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California Spring Beer - Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%


Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 02-27-2012)
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travolta

California

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy orange color with a very nice head and lacing. Head is chunky and has very nice retention.

Nose: Fresh orange, banana, and some mint at the end.

Taste: Lots of orange up front, some herbs in the middle, and it ends with some belgian yeasty tingle. Some crushed aspirin in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:58:35 | More by travolta
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TheSixthRing

California

4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a white, near 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin broken layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing with little stick.

Smell - Notes of citrus, spice, banana and a bready undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose: citrus notes at the forefront, while lesser clove spice and touches of wheat and banana round it out. Lightly toasted bread. Faint caramel. Finishes with a mild orange peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body wih fair to lively carbonation. Smooth; touches of buttery diacetyl. Finishes easy.

Overall - Interesting brew. I'd call it a pale ale / hefeweizen hybrid, at least in terms of flavor. Nice balance. Unique. The best Hangar 24 offering I've had to date. It's one I'll have to pick up when it's first released next spring.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:13:31 | More by TheSixthRing
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Duff27

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Near two inch tall fluffy white head on a cloudy pale orange body. Chock full of effervescence. Head has good staying power, splotchy lacing. Overall visually appealing.

S- Aroma is a mixture of bright orange and lemon zest.

T- Taste can be summed up as wheaty/biscuity with a splash of citrus. The stated 5.2%abv is right where she drinks at.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel with a carbonation a touch on the high side. I believe that both the mouthfeel and carbonation level work very well with this beer and beer style.

O- Overall, this is a very refreshing "spring" beer if for no other reason than it doesn't demand you attention with every sip. Put this in six-pack cans for $8 and watch the BMC drinkers make this Hangar 24's most profitable beer. Thanks for the try kojevergas!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 03:47:00 | More by Duff27
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

Pour is a hazy copper orange with a beige head and larger bubbles throughout. Nose is faint, light herbal and citrus notes, fair spice with light yeast and banana notes. Taste is a bit muted, decent coriander spice and lemony banana notes, light hop finish herbal and citrus. Assertive carbonation, oily slick feel, syrupy and heavy on the tongue and incredibly short finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 16:48:58 | More by cpetrone84
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womencantsail

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a solid white head. A nice hoppiness to it, highly floral, with a light spiciness. Good wheat and bread notes, fairly crisp on the nose. Just a hint of grass. The flavor has a nice touch of citrus along with the more floral and spicy notes. Sweet bread and wheat flavors and a touch of yeast.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 22:40:31 | More by womencantsail
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kojevergas

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at a posh restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Expectations were average given the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a hazy orange-copper. Little lacing.

Sm: Orange peel and citrus fruit esters. Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Citrus orange peel, clean malts, and hints of cream. No yeast comes through. Fresh and pleasant but simple. Not complex, layered, or subtle. Decently balanced, but generically built. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not full-bodied. Thin and underwhelming. Adequately carbonated. Suits the style.

Dr: Drinkable and fresh, but not of the high calibre needed to make it a great hefeweizen. I was surprised that no yeast came through given the style. Not a bad offering in the style, and makes for a decent table beer to pair with food. Try it if you're a fan of the brewery or hardcore fan of the style. Otherwise, it can be left alone. There are better beers in this style and price range.

High C

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 22:36:07 | More by kojevergas
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery Tulip..

Poured a very light orange/yellowish hazy color with a pretty thick white head that dissapeared quickly.

Smell is fairly mild, some belgian yeasts can be detected, lemons, wheat.

Taste is very light and refreshing - definetely some lemon/orange notes. Backed with a bit of belgian spice from the yeast. Wish there was just a bit more, but overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and light - very refreshing!

Didn't know what to expect for this one, but am pleasantly suprised! Taste is very refreshing, a perfect session beer for a warm spring/summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:36:22 | More by TWStandley
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UnknownKoger

California

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

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is a hazy orange with hues of yellow. Decent pour yields a good head which dies to a nice ring around the glass with tiny islands floating in the middle.

Smells really good. Some spicy, ester notes followed by hop and wheat goodness

Taste is certainly intriguing. You can tell it's a wheat beer. Has an immediately refreshing taste. Lemon, some coriander. Hops are mellow but noticable.

Mouthfeel is great. I could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a really good beer and very sessionable. Another win for Hangar 24

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 21:40:28 | More by UnknownKoger
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FosterJM

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1215th Review on BA
Bottle to Hangar 24 Tulip
12 oz

App- A nice mix of oranges and yellows. A bit glowing with a good 1-1/2 finger white fast receding head. Good scattered head with good cling as well.

