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Wheat Beer - Durango Brewing

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71
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durango Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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matjack85

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color with a quick rising fizzy white head that receded as quickly as it rose. Within 15 seconds there wasn't even a rim of foam left on top. It also left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer had a slightly sweet smell to it along with a touch of wheat.

I don't know what's giving it that slight sugary taste, it's sort of like hard candy sugar rather than malt, but I don't mind it. What I do mind is the unpleasant mineral water taste to this beer. It ruins everything. The wheat flavor is low for a wheat beer, and at just 12 IBU's, the hops are practically non-existant.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A forgettable wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 04:21:55 | More by matjack85
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msumike89

Michigan

4/5  rDev +41.3%

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Bobhoya

Arizona

3/5  rDev +6%

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timlyon

Arizona

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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-23-2014 17:00:21 | More by LXIXME
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beerbtl

California

3/5  rDev +6%

07-27-2013 16:01:40 | More by beerbtl
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harpus

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-15-2013 19:23:14 | More by harpus
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-02-2013 22:28:58 | More by MeisterMayhem
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3/5  rDev +6%

06-23-2013 00:42:21 | More by gueuzedreg
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JohnBender

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2012 23:27:40 | More by JohnBender
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lots of tiny sediment particles on the bottom of my glass and suspended. The color is a pale yet hazey pilsner yellow, corn, hay, sunshine. Bubbling looks pretty steady. Two finger head after the pour and pretty thick film of foam that maintains for almost all twelve ounces.

There's a faint citrus note mixed in with the old banana powder toasted wheat powder aromas.

Powdery dry bananas from the yeast, but just faintly. Then some light toasted barley and wheat malt. Dry, and a little skunky tasting maybe.

Dry palate is nice, but doesn't make up enough for the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 14:05:34 | More by scruffwhor
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev +6%

05-30-2012 01:25:47 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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binx

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

05-15-2012 16:09:07 | More by binx
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3/5  rDev +6%

01-21-2012 22:46:42 | More by poppyjohn
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Lightly hazed pale golden, decent lacing

SMELL: Bready, yeast, grainy, white chocolate, floral, faint lemongrass

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, bready, mineral, wild flowers, grainy, nutty yeast, muted hops, yeasty finish

A no-frills wheat beer here and it shows, nothing much to it ... it actually asks for a slice of citrus to liven up the party.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:22:20 | More by Jason
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kojevergas

Texas

2.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-copper.

Sm: Smells undesirable, with a feet-like funk not akin to bretts or any other acceptable funkiness. Unlike the aromas of good wheat beers. Smells wrong for the style. A light strength aroma.

T: A simple wheat beer with pathetic attempts at funk intruding. Poor for a wheat beer. What were they thinking? No complexity or subtlety. Just wheat and bad funk. Did they use bread yeast from Walmart?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not really suitable for the flavours.

Dr: Is this amateur hour? A sad attempt at a wheat beer. Won't have it again. Ever.

D

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:25:41 | More by kojevergas
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blakelive784

Colorado

1.8/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy yellow/golden color with a thin, 1 finger head. Retention is surprisingly decent.

S - The yeast gives funky off nots that I'm not having. It's got spicy and citrus notes, other than, there's not a whole lot else going on.

T - Yeast dominates the palate. It's bready, plain and entirely wrong for a wheat. There are light spicy and citric notes. It's bland, uninspired and just bad all together. Just plain wrong.

M - Too wet, not carbonated well, and light.

D - Don't even bother looking at this one. It's built poorly, bland, plain, terrible and just bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:24:27 | More by blakelive784
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JimKal

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy gold with a fairly large head. I think it meets the appearance requirements for at wheat ale.

I don't think I've refined my taste abilities that I could note any specific attributes.

I think this would have been more enjoyable out on the deck when it was hot outside rather than in December when it is cold and dark. I know I enjoyed Goose Island 312 in the summer but it just isn't appealing in the winter, thus my lower rating for this offering from Durango may be, for me, seasonal issue.

