O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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4.35/5 rDev +21.8%
This delicious bottle-conditioned quencher offers up a hazy yellow body that teems with lively effervescent bubbles beneath a huge mound of bright white froth. The retention is excellent, and it's head eventually drops down to a densely creamy half-inch of foam that leaves wide collars about the glass with each sip. The nose is fresh and inviting with a touch of lemony citrus. It's brisk and quick in the mouth with a light-medium body and very fine, lightly effervescent carbonation that lends a gentle zest on the tongue before passing refreshingly away. A lemony and subtly sweet wheatish malt is laced with hop flavor and backed by a firm bitterness. It's very nicely balanced and fades away leaving a touch of citrus and some mild bitter reminders. Quite enjoyable and refreshing!
01-12-2004 23:21:44 | More by NeroFiddled
4.3/5 rDev +20.4%
Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce bottle that is somewhat a hybrid-cross between a squat and the taller thin bottles. Large obverse label has a picture of what appears to be a large yellow sun with ears of wheat as rays set against a pale blue sky background. Has the words Double Champion Wheat Beer on the label, proudly pronouncing the fact that it was a winner of the 1999 & 2002 Wheat Beer Challenge held by the Society of Independent Brewers, or SIBA as I know them. Listed as 4.0% ABV, and has a Best Before Date of 07:31:2004 dot-matrix inked on the yellow crown cap in orange, barely discernable.
Appearance: Pours with plenty of carbonation, its a lively mother, even after being in my fridge for the best part of 4 days or more. An immense pure white head forms atop the beautiful looking sunshine yellow body that has hints of gold to it. The humungous head eventually settles down but collapses in a very random manner leaving some awesome lacing and a head that resembles a Himalayan mountain range. Looks bloody good.
Nose: Lots of wheat in the nose, some grain smells with a hint of fresh lemon-rind to it. Clean.
Taste: A very fresh and thirst quenching Wheat Beer. The wheat starts the drink but a lovely lemony middle develops. Citric ending with some dry wheat grain tinges. Finishes with a refreshing ending that makes you pick up the Glass for the next mouthful. This is a very crisp wheat beer. I noted whilst drinking this that it is brewed with the Brewerys own well water, I wonder if this helps the clarity of the taste profile.
Mouthfeel: For a 4.0% beer is certainly has plenty of mouthfeel, probably aided by the solid conditioning in the beer. The carbonation assists but it is never in a detrimental way. The lemony middle is also quite big in character. Smooth & Clean.
Drinkability: Easily downed, no problems at all here, its warming up In Long Beach after a few cold days, and this was the first beer on a sunny afternoon that sets the tone perfectly.
Overall: Highly Recommended. A great Wheat Beer, one of the better bottles English Wheat Beers for sure, and a worthy Champion.
N.B. Judging by some of other Reviews I just read after posting this, I guess that this one is certainly best drunk fresh and well within the Best Before Date, which is on the Crown Cap!!!
01-04-2004 23:05:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours a golden yellow color. Large head which seems to never die down until first sip is taken. Very light odor lemon pepper with a hint of fruit. During the first sip the fruit becomes most apparent in a non-traditional way. Usually a beer like this would have a pungent lemon or wheat taste to it, but both of them are deliciously understated. Very pleasant after taste as well...the slight lemon lingers for a bit with a certain tingly-ness. Very good summer brew.
03-16-2005 11:53:24 | More by Toddv29424
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
Appearance - opting for the slow pour to minimize cloudiness and sediment, I ended up with a beautiful semi-hazy pour into a tall hefe glass. A stiff peak of meringue-like foam crests well above the top of the glass. The beer has a pale light yellow color in the narrow bottom of the glass, but shows off some orange shading in the wider top half of the glass. Patterned crystalline lacing on the glass near the gold rimming holds the beer inside like a castle wall. Maximum aesthetics. Super start.
Aroma - very spicy and snappy. Not getting much banana essence but some clove and/or allspice is coming through loud and clear. A breath of soapiness perhaps as well.
