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Water Gap Wheat - Appalachian Brewing Company

Water Gap WheatWater Gap Wheat

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.36%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of Slatetank


3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a leftover bottle in the fridge from my wife's beer purchasing, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep golden with good clarity and thick white cream with fine bead. The head retention is very good with lace sticking in streamers. The smell is faintly malty with a light spice odor possibly a mild hop if you swirl, but mainly a mild sulfur odor of yeast. The feel is gentle dry for the most part, highly carbonated and gently sweet.

The taste is decent, not exceptional but the flavor of wheat is mild with a slightly yeasty flavor and gentle spice adding to a pretty bland overall taste, some malt flavor but it is timid. Overall this is probably not the best choice of wheat even though it is brewed locally and should be fresh it just has a dullness that I will avoid and don't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:31:39 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Poured hazy gold/yellow with a non-lasting white cap. It actually looked kind of dead after the head died down. Barely able to make out a little bit of honey and lemon peel, but there's a bit of wheat in there. The flavor is rather bland. Very light body and moderately carbonated. I can see how this can be an easy drink on a hot summer's day of lawn mowing, but I don't see myself seeking this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 02:12:29 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of brewsadedotcom


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden Yellow color, hazy.

S: A blend or orange and lemon aromas

T: Citrusy, kind of boring to be perfectly frank. I'd probably feel better about this beer if I was drinking it in the summer.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Watery finish.

O: An average brew. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 18:52:25 | More by brewsadedotcom
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body leaving no head, and some fizziness is heard when it was poured. Some light carbonation is seen rising.

S: wheat and lemon up front.

T: basically the same.

M: light to medium, semi-carbonated and watery.

O: though I got this in a year round variety pack, this seems more of a beer that would be better in the summer. Not bad, but nothing spectacular, and decent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 18:40:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of darktower


3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I feel this is a good, solid, above average example of a wheat beer from ABC. I've had it many times at the brewery itself and it's a fine example of a wheat beer served with a lemon wedge, ice cold and able to quench your thirst. It's not spectacular, it does finish with a slight watery feeling and there's not much body to it. But for me, in the dead heat of summer. This is the perfect beer to enjoy for refreshment and enjoyability.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:51:57 | More by darktower
Photo of Rifugium


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Served with a lemon wedge, of course. >_< Clear, pale yellow color, bubbly carbonation visible, and a thin, fizzy white head. Aroma was dominated by the lemon, even when I removed the wedge. Taste of toasted grains, pale malts, lemon peel, bitter and metallic in the aftertaste. Pretty much a typical average wheat beer here. Light bodied, pretty bland, but appeals to the masses, so I'd say fairly drinkable for those with non-discriminating palates.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 12:39:05 | More by Rifugium
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Hefeweisen glass. Pours a hazy gold with a very large head, just what you would expect from a wheat beer. Very clean aroma with a classic wheat beer taste.

It may just be that I had this on my deck on a very sunny, warm day here in NC with a light lunch but it just hit me as a beer that I would repeat if it were available here. But then, for me, wheat beers are just something I like outside on a nice day.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 17:54:35 | More by JimKal
Photo of jifigz


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a lovely clear yellow orange with a head that hangs around for a short time. The aroma is mildly fruity with a slight metallic aroma. The taste is mild with a very slight hop bitterness. Elements of very mild and gentle orange and the wheat flavor are the main profile with the hop bitter and flavor being just enough to balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is just a little slick yet creamy due to the wheat. The beer seems a little too carbonated and stings the mouth a little. Overall this isn't a bad American wheat ale, but it is pretty flavorless. I know this style usually isn't packing too much extreme or heavy flavors, but this could use a little more.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 15:27:04 | More by jifigz
Photo of tlazaroff


2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It's just a tad hazy, enough so you can't see clear through, but the color is quite nice, a sort of golden, bright honey color. Head is just a shade darker than pure white and dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Very reminiscent of a pilsner. I can get some wheat, but mostly I get a grainy/bready quality out of this beer.

T: The bread from the nose carries though the taste on this one. No hops are picked up over the malt profile, which isn't that strong to begin with. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't necessarily have anything working for it either.

M: Very thin on the palate, incredibly light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn't finish dry, or sweet - it's right in between the two.

D: Exceptional drinkability. This beer is quite quaffable and even though it doesn't have any offensive or spectacular qualities, it is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:13:46 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of akorsak


3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Abbey Bar. The accompanying lemon was squeezed into the glass before being discarded (hey, everyone's gotta mix it up from time to time).

A: The wheat beer is a lighter amber color, clear with no head to speak of.

S: The nose is average, a little grainy and a little wheaty. The wheat doesn't lend the normal citric notes, allowing the biscuit to take over.

T: The lemony citrus, thanks to the wedge, really helps the ale out, lending a sweet bite to an otherwise boring ale. Neither wheat nor barley try to stand out. Hops? Nope. What I hoped would be an easy sipping ale never really got going. The result was alcohol and water paired together.

