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Agave Wheat - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

863 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 19
Gots: 100 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tgbljb on 01-24-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Breckenridge in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky light yellow color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to nothing. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and some fruitiness (from the agave I would imagine). Taste is the same as the smell with a pretty good fruity taste coming through. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty good beer for what it is but I am not too sure I would drink this one very often.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

djrn2, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of sourness and hints of citrus and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of initial sweetness. Flavors of agave are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very easily and has some refreshing properties.

metter98, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +18.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head that is just a bit underwhelming for a wheat beer; leaves some lace but not a lot

Smell: Bananas and sweet lime curd

Taste: Bready, at first, and then gets rather sweet; surprisingly, it then moves in a sour lime direction at mid-palate; after the swallow, it becomes very sweet in a vaguely lime pudding-like direction, although the sour undertones persist

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: If only this didn't get so sweet, it would have been much more enjoyable; interesting and unique, just could have benefitted from better execution

Thanks, brewjones

brentk56, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Kentucky Agave Wheat. And just in time to meet the heat of the summer, it should go over well. A firm wheat base malt is evident throughout the beer giving low bananna, clove, or bubblegum notes. Instead, an estery apple, lemon, berry, and pear mix gives the beer a refreshing, fruity taste. The lemon notes are complemented well by the agave flavors-- not so much tequilla, but a crisp, acidic, citric, vegitable/fruit character that stands out well without dominating the beer. The base beer is substantially better than most American wheats, but doesn't try to become too rich with breadiness or creaminess. Refreshing, minty, citrus flavors in the finish. A very nice summery beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly fuzzy lemon peel with lemonade borders. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with an ivory colored crown that picks up a hint of pastel yellow from the beer beneath. The foam has a melted marshmallow texture and is tacky enough to coat the glass with some pretty good looking lace.

The aroma is pale wheaty and lemon citrusy. There's something else in there that must be the agave nectar. Since I've never tasted agave, and since it's subtle, it's hard to say for sure. Freshness and brightness result in an above average score.

American pale wheat ales, which is what Agave Wheat is, need to do something extra to be considered good... by me. That 'something extra' is usually hoppiness. Breckenridge has chosen to do something a little different and add agave. It works. This isn't great beer, but it's different and interesting.

The base beer is probably no better than average. However, the lemon and grapefruit citrusiness of the hops (Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette), along with what I presume is the tart fruitiness of the agave, give it the extra boost it needs. Even more agave would be great. At least I think it would.

Although the body/mouthfeel isn't that wonderful in isolation, it's well suited to rapid and easy consumption. In other words, it's light and is softly carbonated. Downing a sixer of this stuff on a scorchingly hot day would be like falling off a log.

Agave Wheat strikes me as a pretty good beer that could be a very good beer in the right circumstances (see the paragraph above). Kudos to Breckenridge for brewing outside the APWA box and for making it work.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one yesterday afternoon with lunch. Had not seen it in the store before so I decided to grab a bottle. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was decent enough with a very cloudy and hazy, and frankly thick looking orange, amber liquid. The lack of a descernable head was certainly a sticking point for me at first, but it managed to kick up a little bit around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma is full fo wheat, hints of fruit juice, very fresh. Agave is what it is but to me it is a very juciy fruit, passion or star fruit like aroma. This carries over nearly perfectly into the taste which is like a light wheat beer that you dropped half a star fruit into. Very juicy and sweet with a mellow and dry finish that leaves you hanging for more right away.

Overall a pretty solid brew I have to admit. While not the greatest thing in the world it can certainly hold its own for sure.

mikesgroove, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with decent retention and lacing on a hazy bright gold body with a slight crimson hue.

S: wheat and grain with subtle sweetness. little else.

T: mostly grain and wheat backbone up front which quickly moves to a very clean, mildly sour dark fruit finish however the flavor is in determinant as to the exact fruit.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. crisp.

Overall: drinkable but much is left to be desired. many in this genre over "fruit" the beers whereas this one doesn't have a distinct enough fruit presence.

kylehay2004, May 26, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy orange gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass but nothing too exciting. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's got a nice minimal fruitiness to it balanced with the wheat in there too. The taste of the beer isn't too strong with the Agave, it's very subtle and tastes pretty refreshing regardless. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth much like a typical wheat beer. Overall this brew isn't too bad. I think it's worth trying but probably won't knock your socks off.

Knapp85, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazed, dark yellow body with a smallish, short-lived, white head, regardless of the steady streams of persistent effervescence.

