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Summer Wheat Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ltjska04 on 08-21-2010)
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

An excellent session ale from one of my more favorite local breweries. Pours a beautiful
golden orange from the bottle with a fantastic white head that dies down to thin foam and
nice lacing. Nose of lemon zest, sweet wheat malts, and light bittering hops. Taste is lemon
zest and sweet wheat malts on the front with light bittering hops shining through on the back.
A very quaffable seasonable brew with good carbonation and nice finish perfect for summer.
Very nice session-able brew good for the BBQ.

Brutaltruth, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rod_J, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of reedmn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

reedmn, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

elkinbrown, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of jeremy3311
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

jeremy3311, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of MattSharpless
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lukass, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BuckeyeSlim, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of murraymj
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

murraymj, May 26, 2014
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

drdiesel9483, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Rhettroactive, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of davemathews68
4/5  rDev +6.4%

davemathews68, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

norinco, May 20, 2013
Photo of patpbr
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint with a quick to dissipate two finger head and a orange and bronze color.
S - Get a bit of malt. Faint in this department.
T - Mild hop presents that fits this beer. Lemon up front, I notice the wheat and it is a bit sweet.
M - light body and really easy to drink.
O - Solid summer beer. It has enough character to drink several.

patpbr, May 03, 2013
Photo of fitrock2112
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat Ale into a Pint Glass.

A - Cloudy yellowish orange color, with a finger of eggshell white head.

S - Getting light wheat, malts, touch of hops. A little lacking in this category.

T - A nice sweet citrus, with some smooth wheat, malts. Some hops mid palate. Refreshing aftertaste that is nice and clean.

M - Medium mouthfeel on this one with light carbonation.

O - Overall, a good summer beer just a bit on the heavy side but still a treat.

Recommended ! Cheers.

fitrock2112, May 02, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed all the way through the body, this beer is about a medium yellow-gold with some brightness to it. It develops a white head to about one finger tall, which displays pretty good retention. Lacing is left in decent quantity on the glass via fairly thick, though sparse, patching.
Wheat certainly forms the foundation for this beer, and there's plenty of lemon here. Other than that there's a good balance and softness with a bit of a medicinal, herbal note in the back. A bit soft, but it's a wheat ale.
The wheat makes it somewhat bready in the flavor, but with plenty of that lemon flesh and zest coming through full force. It's well-hopped for a Mt. Carmel brew, but people are giving this beer too much credit for the weak style instead of wanting them to do more. The effect of the hops, lemon and wheat leads to a sourish finish. It's easy to detect, and it mars the good. Still, pretty good overall.
The body is as light as I'd expect and with plenty of carbonation. It's as crisp as I would expect as well. Smooth, yes, but it's an overbearing effervescence that floods the mouth and makes it hard to swallow. It needs to calm down. Just carbonating the hell out of a beer isn't what makes it smooth. It needs balance.
In the end, it's a pretty good wheat ale, and that's all that can be said.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JoeLacy, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, lemon zest, pepper, pine, wheat, floral, herbal, and light yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon, pine, wheat, pepper, bread, herbal, floral, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pine, wheat, herbal, and floral on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with good hop complexity. No cloying flavors at all; fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Hardly any alcohol noticed after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice hoppy wheat ale. Nice balance of flavors with good hop presence; extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

superspak, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of davecavemaster
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the changing of the weather, so also come the seasonal offerings from our favorite breweries.
Sometimes "summer beers" tend to be too fruity, or way too sweet. I judge a seasonal beer by how drinkable it is over a period of time. If after one or two I can't take it anymore, I consider it a novelty. If, on the other hand, I can enjoy two or three without becoming tired of a characteristic or flavor of the brew...success!

That brings us to today's selection, a "Summer Wheat Ale" from the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. This is another Cincinnati, Ohio brewery. It is a small regional outfit, with a current output of 4,500 barrels a year. If you don't live in Ohio or northern Kentucky, you may have problems finding any beers from this company.

First of all, this is a wheat beer. People I know either love wheat beers, or they don't...This is a well crafted wheat beer, with the characteristic cloudiness and strong hop flavor. The beer pours with a nice thick head, and golden honey color. What makes this more of a "summer beer," is the infusion of citrus. There is a bright citrus flavor while you are drinking it, but is never gets overbearing or overpowering. I found that I could pop multiple tops without tiring of the fruit flavors. It is truly a refreshing taste that blends well with the rest of the ale.

Good beer! Nice to taste a summer seasonal that has more to it than gimicky sweet flavors.

davecavemaster, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of viverlee
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pubs around town have been adding this to the rotating tap. Not a bad call.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

LOOK: Dusty yellow, orange stripes, sturdy head.

NOSE: Flat haystack, barny, dash of lemon.

MOUTH: You could, if you were inclined, say it lacks complexity. You could also say it’s just straightforward. Straw, orange and lemon peel, peppery, unsalted crackers. I’m craving a bit more carbonation, though there’s no denying the finish is soft, clean, and soft again. There are far too many foam-forward heads out there that bitterly overwhelm the pull. Not here. This one, it’s pillowy, like nighttime sheep, and it lulls the goodness home. Would perhaps make a good counterpoint pairing to a robust spinach and artichoke dip, heavy on the chokes.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

viverlee, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Gabbyaboutipa
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Gabbyaboutipa, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Clear, bright golden body, with a finger of fine white head, which leaves behind spotty lacing. Good amount of carbonation bubbles flow through the glass.

S: Rather faint aroma; orange and lemon citrus hop flavors and wheaty malts.

T: Way stronger than the aroma, I'm immediately hit by a considerable burst of hoppy lemon peel, which is balanced nicely by the lightly sweet malts. Wheat and light herbal hop flavors add complexity before grapefruit takes over for the long, lingering finish.

M: Moderate-bodied with lively carbonation, creamy and soft. Lightly dry finish helps the flavors linger for quite some time.

O: Very solid beer from Mt. Carmel; it's definitely worth a try.

AwYeh, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a one finger white head. Just ok head retention and no lacing.

Lemon is quite prominent on the nose along with some caramel and a little bit of citrus hoppiness.

Some light lemon is up front on the taste with a little bit of bubblegum and clove and the slightest hint of caramel. Once again some citrus hop flavor is present all leading to a moderate drying bitterness. Mouthfeel has that soft feeling associated with wheat beers.

Overall, a pretty good summer thirst quencher and one I am glad I picked up.

rangerred, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dakkon54!

Pour is bright yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is crisp for sure. Strong wheat smell accented by a nice lemon smell. Kind of reminds of GI 312.

The taste is dominated by lemon honestly. Its almost a candy sweet lemon flavor that I honestly like. I expected an upfront wheat twang, and I think its there, just cut by the lemon presence. Between the added lemon and wheat body, the flavors just kind of die quickly. I like how it feels. Finishes so damn clean and smooth.

This might be the unsung hero of Pale Wheat Ales. If it wasnt for Gumballhead, this would be my favorite in the style. Losing to only FFF isnt a bad thing.

VncentLIFE, Jun 08, 2012
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Summer Wheat Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.