Wet Hot American Wheat - Finch's Beer Co.

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Finch's Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mendvicdog on 07-30-2013

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an inperial pint a hazed orange infused light golden with a thinner well sustained white head atop.Aromas are very light with some toasted wheat grain mainly.There is a real nice mouthfeel wich keeps the beer from feeling to light,it has some actual body for the style.Grainy and toasted on the palate with a hint of pine but it's light,I even get a bit of nuttiness wich isnt bad.Man is this easy to drink,not flavor packed but good for a Memorial day grilling session.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can w/o any freshness info that I can find

Pours clouded dull lighter amber, frothy and looser eggshell head.

Light wheaty malts on the nose

Lighter feeling but no less aggressive with the hops then the other Finch's beers. In general an easy drinking wheat brew, with some dull lemon, grapefruit and lime coming to mind.

I like it- an APWA with more character, and hop presence then typically found for the style

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle and from a can poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pale straw under a 1” white foam collar that clings to the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: citrusy hops some grass, wheat but no banana and or clove.
T: Rich with some white bread flavors and a big hop presence.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium high carbonation, slightly astringent on the finish.
O: Sharp, crisp tasty and refreshing. Good blend of wheat and hop.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finch's Beer Co. "Wet Hot American Wheat"
16 oz. can, no freshness dating

Appearance: Fingerprints-through-the-glass clear. (Looking into the can I see a solid ring of sediment at the bottom). Deep golden body. Short head of creamy white foam. Slightly better than average head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Piney, citrusy hops. Spicy. Straightforward grainy malt.

Flavor: Wheat is clear within the maltiness. Slightly biscuity. Piney, citrusy hops. Spicy. Lemony. Yeasty. Solidly bitter. Finishes dry and spicy with dull residual hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a bristling carbonation.

Overall: Pretty much what you'd expect it to be. No surprises here.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, lemony. Taste is tart, lemons, a bit of wheat, decent but not as refreshing/thirst quenching as is usual for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can. Pours a clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head, light lacing. Aroma is of citrus, lemon, citrus pine hops. Taste is citrus lemon, wheat and grains with some citrus pine hops bitterness. Palate is a medium crisp body, good carbonation. Finishes with citrus notes, wheat and grains followed by some good spiced dry hopped bitterness on the end for balance. Overall a quite good drinking sessional wheat ale.

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Marie's, served in a branded weizen glass.

Clear golden orange, spotty lace all around the edges. Broken skim across the surface.

Butterscotch aroma, hello diacetyl. Bleh.

Taste is similar but has a biscuity malt presence and soft wheat graininess.

Feel is borderline, watery but slightly smooth from the wheat. Wondering if it's just dirty lines at the bar accounting for the butter notes, though can't be sure. Overall a one and done. Wanted to give these guys another chance but they're not doing anyone proud.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly this beer is hard to nail down.

It's got some european hops with a slight funk kick on the aftertaste. Fairly full mouthfeel for a wheat beer. It looks darker than you would expect for the style.

Large off-white head with minimal lacing.

Smell is kind of bland saisony.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

I picked up a can of Finch's Beer Co.'s Wet Hot American Wheat a few days ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I'm a fan of Finch's and since this one just showed up I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a Weizen glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a simple but good design to it with some nice colors that make it a little eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of golden and light orange color with a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice floral and fruity hop aroma with some citrus rind aromas coming through and the floral aromas seeming to stick out a little more than the fruity aromas. Up next comes the malts which impart a light toasted, bready, light wheat aromas with some doughy yeast in the background along with a real slight nutty aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish it was a little more balanced since the wheat doesn't stick out as much as I thought it would.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they seem to be a little bit lighter. Up next comes the malts which are pretty much exactly the same as the were in the aroma, with neither aspect sticking out the most and the wheat still isn't that noticeable. On the finish it's a little watery tasting with a high amount of low bitterness that doesn't linger and it had a light toasted and floral hop like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but it really didn't live up to the name and I think I could easily confuse this with a mediocre IPA.

M- smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, a little watery, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a decent mouthfeel, but i wish it wasn't a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but I didn't think it was a good example of the style, mainly because the wheat aspect wasn't very noticeable and if I tried it blind I'm pretty sure I wouldn't notice the wheat and I would just think it's an IPA. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, a little watery, not filling at all and the taste didn't do a great job of holding my attention, I started to get a little bored with it and I wouldn't drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile it wasn't bad and it wasn't too overpowering when It came to the taste. What I liked the least about this beer was that the wheat wasn't very noticeable, it barely showed up in the taste and aroma and for a beer called Wheat Hot American Wheat I was expecting the wheat to be pretty noticeable and it wasn't. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I don't think I would turn it down, but it's nothing I feel the need to buy again since it really didn't deliver when it came to the wheat and I wouldn't recommend it because of that. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, it just didn't deliver as a Wheat beer and I found it to be way more IPA like and I think this beer would benefit from either a name change or just adding more wheat to the recipe. This is now my least favorite Finch's beer, and it really doesn't fit in enough as a Wheat beer for me to say how it stacks up. I appreciate the effort, but this beer just didn't live up to it's name, better luck next time guys.

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay tall-boy cans. Nice lazy hot summer Sunday, seemed like a good idea.

Pours a smaller bubbly fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med to a bit quicker pace, mild bubbly lacing, mostly clear very golden pilsner colored.

Nose is decent, some hops, bit fruity and almost spicy like, little pine and earthy notes, mild creamy wheat base, overall pretty light on the nose though.

Taste brings nice creamy mild wheat, into hops, fruity hops, it hits at fruity bubblegum but doesn't quite get there, touch of rind and earthy hop notes, touch of a background resin and pine like. Mild bitterness, that increases a bit on the finish, which attempts to dry but gets a little creamy and sweet, bit of a grassy piney like hop note, bit fruity still too.

Mouth is lighter bod, hint creamy, decent carb.

Overall OK but nothing too special, not too big on the wheat, not too big on the hops, it is light and drinkable which I guess is good for a summer beer, but wish it had a bit more going for it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Brewed and Dry Hopped With Centennial And Columbus Hops”.
Ah, times have changed yet again! Following 9-11-2001, the Fed would not approve of any new labels invoking the U.S. Stars & Stripes because of the deluge that hit them. I dedicate this beer to #TheOldLady, a Wet, Hot AmeriCAN from Chicago who I would never dry hop. Love ya, doll!

Of course, following all of that innuendo, this turned out to be a squirter! I could barely CANduct the Crack! without it coming out all over my fingers. I CANducted an inverted Glug, which drives #TheOldLady nuts, but she was not here to prevent it. There was a rapid formation of a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with limited retention. The room was filled with a very pleasant catty, dank odor. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = 2 -4). Raising it to my nose, the smell was even stronger, with added scents of mown grass, citrus (lemon/orange) peel and black pepper. Hoo ha! Mouthfeel was rather thin, kind of watery, but not quite that thin. Taste was like an eruption of hops and wheat. That is to say, the flavors of mint, citrus peel, black pepper, mown grass, cattiness and slight silage all jumped out on my tongue and began jumping around and dancing. This would be in CANtrast to many AIPAs and DIPAs that show up and begin burrowing into my tongue with jackhammers and hydrochloric acid. Instead, this was a little party in my mouth! Sticky lacing began to appear as I drank. If I had to find any fault with this beer, it would be the finish, which was drier than dry. Once the party was over, it was like the air had been sucked out of the room. I appreciate my guests cleaning up after themselves, but it was like the décor had gone from psychedelic to stark white! Whew. I was reaching for my asthma inhaler as a result. Yes, it was very refreshing and a great summer beer, but one did it for me. Ask yourself, “How many ginger ales could I drink at one time?” Well, punk, how many? For me, the answer was one. YMMV.

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dirty gold color. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace.

Smells of barley malt. Very little wheat.

Tastes like a pale ale with a modest but distinctive hop kick in the swallow. I only detect wheat midway in the aftertaste. Otherwise, it's mostly a lightly biting hop infused finish.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with a white head and sporadic lacing.
In the aroma, malt sweetness, pungent hops, cooked veggie. In the taste, wheat malt, citrus hop. Crust, wheat and old citrus. Sweeter than it is bitter, just a touch of hops and not enough to balance. Medium bodied brew. Overall, average wheat.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass; no can dating, but was released recently. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with dank citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dank citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pale wheat ale. Nice juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Moderately clear, straw body. No head/lacing to speak of.

S - Wheat sweetness, some extra light citrus and pine notes try to peak through.

