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Flat Top Wheat - Barley Island Brewing Company

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73
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hotstuff on 08-05-2003)
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Reviews by beerman207:
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +19.4%

A - Appearance of this one looks like apple juice - little no lacing, head doesn't stick around long and isn't very big.

S- Smell of wheat is dominant and some malt

T- Taste is quite refreshing with some wheat and malt tones also in the taste

M- Smooth beer - definately mild on the carbonation.

D - Drinkability is high in my opinion. This would make a nice beer for summer. I rate all of these based on Gumballhead by FFF which is simply amazing so it's hard to touch that beer. However, this is a decent brew.

05-27-2009 02:27:10 | More by beerman207
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +22.7%

Cloudy pale golden, with ideal medium carbonation. Pleasant single-finger lace.

Nose is lightly citrus, with a hint of hops among the wheat-graininess. Again, pleasant.

Taste is a little peppery, with some orange and lemon zest on the palate. Overall, a very respectable and enjoyable brew. I liked this one.

03-25-2012 14:27:38 | More by secondtooth
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RickS95

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Thick white head. Golden in color, very hazy...a good looking summer beer.

Almost sweet smell, with hops in the background; it looks better than it smells. A slight crispness in the mouth.

The taste is very subdued. The hops try to be bitter, but the wheat balances nicely so it's not too bitter and not too sweet.

A very drinkable beer. No one flavor dominates and it's not very high in alcohol, so you can drink a lot of this.

03-02-2009 03:37:47 | More by RickS95
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freewill35

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

09-30-2012 14:02:54 | More by freewill35
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%

First of all, this did not taste anything like a Wheat beer as it tasted more like a Lager.The head was white, small sized with fine sized bubbles.The body was clear with carbonation and the hue was yellow.The flavor was bitter, sour and somewhat tart.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue and it was smooth and thin.

08-05-2003 14:19:54 | More by hotstuff
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +31.6%

11-26-2011 13:52:13 | More by Another6Pack
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from Indiana for me!

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that becomes a vanishing swirl.

The smell is of mild dough and slightly tangy wheat. Smells like a run-of-the mill American Pale Wheat Ale.

The taste is pretty much the same - some dough with a mild tang. Crisp and clean. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

Light-bodied with efffervescent carbonation.

Nothing "off", but nothing much separates this from a typical/average wheat beer. It's a "lawn-mower" refreshing enough summer American wheat, that's about it.

09-02-2008 20:04:51 | More by jwc215
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chardisty


2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

02-04-2013 22:32:26 | More by chardisty
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -3%

This was really a disappointing beer, especially when it advertises itself as a wheat. There was little, if anything, that reminded me of a wheat, and it will be easier to mention what it lacked, than what it had (which wasn’[t much).

There was no hazy color; no dough/wheat/spice in the aroma or flavor; no spicy/tingly mouthfeel; and no chewy/thirst quenching finish.

In short...it was like a BMC attempt to branch out to wheat. Shame on you B.I.

08-04-2007 03:44:50 | More by kimcgolf
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance - basic pale lager color with the initial pour. The swirl and pour adds some haze and a few chunks. Bubbly, spritzy head is gone with little event.

Aroma - a general, slightly vague wheaty sweetness that depicts the style, but only in a general sense.

Taste - easy, sweetened grainy base with little depth but it's not bad. A trace of yeast, very clean taste profile for all its blandness. Finishes as it started - unassuming.

Mouthfeel - on the gassier side, but for the style it's a good fit. Some smoothness helps too.

Drinkability - for a quiet little beer, it has its appeal for a session brew.

01-09-2008 03:55:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev +3%

Moderate, light, and drinkable this citrusy Wheat Beer is refreshing enough, though tepid in the flavor and balance departments.

Pouring the typical hazy canary yellow hue, the beer has a part-froathy/part-fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a lace around the glass. Low in retainage and lacing.

Citrusy aromas remind me of lemon zest, fresh cut hay, and wheat breads. Light throughout with a one-dimensional focus on the acidic fruits and soft wheaty/malty base.

Mild creaminess to start, fades fast to a pleasant acidic feel and lightness, and then on to thinness and watery textures.

A pleasant little beer that offers about the same amount of intrigue as Blue Moon.

11-30-2010 04:36:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Poo-Diddy


1.68/5  rDev -44.7%

Poured from a bottle first right into my mouth and every bit of liquid turned into foam in my mouth.

I then decided to pour this into a glass and nearly all of the liquid again turned to foam.

Once it settled it did have a decent flavor, kind of peppery but it seemed way too carbonated.

A flat out weird experience as I've never had beer turn into foam in my mouth before.

07-22-2012 14:15:59 | More by Poo-Diddy
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bamadog

Kentucky

2.28/5  rDev -25%

Received this bottle from beerman207 a while back this summer and kept forgetting about it. I figure I better get to it since it's kind of past it's time this season... Pour is from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale coppery color with some elements of a lemon-yellow; comes with a very short 1/2 finger head that has really no retention and fades immediately to a thin and watery looking skim and some loose big bubbled conglomerations; body is very clear and shows light and slow-moving carbonation; a very thin

Smell: Some tall grainy/wheaty aspect, but it's pretty mild... Not overly impressed with what comes out at me.