M: The mouthfeel is inoffensive; it's just the flavor that could use a boost. Not a good example of a generally pedestrian style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 19:03:58 | More by akorsak
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New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer had a mild head with a light amber color

S: It had a mild hops smell but I could not smell any other notes in the beer

M: The Beer did have a nice feel in the mouth, it seemed more finished when compared to the taste, and smell of the beer

T: Besides a mild Hops taste it did not seem like there was a lot more there, almost like they gave up on developing the beer half way through the brewing process

O: This was one of the worst beers I have tried that has come out of ABC. I will pass on this one next time I'm there

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:33:58 | More by tkepx182
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a faintly clouded gold color, thin spots of head from active carbonation. Scent is light and contains mild notes of lemon and faint tangy wheat malt. No yeast notes. Taste is way to clean for the style, light lemon and light tangy wheat malt and again no yeast notes. Light bodied, active carbonation disappears quickly, ends watery. Lacks style and substance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 15:05:51 | More by rfgetz
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South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very light with lots of carbonation coming up the glass to a head that is probably two inches high at its zenith before fading back down to a normal size. aroma of light citrus, very light, lemon mostly with a touch of light rye or some spice in the back end. grainy with again a very light lemon touch that really does not do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:57:50 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appalachian Water Gap Wheat

Pours a clear dark golden color. Aroma is grainy, with some wheat and lemon elements coming out. In the flavor, wheat malt, mild citrus, biting astringent graininess. Little hops, coming through with a decent bitterness. Medium bodied feel. Fairly crisp. Overall, an average pale wheat ale, there are better summer quenchers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:06:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Label says bottle in January.

Pours a clear, dark, yellow with minimal foam and no lacing. I'm surprised this is so clear seeing that it is unfiltered. Aroma is a bit grainy, fruity, and a bit sweet.

First sip is unremarkable. It has higher than expected sweetness, no hop flavors, and minimal yeast taste. Pretty bland all around. There is nothing really offensive about this beer, just nothing that would draw me back to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:56:17 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of trueindigo


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served with a slice of lemon, the beer was a primrose yellow with the cloudiness you would expect from an unfiltered ale. It had a small white head and very little lacing. The scent was very light, a little yeasty and I noticed the malted wheat. It wasn't as crisp as I expected and had a smooth mouthfeel to it and was not over-carbonated. Nice yeast choices but it had not the style I would want to sit and drink one after anther but I was glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 20:20:20 | More by trueindigo
Photo of jale


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy light straw color with a finger of off white head.

S: Slight wheat malt aroma. Not much else.

T: Slight Wheat malt flavor with little hop bitterness. I know this is a light beer but this is lighter than many of this style.

M: Lacking carbonation for the style. Thin

D: One and done

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:56:48 | More by jale
Photo of prdstmnky


3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date: 10/22/10

Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with minimal head which faded quickly. Very faint aromas, a touch of wheat and lemon is all I got. Picking up the wheat and lemon flavors more on the tongue than the nose, as well as some grass and earthy notes. Light bodied with a good dose of carbonation, perhaps a touch on the thin side but very drinkable - not a bad beer for a summer session I guess.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:24:12 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of nickthetick


3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light honey with a thin white head and not a lot of lacing. Pretty clear with a small amount of haze.

S: a lot of wheat and lemon grass not a whole lot of hop presence. Citrusy and rounds out with lemon and orange.

T: lemon and grain (the taste not the feel) a little tart and light colored citrus like lemon and un rip orange. A little more hop presence then in the nose and biscuit towards the end.

MF: very effervescent and tangy, light and smooth but no watered down.

D: good wheat ale offering at a great price form a place that has a good vibe and good food. An easy buy again wheather with a meal on in the growler. This place has better beers but if in the mood for wheat its a nice choice.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

11-28-2010 17:51:29 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with not too much else. The flavor is also very strong wheat, with a little bit of grain mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very basic and not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

09-07-2010 03:26:31 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Morey


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours a hazy orange color typical of the style. Tons of bubbly carbonation action going on beneath the surface. Head faded super quick and there is very little in the way of head retention.

Smell is wheaty and grainy. Pleasant and typical of the style, but nothing special.

Taste is is smooth with a bitey carbonation that gets in the way of the wheat flavor a bit, but only for a second, and then it smooths out on the finish.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but wheat beers are usually on the thin side. The carbonation is a bit on the high side here.

I could drink a few of these no problem, but then I'd be ready to switch gears.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad wheat. It's nice and clean. If the carbonation were a bit tamer, I'd rank this a little higher.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

07-17-2010 20:12:36 | More by Morey
Photo of Brent


3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anyone expecting big flavor in an American Pale Wheat is bound for a letdown - this style is a workhorse with a streamlined flavor profile for quenching thirst on a hot day. As such, this beer is a pretty good example. Moderately hazy pour. Up front some vague bread flavors, quickly veering toward moderate citric tartness and finishing clean but not astringent.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

05-26-2010 15:07:44 | More by Brent
Photo of tone77


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some notes of wheat. Taste is also mild, some wheat and citrus, not a whole lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a terrible beer, but worse than I expected.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

12-23-2009 00:00:43 | More by tone77
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color with suspended yeast apparent. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, sweet malt, yeast, citrus, and slight buttery flavor. Overall, a good body, but the buttery flavor hurts the flavor and overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

12-16-2009 06:05:33 | More by Tone
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West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy deep golden colored beer. The thin white head sticks around for a bit then vanishes into a ring of foam around the edges. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma is very light, not a lot going on at all. There is some light frutiness, almost strawberry in nature. A light wheaty tang, and mild citrus in the taste. Nominal hop bitterness in the finish. It's a simple easy to drink beer. Nothing wrong with that!

Very light bodied, thin feel. Good drinking beer though. Nice on a hot day I bet!

Serving type: bottle
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 401 Buford Avenue, Gettysburg

10-12-2009 21:24:05 | More by ZimZamZoom
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