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Wild Frog Wheat Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Wild Frog Wheat AleWild Frog Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nlmartin on 05-17-2007)
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Reviews by bigfnjoe:
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear gold with a 3 finger white head. VERY aggressive pour, head is very fluffy and puffy. Lacing is nil. Disappointing. Head sticks around for awhile, though.

S- getting some citrus...maybe some lemongrass? The smell is very strong without being overwhelming. I approve of this.

T- I'm getting...a lot of lime, actually. Verrry interesting, and I'm calling some total bull on this being classified as a hefeweizen. But yeah...getting primarily lime out of this. And you know what? The uniqueness of this makes it even more awesome. Do like.

M- feel is what you'd want and expect in the style. Nice and light and thin. Little carbonation...it works for the style.

D- really drinkable. Great summer brew. Very relaxed, if that makes sense.

bigfnjoe, Jul 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

The label states that it's a "German-style unfiltered wheat beer" and it's called a Wheat Ale, not a bad move since most people can't pronounce "Hefeweizen." Hazy, dim yellow color, smallish head but the lacing does stick around. Mild twang in the nose of faint solvent alcohol, dusty clove, banana, bubble gum and a bready maltiness. Snappy crispness unfolds into a creamy smoothness within the medium body. Pleasing sharpness of clove that is enhanced by the slightly warming alcohol. A little phenolic as it throws clove, bitter herb and a ghost-like Band-Aid flavor. Minimal hopping, barely noticeable. Hefty sweet, malty biscuity flavor from the wheat. A bit fruity with banana and pear flavor, hint of bubble gum or taffy middle to end.

Hefeweizen American: craft style (not to be confused with the American Pale Wheat Ale) Hoppin' Frog throws down the gauntlet and comes up with a bigger-bodied, complex and very flavorful rendition.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, orange/gold body with a medium sized white head. Retention is poor and lace is limited to some scattering.

Aroma is good. Lemony, peppery, wheat, clove, and light banana notes are all there.

Medium body is moderately carbonated and there is a pleasant wheaty creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Taste has all the elements of a good hef, banana and clove, wheat malt, hint of yeast, and some orange, lemon, and pepper notes.

I've been craving a good German style hefeweizen and this one will have to do. Not the best looking example for the style but taste is just fine.

merlin48, May 29, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. Sorry for not remembering who provided it. Always happy to try a new beer from Hoppin' Frog.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some other assorted fruit. I get a little bit of banana, but there are some nice lemon and orange notes mixed in as well.

The flavor is is about what I expected. I get some nice banana and clove notes, as well as some wheat. In addition to all of that, I get some orange notes and a little bit of toasted malt. Nice to see a hefeweizen with a little more complexity than the standard offerings.

Creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've been meaning to try for sometime, however despite the fact that I live in Ohio I haven't seen this one yet. Pours a deep orange golden body cloudy hue with a bright white head. Leaves behind fine speckled lacing on the sides of my Weihenstephan glass. Smells great big banana/citrus esters with clove and vanilla even a touch of bubblegum. Flavor wise a nice crushing wave of fresh wheat beer goodness, yeast adds the bubblegum/clove/fruit esters hints of banana. Great drinking wheat beer from Akron Ohio, medium bodied a bit heftier than your average version packaged in a 22 ounce bottle. Fred Karm can definitely brew I love this small production brewery I'm lucky to have access to them, I hope they keep it up. Solid authentic German style wheat incredibly drinkable carbonation is a bit off compared to the real thing but it's still a great beer.

WVbeergeek, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not expect to get through this bomber, I did. It was the sour pale wheat beer, though well malted. And fresh, and the second sip it grows on you. White with decent head. Not very complex, secondary spiciness. Decent mouthfeel. Decent example as style.

Sammy, Sep 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a fizzy off-white head. 

S- The fruity aroma features some wheat, bananas and yeast. 

T- The taste like the aroma has a nice wheat base with some fruity notes and a yeasty finish.

