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Windy City Wheat - Chicago Beer Company

Not Rated.
Windy City WheatWindy City Wheat

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 34.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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 MasterSki
2.84/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.26/5  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.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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