August 2013 - Wheat Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ale Styles
Wheat Ale Styles Reviews
202835
Adelbert’s Brewery
Barrel Aged Naked Nun
Hazy golden color. Sourish citrus, peach marmalade, and funky cheese aromas with a tangy, supple, and fruity medium-to-full body and a complex cornucopia of spicy, mushroom tart, tart nectarine, lime, and cheese notes on the long finish. A fantastic combination of spicy wit, bretty lambic, and umami tones that is super approachable and will be sensational with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202911
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale Blanche
Hazy old gold color. Bold aromas of lemongrass buttercream, coriander, and exotic spices with zesty, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy citrus custard, radish and pepper bread finish. A powerful and flavorful wit. Pair with mussels or Indian food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202884
Privatbrauerei Aying
Ayinger Bräuweisse
Hazy old gold color. Aromas of banana muffin, peppery spices, meringue, and clay with a crisp, plush, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an apple, baking spice, and radish accented finish. Classically styled, vibrant and delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202840
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Wit
Clear pale golden yellow color. Aromas of apricot soufflé, lemon curd and delicate spice with a lively carbonated fruity medium body and an apple, sprouts, lemongrass and coriander accented finish. A clean, refreshing, and well balanced wit designed for effortless enjoyment. Will pair well with spicy foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202827
Berghoff Brewery
Solstice Wit
Hazy golden yellow color. Mild aromas of chamomile and orange teas and apple turnovers. Soft and silky with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a banana cream pie and delicate peppercorn bread accented finish. An alluring blend of dry, fruit, and spice notes in a well measured frame. Very sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202910
Elevator Brewing Co.
"Big Vic" Imperial Mogabi Wheat IPA
Rich minutely hazy amber color. Vibrant hop-driven aromas grapefruit, roasted pineapple, pine, and peach pastry with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, grilled citrus, pine sap, pepper and mint leaf nuanced finish. A bold, hoppy wheat IPA hybrid that works.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202921
Kassik’s Brewery
Whaler's Wheat
Cloudy golden color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, floral honey, wheat cracker, and a hint of peppery spice with a plush, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body very crisp pear, radish, and prairie grass accented finish. A delicious and refreshing wheat ale that will hit the spot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202920
Mustang Brewing Co.
Washita Wheat Ale
Golden color. Banana nut muffin and egg sandwich-like aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a smooth, earthy lettuce greens and radish like finish. Very pure, clean, and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202825
Breckenridge Brewery
Agave Wheat Ale
Cloudy sunburst gold color. Aromas of sourdough toast and honey baked citrus and sweet potato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy kiwi and wheat grass accented finish. A tasty wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202912
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale 25
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of peach custard pastry and spicy buttercream on orange cake with a chewy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy banana, pepper, and spicy carrot cake accented finish. Rich and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202873
Peter B’s Brewpub
Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat
Hazy amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of floral honey, delicate spice, and raspberry jam on toast with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a superbly balanced grain, nut, and fresh raspberry finish. Delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202978
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Bright golden color,. Aromas of banana yogurt and sourdough with a racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon sorbet, tart green grape skin, wafer and grassy earth finish. A nice, evenly balanced and very approachable version of the esoteric, very tart style. A great summer beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202922
Kassik’s Brewery
Imperial Spiced Honey Wheat
Pretty hazy copper color. Mild aromas of baklava and raisin compote with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy plum, pepper, cocoa, and mineral accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202916
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Dancing Man Wheat
Slightly hazy old gold color with a fine foamy blanket. Aromas of banana custard, nut toast, and a touch of cider vinegar with a creamy, dryish medium body and a tangy plantain, citrus, wafer, and grassy hop accented finish. A nice lively hefe style that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202839
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Bum's Beach Wheat
Cloudy yellow orange color. Toasty citrus-peach pastry aromas and flavors with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a banana pudding, radish sprouts and delicate pepper finish. Very elegant and well crafted.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202881
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Summertime Wheat
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of banana chip, wafer, pepper bread, and radish with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, mineral and delicate spiced plantain custard finish. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202838
Theresianer
Wit
Slightly hazy gold. Mild aroma of banana bread, wheat cracker and jicama with a crisp, plush dryish medium body and a long, mineral and sprout-like hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203014
Vielanker Privatbrauerei
Vielanker Weizen
Murky amber brown color. Vibrant aromas of honey buttered raisin toast, caramel sauce, and banana nut cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice interplay of toasty grain and nut, dried fruit, and delicate spice notes on the finish. Quite different and nicely so.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202828
Berghoff Brewery
Straight-Up Hefeweizen
Hazy golden color. Aromas of banana cake and peppercorn bread with supple dryish medium body and a caramelized nut and a custard finish. Very tasty and very quaffable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202885
Brasserie du Bocq
Blanche de Namur
Pretty cloudy golden white color. Aromas of peach fruit salad, honeysuckle, lemongrass, and orange cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless apple, spice, and radish accented finish. A solid, very sessionable wit beer
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202903
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Violet Macmillan's Pale Wheat
Clear copper color. Aromas of hard cheese rind, cranberry-orange muffin, and herbal tea with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, pepper bread, spiced peach, dried flower, and arugula finish. A nice savory and sweet wheat beer that will be great with Asian foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200843
Lancaster Brewing Company
Strawberry Wheat
Pale amber color. Very sweet aromas of tropical fruit custard tart and banana taffy with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, drying mineral, wafer, and white strawberry accented finish. Really fruity and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204587
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A.
