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Agave Wheat - Breckenridge Brewery

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 972
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 27
Gots: 182 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tgbljb on 01-24-2008

Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of our wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile. It is familiar, yet creative.
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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 972
Photo of milwaukee512
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously underrated beer. Not as exclusive or snobby as most, but worth a much better rating. One of the better summer/outdoor/wish I was in Colorado beers. (159 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright yellow-orange color with a VERY thin frothy head that dissipates instantly. Thin, creamy looking lacing.

Smell - Very sweet. I've never had an agave before but I can tell the strong sweet smell is the nectar. Along with honey, orange, wheat, and floral hops.

Taste - Agave nectar, citrus, wheat, clove, white pepper, and a very light alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is very refreshing and it was nice to try something different with the agave. I like it a lot. (557 characters)

Photo of bullrider
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in a six pack for about 8.00 in colorado. The bottle looked cool and I enjoy wheat beer, so I thought I would try it.

This wheat beer pours a very cloudy golden orange color. I actually held the class to a light and could not see through it. It poured a small head that quickly vanished. Not much carbonation. The smell was of wheat and a light citrus. Taste was a lot like the smell with hint of agave. I liked this beer because it did'n't have that over bearing orange taste. It was well balanced. This is a great wheat beer a would highly recommend trying it. (583 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.26/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer looks much like grapefruit juice as it is a rather cloudy pale color that fades to a dirty orange or red in the middle. I'm a grapefruit fan, so this is pretty enticing so far. The head is nil, but I gave it a careful pour. Just a few bubbling spots around the collar.

The nose is quite dim with only traces of strawberry and rhubarb coming through. There's also a musky touch of wheat and some dry lime rind too.

Tastes similar but far more prominent. There's a sharp wheat base here that leans towards the more sour wheat flavors but is quickly taken away by electric pin-pricks of CO2 that feel a bit like lime. It's almost as if this is a barrier that keeps a honey and aloe (i hope I'm not making this up) flavor at bay. The way these flavors jostle with each other is remarkable.

This is surprisingly clean and light. There's a clear density to this one, but it hovers off of my tongue because of some huge playful bubbles that add an electric charge.

At 4.2%, this one's a dream. It's so clean, snappy and fresh, it's a summertime must. (1,060 characters)

Photo of capt_rob934
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11/11/2011) Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass. Not much head and quickly dissipating, effervescent head.

A: Earthy and grassy organic aroma.

C: Dark yellow color, cloudy

Sip: Earthy wheat malt flavor with a grassy pepper touch from the agave.

OV: Very cool take on a wheat beer, spicy and peppery without being overpowering. This beer wasn't too much to rave over but the originality of this brew and natural taste make it worth buying especially for a summer ale. (480 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle as pictured.

A: Cloudy golden orange color. Almost like a light, cludy cider with a thin white film of carbonation as a head.

S: Grainy and fruity. Almost smells like grapes or wild berries, but maybe that is the agave. Quite interesting.

T&M: Smooth and tangy. Has a bitter kick at the end. More of a fruit tanginess. I can't really explain the complexity of the flavors, but it is well-balanced. Again, it must be the agave.

Very interesting, original flavor, and refreshing for a wheat ale. (555 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a hazy rusty honey color. The white sea-foam head eventually dissipates to a thin film of bubbles. Light lacing occurs. The beer smells quite sweet and tropical with faint malt and wheat in the background. The taste is spot-on for the name -- the sweet agave nectar hits first, followed by a classic unfiltered wheat backbone. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, I like this take on the wheat beer. How many agave wheat beers are out there? The low ABV is great for sessioning this anytime of year, in my opinion. This is not my favourite Breckenridge beer by any means, but it most definitely is my favourite wheat beer. (701 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice mix of citrus and wheat
Appearance- Pours a murky yellow-orange with a medium sized white head
Taste- A pretty good flavor of wheat, bread, and citrus
Palate- This is a medium bodied, low carbonation beer with a slightly oily texture.
Overall- Rather enjoyable, it well with an order of nachos. (351 characters)

Photo of Sweetjimmyb
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosty mug. Cloudy gold appearance. A fine head, I have a cold do smell unknown. Nice micro brew bite with a typically wonderful wheat beer flavor. I really enjoyed this beer. I need to add more content so blah blah blah blah blah bitty blah. There was an old lady she lived in a shoe man her house smelled. (321 characters)

Photo of HenryCarr
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed the sweeter wheats and this definitely fit that bill. It's for the lighter, more summery taste and it's quite refreshing. If you like Guinness, you may not like this. If you like Corona, you probably will.

I've never been particular about things like appearance and smell, but that's not to say there's anything wrong with it. Mouthfeel and taste are notable however. (388 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done in a horizontal tasting with Widmer Hefeweizen, Pyramid Hefeweizen, New Holland Zoomer, and Flying Dog In- Heat Wheat.

Eye: In clarity this is the first beer of the lineup that actually looks like a wheat beer. It is cloudy in appearance and wet oak yellow in color. However, the head is still pretty weak, perhaps its these glasses, seeing as how all the heads on these are and have been weak, I guess I'm just taking color and clarity into consideration at this point and have beer all along. The first two were much too clear in my opinion.

