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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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73 Reviews

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 7
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:
Beer added by: nlmartin on 05-17-2007

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 100
Photo of Grundle20
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dingy golden color and is topped off by a respectable white head. From a wheat beer I would expect a little more in terms of head volume but the consistency is creamy and displays good retention and lacing.

Deliciously spot on; huge notes of banana nut bread ooze from the glass.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
A bit of a let down from the scent, but the flavors still manage to come across slightly true bringing forth a creamy prominence of spiced banana up front despite panning out to a more dry and fruity ale like middle. The finish is more bready with good nutty banana undertones that carry on in to the aftertaste. Overall the flavors are there but the development of said flavors paired with a marginally more sharp mouthfeel take away a bit from the beer.

I think this beer is perfectly delicious on any occasion and has all the makings of a repeat offender.

Bottom Line:
I think this is quite the slam dunk for Hoppin' Frog. Just enough attention to traditional qualities without too much sacrifice to their own interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We are a lucky bunch in the MO/IL area to have the Frogs move in – another winner!

This hoppy frog pops into the glass a hazy amber orange, nice white head – kinda died quickly, but it did put some rings around the rosey.

Hefe type aroma of clove and malty wheat, perhaps a pop of coriander. The orange did present itself more in the quaff, along with a citrus spice kick. Nice.

Crisp and tart, yet soft and subtle - this is a nice American version of a wheat. Enjoyable across the board, even if a newbie or a craft junkie.

Where the hell did the other reviews come up with “sour”, not on the label anywhere. Not American wild ale, a German style wheat- tasty and right on, too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Presents as a hazy straw color with a nice half-finger of foam. The head disappears eventually, but leaves a small ring of lace.

Soft floral aromas. Touch of honey. Citrus notes such as orange and lemon.

Flavors are nicely balanced. Soft, wheaty center. Orange, honey, lemon. A little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel - nothing to heavy, but not watery.

This is a great wheat ale. I almost like it better than some of the summer standards like Oberon. Good soft qualities, highly drinkable. Very refreshing. Big fan of this beer - I will revisit this one.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Pours a very foggy dark gold.

Smells heavy of wheat and fruit, though it was a sweet cherry smell.

Taste was very nice heavy wheat and cherry, finished with a spicy wheat undertone.

Mouthfeel was very crisp, carbonated, and smooth.

Could drink this all day long.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great hazey golden amber with some very light head at first and some strong bubbling. The aroma has a strong scent of faint fruits... if that makes any sense. Light bananas with just a splash of chammomile like hops. The taste is a pretty decent blending between bitterness and sweetness. The fruits hit you first with notes of bananas, strawberris, and some cloves. The bitterness gives some soft herb garden notes. Pretty good wheat beer. The ruits have a dry texture to them with, but still very soft on the tongue overall. Great summer beer that has been available in Illinois now for abut two months. Awesome.

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Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I found at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor this past week for $5.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but this is a new release so I am sure that it is just fine.

A Ho hum head which is off white, short lived and leaves little to no lacing over a great looking light caramel, opaque body. Not impressed with the head but the body is attractive. They balance each other out I guess in my score.

S Great light citrus, wheat smells rise up from the beer in what reminds me of another local Wheat based beer from Cellar Rats Brewery, Field Rat Wheat. I really enjoyed the smell of that one too. I could not "enjoy" this "with a slice of orange" as the label suggests but the smell reminds me of that for sure. 4.5

T Yes, yes, a very drinkable citrus and wheat centered beer that is a bit more effervescent than the Cellar Rats Field Rat Wheat but otherwise very much in that taste spectrum. 4.0

M As mentioned, more effervescent than its closely related Cellar Rats offering. Overall this is a light to medium bodied beer. 3.5

D Very good indeed. I finished the 22 oz. bomber without any trouble. 4.5

Notes: Good offering again from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of Trystero
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most of my experience with wheat beers is limited to American styles made for summer, normally brewed with citrus or hops. This beer seems to be as indicated in the description, a German-Style wheat beer sans fruit or spices.

A - Very refreshing deep orange hue with slight tints of yellow around the edges. Certainly can tell it's unfiltered due to it's hazyness. Pours with no head surprisingly.

S - Bouquete of banana, slight lingering citrus notes, followed by ceral grainyness stirring up visions of wheat fields unter a hot summer sun.

