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Hangar 24 Orange Wheat - Hangar 24 Brewery

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267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Floydster on 03-22-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lace whatsoever. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, bubblegum, banana, and a very subtle orange/citrus aroma. Taste is the same except I am not getting any orange or other citrus flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen but the only orange I am getting is in the aroma only.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a very light and very cloudy yellow sort of color with a white head.

S: A very strong aroma of bitter orange peels and some slightly sweet and slightly sour wheat.

T: The same intense orange peel character is there providing quite a bit of bitterness and astringency. The base beer is pretty much your usual mediocre, slightly sour pale wheat ale you find at brewpubs.

M: The body is light with a high level of carbonation.

D: Not a fan of this one, but for some reason it sells really well around here.

womencantsail, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -42.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

SocalKicks, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A breakfast beer-- juice and toast but where's the coffee?

Attractive evenly cloudy appearance in the glass. Pale golden color. First sip very complex. Hint of citrus rind bitterness with some very modest hops. Smells good without overdoing the fruit. Excellent orange oil aromatics in the nose. Wheat is not very apparent. Very light bodied. Interesting and well made, but one glass is plenty.

Great to taste for the pure citrus flavors-- hard to balance the acidity and bitterness of orange with the traditional hop elements.

mactrail, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy gold. Light white head, solid retention.

S: Lemon, lots of citrus, wheat.

T: Fairly innocuous wheat flavour. The citrus is good, for me more lemon than orange, but quite refreshing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, good for the summer.

D: Nice little beer. A little out of place in November when they showed up in stores but in June, a solid offering.

Halcyondays, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired for cheap at the Trader Joe's in Culver City, California. Reviewed live. 4.60% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour thin head of no real cream. Retention is above average (~2-3 minutes). Body colour is a cloudy witbier-esque pale yellow; nontransparent yet translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh. Standard fare. No overt flaws.

Sm: Light aroma of blood oranges, pale malts, wheat, and maybe clove. A simple yet balanced and appealing aroma. Fresh and inviting. The clove may be from yeast, but I don't get any yeast from the aroma in the biscuity bready vitaminy sense. An average strength aroma.

T: Light refreshing wheat body, with light floral hops and clove atop. Where's the blood oranges I wanted? Nowhere to be found. Pale malts. Clean refreshing barley. Well balanced, fleeting, and light - but simple. The simplicity holds it back, but I think the balance is commendable. Lacks complexity or subtlety, but it's damned refreshing and pleasant. I wanted more blood orange; a friend's brother works for Hangar 24 and informed me recently that Hangar 24 stopped using their trademark local oranges in order to increase output - and that the flavour suffered as a result. Regrettable, but I like the flavour profile the way it is now - not having had it before.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and well carbonated. Suits the flavour quite well. Maybe it's a bit too thin and weak, but I think it works for it.

Dr: Sessionable as hell. Extremely drinkable; I could down it all night (and I have, before). I think this one is overlooked because of its availability, but it's a rather good beer for what it is. I'll be recommending this as a budget buy to friends. It doesn't blend in with the crowd; there's more to it. Interesting stuff that renews my faith in Hangar 24. I'll try to seek out their other offerings in the future. I already want more of this; it's just so drinkable. This deserves more attention than it's getting. Would make a great beer for a kegger.

B-

kojevergas, Dec 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

beernads, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

drewone, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6-pack bought in Calimesa, on to the beer:

Banana peel yellow color, the body has medium haze, and the head is thin on top. Smells like....ORANGES!!! It explodes onto the scene. Fresh, ripe oranges. Tart, citrusy oranges. As expected, there is plenty of orange in the flavor as well. The malted wheat provides a good backbone to the orange flavor. First, you taste the wheat, then, you get the burst of oranges. the beer has strong carbonation, a bit much for my liking....almost soda-like in the most extreme case. Hints honey at times. Shredded wheat notes hold on to the tongue in the aftertaste.

This is a well made orange wheat ale. Oranges all over the place, yet still has that malted wheat backdrop. Needless to say, great pick for hot weather.

DoubleJ, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small cotton ball white head.

Smell is lightly sour with an orange blossoms orange scent. Not a super aromatic beer. Soda cracker malt aroma.

Starts out starts out mildly sweet with a soda cracker malt flavor. Mild orange flavor, an American Wheat Ale with a nice orange accent to it. Not overpowering you will not mistake this one for an Orange soda.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, good for a summer beer.

Overall a good beer for a hot summer day. Mildly flavored it could be more spicy by brewing with a Witbier yeast but it is refreshing.

Zorro, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though it has 'orange' in the name this Hangar 24 offering has an aroma that smells an awful lot like lemon curd. Even its appearance is most definitely yellow (not orange) and it, too, has the complexion of pie filling. It's a most turbid, thick-looking wheat beer and it's topped with a meringue whip of its own.

