Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 343
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 29.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 3FaveryRogue on 12-28-2013

Subtle hints of citrus round out the complex aroma of Mosaic hops, for a beer so drinkable, it’ll last through multiple acts.
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Photo of oldn00b
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper, tight foamy head forms and recedes moderately.

Big malt bill with nice hop forward bitterness. Mosaic characteristics there, more on the nose than the palate.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smelled slightly hoppy and fruity. Pours a nice thick orange-ish gold color with the unfiltered particulates suspended in the brew. Very little carbonation so you get a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing is good also. Taste is a little hoppy at first, then the fruity wheat beer flavor takes over. The finish is also a little dry with a hoppy aftertaste. The more I sip on it, the more I'm kind of warming up to it. It is definitely a little different, but in a good way. I would probably try it again, especially if I could ever find it on tap

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy golden honey color with a thin ½-finger white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds and left very little lacing. It also left lots of little floaties in the bottom of the glass. Not a pretty looking beer.

The beer had a mild fruity smell along with some sweet wheat.

The taste has a big dose of sweet wheat malt along with a mixed fruit flavor. One of the fruits is grapefruit but I couldn't pick out the second one until I read another reviwe's comment who picked up a touch of cantaloupe. That's exactly what it is - grapefruit and cantaloupe; not a combination you see very often. There is also a mild bitterness from the hops, but not as big as I expected from a beer calling itself hoppy wheat ale.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

I was disappointed with the looks and the smell, but the beer redeemed itself in the taste department. I really liked it and found it refreshing.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this much more than I thought! Offered at a dive bar in downtown, there's not a great selection for craft but Orphelia was on there so I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised! Super refreshing! Slightly sour wheat with a nice subtle hop to keep it interesting. Great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clearly unfiltered, with just a ton of floaties suspended in the honey colored liquid; the head is rather modest, particularly for a wheat beer, as is the lacing

Smell: Bready and lemony, with wheat tang, slight banana and a grassy/citrusy aspect

Taste: Crusty bread and a kiss of sweetness, up front, with the lemony/grassy hops kicking in toward the middle; slight banana undertones build, as well; the finish tilts toward the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting much, given the overall rating and my experience with other Breckenridge beers, but this one surprised me; a very nice beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Smooth, Creamy, Hoppy, Wheaty

Ultra-smooth and creamy, cloudy straw, with a magnificent white foam head. Floral, citrus and wheat in the nose. Hoppy, leafy, zesty, wheaty (of course), biscuity, semi-astringent and dry. No garnish needed. This American Wheat Ale is packed with flavor. With examples like this, it’s no wonder Hoppy Wheat Ales are starting to trend.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Spring

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge "Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating... odd
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Ophelia pour a very cloudy, and even chunky, deep golden body beneath a full-sized head of frothy white that steadily drops to a creamy surface covering. The aroma displays a pleasant combination of sweetish wheat malt and gentle hops (lightly citrusy, mildly grassy, softly floral). The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests. It's not particularly bitter, just "firm", and I might be imagining it but I find what I think of as an almost vanilla note which implies sweetness as well. The bitterness does linger somewhat in the finish though, along with subtle hops. Easy to drink and charmingly flavorful, this hoppy wheat is a welcome addition to spring.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer if you are wanting to get into IPAs. The description "Hoppy Wheat" is absolutely perfect when describing the taste of this beer. This beer is the perfect bridge to enjoying IPAs. Enjoy!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy - what you'd expect from a wheat beer. Decent lacing.
Smells like a hoppy wheat beer. Nothing spectacular but not bad at all.
Tastes a bit hoppier than I'd expect, but does not overwhelm the wheat by any means.
Feels smooth, not overly carbonated like a lot of other wheat beers I've had.
overall, if you're looking for that blend between wheat and hops, this is a fine start.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring

S- fruity hops with some citrus grapefruit & melon, crisp wheat

T- fruity hop flavor with. It's of cantaloupe & grapefruit, crisp wheaty finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- easy drinking hoppy wheat

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy golden with less than 1/2-finger of nearly white head with several layers of lacing down the glass.

S: Hoppy aromas are most prominent but are still subdued with some orange, grapefruit, and tropical punch character. The malt side is doughy and bready with a light grainy quality. Yeast maybe adds a touch of general fruitiness.

T: Flavor is very summer-friendly with a good blend of bready, slightly grainy pale malt presence that is blended nicely with a citrus dominant orange, grapefruit, lemon-lime hop character with some tropical fruit notes as well. No clear yeast contribution. Bitterness is low.

M: Lush feel overall that is cut with the above-average carbonation.

O: I liked this brew a lot as it combined an interesting pale maltiness with citrus heavy hopping and a lush feel.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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;

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Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of yobbeer
2.05/5  rDev -44%
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.

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Photo of nismo_2005
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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).


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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