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Bullfrog Ale - Issaquah Brewhouse

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Bullfrog AleBullfrog Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Issaquah Brewhouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-26-2007)
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Photo of Wetpaperbag


4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A semi cloudy golden color. The head was there and gone quickly.

S- The beer is very fragrant, I can smell it from the table now. I need closer inspection, and upon that I can smell malts, a sweet bread smell. Almost like sweet lucky charms without the marshmallows.

T- Taste is a tasty cereal taste. A slight fruity taste, but more bready, with a slight hoppy bitterness at the end. I think this is a strange interpertation on a hefeweizen.

M- Feels good on the mouth, a bit on the slick side.

D- Easy to drink, light carbination.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 22:14:28 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of emerge077


3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, poured into a half-liter Spaten glass.

Cloudy orange, swirled & poured the yeast. Creamy white foam, slight flourishes of lacing here and there. Nondescript aroma, not offensive, not interesting. Some vague malt and dried florals. It gets spicy down the road as it warms up.

Holy snickerdoodle. Nutmeg and cinnamon cookies. In a nutshell, this is what i'm tasting. Peppery, prickly carbonation. This tastes great, but it's no hefe. Cookie Ale, ok...i'm sold. This is pretty good stuff. Creamy feel, dry spicy aftertaste.

Overall not bad. I'd drink this again. At least it sets itself apart and tries something different. Kudos to that.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:47:35 | More by emerge077
Photo of JohnK17


3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

07-11-2013 15:33:23 | More by JohnK17
Photo of biggred1


3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, turbid dark bronze,looks like apple cider with a slight white head that leaves a tiny bit of fine lacing on the glass. This beer smells of peanut butter and bananas to me (must be Elvis's fave) with a touch of floral hop. Tastes of mild fruity yeast and lemon with just enough bitterness to almost balance. Chewy mouthfeel with a nutty finish, very filling. Not the best beer Rougue has to offer, more American than hefe IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 00:30:04 | More by biggred1
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep golden orange, slightly cloudy and little head. The smell is sweet, and corn like. The taste is like a golden ale, only a good bit richer. The beer is smooth and is an easy drinking beer. Easily sessionable. This beer really does not resemble a hefe. Also was a bit unsure where to reveiw this one as it is a Rogue brew but the bottle gives credit to Issaquah Brewery. Obviously there is a connection but I am not sure the details of that partnership.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 18:06:08 | More by Enola
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy BA Klynch..Thanks bro!

Pours murky gold with a thin, off-white head. Not much retention or lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a lemony wheat twang and some oddly placed fruit. Strawberries.
Faintly spicy also, but beyond that it's pretty done.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is low. A bit thin and watery.

A blend of lemon zest, berries, and faint black pepper on the pallet. Bitterness is firm and dry, and theres a minerally crispness that follows through.

Finishes very quick except for some mineral-dryness.

Fairly clean and uneventfull for a Hef, but for a bonus bottle in a trade, certainly drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:28:25 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for the offering.
Pours a golden color with a 1/4" disappearing head.
Citrus hoppy aroma with strong lemon scent.
Taste nothing like a hefe or a wheat beer at all. With that being said it is a decent very sessionable beer. Light bodied. Good for summer time out by the pool.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 02:46:14 | More by wcudwight
Photo of ralree


3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden red, slightly cloudy, decent 2-finger head that dissipates quickly, slightly lame lacing.

S: Citrus fruits, alcohol, caramel malt.

T: Sweet malt with a slight nutty flavor comes out first, followed by a sweet fruit flavor mixed with a slightly bready undertone. The alcohol and fruit flavors dominate the aftertaste.

M: Slightly cloying, medium-light bodied, decently carbonated, slightly oily mouth feeling.

D: It drinks alright, but due to the over-sweet fruit flavor, I probably won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:00:42 | More by ralree
Photo of bosco7


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow color with plentiful head.

Grainy and biscuit aromas dominate with some pear, yeast and white grape underneath.