Granted, there's little (naturally or artificially) sweet about this fruit beer; my mind quickly turns off dessert and onto breakfast. The bouquet smells plenty like marmalade and orange blossoms, rose petal herbal tea, and also has a hint of the citrusy tartness of a breakfast grapefruit.

Sweet is arguably the most satisfying of all flavours. It's often quite satiating too (think of a rich chocolatey dessert). But nothing is more refreshing than tartness, and this beer drinks something like a grapefruit radler. It's a very tangy quaff, combining a moderate base of grainy, lightly sweet malt with a citrusy quality that can border on lemon-like sour on some sips.

Not all sips, mind you. Some have a total absence of tartness. And flavour for that matter. Indeed, this beer shows flashes of being an excellent hot weather quencher - that, I assume, is the intention behind this brand - but there's concern over its consistency; impressions vary from 'wow this is delicious' to 'wow this is flat'.

Overall, however, Hanger 24 Orange Wheat is as pleasant as the sunny summer afternoon it aims to accompany. Those hellbent on getting as much intense, sweet fruit as possible should ask for a couple extra orange wedges, but anyone simply looking for easy-going, mindless refreshment should enjoy it just fine. I sure liked it.

biegaman, Mar 23, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OKComputer for this one. Poured into nonic. Poured a cloudy dull gold color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and no lace.

The aroma was a soft and light wheat scent, no yeast notes picked up, and a just noticeable and mellow orange scent. On the tongue, all the soft and subdued notes were apparent again, the at the front and the orange having the back end, but overall, the beer was pretty well balanced.

The body was good, smooth, and even, with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was good, 12oz disappeared quickly. Overall, a pleasant enough brew, one I'd have again if local to me. Worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
4.6% ABV, no bottle date.

Thanks for the brew Tom!

A - Poured, swirled, and poured again, this beer fills the tulip with a completely hazed pale wheat yellow color which is capped by a fluffy cloud-white head. Some gobs of lace are left behind as the well-retained head glides down.

S - Sweet orange peel zest escapes with some little lemon rind hints for an inviting citrus bouquet which softly soars over the delicate wheat aroma and pale malt base. The aroma briefly touches on dry yeast, but over all, its simple, straight forward, and pretty awesome.

T - Bright and refreshing, the light flavor should not be mistaken for being flavor-LESS. Rather, the subtle citrus cleans the tongue without being overwhelming or fruit beer-like. Instead of huge citrus, pale malt and soft wheat almost explode with a pulled punch. Restrained and very well balanced, the flavor is quite a pleasure to roll around on the tongue.

M - Soft, open, and airy, the smooth mouthfeel is accentuated by sparkling carbonation which dances on the tongue gently adding a crisp, refreshing tingle to the finish. In addition to Orange Wheat's wheat profile which really adds a smooth, soft dimension to this beer, the oranges are mildly tart on the palate, drying it out for balance which knocks it out of the park.

O - Every once and a while beer drinkers get in a slump. While still appreciative of their respective greatness, we become somewhat bored or uninspired by even some of the best beers. Having said that, Hangar 24's Orange Wheat has rejuvenated me with it's fresh take on the pale wheat style by adding fresh oranges which play out incredibly well in the flavor, adding terrific balance and a bright citrus characteristic. I really wish a) this beer was available in Wisconsin, and b) that I would have found about it towards the beginning of the summer. Absolutely awesome.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Haybeerman, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Trader Joe's Palm Desert CA for 2$

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some lemons/oranges. There is also a bit of a spiciness from the citrus zest perhaps. It ends with bready/orange aftertaste.

Overall - A beer style that is rarely reviewed highly. It's better than average but won't wow anyone. It's refreshing and a nice change of pace beer. I wouldn't buy it again, but glad I tried.

spinrsx, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bone white inch tall head on a soft orange opaque body. Small sticks around for awhile. Small amount of lacing.

Lemon zesty citrus in the aroma but you really gotta get your nose into it.

Apparent citrus but subdued. Wheat aspect stands out the most. An easy drinker built for the summer.

Has a unique spritzy(?) carbonation to it. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

A perfect beer for a shandy drinker to try. Thanks for the CA beer kojevergas.

Duff27, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pale orange in color with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely had lots of orange and citrus with slight grainy wheat notes and some sugary sweetness. The taste was also big on the orange citrus character but was more sweet on the palate alongside the grainy wheat notes but it did have a touch of zest. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, zesty, grainy, and sugary finish. It actually drank good and was able to out a couple pints with dinner.

Gobzilla, Dec 20, 2010
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Hangar 24 Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.