Taste - some of the clove flavor I pick up easily, but what I was smelling as soapiness turns out to be that English style beer taste, kind of like the Fuller's ESB I had a day or two ago. Some moderate hopping develops along with some orange and hint of grapefruit. Ends pleasantly dry and bitter. Good stuff. While English beer styling isn't my favorite, there is more than enough otherwise to compensate.
Mouthfeel - bubbly and smooth, finishes cleanly.
Drinkability - I will drink these anytime they are offered! The half-liter bottle makes for a more enjoyable experience, but this one's disappearing fast, and at 4% abv, multiple half-pints are a no-brainer.
02-17-2004 17:24:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
A re-review of this beer closer to its expiry date (5 Jan. 06)
A: this time I choose to drink it "kristalklaar"... in a 300ml weissbier glass it pours a slightly dark-golden colour, with an effervescent white beer head building up non-stoppingly, so tight and frothy the head simply refuses to go away; exceptional for a British bottle-conditioned beer (or my choice of glassware this time might greatly help with the head retention??). Carbonation is fierce at first but gradually softens and remains consistently lively, when combined with the colour the whole thing looks more like a bottled lager!! Next to perfect, for a bottle-conditioned ale.
S: refreshing nose of malted wheat makes a big entrance upfront, but gearing towards the sweeter edge... delicious but subtle fruity aroma (citrusy and lightly orange-candyish) underlines the grainy note well, while the spicy touch (combination of mild banana and faint note of clove) is kept to the minimum.
T: the palate is akin to a British summer/golden ale replaced with a wheatish theme--the softly grainy palate is quickly followed by a refreshing touch of spice (faintly clove), lemon-zest, a light chewy breadiness and more water-biscuit like sourness developing in the mouth, while the lingering wheatish flavour turns increasingly dry towards the finish along with a crisp and tangy kick, arousing more and more thirst for sure.
M: very lively and creamy texture thanks to a consistent fizzy body, while the finishing mouthfeel is clean but simple, not like a hefe-weizen with more grainy and richer mouthfeel in the back.
D: comparing with my last review of this beer, I'd say without the intervention of yeast sediments this beer is even more charming, quite the opposite to my experience of German hefe-weizen~~ Very enjoyable and different.
09-08-2005 17:27:56 | More by wl0307
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours a light peach color with a huge blooming rocky head that inches its way down slowly leaving huge globs of lace,pleasant citruisy/flowery aroma soft but noteworthy.A hefe on the dry side with some real hop presence in the finsh pretty clean and dry a light lemony zest to it but with some malted wheat in a lingering finish.I really like this beer a newer twist on the style drier and with a true hop presence,well done will drink a few of these this summer for sure.
02-19-2005 01:47:38 | More by oberon
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +12%
To me this is more drinkable than most of the German Wheat beers. It is bottle conditioned, and you can choose to let the bottle settle before you pour it. It goes down very smoothly. I chose to decant it into a jug to avoid disturbing the sediment, and the reduced carbonation was to my taste.
It does share some characteristics with English bitters, but I assume that's intended to help get English drinkers into a wheat beer.
I think I could happily drink this for an entire session.
10-20-2003 23:30:39 | More by ToneControl
4/5 rDev +12%
The label has some discussion about this as an English wheat style - I've never thought of anyone having much of a distinctive wheat style other than the Germans and Belgians (certainly not Americans). Uneducated or misinformed as I may be, I wasn't sure what to expect. Aroma was surprisingly hoppy, without any yeast phenols. Flavor was crisp and a tad dry, but without sacrificing mouthfeel. Moderately bitter hoppyness vied with the wheat malt for dominance, and eventually won out, but just barely. An interesting wheat.
11-01-2004 19:28:44 | More by Brent
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +12%
It puured a nice golden colour with a nice white head. Carbonation was nice and refreshijng. A nice spicey wheat beer with a real cleansing after taste. A very enjoyable beer it's a nic ebeer on a warm summer days.
The only thing disappointing is the alc level is a bit low at 4%. My opnion the flavours would stand out more if the the alc wias bit hoigher in the 5-5.5 range.
