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Vermont Maple Wheat Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Vermont Maple Wheat AleVermont Maple Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-28-2003)
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Photo of Floydster1
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. Yummy! 5 for 5!
Lightly hopped as a good wheat beer should. Not over bearing with the maple. Color of amber/brown for the beer and creamy head.
Purchased at the brewery. Trying to locate it in the Boston area.

Floydster1, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rock Art Brewery - Vermont Maple Wheat Ale

This is my second attempt on a maple-infused brew, I went into this with high hopes and I was pleasantly surprised!

Look - Pours honey-tinted with a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Wheat and apple citrus with maple and malt overtones. Smells great.

Taste - Carbonated touch of malt, wheatiness, just the right amount of maple. Smooth and crisp.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a faint maple and some typical wheat leftover. Quite drinkable and rather light on the palate.

Overall - I was definitely pleased with this brew, this was very well done. True to the wheat style with just enough maple to differentiate it.

JMScowcroft, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by a buddy on here (JMScowcroft) to try, so I plunked down the $6 for the bomber and rolled the dice.
Pours the color of maple syrup, next to no head but I did not pour over aggressively.
The nose is slightly malty with a faint whiff of real maple syrup in there: not overdone and that could be easy to do when using maple syrup as an ingredient.

Drinks a bit like a Vermont maple soda, naturally a bit heavier and wheatier.Reminds me of the cereal from childhood called BUCKWHEATS from the 1970s (maple flavored buckwheat flakes). Not an overly light wheat beer by any stretch,and more flavorful than it is refreshing as it drinks a wee bit heavy.No alcohol detected whatsoever.

The beauty of this novelty beer is that the flavors and ingredients are artfully blended without being overwhelmingly sweet or malty/yeasty. The balance has to be respected even if it is naturally on the sweet side due to the boiled Vermont maple sap in there.

While the bomber wasn't necessarily a chore to get through, it might be better suited to sharing given the monotone sweetness, and would be a hit at a dinner party. Worth a try and a good effort from Rock Art.

Hendry, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
Photo of scottum
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fancy amber with a loving head. Smooth, yet full. Maple flavor is there, but it is not overloading anything. Maple and other flavors in the malts are the center in this brew's chew. Goes down smooth. Another great beer by Rock Art! These guys may be my favorite Vermont brewery.

scottum, Oct 15, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

jwps214, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

indy14jonesy, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

maybe the most underrated beer I have seen here on BA. its just so so good, so maple, and if you don't like maple, why would you buy this beer in the first place? an amber wheat based heavily on good maple syrup, a real treat for a Vermont outsider. a clearing heady amber brew, copper really, and emitting notes of fresh maple sap running free, and a hefty wheat malt base without much hops at all. the flavor is all maple sugar up front, and I think the wheat malt base is a genius platform for it to launch from, it sparkles and sings real Vermont, without being sickening or too strong or sweet, its lasting goodness and nothing more or less. carbonation may be a little low, but again and again after each sip I am reminded how good the wheat is as a base for the maple character, and it comes through so well. one of the top two or three maple flavored beers I have had, I would love to see more takes on this, its just super well done overall. perfect balance of maple and actual beer flavor. top dog in the field here, best maple wheat I have seen, although it is admittedly very few...

StonedTrippin, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Morgo

Honey golden brown with an insta-vanish head. Maple and brown sugar are there but the first thing to catch my nose is an intense fruity, floral bubble gum. Tastes similar with the bubble gum being the dominant flavor. Ample maple backup. Savory smoked wheat fade that I really like. Too sweet to finish an entire 22oz I'm glad I had help.

I don't often like maple beers because of the fruity flavors boiled maple can throw off but Rock Art was clever enough to harness that with the natural bubble gum of an American wheat. In my limited sampling one of Rock Arts best.

donkeyrunner, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

wil19b85, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

CB_Crowe, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

claytong, Apr 09, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

BigRizz62, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a blast from the past! I had this years ago before I started reviewing beer. It was only available in growlers.

Pours a brown/light burgundy color with very little head into my glass. Kind of dull but could be from the maple.

Sweet with just the right hint of maple to entice the nose. Clove notes from the wheat too.

Taste is as I remember it: lightly-sweet with breadiness from the wheat and a touch of clove. Hops? We don't need no hops, sir!

Lingering maple and wheat at the back of the throat.

A blast from the past! Some may not like it. I certainly missed it!

Brad007, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago.

Pours with a short off-white head over a thick-looking, orange body that has some noticeable carbonation. No lacing

Aromas are thick with syrup. Molasses, butterscotch. A touch of tang.

Flavors are all Vermont. Tree sap, maple, oats, wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect from the ABV, but deceiving. The aromas and flavor are so rich, yet the MF is light and almost bright.

Cool effort by the Rock Art crew - if it weren't for actually taking the time to review, I'd probably think this was a 7-8% beer.

p.s. Beer Advocate - this can not be listed as an American Pale Ale.

BeerImmediately, Sep 28, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +8%

DelicateDelirium, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Janeinma, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

richbrew, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

sgregory, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Lovely85, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

bobv, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BPudd, Jul 24, 2013
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Vermont Maple Wheat Ale from Rock Art Brewery
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