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Archangel Summer Wheat - North Peak Brewing Company

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Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hosehead83 on 07-19-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2012 15:16:18 | More by bishocr
Photo of cynical1027


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2012 03:31:20 | More by cynical1027
Photo of Blueribbon666


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours into dimpled mug a full amber color with little to no head retention though carbonation is evident.
Smells of wheat and cherries both up in the front.
Taste/Mouthfeel, a very well done balanced mix of tangy crisp wheat with a nice cherry finish that ends crisp and clean.
Another interesting entry from this brewery. A good, easy drinking yet flavorful summer beer who's cherry flavor isn't overwhelming in the sweetness. Would definitely recommend and get again for the warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:10:30 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of Fitzmke


3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-08-2012 22:04:38 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of keeganfrank


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:31:35 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of schultzm


3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-06-2012 02:15:28 | More by schultzm
Photo of Gtg642


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-07-2011 13:58:03 | More by Gtg642
Photo of StoutHunter


4/5  rDev +18%

11-27-2011 04:18:58 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of Another6Pack


3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-22-2011 01:28:38 | More by Another6Pack
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-19-2011 14:24:30 | More by mmcnaughton
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-17-2011 04:01:37 | More by MacStinson
Photo of Florida9


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:14:05 | More by Florida9
Photo of superspak


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:38:02 | More by superspak
Photo of duffcalifornia


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:15:29 | More by duffcalifornia
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3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:20:13 | More by bluejacket74
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3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:44:13 | More by qua17
Photo of techfed87


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:19:53 | More by techfed87
Photo of Lolli1315


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:47:09 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:46:21 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of schoolboy


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 22:44:04 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:53:49 | More by Brenden
Photo of SickGnar


3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 12:40:22 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Stigs


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 23:28:29 | More by Stigs
Photo of GRPunk


3.9/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:04:57 | More by GRPunk
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3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to tulip glass, pours extremely foamy, possibly infected, yeastly opaque peachy shade with a tinge of red

smells of banana clove yeast, sweet sourness

taste is of sourness, cherry is dry almost like a flanders red/brown, sweet backbone, yeast in the middle, hopping is a little heavy handed for my taste to the style, not bad

mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, sweet sour, yeastly, not bad

overall i don't think i would find myself drinking more than one every so often.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:43:04 | More by drxandy
Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.