Nose: Real strong aroma comes from the bottle as soon as it starts to decant into the glass... Strong wheat aroma, unfortunately thats about it, some slight hints at what might be agave, not all too sure what the plant actually smells like. Not much from the hops. The aroma I think that is supposed to be perceived as agave to me is much more like a melon type of aroma, like a fresh cantaloupe that has just been split.

Tongue: More of that cantaloupe type of flavor, fresh. I like the balance on this one. There is a nice blend of ...AHHHH I just found the Agave in the taste! subtle. Anyway nice blend of that cantaloupe type of deal up front with the wheat backbone and the agave that I perceive as a flavor sitting close to the bottome gums, resting in the cheeks after the beer has been swallowed, as well as a nice balance with the spicy hop character that is also in this beer. I think that this one is very nicely done, nice subtle complexities.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Pretty low in carbonation and light in body as well. Pretty much expected for the style. Finish leaves my mouth watering for more. Don't know how much I could make love to in one night, however I can see myself picking this up again next season. Still not my favorite American Pale Wheat, but I like the unique character that this beer offers. (1,880 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light, hazy goldenrod color. A one finger head dissipates to a cloud on top. Carbonation's evident in the murky deeps. This is an attractive unfiltered wheat.

S - Smells sweet, right where the agave belongs. Lemongrass and citrus hint an otherwise very light nose.

T - A zesty wheat flavor fills out with the rind of orange and lemon. The agave provides a sugary smoothness, not too sweet at all. Extremely refreshing. Finishes dry.

M - Light, tingly with carbonation, full from the unfiltered aspect. A very good wheat.

O - This is a wheat beer that’s unique but doesn’t go out of its way to be different. It’s not a novelty beer. It fills a niche, between the lines of where one craves a hefeweizen, a summer wit, or a plain unfiltered wheat. Big on flavor, but it's subtle flavor. Refreshing, and a harmless 4.2% ABV, I always try to have a pint when I find this on tap. (889 characters)

Photo of diabecktic
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
It looks to be somewhere between a very bright gold and a pale yellow; it's unfiltered as the label indicates, so it's somewhat cloudy. Head formation is minimal; the retention is moderate and the lacing is pretty good. Visible carbonation is also minimal.

Smell:
I'm not quite sure what exactly agave is supposed to smell like, but judging from the aroma it's likely very sweet. The brew smells mainly like citrus and honey with hints of pear and wheat; all of these are present in relatively good balance. It doesn't really smell that bitter at all relative to the sweetness.

Taste:
The aromas seem to be "reversed" in terms of how they are present on the palate. The dominant flavors are wheat and pear, while the citrus and honey flavors seem to compliment them. It matches the nose pretty well, but in different intensity. Since I've never had (an?) agave, what I perceive to be pear might actually be the agave. It's quite pleasant overall, though.

Mouthfeel:
It's moderately heavy in the mouth - likely due to the fact that it's unfiltered. The carbonation isn't really present, either. This is something that I like about wheat beers, so it gets a good mark from me.

Drinkability:
Since it's relatively sweet, it goes down pretty easily. It's not incredibly quick either, so that also facilitates consumption. Sweetness remains on the palate after each sip, so that also makes me want to drink more of it.

Summary:
Since I was very pleased with the other beers I've had from the Breckenridge Brewery, I couldn't wait to sample this one. For the most part it seems to be relatively standard wheat beer; however, it's noticably sweeter than most others I've had. I'm not sure whether this is due to the agave character, but since I've never consumed the fruit by itself I wouldn't know. Not having done this previously is my only regret. Fortunately, this doesn't detract from the quality of another fine Breckenridge product - well done. (1,961 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright yellow in color, minimal head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus and wheat

Taste: citrus, wheat, and other fruits--possibly the agave

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet

Drinkability I could have several of these, but not a six. The agave adds a sweet/tart/different taste that is good. I think this is one of Breckinridge's best and is certainly better than the couple other agave beers I have had. (447 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/4/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness and light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earty yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice pale wheat ale style. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,365 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light apricot color with moderate white creamy head.
Smell is sweetish, almost like honey.
Taste is more swettness, with the taste overshadowed by the sweetness from the agave nectar in the beer.
Finish is more sweetness.
A very one-dimensional beer. Would be a good beer to session on a hot summer afternoon. (329 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15 Ju1 15
On-Tap 16 oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice yeast note, with some wheat. The taste is malty, yeastly, nice wheat/grassy notes. Medium body. Overall not a bad brew. (320 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy straw colored body with a thin but retentive bubbly off-white head. Thin but plentiful lacing.

Aroma is needless to say wheaty. Somewhat spicy and very fruity -- bananas, citrus, and somewhat implacable smell that I can only assume is the agave.

Flavor is bready and somewhat sour. Lime zest, agave are both present. Light earthy/citric hop presence, but very, very light bitterness. Fairly sweet but not sickly.

