Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by xybreeder:
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
A: Golden, crystal clear, no head/lacing.
S: Citrus, lemon, floral, pine, sweet smell. Overall a nice strong aroma that was quite pleasant.
M: Medium to light bodied, low carbonation.
T: More malty then bitter, allowing for sweetness of the malt to come through. Tastes include caramel, wheat, slight grapefruit and pine.
O: A solid brew that is VERY drinkable, especially in the hot summer months. With the little to no bitterness, makes for a sweeter beer. Definitely would recommend this to others, and thanks Wendell for the delivery!!
07-03-2012 02:27:24 | More by xybreeder
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3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
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
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.
06-10-2009 23:23:16 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
07-21-2009 16:33:35 | More by sarahspat
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-01-2009 03:16:24 | More by asabreed
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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
06-26-2009 01:49:51 | More by dirtylou
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-02-2011 01:56:26 | More by KMcG
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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...
09-04-2009 02:17:55 | More by philbe311
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
07-21-2013 02:01:15 | More by smakawhat
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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
07-02-2009 00:12:28 | More by blackie
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-17-2008 21:46:31 | More by Proteus93
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-24-2014 01:54:29 | More by obywan59
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/7/12
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.
03-01-2012 17:10:13 | More by Rhettroactive
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
07-27-2010 18:01:40 | More by PreacherBrewer
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-15-2010 23:18:35 | More by Thorpe429
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Another bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop being sent on its way to the recycling bin by way of my glass. I dedicate this review to the late Isaac Hayes, who, in his recurring role of Gandolph Fitch on "The Rockford Files" always mispronounced the titular character's name as "Rockfish" as in, "Hey, Rockfish, I need some help and I got nobody else to turn to."
From the bottle: "Summer Weiss Beer"; "You hold in your hand bottled summer sun. Rockfish Wheat has the unique flavor created by the yeast that has made Bavarian-style hefeweizens summer favorite of the beer world. Pour half, swirl to rouse the yeast, pour the rest and enjoy! ... [undersigned] Taylor Smack, Brewmaster"; "Proudly brewed and bottled in the heart of Virginia."
I used an agitated pour once I realized that this was actually a Hefeweizen, vice a Kristalweizen and so I got a finger of tawny head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a murky deep-amber (SRM = 13). Nose smelled like banana bread, simply put. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not as banana-like as I had girded myself for, based on the nose. Instead, it was much more bready than any Hefeweizen I can remember, but I was not getting much in the way of clove esters. Finish was semi-dry, not sweet at all and on the extreme finish, I got a slight tang from the yeast, but still not what I had expected. I usually disdain Hefeweizens for their banana esters, but this was definitely to my liking. YMMV.
07-07-2014 17:37:04 | More by woodychandler
3.01/5 rDev -16.9%
First had: on tap at Blue Mountain, Afton, VA
Straw-yellow pour, kristal clear, lively carbonation, topped with a fizzy white head. In the nose, toasted wheat, light banana esters, light spice, herbal hops. Mild taste, pale malts, toasted grains, light banana/clove, herbal hop notes. Pretty standard for the style. Light body, simple and drinkable, just not something I'd get a full pour of.
05-31-2013 03:50:25 | More by Rifugium
Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.