Hangar 24 Orange Wheat - Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
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good

75 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 331
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Floydster on 03-22-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -15%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Part of a H24 tasting at WF Venice.

A: Poured from a can a hazy straw yellow with a half-inch white head which faded slowely and left spots of lace.

N: Wheaty and orange citrus with faint malt sweetness.

T: Wheaty grains, some yeasty esters, and orange essence.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Light, clean, fruity yeasty finish.

O: Easy drinking and actually pretty good. (412 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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- (2,336 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,652 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (1,909 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1728th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 Tulip
12oz

Single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- A very light and straw yellow and very hazy. Very bubbly inside the glass with a lot of carbonation bubbles coming from all sides. A pure white head with a lot of pull apart. A nice amount of stick down the sides.

Smell- This was very grainy and grassy. Smelled like the Orange zest but retained a bit of too much thin wheat on the back.

Taste- Its better than average for a beer style I dont normally drink. Was going back to a beer I hadnt had in a while, nor reviewed. A good wheat base, a bit grainy and earthy with a bit of orange zest. Exactly what its supposed to be. Light, crisp and fairly dry for me.

Mouth- A lighter body with a prickly medium-high carbonation. Good amount of residual orange zest and dry grass take hold.

Drink- Its as advertised. A nicer light beer for BMC fans. Ill stick with the DIPA and Chocolate porter. (941 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/2/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a hazy deep goldenrod with a small white head. Aroma of wheat malt and fresh oranges. Flavor with nice mellow oranges and light bready malt. A little minerally. Not as orangey as I would have liked and kind of bland. (277 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

One of the most interesting fruit beers we’ve seen in a long while. Not just flavored with oranges but Hangar 24 adds whole oranges throughout the brewing process. Extremely refreshing and a well needed departure from the norm. a beer to be remembered.

STYLE: Fruit Beer
ABV: 4.6%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed sandy hue, great head retention

SMELL: Orange peel, bready, pithy, nutty, zest, pulp, faint spice

TASTE: Very crisp, spicy, lighter bodied, bread crust, orange taffy, nutty yeast, orange peel, pith and pulp, clean graininess, dry semi-puckering finish (620 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hophead22 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of cereal, wheaties, lighter citrus, and 'sweaty'. Tastes of wheatiness, citrus (more than the aromas and defintely oranges), and sugary sweet. This was surprisingly enjoyable! (312 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Libertine last night. This was by far the best part of the night.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a slightly creamy white head that fades to a thin cap of foam pretty quickly.

S: Big, big orange aroma. There's a lot of orange peel and something that smells like someone made potpourri out of oranges.

T: This was a little too much on the sweet side and one dimensional for me, but it was infinitely better than everything else on tap. I got a lot of great orange flavor but I wanted something else and never got it. A good stab at the style and very drinkable. The best part was a nice, creamy mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation. Definitely compares to beers like Blue Moon and this is far better. (735 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Hangar 24 Brewery
Redlands, CA

Cloudy golden yellow. Initial foaming white head that doesn't last for long.

Pungent aroma of oranges. They certainly delivered on their promise of an orange and wheat beer, though there is little else here to smell but the orange.

A sweet wheat beer dominated by orange flavor along with a touch of astringency and bready wheat character.

Light to medium mouthfeel, though it seems a touch syrupy.

A flavorful and sweet orange wheat. I couldn't drink a ton of this, but they certainly deliver on their promise of this beer being "orange" and "wheat." (597 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Hanger 24

Look: Straw yellow with a touch of orange no head

Smell: Orange peel

Taste: For me the beer tasted like watered down orange juice with a touch of wheat

Mouthfeel: Thin body and mild carbonation

Overall: This beer is not for me (252 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe a few days ago for $5.50, first time I have seen a Hangar 24 beer available, it is a wheat beer with locally grown oranges added throughout the brewing process

Directly from the website: "Our oranges are purchased through the Old Grove Orange company (affiliate of the non-profit Inland Orange Conservancy) whose main objectives are to save the local orange trees from disappearing, spread the word about the local citrus growing heritage, and to feed the hungry with the unutilized oranges. Please visit them at www.inlandorange.org. All we need to do to save the orange trees is to eat locally grown oranges!"

A-One of the murkiest beers I have ever seen, medium orange with a golden tint in the light, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for a while, good retention, some lacing at the beginning

S-Tons of oranges, wheat, bananas, grassy accents, bready malt aromas, cloves, coriander, other citrus, and various spices

T-Oranges right from the beginning, some wheat and barley in the middle, sweet aftertaste with more citrus, as it warmed became even sweeter, lemons and tangerines also came into the picture, wheat stood out more, finish reminded me of orange juice oddly, still really easy to drink, maybe a little bit on the watered down side, nicely balanced and no flavor overpowers another, not bad overall

M-Sweet and citrusy mouthfeel, somewhat chewy at times, medium bodied, taste did not last long after each sip, could have used some more carbonation

D-Could drink a few pints of this easy, but the sweet orange flavor would get heavy on the stomach eventually, smooth, feels low in ABV, would make a nice session beer for the summer

Had to try this since it is the first beer brewed where I live in Redlands, was told by the bartender that this is not a hefeweizen, quite good for the first batch, will be drinking a lot of this in the future, especially as it continues to get hot, recommended (1,955 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at a fairly decent Irish pub in Temecula, California a little less than 2 months back. Poured a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head on top. Aromas of wheat, orange juice and Belgian spice. On the palate, this one was light bodied and under flavored, with a light orange and some Belgian wit character. (330 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’m not a hefe hater. Now that I’ve had several that are simply amazing I know just why people who love the style are so enthusiastic about it. It’s a shame that so much that’s available these days is just subpar tho. While I was not ‘wowed’ by Hanger 24’s take on the wheat beer neither was it a disappointment. I’d be perfectly happy drinking this at a party or on a hot summer day. It pours a cloudy orange color. Foamy! It has a nice note of coriander on the nose. Clear orange-wheat character with a light tartness and a clean finish. One of the better ones. (579 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 6th, 2013 at The Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a light, lemony yellow. Slightly cloudy. Long lived one finger white foam head. Good sheeting but not very sticky.

Aroma is tangy wheat and sweet orange.

Flavor is the same as aroma: mild wheat, mild sweet orange. Finishes with a dash of bitterness that doesn't linger.

Slight dryness and tingle on the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Great beer for light drinking, but not the kind of thing I usually go for. (480 characters)

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Hangar 24 Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 Brewery
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