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Agave Wheat | Breckenridge Brewery

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tgbljb on 01-24-2008

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Photo of Broman
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale orange beer under a millimeter of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Some citrus tones mostly. Virtually no aroma beyond the citrus. Maybe a hint of blandness if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation bite gives way quickly to a medium body liquid that stays fresh seemingly forever on the palet.

Taste- A few things going on here. Some citrus, mango, a hint of sour taste. The flavors seem afraid to come forward, then just as quickly disappear with little taste left on the palet.

Overall- Better than average, but not really worth a second one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Breckenridge's Agave Wheat is brewed in the style of a Pale Wheat Ale with Agave nectar added, although it's listed here as an herbed/spiced ale, I'd argue that it isn't that far off from a pale wheat ale to count. No bottle date, purchased on discount at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white crispy head over a mildly hazy golden amber body with ample relaxed carbonation and below average retention. Lacing is not to be found. Looks aren't the prime winner in this beer, and I was frankly surprised by the poor head quality despite being a wheat-based beer. 2.5

(Smell) Smells very much like a pale wheat ale. There's a bit of bitter grassy notes and sourness in the aroma, with a musty wheat base. Smells a bit unclean and old. The body seems a bit shallow and potency is shallow as well. 2.75

(Taste) Flavor is a bit more focused than the aroma, with a moderate wheat malt base and a notable agave sweetness, not too overdone, either. A faded citrus note is a welcome perk in addition to the malty body, but a more dominant citrus hop base would be truly ideal to pair with the agave nectar. There's not a lot going on beyond the malt sweetness and wheat base, but for a simple beer, this one is drinkable and the sweetness doesn't go overboard. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild chewy aroma with a very faint carbonation presence, a touch of sticky resin, and a slightly moist finish. Body is medium/high for the style, and medium overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. It could have balanced out better with a little spritz in the carbonation. 3.25

(Overall) Despite some initial suspicions that this wouldn't go too well. I'm still contempt with labeling this a pale wheat ale, but it's a bit heavier bodied as a result of the Agave sweetness, yet remains simple and drinkable without being too heavy a drinker. 3

Breckenridge Brewery's
Agave Wheat

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Photo of YardmanFTB
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agave Wheat is one of the few wheat beers that you come across that does not have a sweet fruit overpowering the wheat and ale characteristics of the beer. However the agave sugars does bring a little something extra to the table. Overall I'm a fan of this beer for what it is.

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Photo of Mojo
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is unfiltered but it still pours up nearly crystal clear with a one and half finger white lacing and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is sort of bready, maybe wheat, even rye. Taste is sort of spicy sweet apples with not much in the way of hops to balance it out. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Just okay, but this one would be very sessionable due to low ABV and easy drinkability.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer in comparison to Wolaver's Organic Wildflower Wheat and was quite disappointed. A good unfiltered wheat, but I got no hint of agave flavoring. Drinkable yet unremarkable - smell was very wheat-y and there is a hint of lemon rind, which can be found in the taste, however it is missing a sharp acidic sweetness that would have really rounded it out in my opinion

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate, persistent off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is thin and glass-coating.

Aroma: Abundant tangy wheat malt is paired off against juicy lemon rind.

Taste: Opens with a strong, tart wheat malt flavor, as well as an abundance of lemon rind flavors. These citric flavors, presumably from the hops, and the solid malt presence vie for supremacy with each other throughout the taste, neither yielding any ground, not even at the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This would be an excellent beer for a warm (or hot) summer day. Its January,, in the late afternoon, and its 75F outside, so it almost seems like early summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow in color, hazy, with a fairly large white head. Loads and loads of carbonation. The side of the glass has lots of carbonation bubbles stuck to it, and the beer looks like an upside-down waterfall of CO2 bubbles. Not much lacing, just some small patches of bubbles.

S: I get some fruity scents that smell mostly like oranges. It's very faint.

T: The thing that pops out the most is what I would surmise is agave. It's a fruit-like flavor that is slightly sharp then mellows out. The wheat follows up in the aftertaste. The fruit flavor quickly becomes forgettable while drinking and fades away in the palate, leaving a mediocre wheat beer in its place.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a brightness of carbonation. It is filling and refreshing.

O: Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer, but nothing to jump up and take notice of. I would have preferred a stronger wheat beer with a more robust wheat flavor to compliment the agave character. I probably wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy dark honey color. Almost like unfiltered cider. Very minimal head. Leaves spotted lacing dots.

S-Very slight in the aroma department. Lightly fruity with sweet yeasts. Powdery wheat; bottom of the cereal box. Agave?

T-Well mixed wheat and bread. Again, agave? Not sure. Drinks easy enough. Dried biscuit and paler fruits.

M-Fuller than its ABV. No trace of alcohol. A bit powdery feeling.

O/D-Interesting enough. Wasn't sure what to expect. No really my cut o' meat though.

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Photo of Sweetjimmyb
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored from a 12 oz bottle.

Super high carbonation. Some beer came out bubbling just right out of bottle.

Pale golden color with high haze. Over two fingers thick head. Decent lacing on the sides. Good number of bubbles.

Smells a lot of wheat cloves, phenols and sweetness. Some minor banana.

Taste: A little disappointing in that sweetness is not well balanced. Some carbonation derived astringency. Noble hops. Sweet dry finish.

Mouth feel: Easy drinking fresh and fuxxy. Light medium feel. High on carbonation

A good beer for a summer day which i am drinking just to try.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours very hazy orange with a one finger of a white head. This wheat beer has notes of lemon grass, onion and wheat of course. A light dark fruit flavors. Not too earthy or spicy. More sweet and sugary then anything. Not too bitter or dry. A slight smooth feel. Easy drinking. A very average wheat beer.

