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Hops bitterness up front similar to a pale ale, with light sweetness. The hops are mostly pine with a little dankness and earth. There isn’t a lot of malt, and the wheat is more of an afterthought. A hint of smoke and astringency.
Complex blend of strawberry, bubblegum, orange, and a touch of lemon. The wheat character supports and adds richness; the phenolics are more subtle than on the aroma. Slight honey sweetness, bright floral notes, and coriander spice dominate. Finishes creamy with very fine carbonation but dries out a bit too quickly, with a slight acidic aftertaste.
The piney, grassy, citrusy hops flavor hits up front and sticks through the finish. Next up is a light lemony tartness that fades to a mild citrusy bitterness. A subtle caramel malt flavor, as well as some bready malt, and the mouthfeel is dry, light, and watery. Some faint soapiness and moderate acidity, but overall, there is not a lot going on.
Jammy, like blueberry, but it also has an artificial flavor, kind of like BooBerry cereal. More notes of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry, with some oily orangey citrus, apricot. Anise, fennel, and caraway poke out from under the fruit as the beer warms. While the fruity sweetness dominates, there is some wit yeast character as well, with a medium body and a lasting sweet, bitter finish.
Tart and spicy wheat, with dark and melanoidin malts, caramel chews, and toast. A pleasant hit of clove that works so well with the raisin, jackfruit, and mild banana. Subtle burnt sugar, along with a hint of popcorn and minty hops. The carbonation is prickly, and it finishes crisp and dry.
The flavor is better than the nose, with definite wheat malt and bread character. Still some of the smoky phenolics and some plastic balloon, but not as strong as in the aroma. As it warms, some caramel flavor comes out, with some butterscotch. Some banana esters and clove.
Smooth, sweet wheat malt base, with breadiness, that complements the esters of cherry and banana, but with a thin body. Just a touch of light herbal lemon hops, with a touch of orange. Moderate grassy and herbal hops, and some spicy, skunky, piney hops that lend some bitterness to balance. A hoppy resinous bitterness rounds out the finish, bringing forth a lingering hops flavor.
The hops are aggressive, woody, spicy, dank, and come off a bit rough. Orange and grapefruit, with lime and pithy bitterness—this is pretty tart and could use more sweetness to balance. Perfumey and floral notes are woven in, but the beer still comes off a bit rough. Thick mouthfeel, with low acidity and a dry, harsh bitterness.
A cornucopia of fruits: kiwi, watermelon, cherry, pineapple, and lychee nut. Bready malt is more Pilsner than wheat, with toasted bread verging on coconut, caramel, and burned sugar. While the impression is sweet, the beer isn’t all that sweet. Crisp hops bitterness, with a bit of grass. Some spiciness emerges in the middle of the sip and fades quickly to a finish with light bread and herbal hops flavors.
“Most Goses don’t focus on the salt, but this beer celebrates it. The acidity is tightly controlled and accents subtle lime notes that exude the confidence and sophistication of a finely made cocktail. It’s a bright and refreshing beer.”
The orange dominates on the flavor, along with some raw, grainy wheat, which supports an estery blend of orange, lemon, and vanillin. A great blend of citrus and coriander with the spice ascendant—it’s piney, flowery, and woody. The carbonation is a bit low, and the body drops off very quickly. It’s dry and somewhat thin. Light honeysuckle emerges as it warms.
Way out of style for a wit, and the hoppiness is the star of the show, ranging from floral, catty, and fruity to piney, citrusy, and earthy. Nice spice character, and lots of big fruity esters of cherry, strawberry, orange, and bubblegum. The wheat and malt balance the flavor, but the finish is dry and bitter.
“Visually, more fruit smoothie than beer—thick, opaque, and merlot in color. The nose is all sweet berries, and the flavor leaves us looking for some sort of beer complexity.”
“A funky nose of pineapple and citrus evokes fruit cocktail without the cloying sweetness. On the sip, it’s warming and more pineapple fruit cup. More dry than expected, with a quality of pineapple that delivers on the promise. Meaty and substantial, it’s a bigger sip than you might expect from such a low ABV beer.”
Wheat up front, with clove spiciness. The burnt phenols are more muted on the taste. The banana and bubblegum esters are stronger in the flavor, with a hint of tartness, and a nice clove zing on the finish. Moderate carbonation, chewy body, and a dry finish. The vegetal flavor starts to dissipate as it warms and becomes much sweeter.
“Soft and creamy nose with a touch of dried flower and strawberry smoothie. On the sip, dried hibiscus tea that avoids any connotation of sweet in favor of a layered herbal approach. Thoughtfully constructed.”
