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Majestic Wheat Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Majestic Wheat AleMajestic Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 02-27-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 64
Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have become a pretty big North Peak fan. There was one I didn't like as much, but I can't remember which. These have been really nice.

This one is nice in the glass. It has a unique malty sweetness I am not used to in the style. But it also has yeast and hops flavors very prominently. It is a unique, not too heavy brew.

This is one to buy for a nice change of pace - it is unique.

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Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Stigs
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, fizzy white foam which falls to a thin film and ring within a few minutes. the beer is slightly hazy, gold in color.

S - light, grainy malt sweetened by a bit of wheat with some subtle lemon peel.

T - light bread and grains, turning lightly sweeter with wheat and citrusy lemon zest. mildly soapy.

M - lightly bodied with moderate to sharp, spritzy carbonation.

D - well, nothing special but also not that bad. if anything, just a bit bland, yet "safe".

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Photo of king75
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- appearance is a light watery gold with an inch of quickly dissipating head.

S- wheat and corn

T- Corn and wheat, a bit watery in taste especially as it gets warmer.

M- very light and clean, but it feels watery

D-goes down easily enough, a decent beer, a step above the generics but not by much.

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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin at Ann Arbor. I think NP beers taste better on tap norally. Sour aroma, not too drinkable. But some apple cider sourish taste makes it in fact interesting to try once. Not a good representative of the style.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DrDoitchbig
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden yellow with some orange tints throughout. The head started off at a very respectable two and a half to three fingers, but the retention was surprisingly poor. With a blink of the eye it was nothing but a cap and left a few dabs of lacing here and there.

Smell: It's a fairly aromatic beer, unfortunately said aroma isn't exactly what I'd call complex. It consists primary of orange peel and wheat malt with a slight spicy edge in the background. It's pretty boring honestly.

Taste: In the smell the orange peel had some balance to it and wasn't overwhelming at all. Not the case here, this is surprisingly bitter. It reminds me of chewing on an orange rind. It's pretty hard to even pick up on any other flavors. There seems to be a light floral hop finish that tries to show itself and could have been a positive aspect, but it's just beaten away by the orange rind. I could continue trying to dig out other flavors from behind the wall of orange, but I'll pass.

Mouthfeel: The suspended yeast provides an enjoyable medium body and the carbonation is good for the style. It even has a slight creaminess to it. This may be the only redeeming aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: If I wanted to chew on an orange rind, I'd chew on an orange rind. I will admit I generally prefer the German wheats over the American versions, but this is especially bad.

Overall this is the second beer I've had from North Peak out of the three that are contract brewed and bottled under their banner. The brewer Mike Hall claims to have installed more than 50 brewing systems across the country and trained ever more brewers, including Sam Calagione. Whether or not that's all true the beer speaks for itself. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of oline73
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Terrapin Barrel glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a finger and a half of off white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Very strong bready malt with some spice from the yeast. Some slightly sour citrus notes.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was a fruity sour note. This beer isn't as crisp as I would like. Sort of reminds me of apple juice in a way. The finish is a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Not very good. Some weird flavors going on here. Wouldn't pick this one up again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

2.0 A: Hazed dark orange color. Just half a finger of frothy white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

3.0 S: Smells like all their beers. Lots of yeast. Below that there is bubblegum and banana with clove underneath that.

3.0 T: Wheaty, yeasty, with banana, bubblegum, and clove.

2.5 M: Medium body. Way undercarbonated for the style. Reasonably creamy.

3.0 D: Pretty average all around. My first NP brew was quite tasty, but all others have disappointed.

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Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BradDurbin89
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle poured into a standard pint.

Standard pour left a 2-1/2 finger creamy white head. Golden orange body with slight haze.

Nice citrus aroma with balance of wheat. There is a very subtle spice, but the citrus is the dominant aspect.

Medium citrus flavor with a hint of spice and balanced mild hop. Medium carbonation

The mouth feel is nice, a touch grainy, there is nice medium carbonation.

It is a nice balanced beer. It is easy to drink, but not too light. Overall, pretty good. I've been trying many of the North Peak beers and I've become a fan. Nice addition. I'm a big Founders Fan too. This isn't my preferred style. But, still a decent b

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Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Supergenious
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Steimie
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Morakaton
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GRPunk
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour with a sediment swirl left a 2-1/2 finger, off-white head atop a hazy, golden-orange body with loads of carbonation. The head settles to 1 finger (and about 1/2 at the end) and leaves fluffy, sticky rings down the side of the glass.

S- Initially I picked up a mix of orange, a slightly musty yeast and wheat aroma with light spicing (peppery). The citrus and spice really dominate the smell throughout the drink.

T- It has an assertive flavor that gives strong citrus (somewhere in the orange to grapefruit spectrum) and slightly lesser spice (black pepper perhaps) characteristics. Later on I noticed a really bitter finish. Not sure if it's from the hops or a citrus zest addition.

M- The feel is slightly grainy, which I'd consider good for the style. There's a substantial foamy carbonation.

D- It's a little assertive for the style. It isn't bad, but it isn't the gentle thirst quencher I'd expect either.

I was drawn to the marketing of this beer initially. The stubby bottle and retro look to the label kind of stands out on the shelf. I wasn't overly impressed with this beer, but I'm looking forward to trying the IPA I picked up on the same beer run. If it's decent, I'll give theh amber a shot too. Who am I kidding? I'll probably try the amber no matter what.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the laziness of summer winding down, the thirst for crisp, refreshing and citrusy taste remain high. A dry, bready backbone and a hop-forward attitude begins to frame the flavors that North Peak brewers have so keenly sculpted for precisely this time of the year.

Above its creamy straw body and its fluffy white foam stance, the supple breadiness of fresh dough begins to align with citrusy hops for an inviting, tantalizing perfume. Its racy flavors fall on the tongue with malty wheat flavor and feel, a soft confectioner's sweetness and a hint of fresh-baked cereal grain.

As the malt sweetness and bready textures begin to dissolve on the palate, the middle is awash with hops. White grapefruit, under-ripened orange, pineapple, lemon and melon gives the beer a hoppy balance that closes with the modest bitterness of citrus leaf and light minty spruce.

While the finish trends bitter, crisp and malty-dry; its medium-light body is supported with the undertow of light bread and its associated starchy substrate. With an aura of citrus wafting about in aftertaste, a late charge of dough returns to remind the senses of the beer's wheaten soul.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/22/2015. Pours lightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hops notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, light banana/pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Majestic Wheat Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.