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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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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-12-2002)
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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

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of francisweizen
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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, it’s 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 Brewery’s 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, it’s 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!!!

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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -30%

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.

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.