Tag Archives: Wheat Ale

766. 603 Brewery Waterville Wheat Ale

603 Brewery Waterville WheatThe guys at 603 Brewery teamed up with Waterville Valley Resort for a beer and they came up with an easy drinking wheat ale. Our home office is located in Waterville, Maine so I picked up some to share.

The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a very thin white head that disappeared almost immediately. Nice mix of aroma; wheat, lemon and a bit of citrus. Flavor follows with a sweet start followed by the lemon zest and a slightly spicy finish from the corriander.

Quite a bit going on in this beer but it works well together to make a refreshing and clean beer. Not something I would drink regularly but will pickup when I see it. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: 603 Brewery
Brewers Description: This super refreshing, unfiltered wheat beer features bursts of orange and coriander. It’s 5% abv makes it the perfect beer to relax with after a long day skiing, hiking, or any activity where are breaking a sweat.

710. 4 Hands Brewing Contact High

4 Hands Brewing Contact HighGot this beer as an extra in a trade and this is the first time I had heard of 4 Hands Brewing. Contact High is their summer seasonal beer and it works well for that but not much else. The artwork on the can was interesting and indicates they used orange zest in the beer. I like citrusy beers so I decided to open this before the other beers I got in the trade.

Contact High pours a pale orange color. Aroma is mild, very sweet and only slightly citrusy. Taste is heavy on the wheat and the citrus seems to come entirely from the zest and not from hops. Overall the beer felt thin even for a 5% ABV beer.

I realize this is a summer beer and meant to be light and refreshing but I still want something with more flavor like Maine Island Trail from Rising Tide or Bissell Brothers Baby Genius.
Pros:

Cons: Too sweet
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness):
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Brewers Website: 4 Hands Brewery
Brewers Description: Not just another boring wheat ale. We made Contact High, our spring and summer seasonal, exciting by adding copious amounts of pacific northwest hops and dry hopping with fresh orange zest. Contact High pours a bright orange hue with a big citrus aroma.

627. 7th Settlement 1896 Cochecho Winter Wheat

7th Settlement WinterSecond beer from the shared brewery of 7th Settlement and One Love. This is their Winter Wheat which is actually their spring seasonal, I know that sounds confusing but see the brewery description below.

Winter Wheat pours a deep orange with a single finger off white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and tastes follows with a slight fruity taste that I can’t quite place. Finish was clean, almost no bitterness and the beer was quite refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but I still put it in the brewpub type beer, not great but certainly drinkable and if you are out enjoying some appetizers or a meal the beer will compliment the food without overpowering or ruining your experience.
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Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: 7th Settlement
Brewers Description: We start brewing this delicate winter wheat ale in the spring, same time as the flood of the Cochecho River, to enjoy on a nice warm day after the cold of winter is behind us. From the oldest continuous settlement in New Hampshire, and the 7th non-indigenous settlement in America we present this unique ale brewed with local ingredients for all people to enjoy!

609. Trillium Brewing Stumpy Duck

Trillium Stumpy DuckI do not make it down to Boston often but had been reading good things about Trillium Brewing. Fortunately someone that I met through my blog lives in Boston and makes regular trips back to Maine. He was nice enough to grab me a couple growlers and of course the proper glassware so I could try some Trillium beer.

This one is a wheat ale that is well hopped. Appearance is a bright yellow with a thick white head. Aroma was a nice mix of lemon, citrus and a slight sweet spiciness. Stumpy Duck is certainly a hop forward beer with lots of citrus, lemon in the taste and a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

For my first beer from Trillium I am impressed and if you like hop forward beers than you should definitely make the trip to check them out. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Trillium
Brewers Description: American wheat ale with 30% valley malt wheat. assertively hopped with colombus, chinook, and falconers’ flight.

512. Samuel Adams LongShot Flower Wheat

Samuel Adams Flower WheatThe third and final beer from the Samuel Adams LongShot Homebrew Competition six pack. Like the Strawberry Lager this is a nice looking beer with a nice orange color and perfect two finger white head.

