Freestyle Wheat Beer - Independence Brewing Co.

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Freestyle Wheat BeerFreestyle Wheat Beer

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Xadoor on 10-17-2004

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 41
Photo of goochpunch
1.83/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a strong golden color with a total lack of head and hardly any carbonation in the body. Looks like a typical macro lager. Smells like Minute Maid fruit punch from concentrate. Tastes like the fruit punch also but with some buttery notes and overly bitter hops for the lightness of the malt. Mouthfeel is devoid of carbonation and has a syrupiness to it. Gross.

Photo of bisonkron
1.86/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light golden color. Did not pour with any head, seems I got a bad bottle, one without much carbonation.

Smell - This may not be saying much, due to the fact that I have a below average sense of smell, but I could not smell anything, which is usually not the case, and I do not believe anything but the beer itself was hampering me smelling it.

Taste - Much like the smell, I did not find must as far as taste goes here. I could tell it was a wheat beer, but just barely, I may have gotten a bad 6-pack, which makes me want to stay away from this brand in the future.

Mouthfeel - Flat and extremely watery, it was hard to tell I was drinking beer at all.

Drinkability - I would not have another. Very bland, even for a light wheat beer.

Photo of schoolcb
2.4/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow, slightly hazy (must be partially filtered?), fairly good-sized white foamy head. Aroma is a sharp phenol, with a hint of malt. Has the characteristics of a heffe, but this bottle has a phenolic bite that does not belong in this style, as if it was fermented at too high a temp. Something is not right. If it weren't for that, I'd say they are on to something. I hope I just got a bad bottle.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle. Pours out with devistating carbonation. Huge head over a cloudy pale golden color. Aroma of mild mixed grains, a touch of yeast, some fresh floral hops. Taste is a dive; bland, boring malts, mineral water, light hops. Mouthfeel was weak, very watery and flat. None of that big carbonation carried over. Drinkability is low. This needs some work. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benjie was unimpressed with this offering, yet Peaches found it scrumptious and enjoyable. She will finish it, 'cause I sure won't.

Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice gold, with big bright white head in a weizen glass. Smell is unusually sweet for an American wheat. Smells like frosted flakes, a bit, or honey soaked cereal, but either way it's not traditional. Taste is sweet, and similarly cereal as opposed to wheaty, and somewhat cloying after a bit. Not the worst beer out there, but it's not one I'd feel good about recommending either.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Provided to me by a BA who shall remain nameless to protect his identity. Thanks, unnamed BA.

A - Gold with a scant white cap and no lace. Lots of flecks of sediment floating around in this otherwise translucent brew. But that is not all: the label is insane. I actually can't believe it passed regulatory muster; it shows a shirtless teenage boy frolicking in the pool, not exactly appropriate booze-marketing fodder. This is serious insane. Why did they want this label? And who the hell made this 'art'? Some say they've only got three things in Texas... judging strictly by this label I would say that this brewery seems to have at least two of them.

S - Cheap, sweaty and lemony.

T - To quote Ben, who is sharing this with me. "This is what I remember beer tasting like when I was six years old and I took a sip of my Dad's beer... It has all of the elements that you usually cannot find in a craft beer."

M - Uggghhh. But refreshing.

D - Spectacular in its ineptitude, from the ultra-bizarre label to the look and finally the taste. But it is refreshing.

Photo of cheers2beers
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This beer pours a golden straw color with an almost nonexsistant white bubblely head. No laceing but there are a few columns of beading floating from the bottom.

Smell: The aromas are wheats, rye bread, some piney hop notes, drying hay, and a subtle alcohol .

Taste: The flavors are simple but very delightful. Wheats of course, a breadiness followed by the ever so slightly bittering piney hops. Not much alcohol is noticed.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is watery and thin.Very easy to drink.

Drinkability: I wasnt impressed with this one,dont get me wrong its good but nothing seemed to jump out at me. I could drink this on some hot summer days but then again i can also think of alot of better subtitutes.

