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Rockfish Wheat - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Rockfish WheatRockfish Wheat

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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
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 smakawhat
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -10.2%

sendbeer, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -10.2%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 +3.6%

Boone757, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +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 +10.5%
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.

argock, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Gatordaddy, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hanzo, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

cliff1066, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +10.5%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
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.

JayQue, Aug 24, 2012
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...

philbe311, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served as part of a sampler at the brewery in Afton, VA along w/ five other beers (four others brewed there, and one guest beer).

Appearance was very nice, crisp, clear, golden, slightly bubbly, and almost no head, quickly disappearing lacing.

Smell was sweet and fruity, light citrus notes, esters very prevalent - banana, I believe, as well as cloves.

Taste was initially very nice, sweet and crisp, with a refreshing, clean aftertaste - just as in the nose, notes of banana and cloves were prominent.

Mouthfeel was decent, minimal carbonation, crisp, and very light.

Drinkability is not terribly great, however - after finishing with the sampler, I ordered this beer, and found the taste to diminish rather quickly with time, to where I wasn't really enjoying the beer by the time I was halfway through it. Never a good sign. However, it remains an interesting - if typical - attempt at the style.

CrellMoset, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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.

Proteus93, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dvmin98, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of bmur112
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bmur112, May 27, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jimmys, Jun 27, 2013
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.

asabreed, May 01, 2009
Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

redfox405, Sep 17, 2013
Rockfish Wheat from Blue Mountain Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.