Propeller Honey Wheat - Propeller Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
I've gained considerable respect for this small, Halifax, NS, brewery over the past two years. Their attention to detail, use of whole leaf hops, and adherence to the Bavarian Beer Quality Code, have resulted in some outstanding and unique brews. They also produce sodas.
This honey wheat pours a clear, medium gold body, with a two finger head of tightly knit, small bubbles. Patch lace is minimal to moderate down the sides of my Propeller pint glass.
Aroma begins with sweet, clover honey, and a hint of minerals from the brewery's "signature" hard, but filtered, water. Wheat grain and malted barley malt are the backbone, and some grassy and pine hops are picked up, as well.
Mouthfeel is mostly ligth bodied, with medium carbonation. Some mineral notes from the water provide a very slight metallic note.
The Nova Scotia, honey is from the Annapolis Valley, and is fermented, adding more of a softness than the sickly sweet character of so many honeyweiss brews. The hard water used by the brewery gives their lighter ales a very English profile, and this one is no exception. The fresh, leaf hops are Cascades, and lead to a pleasant, grapefruit finish.
This is, possibly, the most intricately crafted, honey wheat ale in North America. Very satisfying, and refreshing, especially on a summer day. Even the mild honey sweetness is a bit much for my palate to enjoy more than a couple of these at a sitting. Thanks to my good friend, Mark, from Halifax, who met my girlfriend and me in Maine, to share a few days of R&R. He also brought a pair of Propeller glasses, a Propeller teeshirt, several Propeller coasters, and a couple boxes of mixed, Propeller ales. I don't know how he got so many bottles through Customs, but I'm not going to complain. My buddy got a few bombers of Stone, Avery, and Rogue brews to take back to the Canadian Maritimes, in exchange.
07-29-2004 11:04:49 | More by merlin48
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
341ml bottle. The label commands one to 'Drink Fresh'. Don't know how feasible that is, given the breadth of Canadiana needed to cross just to get it here, to the wild, wild West.
This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of fizzy, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which settles rather quickly, leaving a decent cross-section of layered streaky lace around the glass.
It smells of sweet, honeyed and bready malt, brewer's yeast, gritty wheat, and some faintly musky, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet barley and somewhat zingy and buttered bread wheat malt, musty field honey, some well-aged lemon fruitiness, and tame floral/grassy hops.
The carbonation is quite understated, barely a hint of activity for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and yet actually quite smooth, full stop. It finishes more than a bit off-dry, the open air field honey and mixed malt bill essence duly lingering.
An easy drinker, yet equally challenging by its surprisingly complex flavour. Decent enough for a summer patio quaffer, I would imagine, but I doubt I'll be seeing that scenario around here, given the short gestation period, and steep 'import' level (20 bucks a sixer) pricing.
01-29-2011 00:09:08 | More by biboergosum
2.68/5 rDev -23.2%
Honey aroma like yeast. Pale amber appearance, but not too drinakble. Not this brewery's best. Strange honey, minerals there. Syrupy sweet but not satisfying. Where's the wheat? Medium light and fizzy carbonated mouthfeel. Have had better soft drinks.
12-19-2004 01:55:21 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +21.8%
Been wanting to try Propeller for quite a while now. Father-in-law nice enough to bring one down from NS.
Now enjoying one while watching Ghana-Germany, Australia-Serbia.
A- Very clean looking beer. Clear paleish gold and extremely white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles rising. Nice amount of netted lacing.
S- A pleasant smell. A bit like a honey cake or a honey bun but without the frosting. A bit of grapefruit hop and caramel malt. Alcohol comes up if you sniff hard enough.
T- Actually tastes a bit like a pastry. Also reminds me of warm milk. Still the pale ale like hop bite and bitterness keeps it all quite crisp and tangy. All in all some very interesting and tasty contrast. Still tastes a little bit watery though and a bit of a chemical bitterness which ruins it a bit.
M- Soft, very close to full mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation works right. Expected this to be drier, it is but the sweetness counters. Mouthfeel also reminds me of warm skim milk.
D- Very good. Refreshing. Light but still pretty satisfying.
Good beer. Nothing crazy but a good experience. Worth trying. This good first experience definitely makes me want to try more from Propeller.
