1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vacation Wheat Beer - Round Barn Brewery

Not Rated.
Vacation Wheat Beer
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
82
good

21 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Round Barn Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 06-24-2008)
View: Beers (13) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lakersgt1
lakersgt1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-08-2014 02:01:23 | More by lakersgt1
Photo of Localdrinklax
Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-08-2014 04:44:28 | More by Localdrinklax
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-24-2014 23:55:35 | More by enelson
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Firstly, this beer may have been renamed, but the one I have in front of me is "Vacation Wheat Ale," whereas no beer called "Summer" exists in the brewery's repertoire.

It's an extremely pale beer, a lightly hazed bright white gold. The head is pure white and a battle seems to wage between spritz and fluff. It stays at a strong half finger or so, while bubbling from the bottom glass helps it to hold up. Lacing consists of some spottiness and some patchiness together.
Wheat definitely sets itself as the backbone, very distinctive from any other grains with a somewhat crackery note. A lemony twang is secondary, and there's a very light note of spiciness to it as well. I'm guessing what makes this beer a hybrid American Wheat-Belgian Wit is simply the addition of Belgian yeast.
It's a little more floral up front, still founded on a backbone of wheat but with more tangy lemon coming out on the tongue, a bit more coriander, some very light bubble gum-type notes, and even a peppery sort of bite on the very end. Very little of the tropical fruits advertised come out, but it's solid beer for sure. It's very light without being weak and very refreshing as well.
It's quite crisp up front in its light body but there's a depth to it. Carbonation skirts the line toward high but stays in a good range. A fluffy kind of smoothness begins each sip and follows all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 17:46:58 | More by Brenden
Photo of Suds27
Suds27

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-18-2014 01:11:13 | More by Suds27
Photo of doubledd
doubledd

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-26-2014 20:05:06 | More by doubledd
Photo of ScottyG
ScottyG

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-03-2013 14:47:47 | More by ScottyG
Photo of amishbooze
amishbooze

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-21-2013 19:20:03 | More by amishbooze
Photo of Jas45678
Jas45678

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-21-2013 21:27:42 | More by Jas45678
Photo of Hopmarc
Hopmarc

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-16-2013 21:08:12 | More by Hopmarc
Photo of hackmann
hackmann

Michigan

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a fine hazy pale yellow body with a one finger head (if that) and there is no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: oh, coriander right off the bat with a little wheat in the back ground

Flavors: fresh cut wheat then a nice touch of coriander (opposite of the nose), light grassy note, fruity – okay, no distinct notes, if I had to make a call on the ‘tropical fruit’ according to the bottle – I’ll say, mango and apricot but, it is not strong at all. I don’t pick up any citrus just coriander spice.

Mouthfeel: light body and carbonation, light coriander spice on the aftertaste, refreshing feel yet dry.

To the Point: an okay Wheat Beer. Nothing to run out and get right away. Should be refreshing on a summer day with its simple profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 18:47:38 | More by hackmann
Photo of jplopez21
jplopez21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-07-2013 00:26:01 | More by jplopez21
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

11-12-2012 00:54:51 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of mgroothuis
mgroothuis

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-06-2012 23:54:19 | More by mgroothuis
Photo of GRPunk
GRPunk

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. long-neck bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour created a 2-finger, pillowy, white head that sustains near 1/2-finger and leaves awesome rings on the glass. The clean, golden body clouds nicely after a yeast swirl and exhibits heavy carbonation. I'd say it's just touch beyond golden-yellow, on the lighter side of the spectrum for an American Pale Wheat.

S- I have to say it's pretty classic for an APWA. The citrus comes off somewhere between lemon and orange. It's pretty sweet, almost like candied fruit. There's a hint of spice, somewhere along the lines of peppery.

T- Really refreshing, and on the sweet side. Strong citrus quality, mostly lemon zest. Lesser spice notes, what I assume is the corriander only seems to add to the citrus flavor. It's really lemony in the finish, not puckering, more of a clean quality. The more I drink the more a peppery spice comes through.

M- Complimentary qualities really bring the feel together nicely. Heavy carbonation mixes nicely with the chewy, unfiltered body.

