Water Gap Wheat - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Water Gap WheatWater Gap Wheat

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-29-2002

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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 89
Reviews by billybob:
Photo of billybob
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yellow with a one inch white head that quickly fades to just ring the glass with almost no lace to speak of.

mild smell of wheat and lemon.

wheat malt and slight yeast and lemon taste but no spice. the flavor was there just a little on the weak side.

mouthfeel was a little weak also, carbonation was ok.

very drinkable but not a standout beer and not for the price i have had much better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Bright gold with a light haze. Looks a lot like BMC. Head immediately fades to a small ring showing no lacing.

S- lots of sulfur, a little doughy grain, corn, bready yeast

T- pretty light and bland, light grain, some strange light bitterness in the finish with a husky dry graininess.

M- thin, an vaguely watery.

O- this beer comes off as more of a slightly bitter macro lager than what I would expect from an unfiltered wheat. Disappointing.

Photo of merlin48
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, ripe banana peel yellow body with a vanilla tinted head that rises about one inch in the glass. Retention is good, and there is plentiful patch lacing. Aroma has a spicy component, with pepper and coriander up front. Wheat malt and yeast notes are prominent, with a very faint note of lemony citrus.
Mouthfeel is light medium, with spritzy carbonation. Taste is bready and yeasty, with light accents of citrusy lemon and orange. Spicy pepper and coriander mingle well with the grainy wheat, and the lively carbonation allows the flavors to blend. This is a decent summer beer, but not one I would seek out. I've not yet run across an American Pale Wheat Ale that has impressed, including the top rated, Gumballhead. Thanks to woodychandler for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Abbey Belgian Bar at ABC over the Memorial Day holiday. The beer poured a pale yellowish color, a bit hazy and with no real head or lacing to speak of. The aroma was of apricots, spicey, maybe corriander. The taste is a bit citrusy with some good malt notes and spice on the tongue. The beer is refreshing and has a medium body which makes it fairly drinkable.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of thefireman
4.35/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a nice, slightly tinted head. The head drops to an eighth of an inch, but maintains throughout the consumption. Slightly cloudy (good stuff floating around), with a sweet, almost lemony smell. Tastes the same as the appearance. Nice wheat or grainy taste with a citrus hint. Very mellow. The bubbles rise throughout right to the end. I can't say enough about the products these guys turn out. Solid, consistent brews. Glad I live nearby. This stuff is great on tap.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This unfiltered American wheat ale is deeply hazy but not quite cloudy. It's golden body ranges in color from a bright yellowish where light passes through to a more orangeish and brass colors at its center and beneath its thin head of creamy bright white foam. The head drops shortly, but it maintains a wide collar and leaves some transient spotty lace as it goes. The nose offers a grainy, wheat-ish malt and yeastiness that's reminiscent of a homebrewed beer made from malt extract. A light touch of lemony citrus, however, helps to sharpen the nose and lend a note of freshness to it. It's gently crisp in the mouth with a medium body and very fine, natural carbonation. The hop bitterness plays a supporting role from beneath, and there's just a hint of citrusy hops. Grainy wheat and a bit of yeastiness dominate the flavor profile, but a subtle tartness helps to round the malt character. It simply fades away in a lingering, drying finish as it's residual grainy malt fades from the palate. It's a decent summer quencher, but not much else.

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad summer beer, but my big complaint with this beer is that there's an overwhelming bland malt sweetness that covers up the grains and any hops without providing much flavor. This the beer looks right with a yellow body and white head. And the aroma gives off some wheat and a hint of hops. Still, this isn't something I'd go back to.

Photo of nickthetick
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty golden color with a smallish white head that dissipated into nothingness. The aroma is next to non-existant, I pick up some light wheat malt aromas. The taste is kind of buttery which is strange for a wheat brew and there is a light wheat flavor. There is a general creaminess to this brew and not that sharp, dry edge wheat brews usually have. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation, finishes neutral. An easy drinking brew, good for the summer or daylight. I wouldn't peg this for a wheat beer if I was blindfolded, seems more like an unfiltered blonde ale.

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a variety pack from the ABC itself.

A-Poured into a pint glass and the beer has some good lacey head. It hangs around for a good minute and then dissipates. a foggy light golden color that looks murky.

