Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery
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4.5/5 rDev +24.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - enjoy by 08/2009
Appearance: Pours a hazy dull orange color with a 1" ivory head. Large bubbles proliferate the surface, while small ones make up the body of the foam. Decent retention with some spotty lace remaining on the glass.
Smell: Banana, wheat malt, spicy clove and even some nutmeg. This one smells a lot spicier than most. A tad of hops, but mostly malt.
Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast, banana bread, nutty oils, hops, pepper and clove. A very tasty beer that has plenty of flavor. I love it.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, spicy, yeasty, plenty of lively carbonation, medium body, chewy, bready and a little bit of alcohol to top if off.
Drinkability: Awesome. This would be considered a great beer if it had hype to surround it. A very good example of the style. Worth seeking out to try.
06-22-2009 12:05:35 | More by Risser09
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency with some sediment. There was a huge, long-lasting head and some good lacing. Not necessarily consistent with kristalweizen style, but good-looking.
S: Had a sweet smell of bananas and other light fruit, combined with wheat.
T: There was the flavor of bananas and wheat up front, with that bubble gum taste going down, that's typical of the style. Surprisingly tasty.
M: High level of carbonation and a smooth finish.
D: This is an tasty beer and one of the best American examples of the weissbier I've had.
12-09-2008 13:59:30 | More by avalon07
4.26/5 rDev +17.7%
12 oz bottle into weizen glass. best before 09 2013.
A: pretty hazy for a Kristalweizen. probably because it is a hefeweizen as indicated on the bottle label. orange. frothy white bubbled head. good retention, minimal lacing.
S: the nose starts off with a lot of wheat. a decent amount of banana and clove. the yeast is really making its presence known.
T: the wheat is strong here. really filling, good flavor. fresh. makes for one hell of a chewy body. spicy as well, not black pepper, but more of yeast esters. bitterness is minor and mostly derived from the yeast I suppose. fruity. pears.
M: a zesty carb on a medium body.
D: really tasty summer brew from blue mountain. a well-made hefe is always easy to enjoy and that's exactly what I have got here. well done.
06-27-2013 01:27:31 | More by Jimmys
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.
Drinking this reminds me of how long it's been since my last visit downstate...and of that ludicrous speeding ticket as well (it's a highway, dammit, not a downtown boulevard!!). It pours a pale golden straw, ever-so-slightly hazed, with a finger of white foam on top that hangs around like the meanest of old folks. As Mr. Joel has told us, only the good die young (remember that when you wanna get with yer gal...). The nose holds no real surprises, with notes of banana, bubblegum, clove, and some light pepper dominating like Dikembe on D. I imagine them waving their collective finger at other smells... A slight bit of hops tries to post up, but the inevitable hammer is indeed dropped by the future Hall-of-Famer. The taste follows almost exactly, though the spices take a stronger position vis-a-vis the fruitier elements. Frankly and simply put: quite tasty. My only real knock is a slight watery character that flies in under the radar, all cruise missile-like. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. This is a lot better than I expected, even given the high esteem in which I hold Blue Mountain. Get some!
06-19-2010 21:34:52 | More by TMoney2591
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
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Served on-tap in a weizen glass -- BMB has a great glassware arsenal!
A: Slightly hazy orangy-gold with tall off-white head and plenty of lace
S: Soft banana esters, citrus twang of the wheat, and clove
T: Smooth with the typical wheaty tanginess and good blend of fruity sweetness and solid yeast character
M: Very quenching with a little dryness in the finish but very smooth and nicely carbonated.
D: I don't usually go for wheat beers, but I sniffed my friend's sample and went with it because of the softness of the aromas. I was very pleasantly surprised -- I think I will go for round two on my next visit to BMB.
02-08-2008 06:54:26 | More by argock
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Enjoyed at the brewery. Review from notes.
A: half finger head on a murky golden body with very slight crimson hue.
S: wheat, banana. simple but right on for the style.
T: wheat, banana dominate. very flavorfulbut simple. Not much to say about it.
M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: very drinkable, simple.
07-27-2012 00:32:02 | More by kylehay2004
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
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Picked this beer up on a recent trip to Virginia. Recommended on the front of the bottle, "...pour half, swirl to rouse the yeast, pour the rest and enjoy!"
A: Beer pours a light copper color. Pretty surprised to get no head on it despite the fairly aggressive pour. I was expected a nice foamy head on it being a Weiss beer.
S: Smell is what you'd expect from the style. Somewhat bland but inviting.
T: Now that is good. Very fresh tasting, with a nice bready yeastiness to it. I get a little bit of citrus, slight lemon, full creaminess from the wheat.
MF: Again, real good. Nice carb. Very easy drinking. Creamy yet crisp. Full bodied, yet so light.
O: I'm really digging this beer and everything Blue Mountain is throwing at me with this brew. I really dig the labeling, the suggestion and description on the front of the bottle, the Plato, IBUs and ABV, the easy to read "enjoy by" date on the label. And the beer lives up to what they claim it to be, "bottled summer sun". How can you not be a fan of this brewery and their beers?
06-11-2014 04:00:12 | More by benloho
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Bright pumpkin with 24-karat gold edges. True to its style, the beer is perfectly clear. In fact, there aren't even many bubbles disturbing the placidity of the liquid. The ecru hued head looks good enough, managing to stick to the glass in several spots like marshmallow cream.
The nose, although acceptable, isn't a barnburner. Since a lot of the yeasty goodness is filtered out, kristalweizens tend not to be aroma bombs. There's a pleasant fruitiness emanating from the glass that *might* be banana-like if I use my imagination.
Rockfish Wheat actually has a fair amount of flavor. I've had several hefeweizens that didn't deliver this much fruit and spice. It's also more malty than the style average and tastes bigger as a result. A hint of alcohol is contributing to that impression as well. I'd have guessed the ABV at least one percentage point higher.
This stuff would probably be killer if unfiltered. That is, if it had more fruit and spice. The (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is 2.0/4.0. Not too shabby, considering. Spicy clove and white pepper, in combination with an alcohol smack and tickle, gives the back end a bracing quality that keeps the drinker fully engaged. RW seems like more of a beer geek beer than a mass appeal one.
The mouthfeel reflects the ingredients. In other words, it's on the chubby side (for the style), maintains its structure throughout, and has enough carbonation to keep things hopping through the final ounce. Well done.
I love drinking previously unheard of beer from previously unheard of craft breweries. Especially when they're as good as Rockfish Wheat. For my money, when it comes to beer, aggressiveness beats timidity almost every time. Thanks ahatcher78.
07-29-2008 11:57:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a hazy golden color with a delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is about average, minimal retention. The aroma is fairly mild...yeasty and some wheat bitterness.
Taste is pretty good!!!! The yeast and wheat bitterness are up front. Cloves and lemon take a back seat.
This beer is crisp, refreshing and light. Perfect for a warm day.
Overall a good take on this style. Nice.
08-24-2012 02:56:02 | More by JayQue
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a deep golden straw-like color, bordering on orange with a thin white head that quickly disappears to leave almost no lacing.
Very nice aromas of banana, clove, and wheat – very simple, efficient, and to the point.
Flavors are similar to the aroma offering banana, clove, yeast, and a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel is medium to the medium-light side with medium carbonation and a drying white wine-like finish.
This beer is very true to style and to the point. A very nice, simple example of the style.
07-25-2011 00:15:03 | More by CHADMC3
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
Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.