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Archangel Summer Wheat - North Peak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: hosehead83 on 07-19-2010

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on blind faith as the other North Peak brews that I have had were all good-to-very good. This is much weaker that their other offerings, and it is a style that I normally would like. I even usually like fruit flavored things, but not this one.

The beer pours with ample head, and the taste is a nice mix of yeast with the fruit overtones, but the aftertaste has some artifacts that don't belong. There is something wrong there, and it also manifests itself in the aroma. The bottle has a date on it of May 1211. If that's a drink by date, I can blame the store (Saveon in Mentor, Ohio).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep bronze, a thick orange brown, with a deeper, more murky opaqueness than expected. Upon the pour, a white head billows huge, so much that i have to pause several times and wait for recession. It fades just as quickly as it forms, however, leaving a fairly heavy foam. Ultimately, there's not much lacing left behind.
A tart cherry and wheat mingle at the forefront in the aroma, with a dusty yeast note rounding it out. There's enough of both dry malts and floral and citric hops notes not to detract, but give it a real beer character these styles can sometimes lack.
The cherry is much less evident in the flavor, choosing instead to be in the background, but it is most definitely a genuine flavor, like cherry juice from concentrate. Wheat is left to form the backbone and does so well, resting the malts on it. Hops allow this beer to be what it is without either interfering or lacking. Toward the finish, the cherry at first seems to go sour due to the interplay with the hops bitterness before the yeast pulls through, balancing it out with a grainy earthiness and, underneath it all, just the lightest kiss of sweetness.
The body is light to medium, certainly appropriate for the style and an ample carbonation isn't overdone. Toward the end of each sip it seems to have thinned out a touch, but feels thicker as it warms. The same goes for the crispness; at first crisp but not very, it really bites as it warms and continues to do so when the smoothness pulls through.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with a 2" fluffy head that fades quickly but provides slightly better than average lacing throughout.

S: Smells slightly of sour cherries (as would be expected) but honestly smells of little else. Neither inviting nor uninviting.

T: Faint taste of sour cherries and pale malts, with maybe a hint of grassiness. Much like the smell, nothing here seems to intimate at anything special or worth returning to.

M: Smooth and perhaps just a touch overcarbonated on the tongue, but nothing truly out of place. Has a slightly chewy mouthfeel, which while nice seems a bit out of place for the style.

O: Simply put, I would enjoy this if somebody bought it for me (which this was) or was all that was offered at a friend's house, but there is just so much better beer out there, even within the Pale Wheat category.

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz squat bottle, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with a couple inches of loose yet thick, puffy white foam with a light reddish tint. the beer is mostly clear, copper in color. random sticky lacing gets left behind through the drink.

S - light malt, with hints of crushed red cherries, slightly tart and sweetened by vanilla, and wheat. bits of mustiness and yeast as well.

T - begins lightly sweet with a small dose of lightly tart, dark cherries. more sweetness with bits of vanilla and wheat malt. some minerals and yeast finish it out.

M - light body with ample (large) amounts of effervescent, prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry from the fruit juice, and lightly puckering. some lingering tart fruit and sugary sweetness.

D - was concerned reading the bottle and seeing "cherry juice" on it, as more often than not economy fruit beers are a disaster, but this actually pulls it off quite nicely. refreshing and relatively easy and pleasant to drink. to date, the best North Peak beer I've had to date.

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light but iridescent peachy orange with virtually no head. Lots of dry natural wheat aroma but little else. The flavor is big on wheat grain with a sour cherry that wants to be medicinal but never gets there. The feel is dry and easy but the carbonation may be a bit high. Not my favorite, though I enjoy wheat beers, it just never asserts itself.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 16th, 2011. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a huge off-white head. I couldn't fit the whole bottle into the glass because the head was so big, I had to wait for the head to settle down some to finish before pouring the rest of the beer into the glass. There's only a small amount of lacing on the glass. The brew smells like bready malt, wheat and some cherries. The aroma seems to get stronger as the beer warms up some. Similar to the aroma, it tastes like wheat, bready malt, sweet/tart cherries and a bit of yeast. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with high carbonation. Once the carbonation settles down, it's a good drinkable brew. I wouldn't have any problem buying this again.

Photo of SickGnar
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This has a noticeably large amount yeast sediment. If swirled for all the yeasties, then it is a very cloudy, even murky, golden amber with a sort of flat brown quality to it. If poured cleanly (turns out, this is the better way to do this one), then it is a mostly clear amber to almost coppery golden. Decent size eggshell head that sticks around okay and leave some pretty attractive lacing.

