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Wheat - Abita Brewing Co.

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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wheat (May – September) German brewers discovered centuries ago that the addition of wheat produces a distinctively light, refreshing beer. Unlike traditional German wheat beers produced by other breweries, Abita Wheat is a lager, not an ale, and contains a generous amount of wheat which produces a clean, simple flavor.
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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 140
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale maize with watered-down lemonade trim. The off-white crown was two fingers after a standard pour, falling to one finger in the first several minutes. It's not bad looking, but it's no great shakes either. The same could be said for the amount and quality of the lace.

The aroma is akin to a Euro pale lager. That isn't surprising since Wheat isn't an American pale wheat ale at all, but a wheat *lager*. I can't appreciate any barley or wheat, just a faint German hoppiness and very little else.

I'm not impressed. There isn't much malt present and there's almost no flavor. Can a beer be too clean tasting? Go ask the brewers at Budweiser and get back to me. Actually, Bud isn't that clean; it's adjuncty and nasty. Never mind that... back to the beer at hand.

American pale lagers are behind the eightball from the start because the ingredients have almost no flavor. Wheat is fairly bland, hops aren't present to any significant degree and lager yeast is practically ester-free. It's no surprise that Wheat tastes like beer-flavored water. More hops or a hefeweizen yeast strain would be a good place to start.

The bubbles are acceptable. The problem is that the body/mouthfeel is too light, reaching frankly watery on the finish. Let's make that 'long before the finish'. Good for rehydration on a hot Louisiana summer day, but not very pleasurable otherwise.

Wheat is one of those 'why bother?' beers. I can think of any number of similar offerings (that should be widely available in all parts of the country) that I would rather drink. No thanks.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a gold, crystalline body with a small, thin, white head.

Smell: Almost nothing! Simply? Anything?! The tiniest hint of wheat and nothing more.

Taste: Touch of wheat malt, lightly sweet. No real hop flavor or bitterness present. Neutral, exceptionally watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sheesh! I'm stunned at how nearly tasteless, empty, and totally devoid of merit this beer is. Not recommended.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, wheat, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then some mild lemon and caramel sweetness come in. The hops presence is also mild as you would expect but it's enough to bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are better ones in the style that I would select first.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear pale golden with a wispy white lace.

Smell: Clean aroma of malt sweetness and a little spicy hop.

Taste: The spicy hop bitterness and flavour rides the tail of the crisp carbonation and grain. Then the malt sweetness and soft wheat flavour kicks in with still more lingering spicy hop flavour. The after taste cleans up with some fading grain and hop.

Notes: This is an awesome American Wheat! It is fermented with a German lager yeast which contributes to this brew being so clean. A better summer seasonal than those lemon zested wheat brews, one of the top picks for a summer time brew.

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Photo of superspak
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 9/27/2012. Pours lightly cloudy pale straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, biscuit, wheat, pepper, grass, herbal, floral, grape, and light earthiness. Pretty good aromas here actually; fairly weak, but they have a typical well balanced German lager feel to them. Taste of grass, bread, wheat, herbal, earth, pear, and pepper. Lingering notes of light grass and bread on the finish for a short bit. Extremely bland in the flavor department, almost like carbonated water for real. Extremely dry on the finish as expected for the lack of flavors. Medium carbonation and light body; with an extremely crisp and dry mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed as expected for 4.2%. Overall a pretty mediocre wheat lager. The aromas were pretty good, but the lack of flavor was a let down. It is certainly crisp, clean, and drinkable though.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.39/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Big white head three fingers above the beer forms and falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and the bubbles are medium in size.

Almost lagerish in aroma. Not much in the way of classic wheat ales, American or otherwise. No hint of hops or esters. Some malt maybe, its hard to describe. It really smells like a budweiser. Not pleasant or stylistically correct.

This beer tastes slightly acidic, bland, flat. I am really confused, this tastes like a budweiser. This beer is gross. There are so many wonderful flavors that wheat beers can embrace, this misses all the marks. I am really hating on this beer, what are you doing Abita? Second taste there are some more subtle elements, almost a sweetness to it, hard to describe though. Not really saving this beer for me.