Rich banana sweetness, with immense chewy wheat. Grassy hops and bitterness are evenly balanced with the bready wheat malt and linger through the finish. Yeast esters and phenolics are interesting without dominating. Some fusel high alcohols and light pork come through in the finish.
Wheat and rye malts, with some tartness from the grain. A grassy noble hops background that’s a bit sharp, but well-balanced by the creamy malt profile. The fermentation character is solid Bavarian, with light white grape and banana fruitiness. The phenols are clove and pepper, with some green pepper elements. Finishes dry, with a touch of clove.
“Where’s the line between Gose and sour IPA? This beer flaunts the deficiencies in definition—it doesn’t capture the fruit juiciness of sour IPAs but delivers far more hops than a typical Gose as the acid and bitterness create a bit of a jumble.”
A great balance of coriander and orange peel with light esters from the yeast—the orange, lemon, and bubblegum blend well with the richness from the wheat. Strong malt and honey notes, and the notes of orange blossom, grape soda, and coriander are forward but not harsh or edgy. The palate is soft and drier than the fruity taste and nose would indicate.
This is on the sweeter side, with a caramel-and-toffee bent. Some malt richness is fairly understated, some pastry crust, and honey that lingers through the finish. Bubblegum and clove mingle with some floral and fruity esters and a touch of hops flavors that are herbal and slightly bitter. The finish is dry, with a hint of bitterness.
Starts off with more of the peanut butter and banana sandwich, with a hint of honey. A soft wheat body, and the honey enhances the aromatics. Moderate and balanced hops flavors and bitterness, with notes of pine, cedar, and muted floral notes. Still a bit of paperboard oxidation. Moderately sweet and bitter but finishes reasonably dry.
“A clinically synthetic mango nose leaves no question what is in the beer. On the sip, the apparent sweetness fades, and the borderline phenolic mango note clashes with a building bitterness, leading to an unresolved battle in the lingering finish.”
“A classic hefe nose with mid-level yeast character that hits the golden mean. Flavor is familiar and comforting, with a lively body. Maybe a touch sweet in a critical estimation, but the character of the flavor won us over.”
A chewy wheat flavor up front, with light banana, honey, and a touch of spice. The hops bitterness is medium-low, and nicely balances the malt with a bit of resinous, woody character. A light touch of melon sweetness appears in the middle of the sip, with a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. A very fresh yeast profile.
“The intense orange color tells you exactly what this beer intends to be. It’s sweet. It’s not hefe-like in the least. It’s a slightly alcoholic soda with a vaguely hefe base, but it’s better than those adjectives suggest thanks to the quality of fruit flavor.”
The coriander is a touch overpowering, but it’s a great witbier that’s fresh, with a crisp, light body, and quite clear. Orange citrus, herbal hops, and some delicate peppery and spicy phenols are nicely balanced by the floral honey notes. A very clean, dry finish, with a low yeast character.”
The wheat body of the base beer is great for the fruitiness of the beer, and has a bit of breadiness and sweetness, and is light and dry. The fruit notes in the flavor aren’t specific to strawberry but also include white grape, citrus, and watermelon rind—the strawberry is especially present in the retronasal exhale. The hops flavors are citrusy, slightly grassy, providing balance. Light and dry, with a tart, astringent, lightly bitter finish.
“The sip hits squarely orange with just a touch of sweetness and a pleasant pithy bitterness that keeps it from being cloying. Finishes with lingering orange candy.”
“Clean and well-made with some sweetness and coffee flavors mixed with smoked herring and a touch of barbecue. There’s subtle malt complexity, almost like a light rauchbier. Very light overall.”
“Soft malt sweetness and a touch of grassy hops in the nose lead into a bright citrusy, high-key, effervescent sip with a carbonic bite that rolls into a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish. Not as malt-heavy as some.”
Spiciness hits up front, with a soft bready wheat malt flavor. Grainy, like porridge, but with raw, tart wheat. Black pepper and clove phenols but not much hops flavor, aside from a hint of lemon, which feels out of balance. Esters of melon and cherry. The finish is quick with some wheat and clove.
“Blurring the lines between IPA and wheat, this ‘New England Wheat’ is heavy with American hops on the nose. It is the hophead’s wheat—onion and garlic hops notes, a bit of juiciness, and not a whole lot of beer in there to support the strong hops notes. But all critiques aside, we’d take this over most session IPAs.”
