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Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Rockfish WheatRockfish Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2007)
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sarahspat:
Photo of sarahspat
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is effervescent and clear apricot in color. The off-white head is decent in size, but doesn't stay as long I as would have liked.

The nose is pretty subdued, but I guess that's okay for the style. Just a light whiff of phenols, mostly clove-like.

There is clove is the flavor as well, but it's not as dominate as the nose might lead you to believe. There is a cornucopia of fruit flavors as well, but none are over-powering or even particularly strong. Apple, banana, pear, grapefruit...it's sweet and bitter at the same time. However, true to style, the finish is quite crisp and clean.

The body is medium-light and bubbly throughout.

This is my first of the style, so I'm no expert, but I definitely enjoyed this beer. To my inexperienced palate, this almost seemed like a hopped up hefeweizen. Nice.

sarahspat, Jul 21, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from draft into pint glass. A single
finger head with active carbonation. A light
maize color. Not a cloud in the sky for this
transparent brew.

S: Virtually odorless save for a the slightest
hints of alcohol/malt.

T: Not as candy and bananas as I had expected
from reading other reviews and basic
expectations of the style. There is a herbal
taste on the back of the tongue and the
requisite bananas and sweetness are present
but not overly so.

M/D: This is a thin beer with little body and
comes in a little short on overall
character. I will be much more prone to
choose a good hefe or wit over this version
of the krystal.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -16.9%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by 8/2009 notched on a black part of the label. Easy to see, which I like very much.

Appearance: A clear straw color with decent carbonation rumbling to the top. White head foams up nicely at first and stays there floating above the body, but doesn't leave a lot of lacing or have much retention.

Smell: Big wheat aromas and esters, with banana cream and bubblegum coming to the forefront. I like it a lot because it's strong, and I'm a sucker for those aromas.

Taste: I like the initial sweet flavors of the banana and bubblegum, then some vanilla and cream and wheat notes, but then it slides into some herbal bitterness, somewhat initially halting the sweetness, but then the flavors linger without the sweetness combined with the nice bitterness. Oddly done really well, I'd say. Not entirely complex, but very tasty and with a finish that doesn't keep you sipping every second to find one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and coating with great carbonation and nice subtle creaminess.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable version of the style. Complex enough without trying to do too much, and balanced enough to make it great for the weather. This year's batch is coming out at the perfect time. I only got a single bottle, but I wouldn't have minded if it were a six-pack.

asabreed, May 01, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, given to me by blackie while visiting NORVA and consumed watching the nba draft in charlotte

appearance: served in a standard pint, straw-orange body with a light beige film

smell: crisp wheat, light banana, light malt structure, touch of clove

taste: a nice weizen but not overly flavourful...dry wheat, banana creme, grassy hops, light malt structure. doesnt really distinguish itself

mouthfeel: light

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -10%

cliff1066, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light golden amber, thin Lacey head, and quite clear for this filtered wheat.

Smell: yeast with hints of banana, honey, and clove

Taste: wheat malty, slight citrus

Drinkability is good. The body is medium with a little carbonation. I had this in a bottle as well poured into a pint glass.

KMcG, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -3%

dvmin98, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very faint, almost odorless. A very light aroma of banana, Taste is mild, wheat, banana, refreshing but subdued. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not a bad beer, but seems to be lacking in character.

tone77, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of PaleAndBitter
3/5  rDev -16.9%

PaleAndBitter, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half of creamy and fluffy white head which displays moderate retention but ultimately fades to an appealing lace... Terrific coloring - a rich copper toffee... Some minor moderate carbonation rises throughout...

S - Subtle but quite enjoyable... Subtle wheat... Subtle yeast... Malt in the form of caramel and toffee... Minor fruity and floral accents....

T - Subdued wheat character... Some minor caramel, butter, and toffee notes... A hint of banana...

M - Some minor biting carbonation on the tongue to start... Very smooth... Very even... Fills mouth fully... A bit on the dry side... Medium bodied and quite sturdy by wheat beer standards...

D - A very solid offering and introduction to Blue Mountain Brewery... Would gladly welcome to my beer fridge in the future... A slightly maltier and sweet wheat beer which is quite welcomed by this BA...

philbe311, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +10.8%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of psmithmkt
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

psmithmkt, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

vwbus7, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Classic large soapy and very big white rocking Hefe making head out of the bottle. Huge soapy retention that just doesn't go anywhere. A bit of a dark amber orange and slightly dull yellow body, considerably darker than most but not very clear, but with matching rising plentiful carbonation. Pretty solid.