Its also a little thin. Its almost like it was never there. Its fine for wheat beers to be thin but the mouthfeel is like water. Drinkability I'm giving it an average, just because. I think its an affront to the American Pale Wheat style but there isn't anything too offensive about it, just doesn't fit. I've ripped on this beer enough. I would say avoid if you are looking for a wheat beer. Truly an awful example. Gross.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell featured adjunct grain, sour notes and grassy hop.

The taste offered a trace amount of wheat malt, with sweet corn, sour lemon and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit raw.

Overall an all around weak wheat beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, citrus hops, and slight rice/corn. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight wheat, citrus hops, and slight rice/corn. Overall, decent appearance, but aroma and body are weakened with adjunct flavors.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Abita Brewpub. Wheat pours a nice golden wheat color. Head is about average for this type of beer. Smell is nice and clean, typical wheat beer smell, with a hint of hops. Taste is flavorful with a mildy sweet finish that has a hint of lemon. Quite refreshing! This is a really good brew to pick up on a hot August day, but not an overly exciting beer overall.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold color with a one-finger head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is brimming with wheat and clove that work in tandem to dominate the nose.

Taste is crisp with chewy wheat and clove flavors present. I detect a hint of apricot essence or perhaps something given off by the yeast. Slightly buttery as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat/clove and not much else. Nothing to cheer about but certainly respectable.

Sessionable and easy to drink, you really couldn't go wrong with this beer on a hot day. Otherwise, I'm sure there are better examples out there if you really want something more.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with not much of a head. Aroma is malty and a little wheaty, no citrus tone. Flavor is refreshing, though, mainly malty and a little wheaty with just a subtle hint of spice. Texture is fizzy and lively so you know this is indeed a good beer.

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Photo of drpimento
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wonder what the concensus was when the decided to put this on the market. And why. Poured aggressively for a teeny bit of white head. Color is a hazy pale yellow. Aroma is a fruity pale wheat. Flavor's first impression is alka seltzer. Really not a lot else there: a hint of malt, a lot of aspirin, lots of fizz. You can guess the body and carbonation- goes with the above descriptions. Finish is like after AS. Can't finish it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy unfiltered golden color. Fluffy white head recedes to a thin collar and an oily looking sheen.

Faint nose is mostly of fresh wheat. Perhaps a hint of sweet light malts. Not getting any hops, or much else for that matter.

Taste is pretty much more of the same, cant exactly say the wheat dominates the flavor 'cause there's not much there to dominate. That being said, this beer is fresh and crisp. Very refreshing and downright chugable on a hot summer afternoon and is much tastier than a macro light.

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Photo of ZAP
2.21/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The first of the Abita sampler I just found on the shelves for the first time.

Interesting idea here....wheat lager....mission accomplished...clean and crisp....looks impressive...clear golden with a pillowy head...nose is ok...some wheatiness is there if you strain...overall thoguh it really lacks flavor and taste...I'm guessing that is what they were after with this...something light and easy drinking....again mission accomplished..spritzy body and carbonation...

This is not for me...rates on a par with Mich Ultra for flavor....seriously I would rather drink a coors light....for what they wanted to do I think they did well. I just like my beer to have at least a little flavor to it....

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grain, adjunct, light wheat

Taste: grain, adjunct, light wheat--has a little bit of their Restoration Pale Ale taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: In a bizarre world, I have been seeking this beer out for a while and am happy to have found it. This is a sessionable adjunct lager that reminds me of a combination between their gold and restoration pale ale. I could have several of these especially on a warmer day. If I was not grading to style, this would be closer to a 3.5. However, I would turn to this over the BMCs and other adjunct lagers of the world. Of all of Abita's beers, I would not seek this out, but I would not pass on it either.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark gold with a thin bone white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is appropriately wheaty. Light-bodied and somewhat crisp, and the wheat flavor is not very pronounced which made it more palatable for me since I do not like Wheats, but doesn't suit what the brewer should be aiming for. This is definitely leaning toward a Lager to me. Finish is light and crisp, and overall this beer is very simple.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Translucent yellow-orange, not much carbonation or head, clears up as it warms until you can see through it.

S-Bland, boring, some wheat. Some skunkiness.

T-Wheat, tad bit of grass, not bitterness, not much in the way of flavor either.

M-Light, not carbonation at all, watery to boot.