Big time stone fruit, especially peach, with passion fruit and a bit of mango. Pine, mint, herb, and grass in the background. Clove and pepper phenols, and light, clean wheat. Grapefruit, which builds throughout the sip, and crescendos to a bitter finish.
Such big, unique hops flavors—it’s a mix of earthy, fruity, floral, citrusy, catty, dank, oniony, resin, and pine. The effect is like a hops tea with honey, as it’s sticky on the tongue. It’s milder than a pale ale, but the balance is similar in favoring hops flavor and bitterness over malt. Light wheat malt character and a creamy mouthfeel that fades into a dry, bitter finish with just a hint of sweetness.
“A clean nose with a cucumber-like refreshing note. Flavor underscores that cucumber brightness as a light acidity and just a touch of bready malt provide some substance to the sip.”
The aroma suggested a more hops-forward flavor than comes through. A delicate balance of low bready malt character with a hint of graham cracker and a bit of earthy and herbal hops. Some fruit esters emerge as peach and nectarine, along with some unexpected almost Brett-like notes. Medium body with a touch of sweetness. The finish is a touch bitter and a little watery.
The wheat flavor in this one is soft, with a smooth creamy body and light carbonation. Crisp hops bitterness without being dominant that provides balance and character. Moderately sweet banana esters, but the phenol is less pronounced. The finish is dry, with a touch of light bitterness. The style is Germanic, but not excessively so.
The flavor proceeds directly from the aroma. But where the aroma indicated a rich muffin, this is more of a scone, or a muffin without the butter. A smooth, rich blend of blueberry and wheat, with hints of vanilla cashew. A hint of sweetness that fades into a restrained bitterness that lingers into a dry finish.
“Brief intro of American-style bitterness keeps it cleaner and more direct, adds a sharpness over the sweet orange blossom–honey nose from the malt. Not particularly wheaty or soft, but a middle-of-the-road drinker.”
First impression is the taste of fresh passion fruit. Flavors of mango, papaya, lemon, lemongrass follow. Good underlying base beer with a subtle hops bitterness and supportive bready malt. Highly carb’d with intense fruitiness that dances on your tongue. A lingering not-quite syrupy mouthfeel and nice lingering passion fruit in the aftertaste.
Raspberry up front with a bit of stone fruit, apple, and pear. The apricot-and-raspberry character is more predominant than in the aroma. Strong puckering sour with the subtleties of the apricot and a hint of the raspberry. Wet hay and barnyard Brett. Low-to-moderate sweetness transitions into intense acidity with lactic character but also a considerable acetic presence (apple cider vinegar, almost). The pronounced acidity helps bring out the fruitiness.
Sweet and heavy up front, almost like a braggot or a tripel, but with less hops and more honey. The honey character dries out as you move toward the finish, and there’s a slight burn on the back end with lingering citrus and honey. Some herbal and spice notes that verge on medicinal. Toasty and bready Pilsner malt with a fair amount of caramel, toasty malt, and then some herbal and spice notes. The finish is dry with a bit of warmth.
Lightly tart bready flavor, with a malty sweetness that gives a full-bodied texture. Cleaner phenols here, primarily clove and some smoke, with some bright banana. An earthy and herbal hops bitterness with a touch of citrus. Perhaps a little aggressive for a German-style wheat, but light for an American-style wheat.
Such subdued flavor, which is surprising, given the hint of sour acetic in the aroma. Delicate clove and pepper phenols. Some great citrus notes of orange and lemon develop, and even more lemon in the aftertaste. The banana esters are on the lighter side, and balance with the sweet wheat and bread crust malts. Creamy and medium-light body, but a dry finish.
Hops-dominated, resinous and sticky, with some woody and piney notes. Very lemony, with some spice and citrus, and the bitterness is not overwhelming. Bergamot and lemongrass, and moderate sweetness that slowly fades into a low-to-moderate bitterness. Honey, sweet bready malt, and raw wheat. It’s very dry, with an intensely bitter finish.
The sip has the same floral presence, with brightness from the citrus esters, and cherry, pear, ripe apple, and strawberry enter, along with some coriander, black pepper, and ginger. The citrus is more lemon than orange. Tart wheat supports, with the graininess helping the beer to finish very dry.
Light bodied, slightly sweet, clean base beer with just the right amount of mango. The esters from the fruit are well-balanced with the beer, and the mango itself is perfectly ripe. Medium bready malt. Some low hops bitterness, low acidity, and very dry.
Really interesting flavor. After the aroma, one might expect this to be a citrus/lemon bomb, but it has some interesting herbal notes to balance the tartness of the lemon and tartness. It’s really dry in the finish, but you get this nice residual sweetness from the malt that allows the tartness and citrus to linger. It tastes like lemon herbal tea, and the flavors balanced well together. Not too sweet, not too tart.
