Hangar 24 Orange Wheat - Hangar 24 Brewery

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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

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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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 331
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 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 dmsohyea
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Stone taster glass 4/18/11.

A: Unfiltered light orange color. Extremely murky, cannot see through this beer at all. Less than one finger thick, thin, pearl white head. No retention.

S: Nose is orange peel and German style yeast. Some faint banana and bread. Very few, if any, hops on the nose. A bit above average for the style, as I prefer orange styles to banana styles.

T: Taste follows the nose for the most part. A good twang from the yeast and an orange fleshy finish. I would suggest this beer finishes more like orange juice than anything else. Some banana and orange flavors linger on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is mediocre and thin. Moderate/low carbonation, and nothing special here. I guess to be expected for such a low gravity brew.

O: A good orange whit beer, but nothing special. If I was blinded next to other orange whits I'm not sure I could point it out. (905 characters)

Photo of joshuasamantha
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was their first bottle offering...I think it's great they use local oranges for their beer so every batch is slightly different. Not a big heff person, but this beer is very easy to drink and palatable to many different tastes. Very cloudy in appearance with an orange fragrance. Thick head, but medium in quantity with no noticeable lacing but probably had a slight amount. Good to try it's your first trip to the brewery! (428 characters)

Photo of MrHirschybar
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar 24

A - Murky orange hefeweizen appearance - typical of the style unfiltered, our pour had little/no head

S - Light orange scent, with what smelled like baby powder - confirmed with others just to make sure...

T - Sweet, orange/orange peel, and a definite pronounced wheat taste in the finish

M - Light, unfiltered texture, a little sticky in coating, and a little alcohol warmth/taste in the finish odd for a 4.6% ABV

D - Very popular with the locals, similar to a Blue Moon type beer - this is the number one seller for them enough so this small brewery bottles and distributes this and is their main tap beer outside of Redlands... Bland to me, the nose wasn't appealing, I wanted to like this as it's a nice summer style and I have had other Orange Wheat style beers -- had this well before the brewery visit at a Red Robin once - a sip from someone else that would normally like this style and they weren't a big fan either. Though my brother loves Blue Moon and he likes this enough he'll order it if the other isn't available... (1,065 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Castaways...

A - Pours a light honey color with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a hasty pace. No lace to be had here...

S - Oranges and various other citrus fruits. Don't detect much else as the citrus scent is so prominate...

T - Oranges, wheat, and maybe a hint of honey. Ends on a sweet orange note. Not much in the way of complexity here...

M - Definitely light bodied. Pretty watered down. Might be a good one to drink on hot summer day...

D - Not sure why this brew gets so much love down here. A pretty average beer from where I stand. A definite session beer, but probably not something I will be revisiting in the future...

Cheers... (673 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 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 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 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 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 iiii
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the Stone 14th Anniversary fest.... Had to try it, since Hangar 24 is from my hometown of Redlands, Ca (which, coincidentally, also is formerly the Navel Orange Capital of the World).

The smell was fantastic, if what you want is a beer that smells strongly of fresh oranges. The scent of oranges was so strong that it almost made me expect it to taste more like orange juice than like beer, but I'm glad it didn't. The taste was still a "good beer" taste, but also still light and refreshing. Not heavy

Very refreshing and enjoyable. Perfect for a hot day (and I know how hot it gets out there in Redlands!).

Overall, I would highly recommend it if you want something to cool you off after mowing the lawn or something. I really enjoyed it. (760 characters)

Photo of sm007thie
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fantastic. Smells like the middle of an orange grove midseason. Little to no hops or malt smell, strictly delicious orange.

Pours as expected for a wheat beer with a fair amount of head that compresses to become thin and slightly creamy.

Surprisingly very little orange flavor. I would like to taste just the tiniest hint or orange, but I couldn't. Just a grainy flavor with hops and malt flavors way way in the backfield.

I'm not a big fan of light flavored beers in general. Got this for my wife as a way to bring her over to the brighter side of craft brews. It is a decent and refreshing brew though, just wish it had a bit more orange flavor for the novelty. (675 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/6/2010. Served in a nonic.

Hazy gold-tinged lemon body with a thin fizzy ghost white collar. Light lacing, poor retention.

Orange and wheat work well together - the latter contributes a lemon-like scent which offsets the former. All in all you can't get much in the nose other than citrus, but this is unsurprising for the style.

Fresh navel oranges, a squeeze of oemon and lime, sugar, smooth almost lactic wheat notes, and a hint of hops. Brisk, summery, and approachable.

Medium-light bodied, not overly carbonated, but still a bit prickly with all the citrus. Gently warming but still session-able I suppose.

A step above Widmer's version of citrus-laden "American Wheat" beer, but that isn't hard to top. (763 characters)

Photo of EthersTragic
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - mirky golden color with a bit of head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is present, but not much...

