June 2017 - Best Wheat Ale

This month's Beer feature is Best Wheat Ale
Best Wheat Ale Reviews
219871
Ayinger
Bräuweisse
Hazy yellow straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, cashew brittle, white macadamia cookie, and kiwi-mango relish with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long melon and nectarine and banana custard finish. A superb Hefeweizen with great flavor, balance, and sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219821
Hofmühl
Zerberus Doppelbock
Cloudy golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled bananas, roasted cashews and pumpkin seeds, molasses cookie, and Swedish rye cracker with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity fat body and a warming, engaging, long banana creme brulee, watercress, nutskin, and pepper finish. A rich, warming weizenbock.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220080
Samuel Adams
Cold Snap White Ale
Hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot and mango, banana bread and mousse, spiced nougat, and malted chocolate with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long starfruit and jicama and grassy earth finish. An attractive fruity, lightly spicy witbier that goes down easy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219723
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
Cherry Wheat Ale
Brilliant copper color. Aromas and flavors of sour and bing cherry butter and toasted nut pastry with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long apple sauce, melon, and spices finish. A rich, tangy cherry beer that hits all the right notes; try in a beertail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220111
Unibroue
Don de Dieu
Minutely hazy old gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of banana-kiwi soufflé, peppercorn muffin, dark roasted nuts, and saltine with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a warming, captivating, long peach-orange chutney and spiced melon and apple finish. A rich and surprisingly lively strong wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220168
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Ku'damm Berliner Weisse Bock
Hazy old gold color. Exotic aromas and flavors of honey baked orange and lemon, pickled okra, fenugreek, and leather with a slightly chewy, tart, effervescent, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long peach-apple vinaigrette, lemon sourdough toast, and arugula finish. A wild and racy sour weizenbock with mouthwatering flavors and acidity for sour heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220104
Weihenstephan
Vitus Single Bock
Hazy amber color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of turkey and egg croissant sandwich, spiced chestnuts, and hint of mint with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long toasted rye with peach preserves, banana cake, spiced nuts, and yams finish. A delicious, chewy, and warming wheat bock.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220105
Weihenstephan
Hefeweissbier
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted spice nuts, banana bread, sweet potato puree, and wheatgrass with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, layered, medium-long delicate spiced nuts, wafers, sprouts and chamomile, and minerals finish. A delightful Hefeweizen with class, flavor and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220137
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Watermelon Wheat Ale
Hazy gold color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon and lemon-kiwi strudel with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, charming, long watermelon sorbet, raisin toast, and lettuce and cucumber finish. A delicious watermelon beer, drink up!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220138
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Blood Orange Wheat Ale
Hazy gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of orange cake and orange sherbet with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy blood orange-banana relish, endive, and wafer finish. A rock solid, flavorful orange beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219915
John Lemon
Belgian Wheat Ale
Minutely hazy light gold color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced melon and kiwi, alpine herbs and flowers, lemongrass and lime leaf, and parmesan-peppercorn cracker with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length wafer, banana chip, and radish spouts finish. A nicely layered spicy wheat ale with great pairing potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219955
Sixpoint Brewery
Sweet Action Wheat Ale
Bright old gold color. Hoppy, herbal aromas of buttered herb muffin and praline with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length banana-papaya custard and grapefruit marmalade finish. A fun hoppy wheat ale that is super crushable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219834
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Old Well White
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-spice cake, floral tea and rosehip, peppercorn muffin, and white grapefruit with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, subtle, long wafer cookie, banana chip, mango chutney, and minerals finish. An elegant stylish witbier that is eminently crushable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220077
Samuel Adams
Hopscape Wheat Ale
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of banana pepper muffin, spiced praline, and dried citrus and herbs with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long herb toast, banana custard tart, and peppered endive finish. A tasty, mouthwatering, artfully hopped wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220322
August Schell Brewing Co.
Galactic Collision
Hazy yellow color. Sourish aromas and flavors of peach-tangerine vinaigrette, lemon butter on sourdough, honeycomb, and hearts of palm and artichoke hearts with a supple, puckering, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long spiced melon, lemon chutney, grassy herbs, and sodium bicarbonate finish. A racy, mouthwatering Berliner Weisse that intriguing, subtle flavors and a ’throw caution to the wind’ personality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220032
Unibroue
Éphémère Pomme
Minutely hazy brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples, candied orange peels, and apple blossom with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long apple salad, honeydew and starfruit, and wafer finish. A delicious, effortlessly drinkable apple flavored beer perfect for summer celebrations.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220079
Samuel Adams
Berliner Weisse
Hazy golden yellow color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon pastry, nougat, and peach-banana muffin with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long spiced citrus and bread pudding finish. A nice balanced Berliner Weisse that would be a nice introduction to the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219835
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Blueridge Blueberry Wheat
Amber color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry syrup on buttered pancakes, corsage, and praline with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long honey roasted nuts, blueberry granola bar, and honey gelato finish. A pure, super tasty blueberry flavored ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220031
Unibroue
Éphémère Sureau
Clear sunburst color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of cherry and orange blossoms, spicy fruit punch, and sangria with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, cheery huckleberry-cranberry compote, nuts, and banana chip finish. A nice spicy, lightly floral and fruity wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220005
Upland Brewing
Wheat Ale
Hazy yellow straw color. Spicy, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of coriander, herb muffin, and hint of mint tea with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long exotic tropical citrus, spicy bread pudding, herbal tea, and celery spritzer finish. A lovely, delicately spiced witbier with a lovely herbal tea note; would be a great spa beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219820
Hofmühl
Weissbier
Minutely hazy gold color. Tropical, nutty aromas of peanut candy bar, bananas foster, hint of coconut, and apple fritter and hush puppy with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy banana-butterscotch pudding finish. A relaxing hefe crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220033
Unibroue
Blanche de Chambly
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dried fruits, suede, shmaltz and pepper cracker, and coriander and cilantro with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long melon-apple relish on wafers, chamomile, and spiced nougat finish. An elegant and refreshing wheat ale with great fruit and grain flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219961
Burleigh Brewing Co.
