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Wheat Beer - Napa Smith Brewery

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-09-2008)
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Reviews by yeastsipper:
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yeastsipper

California

2.3/5  rDev -17.9%

Beer looks nice from the outset. Nice golden color with a fine head. The nose is difficult - very cloying, buttery scent. Butterscotch it seems and if there are other smells you can't notice as butterscotch is all you get. I have difficulty describing it, as this is a new experience with a beer. The taste, when cold, was actually pretty nice. A nice, pale wheat beer with a subtle hop aftertaste. However, as it warms, annoying aspects arise. The nose becomes stronger, and more astringent. The taste starts to mimic the nose and there are medicinal and metallic qualities. Debating whether to pour or finish. The unflattering notes/flavors are just so strong as to diminish the positive aspects of the beer. For me, this is a home brew and one where the kinks need to be ironed out. Unfortunately, as a professional brewery, I expect more. I want to support local breweries, but I can't recommend that you try this.

03-16-2009 03:44:52 | More by yeastsipper
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz undated bottle served in a lager glass.
A: pours clear golden with a well-proportioned, dense, off-white head. It has a high level of visible carbonation and leaves some nice lacing. Small amount of sediment in the bottle, a bit of which was included with the pour.

S: a mostly unappealing floral aroma with musty, yeasty and grassy notes. Hints of cardamon and ginger.

Taste is way better and fresher, as well as more delicate and less spicy than expected. Wheat is evident but subtle, Hints of cinnamon, cardamon and ginger. Light on hops for style. (yes, I know this style is supposed to be light on hops.)

M: Medium-light bodied; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: a delicate, lightly spicy wheat beer.
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04-12-2013 23:47:55 | More by chinchill
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ste5venla

California

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-20-2013 19:01:05 | More by ste5venla
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.43/5  rDev -13.2%

Thin head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
Smells of fruit: apple and pear mostly and a little honey.
Taste starts with a little sweet note, then dry bitterness... the middle and end are watery and bland. Starts out okay and then runs out of flavor halfway through.
Crisp texture, low carbonation and medium body.
The taste was a real disappointment, the rest of it was average.

11-24-2012 20:24:13 | More by Fatehunter
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

2.13/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours out to a thin head that dies quickly. Amber-gold color. Aroma is stale and flat--smells of Play-Doh and stale bread. Flavor is gross, metallic and woody, sharpness from the wheat is ok, but hops and other subtleties are faded. Mouthfeel is average. This stuff tastes like crap. I can't imagine this is fresh--this is more of a distribution and storage problem. It tastes like old beer. If I ever get to have a sample at the brewery or in California, I will re- review and hopefully get to revise this assessment.

06-09-2012 15:12:01 | More by EagleTalon
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-21-2013 20:15:19 | More by jaydoc
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javiernano

California

3/5  rDev +7.1%

03-06-2012 08:29:20 | More by javiernano
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atigerlife

Hawaii

2.68/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours light golden with small carbonation rising. 2-finger creamy whie head. Good retention. Not bad...but not what I was expecting. A very slight haze...but not much. Curious.

Aroma of wheat, ctirus, sweet...very light aroma.

Taste of wheat, hay, light spices. Overall, very light flavor. Not much going on.

Mouthfeel is crisp, med-light bodied. Cleansing. Semi-dry.

Overall, an OK beer but not a lot going on. Lacking in the flavor area. Also, not what one would expect from a "wheat" beer.

02-15-2011 06:09:20 | More by atigerlife
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.08/5  rDev +10%

A - Pours up a hazy gold with a thick, long-lasting, white head.

S - Smells of wheat and grain. No hops detected.

T - malt graininess, some hop bitterness in the finish, but subdued. Like most American wheats, it's pretty bland. A hint of butterscotch

M - A little thin, good carbonation

D - Nothing offensive about the beer. A typical wheat, a little underwhelming.

07-01-2009 23:15:52 | More by hiikeeba
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david18

New York

3/5  rDev +7.1%

I'm not a huge wheat beer fan and I typically have to really like it for it to stand out to me. Unfortunately this was not one of the stand out wheats for me. I had this on a recent trip to Orlando.

Appearance was a light straw color with a typically wheat-y active head and overall cloudiness.

Aroma was quite yeasty, with hints of bread and little corriander.

Flavor was unremarkable, actually quite light on the palate. Nothing wrong with it but nothing that stood out either.

Overall, an unmemorable beer that I probably won't seek out again.

06-22-2011 20:13:22 | More by david18
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MattSlem

California

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-24-2013 06:49:37 | More by MattSlem
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hustlesworth

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +4.6%

A- clear golden with a big dense puffy white head. foam loosens as it settles and leaves some very nice rings of lace.