Grain and bread flavors at the start that moves into mild fruitiness. Spicy hops and some tart flavors from the wheat in the finish. Not much flavor but definitely not offensive.

Kind of disappointed by this brew because I haven't met a Rogue brew I did not love. That said this is an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 01:04:10 | More by bosco7
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thinning, white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of wheat malt and citrus. Maybe a little honey in there, too.

Taste: Sweet-tasting malted wheat with a hint of honey and citrus. Very subdued hop bitterness. Light sour twang before the peppery finish. Every facet of this beer is light, it's really not overly anything.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This should NOT be listed as a hefe. Though not exactly the Harlem Globetrotters of wheat beers, it still was pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 16:15:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Braudog


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicely painted 22oz bomber. Poured a fizzy yellow-orange with a slight haze and a big rocky, bumpy head of white foam. The aroma is gristy, definitely wheaty, with just a wisp of citrus. Those both carry to the flavor ... definitely like raw wheat, bready like Wonder, with a crisp dry finish. (#2765, 3/31/2007)

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 23:24:57 | More by Braudog
Photo of yogurt


3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weiss glass.

Saw this eye- grabbing bottle at Riley's (in Madison) and thought I would give it a try.

Pours smooth and easy. The appearance is decent with a hazy, very light tan color. Two finger, fleeting head- off white in color. Looks great in a weiss glass. So far, not too bad.

The aroma however, is virtually non-existent. Fleeting aromas of apricot and perhaps apple. The smell is definitely an indicator of things to come.

The taste is very plain. To be perfectly clear, it has the right taste (of banana and bubble gum)- just not enough. Now I'm not saying that a weiss is supposed to be big, but it's nice to taste SOMETHING. (P.S.- thanks to New Glarus Brewery for once again shaking my pre- conceived notions of what a certain style is supposed to be. Mr. Dan Carey- you are a beer god!). As much as I hate to say it, Bullfrog is really a let down in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is watery, and like everything else, fleeting.

This beer's saving grace is it's drinkability. I haven't been drinking much beer at all lately (in solidarity with my wife who recently gave birth to our second son- eight pounds, four ounces and 21 and 1/2 inches in case you were wondering). But I'm back in the game now, and was able to down this bomber pretty easily. Also, the summer season was also working in this beer's favor.

Overall, a pretty mediocre example of a Hefeweisen. Not much on aroma or flavor, but a drinkable beer nonetheless. For a bottle with such slick design and colors, it was somewhat of a disappointment. The green and yellow frog is really an eye- grabber in the beer cooler. At least the next time this bottle catches my eye I won't be left wondering what I'm missing out on by not getting it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 04:15:49 | More by yogurt
Photo of RedDiamond


3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colorful silk-screened bottle of Bullfrog I purchased at the Issaquah Brewery offers no description of its contents. It just invites us to "take a flying leap" - presumably a leap of faith. It might have been nice to know in advance that Bullfrog is an American style wheat beer.

I must admit, I drank the full bottle and didn't surmise that this was a wheat beer at all. The surprising cloudiness and translucent goldenrod color suggested as much. But the rest of the beer projects a humble pale ale recipe delivered with an almost homebrew-ish simplicity. A light, citrus-sweet nose emerges early then shifts to a doughy yeastiness. A bright white head dissipates fast and leaves no lace. And the taste has a sweet simplicity suggesting low attenuation with modest hop citrus flavor.

Bullfrog is not entirely without appeal and could serve as a workable crossover beer for those accustomed to thinner bodied lagers. But its overall demeanor is rudimentary and humble. Even the carbonation is low.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 03:05:28 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of russpowell


3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in NC, late July

Poured bronze with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Lemony & flowery hops

T: Lemony hops & honey malts up front. Grainyness, breadyness & more lemon in the middle. Finishes crisp & refreshing

MF: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation & good balance

Drinks okay, but nothing worth getting excited over

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 04:15:41 | More by russpowell
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle served in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: hazy light yellow, pale head 2 fingers high

Smell: complex and spicy, peppery

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops and wheat, not the traditional banana, refreshing

On par with most of the American hefeweizens. I still think the Bavarians do it more justice.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:25:07 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't even know this was a hefe when I bought it, and I'm still not sure this is a true hefe. Sure, it has the cloudy orange colour, but head is really big and the colour is almost glowing, like a day-glo orange almost.