O-Not sure why I picked up a bottle of this. It was worth the try, although I'm starting to doubt why I ever try an Abita beer.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A very light yellow color with a fizzy head that is barely there.

S: There’s light lemon citrus scent which is pretty nice. Otherwise, it smells malty and grainy.

T/M: Tastes pretty much the same; light lemon citrus and some subtle grains and maltiness. There’s not much else.

It’s light, I’ll give it that, but there are better “light” options out there. I’m sure this is just another brewery’s attempt to capitalize on the wheat beer craze.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and perfect clarity, as usual with Abita. Head was 3 fingers (thanks to an inverted pour into a hefe glass), bright white and left tons of lace behind

Plenty of bready malts, some musk, light sweetness. It's crisp smelling for sure.

Bready, sweet malts, very light hops. Maybe a hint of yeast spice. Overall a bit on the lighter side.

Nice crisp clean bubbly feel to it, goes does easy and smooth, nicely lighter in body. Rather refreshing on a hot day.

This doesn't wow in any way, and it's pretty run of the mill, but damn if it isn't hella refreshing on a hot day while fishing.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 12/15/10 on bottle neck. Received as beer club shipment.

A: Clear pale yellow with 1-finger of off-white tightly bubbled head dropping to a thin collar with wispy lace formations all down the glass.

S: Grassy hops are strikingly early in the nose with a soft wheat tartness and plenty of cereal grains to boot. Overall, a very clean aroma profile.

T: A light but easy-drinker with bready malts accentuated by the soft wheat component, which adds an element of sharpness that helps to streamline and clarify the malty grain flavors. Hops add a grassy, herbal component which is a nice balance.

M: The active, light feel fits the style right-on with a lightly citrus, ceral grain aftertaste which is quite clean with only a light cardboard residual.

D: I enjoyed this brew a lot more than expected, mainly because Abita brews haven't always impressed. This one was a simple, straightforward but nicely crafted wheat brew. Their move to use a lager yeast produces a clean yet nicely balanced beer. One of Abita's better offerings along with Restoration Ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Wheat has a medium, white head, which quickly dissipates, and a clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is low to moderate. The aroma is of bread, with a sharp hop note. I found the taste to be very bready, but the hops balanced it out, and were stronger and more bitter than expected. This beer has lots of body. Mouth-feel is medium, and Abita Wheat finishes refreshing, light, and mild, but not dull. I really liked this and found it better than I expected and better than many other wheat beers I have sampled.


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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, none of the haziness I have often noted in wheat beers. Small off-white head with modest lace and lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Wheat malts and spicy hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Taste begins with a flourish of malt sweetness, followed by wheat flavors, finishes with spicy hops, the aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A nice summer beer, quite crisp and refreshing. If you want something a bit more exotic, the Abita Purple Haze (raspberry wheat) is good as well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Bourbon House. Surprise, surprise, they did not automatically serve it with a lemon. The beer was a very light yellow, no haze, actually looked more like a kyrstal Heffe. Good head and some lacing.

Nose was of spice and banana,. Taste was similar, with more clove taste pushing through. Nice malt sweetness that rounded out the taste and balance. Good carbonation and silky smooth mouthfeel made this an easy drinking choice. Went great with raw seafood and gumbo. Well worth a try and one of the best beers I had in the quarter.

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Photo of charlzm
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at The Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, LA.

This beer is an extremely clear pale yellow with no head to speak of.

No aroma to note.

The flavor is slightly bitter water; no real wheat character or barley in evidence. Appropriate to the style, perhaps, but yuck. Even though I give it average for the style above, know that I would not drink this beer again.

Mouthfeel is at least a little lively.

Just awful. Why make a beer with no flavor?

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Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twist off bottle provided by BigLove, ala BIF20. Thanks for the opportunity! Freshness date is "9" and "2b", consumed in mid-July 2005. Pours a pure white 'soda pop' head of large bubbles that settled quickly to leave a headless yellow liquid. I swirled the bottle to suspend the yeast, but this beer is crystal clear. Smells of wheat, dried hay, and a barely noticable spice. Taste is wheat, with a light bready quality and some fruity esters (pear and a hint of nectarine). There is a bit of bite which I can't decide if it's hop flavor or clove imparted by the yeast. This is a very simple brew that's easy drinking on this warm summer night. Light bodies and heavily carbonated.

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Wheat from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.