Maple Wheat Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Wheat AleMaple Wheat Ale

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80
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MDDMD on 08-04-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, orange-gold coloring, almost opaque, with a filmy, bright white head. Nose of toasted wheat, subtle citrus notes, maple sweetness, and hints of smoke. Flavors of smooth, roasted wheat, with a rich, roasty sweet maple backbone. Very balanced and smooth. Light, crisp citrus notes on the tail end of the palate. Smooth and slightly effervesced body. The aftertaste is tangy sweet with citrus highlights, and the finish is smooth and clean. Very easy to drink.

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4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Wheat Ale, poured into a UFO hefeweizen glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy copper amber with a good sized foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace and retains some. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is a decidedly rich pilsner aroma with some sour wheat. Notes of maple are quite subtle (unfortunately).

Taste - Dry, crisp, and refreshing as hell. The brew redeems the lack of maple interplay here with a nice yeast blend and a good body with a little carbonated snap. Very subtle on maple again here but it turns out well anyway.

Mouthfeel - Dry and more light bodied than medium. Zero booziness. Slightly sticky from the maple. Great drinkability.

Overall - This wins in this niche sub category for its attention to detail and delicate balanced infusion of maple with wheat. Terrific brew.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber,soft two finger white head, laces well in the glass.

Aromas are decidedly European,yeast most particularly,maple nonexistent as are the hops.

Sour splash to the palate on the first sip, reminiscent of a yeasty Belgian, and quickly changes over to a lager flavor profile while at the same time the slightest coating of maple finishes at the back.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

Okay, I love Lawson's, and have been a fan of their past maple offerings, but Maple Wheat takes an artisan approach that is certainly a different take on the style. While Maple Wheat may appeal to others with a more adventurous palate than mine, I found it interesting and worth trying once.

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Six ounce draft at the Prohibition Pig pub in Waterbury Vermont, with dinner.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which shrank away to a thin surface foam film.

t: To be honest, I only had a few sips of this, it was ordered for my beer-hating wife in hopes the maple flavor would appeal to her, while giving Curious George (me, my name was changed to protect me from warranted lawsuits) a chance to try another Lawsons offering. Maple flavor was almost non-existent, although the color was maple syrupish and there were subtle undertones of such. However, I liked it well enough, and she did actually drink most of it, which is no mean feat for a brewer to get my wife to do. So kudos to Lawson's, who probably had the wisdom to recognize that maple syrup and beer naturally do not mix very well flavorwise.

m: Light to moderate. Quite smooth.

o: Seemed like more of a low-hopped pale ale with a hint of maple flavoring than the wheat beer dominated by maple syrup which one might expect. But it's an interesting and good-tasting brew. Perhaps it should be renamed Lawson's Lawless Liquid or Moonshine Through A Maple Tree or The-Beer-Scotorum's-Wife-Actually-Drank-Five-Ounces-Of or something else which might make it irresistible. It may be too good to just call it what it is.

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Maple Wheat Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
80 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.