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Winged Nut - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 28.38%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MusicaleMike on 06-28-2011

We affectionately refer to the first beer in our Revolution series of modern, American craft beer, as our unusual little bird. It’s a little on the flighty side @ 5.4% ABV, and it’s a little on the wacky side because we brew it with finely milled chestnuts (genus castanea …for you nut freaks), Willamette hops, and we ferment it with a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain. All of these nuances contribute to its ‘nutty’ personality.

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Photo of DCon
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the 360 Bar on the RoofTop of the Downtown, St. Louis Hilton for $6.50. Tapped from the Bright Blue/Orange UCBC Tap Handle into a 16oz UCBC Snifter.

Aroma- Has the best/highest amount of spice present from the beginning. Also, sweet malts and a strong caramel aroma is present too. Nothing too aggressive but well balanced and portrays the best aroma possible for this style.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that has good retention. Is a light brown/melted caramel color in the body and has no clarity at all! The lacing is huge here.

Flavor- Can tell is was brewed with chestnuts! As a very sweet background and base of the drink that you can tell is only brewed with the best combination of malts. The bitterness is lower at the end and nothing really overpowering in the drink. Very subtle and smooth.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Very Light Carbonation, Nice Slickness in the drink, and leaves good spice around after the drink.

Overall Impression- First of all, if I were to have a beer on-tap @ my home, this one would be in my house all the time! Perfect balanced beer with some of the best spices added. I would recommend ANYONE trying this one from UCBC before any of their others and then you can branch out from here. Have had this one @ over 6 beer bars (including UCBC) and the quality, taste, and results are always the same! A+

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA.

Poured a brick color with a think white head. The aroma of the chestnuts was noticeable but not cloying. The taste was very balanced, artisanal and delicious. The chestnuts actually became more noticeable towards the end of the beer. Very balanced and smooth. The "finely milled" chestnuts certainly contribute positively to this ale.

Overall this brew is delicious and unique... I've never quite had anything like it.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, slight copper in colour, semi -opaque, foggy (half clouded), little carbonation, no head just some yellowish foam which fades.

S: Banana, spices, chocolate, earthy, some stinky cheese, malt, caramel, nutmeg, allspice, toasted bread that’s medium wood brown, amber malts.

T: Herbal, yeasty, bready, delicious. Sour dough, sour quality and a little sweetness, vegetal like and somewhat fruity. Corriander, very much a quality that reminds me of a good weizen bock, toasty yeasty aftertaste. Love this one. Little bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: I have been really looking forward to having this one ever since I picked it up at Whole foods in St. Louis, MO. Still fresh tasting over a month later here in China. Has some great Weizen bock qualities which happens to be one of my favourite styles. Very flavourful, worth a try if you can get hold of it. Great by itself, it would go well with medium aged cheeses.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this beer during Philly Beer Week.

Finely milled chestnuts are added.

A: Hazy Brown body, with an excellent white head and plenty of sticking power. Looked great in the tulip glass...

S: Very interesting aroma. Picked up on the chestnuts, which complemented the toffee malts and the slight undertone of chocolate. Not much hop aroma, but I'm sure the brewers wanted to bring out the uniqueness of this ingredient. For the style this is perfect!

T: Right up front it is kind of tart, but that I would attribute to the Bavarian Weisse Yeast. By the second or third sip, the tartness fades and you get the full effect of the chestnuts. This isn't overly nutty and grossly sweet like British Nut Brown ales, but more delicate. It doesn't pound you over the head trying to make an impression. The aftertaste is good, and I think this might be one of the smoothest beers i have had this year.

M: Excellent body and active carbonation from the wheat beer yeast. Works perfectly with the style!

D: I think this is a fantastic offering from the Midwest. Really impressed with what I have had from them so far. I would imagine that this would pair well with chocolate cake.

Not in PA for very long, which disappoints me. I hope they bring this one back for next year's Philly Beer Week.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winged Nut pours out a nutty light brown with a fluffy white head perched on top. The beer's aroma is both complex and inviting. Thanks to the use of that Bavarian weissbier yeast strain, Winged Nut gives off wonderfully sweet banana esters. Behind the yeasty aromas you're also greeted by the light and dry pop of the finely milled chestnuts the beer is brewed with. The beer tastes similar to the way it smells - a wonderful balance between the sweet yeast notes, some rich Munich malts, and the dry chestnuts on the finish of the beer. A lot of nut beers are one and done, but UCBC finds a way to make it a session beer.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark golden color, with a thick off-white head that held on for quite a while. The beer has a wonderful yeast smell with a hint of chocolate and roasted grain. This beer has a really nice flavor of dark chocolate and malt without any hops and has medium mouthfeel. I am really impressed with Urban Chestnut's first offering!! I will definitely purchase this beer again.
By the way, another plus for this brew is that it comes in a Euro bottle which is a pint and 7 oz, more bang for the buck.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark tan, to light brown hue. Cloudy with evidence of yeast and bottle conditioning. Medium to large head of about 3 to 3.5 fingers. Retention is great, lacing is good. Some light can penetrate the edges of the beer.