Cusqueña de Trigo
Cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of egg sandwich and tortilla chip with a very frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, honeyed pear and lettuce finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202834
Adelbert’s Brewery
Naked Nun
Cloudy golden color with a high head. Mild aromas of dried banana, wafer, and minerals with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent hop and delicate spice finish. Refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199548
Blue Tractor Brewery
Hop-Wit
Bright golden yellow color. Bold aromas of spice, lemon basil, dried fruits, praline and earth with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a highly astringent and savory baguette, pine, and citrus driven finish. Nice vibrancy for hop heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202948
Granville Island Brewing Co.
Robson Street Hefeweizen
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of caramel drizzled banana bread toast, chives, and delicate herbs with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy dried citrus, grass, and peppercorn accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202880
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Whoop Ass Witbier
Hazy golden color. Aromas of butter sautéed carrots, herb bread, and omelet with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, Alfalfa sprout, pear and mineral accented finish. A nice savory food beer for Thai food or Mediteranean food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202868
Old World Brewery
Arizona Honey Wheat
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Vibrant aromas and flavors of banana bread, peppercorns, spice and floral honeycomb with a pillowy, finely carbonated fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy green pear, radish sprout, and wheatgrass nuanced finish. Excellent vibrancy and integration of flavors. Fish tacos.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202872
Peter B’s Brewpub
Save Our Shores Hefeweizen
Cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of overripe banana, yogurt, spice and a whiff of acetone with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy, strawberry vinaigrette, turnip, and grassy earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203087
Samuel Adams
Dunkelweizen
Clear copper color. Nicely meshed spice aromas, carrot cake, chive, and banana muffin with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a crisp, apple, pear, cocoa, and peppery spice finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203089
Samuel Adams
Coastal Wheat
Golden color. Aromas of Bit-o-Honey candy wrapper, lime leaves and dried herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a praline, lemon custard pie, and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202883
Brauerei Pinkus Müller
Pinkus Organic Hefe-Weizen
Hazy yellow color. Aromas lemon soufflé, banana, and pepper bread with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, lightly spicy, grainy custard pastry and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202826
Breckenridge Brewery
Summer Bright Ale
Clear golden color. Aromas of frittata and toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a toasty orange scone accented finish. A clean, pleasant refreshing kolsch or lager-like wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202866
Durango Brewing Company
Durango Blueberry Wheat
Bright golden color. Vibrant aromas of blueberry muffin with a supple, creamy, fruity medium-to-full body and a drying wafer, stevia, and mineral finish. A carefree quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202867
Durango Brewing Company
Durango Wheat Beer
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed pound cake with a crisp, dryish medium body and a pillowy, pear, wafer and grass accented finish. A nice evenly balanced wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202901
Hopcat Brewery
Wit vs. Wisdom
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas of flamed lemon zest, lilacs, and herbs with a very zesty, fruity medium-full body and a very tangy honeyed citrus, spice, sprouts, and pepper driven finish. A vibrant perfumey wit beer that need spicy food to tame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202342
Wingwalker
Belgian White
Old gold color with a fine mousse. Aromas of toasty fruit pastry and spiced apples and pears with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, sweet lettuce, grain and mineral accented finish. A nice quaffable white beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203028
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Sunburn Cherry Wheat
Attractive silvery amber pink color. Aromas and flavors of cherry bread, waxy honeycomb, and spiced nuts with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a toasty, roasted root vegetable, dried flower, and focaccia accented finish. A nicely balanced, not to sweet cherry beer that will be good with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202837
Full Pint Brewing Company
White Lightning Belgian Wit
Very hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of clay, toast, and pepper bread with a silky, dryish medium body and a sourish, beet and grassy accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203029
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Helios Hefeweizen
Cloudy golden color with a faint gray cast. Aromas of banana taffy, delicate spice, barn hay, and wheat cracker with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pepper, kiwi, grass and melon rind accented finish. A nice vibrant take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201443
Roscoe’s Hop House
Belgian White
gold color. Aromas of caramel spread on toast and omelet with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a honeyed grain, dusty radish, and spiced green pear accented finish with a slight metallic twang.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202902
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Brewer's Heritage
Golden amber color. Mild aroma of egg, citrus rind, cheddar, and toast with a foamy, dryish medium body and a dusty turnip, straw,and phenolic wax paper note on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200409
Pagosa Brewing Company
Wolf Creek Wheat
Minutely hazy golden color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed pear danish and banana chips with a supple, dry medium body and a toffeed nut with a bit molten plastic and wax on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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