M- the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent wheat beer. Not bad, worth a try.

cjgator3, Apr 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Wichita (Goebbels), enjoyed in my Prince Luipopld hefe glass

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers f fluffy cream colored head. Head drops off sehr schnell, also hazes up, once the whole bottle makes it into the glass. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Peppery, banana peels & some cloves. Some apple notes as this warms

T: Follows the nose, nice bready notes as well, slight malty sweetness up front. Grainy sweetness, slight phenolic notes & a bit of green apple as this warms. Finishes grainy & dry with green apple peels & a touch of toffee & green banana on the edges

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Not a bad hefe, but doesn't quite pull together for greatness, but still refreshing

russpowell, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of beveritt
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a weizen glass. Label depicts a frog holding a beer mug, pretty typical of this brewery I believe. Lists some stats: 6.0% ABV, 58 OG, 14 FG, 12 IBU. No visible freshness date. I rotated the bottle a few times to get the yeast up.

Appearance: Pours with the typical huge head of a hefeweizen, about half the glass for the first pour. This is just a shade away from pure white and settles into a decent three finger head after a few more pours, finally ending up as just a thin coating of foam. Nice lacing. The beer itself is orange and cloudy.

Smell: Smells strongly of banana and yeast.

Taste: Decent carbonation bite upfront with very strong banana esters. Mild citrus. Bready yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level, as expected for the style. Good body.

Drinkability: My first beer from Hoppin Frog. I remember reading about their opening when I lived out of state. I am impressed with this beer and look forward to trying more.

beveritt, Aug 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jaycount, Dec 29, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale lemon-orange with a slight protein haze. The head was fizzy and soapy with a weak retaining nature, dissipating almost immediately after the pour. Visible carbonation was strong, composed of macro-bubbles that rose at a rapid rate.

S: The nose had a very light yeastiness to it, bananas, though was not enough to garnish any true sense of appreciation per style. Fairly neutral in strength there was a light offering of dried orange peels but nothing else much of distinguishing character. Lacked strength and incentive.

T: The initial flavor was lightly tart oranges with a dry wheat/flour taste. There is a sense of lightly dried greenery, stems and stalks present as well adding a bit of herbaceous appeal. The delivery was bright, brought forth by the ample carbonation factor, though the overall flavor lacked a certain depth and transition of flavor, never really progressing after the first impression and came off rather mundane. It seems this beer is suffering from an identity crisis between wanting to be a bigger hefeweizen and that of a wheat wine, falling neither neatly nor appreciatively in either style frame. A moderate interpretation at best.

M: The carbonation is explosive on the tongue delivering a sharp and crisp delivery with a lot of tingly and bubbly feel especially around the edges. The body is medium with a acidic nature present especially upon the swallow. The sharp and crisp nature of the carbonation saves this from perhaps a mediocre rating here, but not by much.

D: lacked excitement, and combined with the over abundant gassy carbonation makes sure this wont go down to quickly or easily. Okay, but wouldn't go out of my way for a recommend here. It seemed forever to drink because of the carbonation so you will surely have enough time to decide wether this beer is right for you or not, sadly its not worth a repeat in my book.

beerthulhu, Feb 04, 2010
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2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with a very small white head. It smells mainly like cloves, pepper and banana, but the aroma isn't very strong at all. The taste is mostly cloves, but there's also some yeast, lemon, pepper and banana too. However, it finishes with a slight astringent, almost soapy taste that isn't pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry. Drinkability isn't too good, the astringent/soapy finish ruins the beer for me. It was pretty hard to finish the whole bottle. I'll have to revisit this one in the future, but this bottle wasn't good at all.

bluejacket74, Jul 28, 2007
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2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours clear amber orange with a 1 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of sour banana and thats about it

taste is much of the same - sour funky banana very little wheat

mouthfeel medium body and the sour flavor sting your mouth

drinkability is bad - i get more wine flavor then anything - this beer was a drain pour

jsh420, Jul 11, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded fast. The smell is yeasty with some banana notes, and hints of alcohol which was surprising. The taste starts with some yeasty notes, the sweet notes resinate throughout, and it finishes with the alcohol coming through. The flavors are strong which is nice to see for a hefe. The mouthfeel is strong, not overpowering, but a good amount of carbonation combined with the flavors makes for a stronger mouthfeel. This one is a nice drinker, not super smooth but tasty, worth checking out.

wingman14, Mar 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long list of things that were opened on Easter, but this one was the first and was enjoyed by all. Served chilled and poured into a six ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was very nice for the style, nice golden amber in color with a big head of white that capped the top very nicely. Settling down slowly it left behind copious amounts of side glass lacing and really coated the inside of the glass. Rich aroma of wheat, light grassy notes, hints of a light sourness as well with fruity touches of peach and pear coming along very well. Warming really brought the fruit out of it as it started to take on an almost sour feel. A bit thicker then I would have normally guessed for the style it had enough body to let the flavor really pop. Starts out light, herbal, grassy with light of malts playing around in it, but soon builds with lots of fruit flavors coming forward. Light citrus, pears, peaches, and touches of sour are nicely showing themselves mid palate before a drying, grain led finish snaps back leaving the slightest bit of sour fruit across the tongue.