06-24-2003 10:13:36 | More by importguy
4/5 rDev +12%
Best by 02.19.09:
Pours golden yellow - clear on first pour, hazed on second. A fluffy white head leaves some lacing.
The smell is of wheat dough with lemon and a hint of grapefruit. Mellow, crisp.
The taste is of tangy wheat, with sweet grain, a bit towards nutty. It has a lemon and grapefruit touch. From what I understand, Cascade hops are used here - that would explain the citrus quite well. I wouldn't say it's hoppy, but it is for the style. There is a definate "English" taste to it, though it has an American hop taste mixed in. It has a refreshingly dry finish.
It has a creamy, light (though not thin) body.
Very easy to drink and refreshing. An interesting "American" wheat - while retaining a definate "British" character. I paired the second half with fish and chips, as suggested, and the lemony edge and overall lightness made it a very nice pairing.
02-16-2009 17:33:57 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +12%
Enjoyed this on my birthday in a pub somewhere in London. My pint arrived with a cloudy yellow liquid with a thick, creamy white head atop. Quite a strong aroma of banana and spice.
I loved this beer, as I have a habit of falling in love with HefeWeizens on draught. Wonderful spicy flavor, combining subtle malt, clove, wheat, grassy, and lemon flavors. No lemon needed.
A thoroughly enjoyable brew...hopefully I cross paths with this again.
12-26-2002 09:06:04 | More by IrishRedRock
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Cloudy golden yellow with a big white head that has specs of yeast in it as well. The aroma is of cloves, plantains, lemons, wheat and more. The taste follows suit with a lovely crisp clove taste up front. The middle is fruity and yeasty, and the finish is crisp, refreshing, and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but creamy as well. The drinkability is very good as well. This is a good wheat beer from O'Hanlons...
08-10-2004 19:30:04 | More by francisweizen
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
It is a golden color with some cloudiness to it. The aroma is a hoppy citrus that reminds me of grapefruit. The body is light and grainy and it finishes with a lemony/grapefruit dryness. It is really crisp and refreshing. I first had this beer while in London and I am glad that it is now available in the States.
03-23-2004 15:55:33 | More by ark57
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Golden amber orange hazed tone with a full white head leaves massive thickets of lacing down my weizen glass. Aroma: Strong sense of husky wheat notes with a spicy citrus note dancing in the background with some wild notes bringing it altogether. Taste: Smooth rolling flavor of citrus wheat with a unmalted wheat tone somewhat peppery and bitey not bad at all. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sort of sticks to the palate in a good way. Drinkability: Enjoyable goes down very smoothly especially for an English wheat ale, one of the better versions in my opinion.
10-26-2004 23:09:20 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
Crystal clear gold with an amazing amount of effervescence (due to secondary fermentation), and a nice white head.
Excellent fruit characteristics (grapefruit & banana) with a generous sampling of hops thrown in a well. Best smelling wheat I've encountered.
This is a really good wehat. Different from the Belgian White, or German Hefeweizen. Citrus characteristic shines (grapefruit) with a slight bitter finish.
06-14-2004 22:53:55 | More by cbl2
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
50 cl bottle dated best before 5/31/05. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Lots of carbonation. Malted wheat aroma, a hint of lemon and a spicy hop character. Very spritzy on the palate, it works well to accompany the moderately thin body. A very refreshing wheat beer devoid of banana esters and clove phenols. The higher hopping level is a welcomed change of pace, too. A very nice wheat beer done English-style. I think it's a bit better without the sediment, it brings out the subtle hop character nicely.
01-29-2005 00:43:15 | More by crookedhalo
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
On cask at the Bridge House, Belfast
Pours with a rich lemony yellow body. Creamy fairly dense white head forms, sticks around till the end. Some lacing
Smell, fresh lemons and other citrus. Some tea like tannins, little touch of faint crisp malt. Freshly cut grass
Taste, juicy fruit and fresh lemon and lime. Some crisp hop bitterness and a touch of wheat on the finish
A pretty tasty and sessionable summer wheat, this was called Goldblade when I had it but I'm fairly sure its the same wheat beer, both are 4.0%abv
08-26-2007 20:59:04 | More by cypressbob
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head; lots of floaties. The aroma is good. It has a citrousy scent to it. There is also the presence of pale wheat malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a watery feel to it. It also has a weak wheat flavor. However, It does have some character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great sessions beer. It goes down smooth.