S- A strong smell of wheat fills my nose and i can get a hint of lemon and malts. Very intriguing and enticing.

T- a wheat and malt combination fills the mouth lightly but lets you know that its there. I cant really taste any of the lemon that i had originally could smell. The wheat is the strong taste of the beer (unfiltered if i might add)

M/D- A watery mouthfeel to it and not very impressive. It seems to be watered down to that of a coors light or natty ice. This is a beer that a typical bud light drinker would love to drink. I like the beer but i have had much better.

Photo of rdrummer
2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am a big Wheat beer fan. This was a disappointing effort. The best part of the beer is its appearance. It has the hazy, gold, large-headed appearance of a good wheat beer. From there, the experience went downhill. I should note that I had this at the Brewery so it was fresh. It smelled a little of the citrusy wheat aroma that is expected, but far too little aroma. The taste was weak almost watery with little real wheat, hops, or citrus flavor. It felt okay on the palate with the right amount of carbonation, but the flavorless taste made this one that I don't want to try again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of bltzburgh
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first micro's I have had. This beer has the true non filtered style that I've grown to love. Pours nice giving just the right head with consistent flavor and color. The aroma is true without being over bearing. This is a beer you can drink without changing to another beer throughout a party. NOT just a dinner beer. I can't wait to visit their brwerey this summer.

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a mild wheat spice.

The taste consisted of round doughy malts, a touch of swheat spice and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very drinkable light ale.

Photo of Phatz
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served a little above fridge temp in my Weizen glass. A careful pour to leave out the sediment.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a quick fade white head and no lacing.

Smell: What smell? Was that a bit of something sweet... well, maybe. My tap water has more aroma than this. It is not bad just absent.

Taste: Clean and cool but little flavor good or bad. It is a light beer for light beer drinker and has light flavor. The flavor is lightly sweet with some pale malt, some buttery fruity notes, and a hint of lemon. The swallow has just a splash of pepper spice and then some stray bitterness. It has the aftertaste of a wheat beer and a pleasant burp. Not really exhilarating.

Mouthfeel: It has a really light feel in the mouth but a malt profile that mostly holds up and a grassy bitter that keeps me satisfied and refreshed.

Drinkability: As bored as I was throughout this beer I found it quite easy to drink and could see a wheat beer fan drinking it on the lawn mower in the summer. As for me for now I don't particularly care for any more.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of jneiswender
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of a sampler tray in 3 oz bottles. Had the sampler at the Harrisburg brewpub.

A--Dark yellow color, no head

S--hoppy with some slight husk

T--lemony, citrus flavor. Bubblegum finish. Somewhat medicinal or tannic aftertaste.

M--medium body

D--Very straightforward. Not very imaginative. Might be better if I hadn't had it during a winter month. A little off.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-beautiful orange golden color with a gorgeous white cloudy head that sticks around. Very nice color makes for a nice looking beer.

Smell-Slight hop aroma, sweet malt as well, a little wheat stench (go figure) reallly not that strong though in terms of aroma.

Taste-crisp, goes down smoothly yet not that much there, some malt finish and hop balance with a slightly bitter finish. The taste is there just not as much of it as I would like.

Mouthfeel-not bad, no real aftertaste, goes down fairly smooth. Adequete.

Drinkability-you could definitely have as many as you want, any macro drinker should accept this, light and flavorful.

Overall-they say this is the first beer they offer normal macro drinkers. I can see why, not a bad beer by any menas yet this almost seems like a Light-Wheat beer to me. Well-made, I just wish it had a little more flavor. It serves its purpose for the macro drinkers though I suppose.

Photo of rfgetz
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden color with not much head.

S: Mostly wheat, a little bit of sweetness.

T: The wheat dominates the flavor, with some sweetness.

M: Thin and smooth feel with adequate carbonation.

D: Very refreshing brew and very easy to drink. One of my favorites from ABC.

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with no head and virtually no wispy clouds, either. The color was a deeper gold than the Hefe, but it was still a cloudy beer. The nose was lightly sweet, perhaps from their use of malted wheat in the brew. It had a medium mouthfeel with a light sweetness on the palate. The finish has the Hefe's cut, or bite, but to a much lesser extent. A decent summer beer, but it is not going to be high on my list.

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