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O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.

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O'Hanlon's Wheat BeerO'Hanlon's Wheat Beer

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82
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-12-2002)
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Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -30%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit stale in taste i thought, quite a lemony slight tartness, slight bitterness, definitely a wheaty taste an mouthfeel, but the lemon flavour comes through quite a bit, quite refreshing in the end, ugly sediment chunks though, be careful while pouring.

rastaman, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of canucklehead
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had some issues with this beer as it seemed to lack any banana or clove flavour what so ever. I found the beer to finish bitter without any real complexity. This being a wheat beer needs some hook to hang the palate on and I was lost. I think Big Rock Grasshopper is a better wheat beer than this example.

canucklehead, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of clvand0
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double champion wheat was what the bottle says. Perhaps they've changed the recipe since then. Pours an orange color with some cloudiness and an enormous head that doesn't have much retention. Leaves some lacing on the glass as well. The aroma had some citrus in it as well as some wheat character, but it was lacking the good wheat beer aromas that I like, such as spices, bananas, cloves. The flavor was incredibly bland. Look, somebody put some wheat beer in my water. Slight character of the beer I smelled, but there just isn't enough flavor there. Not impressed. Seek elsewhere for good hefe's.

clvand0, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light cloudy golden ale with a strong white head.

Smell is fruity in the way English pale ales are not like a German Hefe Weizen. Slightly spicy and lemony in scent.

Taste is dry and a little tart in the beginning. Mild flavored wheat malt and powdery yeast flavors and a notable bitterness in the finish. Seems to me to be under flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good but not great. This tastes basically like an American wheat beer that is mild mannered and thirst quenching but by no means in the same class as a real complex German Hefe Weizen. Easy to drink but I can't see ever buying another bottle of this when I can get the real German stuff for 1/2 the cost.

Zorro, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a thin, creamy white head that maintains. Rather thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly malty with a distinct lemony smell - which seems to be caused by the blend of the yeast and hop aromas. There is a mild tea smell in the background.

Taste is herbal hops with an overtone of tea upfront. Slight lemony hints show up here and there, but not nearly as pronounced as in the smell. Slight bitter bite midway that finally leads to a bit of malt before it finishes with a lingering hop tea taste.

Medium-light body, creamy texture.

Not much of a wheat beer, and probably the first "American Pale Wheat" I have had that was brewed outside of the states. It has a bit more character overall than most of the domestic attempts, but that character falls short of making this beer anything more than mediocre. Easy enough to drink, but I'm ready for something more interesting by the end of the bottle.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a hazy golden-yellow, with thin white head that stuck around until about mid-glass, with okay lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly lemon. Citrus and wheat are evident in the flavor, although not real dominant. Light body and okay finish, but I’ve had wheat beers I enjoyed a lot more. Nothing really struck me as special with this beer.

kimcgolf, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Razor
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a more brown look than other wheat beers.

Smell - The smell is a spicy banana scent that is an average smell for a wheat beer.

Taste - The taste has a very spicy taste and some hint of banana, a bit average for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is average for a wheat. I was expecting a more welcoming feeling in my mouth, instead I just got and average feel.

Drinkability - The beer is drinkable but doesn't have the welcoming feel I thought it would have.

Overall I think this is an average wheat beer and isn't quite as good as I expected.

Razor, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is a murky orange in color with lots of carbonation and a huge head.

Smell – This one actually has a touch of yeasty wheat with some good orange notes and a bit of lemon rind.

Taste – The wheat flavors form the trunk of this flavor profile. The orange and lemon from the nose are here at the taste but are a little more reserved. There’s also a tinge of biscuity malt of some kind and maybe even a bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Hefe Weizen is heavily carbonated but lacks that fluffy mouthfeel of a traditional effort at the style.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t that bad. I don’t know that it’s a Hefe Weizen, but maybe more like an English-style Pale Wheat Ale or something like that.

RoyalT, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by clvand0 with me. This beer poured a hazy peahy orange color with a huge billowing head. The nose was wheaty, with a small, risp citrus hop. The flavor was weak sauce. Not a lot going on there at all. It was really just bland, lacking a true flavor. The fell was a light moderate, smooth whith a small carbonation on it. Yawn. I will not be looking for this one again. It did nothing really to impress me.

kmpitz2, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that shows decent retention but leaves negligible lacing

Smell: Moderate aroma of banana wheat esters

Taste: Starts out with a tangy cracker flavor; after the swallow a citrusy bitterness sinks in, with lemon and pineapple elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad; I regret that this bottle was well past the "best by" date (a big hiss for Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore) as this might be much better if it were fresh

brentk56, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Three fingers of fluffy white head sit on top of this cloudy, light honey colored beer. The nose has faint hop aromas. Lacing is moderate. This is unusually bitter for a wheat beer. The bitter start gives over to tangyness and then eases in to a nice citrusy sweetness. This is a very good beer but I would hardly call it the chapion of wheat beers once, much less twice. The bitterness is a little much for the style and abundant carbonation makes for a rather stingy caombination, like most of this brewery's beers, I bet its wonderful with food.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light bitter lemon with hints of green apple.
No yeast or clove or banana elements.

The taste was clean with a light crisp finish. Clean wheat malts throughout.

The mouthfeel was light and highly carbonated.

Overall an easy drinking wheat ale. However, a wheat beer by name only.

plaid75, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 1 Pint, .9 fl oz bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
An English wheat beer? Definitely intersted in trying this despite the modest 4% ABV...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a slightly hazy, cloudy, dark-golden hue with a massive foamy head...
Smell: More lemons in the nose than anything with only slight hints of wheat... Not too enticing...
Despite the low ABV, the taste was certainly there... Easily drinkable... Hints of ripe fruits, lemons, citrus, slight grapefruit...
Light-bodied moutfeel... Not too much going on in this department...
Easily drinkable, though not too heavy on the flavor...
Interesting sample...

dsa7783, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-finger beige head that fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Cloudy amber color and a lot of yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is yeasty. Starts sweet and light, prickly finish no aftertaste better as a summertime beer. $4.04 for a 500ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

jdhilt, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale orange color with a nice, firm white head. Citrus, lemony, peppery aroma. The aroma’s not as intense as I’d like, but it has a nice grassy quality. The beer is sort of dry and spritzy, with the citrus quality following through. Again, it’s not very intense. This is a quiet, unassuming beer, and I think it suffers because of that. The finish has a distinct hoppiness. This one is more or less an average, uninspiring wheat beer.

Suds, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

yelterdow, May 06, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

granger10, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerthulhu, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of John
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

John, Jun 12, 2002
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

cypressbob, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

crookedhalo, Jan 29, 2005
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O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.