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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: 3FaveryRogue on 12-28-2013

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Ratings: 303 | Reviews: 59
Photo of dank203
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great feel and flavor. spicy hoppy wheat beer. refreshing, balanced and could drink a few. nice and cloudy as well.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/5/15 (Bottle) - Foggy yellow pour, decent carbonation and white head. Yeast and orange aroma. Nice wheat taste with minimal hop taste. Not very strong, very smooth drinking beer. Overall good summer outdoor beer.

Photo of ElJacobian
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes a little better than it smells, but it's a bit thin. Pretty smooth overall but nothing really memorable.

Photo of Trombone69
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this concept, a hoppy wheat ale, unfiltered. A lot of my top beers are unfiltered wheats. Although I'm not a huge hop head. Anyway, they strike a nice balance here. And the shapely red-headed young woman on the label boosts the "Look" rating from 4.25 to an easy 5. It's the little things in life that make it great. I might have to look for this beer again. Or maybe I can find Ophelia, the red-head instead. I'd like to buy her a beer.

Photo of RTK513
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hippy taste smooth going down just like a wheat, weak finish

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : molten, fluffy white 1 finger head. It leaves delicate lace as it descends down to about a ring. The body is completely hazy, signature of a wheat ale, and is mango-orange in color.

Aroma : lots of nice fruity esters out front. I can also detect yeast, orange, and fresh flowers after a rain. Slight orange skin. Nowhere here does this have any off-note hoppiness or rankness. It's very calm and very soothing.

Taste : it's full of wheat, with a very nice balance of Orange, mango, leaf, and fresh grass. The hoppiness is polite, in traces of twig, mango skin, leaf, and tangelo.

Mouthfeel : a wall of creaminess right from the start. It retains a wall of this creaminess, being medium bodied and very appropriately carbonated all the way through. The finish is slightly dry and leaves more of that slight woodiness in the hop.

Overall : I was looking for something different and this did the trick. How this is not collaboratively rated "very good" or "outstanding" is beyond me. It's a little generous with the "hoppy" title, so hopheads may not approve - but it is first and foremost a smooth wheat beer with a slight twist of leafy twiggy hop. It's just damn delicious.

Photo of MattyBoom
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy with a very clean finish

Photo of HamdenHector
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; dull gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: mostly tropical fruit; a little wheat in the background; a little sharpness as well;

T: tropical fruit, piney, earthy all the way; a little malt/wheat sweetness at mid-palate; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: as a hop head, this is one of my favorite wheat beers;

Photo of LadyCraft
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome wheat ale, hazy and great

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale pink beige color.. like a cloudy grapefruit. Not a lot of head on top.

S: A lot of caramel in there.. A touch of herbal hop aroma, but very slight.

T: Slightly burnt in flavor... with a faint hint of grapefruit juice and apricot. Fairly tame in the flavor department.

M: Very light in body, with high carbonation and a very soft feel.

O: Overall pretty light, enjoyable but definitely not a trip through flavor country. Much like another Ophelia, I think this is a little watery.

Photo of SamN
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark honey color, hazy with yeast sediment and with a white, creamy head almost a finger thick. Nose is dominated by lemongrass and spice from the yeast, pine and itrus fruits from the hops and a breadiness from the wheat malt. Very good nose; crisp and aromatic. Taste is more along the lines of a wheat, with light tastes of wheat beer but with a clear hop note. The two go hand in hand in Ophelia, and get along great. Finishes slightly dry and with a lingering lemon note.

A hopheads wheat beer, but not too hoppy to be overpowering of the subtle wheat nuances. Very tasty, great summertime beer.

Photo of vinylrooster
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Di likes this one, but not as much as agave what

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Okay retention and a bubbly texture gives it a nice look, as does the webbed lacing. (3.5)

Smell: It's actually rather stinky at first - almost fecal. What? Luckily, it improves as it warms up. I can pick up hints of tropical fruit, wheat, grapefruit, with the offensiveness fading away almost completely. Basically, the nose goes from bad to nothing special, so I'll round the averages here. (2.5)

Taste: The taste is a little better - or should I say, more consistent. An initial hint of tropical fruit quickly gives way to a wheat-laden finish. I'm torn on this beer's hoppiness. On one hand, I'm not getting much (if any) unpleasant scallion flavor from the Mosaic hops...but on the other hand, I'm not getting much hop flavor in general. It also seems too yeasty, adversely affecting the hop/malt balance. Nothing wrong with the taste, it's just dull. (3)

Mouthfeel: Its yeastiness makes it weirdly heavy, hurting the drinkability. Even worse, it also makes it slightly astringent. However, it's fairly crisp and well carbonated. (3)

Overall: Meh. Though, I will say that apart from the initially awful nose, it really isn't a bad beer. Just...boring. I likely won't buy this again; I think it would work FAR better as a summer seasional, though. (3)

2.91/5: Oh Ophelia, you're just not very exciting

Photo of E-McFarden
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obvious fruity hop smell and taste, ending flavors dissipate in a buttery palate.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thinking this is similar to Bouvlards hoppy wheat I decided to give it a try.
This smells nice. It has a fresh hoppy smell along the citrus lines.
Taste is good with some malts and hops.
It has a slight wheat taste and is a bit smooth.
Very good.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale brewed by Breckenridge Brewery, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale is rich citrus, hops, grains, and malts. The taste of this brew is bold with flavor. You pick up on this citrus and the hops in this brew. Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in the taste. I like the taste of this brew, it is different form most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is rich, bold and smooth. Overall I'm giving Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale a 4.5 out 5. Breckenridge Brewery did a nice job with this one, I would buy this brew again.