Light-medium body and fairly high amount of carbonation. Soft but crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. This bottle was given as a sample from a distributor. To be honest, an entire 6-pack might get a little sweet for me, but I could possibly see drinking a couple of these on a hot day. (774 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I opened up the bottle about six inches away from my computer keyboard. This was unfortunate, as upon opening the bottle, it was as if somebody had thrown a Mentos into a diet Coke bottle. Foam EVERYWHERE. Terrifying. Covering my legs, dripping sweet honey-beer down my legs onto the tile floor, but narrowly missing the keyboard directly. *shaking head* I can't help thinking that this is going to skew my view of this beer.

Appearance: A beautiful honey-golden color, with visible yeast in the glass. A great-looking wheat beer. Head is light and vanishes quickly leaving only a ring around the edge of the glass on the surface of the beer. Very light lacing. Looks enticing.

Smell: Dry and yeasty, a blunt citrus force barrages the nostrils as a subtle tequila-esque scent burrows its way into the brain. The longer you sniff, the more ester you get...very intriguing, considering the low ABV of this beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, the beer has a honey-like vibe going on 'feelwise' as well as 'tastewise.' Definitely a tequila feel to this guy. Finishes fairly wet with moderate sweetness and a slight sour tang from the agave. Not bad, not bad at all (though it's a little thick in my opinion).

Overall: Good. Definitely worth a try, especially for the novelty beer lover. (1,297 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazed pale goled-orange in color, this brew develops a light, creamy off-white head just under a finger tall that has pretty good but not great retention and leaves some spotty lacing as it drops.
The nose is as light as the style would dictate, but not thin or lacking much. The wheat throws down a solid backbone for a lightly floral and herbal hoppiness balanced by a very gentle and sort of natural sweetness. It's an interesting profile and a good one.
The taste does follow suit to a T. Wheat is solid, hops are light but present, balance is there from the sweetness combined with the wheat. This is a nice brew, not bland or lacking flavor like some APWAs (which I believe it is).
Particularly for style, this beer actually has a pretty body to it, with some depth that while light doesn't feel remotely thin. It's not heavy but it has a full creaminess to it yet still has a crispness and, unlike so many of its like, is actually genuinely refreshing. The finish is very quick, but it's a good feel. (1,017 characters)

Photo of madamebeer
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i got this beer on a whim... and i have to say i was pleasantly surprised!

it didn't have too much of an aroma to it but it was pleasant in appearance and the flavor had just a little bit of something different about it. it was exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. something i would easily recommend! (304 characters)

Photo of tjd112
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Tapped into pint glass at the brewpub in Denver

Appearance - Hazy orange with Aspen white head with a bit of lacing and decent head retention

Smell - Agave

Taste - Agave and hops, with a bit of orange and coriander

Mouthfeel - Light with dry finish

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - A unique, likeable beer (330 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

Boiling potatoes so I gotta make this quick.

Appearance (4.25) : Pours a hazy almost 100% opaque apricot colored body. Very pretty. On top is a two fingered head that isn't going anywhere soon. Very nice appearance.

Aroma (3.75) : Some typical pale aromas but they are not strong or overpowering. There's a little orange peel, orange flesh, lemon, wet celery, cliantro, and then the typical barley wheat malt mixture. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Refreshing and yummy. Full on wheat, a pinch of orange, and a minor hop bite at the end. Finishes with a bit of rolled wheat and hop. It's very flavorful. Pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Rich and creamy, almost wit territory. Ends snappy and sharp with a pinch of dry. Light to medium bodied.

Overall (3.95) : Great stuff. I'm sure I'd get tired of it after awhile but for this quick taste it has been exceptional. Now I will finish it while making lunch (dinner?). (938 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy golden with an off white head an inch thick.

Aroma: A nice dryness in the nose. Cinnamon, ginger, corriender, Floral hops and a good spice note.

Taste: Apple, cinnamon, spice notes, crisp mouthfeel. Floral hop, with a touch of lemon zest.

Notes: A good beer start to finish and very drinkable. Cheers. (328 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Aviator's sports bar in Hall B of Denver International, during layover hell and, coincidentally, the Broncos game that I've been hearing about all week.

This beer appears a cloudy, medium apricot amber hue, with one thick finger of puffy and frothy off-white head, which leaves some dense snow rime lace around the glass after exhibiting some stellar retention.

It smells of bready, doughy wheat malt, orange rind, soft coriander, earthy yeast, and a mild hard water flintiness. The taste is gritty, grainy wheat, a bit of caramel, softer orange and white grapefruit peel, a simple syrup sweetness, mildly sour yeast, and muddled earthy spices.

The carbonation is mild, and gently lilting, with no real fizz, the body a rounded medium weight, quite smooth, and a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, with a general sweet fruitiness.

A fairly tasty, well-made wheat beer, full-flavoured, and not too sweet. I guess the agave adjunct is more about helping the body out, or something, if I recall the Breckenridge episode I just watched on repeat for the past 4 days at GABF. (1,091 characters)

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Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery
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