There was noting objectionable about it but nothing very memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 14:03:29 | More by JimKal
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rab53

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

12-01-2011 05:37:55 | More by rab53
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claytong

Vermont

2.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

taste more of a pale ale than a wheat. its very soft thought for a pale ale. no bite at all. there is a hint of cloves.
pretty easily going down, but not much desire to as the taste is almost absent.
as i have to say time and time again, i just wish this tasted more like wheat for being a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:43:13 | More by claytong
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ubermick

California

1.83/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Golden, hazy, just what you'd expect. Head retention was surprisingly poor for a wheat, tho.

S: Hints of banana and clove, sweet and grainy.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. I couldn't finish it, it was so unbalanced. Handed it to my wife, who loves sweeter beers, she took one sip, and it was promptly handed back. The rest was poured out.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated.

O: When I caught the sweetness in the nose, and the initial taste, I was convinced that the beer was off - that the yeast had kicked out early, leaving an unfinished beer. But the mouthfeel was more or less on, so it left me confused. Reading here, seems like the cloying sweetness is par for the course. This is definitely one to avoid, coming across more like a bad homebrew than a commercial offering. (Sorry Michael!)

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:56:19 | More by ubermick
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a colleague. His brother brought it back from Colorado. I think I've had their dark lager and it was okay.

The bottle from which it was poured lacks a lot of the information I've come to enjoy with my beers. A story of the name, a mission statement of the brewery, something to entertain me as I let my beer breath. This doesn't have it. Put simply, the beer is the Durango Brewing Company's Wheat Beer... no clever names here. Just beer. The picture of the steam engine is pretty cool though.

The smell lacks any character. It's hard to distinguish anything from the nose.

The color is orangy... others seem to be describing it as yellow. I don't see the yellow. Maybe gold. Not impressed with this. Not a color I'd expect with a wheat beer.

Next is the taste. Not your typical wheat bear. Non-descript in fact. Tastes like a watered down lager. I'm not picking up any hints of spice. It's well balanced.. a lack of hops makes it drinkable and enjoyable, but it just doesn't seem to fit the category.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:39:51 | More by klkatz
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, no fresh date on bottle.

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow under two fingers of white head that lasts quite well but doesn't lace much on the glass. Impressive amount of sediment that I carefully left in the bottle and will add about half way through to see if it benefits the flavor or not.

The nose has very pale malts, smelling rather like rice or corn adjuncts and some minimal noble hop bite. Smells like a macro lager.

The flavor is better than the nose, and actually seems like a wheat beer. Some subtle notes of coriander, banana and clove some through under the very pale wheat malts. There is just a bit of hops showing through and I find this pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, as this style dictates. Could be a bit fuller and smoother and would still be just fine. Drinkability is very high.

Conclusion: Made with water from the San Juans... that is awesome. I have backpacked in those wild mountains and never been so surrounded by rapturous beauty. Anyway, this beer is a highly drinkable very tame American pale wheat ale. It doesn't crackle or sparkle in flavor like the best in this style do, but is still a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 21:43:08 | More by allforbetterbeer
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LittleDon

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy straw colored with a bit of carbonation. Bleached white head that dies to a wisp. Grainy aroma with a hint of banana. Grain up front. Cloyingly sweet middle and finish with no hops to balance it. Mouthfeel a bit heavy for the style. I was expecting something a bit lighter, but it was a bit on the thick side.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 20:49:13 | More by LittleDon
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden color with a thin quickly dissipating head and barely hazy for an unfiltered beer really it's completely transparent.
S: good malty smell of barley and wheat malts with a very light yeast aroma but not much else working in.
T: has a bland taste with some fruitiness to it that really comes out as a peach flavor a few seconds after you swallow.
M/D: very light flat feel and is very drinkable but then again so is water and a peach flavored water is a good substitute.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:37:34 | More by Kemmerlin
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Wheat Beer from Durango Brewing
71 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.