Cheers2Beers

Photo of hopsleeroy
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A-Kind of looks like the color of apple juice. virtually no head retention
S-Some wheat, sweet malty, almost sugary
T-Slightly acidic, fruity smell of some tart fruit, tangy, some wheat and some grain, kind of a strange flavor
M-Dry in mouth, not ver full, slightly watery, well carbonated
D-Not the greatest beer, if you like the flavor you could drink plenty of these, but I didn't care too much for the flavor

Photo of BeerSox
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours a dark straw colored gold hue with yeasty haziness. Fluffy off white head that lasts forever, however there is not much lacing throughout the glass, only in some areas.

Fruity yeast aromas along with light malt character. The smell is very light, nothing overpowering.

Wheaty-malty base below a fruity taste. Slight plastic-like taste at the end.

Light bodied with high carbonation, slightly watery. Very crisp yet smooth finish.

Looks nice, but just doesn't stand up. Supposedly similar to hefe-weizens, but this one doesn't come close. It's easy to drink, but the flavors just aren't there.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank straight out of hte bottle.(3.0 Appearance should be fair)

Smell-Light wheat aroma, some sweetness

Taste-Wheat up front with a sweet middle and a slightly bitter finish. Kinda boring. Wheats aren't my thing, but I've had some decent ones, this ones kind of dull, and got old real fast

Mouthfeel-Smooth and Drinkable. Light bodied, carbonation sneaks up on you.

Overall-Love to support texas beers, and this beer is not the worst I've had. However I like to try and review to style, and this below average.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a skinny large-bubbled white head that dissipates rapidly to a macro looking sheen. Not much of a looker, but is a bit darker than many wheat beers. Not a big fan of the gay looking label either.

The smell is a bit sickly sweet and fruity, not what I look for in a wheat. I want crisp and clean, but this smells like an overripe banana and damn near sour.

The taste displays some of the banana evident in the nose in addition to some tangy wheat notes and butter. It is a tad bit tastier than it smells, but still not a very good beer. It's a bit undercarbonated for the style and somewhat watery. Not a drain pour, but let's just say I am glad I only got a single of this.

Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this while in Austin. Rather muddy apperance, lots of haze, with a small initial and quickly fading head. Very faint aroma, only barely detectable sweet graininess. Some slight, tart fruitiness and moderate wheat flavor, but mostly bland. Somewhat flat and watery.

Very disappointing beer.

Photo of JonathanL7890
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much head.
Aroma is sweet malty. Not much else. No hop character.
Taste: bland.
Mouthfeel: pretty light.
Drinkability: ok. Good for a hot summer day., 4.7% ABV.

I may pick this over a bud or miller lite due to it being local but I'm disappointed in the flavor (or lack of).

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a hazy pale straw with a small white head that maintains. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very light. Yeasty and slightly bready with a faint banana and vanilla scent.

Taste is very yeasty upfront with a slight breadiness. Light banana and vanilla flavors. Finishes dry.

Thin body, decent carbonation.

Very uninspired beer. It begs to be forgotten the second it's consumed.

Photo of pwsoldier
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Obviously filtered. Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that dissipates fairly slowly. Light lacing.

S - Grainy wheat notes for the most part, with some very faint aromas of banana and pear coming through as well.

T - Again, dominated by earthy wheat notes with sweeter fruit notes remaining mostly hidden.

M - Light-bodied and slightly creamy. Finishes crisp and clean, leaving a subtle aftertaste of grains.

D - Not a bad beer, but far from being a good one. It's very bland and uninteresting. As much as I like to support Texas breweries (and Independence has some good offerings), I'm afraid I'm going to have to mark this one down as a "why bother?".