S- Dominant spices, including clove and coriander. Some nut flavor is also detectable, more in line with the hazlenut flavor, but mainly because I don't know what a chestnut smells like. Slight hints of medium body grains.

T- Very similar to the scent, but with more nutty flavor. Starts with a bang of spices. Coriander, clove, maybe even a hint of cinnamon hit the tongue. It moves smoothly into a nutty flavor, with some caramel malt too. Moves slowly into a mix of all the flavors towards the ends, and ends smoothly.

M- Relatively high carbonation, but a medium body. Easily sessionable, but begs to be drank faster. Slick across the tongue.

Overall, this would be a good everyday beer if you were looking for one with an emphasis on spices. A little lighter and spicier in flavor than I prefer, but reminiscent of traditional Belgian beers that are similarly spiced.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with frothy magnificence that tops the hazy amber liquid; excellent retention that results in quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, chestnut and clove

Taste: Wheat bread, clove and other spice cake elements, up front, with banana and chestnut flavors building in the middle; after the swallow, there is a surprisingly tangy tone, though the sweeter side lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having ventured through a number of Urban Chestnut's beers recently, I put them forward as exhibit A for those who find German beers boring and uncreative; they have taken a number of German styles and put their twist on them to good effect

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tawny amber, semi-opaque ale brewed with chestnuts pours with a thick head of fine, off-white suds. Lace is lovely and delicate.

Aroma is uniquely roasty and nutty. Kinda sweet, even, but very appealing and enticing.

Flavor profile is pleasing to the palate and well-nuanced. I get a hint of malty and lightly toasty nuts (chestnut?) and a wisp of light citrus hops at the finish. I drank this one almost room temperature, and it was a delicious and worthwhile experience. Very good!

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.7 oz. Euro bottle into a Sierra Nevada tulip hops glass. No date (reviewed from notes). The body was hazy orange/amber. The head was off white. The fine, dense cap remained.

The smell was banana nut bread. Lemony. Nice.

The taste had a pleasant nutty bitterness. Citrus. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Light creaminess. Not overpowering in any element. Finishes semi-dry with plenty of sweetness in the middle.

The body was medium with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 finger creamy khaki head that dissipates moderately quickly. Beer is clear with an ever so slight haze to it. Amber with a slight mahogany tint. Slow rising carbonation. Low to moderate carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Bready/yeasty with a nice caramel note. A bit of dark fruit and floral notes as well. Nuttiness and earthiness comes out more as beer warms. Complex aroma. 4/5

T - White bread right off the bat then transitioning to dark fruit with a light caramel note in the middle. A bit of clove and banana ester shows up right before you get an earthiness/nuttiness along with a bit of floral hops on the back end. Long finish of nuttiness. Interesting complexity to this beer. 4/5

M - Slight carbonation burn. Very crisp and lighter than expected. Disappears from the palate very quickly while flavor is retained. 3.75/5

O - Interesting offering from Urban Chestnut. Aroma and taste are very complex and layered nicely. Complexity lends itself more to a heavier bodied beer rather than the medium body that this exhibits, although still a very good offering. None of the flavors really come out and smack you in the face, they have to be searched for a bit, but they are there waiting to be teased out. 4/5

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Photo of Psychoslowmatic
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of like a brown, with some German crispness and excellent mouthfeel I'd guess is from the chestnuts? I must try more from this brewery, will get this beer again. It seems link a great fall beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a pint sized bottle.

Pours a really nice hazy slightly orange amber color with some golden hues. A nice foamy off-white ehad pops up to about 0.5 inch. It recedes at a moderate pace.

Aroma strats off with toasty bready malt notes, followed by some nice slight grassy and herbal hop backed notes. Then more bread notes and some earthy grain mixed in with some nuttiness. There is also some nice slight phenolic notes with some cloves and some spice.

Flavor starts off more grassy and refreshing. Clean toasty malt notes follow with some good grain components. The hop notes play really well in the background with some herbal and slightly citrusy components. There is also a bready and slightly sweet notes with some nice nutty notes and some yeasty sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation and a nice refreshing mix of malt, nuts and hops.

This is one of my favorite UCBC brews. Very flavorful and easy to drink. Nice hop notes mixed with great malt notes and an interesting infusion of chestnuts.

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Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is banana, clove, dark wheat, and light nuttiness--very interesting, different, and tasty. Super clean beer as well. Really like what Urban Chestnut is doing with German styles. This one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint 0.7 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A somewhat aggressive pour yielded a three-finger tan head that had decent retention and left bits of lacing along the glass. Due to the head, I was unable to get the entire bottle into the glass. The body is light brown with an orange hue and slightly cloudy.

