August 2015 - Wheat Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ale Styles
Wheat Ale Styles Reviews
211033
Epic Brewing Company
Wit Beer
Brilliant clear yellow straw color. Rich, hoppy, tropical herbal aromas of lemon basil and oregano, dried mango and papaya, cinnamon spice cake, and spruce with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long lemon herb muffin, orange pepper, and sautéed garlic greens finish. A very snappy and spicy wit beer that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211252
August Schell Brewing Co.
Cypress Blanc Berliner Weisse
Minutely hazy light emerald straw color. Bright, funky, yeasty vinous aromas of lemon sourdough toast, peach vinaigrette, and barnyard hay with a soft, tart, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long candied lemon peel and green apple finish. A highly drinkable Berliner Weisse with a pleasing level of sourness and attractive toastiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211512
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
"Blue" Blueberry Wheat Ale
Bright clear light gold color. Lively, attractive, fruity floral aromas of blueberry cobbler, orange blossom honey on toast, and tropical blossoms with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long blueberry pancakes, nuts, and mesclun finish. A pure, wonderfully balanced and effortlessly drinkable fruit flavored beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211254
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Hefeweizen
Minutely hazy yellow color. Attractive, toasty aromas of fresh baked banana bread, roasted nut brittle, and molasses cookie with a glycerous, vibrant, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long banana chip, wafer, honeyed jicama, and cream finish. A well balanced, vibrant and delicious hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211310
Destihl
Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Clear deep amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of crush raspberries, sweet pickled onion, lemon scone, and cereal with a satiny, puckering, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, long buttered nut toast, lime, and tart berries finish. A well BW with balanced and refreshing fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211290
Quaff On Brewing
Yellow Dwarf Wheat
Gold color. Aromas of dried apricot and pineapple, banana bread, and herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long citrus, melon, and pepper finish. A great wheat beer with tasty, fruity hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211179
Red Hare Brewing
Whabbit Wheat
Gold color. Aromas of dried apricot and pound cake with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, complex, long wheat bread and mesclun greens finish. Very tasty and pure fruit flavors with a balanced, drying finish; great fruity, food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211468
Ayinger
Urweisse Dunkelweizen
Cloudy amber color. Rich, attractive aromas of fresh banana cake, white toffee, and flan with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length salty nuts, caramel, and fruity bubblegum finish. A delicious dunkel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211259
Issaquah Brewhouse
White Frog Witbier
Hazy gold color. Delicate, interesting aromas of frosted carrot and banana cakes, caramelized nuts, and spiced turkey jerky with a soft, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length candied yams, toasted pepper bread, and orange blossom honey finish. A vibrant, spicy, and appetizing wit that’s sure to be a hit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211184
Stanley Park Brewery
SunSetter Summer Ale
Gold color. Aromas of honeyed apricot and peach-apple tart with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, captivating, medium-length honeyed toast, wafer, and starfruit finish. A very attractive peach wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211182
Stevens Point Brewery
Whole Hog Peach
Gold color. Aromas of peach pie, bread and butter, and egg with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long banana muffin, kiwi, yams, and pepper finish. A delicious and balanced lightly fruity wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211308
Two Roads Brewing Company
Honeyspot Road White IPA
Gold color. Aromas of hop pellet, sweet pineapple, and yellow apple with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, long melon, peppery arugula, and resin finish. A nice wheat and hoppy IPA combo with a long resinous finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211253
August Schell Brewing Co.
Starkeller Peach
Gold color. Aromas of dried peach, peach cobbler, and green tomato with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, saline medium body and a seamless, complex, long Meyer lemon and cornichon finish. A savory, slightly sour, very mouthwatering peach ale that will be fun to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211034
Epic Brewing Company
Intermountain Wheat
Bright gold color. Rich, attractive aromas of caramelized citrus and nuts, peach danish, and mint with a soft, crisp, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length roasted nuts and earth finish. A subtly spicy wheat with an attractive easy drinking style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211474
Potosi Brewing Company
Wee Stein Belgian Wit
Gold color. Aromas of cream, pastry, and dried fruit with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long brown sugar, bread pudding, and lettuce finish. Complex and elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211464
Brew Bus Brewing
"Are Wheat There Yet?"
