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August 2014 - Wheat Ale Styles

August 2014 - Wheat Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ale Styles

Wheat Ale Styles Reviews

Elevator Brewing Co. Mogabi Hoppy Wheat Ale
94 points
Amber color. Hoppy aromas of grilled grapefruit and orange and fern with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an astringent sweet wheat cracker and pepper accented finish. Very refreshing and well balanced wheat and hop notes.
Crabtree Brewing Company Berliner Weisse Ale
93 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fresh sourdough bread, lemon zest, omelet, and Greek yogurt with a bracingly tart medium-to-full body and a long, lemon juice and kumquat finish. A faithful rendering of the classic style.
Hofmühl Hofmühl Weissbier
93 points
Slightly hazy pale amber color. Aromas of bananas, praline, citrus zest, and pretzel bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, lightly spicy banana bread pudding and fleur de sal finish. A delicious and precisely made hefe.
Pivovar Nachod Primator Hefe Weizen
93 points
Cloudy golden sunrise color. Aromas of dried banana, wafer, and cucumber with a dryish finely carbonated medium-to-full body and refreshing sprouts, Meyer lemon, shredded wheat, moss, and mineral accented finish. A refreshing and precisely made hefe.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Angry Goat Weizen Doppelbock
93 points
Brown black color with a khaki rim of foam. Aromas of mocha fudge, licorice, soy, and Bananas Foster with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a malted chocolate, salty roasted nut, arugula, and peppery spice finish. A powerfully delicious take on the style.
Sixpoint Brewery RAD
93 points
RAD
Cloudy orange copper color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade and bread pudding with a a vibrantly crisp, tangy medium-to-full body and a zesty ruby grapefruit, cayenne peppered jicama, and mineral finish. A great, drier styled radler with pure grapefruit flavor.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom Whitey
93 points
Cloudy golden color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized lemons and peaches and vanilla tapioca with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a finely spiced finish with notes of lilac, orange blossom honey, and kale. A very delicious and appetizing wit.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Berlinerweiss
93 points
Very hazy amber orange color. Aromas of toasted lemon and peach danishes and sour cream frosting with a very tart medium-full body and a tangy, gooseberry, passionfruit, sourdough, and radish like finish. A wonderfully zesty and savory Berliner Weisse.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Dunkelgänger
93 points
Dark bronze color. Aromas and flavors of toasted rye cracker and dark banana bread and roasted pepper with a frothy, dryish medium body and a roasted chestnut, wafer, and radish sprouts finish. A clean, flavorful, and expertly balanced dark wheat ale.
Port City Brewing Co. Optimal Wit
92 points
Cloudy pale yellow nickel color. Aromas of baked peach, butter roasted nuts, clay, and wheat wafer with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus, pepper egg bread, and radish finish. A zesty, mouthwatering wit that will be great at the table with cheese and sausages.
Samuel Adams White Lantern
92 points
Golden amber color. Subtle aromas of lemongrass, lime leaves, coriander, and herb bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and peach pastry, sweet cream, spice, and jicama finish. Very tasty and well balanced picnic beer.
Blue Point Brewing Company White IPA
91 points
Rich old gold color. Aromas of grapefruit and orange marmalades, lemon pepper, wintergreen, and spicy poppyseed muffin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zippy lemon scone, pepper, and grass accented finish. Very tasty and super drinkable.
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen Edelweiss
91 points
Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of banana nut muffin and minty wheat wafer with a frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a delicate spicy nougat, mineral, and wheatgrass accented finish. Very clean and refreshing.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Summertime Wheat
91 points
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana nut and lemon poppyseed muffins with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delicate honeyed toast, anise, apple, and lettuce accented finish. Very tasty, subtle, and well made.
Sixpoint Brewery Apollo
91 points
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of lemon marmalade on banana bread with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a shredded wheat, radish sprouts, water chestnut, and mineral accented finish. A clean, tasty, well balanced wheat beer that will cover a lot of bases.
Rogness Brewing Company Hefeweizen
90 points
Cloudy golden amber color. Interesting aromas of toasted banana sourdough bread and kiwi with a frothy, dryish medium body and a crisp, lemon bread and spiced apple finish. A zesty and rather unique hefe that will be great at the table.
Samuel Adams Imperial White Ale
90 points
Amber copper color. Attractive aromas of peach custard danish and white toffee with a chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy apricot flan and peppery spice finish. A big, flavorful take on the wit style.
Samuel Adams Verloren Gose
90 points
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon, apricot, and floral hops with a crisp, dry and slightly sour medium body and a complex and spicy, wheat wafer, jicama, and lemon pepper like hops finish. An interesting slightly spicy slightly sour wheat ale.
Unibroue Éphémére Canneberge
90 points