06-23-2010 20:14:58 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
A - fully hazy straw golden, short white head dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin ring
S - slightly herbal aroma with raw honey, musty with some buttered bread
T - a mix of unsweetened honey and leafy hops dominate, with buttery bread and whole grains coming through
M - lightly body, a little thin to start, but the breadiness does build along with a slightly puckering metallic
O - more of a natural raw honey flavour than most sweeter honey brews, although flavours are generally subdued it is still worth a few tries, works well in summer
06-23-2011 01:12:17 | More by joemcgrath27
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours a medium yellow with a fairly white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves scant lacing. Smell is slightly sweet, with some hops in the background and honey and pineapple fruitiness. Taste is rather sweet, with the honey flavour coming through and a wheat bite in the finish. Hops and some fruit are also present. Mouthfeel is slightly undercarbonated, but still pretty full and not bad. Drinkability is excellent, this has would make a great beer to introduce to a person that is unused to craft beer. Not the best offering from Propeller (in fact, in my opinion it's the least of their regular lineup), but still a decent beer with a definite niche in the macro market.
02-07-2006 02:57:03 | More by Mandrake
British Columbia (Canada)
3.28/5 rDev -6%
Poured from a 341ml bottle, from a 6-pack bought at the New Minas NSLC (better selection than Windsor and Hantsport). $10.60 + deposit.
A: clear gold, with minimal head and visible carbonation.
S: yeast, wheat, a touch of honey.
T: very light, very drinkable, a little bit of bitterness on the finish but not much.
F: very smooth, a bit watery.
I really want to like Propeller, in a sort of 'hometown proud' sense -- I used to live on the same street as the brewery, and I used to pass it daily on my way to work. Unfortunately, this beer is nothing to get excited about. I wouldn't say it's bad, but I'd prefer something with stronger flavours and more complexity.
At the liquor store, I had a hard time choosing between this and Garrison's Raspberry Wheat Ale. I suspect I made the wrong choice.
08-22-2013 20:04:22 | More by souvenirs
4.55/5 rDev +30.4%
A- This pours a clear golden honey color, with about a half inch of foam that lingers for a short time, settling to a ring around the glass. Carbonation appears to be moderate and the bubbles look to be on the smaller side. Not really any lacing to talk about and looks slightly watery.
S- Nice aromas! I immediately smelled the sweet and slightly floral wildflower honey used in the brew. There is also a hint of citrus from the wheat malt. This has a nicely balanced aroma!
T- Very similar to the aroma, but surprisingly, this is a very clean tasting beer! The sweet honey comes through very nicely, while there is an established grainy/malty flavor. What I really like about this is the finish, which has a decent hop bitterness, complimenting the sweet liquid, leaving my palate wanting more!
M- Kind of what I was expecting as far as the lighter body goes, but I don't think this was meant to be a thick beer. The carbonation is relatively low, and the beer has a nice smoothness, which is really letting the flavors come through!
D- This is a great everyday beer in my opinion! It's thirst quenching enough for a hot sunny day on the patio, but rich and flavorful enough to enjoy indoors on any occasion. Well balanced overall....I recommend this and I will buy again...it's too bad that here in Alberta it's quite expensive...$20 for a 6-pack!
10-08-2009 02:28:05 | More by ChrisCage
2.38/5 rDev -31.8%
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a small foamy head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet notes with some faint wheat malt also notifiable. Taste is lighter then anticipated with some light wheat notes with a sweet honey finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and low carbonation. Not the most exciting beer from this brewery with lacking ester and complexity.
08-13-2009 02:24:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle from mmurphy525, 341ml into a tulip.
Poured a pale golden yellow, with a nice thick white head. Good retention and some thick webbed lace. Nose holds some honey, orange and lemon citrus, some slight cheesy notes with light wheat character, Taste has mild honey, some wheat and grainy notes (almost adjunct-like). Bitterness in the finish, with some balancing honey-like (or just honey?) sweetness. Light body and moderately quaffable. Average flavour, and something I'd only recommend to those new to the craft world.
09-04-2011 13:29:50 | More by liamt07
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
This sounds like a perfect combination, honey with wheat. Well, it starts out fine with a light yellow beer, too bad the head is missing.
The smell is honey with some yeastiness. The wheat is
somewhere in the back, after some searching.
Taste is honey and when you get used to this taste, there is not a lot of malty backbone or wheat to fall back on. The light wheat and thin body start to bore me after half a bottle.
A beer for the summer and certainly not bad, but the balance between the malt and honey should be better.
08-11-2006 16:43:58 | More by Absumaster
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a clear yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles visible, but two fingers of head dissipate very quickly, leaving no lace.
