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Windy City Wheat - Chicago Beer Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 84
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chicago Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-07-2010

Today's forecast...Windy! A Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with honey and spices.

20 IBU
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Photo of BetterBeerBeth
4.67/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pk at Binny's and I am a big fan of this new Belgian White. I met the owner at a tasting event and he has a lot of passion for the beer - it's 2 brothers running the show - one is a brewmaster and one is the sales team. Althought they are contract brewed in Wisconsin they are both local guys who grew up in St. Charles.

Aroma: Moderate sweetness (light notes of honey) with light, grainy, spicy wheat aromatics. Notes of coriander. Fruity, floral and sweet aroma

Appearance: Very pale straw. Cloudy. Dense, white head with good retention

Flavor: Pleasant sweetness (with a honey character) and a zesty, orange-citrusy fruitiness. Refreshingly crisp with a dry, tart, finish. Has a low wheat flavor. Hop bitterness is low

Looking forward to their next brew - Pier Pale Ale (791 characters)

Photo of SCOTT1974
4.63/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this Belgian Wheat on tap and it was Delicious. What a great alternative to Blue Moon. I really feel this is a relaxing sessionable beer. I would suggest this to anyone that is looking to have a mellow relaxing Belgian Wheat. Great unfiltered look, with a slight orange hint, great head, and smooth mellow taste. Overall I am going to purchase for the house. (364 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very lemony and cloudy white look. Head goes flat quick due to acid I guess.

Smell: Lemons, bananas, cloves, and bubblegum. Pretty standard...and good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Same as smell. Mouthfeel is pretty yeasty and refreshing.

Drinkability: A great witbier, and a summer one at that.

Overall: See drinkability. (326 characters)

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

This beer can be compared to many, but the more I drank the better they got! Being from Kansas City, of course I thought of a Boulevard or two that i had smelled recently. Although the aroma and taste were two very nice parts of the experience up front, I loved how it made me want more! I look forward to being able to buy this beer here in KC soon. Bring it Chicago Beer Company! (381 characters)

Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in local liquor store.

I never knew this brewery existed! Color was almost clearish yellow with generous white head. Not as cloudy as I would have liked, but still nice to look at. Bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. Smell and taste was wheaty as you would expect.

Overall it's definitely not the best example of this style, and way better beers can be had. Low abv, easy to drink. I could see why many people don't like this one, but to me it's "good", not great. I'd buy it again. (510 characters)

Photo of bnimrick
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think much of what has been said is fairly accurate. The color is quite nice and the smell is much like a typical wit beer. The flavor is quite nice, and the finish is very smooth. The packaging and brew immediately and quite obviously make you think of goose island's 312. In comparison, I would much prefer windy city wheat over 312. I picked up a six-pack at a local binny's and have rather enjoyed it during a football sunday. It should be really good come spring time. (475 characters)

Photo of Sherpdog
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served this beer in a pint glass poured out of the bottle. At first it looked and smelled like a KC's Boulevard Wheat. Once I had a taste, I was shocked at how smooth it was and how much it reminded me of Boulevard's wheat beer. The slightest hint of honey really set the beer apart from its competition. I ended up drinking a 6 pack and enjoyed every moment of it. I look forward to seeing this beer at my local liquor store in Kansas City. (447 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wheat ales get a bad wrap, I think there is only one or two even in the top 250. It is just an underwhelming style for the most part. I always try to rate according to style.

A deep honey toned body hosts a full two fingers of foamy white head. Head has decent retention. Nose has some honey and soft sweet bready notes. Initial sip has this zesty dusty and creamy wheat feel. A hint of citrus and soft hop notes round out a solid drinkable flavor platform. Overall the way this one is put together it is a bit bolder then most wheat ales. Very nice for the style. (573 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass

Had this beer at a tasting and talked with one of the owner's and he seemed like a really cool guy and I look to them putting out more styles. He said they are working on a milk stout for March release so we'll see how that goes.