The aroma is reminds me of a wheat based beer, like a witbier. Mostly spicy yeast notes up front with some hint of banana and a touch of lemon in the background.

The flavor is a very pleasant mix of the spicy yeast flavors and some other more fruity notes, especially the banana. The spicy notes are more evident in the flavor than I thought they would be, based on the aroma. The malt flavor is not pronounced, but adds a nice bready and nutty flavor to the mix.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid brew. Glad it's available in bottles now.

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Photo of Cameron_como
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Great dark copper color with lots of bubbles and head, bunches of roasted malt and chestnut in the nose and flavor, but very thin in mouthfeel. Very drinkable, liked it a bunch.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2865 brewhouse. Shaker glass.

A - Hazy deep amber, minimal head.

S - Nutty, slightly estery banana.

T - Roasted malts mingle with german toasted bread and nuts. Minimal hop presence.

M - Medium body, medium high carbonation.

O - Malty, nut focused session beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- murky brown with red and orange hues. A light, white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- huge malt and chestnut aroma. Big time nutty aroma lets me know exactly what is in store. Tree bark and other earthy notes make their way.

T- a fun and interesting blend of Euro malts and hops with the chestnut addition. Willamette hops really pave a nice balance with the intense nut character. Different, yet delicious.

M- A bit on the light side for the style, but honestly, it makes it doesn't abide by any particular style. Smoothness helps the drinkability. Would make for a nice beer to have a few rounds of at the local pub.

O- my first from this brewery, and i have to say that I am impressed. Not normally a style that I seek out, but most definitely enjoyed and would have again. Probably the strongest nut character I have had, but they found a way to really make it work.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at a craft/local-oriented beer bar in the St. Louis airport. Not really sure at the time of tasting what the beer was. Tasted 28 September 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium amber, a little bit of orange and gold. Brought with 1.5 fingers of off-white yellowish head. Excellent lacing.

Smell is nutty, a little dry, a bit woody. See taste, as it's very similar.

Taste is similar. Both the smell and the taste are super nutty. Rich, lightly toasted nuts. Kinda grainy and unobtrusive behind that. Has a character that I'm having a hard time putting a name on. Almost like a lagery crispness.

Medium-light body, good carbonation, sort of prickly, varied, and pleasant. Carbonation is stable throughout.

Like an amber ale with nuts; and I mean a lot of nuts. Tasty and rather unique - I mean, I've had some beers with "nut" in the name, but none of them compare to this nutty one. Feels slightly light, in color and body, for this kind of beer, but not in the flavor; reminds me of a black IPA in that way. Heavily nutty in a really nice way.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light amber with a good 1/2 inch head
smell, malt,sweet toffee, some pepper, sweet roll, honey, banana,nut
taste, sweet malt, medium roasted... a little banana, some nuttiness,
feel, fuller than it looks, medium full bodied, carbonated but smooth, malty
overall a well put together german american that's just a little to sweet for me

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Photo of pmangold
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

got this as an extra in a trade. the size is perfect, poured into a pint. good clarity, dark amber color. i got the slightest hazelnut in the nose. very faint hazelnut in the taste, but it was there. A very refreshing dunkel that offered a great break from all the big beers I've been drinking lately. An overall good beer and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was good, very similar to a weissbier. This one is a bit darker and fuller though, and you can taste the hazelnuts. they add a nice layer of nuttiness to the brew. This would be a great winter time go to brew.

Would drink again. Not for warmer months though.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber colored with red/brown tinge. Creamy off-white head retains at a half inch. Spotty and wispy lacing.

S: The Hefeweizen yeast dominoes the nose with a lot of banana/banana bread, brown sugar, clove and nutmeg. Slightly medicinal. And yes, nutty. Kiss of green hop oils.

T: Yeast character leads with some ripe and tropical fruit notes, yeasty/nutty flavors, banana bread, brown sugar, and clove. Hint of bread/cocoa and a dose of chestnut. Yeasty spice finish.

M: Medium-light body. Light creaminess and sharp carbonation.

O: Interesting, but a bit one dimensional. The yeast dominates. Still an easy drink though.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with little retention but nice lacing on a hazy orange with golden hue body. Aroma of citrus, mostly orange peel and pineapple with candy sugar as well. Flavor is much more dynamic with citrus up front but an almost nutty and woody/ oak presence in the background. Hint of toasted malts as well. Medium body an moderate carbonation. Drinkable and different but bit amazing. A beer that would pear well with many foods though.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a moderate haze and a thin head. The smell is classic dunked...yeast and wheat. Clean. I didn't get much chestnut at first, but it comes forth as you enjoy the beer. Dryish. Nice wheat and hop character. Enjoyable.

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Winged Nut from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.