High Rollers Wheat - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by electricfields:
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin head that goes down quick. Minimal lacing. Nothing special.
S: Citrus and brown sugar. I'd say the emphasis is on the latter. Definitely smells good, though.
T: A sweet orangey citrus dominates this one. Really smooth, although not complex in the slightest. With a beer like this, I'm not sure it matters, though.
M: Completely inoffensive. A little thinner than I generally like, but this is more of a "Summer" beer, so, although I'm drinking this in late November, that's excusable since a thinner consistency is ideal for the season for which it's intended.
D: This is what this beer is all about. You can chug this, but you'd probably rather take it a little slower. It's a pleasant beer and would probably be perfect for a hot day. Of course, I can't say from experience because this is the first time I've tried it, and it's 37 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and my feet are cold. Hah!
Bottom line: it's good. I'll probably drink a lot of this next summer.
11-22-2008 08:10:04 | More by electricfields
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3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a a nice sunshine yellow with a fluffy head that retains pretty well,aroma has a little iron note with some citruisy notes but pretty clean.Some spiciness hits the taste buds at first than rounds into dry maltiness but not much citruis like the aroma,very clean but appetizing flavor.It's a clean summer quaffer,not much hefe weisse in character but a real easy quaffer with some nice flavor going on.
06-24-2004 22:58:42 | More by oberon
3.2/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance This one was a murky orange in color with a good, retentive head.
Smell Theres some light wheaty notes in here and maybe some tangy citrus hops but thats about it.
Taste This is strange. The Tang-like flavor of this one is pale and grainy. There is a very strong wheat citrus aftertaste but no yeast.
Mouthfeel This is big for the style, Id say medium-bodied, with a tingly dry mouthfeel.
Drinkability This is a funny beer, definitely more wheaty than weizeny.
10-29-2004 14:50:53 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +18%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):
The brewery suggests adding a lemon slice, but we think a good American Wheat Ale can stand on its own without the citric crutch.
The wheat did its work (and then some) with the head retention, as there is lacing all over the glass; pale amber-golden color shimmers its clarity in the light. Glad to see that this just wants to be a Wheat Ale and isn't trying to pretend to be something else. Big wheaty crispness does very well in the moderate-sized body; perfect level of carbonation here. Clean bready wheat and pale maltiness throughout, there is a slight lemony twang from the fermented wheat. Hops are extremely modest here, with just a kiss of flavor. Clean all the way, and the hops do help to balance just enough. Finishes crisp and on the dry side with a quick puckering freshness.
This is a no-frills yet highly drinkable and flavorful beer that isn't trying to be anything other than what it is: an American Wheat Ale. This is the Indian summer barbecue's best friend.
11-12-2010 19:02:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
Bomber bottle, pours cloudy medium wheat in color. White head, minor lacing left behind.
Nose is of wheat, grains, oats.
Problem here is that brew is quite thin in body and in the flavor department. Watery is the adjective that comes to mind. Some wheaty, yeasts notes. Finish comes with some harsh oily hop notes. Not what I'm looking for in a wheat, where is the expected fruityness and refreshing crispness.
This one did not do it for me.
06-14-2005 15:31:53 | More by Billolick
3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
Light golden color, big accumulation of tight white bubbles. Aroma was faint lemon, wheat, carbonation.
Taste is soft, with an unidentifiable as of yet spice to it. A little much on the carbonation still. Real light mouthfeel and heft to the beer. Some decent cascade hopping I would guess for style. Can take on some wet cardboard notes with just a little bit of age, I dunno if that's the wheat or what.
Overall, its one of the lightest and least flavorful beers made by Anderson Valley, seems to be being pushed a little more now, more shelf space than it used to have 10 years ago, I guess someone likes it (or pushes it).
01-22-2012 22:47:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
Pours gold and clear upfront, with steady beads of carbonation feeding a well-held white topping. The yeast pours turns this an olive-stained tan color and fluffs up the head.
The nose is mostly lemon tart, with floral petal notions and dryish hull backings.
Begins dry, nearly pils-esque for a second. A more discernable wheat flavor stomps in, and brings along notions of sugar cookies. It lingers in hull-land for a moment, at the crux between sweet, dry, and, now, tart, as lime rinds and rose water aggressively wash through the mouth. This tart-leaning, citric-floral mesh lingers for several moments and carries this through its conclusion.
It's light body contains substance and purpose. A light-hearted, easily consumed, yet flavorful brew.
The American Wheat is a style a nearly always abhor. Not this. A fine example that's head of its class.
10-13-2004 19:36:50 | More by cokes
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
A very nice American pale wheat, with purposeful understated hops and orange citrus taste. This went well with a long leisurly summer record heat lunch, light colour still significant head and citrus hoppy aroma. Quenching. Appropriate carbonation. Silly name.