S: Sort of nondescript wheat beer. Maybe my nose is a little stuffy, but this is none too powerful nor expressive. Even as it warms its just fairly mild and generic American wheat beer. Perhaps a faint bit of lightly sweet grainy malts and a hint of citrus way in the background.

T: A bit more going on here. Bready, doughy grain with a sort of sweetbread aspect to it. Hops are citrus, mostly grapefruit, but also have a good bit of herbal and grassy character too. Yeast sediment really effects the flavor, and not in a completely good way. It brings out the bready notes, but also contributes a chalkiness that seems to mute and muddle the other parts of the flavor profile. Poured without the yeast the chalk disappears, the doughy sweetness get more pronounced and even takes on a sugar cookie aspect, and the hope profile gets more defined & flavorful while bitterness increases. Overall, with the yeast, it seems more fresh and refreshing.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation on the soft side. Or maybe it just seems so because it is so fine grained? Opens pillowy soft, almost toward some chewyness in middle, CO2 gets touch prickly in drying finish. Noticeably chalky with the yeast sediment roused.

D: Squarely good. Fairly middle of the road, but easy enough drinking. On the sweeter side perhaps, but balanced and with enough going on in the hop profile to hold some interest. I tried multiple bottles, both mit und sans hefe. This one is better without(at least the samples I had anyway). Ratings are for review sans hefe. Mit hefe would drop most or all by 0.5 or so.

Photo of heissebier
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, cloudy amber color with an enormous fluffy white head. The head settles down some after awhile but never fades completely.

Smell- Some of your "typical" banana wheat beer smells mixed in with dark cherries and a kind of funky yeast. Definitely plenty of character in this beer.

Taste- The sour, tart fruitiness balances nicely with the wheat with a kind of funky flavor persisting throughout. Really a thoughtfully brewed beer with a very unique flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Perfect for summer.

Drinkability- This is a damn good beer, all things considered, though it's not for everyone.

Photo of techfed87
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely-sized head. Color is a moderate amber. Smell is a bit sweeter than what I was thinking it would be.

First sip is ooo, very tasty. I didn't expect at all the big cherry flavor that is present in this beer. Not ridiculously sweet, but quite cherry like in its flavor and mouthfeel. Carbonation is also there to keep things perky.

Traverse City is known for their cherries, and I can see they should be also known for their beer! Very cool!

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 11.5 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, silty amber color with an ample 2" ivory-colored head that reduces slowly.

Has a pungent grassy smell, with hints of cherry, malt, and apple.

Tart and fruity, with a clean start, and a quick finish. Cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes are present up front, mild malt in the middle, and a semi-dry finish.

This is a clean, light bodied brew, excellent for summer, and very easy drinking.

While I'm not a fan of fruit-flavored beers, or of wheat beers for that matter, I could definitely see hoisting a few of these in the summer sun. This could give Oberon a run for its money as far as easy drinking summer wheat beers.

Photo of qua17
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a hazy dark copper. There was a ton of foam as I poured this beer due to a lot of carbonation (as I would expect in a fruit beer) but it died down quickly.

S: Not a ton to smell here. It this beer is trying to be anything - it's goal is to be subtle. If you try really hard, you can get a whiff of cherry and you also get a sense of the beers tartness as there is not a lot of sweetness in the nose.

T: It taste a lot like an undeveloped lambic - tart and complex. The cherries are there but again they are subtle. There are also grassy/bready notes as well. Not a ton of malt. This would be good on a hot summer day.

M: Tons of carbonation. I would imagine this tastes better on tap.

D: Good but not great. The more I drunk the more I liked it.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown beer with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of cherry, grass and some faint spice. Tart cherry and spice flavors with some grassiness in the aftertaste. With flavors that are somewhat muted and a light, crisp body, this could be a good brew for the beer connoisseur to take to the lake or a barbecue.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold in color, darker than I would expect for an American Pale Wheat. Pillowy off white head that is edging towards two fingers in size. Sticky lacing noticeable on the side of the glass.

S- Clean, crisp malty character that develops into a bready and biscuit middle. Slightly phenolic in the middle with just small clove, but a lemon and slight cherry is stronger. Slight pepper before a yeast smell finishes.

T- Lemon beginning that is complimented by a sweet maltyness. The middle progresses into a cherry flavor that is more noticeable than in the smell as well as more complex. Bread and biscuit linger behind throughout and carry to the finish with a slight pepper/spice towards the end.