“An outrageously magenta color sets up wild expectations. The flavor is equal parts earthy, sweet, and acidic, with a balanced sourness that highlights the fruitier elements without seeming cliché. A subtle spice underpins it, offering structure but no bitterness.”
Drier than expected from the aroma, that brings out the subtle character in the fruit. Finish is a bit astringent, but softened by the mellow sourness. The spice character adds some nice complexity but isn’t overdone, which lets the fruit character dominate.
“An uneventfully soft nose blooms into a brightly bitter, pithy grapefruit/lime/Meyer-lemon note. It’s in your face and unapologetic, hinting at sweet but never cloying, and crisply tart in the finish. At first take, it’s a bit unyielding, but further sips confirm that it’s curiously sophisticated.”
“Satisfying raspberry on the nose with a bright fruit character that seems effortless and natural. On the sip, it’s a well-made raspberry wheat—clean, crisp, assertively fruit- forward. Solidly American in its construction and exactly as advertised. Great clarity in the fruit character.”
“A touch of fruit and spice in the nose, but the flavor fires big salvos of berries backed by spice depth. It’s not a sweetly one-note beer but rather savory and rich with bright highlights of sweet acidity. Beautiful color.”
Sweet fruity flavors, with notes of apricot, mango, tangerine, and clementine—this is like drinking a liquid Dum Dum sucker. The carbonation is perfect, carrying all the flavors through the finish. Malty sweetness up front fades into a very low bitterness and acidity in the dry finish.
The wheat malt is like crackers, but with just a touch of bread. It’s creamy, with a bit of grainy astringency, but it’s not off-putting. Spicy hops with some lime and citrus, a tad high for a typical German hefeweizen. The clove is pleasant, with a trace of banana and cherry, low phenols, and a bit of sulfur. A nice, dry finish favors the hops, but not excessively.
“A savory and borderline smoky nose sets up this lower-key kettle sour that trades fruitiness for a richness that could be confused for a brown-ale body. It’s intriguing yet confounding.”
Surprisingly intense passion fruit up front, with a pleasant tartness to balance the sweetness from the fruit and the wheat. Coconut flavors remind me of a Piña colada. The wheat character beneath serves as a secondary but supporting role, and the carbonation heightens the acidity, but also clears off the palate, encouraging more sips.
A fruity nose sets up an expectation for a sweet beer, but the light and attenuated body delivers a sip that’s less cloying than one would expect. Still, it’s a touch watery, and if you go looking for the roundness of a wheat beer, you’ll be looking past your next sip.”
Amazing, powerful banana esters, with star fruit, mango, peach, and honeydew to accentuate. It’s sweet like unfermented fruit juice, with some acidity throughout, and some woodsy, herbal hops bitterness on the finish. Citrusy orange and lemon, with spicy clove. Just a touch of wheat is evident from the base beer.
“Nose is balanced between beer character and fruit notes—a touch of sulfur adds a Pilsner- or Kölsch-style note with hints of fruit in the background. On the sip, the fruit is equally balanced and not overwhelming, and the touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability.”
Passion fruit is the star. There's a bit of bready malt, but if it weren’t for this beer being very dry, I might think it was just passion fruit juice. A bit of sweetness, but intensely sour. Very clean lactic acidity. Hints of pineapple, orange, lemon, apricot. The carbonation makes the beer dance on your tongue and the sweetness balances the acidity nicely. Just a touch of some funk.
Assertive banana and spice, blended with smoke and clove—more so in the flavor than on the nose. Some honey and wheat that’s lightly tart and cracker-like. Citrus and orange notes, as well as grassy and herbal hops, and low-to-moderate bitterness and acidity. The body is medium, and the finish is bitter and dry.
Hops bitterness up front, with light wheat sweetness in the background. Once the bitterness subsides, there’s a hint of vegetal flavor in the middle. Light lemony tartness, wonderful clove, and a kiss of cardamom. Great acid, banana, and wheat—like banana bread beer.
“Kudos to the brewer for tackling such a flavor-forward beer that sacrifices so much beer history to the altar of audience-pleasing flavor. It’s a confident move that could have backfired. We hate ourselves for wanting more.”
“A general wheatiness underpins the nose and flavor, but an embrace of broad drinkability bypasses any distinct approach to character—it’s a wallflower.”
“Light toasty wheat-bread nose with hints of honey and pine forest in the summer sun. On the sip, doughy with bit of sweet caramel and orange peel.”