HEF
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake, banana-raisin muffin, and caraway rye bread with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long melon and custard finish. A very spicy, tasty and easy drinking hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219828
Empire Brewing Co.
Belgian Style White Aphro Wit Ale
Hazy light gold color. Spicy aromas of lemongrass,cardamom and coriander, candied lavender, lemon-mango chutney, and piña colada made with gin with a satiny, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long rose and violet water, white cranberry-kiwi relish, and pink peppercorn muffin finish. A bold, spicy, super floral wit that demands attention.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220078
Samuel Adams
Hefeweizen
Minutely hazy light gold color. Earthy, dusty aromas and flavors of toasty banana cream pie, yams and beets, banana blossoms, and poppyseed muffin with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery plantain and sprouts and grass finish. A sessionable, not too spicy hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220162
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
XAVER Nach Altbayerischer Brauart Old World Wheat Ale
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of margherita pizza and tomato foccacia with cracked pepper, banana kefir, roasted nuts, and earth with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long spicy apple bread pudding, lettuce, and minerals finish. A robust, fruity and earthy wheat ale with a distinctive personality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219971
Big Top Brewing Company
Conch Republic Keylime Wheat Ale
Brilliant amber color. Citrusy aromas of key lime and coconut cream pies and lemon-lime soda float with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length spiced melon, lime leaf, wafer, and lime-ginger soda finish. A fun, lightly spicy lime flavored beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219962
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl
Collesi Blanche White Beer
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of grass and jasmine, dried plantain and fig, and honeyed lemon tea with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk lemon spritzed melon, jicama, and chalk finish. A savory, dry, lightly spicy witbier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220163
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Schnickelfritz Bavarian Style Wheat Ale
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin, okra, turnips and greens, lemongrass, and hint of vanilla yogurt with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, fast bamboo shoot, water chestnut, and jicama finish. A light, dry hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219972
Big Top Brewing Company
Trapeze Monk Belgian Wit
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of zucchini-banana bread, oily nuts, flaxseeds and maca, and banana and grape peels with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy orange bran muffin and pumpkin tart finish. A pleasant easy-drinking wheat ale, with hardly any wit character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219852
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Cloudy bronze color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, toasted fig and rye breads, and green tea root beer with a silky, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, quick molasses, ketchup, grass, and nut shell finish. A sturdy dunkel beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219772
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Holy Moses White Ale
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Funky, vegetal aromas of grilled root vegetables, succotash, burnt sourdough toast, and bay leaf with an light-to-medium body and a tingling, weird, brisk banana cake with sour cream frosting, yams baked in parchment, and okra finish. A funky, vegetal wit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220167
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Ku'damm Berliner Style Weiss
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasty lemon muffin and kiwi with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sourish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sourdough bread, marinated grape leaves, and minerals finish. A tasty well balanced, toasty Berliner Weisse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219857
Delafield Brewhaus
Sommerzeit Hefe Weizen
Cloudy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of banana and vegetable chips, canned cream corn, waxy candy wrapper, and meringue with a lean, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a fleeting wax paper, nutskin, and grass finish. A tired hefe.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219851
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Crop Circle Wheat
Cloudy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of stewed cabbage and greens, overripe plantains and mangos, and apple vinegar with a supple, soft, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sparse banana cream pie tin and mineral water finish. A vegetal brew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219914
Flyway Brewing Company
Bluewing Berry Wheat
Hazy golden peach color. Aromas of roasted whole golden beets, cheddar-blueberry muffin, and pickled shallot with a finely carbonated, bittersweet medium body and a polished, interesting, buoyant blueberry granola in hemp milk, flax and peppy seeds, and herbal lozenge finish. An interesting earthy blueberry wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219921
RavenBeer
Annabel Lee White
Minutely hazy gold yellow color. Savory aromas and flavors of cheese omelet, parmesan biscuit, and spiced orange with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length banana chip, wafers, and cucumber slices finish. A lightly spicy witbier.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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