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Big Blue Van | College Street Brewhouse & Pub

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College Street Brewhouse & Pub
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GRG1313 on 01-29-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 43
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear straw golden body with one finger of foamy white head. It looks just like an American Pale Wheat should, no complaints here. Scents of blue berries, sweet cream, sugar cookie and hints of tangy wheat. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather sweet ale, very fruity and pleasant. Flavor begins with notes of sour yet sweet blue berries and a nice medium-light touch of vanilla. A light wheat tang is also present. The middle maintains these flavors with the tangy wheat becoming a bit more robust and a nice sugar cookie sweetness appearing. Finish is tangy with a light sweetness and the same flavors as earlier. Aftertaste is of vanilla. A light bitterness is present in the background throughout the sip keeping the beer from being cloying. Overall impression of flavor is of a relatively simple, sweet, straight-forward wheat ale. Not amazing, but not bad or off tasting at all. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a creamy smooth feel and medium-high, pleasantly fizzy carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a straight forward wheat ale. Quite pleasant. Overall this is a relatively good beer. There is nothing wrong with it on most counts, and it is overall quite well put together. It simply isn't an overall profile that I can say I like. Not bad, but lackluster.

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3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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