M- Medium light in body with spritzy carbonation that gives a slight bite on the tongue.

O- Not as bland as a lot of the American Pale Wheats you see out there, and for that I applaud North Peak. I think the cherry flavor is just right to add something different to the style while not taking away from the other finer points of the beer. I would have this one again.

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-posted review. It incorrectly got dinged as "reviewing the wrong beer."

Bottle dated July 2110 poured into a weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour left a huge, off-white (nearing tan) head Even later, gentle pours left big heads. The body is a deep golden-copper (reddish hues throughout), with moderate carbonation. It's slightly cloudy. A bottle swirl deposits sediment throughout the body. The head eventually settles to about 1-finger and leaves fluffy webbing on the glass.

S- Really subtle. There's definitely wheat and cherry characteristics with some pleasant yeast mustyness. The cherry isn't forced or overdone in any way.

T- It's more of a wheat beer with cherry accents than a "cherry beer." Very good in that way. It doesn't lose the "beer properties" as a fruit beer. The cherry notes are sweet at first and become tart in the finish, really drying things out. Yeasty goodness adds to the enjoyment.

M- Slightly gritty (good in my view). Carbonation is full, but soft instead of harsh. Dry tartness.

D- This one is kind of greater than the sum of its parts. Flavored beers often hit you over the head with fruit. This one keeps it subtle. Makes for a more refreshing beer. Am I going to seek it out, probably not. Glad I had it, and would drink it again. Pretty solid summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-23-2010 04:26:10

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the brutality of winter lifts and a calmer climate settles in, its as if an archangel has cast its wings over us and nestled us in her calm. And as beers are concerned, that's exactly what's happened- thanks to North Peak Brewing.

Archangel Summer Wheat pours a hazy golden-orange color that carries a diffused glow when back lit. Its somewhat lazy head is slow to release and does so with a creamy froth that casts a solid sheet of foam across the glass. Its semi-stern retention relaxes by mid-session and its lacing breaks considerably along the glass.

Bready-sweet to the scent, the nose is chocked full of light bread, sugar cookie and doughy yeast. Building with a delicate perfume of citrusy spices, mildly of clove and white pepper, and with vibrant oranges- the nose is projects notions that are lightly rich and timidly bright.

Similarly in taste, the sweetness of powdered sugar and light bread coat the palate with a sultry malt upstart. Holding onto its creamy sweetness, lush tangerine flavors fold into the middle palate with a mild tangy taste, laced with sweet lemon, apple and with coriander, clove and peppery spice. There's something of sherbet in the medley, just ahead of a slim grassy bitterness that breaks up the sweetness in finish.

Its creamy-sweetness is playfully dense early on the palate. Its long-lasting bread textures ensure that the sweetness accompanies its taste well into finish, supporting the spice, mild acidity and minty warmth in finish.

Archangel Summer Wheat matches the taste of summer with its own citrusy foreground. Sweetness keeps the fruit front and center, but has a hard time relinquishing control over to dryness or bitterness late, loosing the confidence to let those more refreshing flavors and textures to take over.

Photo of superspak
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 05/12/11. Pours hazy red-orange color with a fairly foamy 2-3 fingers of off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it also formed instant head on the pour that had to settle down. Aromas of big cherry notes, with some apple, grass, bread, and spices. Aromas are pretty weak as I would have expected, but the cherry smells quite authentic. Taste of big spiciness on the front with some cherry sweetness, light tartness, bread, and light fruits in the back. Lingering spice and fruit notes on the finish for a bit. Not much complexity going on here. Tons of carbonation with a light-medium body. Mouthfeel is quite prickly, but this still drinks very smoothly. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming on the finish. Overall, a pretty good wheat beer that is quite refreshing. I may have it again.

Photo of david131
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, luminescent, orange/pink liquid with a massive bone white head with astounding retention. Seems extremely carbonated.

S- Bread, bananas, coriander, and a hint of tart cherries.

T- Bread and tart cherries. Rather simple but pretty enjoyable.

M- Slightly tart and not nearly as carbonated as expected. Smooth.

D- Very nice on a hot summer evening. Refreshing and nice for something different. This is the best I have had from North Peak.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My first review of a NP brew, had this poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. The aroma was citrus mixed with cherries, which I have to say was one of the more appealing things about the beer. The color was a soft gold, translucent but almost clear. The taste to me however was confusing and almost clashing. I think that he cherry flavor almost was too harsh and took away from the mildness one usually looks for in a summer wheat. Style points for the cool bottle, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/26/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, earth, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight fruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty boring and doesn't really have much of a cherry juice aspect that the label describes.

