90 Point Horizon Wheat, Stevens Point Brewery (WI). 4.6% ABV (6/08)
Clear old gold color. Honeyed cream of wheat and spicy apricot jam aromas follow through on soft round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a nice balance of flavors and tangy refreshing sweet citrus fade. An excellent quaffer.
89 Samuel Adams Summer Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 5.3% ABV (6/08)
Bright golden amber color with wisp foamy head. Interesting aromas of orange pastry, dried lemon peels, peppery spice, and a hint of coriander follow through on a round entry to dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with nice tangy, nut, edible flower accents. Finishes with a lightly perfumed, spicy yellow plum tart, pink peppercorn, and citrus marmalade fade. A fun, zesty and refreshing beer for carefree outdoor festivities.
89 Bullfrog Wheat, Issaquah Brewhouse (OR). 5% ABV (6/08)
Lightly hazy amber color. Aromas of orange bread drizzled with honey. A round, chewy entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body of tangy orange marmalade, citrus custard pastry, and subtle spice. Finishes with a refreshing, glide of honey, toasted nut, and clementine flavors. A nicely styled, very drinkable wheat beer.
88 Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale, Marin Brewing Co. (CA). 10.7% ABV (6/08)
Clear copper color with a taupe mousse. Orange marmalade peach jam, praline, and sweet spice aromas follow through on a big chewy entry to a fruity-yet-dry full body with golden raisin, brown sugar and buckwheat pancake accents. Finishes with tangy citrus and spice hop inflected fade. A big, brawny barleywine style for fall seasonal dishes.
88 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Goose Island Brewing Co. (IL). 5.2% ABV (6/08)
Pure golden yellow color with a blanket of fine foam. Toasted nuts, dried citrus, fresh bread, and earth aromas. A bright entry leads to a dry medium body of toasty bread, unsweetened creamy nougat, and lemon muffin flavors. Finishes with a nice interplay of nut and citrus tangs. A solid food beer.
86 Wild Card Wheat Ale, Brew Brothers (NV). 4.9% ABV (6/08)
Hazy golden amber color. Interesting aromas of saltine cracker, olive tapenade, date, and fish oil. A soft entry leads to a fruity-yet-dry medium body of orange and apricot jam on rye toast with touch of sour lemon and spice. Finishes with a tangy ripe citrus, grain, and dusty earth fade.
86 Wheat Ale, The Pump Room (Singapore). 5.5% ABV (6/07)
Brilliant golden amber color. Floral sweet spice, tangerine marmalade, and honeyed toast aromas are attractive. A buoyant entry leads to a fruity medium body of candied mandarin orange peel, lychee nut, honeyed rye toast, and smoked herb flavors. Finishes with a crisp, slightly sharp, herbal and tar-like bittering hop fade. Interesting.
83 Island Wheat Ale, Capital Brewery (WI). 4.2% ABV (2/07)
Cloudy old gold color. Toasted baguette, and baked citrus aromas follow through to a mellow, dry light-to medium body of with a buttery bready slightly citrusy finish.
81 Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale, Minhas Craft Brewery (WI). 5% ABV (6/08)
Slight hazy pale golden amber color. Fruit caramel and apricot cheesecake aromas follow through on a loosely foamy entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with buttery pancake and pineapple sauce accents. Finishes with a quick watery fruit and grain fade.
80 Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat, Stevens Point Brewery (WI). 5% ABV (6/08)
Slightly hazy pale golden amber color. Brash floral bath talc and praline aromas follow through on a strident entry to a dryish medium body with a strong perfumed detergent quality and a creamy fruit cocktail-like fade. A bit overpowering.