T - Floral, piney and slight lemon hop character is much more present on the palate than the nose. Sweet-wheat backbone.

M - Medium bodies, with a sticky lingering finish.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: House yeast, some wheat, and some fruity and floral hops stand out

T: House yeast starts things off again, followed by a nice fruitiness and some floral notes. Wheat is a bit of an undertone. Finishes with a bit of bitterness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice wheat beer with a good hop kick. The house yeast might be a little prevalent, but get past that and it's a solid summer brew

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Straw hazy yellowish orange color with a white head and good lacing

Smell – wheat and citrus, orange peal and very pronounced, really a good smell

Taste – wheat orange with hop bitterness, yum well balanced wheat beer that is very refreshing in these warm months

Mouthfeel – light body with slight bitter feel,

Overall – Great wheat summer beer, if you put fruit in this beer then DIE BEER ASSHOLE DIE!
But seriously you don't need fruit to enjoy this beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

ACBF pour

A-Pours a cloudy, bright yellow color with a white, whipped head.

S-Pretty mild. Wheat and grain with some lemon and floral notes. I would like a bit more intensity but I'm fairly happy with the actual aroma.

T-The flavor is superior to the nose. It's hoppier than the nose leads on and the flavor is pretty exciting. Lemon zest hops with some grass. Dry wheat. A bit floral.

M-Light and drinkable with lower bitterness. Prickly carbonation.

O-A tasty wheat based brew that is more impressive not he tongue than in the schnozzola.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy yellow-orange color with a one finger head of white foam floating atop. The head fades quite fast leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a wheaty smell along with a tangerine and orange aroma. Some lighter hop smells of a grapefruit and pine nature are there as well along with a light lemon smell rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty bread flavor mixed with a bit of a caramel and light orange sweetness. The orange seems to fade rather fast from the taste being replaced by some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature. Other flavors of grass and a very light pine develop on the tongue more toward the end of the taste and with a little bit of lemon coming to the tongue as well, leaving one with a rather refreshing and decently hopped citrus wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are nice for creating a crisp feel and complement well the citrus and wheat flavors of the beer.

Overall – A rather enjoyable wheat brew with a good showing of citrus and hop. A rather nice summer drinker.

Photo of ZAP
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This really smells great...bright citrus and floral notes combine. Taste wise it is not as exciting. It is ok......definitely citrus on the taste but a more jagged feel and take with the hops on the flavor...has an unrefined, rough feel to the taste. It's Ok but I expected more from the aroma. Probably not one I would buy again but it's probably a little above average overall.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Wet Hot American Wheat, pours a bright straw color, with a very small head. There is a floral aroma; weak. The taste has a mellow creamy flavor, with a strange hoppy flavor. Nice body, stronger flavors. Overall its a hoppy wheat beer, but the hop flavors just do not go well.

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed nectary gold color with a rich and long-lasting head. Lacing is pretty minimal, however.

Smells wheaty and a little sweet. Even a little caramelly. Some citrus hops make do in the aroma. Not bad.

Has a dry, hoppier flavor for a wheat ale. Wheat tones blanched by floral, piney, and citrus hops. Skinny on sweetness with some hunky bitterness for the style. Feels almost creamy with bushy carb, to boot. Hardly a boring wheat.

Very likeable. A bit one-note, but I love that the note is hop-related.

Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Semi hazy yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Nice aroma, light wheat and cracker malt, pine, lemon candy, grapefruit, orange zest, very grassy, slightly dank.
T - Flavor is more straight forward grass and pine hop bitterness with cracker malt base, a decent amount of wheat makes its way through the end.
M - Unrealistically drinkable, super smooth, clean and refreshing.
O - I dont understand why this beer isnt getting a good rap. Stupid easy drinkable beer with a good balance of hops to appease anyone. I could drink this any day all day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a crystal clear, effervescent, light yellow body with an off-white, foaming head.

Smell: Set against a minor, muted wheat nose, scents of resiny, pithy, piny, steely hops announce an impeding bitterness.

Taste: A meager crackery wheat maltiness with little sweetness incorporated that briefly retreats. Citric, resinous-edged piney hops with a moderate bitterness to remains until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Those with an appetite for a hoppier wheat may be pleased, but, those of us looking for a more refreshing will be left disappointed.

Wet Hot American Wheat from Finch's Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.