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Windy City Wheat - Chicago Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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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dunlap926

Illinois

1/5  rDev -69.1%

07-11-2014 22:32:44 | More by dunlap926
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schleprock

Illinois

1.58/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle

A - Pours a fluffy white head, lots of carbonation, even 5 minutes after the head disappeared. Some lacing left in the glass but definitely not on the level of a terrific Wit.

S - Smell was almost negligible for fruits. Picked up some bitterness in the nose. This should have a sweet and fruity smell and it does not.

T - I found no sweetness at all, in fact it was grainy and quite bitter and very dry. A Wit beer should have a moderate IBU content at best.

M - Too much carbonation for the style IMHO.

D - After 3 drinks it's difficult to force any more down. Even if I finish this one, I'll be throwing the other 5 from my six pack away.

Maybe I got a bad six pack but you may want to go to Binny's and check on your supply because I wouldn't sell what I received. I'm not trying to kill a new neophite brewery but good lord, if your quality is this bad today, there is no tommorrow.

Either you need to fire your contract brewer or you better not quit your day job because this beer is horrible. By the way, your top label is not on well, which again shows shoddy craftsmanship. Yes it matters when you're new. I believe this is the fault of your contract brewer and their lack of quality. I've seen the label issue before on other things they brew. DO NOT accept shipments of bad beer just to sell something. Send it back and make them do it right.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:10:41 | More by schleprock
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nlmartin

Ohio

1.73/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Blind beer #6 This beer was served in a pint glass after a quick smell.

A- 3.0 A cloudy effervesent goldenen body. The head is white and quickly resolved itself.

S- 2.0 Just not feeling this beer. This beer has a bland peppered lemon aroma. I could live with bland but it smells like someone washed their feet in it.

T- 1.5 For sure not feeling this beer. Cloves and a brief lemon flavor hit my palate and leave me hanging. Doesnt taste terrible but its not really doing much for me either.

M- 2.0 The body of the beer is light but not thin. Carbonation seems to work well for the beer.

O- 1.5 I could drink this beer. But why bother?

The reveal: Chi Town Windy City Wheat Belgian White. This is in a class of why bother beers for me. I love me some Hoegardden, Celis and Whirl Wind Wit. This seems to be in the dumbed down class of beers like Blue Moon. Oddly enough I am sure if you liked Blue Moon this would be the next thing.

Thanks Phelps for the first kill shot. At least I hop this was intended as a killer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 13:14:04 | More by nlmartin
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Nachojon

Illinois

2/5  rDev -38.3%

11-18-2011 19:20:16 | More by Nachojon
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WolfKeeper

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up at Binnys. New Chicago brewery? Cool! (Find out later it's contract brewed in WI -- boo!)

Looks and pours like your typical belgian wit, nice fluffy head, maybe a bit overcarbonated? Good lacing.

Tasted OK until something rears it's ugly head in the aftertaste/finish. Could barely finish the one bottle due to the aftertaste alone.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:27:52 | More by WolfKeeper
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Daktah

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

06-24-2014 18:06:17 | More by Daktah
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Nightrain

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

08-12-2013 02:56:55 | More by Nightrain
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VirtueVsVice

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

01-08-2013 17:42:29 | More by VirtueVsVice
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

11-25-2011 04:26:22 | More by barnzy78
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match1112

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours out lookin like others of it's kind. hazy yellow body with half finger of off white head that fades rather quickly. smell is weak, some wheat and spice. taste is rather weak also. more of the spice and wheat. mouthfeel is thin and watery, decent carbonation. real weak beer, real disappointment. just go with hoegarden if you want to know what this beer is suppose to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:34:31 | More by match1112
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Turbo

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

10-06-2013 00:27:04 | More by Turbo
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bschinelli

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:31:05 | More by bschinelli
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 16:45:14 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:06:57 | More by emerge077
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:40:28 | More by Mora2000
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-25-2011 17:33:55 | More by mdillon86
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-24-2013 23:53:49 | More by enelson
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-31-2012 22:59:12 | More by FreshHawk
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Etan

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -7.4%

12-23-2011 06:10:02 | More by Etan
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akylles


3/5  rDev -7.4%

12-08-2012 02:41:28 | More by akylles
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justinp

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-10-2012 01:57:40 | More by justinp
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

01-18-2013 17:20:54 | More by spycow
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-06-2012 16:29:31 | More by nheinzie57
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illini4x4


3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-12-2012 01:10:24 | More by illini4x4
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-13-2013 20:26:51 | More by rabbitguy
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Windy City Wheat from Chicago Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.