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Windy City Wheat - Chicago Beer Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of matjack85
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Zach136
3.65/5  rDev +13%

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

Photo of FreshHawk
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of nlmartin
1.73/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Brams17
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Etan
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of match1112
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Windy City Wheat from Chicago Beer Company
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.