Summer Wheat Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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Reviews by viverlee:
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
Pubs around town have been adding this to the rotating tap. Not a bad call.
STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale
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
07-13-2012 23:37:51 | More by viverlee
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3.56/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-17-2013 15:54:33 | More by Brenden
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
A 12 oz bottle from The Andersons.
A: The wheat ale is rightly cloudy, hazed over in general. A lighter golden straw color, the ale is. And with a sizeable head, over a finger on pour, with plenty of lace left behind.
S: The nose has a hop snap to it, a much heavier citrus aroma than I was expecting. Citrus mixes nicely with the tartness of the wheat. The hoppiness zings out of the glass like a solid pale ale. I really like that bite amongst the mildness of the wheat.
T: The hoppiness, much earthier and noble here, stand out immediately. Those hops own the beer, turning a run-of-the-mill wheat beer into something much bigger and bolder. Citrus hops eventually come through and are especially evident just before the wheat. The entire pack drips of hops and packs a nice wallop. These beers from Mt. Carmel are impressing the hell out of me.
M: Zesty and spritzy, the ale brings pale ale-level hops to a bright wheat beer. A very good summer beer.
09-05-2011 00:48:32 | More by akorsak
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Served in a pint glass
A - It pours a golden color and is hazy. It is topped with an inch of off white head.
S - I get a little bit of lemon zest and some caramel malt, or is that carmel?
T - I get some spiciness, a little bit of that lemon zest, and even the caramel.
M - Moderate with plenty of carbonation.
O - It hit the spot on a hot and humid day. It is easy drinking.
05-24-2012 01:01:34 | More by buschbeer
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
07-17-2012 02:28:17 | More by davecavemaster
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-11-2012 04:15:13 | More by superspak
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-25-2012 00:09:10 | More by AwYeh
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
Summer Wheat is a seasonal, so you know it is fresh and full of all of the intended hoppiness. Delicious malty background and potent American hops. Not too light, not too heavy, just right to drink with summer meals.
If you like Gumballhead, but have trouble finding a source you can trust to be fresh, you should drink the heck out of this when it is out.
06-11-2011 14:39:04 | More by svraines
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a golden orange with little whisps of white head.
Smells of sweeter malts and some pear esters.
Nice light caramel malt characters with a medium body that I am guessing is an addition from the malted wheat. Very easy drinking with biscuity malt and caramel up front and light citrusy hops in the background. Some lemon zest too. Again, easy drinking and refreshing for this hot spring day.
This doesn't really push the envelope but it is tasty.
05-12-2011 02:03:03 | More by stewart124
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured into my perfect pint glass, this beer is a pale orangish-yellow with a nice looking head that doesn't stick around for long. The first smell is of hops; a surprising amount for this being a wheat beer. Earthly, slightly herbal hops dominate the smell at first then give way a bit of a citrus smell. The taste is soft some bitterness in the finish. Very smooth in the mouth without a lot of wheat character. The hops are more noticeable than in similar examples of the style. This is an easy drinking beer and great for summer. It's hoppier than most beers of this style and color but I like that; it's got a unique character. A good summer beer from Mt. Carmel.
08-21-2010 02:40:27 | More by ltjska04
4.04/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
05-02-2013 23:05:34 | More by fitrock2112
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
06-20-2012 23:58:47 | More by rangerred
Summer Wheat Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.