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Freestyle Wheat Beer - Independence Brewing Co.

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Freestyle Wheat BeerFreestyle Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
75
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.81%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Xadoor on 10-17-2004)
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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of omnigrits
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%

Wheat beers are not to my taste (in fact some of them make me want to chunder) but every now and again I try a new one just to keep my palate abreast of all beer styles.

I think I'd have to say that this one is the least wheat beer-like wheat beer I've tasted so far. I understand that there's a minimal amount of wheat in this brew so I guess that would account for it.

Pours a clear pale straw colour with plenty of bubbles rising through the pint. Head's a bit thin but lasts. Strong smell of fruit over an obvious wheat base. Apples and pears are suggested. Good amount of bitterness. Finishes very dry and crisp. Body could be a bit more full, I think. I reckon wheat beer drinkers would find this refreshing on a hot Texas summer day.

omnigrits, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%

Appearance: A somewhat hazy, golden-orange body with a nice, near white head. Great curtains of lace.

Aroma: Sharp citrus and some apple cider notes over a wheat base. Almost reminiscent of an apple pie at times.

Taste: A solid cereal-like wheat backbone is very much in charge here, and is heavy on the cereal-grain flavors. It reminds me of Weetabix, which is certainly not a bad thing. There's a little hop character towards the back, but this is certainty a wheat-forward beer. The aftertaste keeps the cereal flavors going.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. It dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: You really can't fault it here, this is quite quaffable.

Verdict: A unique take on the American Pale Wheat Ale style, Freestyle is a likable beer for me. It has more of a spotlight on the wheat than most beers in this category, which offers up a nice change of pace that I appreciate. Still an easy and refreshing drink, this would be great on a Summer's day here in the Lone Star State.

BeanBone, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of pwsoldier
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%

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?".

pwsoldier, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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).

JonathanL7890, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of hopsleeroy
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%

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

hopsleeroy, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

hiikeeba, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

rowew, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of schoolcb
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

schoolcb, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Bierguy5, May 11, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%

Although it's called "Freestyle", there's not a lot of sensationalism going on within this fairly innocuous wheat ale from Independence. It has a good appearance (although the clarity is a bit odd when it's seemingly uneccessary), and it's clean and well balanced, but the name seems to imply "more". On the other hand, maybe "Freestyle" implies that they're doing something on their own and not just following the standard Bavarian-style weizen, or the more hoppy, heavier American style. And with that said, what it does have going for it is drinkability! It's a delicate, middle of the road kind of weizen. It's light-medium in body and gently crisp; with just enough flavor to keep it interesting without building on the palate. It's kind of like a session ale in that sense. It's subtly wheaty, gently sweetish, mildly fruity, and remarkably smooth. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, May 04, 2007
Photo of Morris729
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a thick and creamy lace. Nose is lightly toasted malt and fresh wheat with just a hint of fruit in the background. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of caramel along with some crisp wheat and grassy hops. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Would make for a nice lawn-mowing beer.

Morris729, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

BeerSox, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's kind of a foamer, formed a 4 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head settles down to a more manageable 1" in a few minutes, and off we go. Lacing is somewhat minimal for such a great amount of frothy head. Aroma is light cloves and wheat character. Taste is again cloves, with a lemony tinge, just about what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice summertime brew.

ppoitras, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%

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

cheers2beers, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

allengarvin, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.4/5  rDev -25%

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.

Frozensoul327, May 14, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
1.83/5  rDev -42.8%

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.

goochpunch, May 12, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

Higravity, May 01, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%

Gorgeous color, with wonderful white head (about 1" in glass but quickly goes away) The carbonation is more than I expected.

It is a bright gold color in the glass. Crystal clear (not heffe at all)

The flavor to me is on the sweet side, some floral hops plus maybe some subtle peach flavors (actually the peach flavor is what really sets this off as being special)

One of the best non-hefe wheat bears I've had. My only negative points is that I'm not crazy about the after-taste and that it's mouthfeel seemed a bit thin to me.

(I bought this at Central Market in South Austin on my last trip down.)

jmbranum, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Dubblebock
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

I'll begin by confessing right off that I'm a big sucker for wheat beers. Maybe it's the Texas heat that gets me in the mood for these types of beers, maybe it's my love of Tex-Mex food, I dunno. Whatever the case, it always seems that I get a severe hankerin' for a nice wheat beer right around this time of the year. And by golly, the Freestyle Wheat is a winner all the way around.

I like the label for starters. It's got a drawing of a guy jumping off into Barton Springs pool, the spring-fed gem that showcases Austin's Zilker Park. Very appropriate for a warm-weather seasonal style like this.

The beer itself poured beautifully. It had a massive, creamy head that took a while to dissipate, leaving a nice, sticky lace to follow the beer down the mug. Semi-cloudy straw color. The nose was sweet and bready.

The taste was just wonderful. Expertly balanced, the wheat malts blended effortlessly with the hops. There was a definite orange-peel character to the main flavor, tempered by a dry cracker finish that was easy and smooth. Simply put, one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had.

Great mouthfeel, it just rolled onto the palate. Exceptional drinkability. I'll be quaffing this one all summer long. I'll toast Independence Brewing on this beer, it's definitely a star in their lineup. It's the perfect beer for backyard barbecues, Tex-Mex sitdowns, or backyard porch-settin'. I highly recommend you go out and find you a sixer if you're in the Austin area.

Dubblebock, Mar 20, 2006
Freestyle Wheat Beer from Independence Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.