Sweet-sour malty smell, very low hops and almost no wheat, or any zest I'm used to picking up in a good hefeweizen.

Sour, musky flavour. Sort of like a hefeweizen gone off. Dry malts hiding amongst the sourness, and virtually no hops. Slight orange peel and spice hints.

A so-so beer. I don't regret buying it, but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd like to toss this up to a bad bottle, but I just can't convince myself of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 07:59:24 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Knapp85


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a tinge of orange in there. The smell of the beer gave off some soft aromas of wheat and hints of clove. The taste of the beer was average in my opinion, it felt like it was too light in flavor. The mouthfeel was also on the lighter side giving me the impression that this was a little watered down or something. Overall this brew wasn't something I'd rush back to the store and buy more of. I can't see spending money on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 21:57:07 | More by Knapp85
Photo of kmeves


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden-pale with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is medium sweet with orange, floral hops and light spice. Flavor is citrus, light floral and spice. Light ot medium body, thin texture. Finishes medium and floral. Very nice balance that makes this a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 17:27:33 | More by kmeves
Photo of harpus


3/5  rDev +1.7%

07-24-2012 14:05:39 | More by harpus
Photo of twelveinches


3/5  rDev +1.7%

11-23-2011 07:04:43 | More by twelveinches
Photo of metter98

New York

2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fruity yeast—green apples stand out in particular, although there are some hints of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The yeast used in this beer tastes a lot more like an English Pale Ale compared to a German Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:51:50 | More by metter98
Photo of pokesbeerdude


2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting looking bottle at Arctic Liquors, around $4. A little help on what style the beer is would be nice on the label.

A: Poured a turbid gold color with a white head, some pretty pronounced chunks of yeast in this one. Looks like a decent hefe.

S: Really doesn't smell like much, a few faint hints of yeast, but nothing of the style. Pretty boring at this point.

T: Doesn't taste too much like a hefeweizen at all. Has some qualities of a slightly roasted amber ale is what really stands out, a few hints at honey, and a light hint of honey at the end of it. Maybe just a hint of bitterness here. I don't know if they were going for anything in particular here, but this really doesn't do anything for me. Really pretty boring and not a lot of flavor.

M: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, kind of sticky as well, fairly smooth going down. Feels okay.

D: Wow, this beer is really disappointing. Easy enough to drink, but I just can't really find anything to get excited about. There is absolutely no description of what this beer is on the bottle, or what they're shooting for. A little help there might go a long way. Not a total waste of money, but I'm definitely disappointed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:13:17 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of scruffwhor


2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very little head after the pour that quickly recedes to nothing. Good bubbling with a light cantaloupe melon amber. The aroma is pretty bland,but has the tell tale signs of pacman yeast and Pacific Northwestern coastal waters. Faint fruits with a little mold. The taste has a little hint of honeydew and some other more musty fruits. Palate is a little dry with a touch of cardboard. Was excited when I saw this beer at my local Binny's, but was pretty let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 04:41:46 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of hopmeister


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-03-2012 23:29:51 | More by hopmeister
Photo of ppoitras


2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear dark golden brew. Head falls at a moderate to quick pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is mostly vegetal and bitterness. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, the slightest wisp of wheat character in the middle, and generic bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is prickly, and drinkability is ok. Like no hefe I've had before, and that's not particularly a good thing here. Calling Clara Peller: "Where's the WHEAT?!?"

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 16:52:32 | More by ppoitras
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Bullfrog Ale from Issaquah Brewhouse
72 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.