08-05-2007 02:50:41 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +18%
A hazy golden-amber body is topped by a bright white, pillowy 3/4" head that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice lacing throughout the glass adds to its appearance. The nose displays a gently sweet malt that's mildly honeyish and just a touch fruity. It's medium body is enhanced by a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. That's really unique, as most examples are quite zesty and tingly on the tongue. The flavor offers a distinct wheat character in a sweet malt that's enlivened by a thread of tanginess, and backed by a firm bitterness. Again, it's fairly unique in that most American wheats have a more pronounced bitterness. This one remains sweet, but balanced by both it's light bitterness and gentle tartness. It finishes semi-dry with a note of honeyish malt that dries to a light acidity. Refreshing and enjoyable! A great American wheat that still bears some resemblance to a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen in it's malty balance.
02-18-2003 18:18:16 | More by NeroFiddled
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is a slightly hazy mellow golden color, topped by a small creamy white head that immediately recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of light, sweet malt and mild fruity hops. Palate is mostly smooth, sweet malt with a bit of a bready character. Finish is a bit sweet, yet also dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, just great for a light wheat ale. Not the most assertively-flavored beer around, but this is definitely a thirst-quencher. Glad to see this one finally make its way up to the Portland market.
07-15-2008 06:25:04 | More by ElGordo
3.65/5 rDev +7.7%
On-tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House.
Light, almost too light in flavor. It tastes like an interesting hybrid of a pale wheat ale and American pale ale. This is obviously a wheat beer, but the malt character has a slightly richer biscuit note, that's more like a pale ale than anything else (along with the wheat of course). Then are also light, but clean citrus hops that provide a nice balance to the malt. In some ways this reminds me of a cream ale. Either way, it's pretty decent, but on the weak side.
08-05-2008 19:34:35 | More by tempest
2.08/5 rDev -38.6%
Pours cloudy and straw yellow, about what you'd expect for a wheat. Quickly disppearing white head.
Any "official" aroma is masked by an over the top butter. Wait..no..wait...OK, just butter.
Contaminated! Sour, sour, and not in a good way. I don't like lemon wedges in my wheat beers, but alas, there are no lemon wedges? WTF
Mouthfeel-average, I guess.
Would probably be quite drinkable if not for the contamination.
This is a severe disappointment, as I usually love Anderson Valley's brews. Well, except for the Brother David series. In fact, I'm quite sure they have the best Christmas beer I've ever had.
10-03-2005 23:41:24 | More by nortmand
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
22 oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for I think about $3.50.. poured into my new Sam Adams glass.
Big fluffy head with sheets of lace above a gold brew.. not hazy at all... very clear.
Aroma is everything that is expected from an American Wheat... sorta husky .. pale malts .. and a slight fruitiness.
Flavor is pale malts with a slight lemony finish... a little sweetness and grainy without much bitterness.. I wonder if the lemony flavor could actually be citrusy hops.. but I doubt it. Really pretty tasty for an American Wheat.. refreshing and drinkable.
American Wheats are never my cup of tea.. but this one is a very good representative of the style... smooth and very refreshing.
04-04-2008 08:25:50 | More by JohnGalt1
2.35/5 rDev -30.7%
Grabbed this bottle up in asheville on my last trp through town, served cold and poured into a 24 oz pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
The pour was the only redeeming quality here. Nice golden in color and loaded with cloudiness. Rich white head of nearly three inches comes up and over the top and settles down slowly, coating the sides of the glass with tons of lace. Light aroma, wheat, light grass and grain, but light and off with a musky, wet cardboard aroma coming up. Flavor is not good. Old, musty bread, muted grain, non redeeming hops. Light feel, loaded with carbonation, but the flavor just killed it for me, off balance and just not at all what I was looking for. Sad but true, Could barely finish it.
Overall I generally like their stuff but this just did not do it for me.
03-02-2010 00:17:10 | More by mikesgroove
3/5 rDev -11.5%
The beer as it debouches the 22 ounce bottle a somewhat bemused golden amber color, the head is pythonic in size, bright white in color and the texture semi-creamy with the lace a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, a touch earthy, citrus crisp and quite refreshing as noses go, the start is sweet, the malt adequate, and the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish is brisk in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, very dry and lingering aftertaste. While a decent drinking beer, maybe one better suited to the Hot Arizona Summer than now, have an extra, will drink when the temperature hits the 110s and see how I like it then.
01-27-2004 02:40:27 | More by Gusler
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into a weizen glass, this beer is slightly cloudy, although the website claims it to be sparkling clear. The white 1" head dissipates somewhat quicly to a thin layer of foam that leaves minimal lacing.
Aromas are wheaty and slightly sweet. A wheat breadiness is the best way to explain the aroma.
The taste is mainly pale malt. Somewhat boring. A bit too sweet for me as well. I would appreciate more tart that the website claims it has.
