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Majestic Wheat Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

Majestic Wheat AleMajestic Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 13.51%


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:
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(Beer added by: DrDoitchbig on 02-27-2010)
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DrDoitchbig

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 07:54:54 | More by DrDoitchbig
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BMMillsy

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 23:08:55 | More by BMMillsy
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king75

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 06:12:03 | More by king75
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david131

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:55:34 | More by david131
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:49:08 | More by oline73
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eckerrob

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:07:31 | More by eckerrob
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:21:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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jsisko01

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 06:28:24 | More by jsisko01
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:50:46 | More by mactrail
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hosehead83

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 14:01:22 | More by hosehead83
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punkrkr27

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 15:43:59 | More by punkrkr27
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GRPunk

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 17:15:34 | More by GRPunk
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

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".

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:49:43 | More by Stigs
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 13:19:13 | More by Sammy
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jeremyd365

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with a fine grainy nose. Tasted like a standard wheat beer, medium bodied and very drinkable. Nothing bad about this beer, but nothing obscenely great either. A very standard and drinkable wheat. I liked it but not enough to buy it on any regularity.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:21:39 | More by jeremyd365
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Florida9

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy darker colored amber. Forms a thin, patchy but still rocky-bubbly surface coating of white head.

S: Strong wheat aroma. Lemon, yeast, and a mild funkiness.

T: Bready and yeasty. A little clove spice. Lemon and lots of wheat flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium with heavier carbonation. Slight tartness on the tongue.

O: Fairly good and quite drinkable, but nothing too exciting and couldn't see coming back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:34:38 | More by Florida9
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber and slightly cloudy. Only the tiniest amount sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A thick full rich creamy white head fading quickly leaving laces behind. Smells Malty with a trace of fruit in there. Some sort of berry maybe. Tastes lightly malted yet very sweet, with a bitter undertow.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 05:51:36 | More by JordanEllwanger
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight hint of fresh strawberries and oranges seems to emanate from the head, which is an off-white color and pretty short. Quickly dissipating, the head leaves a thin film with a ring at the edge and a modicum of lacing. A clear golden color, the brew is well carbonated and feels good on the tongue. After sloshing about the last dregs in the bottle, the yeasty sediment is added to the glass stein to add some haziness and a bit more citrus to the flavor.

Frisky hops hit the palate first, followed by cereal grain malts and a hint of cloves. Almost a pale ale in style, but with the lightness of wheat, this ale is nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:37:08 | More by tubacharlie
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boyfromthenorth

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, been working on this beer for a while. Probably my least favorite from NP. Not sure really what style it is. Wit or American Wheat beer. Confusing. That said, this beer used to be just terrible but they were new so I thought they needed more time. IPAs can hide a lot of flaws but this beer couldn't hide a thing...so Big improvement. As others have noted , something has changed in the this brewery since December. Don't know what but very happy. If they could keep working on this and make it into Spotted Cow thennn - home run. Still a nice light wheat/wit beer. Just needs some more work still.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:01:43 | More by boyfromthenorth
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:51:29 | More by schoolboy
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BradDurbin89

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:30:33 | More by BradDurbin89
Majestic Wheat Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.