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One-Eyed Pike - Brainerd Lakes Brewery

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One-Eyed PikeOne-Eyed Pike

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brainerd Lakes Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: shadow1961 on 08-25-2010

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of LXIXME
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Medium sized off white head slowly settles to a 1/4" frothy layering atop a clear light honey golden colored beer.

A light wheat grain malt aroma that almost seems to have a musky edge to it.

Light lemony edge to a light grain malt tasting beer.

A light dryish aftertaste with a hint of lemon hanging around with this lighter bodied beer.

To light on taste for me, but that's just me, lighter beer drinkers might find it tasty.

Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle at Pizza Brew in Calgary. This version is made by Minhas.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, frothy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some streaky arc-weld lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds off.

It smells of bready, sugary pale and caramel malt, plastic phenols, stale apple juice, and weak earthy, musty hops. The taste is more bready, yeasty, and faintly crackery pale and wheaty malt, muddled drupe fruit, and a hint of melted plastic.

The carbonation is fairly understated, hardly a tic or spasm of bubbles to be had, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight cloyingness building as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the mixed cereal grain sweetness persisting, amongst the essence of the plastic container that the aforementioned juice once inhabited.

For Minhas, this is actually more or less palatable - for the style, however, it's pretty low on appreciable flavour - the wheat just doesn't seem to be there, replaced instead by a generic sugary character, and of course, some manifestation of that cut corner-laden house, um, 'infusion', let's call it this time.

Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colow with one finger of dense white head. The head has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Wheat malt aroma with a little banana and a touch of mustiness. The flavor is all wheat malt and that is pretty much it. Not a whole lot else going on here. This is a wheat beer that a lemon slice would improve by giving it some acidity. Just an average tasting wheat ale. Has enough body and a well matched carbonation level to give a better than average score. Nothing remarkable about this beer. I would of hoped for something along the lines of A Little Sumpin Sumpin or Gumbalhead, but this is far from either of those.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying thanks the generosity of good 'ol ma. Pours a slightly hazy faded gold color with less than one finger off-white head.

Nose: Honey, bread crust, metallic, and a bit of fruitiness that I'll call blueberry.

Taste: Acidic, wheatiness, rather watery, slight aspirin bitterness and sourness that almost makes my mouth pucker.

Very little carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Overall I'm not very impressed with this beer. There's not much to it.

Photo of gatornation
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mix sixer

A= pours a crystal clear yellow color with a fresh white head

S-was biscuit malts and lemon some wet hay

T- was slight sour lemon grass and wheat with malt biscuits a touch of hops

M- was crisp and carbonated tart and refreshing and a little sour with a lemon funk

O- i will say it was refreshing and tart its drinkable, would never buy a sixer but would drink this again as a single

Photo of irrgalaxy
2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from screwtop bottle into pint glass. Light yellow color and very little head - only a few bubbles at the very edges of the glass a minute after pouring. Smells are very muted - only a faint odor of wheat, but other than that not much is coming off. Stale aftertaste, with grassy notes. A medium-alcohol beer, but it comes across as weaker and more like a standard macrobrew. Bought it largely for the name and logo, but I wouldn't have it again - there's just no strong or good flavors there, and there are dozens of better wheat beers to be found in the Midwest.

Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brainerd Lakes One-Eyed Pike wheat ale pours a thin disk of foam over a clear light orange brew. Carbonation is moderate but steady. Nose is bright and clean wheat and maybe just a note of diacetyl. Up front the flavor is wheat with that buttery note again, with a little herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light and semi-dry, with a vaguely herbal/medicinal aftertaste. Pretty much a textbook American wheat ale, of which there are lots and lots- stick an orange wedge in and mow the lawn or take it to a cookout. As a bridge away from macro lagers it makes sense, but I always hope for a little something extra out of wheat ales- something to break it out of the pack, something to throw on that big neutral canvas.

Photo of JackieTH
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, head died away quickly, no lacing. Smell has a slightly fruit, wheat, sour-funk element to it. Tastes better than it smells. Lightly apple, wheat, malt, wet, refreshing. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Watery and light to a degree works for the style here, not really against, I could down a few not a problem. "Come for the beer. Stay for the water." It says right on the side of the bottle, which is fitting in a sense.

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of citrus, lemon, and a tangy wheat character. The taste is similar to the aroma with strong citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent pale wheat ale, but I just can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of zeff80
3.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a clear, orange/gold color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - Some wheat and grasses.

T - Cracked wheat, a touch of citrus and a grassy bitterness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale.