Very well done here. Not at all what I was expecting and really a very nice little ale. I went back to this on multiple occasions as it just seemed to be getting better and better. One of my favorites from them for sure.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this from a local store. It poured a amber orange with a nutty smell. The taste was very heavy with banana. I tried the beer originally with out any fruit, but I think a orange would go good with this. It had a decent body, and was decent. I enjoyed this beer with a piece of chicken for dinner.

WwRGSwW, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of vrazionale
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours a golden brown body with a thin lacing of head.

S - Tropical fruit, yeasty bread, soft citrus, and the faintest hint of white pepper and cloves. Very well-balanced.

T - I'm digging the banana and tropical fruit flavors here. They work well with the softer wheat profile and texture. The finish has a touch of mandarin oranges and coriander. Understated, but well-done.

M - Fuller-bodied than many other American wheat beers, with good carbonation and a long, bready finish.

D - I'm not normally a fan of wheat beers, but this is a well-made, enjoyable brew. Not too spicy or thinly textured, with enough of a yeast bready feel to stand up to the big fruity flavor profile.

vrazionale, Jul 06, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Homer Simpson "umm...beer" glass (classic hefe glass).

Pours a hazy orange tinged golden color with no head whatsoever. Poured with a rather spritzy sound. But alas, no head.

Aromas of banana and clove, very classic hefe aroma.

First sip is of strong phenolics, banana, clove, lemony, but also some carbonic bite, and a rough chalkiness, like alka seltzer, that is completely out of place. Water issues?

Mouthfeel is thin(ish), not quite watery, harsh prickle from carbonation.

Marks for aroma, but every other aspect misses the boat for a classic hefe. No head, no body, too harsh a carbonation, and that chalkiness just detracts from the overall enjoyment. Not a very drinkable beer.

JamnesCameron, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colored with a small,fine bleach blonde head. Not much in the nose, some soft fruity yeast but pretty clean. Overripe banana is the dominating flavor here, apple juice and some spiciness but on the milder side. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good, not great easy drinking beer.

biggred1, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is lemony with orange zest, berries, sunflowers, honey, and a touch of bananas.
Taste is of cracked grains, honey, sunflower sees, zesty citrus, and doughy yeast.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, bready, sugary, citrusy-sweet, with cereal grain and semi-tart wheat sticking to the palate. A somewhat thin finish detracts from the brew.

weeare138, Nov 23, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

pathman, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the Weissbier glass this is a cloudy light brown colored beer with a small and weak for a wheat beer white head.

The scent is clean and a bit spicy with primarily clove aroma and a far lesser banana aroma.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a good fruity taste mainly dominated by banana over the cloves. Fruitier than most weissbiers there is a flavor here like spiced apples and vanilla. Wheat malt features greatly in the flavor as a cake flavor.

The mouthfeel is decidedly thick.

Not a bad beer but not an outstanding one either. Worth a try but I would not suggest that you expend a great deal of effort to obtain it.

Zorro, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to weeare138 for sharing this beer with me.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: Banana clove and wheat. Was that a hint of sour? No. It was a spice or too. Where did the sour go? Why would you try to call it "Wild Frog" Sour wheat ale if you weren't going to make it sour?

Taste: OK. So now I get just the slightest suggestion of sourness in the typical wheat beer flavors. It is reserved and fleeting and most certainly not wild. This simple American Pale wheat Ale is what you expect at a small town brewpub made for the masses. It is quite pedestrian and while approachable needs to loose the name wild, IMO. Otherwise the Wheat (bready) and yeast; and touch of citrus flavor, is pleasant enough and the slight sour flavor in the back end, was most likely and accident they tried to cover by calling it "wild". I guess after such an amazing beer in the RIS style with BORIS the Crusher, I was really a bit let down to have such a mainstream APWA.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Normal. Like most wheat beers it is soft and yes refreshing and a mostly average wheat beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 16, 2007
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Wild Frog Wheat Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.