Lemongrass Wheat Ale - Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Lemongrass Wheat AleLemongrass Wheat Ale

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very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aracauna on 09-18-2002

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by gueuzegeek:
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this for the second time at the World Beer Fest this year. As soon as I tasted it I remembered I had had the same thing at the GABF the year before and really enjoyed it. It is a cloudy yellow color with a super lemongrass fragrance, as the name implies. The mouth feel is pretty much middle of the road (which is fine for the style), and the aftertaste is rather nice. The flavor is as fragrant as the scent of the brew. I truly enjoyed this brew, not only because it was unique, but because it really tasted exactly as one would want a lemongrass ale to taste. YUM!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a real hazy yellow lots of chunks and floaties my wife almost dumped it out but I stopped her of course,lemon dominates the aroma here very fragrant with a touch of fresh mown grass.Taste is very refreshing lemony and spritzy with a touch of toasted malt.Now this is a summer quaffer if I ever saw one outside of the appearance this is one reaaly nice brew from Kill Devil Hills.

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice large white head.

Aroma is wheat, yeast, banana, and lemon.

Flavor is really heavy on the lemongrass. Very wheaty with banana and mild yeastiness.

Medium-light on the palate with some very mild lemony tartness.

Overall not a bad beer for the style, though I am not a huge fan of the style. Drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of the 4 beer sampler at the OBX Brewing Station.

Similar in appearance to the Olsch, but a cloudier yellow with more drifting white foam. Very faint smell, certainly not a hefe that bursts forth with banana clove - subdued.

Taste is quite wheaty with notes of citrus. Comes together ok, but not outstanding. Just good.

Drinkable - but I liked the Olsch better.

Photo of akorsak
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A weizen glass served at the brewpub.

A: The ale, described as a hefe with a potent dose of lemongrass, has the hazy look of a weizen, only a few shades darker. The ale, of course, is opaque. Legs ensue but not much lacing.

S: The nose is all lemongrass. If you don't like the sweet pungency, go no further! I've evolved since my growler review almost 4 years ago and now I really dig the complexity. For PA locals, think Bullfrog's Thai PA and it's lemongrass aspect.

T: Pow! Described as a hefe, I'd never know that a hefe lurks underneath. The entire glass is dominated by the sweet lemongrass flavors, strong but not cloying. If you are unaccustomed to lemongrass, you may think that a small dose of lime made its way into the glass along with the lemon. Each sip consistently delivers the lemongrass with a blast of flavor. Nicely done.

M: A fruity wonderland that is bold and refreshing. Lemongrass, in these quantities, is normally ill-advised but OBBS makes it work.

D: A pint doesn't do the ale justice, several pints at the brewpubs bar are the best means of enjoying this delicious wheat ale.

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Wheat bread, spicy German yeast aromas, candy sugar, and lemongrass dominate the nose.

T: Spicy German yeast and bread flavors dominate here with a bit of banana before a well-balanced lemongrass flavor kicks in. Finishes clean and bready.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable.

O: A good beer, overall, and very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale straw with a thick cap of creamy white.
S - Heavy Hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, and wheat with a definite lemon/lime/lemongrass aroma. Very citrus-y, smells like it's gonna be good!
T - Spot-on with the nose, lots of quality Hefeweizen flavors of banana, bubblegum, and cloves with a huge lemongrass presence. Very crisp and refreshing, this is a perfect beach beer.
M - Crisp, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation.
O - Really glad I got to try this, it'll be at the top of my list the next time I visit the Outer Banks. Such a great hot-day beer!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was very nice with a rich and very hazy looking pale golden yellow. Almost opaque with the cloudiness, just as the style should be. A small puff of white came up over the top and settled down effortlessly into a small, but stable layer that hung around for the rest of the session whilst providing a good amount of side glass lacing. The carbonation was tremendous as it came bubbling up toward the surface on this one.

The aroma was one of the highlights of the festival for me. Light, airy, but very fragrant, almost a summertime showstopper. Rich notes of banana and clove, highlighted with that all too familiar bubblegum like hint that wraps itself into only the best of wheat beers. The lemongrass was definitely apparent, more so at first, as it warmed it took a back seat to the more sustainable fruit aromas that dominated the profile. This was especially true in the flavor. Light, bubbly, just wonderfully crisp at the same time. Started with a delicate rush of lemon, nothing too bitter or tart, rather it was delicate and light, almost peppery. This blended well with the banana like flavor that followed it, hints of cloves, and almost what seemed to me to be like a heather flavor followed. Extremely flavorful. Light feel was complimented wonderfully by more the adequate carbonation that really let the flavors pop, but had enough of a coating effect to let you hold onto to the last grasps of flavor. Quick, clean, and wonderfully complex this was an easy session beer and I found myself back for this one more then once.

