Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.15/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours a cloudy straw color with dense, pillowy two finger white head, settles to a quarter inch leaving a sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: tropical fruit, whole grapefruit, floral, somewhat weedy/vegetal. Taste: lemon juice, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit notes (passion fruit juice?), buttery wheat cracker. Medium+ bodied, fluffy/creamy feel. Interesting, tasty, and refreshing are adjectives that could describe this beer. Bottled Feb 24, 2012.
03-07-2012 04:39:10 | More by babaracas
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves extremely thick lace on the glass.
S - Some slightly spicy wheat and a touch of pine hops.
T - Some thick wheat up front with a lemony acidity. Notes of vanilla and pear in the middle with a hint of citrus. Finishes with lemon and more vanilla as well as thick, bready malt.
M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.
D - Very nice, this is more reminiscent of a Wit bier than a German or American wheat beer and in that regard it succeeds quite nicely, Eminently drinkable with an acidity that helps cut through the thick body.
04-19-2012 02:18:26 | More by nickfl
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured out of a bomber into a regular old bulb glass.
A – Poured out a very cloudy straw color with a massive two fingers of stark white head that left solid lacing all down the glass.
S – Smells of lemon peel, banana, grain and wheat with a slight sour back end.
T - Follows the nose with a burst of tropical fruit. Mostly get the lemon, banana and orange. Has just a slight hop bitterness to it. Pretty solid wheat and grain flavors.
M – Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a bit drying mouthfeel.
O – Had this the day after I had CC’s Criterium wheat. Both are very solid and easy drinkers. This one had a nice tropical flavor as advertised. Another great beer for the summer. I favored this one slightly over Criterium.
03-23-2012 02:13:47 | More by GallowsThief
3.95/5 rDev +12.9%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Pours a hazy white-yellow color with two fingers of head. The aroma is rather unique. It kinda has that witbier banana thing going on, along with a bunch of hops and tropical fruits. The taste is very good, not as good as the recent Criterium wheat, but still very quaffable. It's got more of a witbier thing going on at first with the banana flavor, but with plenty of hops to keep things interesting. These hops are very tropical a-la Jai Alai, and actually work very with the base. The finish provides a strong kick of wheat that lands this pretty firmly in the American Pale Wheat category. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability is great. I don't like it quite as much as this year's Criterium Wheat, but it's still a great ale worth trying.
03-15-2012 04:25:12 | More by shand
3.89/5 rDev +11.1%
A- Somewhat cloudy orange body with tons of floaters in it. Fluffy white head that leaves a ton a lacing all over.
S- Lots of fruity, tropical hop aroma, very yeasty, almost slightly sour like a lager yeast, grainy wheat.
T- Lots of wheat from beginning to end. Very nice hop presence that adds the tropical fruit flavors.
M- A little fuller body than I expected from a wheat beer. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, I guess the wheat adds some body.
O- Very good for the style. Great hop selection, perfect beer for a can.
04-12-2013 22:25:34 | More by stephenjmoore
3.84/5 rDev +9.7%
Thanks to my Florida homey for picking this up at CCB and bringing it back to MN. Poured from a festive 16oz can into a shaker pint.
Appearance - dark yellow/gold body with a very small head that disappears quickly. It leaves light lines of lace around the glass.
Smell - very subtle on the nose. Light hints of fruit and hops along with some wheat.
Taste - definitely the high point of the beer. Watery fruit flavors and lemon blend with a grainy finish.
Mouthfeel - light but flavorful. Mild carbonation and extremely drinkable. I'd kick a few of these back in the summer.
Overall - a decent brew. Very tasty for the style.
04-01-2013 00:41:59 | More by mnphish
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy orange-gold color with 1.5 fingers of white head. Visible carbonation on the low side.
S: Wheat predominates, although the impression is only a bit grainy. Faint citrus as well, but overall not a ton in the aroma.
T: Wheat and cracker malt, light orange citrus or perhaps orange zest, very light spiciness. Hop bitterness is in balance, not a punch-in-the-mouth profile. A clean finish with a bit of sweet grain flavors and a very slight hop bitter. The pilsner malt character of the beer grows some as it warms.
M: Medium body, essentially no alcohol presence. Good carbonation sensation.
O: This wasn't terribly exciting, but isn't flawed and it's well-made to be an easy drink during a hot concert.
04-28-2013 23:00:03 | More by macrosmatic
3.78/5 rDev +8%
A - cloudy straw yellow with a huge creamy head, great lacing
S - fruity, lemon, wheat twang
T - tropical fruits (mango / banana), tangy followed by a grapefruit hop bitterness
M - crisp, light, refreshing, sparkling
O - a nice refreshing tropical take on the style
04-14-2012 01:19:39 | More by Vec2267
3.78/5 rDev +8%
Poured a cloudy orange yellow color, with aromas of wheat, banana, and citrus, not much tropical aromas coming through. Flavor is a light combo of the aromas, very sessionable beer in my book, mostly a lighter wheat beer, that would be good to grill out with in the heat. Good Summer beer.
07-03-2012 15:23:07 | More by beergod1
Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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