet and spicy toast and the flavor matches with a small fruity note that reminds me of Five Alive and vanilla. The body is light, making this a tasty and sessionable beer. I'm sure it's especially nice in summer months.

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Photo of Zadok
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden straw color with a half finger head and no lacing.

Smells interesting, citrus with a slight yeast aroma and a slight musty smell.

Citrus lemony flavor, very smooth flavor or maybe light instead of smooth!?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation to match.

Not a bad session beer, not one I would probably buy again but wouldn't refuse if given.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Left hand Haystack Wheat
Bottle Inspection: Bottled on date (02 0? 08) sampled (08 29 08), noted bottled conditioned.

Aroma: Plenty of wet grain/wheat smells, some banana and clove and mild spices (coriander mostly).

Appearance: Good finger of bright white head holds firmly. Odd viscous sediment at the top of the glass at pour diffused into the formerly clear yellow beer turning it a uniform hazy dark gold.

Flavor: Hearty wheat/grain flavor full of bubble gum yeast characteristics. A little banana flavor comes in as well. The grain flavor doesn't really taste malty, and there's not a lot of hop flavors going either; all in all very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Almost gritty texture, high carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: I held this longer than I intended, but it's drinking just fine. A good American wheat beer, but the carbonation level impedes drinkability for me a bit. A summer beer should go down quick and easy, the bubbles are slowing me down.
Worth a try!

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