Smell: Mild malted barley and wheat scents with the smallest hints of citrus and spice. I'd say I'm picking up the floral-vegetal tones the agave is laying down, but, in a blind taste test, I may have, in all honesty, missed it entirely. Actually, given some chance to warm (I spent a few minutes trying to compare the tap line-up in front of me versus the menu to see if anything had changed since the last printing), the agave does become a bit more apparent.

Taste: Fairly pale malted barley combined with crisp, oh-so crackery wheat along with a light, low level of sweetness. Whereas the aroma left me wondering if I was picked up on the agave or not, the taste has a more clear-cut agave taste, though it's by no means overbearing because, really, how much flavoring does one need in a light wheat ale? Light hop presence with some hints of spice and lemony citrus and no more than a mild bitterness. Little tastes of wheat and agave preclude the relatively clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Formulated with quick, easy consumption in mind, but, thankfully provides just a bit more character with its added agave flavor than some of the other altogether bland AWA's on the market.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

This stuff has always been interesting, but not enough for me to buy any. Thankfully, there are tastings at Bliss. It pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises fake blueberry (think pretty much any blueberry wheat ale available on the market), dark wheat, light orange rind, and a dash of nutmeg. The taste holds notes of wheat, coriander, white grapes (lightly tart, and only just barely that), nutmeg, and grapefruit peel. A vague astringency lingers on the tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, I cannot say I was a fan of this beer. The agave nectar doesn't do much for it, and it comes off as astringent and medicinal regardless. Luckily, things aren't exactly offensive, either. Just not very good.

TMoney2591, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -26%

JAHMUR, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Bronco's game 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 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.

biboergosum, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a two-fnger, white, foamy/bubbly head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and a musty aroma - I guess from the agave.

T - It tasted fruity and sweet with a good balance of wheat and yeast. It did taste a little tequilla-ish.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good for a wheat beer with flavor added. The agave is not overpowering and adds a nice touch of something different.

zeff80, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a thick cloudy yellow color into a frosty pint glass with a 2 inch white head. smells yeasty, and is very visibly unfiltered. also some bitter hops in there and wheat malts. flavor is refreshing, mildly fruity, and you can definitely taste agave, which by itself is a rather difficult to describe, mildly sweet, lush plant. feel is too thick for this beer, too full bodied to be a good summer beer, but good carbonation keeps it fairly easy drinking. my pour was perhaps toward the bottom of the keg, because it was much thicker and more cloudy than the bottles of this that ive had. either way, a creative take on a wheat beer, just not my favorite breckenridge product.

StonedTrippin, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold beneath a creamy white head that holds well and leaves more than ample lacing.

Smell: Unique. Sweetish, but soft. Slightly honey-ish. Mildly wheaty. And fruity... perhaps apple and soft citrus, even melon. I guess that's the agave. Interesting.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma, with a bit more lime-like citrus flavor and acidity. It's sweet, but also somewhat tart, and perhaps I'm imagining it, but also a little salty. Overall it's very balanced though. The bitterness is kept in check, and although it's always present, even into the salty finish, it never really steps out.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous side and a lightly zesty carbonation that foams up as it warms.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. I might not make it past three, but I'd probably think I would like to during the first one, and possibly into the second. That may be because it's kind of odd and compelling (which interests me), but it's at least also a little bit because it's kind of refreshing. The finish is dry, and also kind of salty. It makes me thirsty for more.

NeroFiddled, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Milky hazed yellow, excellent head retention and showing of lace

SMELL: Bready, nutty, chalky yeast, cactus, vague spice, pears

TASTE: Crisp snap, lighter bodied, smooth, bready, doughy biscuits, obscure fruitiness, nutty, slightly bitter, dry, husky

Agave might be to vague to pick out but it does add an underlying layer that you know is foreign to beer. Not as drinkable as I expected but worth a try.

Jason, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a murky yeast derived chalky yellow golden, vibrant white head leaves behind thin lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma citrus sharp wheat notes with powdered yeast pack accents. Agave nectar I'm not quite sure how that's coming across in the taste, but the citrus and wheat notes strike me initially with soft yeast notes in the finish and an unique quality not a bad American pale wheat much better than the typical version. Mouthfeel is light carbonation is prickly and finishes with more citrus peel zestiness. Drinkability is okay especially in the summer months not sure if this is a seasonal offering or a year rounder but it's okay.

WVbeergeek, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - A floral aroma of honey and tart wheat.

T - Earthy wheat up front, some light honey and herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with light tartness, some floral notes, and a lingering earthy hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nothing special, the agave adds some light floral and honey touches to the flavor profile that make it slightly more interesting than an average American wheat beer, but thats not saying much. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

nickfl, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/5/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and agave fruit with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of agave and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 26, 2012
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Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery
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