Photo of stevedem
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so bear with me.

The beer poured a nice light copper color with a thick cream head. The went down, but never went away.

The smell was yeasty and kind of wheat like.

I had it right out of the fridge at first and the taste was pleasantly bitter, wheaty, and had a slight coppery note to it. After I let it warm a little it became much more pleasant after the bitterness held off a bit and the copper note disappeared. After it warmed up I could notice a bit of a tartness which may be from the cherry juice or the alcohol or both, but it was nice.

It's pretty smooth and light, but not so thin as to be watery. There a bit of thickness to it, like a berry juice, that sits really well on the tongue.

Overall, I think it's a nice beer. It's very drinkable and I'd get it again for sure. It's a beer you can drink more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of a74gent
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Based on 7/11/10 bottle tasting:

I had high hopes for this one, but was let down. The color is darker than I would expect which much be the cherry juice. Too carbonated for my taste and has a dry character on the tail as it warms that I don't care for. This is my first North Peak beer and it doesn't make me want another.

Photo of malty
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their (becoming) famous 11.5 oz. stubby bottle with no freshness dates or codes to be found. This has to be a new offering as it's the first I've ever seen of it.

Poured into my (becoming) famous (at least for my formal reviews) stemmed Ayinger tulip-style glass, producing an attractive pinkish amber hue that's cloudy with banana colored edges. A MASSIVE, Duvel-like meringue ivory head that's extremely airy. It settles into a conical shape with it's apex measuring about 1 1/2" high.

The scent is definitely of sour cherries yeasty/funky esters and a faint vanilla way in the background. This thing is very bright and tart smelling.

The tartness hits the tongue upon entry - just liked I thought it would. The cherry juice addition is pretty well balanced with the soft wheat malt. Not at all over-the-top or syrupy (as I was fearing). A nice flinty mineral flavor melds gracefully with the tart cherry component, giving it an organic 'earthy' dimension. There is a saltine cracker taste that doesn't mesh with all of these aforementioned flavors, which is kind of a bummer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely spritzy. The gargantuan amount fine, kinetic carbonation lends itself well to this ale. Be careful while pouring or you'll get 90% foam. Short, tart and semi-chalky finish.

Drinkability is good. Keep in mind the champagne-like texture to this beer though.

Overall a nifty little summertime firecracker with Belgian qualities. As the beer warms, the unflattering saltine cracker tastes diminishes, which is good in my book. The yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle is substantial. The bottle conditioned carbonation on this is crazy. The lasting impression on me is one of playfulness. It does have one or two suspicious Orval-like characteristics, which make me even more interested and impressed. For now, I'll try not to think to hard and just enjoy this Michigan summer treat.

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clarity, though darker golden than expected. Subtle cherry aroma, notes of wheat and malt.

Flavor reveals more cherry flavor on a toasted malt backbone. Floral and earthy hops add complexity. There's a touch of buttery character, with slight plastic.

Easy drinking brew with the added complexity of cherries, which is nice change of pace.

Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker orange-tinted amber in color. Forms a large bubbly head that reduces down to a thick white surface coating. Some very light lacing.

S: There is a hint of sour cherries, but the dominate smell is of carbonated walter or seltzer. Slightly reminiscent of a cherry 7-up.

T: Surprisingly strong tart cherry flavor. Beer itself is tart, yet with a slight candy-like sweetness on the back end. Cherry and a hint of vanilla with some easy pale malt in the background.

M: Lighter side of medium in body, but with heavy carbonation that gives this beer a slightly prickly feel to it.

O: A quite refreshing take on the style with a surprising dose of cherry flavor. Most beers like this barely have any fruit flavor, or what is there is artificial tasting. Not this one. The cherry is quite apparent and pretty tasty. Wish the nose was a bit more inviting and the carbonation were toned down, but otherwise a tasty, refreshing beer.

Photo of raptorvan
1.8/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appeared light golden color with little head
Smelled kind of sour and bready
Tasted akwardly sour (kinda like it wasnt supposed to be there or as strong), no dicernable cherry taste or even a note, with a wet/ stale bread finish and a slight gym sock after taste.
Overall an awful experience...this is the first brew i tried from north peak, i drank two bottles at different times and they were both consistantly funky.

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Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.