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Majestic Wheat Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Majestic Wheat AleMajestic Wheat Ale

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76
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 02-27-2010)
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

tastymug, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

amalburg, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of DrDoitchbig
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

DrDoitchbig, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of BMMillsy
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Jolly Pumpkin brewpub in A2. Pours a clear orange color with a very small creamy white head. Wet dog smell, some orange rind, wheat malts. Tastes a bit like wet dog, with some dank citrus, and skunk. Hoping I got a bad batch. This just isn't good.

BMMillsy, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of king75
2.63/5  rDev -21%
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.

king75, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of david131
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A milky orange/ brown liquid with a thin white head. Very thick and creamy looking, but maybe a bit too much for the style.

S- White bread, a touch of cooked vegetables, and a bit of coriander.

T- Very mild flavor of white bread and some spice. A bit of a fruity flavor at the end. Extraordinarily bland.

M- Very smooth, but lacking carbonation.

D- A rather bland take on the style, but it drinks alright.

david131, Mar 16, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

oline73, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of eckerrob
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a whim, remembering when my uncle used to take me up to North Peak when I was a kid. Poured out of a stubby bottle into a tulip glass

Its got a nice hazy golden appearance. It poured with about 2 fingers of a nice off-white, somewhat soapy head. It quickly went down but left nice lacing down the side of the bottle. Had a nice amount of carbonation out of the bottle.

The first thing that struck my nose was an overwhelming smell of fresh bananas, with a hint of citrus, and as what some other people has described as a "fresh cut grass smell". It smelled almost a little nutty to me as well.

Tastes a lot how it smells. Its got a banana and citrus taste with a nice hoppy finish. Its got a bit of straw/"fresh cut grass" hint to it as well.

It feels kind thing in my mouth but has decent amount of carbonation, but it seemed to go down as I got closer to the bottom. Had a crisp finish.

Overall, I would say its a decent summer beer. Nothing like the Oberon I was used to. I could definitely finish a few of these in a sitting, but would much rather take an Oberon over this. It is a decent summer beer though, perfect for those hot days.

eckerrob, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -9.9%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

StoutHunter, May 19, 2014
Photo of Supergenious
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Supergenious, May 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Slay40, May 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

HarmonMW, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of schultzm
3/5  rDev -9.9%

schultzm, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a very thin head that dissipates instantly. Has spotted lacing.

Smell - Not very appealing.. Smells very bitter with citrus, lemon zest, and yeast. At first it reminded me of vomit but after a few intakes it changes.

Taste - Citrus, wheat, and clove. Kind of a watery beer. Has a bitter aftertaste with a small alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - I was a little grossed out by the smell but it tastes better than it smells.. lol. It's still not that good of a beer in my opinion.

jsisko01, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression is corn flakes. Cereal taste and sweet to boot. Strong hint of dried mango and grapes. Nose is almost winey with flowers. Taste is quite perfumey. Finally some hop bitterness comes into the aftertaste. Quite attractive golden color, nice enough head. Malty sweetness is abundant, but it veers off with a hint of sourness.

After a few sips it is fairly drinkable, it's just such an odd duck. I suppose we like beers that fit into categories so our left brains can go to work. It's hard to get past the raw grain with perfume, and the sweet and sour character.

mactrail, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz. "stubby" bottle into an English dimpled "pot" pint glass
Golden/amber in color with a nice head of foam
Aroma-Faint wheat notes
Taste-Wheat, subtle citrus notes, faint spices, a surprising, very faint hop bite or citrus-rind bitterness in the background.
Overall, a bit middle-of-the-road in flavor and character, but certainly easy drinking.

hosehead83, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear gold pour with a small, short-lived, loose white head. The aroma is straw, grass, some sweet banana, a touch of clove, a little honey and some toast. The flavor is Straw and fresh cut grass upfront with a little bit of banana, clove and spice in the middle and finishes with some peppery noble hops and a slight tartness. Thinish body with lots of carbonation.

punkrkr27, May 18, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

GRPunk, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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".

Stigs, Nov 26, 2010
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Majestic Wheat Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.