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Windy City Wheat - Chicago Beer Company

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76
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
Today's forecast...Windy! A Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with honey and spices.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 11-07-2010)
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BetterBeerBeth

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +43.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 13:41:21 | More by BetterBeerBeth
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SCOTT1974

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +43.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 00:06:27 | More by SCOTT1974
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HefeRules


4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

05-14-2012 17:38:22 | More by HefeRules
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:45:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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Jcmoney

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +25%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:52:18 | More by Jcmoney
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bnimrick

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:27:42 | More by bnimrick
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JJFordick

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%

09-15-2012 02:17:16 | More by JJFordick
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Benvarine

Missouri

4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-25-2013 21:37:17 | More by Benvarine
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-30-2011 04:43:18 | More by ScrimshawFan
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Nofear048

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-19-2011 05:09:14 | More by Nofear048
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Northsider

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 13:05:34 | More by Northsider
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Sherpdog

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:24:17 | More by Sherpdog
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

08-10-2013 00:57:49 | More by HoneyLamb
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

11-27-2013 14:01:57 | More by krome
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-ronin-

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

03-28-2014 02:25:06 | More by -ronin-
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homerman9


3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

07-06-2014 03:15:11 | More by homerman9
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 18:01:02 | More by Vdubb86
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 21:23:35 | More by TMoney2591
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8%

09-03-2012 23:51:33 | More by Kubrickx
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8%

12-26-2012 02:35:00 | More by JellyJacket
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Rihup

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8%

06-04-2013 01:24:44 | More by Rihup
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ariceclemson

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-07-2014 21:23:16 | More by ariceclemson
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salinasa

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +8%

03-18-2012 19:26:43 | More by salinasa
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south33

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-26-2012 01:21:01 | More by south33
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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 20:15:37 | More by zeff80
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Windy City Wheat from Chicago Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.