This beer however looks like a light golden color with frothy white head. The aroma is pretty good as well. I pick up notes of coriander, lemon, and bubblegum. Along with fresh floral notes that all work quite well together on the nose. The taste, in my opinion, is overspiced but still enjoyable. There is lots of clove in the taste along with corriander and a bit of lemon grass. It's not too bad for a witbier, but this beer is more of a catch all wheat style. It's almost Belgian without actually being. It still drinks and feels good, so I wouldn't mind actually having it again. (840 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: Clear yellow with a two finger white pillow with OK lasting power but no lacing (3.75)

Aroma: Medium light fruity belgian esters with a hint of smoke. (3.6)

Flavor: Medium grainy malt bill, yeast presence is light, orange peel/corriander/honey character are all faint at best (3.6)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation refreshing (3.75)

Overall: 3.65 (373 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass.

I'm with Mike on this one: The brewer is quite the character. His beer (batch #2, no less) pours a minorly hazy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, and corn. The taste holds notes of Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, flowers, and lemon zest. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice little wit, nothing amazing, but something I could see drinking plenty of if given the chance. (497 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasn't my favorite, it wasn't great, but it wasn't too bad.

Bottle poured into weizen; three finger off white head.

Straw golden, hazy colored, yeast turbid....just how I like it.

Smells: like a Belgian white should.

Tastes: Honey, ick!! Coriander, oats, and a hit of citrus

Mouthfeel: a little watery for my liking.

This was an ok beer, I don't think I'd have it again. (381 characters)

Photo of WhistlingBird
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poors into a glass with small head that disappates rather quickly, with little lace left on the glass. It has a slight haze, straw colored. It is an easynto drink beer, with a slight hint of honey. My first one it had an off flavor in the middle, but the more I have the better it gets. I can't wait until it is actually brewed in Chi-Town and not contracted out. (363 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, yeast and spices. There was a subtle fruity aroma.

T - Mostly lemon and wheat. There was a touch of spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I knew this was a gimmick when I ordered this - a beer that's made to look like its unique to Chicago. However, it was one of two beers at the bar that I had not had before. It was okay. A nice easy drinking beer before the Cubs game. (560 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this in the local grocery store and decided that I needed to try it. The color was a bit cloudy by golden. There was a white head that left sime lacing that eventually dissappeared. The aroma was mostly grain..hints of citrus and clove. The taste was similar to most belium white ales...a lil spice that leans towards clove, but with a good citrus balance. Mouthfeel was fine could drinl 3-4 before tiring on the beer. (422 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey copper and light amber hay color. The head s only one finger, but leaves a nice long lasting film on the top throughout all twelve ounces.

The aroma has soft nuances of honey, toasted grain, and some general herbal notes.

The taste starts with musty toasted malts. Then some honey and herbs give the flavor a little more character. The finish shows some hop bitterness mixing with the malts, leaving a musky flavor on the finish.

This beer is simple in palate. A little bubbly and sweet with a velvetine texture. This beer is easy to drink, but some of its flavors knock that same sessionability down a notch or two. (644 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Slightly hazy light yellow color with little lacing

Smell: Slight corn sweetness smell with a little hint of fruits

Taste: Very mild flavor of sweetness and a little bit of fruitiness. It is not an extremely complex brew but what flavor it has is pretty good and refreshing. (329 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Sal's Liquor Store in Addison, IL for $6.99 a 6 pack. The slick Chicago skyline label is what really caught my eye here. No freshness date to be found - all the bottle says is that this is a Belgian white.

The beer pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Head retention was good and it left some moderate lacing.

Weak smell here. I can pick up the wheat and some coriander spice, but that's about it.

There's more stuff in here than the smell would lead you to believe. Mild wheat malt sweetness combines with spicy coriander and a touch of lemony citrus notes. Then a big rush of bitter hops cone in. They not only balance out the sweetness but kind of become the dominant flavor. Not used to a hoppy wit, and not sure I like it that much.

Smooth with a light to medium body with only moderate carbonation. I would have preferred more spritz and a less bitter aftertaste.

Interesting and drinkable, but not cracking into my favorites list. (995 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass; wife picked-up this 6-pack from Whole Foods. I haven't seen this beer anywhere else besides there.