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.04/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of tart, creamy wheat and light, floral hops. Pours a medium-pale straw color with good clarity and a weak head that quickly dies. Tastes of creamy wheat, spicy cool, grainy wheat protein. Low sweetness and a tropical fruit vibe. Low bitterness with light spicy (peppery clove) phenols. Finishes a little dry and spicy. Not as yeasty as a Hefe. Thin body and low carbonation give it a light touch at best. Overall: it’s okay; I wouldn’t get it again. Bootlegger was better.

Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden color, crystal clear, resembles a light lager with none of the cloudy character often seen in wheat beers. Mildly carbonated with a small off-white head, which retains well.

Aroma: Light, pleasant and understated aroma of wheat and yeast, with a slightly bready character and faint hops.

Taste: Slightly tart and yeasty flavor that carries throughout, finishes dry with a lingering yeast note. The hop character is understated.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pleasant, with a touch of sting from the carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, easy-to-drink, and well-made beer, which seems to have been crafted to serve as a gateway beer for the masses. It is clearly quite different from mass-marketed beer, not so much so as to put off the macro drinker. This is an interesting strategy to guide macro drinkers toward better beer.

Sampled on tap at the Independence Brewery during the grand opening celebration on October 9, 2004.

Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle after a long bike ride and while it was a satisfying lawnmower beer, it was quite simple and plain. There was a sweet pale wheat bread flavor with a vaguely fruity yeast character that only seemed to muddle things up. Drinkable but uninspiring.

Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of wheat. The flavor is wheat with a little bit of sweetness. There is something a little bit off about the flavor, but I can't figure out exactly what it is. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Higravity
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good american wheat but please don't filter my wheat beers, thank you. Anyway, this beer was pretty damn crystal gold with a agressive head that peaked on the glass. Smells of a clean wheatyness with an almost larger like yeast smell. The hops give the honey sweetness a nice cut and the wheat pokes though at times. Ok, if bland might do better to wheat this up with a juicey hop and I could see having a few more.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pint glass.

A - Fairly traditional/expected unfiltered wheat beer appearance - yellow and hazy. Practically no head and no lacing.

S - yeasty/toasty malts

T - very subdued; a few sour fruit overtones resolving into a significant but generic toasty malt.

M - light and crisp, but lacking a bit of oomph

D - Quite drinkable due to its lightness and non-specific character, but that's also a fairly big drawback

A so-so beer; not something I'd have again given a range of choice.

Photo of JMad
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from an hexagonal glass...

The color is hazy pale gold with a thin filmy white head that was very small. It smells of lemon, wheat and butterscotch, the aroma is very light. The taste is kind of weak, I picked up some sour wheat and lemon, that's about it. I thought this beer was slightly metallic, light bodied, low carbonation, and a dry finish. I thought this was a very mediocre example of a wheat beer, it was just lacking flavor.

Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a guy jumping into a lake. No date or ABV info.

Appearance: Pours light in color with an average head, good retention.

Smell: Light wheat aroma, a bit of cereal grains.

Taste: Grainy cereal flavors dominate, just a bit of wheat. Medium bodied.

Overall impression: Not bad - light and drinkable are its best characteristics. not overly exciting either. I won't have any trouble getting through the six pack, but certainly won't be out hunting for more either.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a clear gold with orange highlighs and a thin white head.

S - Some malt aroma. A hint of floral hops

T - Slightly grainy, with some hop bitterness, but very subdued. Not what I was expecting.

M - A little watery.

D - Since there's nothing objectionable in the finish, this is a nice session beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear (?) golden color. Thin white fizzy head disappears very quickly. Certainly not what I had pictured.

Very grainy, slightly sour aroma. Maybe a bit of lemon zest and grassy hops.

Just a hint of tartness, a bit grainy. Some fruit flavors come into play. Hops seem very restrained. There is not a whole lot to this.

Light body, pretty fizzy. Somehow, this is pretty drinkable, and fairly clean. Goot on a hot day, or evening. Somewhat in the middle of the road.

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Freestyle Wheat Beer from Independence Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.