S- sweet, hoppy, and buttery. butterscotch/toffee/brittle to be precise. not bad though. fresh raw grains, grassy, green. a bit soapy and peppery and rather spicy.

T- taste is very fresh, and of quality, but kind of strange. wheat is evident. cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. almost as if there were spices in the brew. must be the yeast or something. grassy herbal hop flavor is more pronounced than in other APWAs but not very bitter. burps are nearly all hop flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. malted barley flavor comes out as the beer warms.

MF- light bodied and cool with very soft delicate carbonation. bubbles still have enough vigor to keep the beer from feeling flat. kinda sticky.

D- a weird brew. i like the fact that hops are a focal point but as a whole, something doesn't fit with me. i'm beginning to feel that experimental american types are over-rated and i should stick with the european wheats.

08-30-2009 23:00:18 | More by hustlesworth
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fisherbray

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-03-2012 00:51:27 | More by fisherbray
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climax

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev +10%

Napa Smith's wheat pours a straw yellow, murky but not cloudy. The fizzy eggshell white head forms quickly and gets pretty tall, then fades methodically leaving not too much behind.

I'm surprised by the hop character in the aroma. It is very sharp and has a bold herbal and citrus bite to it. Behind the lupulin dark horse, sits a well balanced fruit and wheat backbone. Banana and pepper make an appearance as well.

The flavor is a bit vague compared to the nose, but it has a good balance of power between sweet and spicy. The wheat flavors pretty much carry the load, but that same kiss of hops lingers. Accompaniment by sweet lemon and earthy grains are greatly appreciated, as they add some fleeting character.

The feel is crisp and sharp, but seems on the light side as it lacks the creamy full feel that so many wheats do well. This beer is no award winner, but it's crisp and refreshing, and that's what it's made for.

07-14-2011 22:27:16 | More by climax
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

1.8/5  rDev -35.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy yellow-gold coloring with a thin, filmy head and lots of carbonation visible in the glass. The beer has smells of sweet malt and wheat/grainy characteristics. A little too sweet, and somewhat musty. The beer is a bit sour on the flavor, with a strong malt backbone, and not much else coming off from that. The beer has no other strong flavors coming out, which is a bit of a letdown. The beer is dry and over crisp/overcarbonated in mouth, and the sourness carries through into the aftertaste. The finish is unpleasant, and this is a tough one to drink. Wierd blend of mouthfeel and lacking flavors. The beer could be decent, but it needs an overhaul.

02-15-2011 02:33:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev +7.1%

12-07-2011 21:53:07 | More by ROGUE16
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Mojo

Alabama

3.35/5  rDev +19.6%

I've had this bottle for several months and figured I'd better drink it before it got too old. I didn't expect much from it but I was pleasantly surprised. It poured a clear gold with a nice fluffy two finger head, decent retention, and decent lacing. The nose was mainly floral. Mouthfeel was good but maybe just a wee bit too much carbonation. Taste was mainly fruit but with some bitterness to balance. It sort of reminded me of a weaker IPA (not a bad thing.) Overall I loved it and the low ABV along with an easy drinkability would make this offering ideal as a session beer.

10-09-2012 02:37:33 | More by Mojo
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +25%

10-19-2012 20:31:47 | More by SFC21
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev +6.4%

With very little information to go on, the lable confuses on whether this 'ginger infused' wheat is the same as the heat beer described on the website.

The standard hazy golden color pours from the bottle with as much fizzy character as froathy. Initially good head character soon falls with little lace and slight retention.

Grainy sweet aromas are mixed with spicy ginger, a mix of white and black pepper. Stong, pungently so with the spice.

Flavors are very sweet and very spicy, and without the supportive wheat malt base to substantiate the strong confection and bite. Low in hop character, this could be the element to round the beer out better.

Sweet and fizzy to the texture- amplified by the heat of the ginger and yeasty-phenolic pepper. As the carbonation subides, the beer sits heavily on the mouth surfaces, adding to the tacky texture.

09-16-2010 17:26:06 | More by BEERchitect
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zeff80

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev +15.4%

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, coriander and wheat.

T - It tasted strongly of coriander with a good dose of lemon. There was some nice wheat flavor underneath the overpowering coriander.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was over done with the coriander. Certainly not the best wheat.

12-16-2011 03:05:42 | More by zeff80
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damngoode

Indiana

3/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2012 02:44:39 | More by damngoode
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GAlcaraz1

California

4/5  rDev +42.9%

01-22-2012 09:57:10 | More by GAlcaraz1
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +25%

08-12-2012 20:56:43 | More by kjkinsey
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev +7.1%

12-11-2011 21:37:11 | More by mhaugo
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xacidx

Connecticut

3/5  rDev +7.1%

08-06-2013 01:02:08 | More by xacidx
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Wheat Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.