Smell- Smells more like a lager to me. Has some aromatic pine and spice. A small bit of wheat and some white pepper. Good but could be better.

Taste- After having the Ithaca and CL versions with lemon and some Belgian notes, this just falls flat for me. Has good earthy and wheat notes but has a weird off soapy flavor.

Mouth- A light medium body with a fairly medium carbonation with good peppery creamy bubbles.

Drink- Fairly tasty but nothing I would really come back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:05:15 | More by FosterJM
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MRatito

California

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second pint of the afternoon at Tony's Darts Away. With 40 beers to choose from, I gravitated to this one described on the menu as a "hoppy wheat beer". I have just such a creature resting in my carboy and I was interested in trying a commercial version.

Pale orange in appearance, there is a hazy quality typical of hefes. A half inch of just off-white foam that sticks around for most of the pint.

The nose has a citrus hop note that is not overly fragrant. There also isn't any clove or banana scented esters.

There is a nice, medium bodied mouth feel. Hops speak, but not too loud. Malt is there, too. The tastes that yeast bring to the beer are subtle, nearly neutral. This clearly isn't trying to be anything other than what it is; a perfect beverage for a sunny spring afternoon. This is a well crafted beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 16:44:51 | More by MRatito
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Halcyondays

California

4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark gold with a full white head, nice lace.

S: Wildflowers, definite yeast character, pepper, stone fruit.

T: Crisp fruit and hop flavours, with some orange bubblegum if that was a flavour. Unique, a nice hybrid of styles.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and vibrant. Super refreshing and easy drinking.

O: This was a delight. My favourite from Hangar 24 and may be my new favourite spring seasonal of them all.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:38:14 | More by Halcyondays
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DoubleJ

California

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hangar 24 has a seasonal now? Let's try it. On to the beer:

Nearly muddy in appearance, with a color that is a yellow/orange melange. Reasonable cream forms on top, which retains okay, and it leaves spotyy lacing around. While the ingredients used don't conjure images of spring, the crispness of the floral notes do. Tagging along are notes of apricot skins, vague spice, and a mimicing flavor of a witbier.

It gets better. It's hard to understate how crisp the hops are in the beer, and you can certainly taste the work. With the blend of two yeast strains, we have a winner here. Delicate hop pedals run all around the palate and provide lip smacking satisfaction. Crisp citrus adds another layer of yum. More crisp hops. Despite all this presence, somehow the beer keeps itss balance. It's light, very crisp, and very quenching to the thirst.

Most of my Hangar 24 experiences have been good ones. However, California Spring Beer takes the brewery to a new high. Without question my favorite Hangar 24 offering to date. This is a definate re-purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:53:58 | More by DoubleJ
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy wheat beer, thanks to Tim Johnson for this Growlin' at the Moon bottle.

A: The ale is pale and golden, bright and cheerily appropriate for a spring beer. A thin white head, no more than a band really, sits atop the beer.

S: The nose is strong, hoppier than I was expecting. The bitterness, citrusy, is more than a match for the wheat and biscuit base. That strength is a big draw, making the ale much more appealing, much bigger.

T: The strength of nose, the booze in particular, isn't as upfront here. A spicy, near-Belgian aspect runs through the ale, powering the hops and leading nicely into the wheat finish. The hops, strongest mid-sip, have a vibrant citrus/pine bite. The Belgian aspect, thanks yeast strain, has a fruitiness that pairs nicely with the hops. The lightness gives the beer a lawnmower feel but the strong hops give it street cred.

M: Hoppy, wheaty, and light. The result is plenty of flavor with a spry airyness. Another good experience with Hangar 24.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:41:57 | More by akorsak
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mactrail

California

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant light bodied quaff. Seems to be a nice balance of very light aromatic hops with just a touch of wheat malt. Better by far than run of the mill American wheat beers. Color is an appealing hazy amber. Sediment in the bottom, and that has a really nice hoppy smell.

Oops, I apparently finished this while trying to figure out BA message system. Give it Super Worthy for drinkability.

Brewery says this was brewed half with Ale yeast and the other half with Belgian Wit yeast. Also claims to be brewed with Zythos hops (a blend) and Calypso (new high alpha-acid hop). IBU listed at 20. Does have a nice floral aroma that is not the usual.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 06:12:14 | More by mactrail
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of wheat and herbal hop flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's not something I would drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 03:28:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
California Spring Beer from Hangar 24 Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.