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Photo of SithStatus
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good wheat beer by a great brewery.
On the nose: wheat, citrus, floral
On the palate: well rounded wheat, crisp, slight sweetness, light but flavorful

This beer is not going to knock your socks off but give it try if you haven't had it. Solid win for Breckenridge...

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Poured a hazy straw yellow with a fairly thick 1.5 finger white head.

Some banana and clove in the aroma. Some floral and spiciness as well.

Flavor has mostly clove, banana, and bubblegum and tastes much like a typical hefe. There is a bit of tartness and the agave is detectable but it is quite faint and doesn't really contribute much to the beer.

Overall, a fairly typical, unoffensive hefe that tries to be unique. Not something I would really seek out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen tulip. Best-by date 11.23.??.

Look- Hazy pale gold with three fingers of fluffy white foam. Glossy look, reminds me of pulled sugar. Decent retention, fair lacing.

Smell- Bready with a vaguely fruity acrid twang. Almost musky- ripe banana, desiccated lime, and salted pretzels. Don't really know what to make of it, it's a much heavier scent than I was expecting, and could use something to brighten it up.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but the agave is softer and more like sweetened aloe. Spicy with a light crusty bread backbone. Lightly fruity, something like a soft pear/mango mix. Somewhat tart. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Finishes with mace and lemongrass. Aftertaste is pretty distinctly agave. Nice.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body, smooth but present carbonation adds a bit of crispness. Interesting feel, almost doughy, floury finish. I could make a few of these disappear on a hot day, but I'd still like something a bit lighter.

Overall- Pretty good, definitely not a combination you see too often. Worth trying, but it's not going to make my short list.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with wonderful lacing. Beautiful looking wheat beer.

S: Very sweet smelling, I'm really getting the agave with hints of honey, orange peel, wheat and a little floral hops. Smells great.

T: First thing I'm getting is the wheat then the sweet agave nectar kicks followed by a nice burst of citrus, clove, a little floral hops and finishes a little yeasty. Overall finish is clean with little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Nice wet and refreshing.

O: Very refreshing and slightly sweet take on wheat beer. Little more sweet than most wheat beers I've had. Worth looking for... Another good brew from Breckenridge.

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Photo of HenryCarr
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of russwaddell
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super cloudy but clean tasting wheat ale.

Agave flavor is very mild.

This seems like it would be good for someone who likes Blue Moon but wants to branch out a bit.

I basically don't care for wheat ales unless they are loaded with fruit flavors or in some other way augmented. This is not that. Unless you're a wheat beer fan or just really want a wheat ale I don't see any reason to reach for this one.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is average and a good bit of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Dry and dusty. Doesn't really smell like anything aside from some neutral wheat.

2.5 T: Taste is pretty much the same, although you can taste the agave. Sweeter with a stronger malt presence than the nose.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy. Well done here.

3.0 D: Mediocre brew that has a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a second beer I tried from them which sounded so very good but nowhere near lived up to expectations. Poured a 1" offwhite head of average life. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color. Not much smell, even warmed. Not much taste beyond an average BMC. The agave at most adds a mild hint of sweetness but otherwise all I get is very lightly toasted malt. No finish to speak of. And the website says this is an herbed/spiced beer? Really? I didn't know agave was an herb or a spice, it's just another sweetener really.

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Photo of NODAK
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This smells a lot like any other wheat beer, in that it has a citrus and wheat quality to the nose...although there is a small sweetness to it as well.

The beer's taste isn't all that remarkable though it is pretty drinkable. It starts off like most any other wheat beer, pretty clean and with a hint of citrus...but then the sweetness, which is kind of different in taste and I'll assume comes from the agave, comes in and makes its presence known. It isn't an overpowering sweetness, though it grows a bit throughout the drink. Certainly not distracting and not bad. There's some wheat on the backend as would be expected and a little dryness. Clean.

It's a fair beer. Tastes pretty good, though it isn't going to blow anybody away. It's combination of sweetness and wheat beer will at least make it different in a way.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

Very cloudy pale banana yellow. Sliver of head only retains as a ring. Looks kind of thick. Falling soapy lace. Interesting.

Smells mostly of spanky-tang wheat malts. Very light grassy hops and an almost farmhouse-like flamboyant yeast character.

Very herbal in character. Mostly wheat grains and some spice notes that resemble coriander. A bit minerally, but perhaps that’s the water quality, and I like it in here. There’s the faintest lemon note that’s really thinned-out and overpowered by prominent yeast and malt flavors. There’s something like a sweet vegetable syrup flavor in the background that is probably the agave. I can’t quite pin it down as such, but it’s interesting.

Really filled-out for the style. Still a medium to medium-light body, but it feels juicy and a little sticky. Makes room for the boosted carb presence.

A so-so pale wheat ale with a nice signature. If you like these sort of brews, you’ll probably get into this one. They call it an herbed/spiced beer, and for that, it really doesn't showcase the agave. What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't stand out THAT much from pale wheat ales I've had. Who's to argue styles? It's decent.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, glowing straw blonde. Hazy but not turbid, a light lacing.

S - Not the nose i expected, this beer smells more like a sorghum beer. Semi sweet with mostly a bitter grain nose.

T - An even ratio of bitter to sweet. Light sweetness with mild wheat, sweet grain, and a partially viscous sweetener akin to a fruit juice. Mild on the palate.

M - Soft and smooth, with a mildly sticky aftertaste and feel.

O - Not a bad ale, but i was expecting more wheat and/or agave presence. Seems to be a touch of both and mildly presented.

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Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.