Vern's Wheat Wine Ale - Straight To Ale

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Vern's Wheat Wine AleVern's Wheat Wine Ale

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87
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-16-2012)
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. No bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours amber with red and orange highlights, capped by a full finger of ecrue head. The bubbles fade to a meager halo without any lacing to speak of.

Sweet aromas of sugar, caramel, apple and vague cherry. There is a little wheat grain in there too but it's mostly fruit tinged sugars.

Taste follows the nose with a little more going on. Apple, grainy wheat sugars, caramel, cherries, earthy oak-like quality, faint toffee and a healthy dollop of booze. Fruity, grainy, sweet and boozey. Good stuff.

Syrupy, medium full feel with slightly restrained carbonation. Grain alcohol and fruit syrup in the aftertaste.

True to style with it's grainy sweetness, the originality of Vern's Wheat Wine is in its fruitiness. This is a great wheat wine with everything I look for in the style plus that interesting apple and cherry factor. I hope this site is wrong about this being discontinued because this is more fine work from Straight To Ale.

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with 1-2 finger off white head that settled fairly quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts. A slight fruitiness. Cherries and apple.

T: Wow. Really nice balance of slight sweetness mixed with fruits. The ABV is well hidden. Perhaps not as hoppy as I was expecting. An almost English barleywine like quality.

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation consistent with style and ABV.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Maybe not the best wheat wine I've had, but very nice brew.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight to Ale Vern's Wheat Wine, right to Brew Series, 11% ABV. Huntsville, Alabama.

Deep crimson shade, slim white head.

Aroma: very loud, big, booming, malt-alicious. Enormous fruit, berries, and cherries and apples galore, with alcohol spilling out just a bit.

Taste: Mmmm. Rich, thick, smooth and massive. Pleasing and potent. Full-bodied, fully flavored, but surprisingly easy on the palate. Long presence on the tongue. Bountiful mouthfeel. Immense, but utterly manageable.

I like this a ton. Yummity yum, yum, yum.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kkipple for the bottle!

Vern’s Wheat Wine Ale pours a crimson stained copper color. It’s very, very hazy. Not unusual for the style. Backlighting gives it more of an orange look. I like it! Nice color. The head is a bit disappointing. It’s simply a collection of soft, off-white colored bubbles on the surface. It disappears very quickly. I’m guessing the abv is just too high for it to survive.

The nose is alright. For the most part, it’s very straight forward. Not all that complex. It kicks off with a relatively strong dose of caramel malts. It definitely smells sweet. Earthy and grainy notes are very prominent throughout. There’s a hint of cherry or some light dark fruit. It’s secondary, but is a nice complement to the other scents. Alcohol smells quite strong. That’s not a huge surprise given the style, but is strong and smells boozy.

The flavor is okay. It’s about on-par with the nose. Maybe a little better. The malt base definitely has a caramel component. It is sweet, but doesn’t seem overly so. Earthy and grainy notes are a huge part of the flavor profile. The cherry or dark fruit flavor is a lot stronger here. It’s alright, but honestly doesn’t add a great deal. There’s a bit of a grassy hop flavor in the mix. Tastes like some form of noble hop. Alcohol is definitely there. It’s boozy and a bit warm. Finishes earthy and grassy with a good dose of booze and cherry.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is rather light. I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more bubbles. It goes down okay, but doesn’t hide its size very well. It’s boozy and warm.

I’m amazed to be drinking an 11% abv beer from Alabama. While Vern’s Wheat Wine is a pretty good beer, it’s a huge step forward for a state that’s had its beer shelves flooded with mediocrity. It’s alright. Definitely worth a try…especially if you live in Alabama.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish hue clear with little to no head. No lacing.

S-slight alcohol sweet caramel background

T-sweet but not cloying with nice esters and phenol balanced by hops bitterness. Slight alcohol heat that grows as temp rises.

M-good mouthfull nice body with good carbonation but isnt over the top

O- very nice beer would definitely drink ago. Easy drinking for 11% worth trying if you are able to find it. As it was only brewed once and running out. Grab one if you see it and try it.

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