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Lemongrass Wheat Ale - Outer Banks Brewing Station

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BA SCORE
87
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Outer Banks Brewing Station visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 09-18-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jneiswender
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
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 KerMUDGEon
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Imstillthegman
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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 akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 mmmbeer
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in a 5 oz. sampler glass. It's an opaque peachy gold, with medium carbonation and a thin white head. Quite pleasing aroma, with orange, lemon, cloves, bubblegum, and a backing of wheat. Tastes very similar, with the addition of floral hops, roses?, and delicious wheat, on top of a medium, creamy body that has lively carbonation and leaves a medium finish. All in all a delicious, flavorful American wheat.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of gueuzegeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 dbrauneis
4.18/5  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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice hazy gold pour. The head actually has swirls in it as it fades. Fairly nice lacing for a lighter beer.

Nose is very strong and as advertised. All lemongrass. Very lemony and a fresh outdoors feel.

Hits light and quickly goes fizzy. Lemons there for sure, but also the more standard banana and very, very weak clove.

Feel starts a little fizzy but actually gets grainy towards the end. Very nice.

My wife loves this beer. I'm less enthused, but it's pretty darn good for the style. I'd drink it again - if she lets me.

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Lemongrass Wheat Ale from Outer Banks Brewing Station
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