T - Fruit, fruit and more fruit. Citrus begins the swig, maintaining it's presence through the middle and into the finish. The initial citrus is followed by banana and the ceral grainy, wheat mash in the finish. Citrus acidity lingers after each sip.

M - Robust and pleasing mouthfeel, hearty even. Almost no carbonation though it does not leave one wanting.

O - For 5.99 a bomber, a pretty solid summer. Certainly more of a Hefeweizen than an American wheat, but still holds onto it's Midwestern roots in retaining the citrus we desire in a summer wheat release.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber. Nose is a lot of dough and spices. Flavor is tangy with citrus. Nice level of sweetness. Spices are backing it up. Smooth and nice really. Much better than I was expecting. Feel is smooth on liquid. But the one detractor is the carbonation. A bit too much IMO. However. This is still a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade on this one!

A- Pours a hazy, dark yellow color. Plenty of white, fizzy head adorns the top and sticks around for awhile. Good lacing, also.

S- Smells of spiced apples and cloves. Very spicy smell, a bit grainy too. Very interesting to say the least.

T- Taste is also very spicy, but well balanced with a bit of bitterness from the hops. Mostly a taste of cloves comes through as far as the fruitiness goes.

M- Light-medium bodied, lots of carbonation, very crisp feel.

D- Very drinkable, a good summer beer.

Overall, I like this beer very much. I would definitely try it again.

Thanks again Mike!!

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Photo of TheDoodles
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden and hazy. Appears unfiltered. Minimal to low head.

S- The nose is a lively mix of banana, old-fashioned chewing gum and spices. Most likely cloves.

M- Rather high crisp, carbonation. Not watery.

T- Taste matches the nose. It's light and well-balanced.

D- Unlike most Hoppin Frog brews, one could easily drink an entire bomber or two without needing an ER visit (which is not a criticism). The brew is a lovely summer beverage.

O- Another winner for the Akron crew and a pleasant variation of the style. Happy 5th Anniversay Fred. (the Barley Wine is chilling).

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Torgo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to StFun! Hazy orange colored pour, very little carbonation and an aroma of bread and a little banana/spice. Flavor is slightly subdued creamy orange, sweet spices and a little caramel on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, another solid offering from Hoppin Frog!

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog continues to impress me. This 4th beer I tried from them Is a spicy hefeweizen. Nice pour, a hazy golden body with a thick foamy head. It smells of clove & pepper, lemon, and a Very lively mouth feel. The flavor leans more towards the spicy side with a lemon twist in the finish. Crisp, fruity, and spicy - a great beer for the hot dayz of summer, but I can see myself drinking this on a cool fall night at a poker game.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some wheat/grassy, banannas, corinader, some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, good dose of malts/yeast, nice touch of banannas/corinader/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly carbonated orange body with a small head on top of a citric aroma that is powerful of oranges and banana and has a good spicy twang in it. A smooth, creamy body that has an amazing citricesque taste of orange, banana, tropical fruit, along with spices and clove that are very evident. Has some fluffy yeast/wheat twang as well and finish sharp and crosp with a bit of hoppy bitterness. A very good hefe indeed.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear (slightly hazy) and amber. Carbonation is moderate to low and large bubbles. The head is big and white with medium and small bubbles. Head falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and has a strong wheat character. Not as estery as other hefeweizens.

Medium to low bodied, a lot more banana and fruit flavors in the actual beer. It isn't dry, finishes cleanly, drinkability really high. Overall I would like a little more body and some more wheat character.

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Photo of vrazionale
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that fades fast but leaves nice rings of sea foam lace.

The smell is nice and mild with touches of banana, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some citrus notes as well of orange and lemon with a nice grainy, wheat background.

The taste follows witht the grainy wheat flavor, some caramel notes, and mild green banana. Faint hints of clove, and other spice. Nutmeg notes and a hint of vanilla.

The texture is almost creamy, but grainy edged, thin and dry finished with citrus. Overall, a nicely balanced, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: banana, bubblegum, and a soft sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: lightly grainy wheat profile with banana, bubblegum, a hint of clove and pepper, green grapes, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a touch of dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer goes down easy and is refreshing. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of merlin48
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much lacing.

S - It smelled very floral and a citrus/lemon aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat with a spicy heat. Citrus and lemon flavors also very present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good beer. It doesn't taste like a true hefe but it is still good.

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Wild Frog Wheat Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.