June 2016 - Wheat Ales

This month's Beer feature is Wheat Ales
Wheat Ales Reviews
215367
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Zerberus
Hazy amber color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of butter roasted peaches, nuts and bananas, hot iron, nettles, and spicy with a soft, shy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long creamy banana custard, lettuce, and caramel nougat bar finish. A super smooth, creamy weizen bock that offers tons of enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215152
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Dancing Man Wheat Ale
Clear dusty old gold color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of banana bread pudding and waxy apple and pear with an even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length delicately spiced praline, honeyed sprouts, and citrus finish. A delicious and beautifully balanced wheat ale that is a pleasure to drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215524
Harpoon Brewery
UFO White Ale
Hazy gold color. Mild, citrusy, spicy floral aromas and flavors of Buddha’s hand, lemon-tangerine chutney, coriander and cardamom, and whiff of potpourri with an even, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length orange blossom water, lemon custard tart, and spiced fruits finish. A vivacious and complex wit with lots of spicy, floral twists and turns.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215366
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Weissbier
Cloudy gold color. Delicate, toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of dried banana and plantain, roasted pecans, and delicate brown spices with a silky, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy banana nut muffin, wheat wafer, nougat, and sprouts finish. A classic Bavarian styled hefeweizen that hits all of the right notes with elegance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215232
Belgh Brasse
Mons Abbey Witte D'Abbaye
Minutely hazy light gold color. Delicate, grainy, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted banana baguette and lemon poppy seed muffin, butter roasted nuts, and delicate grassy herbs and spices with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length banana orange soufflé and watercress finish. A elegant and nuanced saison-like white beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214173
Damm Brewery
Inedit Wheat Beer
Clear light gold color. Delicate, grainy, earthy aromas of wet grain, butter roasted corn, and clay with a silky, bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy grain husk, lemon pepper, orange, and nutskin finish. Not really a wit, more of grainy golden ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215586
Muskoka Brewery
"Summerweiss" Hefeweizen
Bright gold color. Bright, phenolic, yeasty grainy fruity aromas of roasted bananas and nuts, Playdoh, pretzel bread, and clove with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length banana cream pie, salted nuts, and hint of mint and spice finish. A very tasty, savory hefe with nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215388
Peter B’s Brewpub
Hittin' the Road Hefeweizen
Hazy light gold color. Bright, fruity, herbal hoppy aromas and flavors of fresh baked banana bread and herb muffins and citrus relish with an even, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant lemon peppered nuts, banana creme fraiche, fruit salad, and grass finish. An interesting marriage of hefe and citrusy hops notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215622
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
White Ale
Hazy light gold color. Mild, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon and orange zest, coriander and juniper, and fruit cake with a silky, bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length lemonade, wheat wafer, banana nut bread, and minerals finish. A very nice wit beer with good balance and spiciness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215405
Two Roads Brewing Company
Road Jam Ale
Hazy red oak color. Delicate, fruity, vegetal aromas and flavors of oven roasted and sundried tomatoes and raspberries with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, crisp wafer, sweet potato bread, and grass finish. A fun sweet and savory flavored wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215411
Upland Brewing
Wheat Ale
Brilliant golden yellow color. Floral, attractive aromas and flavors of acacia honey, floral spices, vanilla bean ice cream, and white chocolate graham cracker with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, elegant, medium-long sweet lettuces, butter roasted nuts, and kiwi and celery finish. A pleasantly floral and honeyed summer sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215446
Samuel Adams
Nitro White Ale
Pale amber color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of honeyed peaches and oranges, lemon poppy seed scone, and hint of lavender with a velvety, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, rapid toasted fruit cake and perfumed spices finish. A super smooth and creamy wit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215418
Florida Beer Company
Key West Southernmost Wheat Ale
Hazy light gold color. Bright, citrusy, yeasty aromas of orange pepper, salty pretzel bread, delicate herbs, and nettles and dried lavender with an even, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed crayon, clay, banana pudding, and earth finish. A funky, earthy wit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215410
Infamous Brewing Company
"Sex a Peel" Hefeweizen
Minutely hazy old gold color. Delicate, spicy, fruity aromas of mango chutney on herb toast, coriander and mixed peppercorns, and white cranberry with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length orange spice cake and buttered wheat toast finish. A spicy forward wheat ale with a savory backbone, not a hefeweizen though.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215587
Muskoka Brewery
"Winterweiss" Dunkel Weizen
Dark bronze color. Delicate, malty, grainy hoppy yeasty aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, pumpernickel, and coffee with a soft, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy lemon-banana nut muffin, arugula, radish, and latte finish. A nice dunkelweizen with snappy grain character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215501
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse
Opaque cloudy gold color. Mild, citrusy, earthy toasty aromas of overripe oranges and lemons, herb nut toast, and hop pellets with a soft, puckering, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long lemon juice, buttery toasted oat bread and cereal, and reduced lime and nectarine finish. An interesting toasty Berliner; try with traditional syrups.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215406
Two Roads Brewing Company
No Limits Hefeweizen
Hazy gold color. Mild, phenolic aromas and flavors of rubber, wax, and mashed bananas with a soft, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, sparse plantain pudding, roasted corn in wax paper, radish sprouts, and grass finish. A dusty, waxy hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215376
Etna Brewing Co.
Blackberry Blonde Wheat Ale
Hazy old gold color. Bright, attractive, fresh aromas and flavors of raspberry syrup on pancakes, banana-orange pudding, toasted nuts and granola, and orange blossoms with a satiny, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length honeyed nut toast and lettuce finish. A refreshing, nicely balanced berry-flavored wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215500
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Love Struck Hefe
Nearly opaque hazy gold color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of orange bran muffin, banana chips, pink pepper, and lemon-lavender soap with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp cinnamon bark and nutmeg pod and peppery herbs finish. A soft, herbal hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215390
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Maximilian Weizenbock
Hazy medium red oak color. Lively, weird, off-putting aromas and flavors of old pot roast, stale soy, wet grain, and cole slaw with a satiny, bright, spritzy, very sweet medium body and a tingling, odd, swift nuts, banana muffin, and wafer finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215523
Harpoon Brewery
UFO Hefeweizen
Minutely hazy light gold color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin, sprouts, and geranium with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, buoyant nougat and radish finish. A well balanced, toasty wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215357
Main Street Brewing Co. 4204
Dunkelweizen
Clear copper color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of dark toasted rye, roasted corn, dried banana, and Mr. clean with a soft, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk honeyed nuts and soap finish. An OK dunkel weiss for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215444
Samuel Adams
Cherry Wheat Ale
Bright amber color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry and peanut butter on toast with a lean, soft, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, easy cherry cream, marzipan cookie, radish, and pepper finish. A toasty cherry-flavored beer that’s not too sweet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215443
Samuel Adams
Summer Ale
Dull golden amber color. Delicate, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon poppy seed muffin, candied orange peel, and fancy French soap with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, buoyant mesclun, nuts, dried lavender, and clay finish. A interesting spicy summer wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215402
Aviator Brewing Company
MadBeach Wheat Ale
Bright golden amber color. Delicate, fruity, vegetal aromas and flavors of honeyed baked peaches, succotash, sautéed spinach, and sandalwood with a silky, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, perplexing, brisk canned corn, gravel, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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