Whitewater Wheat Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Whitewater Wheat AleWhitewater Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

34 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-24-2002)
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Reviews by usualpulp:
Photo of usualpulp
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strawlike yellow color with a very thin white head that disappears quickly.

A strong grassy and lemon smell is present along with a slight hop smell.

The taste of this beer is fairly average, very plain, and typical of many american wheat beers I have had. Most noteable is the lemon flavor , with a slight hop bitterness.

Overall, its an average beer, not to say its bad, just nothing outstanding. Though it is very easy to drink, and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky gold color. No lace to speak of. Smells rather musty, with a bit of citrus. Tastes...off to me. Maybe there's a little cistrus there, but not much else (other than that infernal Great Divide "mushy vegetable" taste, which I don't like).

I don't much care for this brew. I won't be buying again.

Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar and then disappears completely.

It's aroma is sweet malt and wheat and some DMS. Smells a lot like a macro.

The flavor is rather bland. Some sweetness, lemoney citrus and a touch of honey with a slight bitterness at the end. As it warmed, I could pick up a little yeastiness. It has a harsh carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a bland and disappointing beer from an otherwise excellent brewer. I can see why they stopped producing this.

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label it states that Whitewater Wheat is a filtered style American Wheat beer. "Month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Sparklingly cloudy with a pale golden hue, a lean white lace garnishes the top.

Smell: Clean with a fresh grain, mild nutty yeast and faintly estery nose.

Taste: Moderately bodied with a crisp carbonation, well textured malty mouth feel from start to finish. A little bready with a cracker like malt flavour. Nuttiness from the yeast is mellow but very present. Hops are vauge and merely help to balance the brew. Touch of alcoholic esters give off a hint of fruitiness. Nice dryish wheat grain finish.

Notes: A non-obtrusive palate makes for easy drinking, a slice of lemon would do fine also being this is a neutral flavoured wheat beer. I went without one to get everything out of this brew.

Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull gold in color, heavy head, mostly white, well over 1" in height. Aroma, pretty much devoid of aroma, but since it neither is offensive or well, existant, it just falls into the average range, because there isn't much to pick up on. I didn't expect this beer to be labeled a hefe, thought it would come in at american pale wheat.

Taste, nice fruity boquet, nothing banana about it, more like a mild fruit sweetness if anything. Crisp, dry, like toast or crackers instead of bread due to its levity. Despite the levity of the body, it really allowed the wheat and yeast to standout, no hops to get in the way relatively speaking. I actually really dug what it brought in terms of mild sweetness and wheat mouthfeel on a hot summer day walking around Denver.

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of fattyre
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a moderate white head. A mildly malty and slight citrusy smell. The taste was a sharp citrusy sort of yeasty flavor with a mild malty finish. A very crisp thirst quenching wheat that I think I could drink several of. Not the best wheat but enjoyable and unfiltered as it should be.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this beer in a small town just outside Austin, hope its still good.

Appearance: A glowing orange with a thin white head floating on top. Seems to a have a little bit of cloudiness working , like most wheat beers, no laceing to be found.

Smell: Wheaten wafts of vapor envelope my sences. Citrusy fruits and sweet bread , and even a hint of sourness can be found. Very good aromas and yet slightly bad at the same time.

Taste: Much like the nose it tastes fruity, sour and watered wheats. Not much alcohol to detect but its there. The sourness leads me to believe its starting to show its age. Still, not bad by any means.

Mouthfeel: Thin watery swallows, little carbonation, light in body. Not much to say about this.

Drinkability: Well, had this beer not retired i would have like to try it at a fresher state. Drinkable but not very interesting.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of buzzy
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of StevieW
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold to light orange color. Foamy, dense white head. Yeasty swirl gave it some earthiness to the smell. Heavy wheat smell, not sweet or citrus, mostly harsh burnt batter smell. Smell lingers. Taste was oddly harsh, very metallic, mineral, hard water. Sulfer, chemical and underlying burnt flour again.Some wheat goodness could be detected toward the end. Not much to write home about. Metal smell and taste made it hard to finish. Do some of these American Wheat beers go bad faster than others ?

Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow brown in color with lots of swirling yeast flakes. Small snow-white head, decent slow carbonation lifts the yeast flakes to the top of the glass whereupon they fall and rise once again. Aroma of botanical hops and understated malt. The head, though small, is quite creamy and leaves decent rings of lace on the glass wall. Taste is very smooth, begins with mild and sweet bread flavors and smooth carbonation. Mild hops assert themselves toward the middle of the taste, finish is dry and with a bit of mild bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. A very nice wheat ale, well worth a try.

Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid dark golden hue. Loosely packed, fluffed off white head yields frothy lace. Dull, musty yeast dominates the aroma, and is accompanied by a clement spicy hop twang. Subtle hint of grain lacks depth and is mostly of a husky, metallic nature. Prosaic aromawise, but mostly clean. Wheat tartness upfront in flavor is ensued by a combination of bready suspended yeast and residual simple sweetness. Meager hop bitterness reveals a faint banana undertone which provides token ester character. Bated citric hop flavor. Dextrinous in body, and pleasantly proteinaceous in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with quickly fleeting pound cake sweetness. An innocuous, soft wheat that borderlines on bland, but possesses sufficient character to keep the palate interested. Fits the bill as a thirst quencher.

Photo of AlaskaAg
2.9/5  rDev -4%

Photo of sweethome
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy golden color - unfiltered. Slight white head. Yeasty nose with citrus in background. Mouthfeel has a nice citric bite which refreshes well. Just enough hops to clear out the palate.

An excellent summertime referesher. Not a lot going on, but thats the point of this beer..

Photo of FFATS
3.72/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TastyTaste
1.2/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hazy orange/tan color, sizable white head. Smell was immediatley recognizable as off. Burnt plastic smell dominated the nose, but there was a little wheat/malt still recognizable above the funk. Taste was absolutely putrid. Rotten apple cider mixed with melted legos is about the only wasy I could describe it. Just awful after appearance. No freshness date was notched on the bottle, but I assume this was still within it's freshness time frame, or, at least, it should not have ben like this. I had to pour out 2/3 of the bottle.

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No doubt this is a wheat, strong wheat nose and cloudy golden color. Pours a two-fingered, pure white head that settles quickly but leaves some lace. Medium carbonation. Starts malty/hoppy, finishes the same with some faint yeasty overtones. Good summer brew.

Photo of dauss
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Standard 12oz. brown bottle, with a drawing of someone kayaking on some rapids. This came out of one of those Great Divide sampler 12 packs. Label is supposed to say the month and the week bottled, but mine is unnotched. Maybe 6-packs are.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a slight orange tint. Medium sized white head forms, but collapses just as quickly.

Nose: A light lemon nose with a wheatiness and nuttyness.

Taste: low carbonation. Mainly just a lemon sour taste. A very slight hop bitterness in the finish. I wonder if they added lemon juice into this, because I taste the acidity throughout. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something.

Mouthfeel: medium body, a little on the thin side.

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered wheat beer, slightly hazy with a warm golden yellow hue. The pour finishes with a nice white head. This beer has a malty smell with a hint of citrus (grapefruit?). At first I taste citrus, followed by a maltiness, with a mild yeasty finish. There is a slight thinness to the body. Overall, I find this beer refreshing.

(source: Beers Across America)

Photo of beveragecaptain
1.38/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle. Clear, golden color with a thin layer of white head. Sour aroma with some wheat and spice. Putrid sour flavor with stale wheat and a little citrus. This doesn't taste spoiled, just bad. There is some apple fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium. Not at all drinkable. I couldn't finish my bottle. The flavor is just too foul. Most of the beer's I've tried from Great Divide were either good or great. This is a real disappointment.

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small head. Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied wheat beer. Malts are fruity, sweet, and a touch grassy. Hops are very slightly spicy. Fairly typical American wheat beer. No banana and clove flavor to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head that leaves good lace on the glass. Looks like a wheat beer.

The smell is lemony, doughy, and very nice. This smells very inviting.

The taste, however, is a little bland (almost non-existent) and uninspired. The aroma definitely misled me on the flavor.

Very thin and boring. Nothing special in the mouth with this beer.

Great Divide offers some good beers--this is not one of them. You expect certain things from a wheat beer and this one fails to deliver on most of the elements.

Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review: summer '04

This beer has a crusty white head that leaves not much lacing. The beer is slightly hazy dirty gold with heavy carbonation. The smell is nutty, citrusy and a little dusty. The front is citrusy and peanutty, the middle milky with a bit of tangy sour fruit. The finish is more peanuts and lemony. Pretty tasty actually.

(March '03 review: 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.5)

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Whitewater Wheat Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.