The mouthfeel is decent with effervescent carbonation. It is rather refreshing, but harmless in taste.
05-03-2009 20:00:54 | More by rtratzlaff
4/5 rDev +18%
Appearance: Large white head, retains fairly well, with a medium golden color, and slight haze, numerous streams of slow-rising carbonation, and superb lacing.
Aroma: Crisp wheat, with slight clove and hop notes, a green apple note, with a little yeast and bread.
Taste: Slight, crisp, lemon and lime note throughout, with green apple peel notes, and some coriander and vegetable notes.
Mouth feel: Crisp, light, effervesent, soda-like.
Drinkability/notes: A strikingly refreshing summer beer, but quite unusual for the style. Recommended.
08-20-2006 17:42:17 | More by Pegasus
4.33/5 rDev +27.7%
Pours a clear golden brew, that worries me this is a wheat beer so where is the yeast?
Smell is all hops perfume, no so strong as an IPA, more like smelling a daisy.
Taste is a little sweet and malty with a solid hop flavor to it. A nice wheat flavor to this that is creamy and buttery tasting. This beer has a lovely flavor to it, flowers and butter sums it up well.
Mouthfeel is above average.
Super drinkable brew good for all occasions, mild and tasty.
04-13-2004 04:05:04 | More by Zorro
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
I've said it before, and i'll say it again. Anderson Valley has the worst labels/fonts of any brewery. It's just downright boring and unappealing. My eyes have the magic ability to skim right past it on the shelves.
Surprisingly clear for a wheat bear. Golden with a light beige-yellow crown.
Sweet grassy malt in the aroma. Wheat is there for sure, with the slightest strange funk, almost medicinal/brett yeasty.
Sweet lager or macro pilsner at first, but it settles in nicely and a rich dry wheat and citrus (lemon). It's a tad watery and empty in the middle to finish. But it is a light, (very light) wheat ale afterall. Lacking in the mouthfeel, but not to the point where I got bored drinking it.
Overall it's a good example of a Pale Wheat Ale. A perfect picnic or camping companion.
07-01-2008 21:03:59 | More by SurlyDuff
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
22-ounce bomber bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
An aggressive pour yielded a bright orange, clear, lucid hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
Sweet, wheat-laden aroma replete with tangerines, slight sugars, and lemons...
Taste was heavy on the citrus-side, with strong nuances of oranges, nectarines, ripe, zesty citrus, lemon, orange-peel, wheat, and slight sugars...
Slick, greasy mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability...
Not bad, but certainly not Anderson Valley's best...
07-05-2008 20:50:59 | More by dsa7783
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
22 oz. bottle, poured into weizen glass:
Pours hazy/lightly clouded golden with a thick creamy white head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Some trailiing lace slides down the glass, with some stickage.
The smell is of sweetdough, mild citrus, and wheat tang.
The taste is of soft apple, a hint of orange, with sweet malt and a hint of a wheat tang. It has a crisp, dry finish. A slight bit of alcohol comes through - a tad unusual for style, but it is slightly high, and body a bit thin to hide it.
Light bodied, oddly buttery, becoming watery near the end.
A refreshing enough brew to have as a thirst quencher on a hot day. A bit too appleish/buttery and towards watery, (the last even for the style). But, it has a nice appearance and aroma, and is pretty decent otherwise.
08-26-2008 20:25:17 | More by jwc215
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
I'm gonna score this higher than most because I don't care for clovey, hazy, wheat beers. While this style in general is also not at the top of my list, I shared one with Suzanne on a picnic today. Since it was in the high 70's or maybe even warmer, I felt this was a good choice. Slightly hazy and golden, head retention was good and lacing wispy but widespread. Not much aroma but so what. Taste was slightly grainy, smooth, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel was nice and light which is appropriate IMHO. A very highly quaffable refreshing warm weather brew.
05-18-2003 15:59:40 | More by Mark
2.45/5 rDev -27.7%
The beer is slightly hazy, golden, a white head leaving some lacing
The smell is mostly sour, grape, lime and some old milk. A whiff of yeast.
The taste is initially rather sweet, sugar on wheat bread, some acidity from grape-fruits with some finishing lemon peel.
Medium high carbonation, small intense bubbles, a dry finish.
There are far better wheat beers, especially in the old world. This one I really don't get.
Drunk at the summer solstice, not really a match for the Swedish name of the beer (Summer Solstice Summer Wheat).
06-21-2010 18:33:58 | More by rarbring
3.25/5 rDev -4.1%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light golden color wig a white head. Nose brings forward some grain and a tiny bit of citrus. Taste is similar without much at all. Slight grain is about it. Feel is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking, but no real reason to reach back for more.
10-07-2010 22:23:12 | More by Thorpe429
High Rollers Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.