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Black Walnut Wheat - Piney River Brewing Co.

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Black Walnut WheatBlack Walnut Wheat

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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 32.35%
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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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 65
Reviews by Goosehunter75:
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of frothy_80
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an underwhelming head for a wheat beer. I'm guessing the fat content of the walnuts killed the head retention. Smell and taste are similar. There is a faint nutty character. Finishes semi sweet and with enough bitterness to keep the balance in check. I t seems that it is primarily malt driven with very little of the walnuts contributing overall. Very smooth carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a slight slickness from the wheat.

Overall- In terms of this being a Black Walnut wheat it is lacking the whole walnut factor. For me, this was an average brown ale. Nothing to crazy and exciting, but highly drinkable. I will have to say that I had this towards the beginning of the year and it was amazing. The aroma and taste just screamed black walnuts. Hopefully, this was just an older can because there is a night and day difference from then to now.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RoninBirdman
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of poopfaced
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of nuebs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Zebus0
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty dark brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, molasses, walnuts. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side. Wheat, brown sugar, some walnuts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can, dated 10/20/15. Pours clear, light brown in color, with a very small amount of beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is light and very one-dimensional: malty. Taste is also one-dimensional: lightly of medium roast malts, like a brown ale, and the wheat comes through. Mouth-feel is thin, I get a bit of the carbonation, and there is not much of a finish.

I got this because wanted to try something from Piney River; and while this beer is easily drinkable (especially with dinner), I don't see anything that stands out about it. Still, it is a decent offering from a new brewery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.


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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Black Walnut Wheat from Piney River Brewing Co.
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