O- It's a good summer wheat that does its job refreshing. I could do a few in a sitting. There's nothing I'd call "mind blowing," more of a straight forward APWA with a focus on citrus. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 20:04:09 | More by GRPunk
Photo of bheilman
bheilman

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is way better than anticipated. I don't really like many American Wheat beers, especially the overly sweetened ones that follow in the flavor of Blue Moon. I do enjoy the German wheats in general with their dryer flavor. This beer is a bit more similar to those with a strong similarity to a Belgian IPA. The color is really light straw in color. The smell is a bit astringent and sour. The taste is light but with a slight citrus flavor. The after taste is nice and light. This beer is great for a summer day and I would be happy to drink this all day while sitting on a nice beach.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:09:13 | More by bheilman
Photo of jt31914
jt31914

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow and pale, little amounts of head and no lacing. Pretty bubbly though considering the head.

S: Smells of wheat and honey, with some citrus. very mild.

T: Tastes of very strong wheat and lemon zest, like a better version of Sunset Wheat or SA's Summer Ale. A little fruitiness and citrus, but it is balanced and not overpowering.

D/M: Very drinkable, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 22:18:42 | More by jt31914
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Radiant tangerine peel with light showers of swirling yeast that soon settle to the bottom. Most beer of this style is amber in color, so that could have interesting implications for the flavor profile. The creamy cap is yellowed ivory, mesa-like as it melts, and does a good job decorating the glass.

Bottle-conditioned or not, simple ale yeast don't add anything to the olfactory party. It smells like something a little darker than pale malt was used (in part) and I don't get the citrus zest that the brewery claims. Consider this the first warning sign.

Sorry, but Summer Wheat Beer is not my kind of summer wheat beer. RBB used too much mid-range malt, which results in a toasted-earthy-nutty flavor that simply doesn't work in an APWA. These things are often bland, but if the brewers wanted to change things up, they should have changed them up in a different direction (more hops).

In addition, there's a modest amount of bandage-like phenols and a tart tanginess that doesn't really taste like lemon juice... more like upripe apricots. Neither sweetness nor bitterness make much of an impression. The beer isn't bad, mind you, it just isn't good.

Light mouthfeels are never a problem in a pale wheat ale, but this one is a little lighter than light. The bubbles don't do much to liven up the party, even though the same number that were there at the start seem to be there at the end.

Maybe the folks in Southern Michigan like Summer Wheat Beer and Round Barn sells a few silo's worth every year. To my way of thinking, there's too much outstanding beer in that state to waste time and money drinking merely average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 20:31:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of bandolero
bandolero

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This being my first review on BA, please bear with me.

Poured from its newly produced and styled bottle into my faithful mug.

A: Pours a nice, light amber color with a medium head that dissolves quickly. A very inviting appearance.

S: (This is where my beer reviewing knowledge lacks.) A nice citrus aroma is combined with a faint floral (I believe) hop smell.

T: Very, very pleasant. A smooth, light drink with a hint of bitterness fades into a lingering malty aftertaste. A decent finish that does not demand an immediate second drink. Very palatable. It really does remind me of Oberon, though fruitier and a little lighter.

M: The carbonation fades more than I would like, but the beer is smooth and not overpowering.

D: A good summer beer. Though I am an unabashed fan of wheat beers, this one is legitimately solid and a fine substitute for other, more popular wheat beers like Oberon, Sunset Wheat, etc. I could easily see myself downing a few of these again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 02:02:29 | More by bandolero
Photo of HopHobo
HopHobo

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Matt for stopping by with this selection from Round Barn. Olive colored 750ml Australian Long Neck bottle with a transparent label that has Round Barn's Logo on in and says summer wheat. Poured the beer into my HopCat snifter. Beer pours murky orangish straw color with 3 figures of head that diminishes after the first few sips. The carbonation of this beer is appropriate for the style. The smell is light and smells of citrus, wheat and pine. The taste taste is much like the smell with the absence of pine. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy, but still very refreshing. I did enjoy this beer although not as much as there winter wheat ale that we sampled that night as well. Definetely a good offering from Round Barn though. This beer sorta reminds me of the way Oberon use to taste 5 years ago befor it got all bud-lightish.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 22:31:49 | More by HopHobo
Photo of GbVDave
GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25oz capped and corked bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, golden-peach golor. With a tiny white head that quickly melts into a barely there skim. Very still.

S: Hard to raise much of a nose out of this one. It became a little stronger as it came up to temp. Aromas of noble hops, toasted wheat, and mild citrus.

T: Flavors of toasted malt, wheat, citrus, cut grass, apple, and noble hops. Very simple, clean, and uncluttered. Nice.

M: Dry and spicy. Nice citrus and toasted grain astringency balanced out by a slightly oily hop profile.

D: Don't know the abv, but I suspect it's in the 5-6% range. Very refreshing flavor and mouthfeel make for a highly drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 23:02:12 | More by GbVDave
Vacation Wheat Beer from Round Barn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.