Nose is real nice to match. Some mild clove spice, chewy wheat malt, and there's an interesting estery note to this that is more like cherry or red fruit, than the classic bubblegum and banana. Really nice I dig this not sure where this is going.

Palate seems to match the cherry fruit quality from the nose. Malt density is lacking with a bit of a watery finish, but some of the cherry fruit manages to perkelate in the mid palate. Finish is also a bit metallic and has a bit of a tin aftertaste. Warmth gives a bit more clove and classic hefe character, with some subdued bitterness.

It's not bad, but the metallic and tin notes on it are a bit too noticeable and particularly take away my enjoyment of what starts out to be a pretty decent brew.

smakawhat, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: allagash weizen glass, one-finger eggshell white head shows good retention, the beer is a clear orange-amber in color

s: full, aromatic wheat body with mild to moderate banana esters and clove phenols, delicately spicy noble hops, a glimpse of guava and other tropical fruits, nice - but some more yeast influence would really help this one out

m: carbonation on the lighter side of medium, light-medium body, the coarse carbonation kinda clashes with the thicker (for a wheat anyway) body

t: wheat body with a light barley presence and some kinda apple-pear-white fig thing going on, underripe banana, I liked this much more on previous tastings - but somethings missing here, it's just kinda...bland, a light dusting of clove in the finish

d: just fine

my first domestic kristalweizen, best by 9/2009, went through a six-pack before realizing I hadn't rated, so I picked up a single from Norm's in Vienna to get that karma

blackie, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giving this a fresh review, as I don't feel giving one from the sampler was reasonable, so now it's being done from a standard 12 oz. bottle.

A: A clean looking, light golden blonde. Head retains alright, not a lot of lacing.

S: Malts, cloves, sweetgrass. Some bubblegum aromas that float around quite nicely.

T: Bubblegum, clove, and a grassiness. Banana as it approaches the finish, but quite mild. A touch of bitterness towards the finish that seems a little out of place, but still a decent experience overall.

M + D: A little sticky, but not so much as to really damper the experience. As it gets warmer, this has a little more of a draw, and I can see myself having it a few times over the summer. It may start to seem a little bit thick after a few, though.

Proteus93, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Swirled the yeas and got a thick looking orange to orange amber. Looked like a tropical fruit punch. white head of 2 fingers that receded quickly leaving barely any lacing. On the second pour, the head war more massive. % fingers in my tall Schneider Weisse glass. It was considerably less slow to fall as well. Becoming more chunky and leaving decent lacing.

Toasted malt with a hint of cherry and banana. On the 2nd pour, the initial aroma was of bubblegum and cloves were more apparent.

Banana and cherry are both more evident on the tongue. Faint clove with a lemony tartness typical of the wheat malt. Cloves become bolder in the end.

Medium full in body. Pretty smooth with surprising warmth. Moderately sticky and a bit drying.

A very good summer brew. Refreshing, with plenty going on to maintain one's interest. I wouldn't hesitate to try it again.

obywan59, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
*From notes

A: Clean orange-yellow. A good pour yields a soapy looking one finger white head. Not a ton of retention, and the lacing is a bit meager.

S: Minty, with a big dose of garden box herbs and lavender.

T: Kolsch-like earth hits first. This leads to the mid, where the wheat quality arrives and supplies the legs upon which the beer stands. The finish reveals a touch of lemon.

M: Rough and a bit sharp, yet it's quite quaffable and easy to put back.

O: Nice session style wheat based beer here. Blue Mountain's Rockfish Wheat isn't their best brew, but it's none the less a tasty summer thirst quencher, and something I always enjoy sharing with friends.

Rhettroactive, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Ben1124
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Ben1124, Monday at 10:13 PM
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slighly hazy (almost clear), translucent yellowish color. White head has minimal rentntion.

S - Smells of yeast, clean scent, and fresh bread dough.

T - Faint hints of banna, clove, phenols... lots of yeast.

M - Smooth, moderate mouthfeel. Typlcal for the style.

D - Overall this beer lack complexity and depth. It doesn't really do anything for more. It's a decent session beer, but even falls chort of my standard for that purpose.

PreacherBrewer, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of rlpete
3.5/5  rDev -3%

rlpete, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very light straw color that would be transparent but for the bit of yeasty haze. White head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings some banana and clove alongside some soft wheat. Taste consists of very faint German yeast and a mild sweetness. Pretty light mouthfeel with a good dose of carbonation. Nothing really stands out about this beer, but it drinks pretty well overall.

Thorpe429, Oct 16, 2010
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Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.