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Whitewater Wheat Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Whitewater Wheat AleWhitewater Wheat Ale

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36 Reviews

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 68
Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap.

Appearance - Light orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, pine and citrus.

Taste - Citrus and wheat. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Very good wheat beer.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on July 8th 2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp, juicy, and sweet aroma with hints of wheat and citrus. Wheat with some bready hints of grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Also some mild hints of floral and earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, juicy, and fairly sweet taste with notes of wheat and citrus. Good wheat presence along with notes of straw, cracker, grains, and yeast. Solid hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Subtle earthy and floral hop notes. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Wheat Ale. Nice bready wheat flavor with a solid touch of juicy hops.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
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)

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a white foam. The smell has a wheat twang and flowery scents, backed with fruit. Prach and apricot. Bitterness in the midtaste. Medium body and a hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of Moose90
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a lightly hazy, pale yellow color into the lass, there is a white bright head on top of the beer that leaves behind some spotty and soapy lacing.

S — Smells of lightly sweet wheat and pilsner malts, as well as some wheaty sweetness and some earthy piney hops.

T — Tastes of lightly sweet wheat, balanced with a lemony piney earthy hop kick, quite refreshing.

M — Medium bodied, there is a richness to it without being heavy, really nice crisp carbonation.

O — Quite nice overall, really nice balance.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

peach colored with a nice big foamy head....looks great. but the smell is pretty tame, along with the taste. not much wheat and yeast flavors going on. very bland. pretty lively in the mouth...some bitterness and it's really easy to down a few fast. overall a disappointing stab at the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of mothmanscott
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy with lots of particulates, deep straw/pale gold producing 1.75 fingers of off-white, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves a heavy web of thick lace. Aroma is wheat & pale malt, citrus, floral & tropical hop notes. Overall quite delicate & subdued. Taste is also delicate but more robust than the nose: wheat, bread, hoppy hints of earth, pineapple, orange, thin lemon with some banana & spicy pepper throughout & some bitterness beginning in the finish. Aftertaste is hoppy fruit, citric & slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean being quite prickly & leaving a phenolic bitterness presence on the tongue. Listed as a Hefeweizen, it is certainly the most hop forward wheat beer I've tasted to date.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 6/11/15. 6.1% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.5/5  rDev +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..

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lore: Colorful cartoon of some dude racin’ down river rapids ostensibly to get some beer! Silver Medal GABF 1994 American Wheat. Freshness info was “Notchless.” How dare they!

Pours with plenty of hazy unfiltered cloudy golden yellow hues under a white head cap that is quicly lost into me pilsner glass down to a razor thin scant slick.

Aromatic caramel candy notes. Not very Wheat-ish.

First Swigs: Smooth caramely flavors lead to a tart hops bite. Maltiness lingers in the finish. Not getting any Hefe flavors. Probably could have used a lemon or an orange slice but I declined.

Easy light to medium body with adequate carbonation. Becomes a bit cloying. Not highly drinkable.

Last Swigs: Reminds me of an English ale. Maybe more education in this style is called for. I feel like I’m missing something. This will just be a drinker, not a taster. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the few he offered.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of fattyre
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of TH28
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. 7/21/15 canned date. Appearance: Light golden, mostly clear, nice frothy white foam cap with good lacing. Aroma: Citrus, floral, resin hoppy notes. Malt not noticeable. Taste: Light crackery malt with a moderate grassy, resinous hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with slight creaminess, moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry, sticky resinous bitterness lingers. No residual malt flavor. Overall: Fairly one dimensional hoppy wheat, with nice floral and citrus aromas that don’t come thru in the taste.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.37/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2nd beer of 4 out of Great Divide's Brewer's Picks collection. Appearance is a slightly cloudy light orange. Head is pretty tiny and doesn't last long. Smell is a weak, mainly of typical wheat beer aroma. Taste is alright, rather plain, but not bad. Finish is lemony with a faint bit of orange flavor. Drinkability is good, but I've had more refreshing and better tasting wheat beers. This doesn't quite seem like a hefeweizen, even though it is listed as one. Overall: A quality product, but not outstanding in any way.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in a 16 oz glass from draught at Firkin on August 7, 2015. Look is gold with a two finger head that dissipates and lingering lacing. Smell is hop forward with some citrus and floral notes balanced with a bit of wheat sweetness. Taste is a decent balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Feel is crisp but lightly carbonated and not too bitter.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, and pale orange in color, head is a bubblin', very slim and quickly fading.
Slight lemon and spice in the nose...a touch sour, and over-carbonated.
Taste is best described as blase'...orange and citrus lay on the palate, a bit too limply. Has the weizen taste, but only a shadow of it, truly, just a sliver. Light bodied, with a short, insignificant finish. Effective only as a quick-acting thirst-quencher, nothing more. Kind of a dud, really, but these bottles will come in handy during the hotter days we have now and yet to come.
I'd choose many other weizens for flavor, though.

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Whitewater Wheat Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.