Taste: Pretty much tastes like I'm chewing on dried straw that's been stirred in carbonated water. Blech.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery; carbonation is stronger than it appears.

Drinkability: I will never buy this beer, and I'm glad I didn't actually pay for it.

09-27-2009 17:53:33 | More by bamadog
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cnally

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -0.3%

Lots of carbonation in this one. I could mistake it for a Miller Lite. Very straw-orange color with plenty of floating particles. Oh yeah, that's right--this is a wheat. Fruity aroma full of apricot. The taste continues on the apricot trend--also I am sensing unripened peach and a slighly bitter citrus. Pretty fizzy effect on the tongue. I am not sure that this is a keeper.

07-31-2008 03:37:29 | More by cnally
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Thanks to jpm30 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which does not hang around much, very little sticky lacing left around. The nose is malty, slightly grassy, and slight caramel. The taste has a nice sweetness to it, malty/grassy, slight caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

09-16-2007 01:35:28 | More by Wasatch
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JamesS

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +27.6%

Came to the table a nice gold color, with very little head but some nice lacing for a wheat beer. It had a crisp straw/malt scent, very sweet. Taste was refreshing, sweet, and malty, with almost no citrus hints as in most wheat beers. Very smooth! Well worth a try.

07-03-2008 18:57:07 | More by JamesS
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GaryFields

Indiana

3/5  rDev -1.3%

01-31-2013 02:29:05 | More by GaryFields
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mgroothuis

Michigan

2/5  rDev -34.2%

04-04-2012 21:24:36 | More by mgroothuis
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baos

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle into glass.

A: Mega head that dwindles down into nice lacing.

S: Slightly grain and maybe the ever so slight hallertau hops presence.

T: Similar to the the smells. Flavor gets a bit besser as it warms.

O: Another bier that would be better on a hot summer day. It is -7now. Weather has quite an effect on bier flavors.

M: Very bubbly.

O: Not a bad bier, the style sounds interesting. I would like to sample another of this style.

01-08-2014 23:29:37 | More by baos
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neckbracesub

Indiana

2/5  rDev -34.2%

03-06-2012 22:42:20 | More by neckbracesub
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GregBlatz

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +3.6%

Buddy of mine was in the Indy area and picked up a variety of beers for me to try. First off is this one.

A - Golden and Hazy. Unfiltered and has the look of a German style hefe. Head is almost non existant. Just a few bubbles and a white film on top of the surface area.

S - Clean smell of wheat. Very subtle aroma. Lemon and cornbread? No clove or banana so that answers my question if it is of a German or American style.

T - This is a very clean american wheat beer. The taste has a bit of lemony taste that balances the sweetness of the grain. The sweetness subsides and the beer finished pretty dry. Very little but noticeable cloyness. I couldn't detect any hop aroma or flavor.

M - The flocculant yeast helps to provide a nice mouthfeel. Slightly grain like. Carbonation is mild.

D - This is a very simple and drinkable beer. American wheat beers can drive me crazy by being all over the board. This is simple, straghtforward and refreshing.

12-20-2010 22:26:06 | More by GregBlatz
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -21.1%

Gotta love a 3.6% ABV wheat....

Pours a bright yellow...minimal head...a very nice a aroma of sweet wheat malt...waaay too much carbonation...very fizzy in the mouth...the sweet wheat aroma is not evident in the taste....more of a mild lemony spriziness...not an enjoyable beer...had a sample of it at the liqour store and it tasted better then....there are a lot of better American Wheat Ales beginning with Pyramid Hefe....

08-30-2007 05:13:13 | More by ZAP
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%

pours a light lager-like color with a medium head, not very cloudy, and not much carbonation going on. smells of haystacks, slight corn, and water. tastes average, not great, not bad, can't even taste the alcohol, if i let it sit on my tounge long enough i can feel it, but it takes a while. mouthfeel is kinda watery, but its drinkability is good, with its low abv and average taste, its an easy session beer.

09-13-2007 02:56:47 | More by 1fastz28
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GarrettMD

New York

3/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow with very minimal head. Settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Not a lot of visible carbonation in this.

S - Wheat, some light fruits, a slight bready smell. Smells very sweet. Not overly impressed.

T - Not too complex, similar to the smell. Slight wheat flavor, sweet malts dominate this one. Same light fruits are there.

M - Light bodied, minimal carbonation, finish is all malts. Taste doesn't stick around too long either.

D - Seems decent to just sit on the porch and have a few. Don't know the pricing, but if it's more expensive than Blue Moon, I would probably just go to that since this beer is very similar, just less fruity.

08-16-2010 18:42:36 | More by GarrettMD
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Hazy lemon yellow. Thin dirty white head. Creamy. Lace is sporadic. Aroma is heavy with lemon notes and some wheat tanginess as well. Taste is pretty easy going. Nothing really stands out, good or bad. Some lemon and a little pepper. Yeast character is pretty low. Carbonation is pretty jacked up. But not in a real gaseous way. Medium bodied. Decent enough beer, but there are wheat beers with a lot more character than this around.

08-28-2007 02:22:54 | More by Bighuge
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Flat Top Wheat from Barley Island Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.