Minutely hazy golden color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, peaches, and strawberry ices with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long zesty, lightly medicinal cranberry chutney and wheat wafer finish. Extremely refreshing; try in beertails.
Badger State Brewing Company Walloon Witbier
89 points
Hazy golden yellow color with frog eye bubbles. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, toasted baguette, and a hint of bubblegum dust with a soft, dryish medium body and a gentle water chestnut, baby corn, and sea salt accented finish. No real spice character here, but a savory, well made wheat ale that will be good at the table.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Brewers Share Vendells Veizen Weizen Bock
89 points
Copper bronze color. Aromas of honeyed pastry and pear soufflé with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, spicy nougat accented finish. Subtly framed, tasty and stylish.
Saint Francis Brewing Co. Lust Weissbier
89 points
Cloudy pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of circus peanut and toasted banana nut bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a delicate spice cookie and radish sprouts accented finish. Tasty.
Track Town Honey Orange Wheat
89 points
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of honeycomb and peach-orange marmalade on toast with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a spicy apple tart finish. Tasty.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Peachy Keen Berliner Weisse
88 points
Pale straw silver color. Bright banana gelato, strawberry-blueberry cream pie, and lemon cake aromas and flavors with a tart medium body and a buttered toast and chalky earth accented finish. A clean, fruit forward interpretation of the style.
Stanley Park Brewing Wit
88 points
Wit
Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Aroma of banana soufflé, orange and melon rinds, and polenta with a foamy, dry medium body and a jicama, vanilla, and herb flatbread finish. A zesty, yet mildly spiced wit that will be good with seafood.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Whippet Wheat
88 points
Cloudy amber copper color. Very mild aromas of jicama, cracker, and peppered melon rind with a crisp, dry medium body and a tangy clementine, mineral, banana chip,and apple tart accented finish. A pleasant, easy drinking hefe.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Five Star White IPA
87 points
Golden amber color. Dank hoppy aromas of grilled tangerine, fresh oregano, and roasted root vegetables with a crisp, dry medium body and a quick vegetable and bitter greens led finish with a paper and metallic mineral twang.
Peter B’s Brewpub Belgian Wit
87 points
Slightly hazy brassy color. Mild aromas of cheese rind and fresh herb baguette with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and banana soufflé, nectarine, citrus, and radish finish with just a trace of peppery spices. More of a kristal weizen than a wit in style, but tasty.
River North Brewery White
87 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nut butter, grassy herbs, and clementine rind with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a wheat wafer, melon rind, pepper and grass finish. A savory wit for the table.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom Red Whitey
87 points
Hazy pale amber color. Aromas of peach buttercream on toasted banana cake with a loosely carbonated fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a somewhat flat, wheat cracker, lemon ice, and sprouts finish.
Elm City Brewing Company Raspberry Wheat
86 points
Hazy golden color. Lightly floral aromas of raspberry pie and yogurt with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nut toast, blossom water, water chestnut, and wheat wafer accented finish. Nice restraint and balance.
Gore Range Brewery Lemon Wheat
86 points
Brilliantly clear golden yellow color. Aromas of buttered lemon herb toast and nuts with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy, corn salsa and okra accented finish.
Lake Superior Brewing North Shore Wheat
86 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of raisin toast with apple butter and banana cake with a crisp, slightly sour medium-to-full body and a overripe apple, wafer, and potato peel accented finish.
Peter B’s Brewpub Fort Ord Wheat
86 points
Amber color. Aromas of toasty rice krispie treat and caramel cake with a finely carbonated dryish medium body and a tangy banana and lemon pepper finish. Tasty with a distinctive caramelized malt character.
Unibroue Éphémére Cerise
85 points
Beautiful copper salmon color. Aromas of black cherries on buttered toast have a hint of naugahyde and floral talc with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full and a dried flower, honeyed wafer, and water chestnut finish.
Island Brewing Company Pacific Coast Hefe Weizen
83 points
Cloudy sunset golden amber color. Odd aromas of dried stone fruit, sulfury egg cream cheese danish, and dried cod with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a cream, nutskin, radish, and mesclun greens finish.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Belgian White
83 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon poppyseed and herb muffins and scrabbled eggs with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lemongrass and stalky greens finish.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Leaves of Lemon Grass
82 points
Golden yellow color. Bold aromas of lavender, lemongrass and thyme are reminiscent of fine French soap with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with orange gelato, pink pepper, and candied violet notes on the finish. A bit over spiced.
Schubros Brewery Nico American Wheat with Rye
82 points
Hazy deep gold color. Vegetal aromas and flavors suggest okra, roasted corn, and turnip with a dry medium body and a crisp, peppery, rye crisp, and radish skin finish. A rustic wheat beer that needs food.
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