Once you get beyond the appearance there is nothing else exciting about this beer. Aroma has some bread but not much else. Taste is blah with almost nothing happening, not sure what the hibiscus was supposed to add but I wasn’t getting much.

This beer was not necessarily bad but just completely blah with no discerning flavor. There were 2 in the 6-pack and I cannot think of a reason to open the second one. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: With the hot summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed an easy drinking wheat beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light with the delicate flavors of hibiscus.

306. Breckenridge Brewery SummerBright Ale

Picked up this beer through a local beer trade. Ended up with 2 bottles and my wife actually enjoyed one before I had the chance to review it. This is a summer beer so I was not expecting a lot of flavor.

The beer pours a nice yellow with minimal white head. A fair amount of carbonation but not producing a lot of aroma. Some faint wheat and maybe a bit of lemon but not much in the nose. Taste is what I expect from a Summer brew – mild, pleasant and refreshing. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy and that is really the only thing that is memorable about this beer. It is a Summer beer and if you are looking for something to drink on a hot Summer afternoon this one will hit the spot. 
Pros:
Refreshing and easy to drink
Cons: Mild in aroma and flavor
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Breckenridge Brewery
Brewers Description: Breck Brew’s SummerBright is the result. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.

231. Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat

Another single picked up from a local convenience store. I have read about Goose Island only because they were sold to InBev Anheuser Busch (owners of Budweiser) last year. All articles stated the beer would not change and they would simply have more money to expand and distribute to new States. Hopefully the 312 Urban Wheat is not a good representation of their other beer.
Beer is a very pale yellow with almost no head. Slight wheat smell but not much else. Taste is watery and slightly sweet. It is refreshing but mostly tasteless. Finished the bottle but very glad I only bought a single.
Pros: Refreshing
Cons: Bland, watered down
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: ★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Goose Island
Brewers Description: Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.

224. Blue Moon Summer Wheat

This one looks and tastes like a Coors with some honey added. Nothing special here with only mild aroma and very bland taste. With so many great craft beer options out there don’t bother with Blue Moon.
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Cons:
 Tasteless
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Blue Moon
Brewers Description: Wheat ale crafted with clover honey for a hint of sweetness and balanced out with a touch of orange peel for subtle citrus notes. Pairs with grilled summer fare like pork with honey mustard sauce.

223. Smuttynose Summer Weizen Ale

Snuttynose is generally one of my favorite brewers and their Big Beer Series has some of my top rated beers. The Summer Weizen did not meet my high expectations of Smuttynose. Still a quality beer but not as good as many others from this brewery.

Color is typical pale yellow of most summer ales. Not a lot of aroma from this one but some bread, mild citrus and even a little spice. Taste is sweet up front followed by a mild hop bite and smooth finish. This is a nice summer beer and quite refreshing.

Pros: Refreshing
Cons: Slightly watered down
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: Light, tasty & full of character, our summer wheat ale is brewed with a combination of domestic and continental wheat and barley malts, lightly hopped & fermented with a Belgian wit yeast, resulting in a delightfully tangy & refreshing flavor.This beer is brewed for warm weather enjoyment. Bring some to your next picnic, barbeque or Frisbee game.

Available in sixpacks and on draft from April through August.

151. Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale

This is the sixth different variety of Blue Moon I have reviewed and I still cannot figure out why some people like it so much. This is brewed by Coors Brewing Company and while I have not had a Coors in some time I cannot imagine it tastes much different than the Blue Moon options. This beer is weak from start to finish. The only thing that is good about it is the solid 2+ finger head, taste is completely forgettable. It makes me wonder what those that enjoy Blue Moon would say about truly good craft beer.
Pros: Head
Cons: Everything else
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Blue Moon Brewing
Brewers Description: Light-bodied ale crafted with lemon and orange peel and white wheat. A refreshing taste with a crisp, citrus finish, the perfect accompaniment to that first glorious patio day of the season. Pairs well with seasonal salads and fruit sorbets. A splash of sunshine in a glass!