August 2012 - Wheat Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ale Styles
Wheat Ale Styles Reviews
198992
Brasserie Pietra
Colomba Blanche
Hazy golden straw color. Startling aromas of salami sandwich with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory, complex finish with layers of salty baguette, spice, herb, grassy. Amazing and unique. An incredible food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198999
Privatbrauerei Aying
Ayinger Ur-Weisse
Cloudy pale copper color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed zucchini bread, banana gelato, and spicy pound cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and long, seamless jicama and microgreens accented finish. Fantastically flavorful and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198912
Spaten-Franziskaner Bräu
Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier
Cloudy golden amber color. Lightly phenolic aromas of grass, banana peel, and singed linen with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a banana pudding, praline, and honey pastry finish. Cleans up very nicely on the body and finish and is ultimately quite tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198169
Unibroue
Éphémére Casis
Copper salmon red color. Vibrant aromas of cassis-raspberry tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, wafer, pepper spice and dried citrus and currant notes on the finish. Elegant and stylish in a serious, drier vein.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199018
Samuel Adams
White Ale
Deep old gold color. Fruit stripe gum, orange sorbet, and delicate potpourri aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a richly layered fruit, spice and delicate fresh herb finish. A delightfully delicious beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198966
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Apple White Beer
Cloudy yellow opal color wine a fine ivory mousse. Enticing aromas of spicy apple strudel, cardamom lemon tart, tropical fruit gum, and melon sorbet with a plush fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy spiced apple, potters clay, mint leaf, coriander and spice finish. A Very unique, fun, and flavorful beer that is sure to please; try with Indian food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198702
Chicago Beer Company
Chi-Town Windy City Wheat
Faintly hazy pale golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed graham cracker pie crust, chamomile tea, and orange pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamlessly smooth pepper bread and lettuce accented finish. A delicious, well balanced wheat beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198805
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Half Day Hefeweizen
Banana, baklava, and lemon pepper bread aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty, peppery radish, apple, and kiwi accented finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198948
MOA Brewing Company
MOA Blanc
Lightly hazy pal amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy caramelized lemon, orange, and kiwi pastry with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, mouthwatering melange of honeyed granola and grassy hops. A delicious wit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199020
Samuel Adams
Longshot "A Dark Night in Munich" Dunkel
Deep chestnut brown color. Rich mocha nut fudge and artisan chocolate macaroon aromas with a zesty, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a frothy, snappy, pepper, dried citrus, pear, and earth accented finish. Very robust, yet balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198909
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
Half Dome California Wheat
Lightly hazy old gold color. Pleasant aromas of spicy banana bread pudding and buttery toasted nuts with a plush, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangerine, starfruit, and peppered melon accented finish. A fun, lively wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198945
Würzburger Hofbräu
Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel
Cloudy copper bronze color. Vibrant aromas of wet grain, clay, roasted corn pudding, and banana nut bread toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and spicy apple turnover and citrus custard accented finish. A fun, snappy dunkel weiss.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198929
Bat Creek Brewery
Heartland Wheat
Golden amber color. Aromas of spicy apple turnover and nougat with a supple, fruity medium body and a crisp, roasted corn, honey roasted apple, pear, citrus, and pepper bread accented finish. A tasty, savory wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197210
Frankenmuth Brewery
Hefeweizen
Light banana bread, cracker, and delicate spice aromas and flavors with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a grain and plantain custard finish. very nice hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198927
Goose Island Beer Co.
312 Urban Wheat Ale
Hazy straw yellow color. Zesty lemon-orange cake, pine, and custard aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy wafer, melon, and bib lettuce accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199003
Blue Tractor Brewery
Lazy Sunday Hefeweizen
Cloudy pale amber color. Grainy bread dough, nut, and banana custard aromas with a lively, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy orange, starfruit and mineral finish. A zesty quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198937
Morgan Street Brewery
Honey Wheat
Golden amber color. Delicate honeycomb and toasty pastry aromas with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, pear, wafer, jicama, and peppery spice accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198911
Blue Heron BrewPub
Red, White, and Wheat
Cloudy pale amber color. Aromas of lemon scone and delicate spice with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, salty baguette, citrus, pear and pepper finish. A not very hefe-like, but refreshing and food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198895
DC Brau Brewing Company
"El Hefe Speaks" Hefeweizen
Murky pale amber color. Jumbled banana bread dough and ground nut aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery radish sprouts, kiwi, and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198980
Four in Hand
River Card Wheat
Cloudy golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of roasted shittake, squash, and corn pudding with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeyed nut, sweet mint cream, orange rind, and radish like finish. A bit odd, but food friendly; serve with veggie burgers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198979
Hopper Whitman
Summer Brew Wheat
Aromas of honeyed nuts and spicy citrus pastry with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless butter roasted sweet potato, melon, and citrus soufflé finish. A nicely meshed, easy drinking beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198913
Spaten-Franziskaner Bräu
Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel
Dark bonze brown color. Dimensional aromas of whole wheat grain and dough, flax oil, dried banana and brown spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a frothy canned water chestnut and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198903
Summit Brewing Co.
Unchained 9 Dunkel Weizen
Cloudy copper brown color. Bright apricot pastry, broccoli omelet and spanakopita aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy radish, orange peel, and peppered greens finish. A nice savory table beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198978
Tap Room 21
Moe's Backroom Wheat Beer
Aromas of caramelized pear tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, tangy, citrus, melon, and sprouts finish. A tidy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198926
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Panorama Wheat Ale
Bright golden color. Aromas of tapioca, honey butter, and salted biscuit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasant orange, melon and roasted root vegetable accented finish. A nice savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197840
23rd Street Brewery
Wave the Wheat Ale
Bright amber color. Aromas of fruit pastry and delicate peppery spices with a tangy, medium body and a crisp, wafer, nut, citrus and stone fruit skin snap on the finish. A fun, lively quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198334
Deschutes Brewery
Chainbreaker White IPA
Cloudy golden yellow color. Bright hoppy grapefruit, yeasty lemon custard pastry, and pepper aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a jicama, Meyer lemon, and grilled root vegetable finish. A nice easy drinking offering of the new Belgian IPA style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198976
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Grozet Gooseberry Wheat Ale
Bright golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of horseradish mashed potatoes, white mulberries and grapes, cannabis, and citrus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet potato, pepper bread, bubblegum, and granola accented finish. Different and food centric; try with bangers and mash.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198141
Blue Tractor Brewery
Schakolad Wiezen
Aromas of sorghum, buckwheat pancake and cocoa with crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a sassafras and maple syrup accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198943
Hopcat Brewery
Zugspitze Hefeweizen
Foamy pale amber color. Aromas of banana bread, custard and delicate spice with a tingling and foamy dryish light-to-medium body and a orange, jicama and dusty radish accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198946
MOA Brewing Company
MOA Breakfast
Aromas of hot wax model, honeyed green apple, and wintergreen with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a white raspberry pastry and pressed flower accented finish. Different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198904
North by Northwest
Bavarian Hefe
Golden yellow color with a blanket of white foam. Lightly sulfury scrambled eggs and buttery toast aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity kiwi, mineral and banana sorbet finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198940
Caldera Brewing Company
Vanilla Wheat Beer
Beautiful pure gold color. Aromas of flaky cream puff, wet dog, and marmalade with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy stone fruit, citrus, and tapioca accented finish. Doesn’t taste particularly flavored.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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