Wag's Wheat - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tykees88 on 02-16-2010

Our lightest beer, the beer appears yellow with a slight cloudiness and is topped by a rich white head. The Wag's Wheat has a bread like flavor from the malted wheat, backed by citrus undertones. Our interpretation of the American Wheat beer style is light and very refreshing to drink. For additional refreshment try adding a slice of lime or lemon to the beer.
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Yojimbo1941:
Photo of Yojimbo1941
1.83/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served at the Madison area restaurant on tap

A - More orange than I remember, some pale highlights, opaque. Bits of pulp floating in the beer.

S - Way too much citrus, some cereals, no hops.

T - Orange juice in shredded wheat

M - Medium. I remember it being a light mouthfeel before but now it's getting heavier. Carbonation is fine.

O - It seems with this batch they forgot the citrus addition during brewing and "fixed" it by pouring orange juice into the beer upon serving. It's too bad because I remember this being a fairly decent wheat beer but now it's a mish mash of orange pulp, citrus sugar, and the remnants of a beer recipe. Undrinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Wag's wheat beer at GC was pretty good. The beer poured a hazy redish tan color that had decent white head that laced. The scent included spice and hints of grain and malt. The taste included a neat spice...almost like a cinnemon there was also good malt and nice balance. Mouthfeel was light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall I thought it was a decent wheat beer. Certainly could session.

Photo of Trigcove
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 25oz mug, it was bright yellow and crystal clear, with a solid 2 finger head that was white, thick and creamy. The head slowly settled to a film of fine bubbles that went the distance and left actual rings of lacing all the way to the bottom, so that I could count every tip of the mug.

The smell is light and crackery, with a strong note of yeast and just a touch of citrus.

The taste is where this one really stands out. It has a fairly robust character (for the style) that is long on malted grain and easy on the hops, for a perfect balance that makes you want to take another pull as soon as you swallow the last one. The taste was more like like a munich helles than the weizens that I'm used to. I would say that you wouldn't want to ruin this one with a slice of orange or lime.

The mouthfeel is about what you would expect for the style. It's a crisp and carbonated summer refresher, so it has a fairly light body. (Although, this one has more substance than I have come to expect from the style.)

Drinkability? Yes, absolutely. I could be happy with this one over and over again.

Overall, I was pretty impressed. Granite City is one of the few brew pubs that I've been to that offers a lager, and their's will stand up against any lager, American or Euro. I tried a sample of the Wag's when I stopped to have a quick one on my way home from work, and now it's my GC beer of choice for as long as it lasts.

Photo of Flatlands
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid wheat beer for those wanting something light. If you have a friend who is less adventurous in beer, this is a good one. If you want a "Blue Moon" experience, have the bar put a shot of orange juice in the beer. I like GC food and their beers are solid examples of the style they represent. The fake Blue Moon makes my wife happy so I cannot complain!

In the Summer, I like to have a Wags Wheat with their pizza. A great combination.

Photo of tykees88
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wag's wheat would be Granite City's version of Budweiser. It tastes alot like it. It comes with a hazy golden yellow color. Almost no head in the glass. No lacing as you drink it down. It smells like wheat and hops. The taste is like it smells. Slightly wheaty with a hops finish. A clean crisp beer, that given it's low abv would be easy to drink a couple of these while you eat. Not a bad beer, and it's what I would order at Granite City when I am there.

Photo of JackieTH
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the GC brewpub in SLP, Minnesota as part of an 8-pour flight.

Poured a clear gold with a light head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. Smells were lightly wheat and grain and that's about it. Taste was wheat and grain, lightly citric. Mouthfeel was all about carbonation. Finish was clean. In all respects a completely average brew.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was served this Hefeweizen in a pint glass on tap. This Hefe was a clear yellow color and it produced a decent 2 finger white head. The head retention was average and it did leave some lacing. The aroma was light with notes of wheat and citrus. The taste of the Hefeweizen had a base of malted grain, wheat and it had slight tones of citrus gave way to a smooth finish. It is a good summer beer, merely average.

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of the night & it was served in a 20oz shaker.

It is clear yellow with a thickish white head. Decent lacing.

The nose is of grains, some grass and a bit of spice.

Wow, this is a light tasting American wheat. A bit sweet, a little grainy and a whisper of hops. Simple, approachable and a bit boring.

The mouth is crisp with sharp carbonation. Would be the mildest of crossovers. Note I thought they had accidently served me the light instead of the wheat as the beer was not hazy at all (per the beer menu). It may have rate higher as a light....

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Transparent pilsner light yellow transparent straw color, one finger of relatively stable head with small loops of lacing. Light and thin body, heavy fizzy carbonation made me feel gassy and bloated with each sip. Way too much carbonation.

Tastes and smells faintly of mild earthy noble hops with a little bit of wheat malt sweetness that marginally dries up towards the finish with some ghostly citrus peel. If the carbonation is going to be this high, the flavors and aroma should be at least a factor of ten higher than what they are here in order to punch through the distracting fizziness.

My suggestion is either to reduce the carbonation levels or boost the flavor / aroma accordingly. Actually, do both. As it is, my beer should *not* be like a spritzey mineral water.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy piss yellow color. Nice white head with good retention. Leaves rings of lace down the whole glass...nice. The nose is heavy on the cloves and banana. Respectable. The taste follows suit with a little vanilla thrown into the mix as well. There's a tanginess present that makes this highly quaffable. Pretty much what I'd expect from a good Hefe. Solid effort.

Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 10/9/2010 at the brewpub.

Pours hazy yellow with tall white head, decent lacing but not much retention.

Aroma is wheat, lemon, and orange.

Flavor is wheat, lemon, a splash of orange (hops maybe), medium/high bitterness, and some sweet malt.

Body is light/medium and plenty carbonated. Drinkable.

Tick.

Photo of BucannonXC5
1.91/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Granite City Food & Brewery in Sioux Falls, S.D. Color was hazy and murky. Slight head and even a slighter lacing that dissipated rather quickly.

Not a lot of smells. Wheat, barley, grain led the way, all mediocre.

Taste was wheaty and grainy. Also a little copper in there. Altogether, pretty bland.

An average feel. Highly carbonated. Slightly refreshing.

Not a great start for me to this brewery.

Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Hazy yellow with a white foamy head, with decent retention and lacing. The taste and aroma are both similar, with wheat, grain. and citrus.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Not much of an aftertaste. Not bad or stellar, just decent.

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Wag's Wheat from Granite City Food & Brewery
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