S - Oranges of course, plus a sweetness and a bit of grainy hay smells. Pleasant though.

T - Very light tasting - almost too watery at first, especially after drinking heavier beers first..however when drinking this exclusively, it's very nice. Oranges are very present but not overpowering, the wheaty aftertaste is good.

M - lightly carbonated, leaves a nice tingly feeling in the mouth. I like this a lot.

D - Easily drinkable. I can drink probably a whole six pack by myself with no problems.

All in all a very good beer. I can easily understand why this is their "signature" style. Love it! (702 characters)

Photo of felipe2toes
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow with thin white head that disappears very quickly. Pretty much no trace of any lacing.

Smells of oranges of course, some malt and wheat, and a trace of honey.

Nothing but sweet and tangy orange up front, then some of that honey and malt. But after that there isn't much lingering on the tongue, not much aftertaste good or bad. Really really crisp and clean finish where I wish there was more on the follow-through. But still refreshing.

Great mouthfeel, nice carbonation that really cleanses the palate. I could definitely keep drinking these on a hot day, or even on a cool January night like tonight. (618 characters)

Photo of srkeefe
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer and what the crew at Hangar has done in such a short period of time.

They are in inspiration to those of us who aspire to create good beer and share it. I was down at the brewery yesterday talking with the gal behind the tasting counter and she told me that 70% of their sales is this beer. Several of the other styles are also very good, but this Orange Wheat is very good.

Especially on a hot summer day, you can really suck it down.

Thanks guys for making it and it is awesome you are so close to us. (522 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 papollo
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is chock full of oranges, and it works if you're in the mood for something refreshing & light. Lightly effervescent, tingly on the tongue & pallete, with overtones of Valencia Oranges. This beer works as a session beer for a day or evening. (250 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 imagineiii
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade with gcphilli. Thanks!

A: Pale yellow. surprisingly hazy. ehh lace, ehh retention.

S: Very interesting nose. Smells like fresh cut orange slices. you know, the kind you used to eat out of ziplock bag at soccer games when you were 8??? why did everybody eat orange wedges at soccer? i dunno, but i digress. very one dimensional nose.

T: Slightly sweet, slightly thin, not much bitterness. Oranges and orange rinds are tart and very refreshing. Not a bad wit or wheat beer.

M: Mouthfeel is thin but style appropriate, great summer beer, not what im looking for the other 9 months of the year tho.

D: Very drinkable at first but sweetness catches up to your palate. could use some hop drying bitterness. (722 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I was watching 24 tonight so why not break out this Hangar 24 offering so graciously included in a trade with gcphilli.

Very light coloring that can only be described as chartreuse. Moderately viscous with ample carbonation and yeasty wisps up top. Somewhat cloudy. Definitely looks like a pale wheat ale of the American persuasion.

Maybe the yeastiness isn't as doughy as something like Oberon but it's there. Can definitely find the bitter orange peel in there. Perhaps the wheat electricity is a little more quiet than in a crisper hefe but there's a good brightness to it. Dough gets a little more prevalent with warmth.

This is a lot cleaner than crisper than the look and scent indicates. Wheat electricity abounds with a solid carbonation and brings out the orange zest very nicely. Not huge doughiness to this but that's OK - it's quite quenching. Maybe a little heavy on the orange but hell, it's called "orange wheat" and it's not overbearing. Mission accomplished.

This gets better with each sip. Carbonation isn't salty - it actually serves as a synergy agent to tie together the wheat, yeast and orange...and maybe a hint of hop pininess (but seriously, this has to be like 5 IBUs or something). Sure, there might be a slight hint of astringency from the orange peel but nothing to bunch up your scivvies about.

Really, this is what including locals as trade extras is all about. Something a little off the beaten path from a place I never heard about, and y'know what? It's pretty damn good. Great for a lawnmower, beach, gateway beer or whatever you want to call it. Could easily snag a 6er of this and head to the beach. And I'm guessing there's a full day's supply of Vitamin C in here. (1,715 characters)

Photo of Jedimaster1
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Re-reviewing.

A: A hazy, straw yellow like someone else noted here. HAs a hint of orange tinge in the color.

S: Smell of citrus. Not strong, just a faint smell.

T: A little thin but refreshing. It has a hint of orange and wheat. It seems to be a good beer for that hot afternoon. Would be great to have in the summer.

M: Thin, but good.

d: Easy to drink and smooth. Could have a few of these during a good barbecue. (467 characters)

Photo of pperez38
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BJ's in Loma Linda. Typical wheat ale appearance, but definitely on the lighter yellow/orange side.
With strong orange aromas, this brew is quite smooth, has a great mouthfeel but on the thin side in comparison to other wheats. Lots of orange/citrus on the palate, with a clean crisp finish.
Certainly not overly complex, this a light wheat with high drinkability. (382 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)

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Hangar 24 Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 Brewery
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