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Lemongrass Wheat Ale - Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Lemongrass Wheat AleLemongrass Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Outer Banks Brewing Station visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aracauna on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Hab11
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Three Lions from a one pint can. 5.6 ABV.
Appearance: golden straw yellow dare I say like a golden plain? Little to no head slight bright white lacing.
Smell: Pepper, wheat, long uncut grass, coriander, banana, lemon pledge and lemon peel.
Taste: all of the flavors of the nose, plus simple syrup, slight French vanilla hints. This beer is a delicious summer beer and perfect for an island brewer. I want to slam and drink 5 more but sadly this is the only can left. Great tasting brew.
Feel: This beer is light and refreshing really zesty up front and stays that way through the swallow. Even tingles on the way down this beer is simply refreshing and tickles the pallet in a very good way. Let's call it a mouthgasm.
Overall my favorite beer so far from the Carolinas and I'm sure glad I visit OBX regularly so I can get more.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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!!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy split with Hab11.

Appearance: Pours into my treehouse tulip a very bright, hazy lemon drop yellow appearing rather thin. Very quickly dissipating head and limited lacing that slides down the glass almost immediately.

Smell: Upfront pungent aromatics of spicy lemon grass. Very pronounced. Good wheat smell, with ginger and lemon grass rounding out the nose.

Taste: Had this one several times on a recent trip to North Carolina and I am sad to be drinking this very last one. Definition of a session beer. Extremely refreshing, great tasting, pronounced wheat and lemon grass flavors. I could drink this all day and not be disappointed. Each sip is like sitting on the beach; I can almost hear the ocean. Not bitter at all. Pungent spices and refreshing wheat. Crisp, very clean! Fruity yeast esters only add to the malts and adjuncts. Hit the mark with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very light body but the spices make it not seem thin. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation. Might do well with more carbonation [more of an observation than a complaint].

Overall: For the price point it should be....well price aside I could drink this beer every day especially in warm weather. Very crisp, clean, refreshing, highly aromatic and flavorful. OBX brewing station hit a homerun with this one. I enjoy a good hefeweizen as much as anyone and the addition of the lemon grass really sets this one apart from the rest of the pack. Great beer. Would definitely drink and buy again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile last night because ticking is something that has to happen.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a soft white head some lacing on the glass, moderate to high carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, a little lemony, a little grassy, smells fine.

Beer is better than I expected, refreshing, pushes into the radler sort of thing but without the cloying sweetness of a radler. I enjoyed my share of this bottle but had better beers to get to, I may even have this again in the future if that is at all possible.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of grass and lemon zest, with earthy hay and sweet lemon drop candies, and a bit of green peppercorn.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and earthy grass and bitter lemon zest, with a little honey and green peppercorn. It had a smooth bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice lively body.
D: This was true to its name. This makes other beers with lemon character look stupid, with the amount of lemon here. A solid wheat beer with good scent and taste and body. The finish wasn't perfectly clean, but it was still really easy to drink and refreshing at the beach. Recommended.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery

Pours a cloudy lemon gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of light citrusy malts, orange zest and coriander.

Light tart lemon flavor over a wweet bready malt base. Finishes with a zing of coriander. The lemongrass is hard to detect.

Light body with stinging carbonation.

Pretty tasty and very refreshing, an excellent beach beer to pair with food or drink for its own merits. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of shertz
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served at the Outer Banks Brewing station in a tall thin glass (looked more like a pils glass than a traditional weizen) on 8/5.

Lemongrass Wheat Ale pours a hazy golden color. There's about a finger of fluffy white foam perched atop the beer, but it quickly fades cleanly down the glass, not leaving a speck of lacing. The titular lemongrass comes through sharply in the nose, but there's also a bit of clove, as well as a barely there tartness from the wheat. The flavor is more of the same, though it does come across as especially crisp, not much at all in the way of sweetness or even wheaty tartness. The clove notes, I'm guessing from a weizen yeast, are a bit more prominent here than in the nose. The body is a bit on the drier than I would have anticipated, but that does help the lemongrass come across at the focus of the beer. The carbonation is bubbly and expressive, while stopping short of overpowering the body. BA lists this one as an American Pale Wheat, and thre brewpub calls it a hefeweizen. I'd say it's a much better interpretation of the former than the latter.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden and and slightly cloudy but a bit lighter than most hefes

Smell: Faintly fruity (hint of banana)

Taste: Initial punch followed by a lemony taste ending up with a banana flavor

Mouthfeel: A bit of a kick in the beginning but ends up quite smooth

Drinkability/overall assessment: It's a sipping beer, which does not go too well with a meal, but it is a decent stand alone hefe.

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