Smells like honey, hints of wheat and citrus hops.
Taste is mostly honey sweetness, but is not cloying. Wheat malts are tasted in the middle, and moves to a slight citrus bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly flat, doesn't feel like enough carbonation. Medium body, with a slight astringent finish.
It's not a bad beer at all, tasty enough when cold, and more or less refreshing on a hot day.
08-26-2008 22:05:11 | More by nighthawk
3.15/5 rDev -9.7%
A: Pours a clear golden body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Decent retention and good lacing.
S: Notes of honey and wheat. Quite straight forward here.
T: Same as the the aroma, notes of honey with wheat. Tastes like coors with notes of honey. Not pleasing.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a honey aftertaste
D: It's easy to drink, but I wouldn't have it again. Not a fan of the beer.
06-06-2010 16:20:51 | More by Long813
3.76/5 rDev +7.7%
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of sweet honey with a light spice with almost a lime mint kind of thing happening? The flavor is pretty good actually, there's an awesome raw grainy cereal type flavor in there that I really dig. Sweet sugary honey like maltiness with some spicy wheat and yeast flavors to counter. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice brew, I'm glad I picked this up because I almost passed based on style. I hope the rest of those propeller beers I brought back surprise me as well.
07-26-2014 01:52:10 | More by johnnnniee
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
Big thanks to Mandrake for hooking me up with this for CanBIF3!
Pours a clear yellow, thick white head forms, very rocky, settles down to a thin layer, bit of lacing here and there. Smell is very sweet, caramelly sugar, citrus, honey, grass, bit of light fruit, very refreshing. Taste is funny, very sweet, lots of wheat character, kind of tangy finish, citrusy, honey, little bit weird and plasticy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad, but strange flavours. Thanks Peter!
06-23-2007 02:03:02 | More by Viggo
3.35/5 rDev -4%
A - Pours a pale hazy straw colour, finger of head with some retention and a rim of lacing.
S - Surprisingly I'm detecting some musty hops, reminiscent of an ESB, the wheat does come through, though I struggle to detect the honey.
T - Again, earthy, musty hops off the top, the honey is detectable on the tongue and is a nice complement to the wheat grass and caramel malts. Still a little one dimensional though.
M - Thin and watery, and a bit of a disappointment in this category.
O - Overall, a tasty offering and a yummy summer drink. Definitely wouldn't turn one down, though the flavours could be a bit more bold.
05-14-2011 20:41:32 | More by andrenaline
4.08/5 rDev +16.9%
Appearance- Pours a cloudy honey yellow with a minimal head.
Smell- Wheat, barley, grains, slight honey, lemon peel
Taste- A pleasant biscuity flavour alongside the wheat and barley. The honey provides the right amount of sweetness for this style and the lemon comes in nicely.
Mouthfeel- Medium with light carbonation. Smooth finish.
Overall- A pleasantly enjoyable honey wheat by Propeller. The wheat, barley, and honey flavours are nicely balanced that make this brew a special treat on a hot summer day.
05-13-2012 21:06:07 | More by leaddog
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.95/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance: Pours a very clear straw colour with weak fizzy head that dissolves in blink, leaving zero lacing. Is this really a Propeller?
Aroma: Smells of honey and wheat. Go figure. Also some peach and pinneapple in there.
Taste: Lots of honey here with the same sweet fruitiness up front. A tiny amount of wheat comes through in the finish. Not much from the hops here.
Mouthfeel: Despite fizzy pour, not much carbonation. Decent body, but seems too flat.
Final Statement: What a disappointment. I have always felt this to be the worst Propeller, and I'm correct. There's very little wheat here, and it comes off as a flat mess. Mr. Allen should definately either re-vamp this one or give it the boot. To think, they are actually bottling more of this, year round, while their world class IPA is bound to seasonal bombers. Either way, it's not THAT bad, but Propeller can do much better.
03-12-2007 01:05:12 | More by MMansfield
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct5 2010
A clear pale yellow with a big head that has decent retention but leaves no lace
S sweet malt and lots of floral honey
T yet even more honey with a little spice and not quite as floral
M thin and a little flat rather disappointing in this area
D not a bad beer but nothing special either I could take it or leave it
no reason not to try this one but I wouldn't go looking for it
10-19-2010 05:00:59 | More by wordemupg
Propeller Honey Wheat from Propeller Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.