This was in my top 5 for the festival for sure. It was without a doubt, the wheat beer gone right. This really just showed off very well what can be done with a style that comes over to be all too bland at times. I would have no issue with going back for this one time and again.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Part of the stamp is on the bottom of the can landed on the ring so it says ?/08/14.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full inch of white head that retains well before fizzing away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The lemongrass is strong with this one. Almost too strong as it imparts an aroma reminiscent of soap. The spices do a decent job of keeping it in check though.

T- Flavor isn't as lemony as the aroma. The wheat flavor is smooth and refreshing as the lemongrass gives it a little extra character. It's alive and vibrant while playing well off the mouthfeel. Citrus burps.

M- Zesty and tingly from the medium-high carbonation with a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I've heard so much about how good this beer is and, although the price tag is quite steep ($16.50 for a 4-pack of tallboys?), it's very good. Crisp, refreshing and not too heavy on the special ingredients.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my limited notes when at the Outer Banks this past summer. My favorite offering from OBBS.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of head.

Smell is very heavy on the lemongrass, there's pretty much nothing else as the lemon overtakes everything, a very sweet smelling beer, reminds me almost of lemonade without the the strong tart aroma.

Taste is also dominated by the lemongrass presence, very sweet with only a slight bitterness from hops at the end. A perfect summer beer as it goes down very easily.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemon zest with a sweet wheat spice.

The taste consisted of a full malt with a subtle sweetness along with a light wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty wheat ale.

Photo of jneiswender
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this a part of a flight at the brewery itself. Nice pale yellow body and thin foam. Smells like lemongrass banana and some spice. Taste follows the smells as well. Not overly carbonated . Overall a very surprising refresher. Great flavor. Only complaint is the beer looks a bit mundane. I like that classic whipped head look.

Photo of aracauna
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance isn't great. It is nice and cloudy, but lacks that glow of a good hefe and the head's definitely lackluster for the style. Interesting mesh of hefe esters and grassiness. Good lemon character. I dig it.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw to pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized, medium thick cap with a very thin film surrounding it and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemongrass over lighter aromas of wheat and clove.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat and some slightly strong flavors of lemon citrus. That is all overtaken by a moderate to slightly heavier than moderate flavor of lemongrass with some black pepper spiciness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of fizzy carbonation.

O: This beer was super refreshing and very enjoyable - I could easily drink this beer as my session beer and it was a perfect complement to seafood while out in the OBX. Definitely the highlight of visiting Outer Banks Brewing Station. The lemongrass was a perfect complement to the style of beer.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring with no head. Nose of lemongrass, banana, clove, and a bready backbone. Flavors are tangy sweet and herbal forward, with a blast of tart and bitter lemongrass on a banana bread backbone. Subtle clove and cinnamon spice throughout, too. Nice. Full bodied, with an effervescent edge. The aftertaste is more of the fruit sweetness and herbal notes, on a smooth, crisp finish. Great beach beer.

Photo of JayQue
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sample of this at the Brew Pub Sunday. Noticed that it got fairly good reviews. I thought this was the weakest beer I had out of the four. Poured a pale yellow with very little head (none of the samplers had much of a head). It was cloudy like a wheat beer with a citrus aroma. The initial taste was a mild, soft wheat beer. The followup however was like someone poured lemon juice concentrate into the beer. No subtlety here. A blast of strong lemon juice. The mouthfeel was about right for a wheat beer (not too watery). The blast of lemon juice keeps this from being very drinkable as a session beer. Would pick something else to quench my thirst as well.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap on 6-27-08. This one came to me a bright, yet cloudy, golden yellow. Thin white head capped it off. The aroma was very inviting and reminiscent of summer. Strong lemon grass scent with a light backing of clove, bubblegum, and faint wheat. It just smelled refreshing. The flavor followed the path I had hoped it would. Strong lemon flavor, but not in any way overpowering or overly tart. And it's nothing like a shandy or radler, either. Very unique and enjoyable, especially on a hot summer evening.

Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into weizen glass. Thanks Stormking47.