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. Poured from the bottle int oa Weia] two and a half finger thick white soapy head, web-like, and hazy golden body.

Smells like grassy malts, floral hops, and a touch of citrus.

The taste here is pretty much the same as the aroma. Nice and easygoing, but full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. No lingering elements here.

Overall, a 4.25 Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. Another spring hopeful I've experienced this winter.

Photo of yobbeer
2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On draft in Chicago. A long way from the kettle. Maybe the draft/glass was compromised(but usually not at this bar)but I got nothing from this beer. No mosaic aromas. No head, no lacing, nothing materially above s BUD. I will chalk this up to distance of distribution. Drink this at the brewery or close to home where it was handled properly. BB makes good beer so a poor rating is for overreach.

Photo of nismo_2005
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these with my dinner last night did not get to pour it as the restaurant handled that part.
Had a light brown/tan color about 50% haze.
1 and a half finger mostly white head with light lacing
No sentiment or anything like that.
The smell was pretty good definite hint of wheat and floral.
The initial taste the perfect amount of bitter but very smooth. Really good flavor of the hops.
Over all a good looking smelling and tasting beer that go's down very smooth.
Im not sure it was worth the hotel price of $6 for a 12 oz glass but still very good.

Photo of aliciamsu
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Taste is strong but reminds me of Budweiser rather than a nice craft

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is terrible, taste isn't much better.

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions below. Full review to follow. Acquired in 6 pack format.

Pours an off-white head which sticks around for about 5 minutes, leaving webby lacing as it dies. Could be creamier and fuller, sure. Body is a slightly hazy copper-yellow with gold hues. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Aroma suggests wheat, lemongrass, barley, floral hops, some breadiness, and grains. Largely unimpressive. Hardly fresh. Certainly not evocative. Aromatic intensity is above average.

Taste is more promising than the aroma. Clean barley, some graininess, wheat, cream, floral hops, suggestions of fruit (particularly rindy tropical fruit and some muted citrus), pale malts, and faint bready malt. It's an interesting hodgepodge...nicely balanced for the most part but a bit reticent. Average flavour duration and intensity. I can't say it's horribly complex in a general sense, but I guess for an American wheat ale it's above average in terms of intricacy. There's little subtlety here, though, and I can't say it's nuanced. I do like it, and it's enjoyable, but it's wanting.

Texture is average. Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, medium-bodied, moderately thick...standard execution. Doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate the notes in the flavour profile. Disappointingly average. But it gets the job done.

Overall, it's a drinkable wheat ale which hides its modest ABV well and satisfies. It won't impress the discerning drinker, but I do like it and will enjoy polishing off the remainder of the 6 pack. Easily above average, but far from world-class (in classic Breckenridge Brewing fashion).

C+

Photo of joe12pk
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Hoppy, but not too much. Which is fine because it lets the citrus and fruit shine. Ends a tad bitter for my druthers, but this is still a good brew.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(a bottle from this past release, chilled the entire time - poured into a tulip pint)

L: fairly light-colored liquid, a pale golden, bread crust brown with yellow edges... thumb-width of pillowy foam on the pour, falls down to mucky, big, soapy-looking bubbles... good amount of sediment floating about... holds foam till the end

S: like a generic West Coast hoppy ale - floral notes, grapefruit and hints of lemon... perhaps signs of age with a yeasted muffin aroma coming up hard from the depths

T: mild-moderate grassy/green-oniony bitterness rides through on the yeast... lightly-toasted, toasty cookie-like, mildly cookie-doughy malt in full, while the decaying ghosts of blueberry and grapefruit hop flavors

F: certainly medium-full bodied with a delicate gummy-chewy texture, even in the residual film left on the palate... but it all seems to stay up front... mellow, lazy carbonation... not exactly crisp but moderately dry

O: you can tell what's going on with this beer (when fresh), though the hop noise has simmered down... this might be more interesting with hop varieties with more personality... with as much hype as Mosaic has gotten, why choose to kinda bury it in a malty, yeasty wheat beer?

Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy pale gold with a finger of frothy white head. Moderate retention and a bit of lacing.

Aroma is very grainy cracked wheat bread. Slightly doughy yeast, but no esters or phenols. Citrus and other tropical fruity hoppiness.

Flavor definitely has a lot of grain in it, but more hop-forward as well. Apricot, orange, and grapefruit. The recipe says Mosaic and palisade and that's not a surprise. Very juicy, but otherwise pretty simple. Subtle wheaty spiciness, but no yeasty phenols.

Flavor is light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, I don't really like what's going on here. It's a pretty standard, bland, boring American Wheat Ale with a generous amount of hops thrown in. Very juicy, but boring. Mosaic are the cool new thing, but you need a good beer behind it as well. Not bad, just not good.

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.