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Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
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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Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MaltRoomAssoc
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Tacoboomerang
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of xybreeder
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of benloho
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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?

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.