Big Blue Van - College Street Brewhouse & Pub

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Big Blue Van
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
College Street Brewhouse & Pub visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 01-29-2012)
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Photo of ronniebruner
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light amber color with an excessive amount of carbonation. There is a very faint fruit smell of berries, but you might not notice if you did not read the label. No taste or aroma of vanilla as promised. Beer is relatively smooth for not being very tasty. The quality is very poor as the beer's taste is faint, slightly below average and the labels were sloppily applied, which tells me that these guys are interested more in production than quality.

Photo of ksi4077
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of wedge6128
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

I do not like flavors being added to beer, nor do I like fruity beers and yet this beer is freaking outstandingly good! The vanilla and blueberry are perfectly combined, not over powering and very pleasant. I could not believe how good this was!

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a murky straw yellow with a one-finger perfectly white head of small even bubbles.

S - Healthy aroma of blueberry and vanilla. A hint of graham cracker.

T - Taste matches the nose, with blueberry forward, and sweet malts manifesting themselves in a kind of muffin flavor.

M - Thin bodied, with medium carbonation.

O - Decent fruit beer, but could use more body. Also not the best looking beer. A novelty, but not a rebuy.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An unfiltered wheat made with real blueberry and vanilla.

Pours a hazy medium amber/gold tone with a short white head. A single blueberry is floated in the glass and one might conclude that is the result of the marketing department and not the brewer who would know better and who would not want to alienate real beer drinkers. While I was a bit offended by the floating fruit in my beer, I simply ignored it and went on tasting it.

Nose is very assertive vanilla - almost overpoweringly so with a hint of blueberry undertone. Nose is almost "too much" in that the vanilla is pure and strong; great if you love vanilla - not so great if you don't. Blueberry is lost on this and a better name might just be "Big Van."

Mouthfeel is medium with good balance and nice carbonation although one cares little for the mouthfeel as the nose is strong throughout the drinking/tasting and flavor follows, with a strong vanilla character and flavor profile. Almost synthetic the vanilla is so strong and the juxstaposition of vanilla and "beer" doesn't quite marry for me as does, say, coffee or chocolate.

Finish is simple yeasty with a light bitter character but, again, vanilla carries the day here. Not my thing but some will enjoy.

Big Blue Van from College Street Brewhouse & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.