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Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
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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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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

TMoney2591, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3%

oriolesfan4, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly to a spotty surface foam. Some lace develops.

Smell: soft wheat malt tones and a hint of banana comes through to the nose.

Taste: slightly grainy malt profile with soft banana, lemon zest, hints of pears, and a bit of clove showing up late. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late.

Drinkability: not a bad beer overall and it was easy to quaff. Somewhat refreshing too. Worth a try.

Gavage, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -3%

InspectorBob, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

wrightst, Jun 14, 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 sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -10%

sendbeer, Jul 11, 2014
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 atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -10%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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 avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Boone757, Jul 05, 2014
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 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 argock
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

argock, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Gatordaddy, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Hanzo, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -3%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +10.8%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -10%

cliff1066, Dec 18, 2012
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Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.