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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

97 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
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:
Beer added by: nlmartin on 05-17-2007

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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.

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy (before agitating the yeast) honey color with less of a head than I would have expected from a hefe; retention is nothing to write home about and the lacing is less than satisfactory for the style

Smell: Perhaps the beers best attribute, with plenty of fruity esters, although a touch more lemon than banana; the yeast imparts a nice clove aspect

Taste: Opens bready with a developing subtle hint of banana arriving shortly thereafter; the lemony elements take over by mid-palate; and, after the swallow, the flavor profile is grainy and too harsh; although the residual banana and clove flavors provide a nice offset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of body, however

Drinkability: This beer shows off some of the struggles that our best brewers have with the great European styles; I have really enjoyed the other Hoppin' Frog beers but this one doesn't make the grade

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy ochre, a beautiful color for a wheat beer. Filling the top third of the glass is a gorgeous cap of pale lemon-accented alabaster that has 'quality' written all over it. Speaking of which, the lush, heavily creamy sound of the pour is getting my hopes up for the mouthfeel. I don't usually get excited about how wheat ales look, but this one is an attractive exception to the rule.

Unfortunately, the nose is a bit of a letdown. I can smell the attempt at a hefe weizen, but the fruit and spice is pulled back to earth by a grainy wheatiness. Given the fact that 'yeast from the oldest brewery in the world' (Weihenstephaner presumably) is used, I wonder why this beer is classified as an American pale wheat.

On the good side of the ledger, Wild Frog is bursting with flavor. Banana saturates every sip (it earns a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter), with a dash of ground clove for good measure. Yesiree, this is a hefe weizen all the way. On the not-so-good side, the flavor is a bit rough around the edges, not refined like the world-class German versions.

I'm tempted to say that too much hop bitterness is responsible for the (mild) harshness, but at only 12 IBUs, that hardly seems possible. Still, though, the beer is more bitter than sweet. Too much alcohol? Not at 6.0%. I don't know enough about brewing to figure it out, but something is keeping me from reaching for the next highest flavor score.

The mouthfeel isn't as lush as the sound of beer entering glass. It's still on the full side for the style, but is too peppily carbonated to really impress. Once the bubbles settle down some, it's much more enjoyable. I have a feeling that the mouthfeel would be all kinds of wonderful if this sucker was cask-conditioned.

Wild Frog is the first Hoppin' Frog beer that I haven't loved. It still has a great deal of potential. My advice is to keep the killer yeast strain and work on the malt and hops. Ohio needs a kick ass hefe weizen (since Great Lakes seem uninterested in brewing one). I have every confidence that Mr. Karm can provide it.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Brought to the CL cdc release.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, especially lemon, bananas, and some yeast.

t - Tastes of bananas, citrus, yeast, bready malts, and spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent hefeweizen, but nothing too special. Would drink again but probably wouldn't seek out.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of dough, wheat tang, some banana/clove.

The taste is of banana, clove spicing and wheat tang. Slight sour touch to a sweet and spicy, turning dry, crisp finish.

It has a creamy light-to-medium body.

This is an "easy-drinking" wheat with a nicely balanced character. This might not be quite to the level of some of the best of Bavaria, but certainly better than typical American wheat, with a solid HW character.

Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It's sweet smelling with loads of banana and clove esters. The taste is decent. It has a very fruity yeast content, but it's a bit heavy and flat. The needs a bit more wheat malt and less pale. It has more of a pale malt taste. The mouthfeel is average. It's a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good wheat, but I prefer a more wheat based beer instead of pale malt. It aids more in the head retention, which this beer lacks and it's lighter in the taste and mouthfeel. Overall, not bad.

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.

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.

Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle date but I picked up a fairly fresh batch at the brewery a couple weeks ago. Pours hazy golden straw color with 1-2 fingers of a very foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of big lemon, clove, spices, banana, bread, and a bit of bubblegum. Fairly nice aromas with nice strength. Taste of huge banana, clove, spices, lemon, and bubblegum. No bitterness on the finish as expected, with some lingering notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, and spices. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body; and a somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel surprisingly. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed as expected. Overall a nice Hefeweizen that I had no trouble finishing. Quite refreshing and easy to drink.

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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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