Gold color. Aromas of hop pellets, sweet pineapple, and melon with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed green herbs, bread pudding, root vegetable, and salad greens finish. Tastes like a nice white IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211471
Day of the Dead
Hefeweizen
Hazy golden amber color. Lively, toasty aromas of French toast, caramelized nuts, and banana cake with a supple, soft, fizzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length radish spouts, treacle, lettuce, and minerals finish. A rich and rewarding hefeweizen that can stand up to hearty foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211311
Destihl
Here Gose Nothin' Leipzig Gose
Clear old gold color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of peach tart, lemon pepper muffin, pickled Brussels sprout, and honeycomb with a chewy, lively, effervescent, sweet light body and a tingling, charming, long roasted lemon, gherkin, apple cider vinaigrette, and toasted tomato focaccia finish. A rich and savory gose that will excel at that table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211036
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Weissbier Dunkel
Cloudy medium brown color. Rich, phenolic, yeasty aromas of chocolate yogurt, grilled carrots, banana chips, and jerky with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length toast and nuts finish. A solid quaffing dunkel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211513
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Waterkeeper Hefeweizen
Minutely hazy yellow color. Lively, fruity aromas of apple jack and fruit loops cereals, butter roasted nuts, and chive pancake with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length lemon-pineapple tart, pepper, and lettuce greens finish. A lively and engaging hoppy hefe that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211465
Wormtown Brewery
"Warthog Wheat"
Gold color. Aromas of banana lemon muffin and toasted nut with a silky, frothy, dryish medium body and a polished, refreshing, breezy dried orange, peppercorn bread, and parsnip finish. A lovely, well balanced, dry hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211304
Celis
White "Witbier"
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Delicate, interesting, meaty spicy aromas of sausage pizza crust, frittata, delicate spiced nuts, and spiced apple with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length plantain frittata, lemon marmalade, peppercorn muffin, and starfruit finish. A rock solid wit beer with a delicate spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207822
Northern United Brewing Company
North Peak Hefeweizen
Hazy old gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of banana bread, spice, and orange chiffon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish with touches of salty nuts, sprouts, and lemon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211402
Okanagan Spring Brewery
Sonder Hefeweizen
Gold color. Aromas of caramel corn, frosted banana cake, and whole nuts with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy honeyed carrot, lemon spritzed melon rind, jicama, and earth finish. A zesty, lightly creamy hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207760
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Desoto Berliner with Raspberries
Pale steel gray salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries with cream cheese, toasted lemon bread, and cucumber with a supple, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy finish with impressions of wheat wafer, radish sprouts, and apple peel. A refreshing and mild mannered, fruit accented summer wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211260
Rogue Ales
MOM Hefeweizen
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, attractive aromas of lemon-peach custard danish, dried tropical fruit, and toasted nuts with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length banana chip, bitter mustard greens, citrus, and delicate spice finish. Not so much a flavored wheat, more a nicely hoppy wheat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211462
Elevator Brewing Co.
Heiferweizen German Wheat
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, attractive aromas of banana cake with buttercream frosting and praline with a silky, soft, spritzy, off-dry light body and a polished, breezy peach tart and radish sprouts finish. A nice spicy, snappy, crowd-pleasing hefe.
88 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211183
Stevens Point Brewery
Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale
Gold color. Aromas of orange and bread with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant kiwi, yams, and turnip finish. A slid summer quaffer with light orange flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211444
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
"Iron Arm" Belgian Witbier
Clear old gold color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of spicy banana cake, nougat, sourdough toast, and chicken fat with a supple, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy kiwi, plantain, sweet potato, and grass finish. Not much spice here, but a pleasant quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211312
Destihl
Counter ClockWeisse Berliner Weisse
Hazy light gold color. Bright, funky, fruity vegetal aromas of mango-guava relish, marinated cucumbers, schmaltz cracker, and seaweed with a supple, sharp, finely carbonated, sour light body and a tingling, interesting, long herb toast, lemon juice, arugula, and taro root finish. A puckering savory Berliner Weisse for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211181
Stevens Point Brewery
JPs Healani Pineapple
Bright brilliant light gold color. Bold, attractive, fruity aromas of ripe and overripe whole pineapples and pineapple and strawberry candies with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, carefree toasted baguette and honeyed apple skin finish. A pleasant pineapple beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211089
Vancouver Island Brewery
Beachcomber Summer Ale
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, interesting, phenolic aromas of banana, salty roasted nuts, and tangerine peel with a soft, crisp, fizzy, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, brisk roasted parsnips, reduced lemon and orange, and peppery greens finish. A very crisp and appetizing hefe with bright carbonation and a dry finish; lawnmower hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207828
Brew Bus Brewing
You're My Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat Ale
Opaque cloudy garnet salmon color. Mild aromas and flavors of berry danish in a box and herb butter with a soft, soft, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with touches of pepper bread crust, turnip, and citrus. A pleasant, lightly fruity quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211054
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
"Final Glide" Hefeweizen
Hazy gold color. Rich, flawed aromas of honey taffy wrapper, vanilla wafer, dried tropical fruit, and turnip with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length banana chip, honeyed nut, and delicate spice finish. A robust hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211215
Pearl Street Brewery
El Hefe Bavarian Hefeweizen
Gold color. Aromas of sourdough bread, nuts, and dried banana with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, fast wafer, dusty carrot, and minerals finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211041
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
Hefeweizen
Hazy gold color. Rich, fruity aromas of peach cobbler and honeyed apples and mangos with an even, soft, spritzy, off-dry thin body and a smooth, delightful, breezy wafer, jicama, and toast finish. A tasty appetizing wheat beer with a nice fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211261
Rogue Ales
Pumpkin Savior
Gold color. Aromas of sweet potato pie, sourdough, and dried fruit with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy squash, powdered lemon, spice, and pepper finish. A dry spicy pumpkin beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211466
Wormtown Brewery
"Citron Wit"
Gold color. Aromas of lavender, grilled citrus, nettles, and bread with a body and a tingling, medium-long jicama, kiwi, peppercorns, and potpourri finish. A very spicy, earthy, and herbal wit for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211309
Destihl
Weissenheimer Hefeweizen
Clear gold color. Delicate, medicinal, fruity phenolic aromas of grilled root vegetables, lemon herb muffin, and dried banana with a supple, soft, effervescent, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy toasted grain and taro root finish. A dry hefe with a lemony snap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211445
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
Summer Double Wheat
Hazy gold color. Bright, floral, grainy creamy confected aromas of banana muffin, brazil nut, cabbage, and wet newspaper with a soft, crisp, fizzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery radish, potato, parchment, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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