Raspberry, start to finish. The base wheat beer doesn’t get in the way of the fruit. A nice tartness and decent carbonation heighten the fruitiness. Moderate sweetness with very low bitterness and low to moderate acidity. Dry. Bright raspberry character with just enough beer beneath to support.
“Intense blueberry on the nose offers an enticing aroma that draws you in, yet the fruit character falls off in the sip into a slightly bitter and thin body. The aroma is the star of the show, but it’s enticing and draws you into a beer that’s much more drinkable than some of its cloying contemporaries.”
Bright, citrusy hops flavors—grapefruit, lemon, tangerine—the lemony flavor lands first, coming across as real lemon. An herbal quality emerges next, with some sticky hops resin and floral essential oils. Fruity esters, wheat malt for medium body, and creaminess in the middle. The finish is dry, with some slightly bitter and sweet notes.
great hops-forward flavor that’s full of lemon, citrus, tangerine, and pineapple. At the forefront are fruity/floral esters, which are a great complement to the fresh and juicy hops. The wheat lends a breadcrust and caramel character. The thick mid-palate is resinous and coats the tongue, leading into a dry, crisp finish.
Moderate sweet wheat malt profile. A bit of lactic acidity in the front end. Some lemon notes. Very malty with some acidic fruit. High carbonation, finishes dry but with a lingering grainy sweetness.
“Bursting with pie spice, dark cherry, pie crust, and a sweet yet savory and meaty cherry note, it finishes with an almost Dr. Pepper–like plum and fig richness.”
“Strong lemon on the nose overpowers everything. On the sip, the hops push forward with a balanced bitterness over the citrus bite. It flirts with lemon-cleaner disaster but pulls through in the finish with a balance of sweet and sour.”
Noticeable banana and wheat flavors up front, with subtle clove spiciness. It’s missing some of the breadiness typical of the style and has more phenol in front and ester in the back, with a light touch of yeast bite. Tart wheat character. The delightful banana fruitiness sits on the tongue after the spicy hops finish.
“Hops push a deliciously deceiving citrus nose, but the flavor makes their contribution more apparent with a firm but palatable bitterness that sets this hoppy wheat apart. It’s not a full-on IPA, but what appear to be late-addition and cold-side hops turn this run-of-the-mill wheat into something more interesting to today’s hops fans.”
“Caramel apple, sandalwood, and a touch of musk and clove on the nose. The sip is toffee, bittersweet apple, almond butter, and wormwood baked into the most savory loaf of banana nut bread you’ve ever tasted. Finishes bright with a palate-cleansing sensation that belies its murky brown body. A mind-bending beer that defies any visual expectations ascribed to it.”
Orange, tangerine, lime, lemon, and it’s zesty and pulpy, lightly tart, and refreshing. The malt is a bready wheat with a nice cracker that’s cut with rye. Some pepper and spice, and an undercurrent of Earl Grey, bergamot, and herbal dankness. Creamy mouthfeel and some fruity esters that end in a nice, dry finish.
“It forgoes the expected sour intensity in favor of a measured acidity that’s both palatable and endearing. The deep pink color is fascinating, and any expected excessive fruit acidity is quickly tempered by a smoothie-like softness.”
Starts with a rich, bready wheat and a touch of sweetness that gives way to a blend of citrus and peppery phenols. Incredibly fruity, with watermelon, bubblegum, cherry, and orange, balancing superbly with the spicy, peppery phenols and coriander. The soft body and the carbonation perfectly heighten the flavors. The dry finish makes you want another sip.”
“Very subtle tartness and fruit on the nose with some chalky fermentation character that transitions to crisp and crackery on the sip. Peppery notes keep it brisk and bright. The 6-pack abs of witbiers.”
“Softly sweet passion fruit on the nose is subtle but distinctive. The flavor, however, is intensely passion fruit—overwhelmingly so—at the expense of any base-beer character. It does, thankfully, steer clear of the worst phenolic excesses of the fruit, with a seltzer-like spritzy body that finishes clean. Light, tart, crisp, and fruity.”
“Crisp yet mild lemony acidity in the flavor is punctuated by a light nose that only hints at the tartness. It’s clean and succinct, not too sweet and not too dry, like a San Pellegrino Limonata with its own adult kick.”
“Musty, earthy hops and a touch of Colombian coffee on the nose. The flavor leans toward hops-derived citrus, that earthy tea blend of lemon and lime with a subtle spice underpinning it. It’s clever yet satisfying, eschewing more obvious Citra notes in favor of a winding, complex path to a similar destination.”