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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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BA SCORE
81
good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 02-28-2003)
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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15.7%

djrn2, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color. It poured with a soapy white head that died down very quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a small patch in the center. There are some hints of particles near the bottom of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apple juice and maple syrup are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the maple flavors taste more like maple candy but without any of the associated sweetness. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The maple flavors make this beer unique, but it tasted like it could have used more hops or a fuller body.

metter98, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fizzy head that pretends to reach 1 finger but pretty much instantly disappears with no trace at all that it even existed except my fading memory making it look like a flat cider, with a mostly clear slight chill hazed reddish orange beer.

Nose brings plenty of maple, maple candy mostly with just a bit of syrup, light caramel and coppery malts, but that's pretty much it.

Taste brings plenty of maple again, like I stuffed my mouth full of maple candy, but it remains fairly dry. the maple brings just a hint of syrup and sweetness but overall mostly just full flavor and not the residue. If it wasn't for the slightest hint of caramel malts I would have thought this was a maple mead. As it warms I start to get hints of what could be wheat flavors, but again barely. Finish gives a slight booze kick with some very light bitterness, and fairly dry with a hint of stickiness, and plenty of lingering maple.

Mouth is med bodied, very slightly syrupy, very little carbonation.

Overall not bad, I'm usually not a fan of maple beers, but this one fared pretty well with the nice maple candy flavor and not super sweet or syrupy. The lack of carbonation doesn't help though, and the lack of overall malts with just faint hints of malt and wheat gives it a bit of a kick in the nuts as well. So it's not a bad beer, but it doesn't do much either.

jlindros, May 24, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper in color (similar but a little more orange than apple cider) with minimal amounts of visible carbonation, some golden orange highlights, and a significant amount of black sediment in the bottom of the glass.. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of very small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are some light to moderate amount of caramel malts and some maple, though not overly sweet maple. There are lighter amounts of light fruits (apple) and just a touch of something akin to cider. Hints of clove and wheat.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of wheat with some notes of clove and pepper spiciness. After that the maple flavors come through, definitely maple though pleasantly not too sweet. There is a moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Overall, this is a pretty interesting beer and I enjoy the maple additions to it - I also like that the maple does not make the beer overly sweet. Definitely an interesting example of a maple beer and one I'm glad that I found...even when I wasn't looking for it and bought it on a whim.

dbrauneis, Feb 04, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light maple syrup nose and flavor is mellow to sweet maple syrup without much wheat. It is a light summer ale. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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 DefenCorps
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An extra from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe.

Pouring amber with a head that is creamy beige. I don't know for sure, though, the retention is *so* bad it disappears in seconds. Nice clarity, though. The nose is mildly hoppy with a cascade hop profile, along with a mild maple sweetness, nutty and sugary. The use of maple sap is marginally obscured by the hops, and unfortunately, isn't complemented by it either. There's a green, chlorophyll-like note, moderately mineral-y and chalky in a way I don't like. The maple component also has a fruity note to it.

The palate opens mildly sweet, in a way that clearly isn't a malt sweetness ('cos it's from the maple syrup!). This is followed by flavors of Cascade hops and a mild bitterness. The wheat adds a twang (a tartness, even) to the mid-palate that lingers on into the finish. Fairly dry and highly carbonated, this beer is rather watery, disappointingly so. IMO, the hops just don't work with the maple syrup.

DefenCorps, May 18, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the 650 ml. bottle with February (no year) notched out of the label. Sampled on April 4, 2014.

Its color is mainly medium amber with some reddish tones, slightly cloudy, with a modest cream colored head that lingers for a while but eventually fades away completely.

The aroma evolves. At first I get caramel malts, maple syrup, and wheat in that order. But after it warms the maple syrup starts to take over the nose.

light to medium body.

The maple flavor takes center stage in the taste with the caramel malts a close second and the wheat a distant third. But there is a low, dry bitterness finishing things off.

puboflyons, Apr 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ZEB89, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the Rock Art brewery, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear mapley brown hue with a nice three finger head...that immediately fizzed away like a can of soda. Ehh.

S - Smell is average too. I picked this bottle up maybe two months ago and I remember it smelling WAY more mapley when I had it on tap. What I get now is way too much malts and malt sweetness with super super faint maple on the finish.

T - Taste isnt all that bad. A bit too malty up front with almost a tinny flavour. The finish though is nice subtle and sweet maple candy. Again though, I remember thoroughly loving this at the brewery and yet here I am drinking this incredibly underwhelmed.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated...not flat, but definitely needs more as it comes across as thin/watery.

O - Overall I enjoyed this on tap but this...this I really dont care for. The maple is too faded and not nearly "in your face" as it was on tap. Disappointed.

rudzud, Jun 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BeerForMuscle, May 14, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

LoveStout, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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
Photo of MDDMD
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-light amber color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-wheat, malt, maple, hint of sweetness

T-malt, maple, wheat bread, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-an interesting pale ale, a little sweet, but I do like the maple flavor, wish there were a little more hops present

MDDMD, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

bobv, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank a pint of this from a growler a couple friends brought back from a snowboard trip to VT.
The beer poured a hazy straw color, topped with a thick, foamy white head. Good head retention, leaving a clump in the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is light and wheaty, with a distinct maple syrup sweetness. The maple really dominates, but goes very well with the mild wheat malt aroma. No hops to speak of, or much else besides the maple.
Flavor is actually quite good. A bit simple, comprised largely of wheat malt and maple flavoring, and nothing else. A bit of dryness in the finish, with some nutty yeast. A dryish wheaty nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. If the maple didn't go so well with the wheat, this would be just another lame, flavorless american wheat ale. A bit fuller bodied than your average wheat beer, with more sluggish carbonation.
I'd definitely try this again, simply because i enjoy anything with maple syrup.

UnionMade, Sep 19, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

claytong, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

pisano, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Janeinma, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

erialbill, Jun 30, 2014
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Vermont Maple Wheat Ale from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.