02-11-2004 01:46:55 | More by WesWes
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours hazy pale straw with a rocky off white head. Aroma of wheat, malt, and soft hops. Slight fruity pineapple aroma. Flavor is pretty bland. Mouthfeel of a wheat, but the flavor is slightly bitter and crisp, leading into a dry finish. The drinkability is high.
12-15-2003 00:24:18 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
A: Poured a cloudy, pale gold with a well retaining fluffy white head that left a nice sticky lacing behind. Visible carbonation was medium.
S: a nice hoppy aroma of sour citrus, fresh wheat and light oranges.
T: The initial flavor was fresh citrus, wheaty, and yeasty. Crisp, citrus and a nice summertime wheat body makes this a enjoyable and easy to drink in multiples.
M: Nice mouthful that was light, with a smooth texture.
D: Easy drinking wheat, lacks complexity but a solid quaffer thirst quenching wheat beer none the less with a solid flavor.
11-09-2008 13:47:15 | More by beerthulhu
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Cloudy, straw colored brew. Creamy, lasting white head. Wheat grain and citrus aroma. Flavor is primarily doughy wheat, grassy hop and hint of spice. Body is light-medium, but substantial enough due to the yeasty haze, to create a satisfying mouthfeel. Very smooth...could easily put down several of these thirst quenching brews. An interesting interpretation of the style...probably lies somewhere between the traditional Bavarian weissbier and an American wheat.
06-12-2002 09:52:47 | More by John
3.5/5 rDev -2%
16.9 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed yellow golden body with a skimpy white head. Some minor lacing sticks to the glass. Subdued aroma has some lemon candy and toasted wheat cracker. Light medium body has average carbonation. Taste is unremarkable but nicely balanced between a lemony citrus bitterness and toasted wheat maltiness. Understated, but clean and refreshing. Good rendition of a pedestrian style.
08-21-2008 13:13:01 | More by merlin48
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
This beer poured a golden yellow color with a medium sized white head that lowered to a half inch creamy froth. Lots of bubbles racing to the top along with more yeast sediment that I have seen in awhile in the beer. The smell was really wheaty and somewhat citric in a bitter way. The initial flavor that I get here is a faint wheat taste but then a lemony flavor comes on quite strong. The lemon begins tarty and turns bitter. The astringency in this citric lemony taste almost gets too strong for my liking. Small doses of coriander come in at times and the finish is quite yeasty. Very thirst quenching but it is simply too lemony for me. Maybe if I drink this on a hot summer day I'd think differently or maybe if I drank the beer when it was fresher (exp date is a week away). But for now this was a thirst quenching, effervescent wheat beer that had a slight off flavor to me.
02-12-2004 18:06:21 | More by granger10
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
Best before 05 31 05. This baby's past due, but I look forward to the tasting.
Served in a hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature.
Appearance- Pours a darker than average delightfully rich gold from the bottle, creating a big soapy head that lingers forever. As I elect to swirl in all sediment, smell brown chunks fall inside... as opposed to the fine powdery sediment from a German wheat beer.
Smell- The nose certainly gives away the secret that this is an English beer... I struggle to pull aromas of banana and clove, but rather get the hard, mineraly water character and hops upfront. Clean, wheaty notes manifest themselves as the beer comes to temperature. Finally, a citric, lemony aroma floats in the glass.
Taste- Rather on the blander side for a hefeweizen, the wheat, malt, and hops are balanced effortlessly on the palate... I only wish there was more to it than this. Clean, most definitely... but not refreshing in the way I like my wheat beers. There is a lemony edge to the finish and aftertaste that feels good on a warm day, and would compliment light seafood without a doubt.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nice and smooth in the mouth, with a fantastic light efferfescence that almost lasts for the entire duration. Easy drinking, just not what I would consider a great expression of this great style of beer.
05-06-2006 00:10:12 | More by yelterdow
O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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