Heavy Weizen is part of the Seasonal Imperial series from Southern Tier Brewing Company. The website claims that this Imperial Hefeweizen has a 7.3% ABV, but the bottle that I purchased claimed it was 8% ABV.
Heavy Weizen explores the inner depths of creativity and craftsmanship, taking a style of ale that is delicate and quaffable and shaping it into something exuberant and sturdy. The foundation of Heavy Weizen begins with prodigious quantities of North American malted barley and wheat. Next, the finest European hops are added to complement this ale’s unique disposition by giving it spicy aromas. Its spirit is forged during fermentation where our Bavarian weizen yeast consumes sugars and creates flavors reminiscent of bananas and cloves. then by aging this ale, we allow the divergent characteristics to blend together, becoming one. To capture Heavy Weizen’s spirit, this wheat ale remains unfiltered to leave some of the yeast in the bottle. Serving this ale with a wedge of lemon is recommended, but optional.
HW pours a murky gold color with plenty of carbonation and sediment swirling about. The head is a massive off-white with yellow hints. Lacing is thick and clingy.
This beer smells like a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen. I noted hints of wheat, banana, banana chips and clove. A minor alcoholic heat is buried underneath the fruity esters.
Heavy Weizen tastes just like a banana milkshake! The banana balances splendidly with a cream like smoothness. I also noted some spice and alcoholic heat (which luckily doesn’t hang around long) in the backend. This is a tasty and smooth beer!
Mouthfeel is clingy and slightly drying. Just a little outside the norm of the Hefeweizen-style.
Heavy Weizen is one of the better Bavarian-style Hefeweizens that I’ve ever had. My only complain is that the alcoholic heat that appears in the after taste is a little distracting. Other than that, Heavy Weizen Imperial Unfiltered Wheat Ale is creamy, smooth and delicious!
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a HEFEWEIZEN: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Weihenstephaner HEFEWEISSBIER, Paulaner HEFEWEISSBIER, Sierra Nevada KELLERWEIS