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

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 172
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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.

22 IBU
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Photo of kscaldef
2.32/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Hilton rooftop in St. Louis. Waitress said it was an "amber", so a bit of a surprise there, but I'll try to review to the actual style. No head on the beer when it arrived, dark copper color without much in the way of bubbles. I was surprised off the bat by how sweet the beer was. Not overtly or cloyingly, but enough to seem out-of-place. Once my tongue adjusted to that, I found a medicinal, slightly metallic, flavor waiting for me which would last through the next 3/4 of the glass until I finally gave up on it. Felt a bit undercarbonated, and had an unpleasant aftertaste. It's possible this beer wasn't getting a fair presentation; I'd be pretty surprised if this bar does proper draft line maintenance; but I don't see myself rushing out to give this beer another try elsewhere. (801 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep orange. Nice off-white head. Contiguous wisps on the surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Very phenolic. Clove, banana, some hops. Definitely nutty.

Taste - Same phenolic character. Oppressive here. Sharp flavor. Strong yeastiness. Nuttiness is less pronounced.

Mouthfeel - A little harsh on the sharp yeastiness. Medium body.

Overall - Not a pleasant beer after a few sips. (435 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appropriately, pours a light chestnut color, only a pretty thin white head.

Aroma is much like a saison or a tripel--very yeasty, some mild spice, maybe faint nuttiness, not a whole lot going on. Fairly dry.

Taste is sweeter, nuts are more apparent but not super rich. Lots of yeast and spice again, also an odd metallic/iron like taste.

Mouthfeel is solid, good carbonation and a pretty full body.

Decent beer, hoped for more, definitely wish there were more nutty flavors.

5.7/10 (486 characters)

Photo of jdb288
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade. Amber pour with thick white head. Smell is sweet, nutty. Taste is unique - that earthiness from the chestnuts, some roasted malt flavor, cotton candy sweetness, banana. Probably wouldnt' do this one again. Chestnuts + beer not my thing but can see how others might like it. (292 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is hazy in a snifter. Coppery amber color. Smells lightly of toasted nuts. Flavors are similar to aroma. Light and nutty- chestnuts to be specific. Mild and easy to drink. Just a hint of astringency. Becomes more floral in aroma and taste as it warms. (256 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed slighty orange tinted hazlenut brown, little to no head, only some off-white rings on the outer edges. Mild nose with faint roasted nuts, light caramel and a somewhat baked dessert profile - brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste adds a splash of floral and herbal qualities, but the main notes are still the lightly toasted nuts, light caramel and nougat like sweetness. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly watery and under-carbonated. Some positive notes, but washed out by the thin body and weak scent and flavor profile. (539 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer due to the recommendation made by the beer store clerk, and poured this into a standard half liter German dimple glass. The brew makes a solid three finger thick foam crown of a mild khaki/off white color, and the body is hazy, translucent, and caramel in color.

The aroma is sweet in the way of toffee and butter, kind of earthy and veggie, with a mild metallic quality.

Taste wise this is very nutty, earthy, somewhat dark fruit and yeasty esters with a tinge of caramel.

Feels medium in body, a little carbonated but not too much, and wetting to the palate. (579 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a thumb cream colored head. Never really drop bright, great lacing & good head retention

S: Nutty notes, plus sulphur & pear

T: Nutty, pretty darn dry with hints of sulphur up front, a bit of brown bread as well. Faint pear & fig notes as this warms, dryness & some leafy hops as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, with a hint of sulphur & nuttyness, even some sour notes

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, kind of middling as Brown ales go, you can taste the chestnuts to be sure. Was hoping for better on this one (558 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this beer on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured a amber orange color, produced an average white head, excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this spiced beer consisted of sweet malted grain, and some spice- nutmeg perhaps? Medium in body, this ale had a backbone of sweet malted grain and some spicy nutmeg. Brewed with chestnuts, however I can't really detect much of a nutty flavor. Finishes with a citric hop flair. Overall, great session beer- Unique- something I would order again. Prost! (516 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this unique beer.

Pours a lighter bubbly fizzy head that hits about 1/2 a finger and fades at a med pace with some foamy lacing, over mostly hazy orange-red color.

Nose is interesting, some roasted chestnuts, toasted nuts, caramelized brown sugar, a light raw earthy green like nut aroma, toasted walnut like as well, light molasses and cola syrup, a weird herbal spice like aroma, a light payday like candy covered nuts, very unique.

Taste starts with a cola root like earthy flavor, a light tanginess with that. chewy nuts, earthy nuts, light toasted chestnut, little peanut like as well. More like earthy tangy root flavors. It has a bigger sweetness, with some caramelized brown sugar, molasses, candied walnuts, caramel, etc. A light bready yeasty flavor finishes it. Finish is a bit drier but still fairly sweet, a light ester like booze quality with a hint of a tingle, some sticky syrup, toasted and candied chestnuts, and light tangy flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall OK but not great. Very interesting and unique, but not a beer i could drink much of as it has a lot of weird flavors for a beer. (1,181 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

With the understated complexity of traditional Dunkelweiss delivering waves of malted grain and yeast character, the Urban Chestnut brewers take upon their namesake with actual chestnuts to the brewing process for a taste that's just as genuine as it is true to heart.

Rusty garnet with the pour, the common wheat haze casts an ominous translucent glow onto the eye. Its creamy sheet of foam sheds malty-sweet aromas with the taste of faint toast, cocoa nib, light coffee and hard candy. Its sweet taste is bready and almost cake-like as complex banana, peppercorn, clove and, ...yes- nutty flavor.

Relaxing its malty substrate a bit, the sweetness persists and gives the middle palate a nutty, grape and spicy middle. Cola nut, light toffee and toast frame the middle as the taste trends mild and homogenous. Peppercorn and chestnut mellow the taste and give balance to the banana bread undercurrent.

Finishing with a slight cola-like tack, the beer's semi-dry and slightly bitter finish is just shy of the malty-dry finish of authentic German dark wheat ale and with the bitter hop presence to compromise. Yet there's the soothing taste of chestnut to give a buttery and toasty elegance that's not often reconciled in even craft beer. (1,239 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

A: Aroma of malt and nuts with a hint of spice, mild but pleasant.

T: Taste of nuts with a malty sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of an oily texture.

O: Enjoyable beer without being in your face. (342 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an amberish orange color with a one finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

S - nose is sweet cookie malts with some spices in the mix

T - taste is similar. Starts off with bready and cookie malts. These are mixed in with a little but of spiciness (nutmeg?). Ends With a really small amount of citrus hops.

M - good body with nice carbonation

D - really nice beer from urban chestnut. I have made this a staple in my st Louis repertoire. (458 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper penny color. Just a thin wisp of carbonation covers half of the top of this brew. Pretty good clarity. Aroma is definitely nutty and malty with a hint of banana esters. The front of the palate is very nutty and on the back end I get the banana flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and refreshing, but maybe a bit too thin. (327 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (240 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of pmangold
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of irrevjim
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (336 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of Cameron_como
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,052 characters)

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