A - Cloudy yellow/gold color; 1 finger white colored foam formed; frothy looking with a average amount of lacing on the sides of the glass; alive with carbonation

S - Smells like a Witbier should; hops and wheat dominate; straw, pine, grass smell with the overpowering coriander, lemon, orange peel spice kick (I'm not usually a fan of this stuff)

T - Sip after sip the orange, lemon, coriander spices completely dominate this brew; consumption is followed by dry bitter aftertaste; tart lemon-citrus taste comes out during retro-olfaction

M - Creamy consistency; thick viscosity; light carbonated fizz felt over tongue

D - you can definitely taste the spices and fruits used in this brew; feels like a meal in a glass; I don't think I can have more than a few in a sitting; I would probably pass on this if other options are available (976 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank out of my weizen glass. never heard of this company before. the bottle came in a six pack for $8.99 at the local grocery store.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head has average retention and leaves behind a few small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is very heavy on the clove with a little bit of coriander shining through as well. the malt smell is pretty weak, with a little bit of cereal grain. there is also a touch of yeast. not what i was expecting at all.

T- the taste starts out with more of the cereal grains that i could smell and is quickly followed up by yeast. the taste is also very heavy on the clove with a lesser amount of coriander. some honey like sweetness throughout.

M- the body is on the thin side. the carbonation seems about right.

O- this isnt one of the better examples of the style. i dont think ill be picking this one up again. there are many readily available ones that i like much more out there. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this bottle. This is a new brewery for me.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the coriander and wheat, with a little bit of lemon and orange notes mixed in.

The flavor is more basic and is only made up of wheat and coriander.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (344 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apparently this is available at all Chicagoland WFM locations, found it at Whole Foods in Schaumburg.

The label and marketing on the six pack are pretty generic. Blurbs touting Chicago sound like they were written by a tourist quoting Wikipedia. "Windy City, Chi-Town, skyscrapers, sports, deep dish pizza!" Whooo. So how's the beer? That's what matters right?

Pours a cloudy orange, opaque and golden around the edges. Foamy at first, with a head that settles to a skim after a couple minutes. Spotty arcs of lace dot the edges.

Aroma is vague coriander and dusty wheat. Mild astringency and spiciness. Flavor is moderately bitter towards the end, overly so for a Witbier, with lemon peel and coriander notes. Dry tacky finish. Ham-fisted hop bitterness. Ample carbonation, though the astringency hurts the feel and drinkability. Pretty standard Wit, though unbalanced and slightly more bitter than average. Not something i'd revisit personally.

This beer smacks of phony marketing. Come up with a good beer before marketing it... and stop with the shill reviews already, they're painfully obvious. (1,103 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Matt for tossing me a bottle of this one. Served in a FoBAB mini-pint glass. The bottle says this is contract brewed by Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, WI.

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam that quickly dissipate to a thick cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. The body is a lightly hazed golden straw color, with some visible bubbles.

S - Honey, wheat, yeasty, and perhaps some generic corn or adjunct notes. Not much citrus, but a hefty dose of clove and/or coriander. I think I prefer Blue Moon.

T - The taste is more grainy, with less of the over honey sweetness found in the nose. There's maybe a hint of citrus sweetness in the finish. Slightly better than the aroma, but nothing more than an average wit.

M - Medium carbonation, slightly grainy medium body, sticky finish.

D - I managed to finish my 12oz bottle, but I definitely won't be buying this again. I do like the label. (920 characters)

Photo of Vixie
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a bit of a white head that dissipates fairly quickly into some lacing across the top of the beer and the sides of the glass.

Smell is mainly sweet malt with some yeast.

Taste starts out promising with a bit of sweetness from the malt and honey, but then a weird funky flavor takes over, leaving a pretty nasty aftertaste, Not sure what s causing it, but ruins what could be a flavorful beer.

Feel is a bit watery, carbonation seems a bit low.

Got this as part of a make your own six pack, so only got one bottle, and it wasn't expensive. Good thing, as I don't know if I could polish off more than one of these. Many better examples of the style out there. (693 characters)

Photo of bschinelli
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this cloudy, golden brew from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass, noted a quickly dissipated 1/2 inch head that left a little white on top while I drank this beer, but no lacing to speak of. Very little aromatics, I had trouble getting anything other than the grain in the nose. Tasted clean and crisp, with the wheat front and center, some grassy flavors in the finish.. Very light in the mouth, an easy drinking beer.

All in all, I'd have to say this is a beer made for summer. (495 characters)

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Windy City Wheat from Chicago Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.