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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
84
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 97
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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Photo of nlmartin
1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Crikey! I finally did it I found a new beer to the web site.

The bottle states the beer is 6% alcohol by volume. This is a traditional German style unfilterd wheat beer with a lively flavor. Although no fruit or spices were used in the brewing... Wild Frog Wheat can be served with a slice of lemon or orange for a crisp, refreshing experience.

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. No fruit garnished my glass. Perhaps at another time I will fruit the glass but not today.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy cloudy orange yellow coloration. The head is a biege coloration approximately 2 fingers high. The head quickly resolves itself into a ring of foam. Streaks and whisp of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a passable lemon citrus and banana clove bread aroma.

Taste: The beer has a dominate lemony citrus taste intially. Then the beers flavor goes off into an astringent wicker basket sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly bigger than light body. I think this would improve with a bit more carbonation. Frankly the astringency of the finish messed this beer up for me. I have a second bottle on hand. I will try the second bottle in a few days and update the review if necessary. I was looking forward to this beer and now to say the least I am a bit disappointed and unsatisfied.

Photo of jsh420
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

Photo of LancetherealLeader
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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.

Photo of RedChrome
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear deep golden colored body. Huge foamy white head held over 3 inches a few minutes. Lots of rapid rising carbonation. Sticky lace in a few spots.

Light fruity scents mixed with a slightly plastic coated malt body. Yeast aromas are present, but aren't in balance to the rest of the brew.

Yeast flavors overwhelm he malt up front. Fruit flavors are present in the background, but also seem off. Plastic from aroma carries over and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Decent viscosity on the tongue. Huge carbonation tingle in the mouth.

A bit of a mess. Pair it with...oh heck...I don't know. This one isn't the best of style. There are better one to hunt down out there.

Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has the same picture as every other Hoppin' Frog label, a happy smiling hopping frog toasting a pint of beer. Since this is a wheat ale, all the mugs of beer on the label have a yellow colored liquid inside them. Not only does this label have all the usual stuff (Government warning, address, barcode, etc), but it also has a wealth of information. On the right side it has a nice sized paragraph talking about the style and the beer itself and just below that it is where they list the beer's specifications of 6.0% ABV, 58 OG, 14 FG, and 12 IBU. Don't waste your time looking for any kind of date because Hoppin Frog doesn't date their bottles.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass, this Wild Frog was a hazy straw color that was mixed in a dash of lemon yellow coloring. It had the usual Hefeweizen tall head of white foam to it. Like every other Hefeweizen, when it receded it left behind a small white film and streaks of white lace around the glass.

Smell: It had a nice ripe banana aroma to it. That ripe banana stuck out as the main aroma of this beer. There's was only a few other aromas behind that and that was a dash of pepper, a few cloves, a pinch of malted wheat, and a touch of citrus fruits and hops. Basically it had a standard Hefeweizen aroma to it, but that ripe banana really stood out.

Taste: I just couldn't get excited over the taste of this beer. There wasn't much to it. The taste was one big mixture of malted wheat, banana, yeast, lemon zest, orange spice, and lightly bitter citrus hops. Not one flavor stood out as being more than average. The taste was stnadard and average at best.

Mouthfeel: It was crispy and light like the Hefeweizen style is suppose to be, but I thought the aftertaste was far too light. The aftertaste was that of malted wheat, citrus hops, and a small touch of banana.

Drinkability: I can't say alot about this beer because there wasn't alot to this beer. I've said this before and I'm going to say it again, it's just a standard American Hefeweizen. There are better and shall I say cheaper alternatives to this one. One is more than enough for me.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of KillaB
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Clean, sweet malt with a little bit of pilsner honey character. Light clove and a hint of bubblegum, but not much yeast character.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front with some banana ester. Spicy wheat in the middle that transitions to cloying malt for a clean and unimpressive finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I had high hopes for this one, but I am left distinctly unimpressed. There isn't really anything going on here except for sweet, bland malt. There is a little bit of yeast aroma, but almost nothing in the flavor. Just another bland american wheat, this tastes like someone wanted to brew a German Hefe and failed spectacularly.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a quite cloudy, burnished gold body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of bales of straw and dried wheat seasoned with coriander. Some bananas, but only a hint or so.

Taste: Malted wheat flavor with a medium amount of sweetness. Reasonable amount of bananas and spice. Added pinch of sugar. Light hop bitterness. Yeasty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I, myself, wasn't overly wild about the Wild Frog, it is a decent hefeweizen.

Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head that leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, wheat, biscuity, cloves and a touch of banana.

T- Very strong wheat and cereal grain taste up front that fades into flavors of bananas and citrus more of a lemon taste that I couldn't really pick up in the smell.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and pretty much what you'd expect for this style of beer.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber bought in Akron. For some reason this beer isn't distributed to the Columbus area, although we can get BORIS, Mean Manalishi, Hoppin to Heaven, and Gulden Fraug regularly.

The appearance isn't as hazy as the usual hefeweizen, nor does it have much of a poofy head. The smell includes banana and clove, not bad. Same with the taste, although the esters aren't as strong as I'd like. Medium carbonation, not really a creamy mouthfeel. Overall mediocre as a hefeweizen, but maybe not bad as an American wheat beer.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a light orange color with a lot of yellow mixed in with it. The head was not what I expect from a Weizen beer. What was there did not last long and left no lacing since the bubbles were large.

S: Banana, spice, and a bit of bubble gum yeast aromas mix in to make a classic Hefe aroma. It is inviting, but not as fruity as pleasant as others in the style.

T: The taste follows the nose. However, the spice seems a bit over the top for my enjoyment. I like fruit to be the star of the party in a Hefe. It just seems too aggressive for the style.

M: The spicing once again makes the score here suffer a bit. It is just too aggressive in the mouth. It is also a bit thin for the style and my tastes. I believe part of that is due to the lack of carbonation compared to others.

D: The spicing once again hurts it here. I just couldn't knock it back like I can so many other examples of the style.

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at tasting, courtesy of Beervirgin72. Thank you!
Pours a rich cloudy goldish color with a light whitish head. Smell is yeasty and wheaty, but without much clove or spiced characteristic. Taste is wheat, honey, yeast, and lemon and feels more like a cross between an American Wheat and a German Hefeweizen, leaning on the American Wheat side, I thought. Very crisp, and drinkable, with a milder characteristic yeast flavor than most hefs. Nice beer!

Photo of cjgator3
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.

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Wild Frog Wheat Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.