August 2014 - Wheat Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ale Styles
Wheat Ale Styles Reviews
207136
Elevator Brewing Co.
Mogabi Hoppy Wheat Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207041
Crabtree Brewing Company
Berliner Weisse Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207259
Pivovar Nachod
Primator Hefe Weizen
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206946
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Weissbier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206967
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Angry Goat Weizen Doppelbock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207032
Sixpoint Brewery
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206998
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
Whitey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207023
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Berlinerweiss
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207044
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Dunkelgänger
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207024
Port City Brewing Co.
Optimal Wit
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207102
Samuel Adams
White Lantern
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203628
Blue Point Brewing Company
White IPA
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204547
Hofbräu Kaltenhausen
Edelweiss
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206968
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Summertime Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207031
Sixpoint Brewery
Apollo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207025
Rogness Brewing Company
Hefeweizen
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207100
Samuel Adams
Imperial White Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207101
Samuel Adams
Verloren Gose
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206335
Unibroue
Éphémére Canneberge
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206994
Badger State Brewing Company
Walloon Witbier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205926
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Brewer's Share Vendell's Veizen Weizen Bock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207020
Saint Francis Brewing Co.
Lust Weissbier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206868
Track Town
Honey Orange Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207019
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Peachy Keen Berliner Weisse
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206963
Stanley Park Brewery
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207022
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Whippet Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206482
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Five Star White IPA
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207171
Peter B’s Brewpub
Belgian Wit
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207057
River North Brewery
White
Golden yellow color. Aromas of nut butter, grassy herbs, and clementine rind with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and wheat wafer, melon rind, pepper and grass finish. A savory wit for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206999
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
Red Whitey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204131
Elm City Brewing Company
Raspberry Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207016
Gore Range Brewery
Lemon Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202917
Lake Superior Brewing
North Shore Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207170
Peter B’s Brewpub
Fort Ord Wheat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206334
Unibroue
Éphémére Cerise
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207074
Island Brewing Company
Pacific Coast Hefe Weizen
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206997
Stevens Point Brewery
Point Belgian White
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207017
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Leaves of Lemon Grass
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207014
Schubros Brewery
Nico American Wheat with Rye
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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