Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
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

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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 71
Photo of yobbeer
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
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 Neil_Pfeifer
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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 aliciamsu
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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 ZoomanCru
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ophelia – American Wheat (5%) - Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado)
☆☆½

App: Pours a very hazy true gold, practically opaque, with very little light passing through. Hazier than a lot of other american wheats. No head to speak of, what head it does throw settles to a filmy white sheen over the top. Some lacing.

Smell: Nose is hoppy with pine and herb hops notes dominating. Slight lemon notes from the wheat. Wheat graininess comes through slightly. Smells cheesy, and honestly a little off.

Taste: Foretaste is slightly sour, with some pleasant cereal wheatiness on the true taste. Hops go from normal to pronounced as the beer sits on the palate, and further sips are taken. Primarily citrus and pine, with some deeper herb like flavors. Not complicated or engaging really, just sort of routinely bitter. Pretty well balanced, but sort of unremarkable. Slight lingering bitterness and wheat flavors in the in aftertaste.

Mouth: Carbonation remains high after continued agitation. Body is solidly medium, but a little disappointing.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/7/14.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Beejay
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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 rjs246
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was super disappointing. Lagunitas, New Belgium and Boulevard do much better versions of this style.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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 kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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 danmouer
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

American wheats are not my favorites, especially hoppy ones. In this category, I look for refreshing flavors, a bit of tartness, clean finish...all things hard to deliver if alpha acid gets too high.

This Breckenridge Ophelia deserves a lot of crredit for being adventurous. Not tooo bitter, but nonetheless ver the top somewhat due to the fery nature of the Mosaic hops for which it is a platform. The Mosaics throw out a bit of everything...funky earth, tangerine peel, peachy sweetness, grassy herbs... In the nose nd in the mouth, this brew is chimerical.

I enjoy the adventure. There are no major flaws. But, truth to tell, it is keeping me too off-balance. Each tate is a bit different from the last. Not what I am looking for in a warer weather quencher...so perhaps that's my problem, not Breckenridge's or Ophelia's. Ophelia kdefinitely has some sex appeal, but I'm a bit older, wiser, settled in my ways. She might be just a bit too unpredictable for me.

Good beer. Glad I tried her out. Will enjoy the whole 6 pack I ought, but I won't be ack for sloppy seconds.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy straw body, finger white head,
good lacing

S: big wheat, lemon peel, hint of grass

T: same as nose, solid earthy mild bitter grassy finish

M: med/light body, light oily mouth

O: Solid sessional beer. Wish nose and flavors
were bumped up a little.

OK; WORTH TRYING!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, name a beer after that particular character in Hamlet. Nothing iffy there, nossir... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mixed greens, powdered sugar, honey, and oats. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, orange peel, flowers, powdered sugar, light honey, and some mild grass that sits on the tongue through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a meek hoppy wheat, one where the hops don't really blend seamlessly with the base. It's alright at best.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright nectarine orange coloring with a dense clarity and a good suspension of yeasty matter. Dirty white head is thin and skimmy, average in retention, with minimal lace dressing.

S: Aroma of fresh lemon-lime flower hops, dried orange peel and wheat. Hopping is average at best, as well the strength and complexity. Expected a bit more ummph from a beer called a hoppy wheat.

T: Flavor was tart orange, lemon and flower hops. Herbal orange, wheat and floral notes with a mild bittering finish. Lemon-straw, light dry grapefruit with some semi-dry tropical orange at the finish.

M: creamy, moderate snap of carbonation with a flowery edginess. Dry wheat finish.

O: Overall moderate hoppiness, mildly entertaining, but not enough to really hold your attention. Decent, but forgetable.

Photo of ranger7
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
Review from notes 3/1/2014.

A: Hazy gold with floating particles visible. Thin white head.

S: Hoppy nose, I'm anticipating bold pine needles and citrus flavor.

T: Inoffensive hops, just the way I like them.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation.

O: Not a bad choice. I was intrigued by the cool label. If you're looking for a little hop bite, this is a good one.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really craving FFF Gumballhead, but since I can't get it easily, I decided to try this brand new wheat ale from BB. Poured into pint glass...

Appearance: dark yellow color with 2 finger head; leaves a noticeable lacing on the glass
Smell: various fruit mixed with mild hops at first; later, it was only wheat
Taste: very drinkable and perfect for hot days in spring/summer; reminds me of a lighter version of Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
Mouthfeel: smooth; the hops come on late and linger through the finish
Overall: pretty good, but I was left wanting more; nearly lived up to expectations. If you enjoy Goose Island 312 and are looking for something hoppier, here it is.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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 KYGunner
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes you come across a beer that is so simple that it is difficult to come up with 250 characters to complete a review. This is one of those beers. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, in fact I did, it simply is hard to write much. The nose and flavor are light piney hops coupled with a light wheat malt. Pure, easy, simple but a nice drinking beer.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has lots of small and large particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a small collar of large bubbles, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with bits of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has much stronger flavors of grainy malts along with notes of yeast and hints of citrusy and floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable towards the finish and this lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little chewy (from the grain) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The graininess and yeastiness of this beer might make it seem a little "raw" for the style, but this definitely lends for an interesting taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ophelia pours a hazy golden color with a small head. There is a creamy wheat aroma, with very strong lemons notes. The taste has a nice crisp wheat flavors, with some hop notes, and lots of lemon flavors. Good flavors, a little over carbonated. Overall its a nice refreshing beer.

Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
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 mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Breckenridge, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are moderate, based on the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with some orange hues when in the glass. Less than a finger of bubbly white head fades to a ring quickly. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is grainy, earthy, grassy, fruity, and floral. Piney hoppiness, crisp golden wheat, honeyed graham cracker, & some breadiness. Has that lightly sour / cheesy pungent aroma that I associate with some Berliner Weissbiers also.

T - Taste follows the nose - lightly earthy, grassy, floral. Some orange / lemon zest. Dry grainy wheat. Hint of honeyed sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean, finishes lightly sticky with mild hop bitterness / resin clinging to the palate. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, if maybe just a tad bloating. Slightly dry.

Overall, an alright offering from Breckenridge; it was about what I expected it to be, though I did enjoy it more than I expected. Mostly just a regular wheat beer with just a touch more hops. A pleasant, enjoyable beer. I would probably have it again.

Breckenridge Ophelia ---3.5/5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they call this a hoppy wheat, but it all seemed a bit subdued to me. barley hazy pale yellow liquid and a thin white film for head. the nose is wheat malt first, hops second. not overly exciting by any means, but seemingly well crafted and light enough to drink a bunch of. nothing about this really pops in terms of flavor. good ale yeast and fresh wheat leave a mark, but the hops arent where i expected them to be after reading the description. its a little citrusty, but the fuller wheat body covers up a lot of the hops. its a good beer with food, as its plenty full flavored, but it lacks an exciting or distinguishing element to me. clean finish, good bubbles. its a high C or a low B for me, par for the breckenridge course.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, hazy and unfiltered floaters throughout. Minor 1/4 inch foamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Faint citric hops, some lemon, wheat, a little yeasty sugar note, some orange and peach at the finish.

Taste - First sip is hop bitter, plenty of pineapple, orange and peach. Wheat comes in along with some grassy notes, lemon and yeasty sugars. Minor sour flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice amount of hops and wheat coats the tongue. Palate gets more of the same along with a sugary note, and some grassy flavors. Aftertaste is alittle mix of sweet fruits and bitter hops.

Overall - Really good beer, espically for Breckenridge. Nice flavors, good balance and smooth and easy to drink. Id rather be drinking this during the summer months but still, its a worthy drink for the winter.

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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