O - This is an okay wheat beer. I'd like to try something else from Brainerd Lakes.

Photo of jsprain1
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow. Head is thin and white. Fair retention. Lacing is nonexistent.
S- The smell... is hardly there. I'm really straining. Picking up some wheat and the faintest of fruityness.
T- Pretty good flavor to it. On the sweet end of the spectrum of the style, with a light banana like flavor and a good bit of breadyness.
M- Carbonation is crisp, initially too sharp, but it softens out. Fairly average body for the style.
O- Rarely do I give a beer a higher overall score than any of its parts. Though nothing stands out about this one, I did find myself going back to it. I would love this as a baseball game beer, but when one is looking for an interesting beer, it's a pass.

Photo of jimmah120
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into mason jar

Look is a clear gold with a TON of rising bubbles. Smell is light earthy hops; yeast. Taste is very one-dimensional, bitter earthiness with corn/grain. Light feel with medicinal bitterness.

Nothing spectacular here, an extra-hopped wheat beer that comes off like your run-of-the-mill APA. Still, it drank pretty good.

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming off of a good morning of fishing that put a nice couple pike fillets in the freezer, so I thought I'd have a nip o' this nicely titled brew. Split into two sippee cups for the wife & I.

Pour is pale & wheatish, very clear gold. Smells nice, like a freshly moved hay field & light sweet malt. Thread of apple, too.

One-Eyed Pike is a beer that...is it good? Or not? Hard to tell. Doesn't taste like the slime coating of a pike, so that's a positive (you ever get that stuff in your mouth? I don't recommend it. It'll stick with you. For days.). Mild wheat character, along with plugs of sweet malt holding it up. That's it. Very dry, touch watery. The sugary edge gives it a solid drinkability quotient, if you like that sort of thing.

Huh. Not bad. Incredibly simple, which can be good, but too bland. The tastes that do come through, both of them, are pretty weak. An OK brew.

Photo of ZAP
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Deep hazy golden colored...

S-Light wheatiness..a little fruitiness (apples.pears)

T-I like the cream of wheatiness to this...a real nice pleasant finish with soft wheat notes...very subtle flavors but nicely done...finishes with a refreshing splash of light citrus...

M-Medium bodied...light quenching citrus finish

D-For the style this is pretty good. A good summer drinker. I could see burning through a few pitchers of this with the boys after a festive day on the links or water or gridiron..
On second try I am getting a disturbing butterscotch impression...taste and drinkability is being dropped from a 4 to a 2.5

Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lemon yellow body. Small bubbly off white head. Very little lace. Sweet banana pie aroma. Quite different. A little orange too. Flavor is odd too for a wheat beer. Sweet flavor with some banana overtones. A little crispness to it. A little dry. Not a lot to speak of here. It's just kind of there. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing grabs my attention here.

Photo of jjanega08
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a light yellow color with a thin white head on it that rises to a finger high and falls fast with little lacing.

S= Poopy wheat aroma from a ways away. I'm acutally surprised at the power of the wheat aroma in this one. Tons of wheat with little hopping to back it all up.

T= The taste is very light with poopy wheat and again little to no hop flavor. The wheat may have a little roast to it acutally which I've never tasted before. Mostly poopy wheat however.

M= well carbonated.

O= This is just like any other wheat on the market without being special. The aroma seems to be uniquely powerful and there is a nice poop flavor and aroma to it but nothing special.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't a big fan of Brainerd Lakes Beer's IPA, so took me a while to get up the courage (and not be distracted by other stuff in the fridge) to try their wheat beer. Probably didn't help the beer much, but finally giving it a try.

Stark white head on top a effervescent straw gold ale. Light sweet malt in the nose with a slight tang of wheat and an extremely light spice from hop or yeast--not sure. Sweet bready malt and cream corn in the taste with a better mouthfeel that expected from the looks of it. Wheat shows up as well as light sharpness. In nose and taste there's a mineral note that doesn't blend well. If you're looking for a half a step above your basic macrobrew, this beer is adequate.

Photo of jera1350
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a pint glass a pale golden color with a small ring of foam. Kind of BMC lager looking.

The smell is very light. Picking up some wheat with some sour lemon notes.

Kind of off tasting. Some sourish wheat flavor with an adjunct like flavor profile. Kind of funky and bland really.

A bit flat and very dry with a lingering wheat husk feel and taste.

I am sad to say that I cannot recommend this one. I will try their others, as I hope they are much better, but this one borders on the lines of mass produced BMC beer.

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One-Eyed Pike from Brainerd Lakes Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.