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Heavy Weizen (Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale) by Southern Tier Brewing Company
8.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Old review
22 oz bottle thanks to the great Lum. Poured this one up in a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass. I have been looking forward to this one for quite some time.

A: Well on opening I got a bit of a suprise: This one popped a bit and spewed foam for quite a while and my initial pour was a huge amount of foam. I chose not to get discouraged, allowed her to calm down and revisited in a few minutes. Finally got the foam to calm and it poured a really nice, rusty, orange color that was almost brown. Tons of sediment in here, swirling clouds of beautiful haze. The aforementioned foam, sits on top as a wonderful, rocky white head that is a good 2 to 3 fingers and it will not go away. It has amazing retention. The lacing is sticky and foamy all the way down the glass. The activity in the glass is wonderful as well, lots of carbonation bubbles keeping this brew continuously swirling. Wonderful recovery.

S: Smell is really nice. The wheat really kicks in this brew. Strong wheat and grassy presence coming out first and in your face in nice way. Then comes some really creamy, sugary banana smells that are not unlike banana pudding. Clove and citrus (lemon juice and orange zest) are in there as well. There is also a touch of honey coming out as well. NICE!

T: Taste is once again a lot of wheat. Very earthy as you first sip with lots of wheat, grass and musky flavors. The banana is once again an almost candied sweetness that is amazingly creamy and wonderfully sweet. Clove lemon and orange are in the backround. Linger in the background long enough and you can find some pineapple and some honey as well. The Wheat really dominates though and is the reason for the score being a 4. If the other flavors were able to come out more, there would be higher marks.

M: Very thick for weizen style, this thing is damn near full bodied. At times this beer is chewy and I was not expecting that at all. Lots of sediment that is noticable. Carbonation is high and makes this one pretty easy to drink considering the body. ABV is up there and noticable, with a slight burn in the throat on the finish. Aftertastes are of wheat and banana.

D: This is a great brew. Everything looks, smells and tastes good. If not for the opening fireworks, we may have had a better experience but it was damn good as is. This beer does sit incredibly heavy and that is why I gave it this score. One bomber is more than enough because it weighs on you. Very nice brew and another good offering from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-30-2008 22:20:08

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 17 4 10 2008
Nice looking glass of Hefe. Thickly, massively opaque set body of dull gold straw color. Large, bubbly capping of off-white frothy, thick foam sits well for a good portion of time before settling to a slightly thicker skim. Lots of sheeting lace that looks to have holes in them much like missing puzzle pieces.

Strongly thick and full nose of ripe banana mixed with a tad of orange and lemon merange. Also loaded well with sweet wheat, and wholesome goodness. Yeast notes add a nice dryness over the top and balancing out the nose a bit from being overly sweet.

Taste is solid with a firm, steady, lasting girth of wheaty sweetness holding a bready thickness for a portion of it character as it levels off in the finish to a light yeasty clove spice. The banana is soft overall in the taste. I pick up more of it lingering long after in the finish. The front is more of a mush of lemony wheat bread pudding thats dulled and sits decently, yet briefly until the banana tones take over in the finish.

Feel is about medium with a very firm tone and thickness to it that lends a very nice character and balance. There's a couple spots where it felt empty for just a moment before the finish. Really the only area I found that seemed to need a bit more to it. Otherwise its overall wholesome goodness is evident and even lends some chewy creamyness that I tend to like out of good Hefe.

Quite drinkable for sure. Not heavy at all really, as its name might suggest. Perfectly thick and bready with a bit of chewyness and a nice lasting finish of malt. I found this to be right up there with a couple of the champs from Germany and definately better then most Americanized versions that never really do it for me. This is pretty damn solid and no surprise really from Southern Tier.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 3 8 2008
Color is the usual golden color of a weiss. But cloudier, if that's possible. I like the looks of this one. Smell is heavier than a normal weiss too. Slightly more alcohol comes through, less grass and citrus. Taste follows the smell, and shows you why this one is a wheat "ale". I like it, but wish it were a slight bit toned down I guess. The hop bitterness comes through just a bite too much for the style, in my opinion. Feel is about what you'd guess or want from any other ale style.

Overall, I marked this one down on the scale because of the overpowering "ale" characteristics. Maybe that's the point of this beer, but I don't care. I loved the old version of Gumballhead in terms of being a wheat ale. So I know I like this style. But this one falls short of that standard. Not the "new" hopped-up Gumballhead, but the old version from a couple years ago that was more true to the wheat ale style. This one leans slightly more to the hopped-up Gumballhead side. And that left me wanting more "wheat" in my "wheat ale". They call it an "imperial" unfiltered wheat ale. Maybe that's the hop bite I got. Regardless, I expected less hops and more balance with the wheat.

Served In: Pint Glass

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