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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

92 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:56:44 | More by Wasatch
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JDV

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:58:50 | More by JDV
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AltBock

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:55:54 | More by AltBock
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 20:41:25 | More by weeare138
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Vancer

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:50:42 | More by Vancer
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weeare138 shared this bottle at Phatz' sour beer tasting. I wish I had brought this one back from Ohio on my trip.

Appearance: Pours very hazy solid gold color and has a small white head that rises to about 1/2 an inch.

Smell: Smells of cherry, red kool-aid and cotton candy make up the bulk of the aromas. Not much distinct sourness to speak of.

Taste: Very saison-like with flavors of wild yeast and candy. Yeasty wheat and citrus flavor. Pez is reminiscent in the flavors as well. Pretty good but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a little bit of funk. Maybe this one would do better after 6 months. Slight alcohol presence.

Drinkability: I like what this brewery has thrown at me so far, and this one slipped a little. Maybe go for a stronger sourness or flavor profile. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 12:49:58 | More by Risser09
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 04:26:22 | More by Phatz
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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 18:19:41 | More by WesWes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 02:21:54 | More by Sammy
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 21:13:10 | More by Grundle20
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 00:08:36 | More by bluejacket74
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 13:24:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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muddyriverduck

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co (Chicago) pilsner glass. White one-finger head faded quickly leaving lace that stuck through the duration of my tasting.

Smelled like 'nanas, cloves and shortbread cake. Fun smelling brew.

Had a spicy taste to it, with a very dry finish. It hit the spot after a long 13-hour day. Medium body feel on the tongue.

I find it very drinkable. It's a good summer brew. One I could drink plenty of.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 02:25:25 | More by muddyriverduck
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Zorro

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 06:28:17 | More by Zorro
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budsboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow, hazy with a nice white head that didn't stick around all that long, but left enough for a nice web of lace.

Fruity aroma, with lots of banana, and a warm breadiness.

Spicier than I expected — clove-ish. Loads of banana flavors in there, rolling around with a strong grainy flavor. Finishes a bit dry with a lasting husky grain flavor.

Medium bodied and smooth, soft.

Easy to drink, non-offensive beer. Good for the season.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 20:17:36 | More by budsboy
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klewis

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head typical of a hefe. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Subtle aromas of cloves and citrus with a slight phenolic smell.

T: Very strong wheat and cereal grain taste up front that fades into flavors of bananas and citrus.

M: Light bodied and crisp with fine carbonation. The texture is a bit watery and is missing the creaminess of many German hefes.

D: The flavor is a quite fleet, and as mentioned, the texture is a bit thin, yet this is one of the better American wheat beers that I've had to date. Definitely a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 18:58:40 | More by klewis
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nlmartin

Ohio

1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 13:06:25 | More by nlmartin
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