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Dinkey Wheat - Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for the train that used to run from downtown Ames to the ISU Campus, the Dinkey Wheat has a flavor derived from coriander, chamomile, and orange peel, making for a unique drinking experience.

(Beer added by: bditty187 on 11-01-2004)
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Reviews by stephenjmoore:
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2.8/5  rDev -2.4%

stephenjmoore, Aug 17, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from an inch or so from above the glass giving me a small white head above a clear honey colored beer with some dark cloudiness hanging in the middle of the glass.

The aroma is light and dominated by lemon, yet you can sense of citrus fruits, pine, and more in the background.

The taste is very much like the aroma, light but mostly lemony hops with other citrus, pine, and even a slight grass in the background.

A dry aftertaste with a slight citrus hanging around.

Not bad not not really worth drinking either, I think I'd rather spend my time drinking something else.

LXIXME, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of beragg
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm the first to review this. My friends beat me to this place and came back singing praises of their Wheat Beer. I wasn't let down. This beer has orange peel overtones and coriander, and it claims a super secret ingredient, too. Very smooth easy to drink, and a great mouthfeel. A great offering from this place, which is more than I can say about some of their other brews...

beragg, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, murky with all the stirred up yeast sediment. Thin cap of white foam with a collar at its edges, random arcs of lacing. The skim breaks after awhile, leaving the usual ring around the edges.

Orange and definite cinnamon, reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies, more in the aroma than taste. Sweet spices, cardamom possibly, not getting much coriander but that's ok. Warm and inviting.

Flavor is pleasant, not harsh or sour at all. Twang from the orange juice, and a flash of earthy coriander. Hint of popcorn kernel is in there, with a melange of mildly floral tea-like spices (probably chamomile). Very light bodied and mellow, could use a little more body and carbonation. An easy drinker for a warm summer night.

Nothing too out of bounds, just some unique spices and juicy orange. Maybe there was an infected batch in the past? It's not bad at all.

emerge077, Aug 24, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

st9647v3, Dec 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

bismarksays, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of cdweston
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had The Dinkey Wheat from a bottle and on tap. This is an all-around great Belgian White!

Poured into a glass, this beer has a great bright orange, almost yellow color with very little foam.

Heavy smell of citrus and spice.

The distinct taste of coriander plus orange citrus makes for a most appealing sweet flavor.

A smooth and sweet beer with "POUNDABILITY"!

My opinion:
Not your occasional beer. Great for out-to-eat, bar scene, after work or take to a party. Until recently, consumers could only drink Dinkey Wheat
on tap or growler. It's now available in 6 packs.

cdweston, Aug 26, 2008
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1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

Dresden-Valentine, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of brewmandan
2.94/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack of bottles.

Pours a hazy copper color with little to no head. Smells of citrus upon opeing the bottle. I do like wheat beers, but this one has more citrus taste to it than I prefer. Smooth and easy going down.

I would buy it again but it wouldn't be my first choice for a wheat beer.

brewmandan, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

SJ-TG, Aug 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -30.3%

hockenbeer, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of metaltec15
1.95/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: cloudy yellow/straw color with a very little head.

S: Weird smell for Witbeer, almost a skunky smell.

T: Not very flavorful, sort of a chamomile taste and a little citrus.

M: little or no carbonation, flavor does stick around for a decent time but nothing here that is amazing. Fairly average.

D: I try to support my Iowa breweries, but this is a beer that I will not be purchasing again. I have not yet tried any other beers from Old Main, but I will be trying their pale ale later on.

metaltec15, Mar 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

RelentlessLefty, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tedpeer for this brew.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, coriander, some citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, yeast, with some slight nutmeg, and citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, nice little twist.

Wasatch, Jan 07, 2010
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2/5  rDev -30.3%

PirateBier, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +22%

OldhouseRecs, Apr 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

harpus, Feb 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

rfbenavi80, May 28, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Often with a slice of orange (which I ignore).

A self-described "Belgian-style wheat ale", this has a nice-looking cloudy-orange color, with an aroma and taste of citrus (mostly orange) and wheat. Medium-bodied and smooth, though with a slightly "grainy" feel, yet "softer" than many other unfiltered wheat beers. Appearance-wise this is probably the most distinctive of Olde Main's offerings. And it's also a very solid beer. Probably the most accessable of their year-round offerings.

mithrascruor, Dec 17, 2006
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1.4/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours orangish in color, almost no head. Doesn't taste right - almost like a ginger flavor, highly unappealing. I would definitely recommend avoiding this one, it doesn't taste like beer - more like some sort of bad soda. There are no beer flavors here, only some strange spice notes that don't have anything to back them up.

rowew, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Herky21
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours as you would expect a wheat beer to, with a smaller head. It's a toasted, golden colored brew.

Smell: There's a strong fruity aroma, hard to place. Citrus-like, probably lemon rind. Back-notes of spice, very slight. Hard to detect the hops/malt characteristics.

Taste: It isn't what you'd expect, but it is refreshingly fruity/spicy. Definitely not what one would classically expect from the style, but it's drinkable, and a nice change.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel like a Belgian style wheat. Seems under-carbonated. Mouthfeel doesn't contribute anything positive.

Overall: Not exactly true to the style. The fruit and spice notes are definitely interesting. I wish the flavor had been less one note. I think the recipe has definite potential if the malt and hop flavors weren't so underrepresented.

Wish they had taken it further and just turned it into a citrus-style lambic. Considering I wanted/expected what a Belgian Stlye/Wheat beer would deliver, would not buy this again, but I do applaud Olde Main for a truly different style brew.

(I tasted in both a Pint and in a taller cylinder; better in the taller glass with it's gradually wider opening)

Herky21, Aug 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +4.5%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy orange-amber with one of the smallest heads that I've seen in quite some time. An increasingly elevated pour resulted in no more than a sliver of eggshell colored foam that is now almost gone (but never disappears completely). Forget about lace. Not a good start for a beer from a brewpub that I've had issues with before.

Even though the nose isn't jumping out of the glass, it's pleasant enough. Orange peel is easily appreciated and coriander is much less obvious. No chamomile, though. As for the fourth 'secret ingredient'... no guesses yet.

Dinkey Wheat is an average witbier on its best day. The base beer is a little grain-like and the added ingredients don't 'POP' like they should. The flavors are on the muddled side, although it is possible to pick out the orange and the coriander. Chamomile is a pretty distinctive flavor and is one that I typically don't care for. Still not appreciating it.

It's possible that the fourth ingredient is orange juice (even though the beer isn't orange juicy). I say that because the label reads 'ale brewed with spices and juice'. In the final reckoning, there isn't enough delineation or separation of flavors to make a credible guess. Looks like the secret ingredient will have to remain secret.

The mouthfeel teeters on the edge of wateriness, finally tipping over on the swallow. More carbonation would have helped. Brewing rule #12: a lacklusterly flavored beer should not be given a lackluster mouthfeel.

Dinkey Wheat was named after the small train that used to run from Downtown Ames to the Iowa State campus. It's far from a memorable wit, but it's a damn sight better than the handful of Olde Main beers that I've had at the brewpub. Kudos to the brewers for having the confidence to begin bottling. They need to keep tinkering, though.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2008
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Dinkey Wheat from Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant
71 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.