A: Pours a cloudy glowing citrus-gold with a short lived fizzy white head that faded into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Huge notes of citrus and yeast on the nose, with notes of lemon and spices. Crisp and clean smelling.
T: Lemongrass, citrus, mineraly spicy yeast, pepper, bread dough, and more citrus. Finish is drying but slick. Hints of apple cider as it warms.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Not too sweet, drinks well, but a little spritzy.
O: A solid drinking beer. Went down well. Flavors are very citrusy, so you gotta be into that. Thanks again, Josh.

Photo of shertz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is done while on vacation and not in a proper beer glass, but a typical drinking glass. I think I got a little of smell from the glass and not the beer. Just as a note. Bought two bottles at Chip's in OBX.

A- Hazy, quite carbonated with nice head. Head stays around throughout drinking.

S- Had some smells of stale water but was probably from glass so disregarded it. Otherwise, banana, clove , and of course mostly citrus.

T- Starts with banana, then to lemon zest, and then back to banana...no kidding. Quite refreshing on a hot day. Really like the citrusy taste in the middle and wished it would remain but many would complain that it would be too much.

M- Very carbonated and thin.

D- 5.2%...with this refreshing taste and low alcohol, this is a beach beer all the way.

Final note: Tried to get it on tap at brewery, but was kicked. They were also out of bottles. This is the first bottling that I know of and it went fast. The brewery only had 4 beers on tap and the guest tap was also kicked. Maybe they need to step it up. But very good brew.

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased straight from the source and poured into a pub style glass. The brew appears a clouded golden color with streaming bubbles that makes for a white froth atop that retains well. Strings of webby lace stick to the glassware.

The smell is composed of wheat, clove, lemon, and more fruit quality almost like pear/apple/banana and a light candy quality sweetness follows that up.

The taste is sweet with wheat and cereal grain. A mild almost belgian candy sugar aspect mixes with clove, lemon zest, pear, apple and bubblegum. Contrasting is a mildly herbal hop flavoring.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and fitting for the setting. Style-wise it is uncharacteristically sweet but it isnt cloying. This is perhaps the most easily attainable offering by this brewery. They had it on site and advertised on the walls and seemingly every bottle shop in the area had it as well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of 321jeff
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep gold with copious amounts of soapy white head.

Smells of spices (maybe cloves) and wheat with some lemon citrus in the background.

Tastes more like a hefeweizen than any of the pale wheat ales I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of lemon rind and wheat, but there is almost no hop profile to this one.

Medium in body, much like a good pale ale with plentiful carbonation and a smooth finish. This is a perfect refreshing beer to enjoy after a long hot day on the beach and I will certainly reach for another next time I'm at the Outer Banks.

Photo of doubleipa
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in here on the way up to Corolla. Appearance was quite cloudy and yellow. Aroma was like a real wheat beer, but the banana and clove were lessened by the lemongrass aroma. I was surprised how big the lemomgrass smell was. This one went down pretty good. I don't think I could drink this all afternoon long, though, The lemongrass did tend to get stronger.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to stevea1210 for this. Enjoyed chilled from a wheat glass.

The color is tarnished golden with a thick pillowy cream cap. The bead is fine and lace sticks well. the aroma is distinctly spiced with lemongrass notes that seem peppery and floral with some ginger and light citrus aspects. There is a mild wheat malt note in the nose. The feel is smooth up front with moderate carbonation and sublte warming spice in the background.

The flavor is very well balanced with some lemongrass taste in the entry with enought sweetness to balance the almost ginger-like flavor which is not bitter but has a mild bite. The finish is dry and the overall drinkability's good. I could see having this on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn..or anytime really.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice hazy golden color with a small head. The smell was a nice straight up hefe with some added citrus from the lemongrass that really added a lot. The extra citrus shows up in the taste as well, and offsets the banana and citrus flavor in the beer well. This beer has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen with a bit of extra citrus. A great use of extra ingredients to improve a beer instead of trying to make it taste like something other than beer.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this growler up at the brewpub yesterday and kept cold in my cooler for the trip home.

Pours a murky brownish yellow/orange in color. Like a tangerine that went overripe. Big white head that disappears quickly but is very aromatic with lots of lemon. Nose of the beer has more of the lemon and just some slight hints of wheat.

Not sure if there is lemongrass in this beer but this is how I imagine lemongrass would taste. Zesty lemons. Some lighter tones of sweetness from the wheat. Kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale and its "grains of paradise." Full mouthfeel that is a bit cloying. That lemon flavor really stick around. Nice summer beer to enjoy while I work in the yard and watch football.

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Lemongrass Wheat Ale from Outer Banks Brewing Station
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