Black Walnut Wheat - Piney River Brewing Co.

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piney River Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MTNboy on 01-04-2012

Buckets, burlap bags and pickup truck beds are filled with black walnuts each fall in the Ozarks. The rich and lively flavor of the wild, hand-harvested black walnut is a renowned flavor of the region. We're proud to continue celebrating local flavor and tradition with our handcrafted Black Walnut Wheat Ale.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Goosehunter75:
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a reddish amber with one finger fluffy white head. Good retention

S - Lighter aroma. Mainly malts and caramel. Slight nuttiness to it.

T - Great flovar. Much stronger than the aroma. Not a typical wheat. Lts malts coffee, choclate. Slight bitterness perhaps from the walnuts?

M - very very very smooth. No burn whatsoever. Reminds me of drinking a milkshake. Medium bodied

O - A very solid drinkable beer. Love the flavor. My first walnut beer. Was impressed with my first beer from this brewery. Cant wait to try others.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zebus0
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Great coloration. Thick brown/deep amber. Very little head.
S: Almost no smell, slight nut fragrance aptly walnut.
T: Good taste. Earthy start hoppy\bitter nut finish. Very nicely balanced.
M: Average. Bit mealy but complements well to other factors.
Overall: Good solid wheat. Really drinkable on a brisk day like today. Worth a try, would get multiple rounds.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Dark, opaque brown color with minimal head.
It smells like walnuts, if only faintly. A little candy smell comes through too.
Wow. It tastes exactly like root beer for the first 2 seconds. Then the flavor "waters" out a bit. Some dry bitterness at the end.
Smooth texture, medium body and moderate carbonation.
If nothing else it is interesting with the walnuts and the taste of root beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Brown bread & nutty notes

T: Brown bread, walnut shell notes & herbal hop notes slight caramel flavor up front. Dryness, slight astringencey & a bit of nuttyness (more hazel nut sweetness, but a bit of walnut too) as this warms up. Finishes nutty, dry & slightly sweet

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Super drinkability, a whole lot of flavor in a sessionable ale

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piney River Black Walnut Wheat has an extremely thick, beige, fizzy, head, a mostly clear, bubbly, brown appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is full and of sweet bread crust, some brown bread yeast, and possibly walnut. Taste is of sweet, syrupy malt, brown bread, maybe some nut, and no real bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a touch slick, and Piney River Black Walnut Wheat finishes on the wet side and highly drinkable.

RJT

Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a festival at the Public House in Rolla. There were a lot of great beers there but by far this was my favorite. It is not what you expect form the name and that was the intention of the brewer. It was a little bit darker than most American Wheats but I was reluctant to call it a dark wheat. It pours with moderate head and lacing. An awesome aroma of wheat malt and berries are appearent before you even it get it close to your nose. It has peppery and berry like taste produced by the walnuts that is unlike anything I have ever tasted. There are not much for nut esters mainly berries and some clove. It has some bit to the body but is mainly very smooth. It is a great late summer early fall beer.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a shaker at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub in Joplin, Missouri.

New brewery to me, but what an introduction. Pours an old penny copper, quite clear, almost no head.

Nose is sweet, and nutty. Walnut comes through in the nose. No hops that I can detect. Nothing but grain and walnut.

Taste is... Wow, how to describe this. There's no bitterness, no hop presence at all. It tastes like black walnuts. And it works. It's a tad sweet, and subtly nutty. Like liquid walnut pie. It's hard to do this service in words, but it's good. Walnuts, man. Walnuts.

The mouthfeel is sufficiently light to prevent this being cloying. With no discernable hops, that's a good thing.

Okay, I expected this to be a gimmick, sweet, artificial, all sorts of bad. I am happy to be wrong on all counts. This is well done, nutty, well balanced, and just plain good. I have absolutely no idea how readily available this is, but if you see it, try it.

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of nut, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and slight mushroom aromas. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of nut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of mushroom, lol. Overall, weak appearance and lacking complexity, but good aroma and body.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat murky brown color with a foamy head of off-white bubbles. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly nutty with some mild wheat notes.

T - Really tasty. Strong nutty flavor with a good cracked wheat flavor. Some yeasty spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really good. I was surprised by the use of black walnuts. Nice dark wheat beer.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Sampled this past Saturday on 10/4/14 with my buddy. He brought over two 16 ounce cans from a case he bought down in Missouri a couple of months back. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a thumb=print handled glass stein.

Pours a deep mahogany in color with some reddish highlights with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is light but is of dark bread with some malts and nuts. Pretty much the same for the taste with a slightly bitter finish for the black walnuts and much stronger than the aroma suggests. Not your average wheat beer taste. Very smooth and is a good tasting brew. Between lighter and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Photo of MarloRH
4.93/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

VERY GOOD! Love it! Tastes like fall!

Black Walnut Wheat from Piney River Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.