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Peach Barrel Wheat Ale - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 136
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 45.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: ohiobeer29 on 05-23-2014

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes truncated given the low quality of this one:

Artificial peach runs rampant here - peach flavouring at worst, peach puree at best. In any case its booziness shows through plainly, but not because of the bourbon barrel. In fact, while drinking this, I find myself asking - "What bourbon barrel?" There's some reticent oak, but no toastiness, barrel sugars, vanilla, bourbony booze, etc. The wheat malt was an odd choice for this brew, and helps the booze show through. Needs a more robust malt body.

Not a gestalt or balanced beer, but it does have some limited cohesion. Pretty plain and simple.

At the heart of this beer is a clash between more refreshing notes of peach and wheat, and boozy heavier notes of a sad attempt at barrel aging. Strange yeast attenuation leaves this too sweet, and the mouthfeel too syrupy. Not so much bad-tasting as insipid.

Low C-

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - Once the one of white head dissipates it looks like kind of like a chardonnay. I'd call it a pear color and crystal clear.

S - I get the obvious peach right away. I also smell some caramel from the bourbon barrel.

T - It starts out sweet. The peach again comes through easily along with some caramel. Then it gets dry through the middle with an oak finish.

M - Moderate to thin

O - I originally had this on tap back in February and thought is was a sweet mess. This is sweet, but the dry finish helps it from being too sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 12 oz bottle.

A modicum of sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle after a full pour into my glass. The golden amber body was topped by a weak off-white head that soon reduced to a thin ring.

Quite peachy in both the aroma and the flavor, with a natural and somewhat freash peach taste. The BBL aging is less obvious, in part due to the strong peach flavor. Some biscuity malt base shows through it all. Still, the peach is a bit too dominant.

Feel: medium body with medium+ carbonation.

O: plenty to like about this ale IF a peachy ale is appealing,

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Photo of Shadar
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Amazing wheat beer. This has such amazing flavor and more alcohol than any wheat beer should have and I love it! The crazy part is that despite all of this it is also incredibly light! Almost like drinking peach juice. This stuff is what bad decisions and hangovers are made from. You could drink this all day and night without even thinking about it until you realized you were passed out on the grass at the park with no clue how you got there.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick mobile review...
Not much head here... Very peachy smelling..
Pretty smooth.. Not much peach up top.. Lingers around the nose.. Pretty high ABV for a wheat beer... Caught me by surprise.. So not much of a session beer.. Overall a descent fruit beer. Worth looking for if you are looking for peaches.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-from notes

This ale is a lovely orange/peach color with an off-white and creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is peaches with bourbon notes below.

The taste is peach and big whiskey barrel notes. To me, the flavors just didn't quite mesh and
there was an unpleasant medicinal note I just couldn't shake.

Mouthfeel is decent with a bit of creaminess.

Overall, this just didn't quite work for me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Bright golden and complimented by clarity, the beer's cap of white foam sinks slowly, dotting the snifter in specks of lace.

S - Freshly sliced peaches bask in a shallow end of the bourbon barrel, barely soaking up any of the alcohol but taking in as much oak as they can. Soft wheat tickles the nostrils while a kiss of sweet pilsner malt puts the finishing touches on this surprisingly light-smelling fruit beer.

T - Grainy pale malt is quickly overcome by sweet pilsner notes and an oat-like flavor before returning to a cereal state of taste that provides a base for the developing oak stave and light peach kiss.

M - The incessant wheat in Peach Barrel makes for not only a delicious flavor but an incredibly smooth body that goes down beautifully, finishing with a touch of lingering peaches and dryness on the tongue.

O - I'll admit, I was incredibly hesitant to purchase this 4-pack at its price point but my love for well-done peach beers won and here we are; a decision I don't regret. The delicious peach flavor doesn't recall syrup or artificial sweetener which is great, as is the very light undertone of barrel aging which imparts just a subtle hint of vanilla within the oak but bourbon is completely missing. The ultimate achievement of Kentucky's Peach Barrel is the profound wheat profile that is smooth and soft throughout, giving the beer a wonderful body and finish that drinks far easier than it should!

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: lots of sweet peaches

Taste: Like a bushel full of sweet peaches with some cream, light wood towards the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, light in body, high carbonation

Overall: I barely got any barrel aged taste from this beer. If that is what you are expecting then pass on this. What I got was an impressive fruit beer that managed to taste like beer and had the fruit pop in such a clean way that I usually associate with Belgian style fruit beers. If the price were a bit lower, this would be a staple in my fridge. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bright and bubbly golden orange sort of color. The off-white head is fairly tall but sparsely held together, so that retention is in moderation but not bad, and lacing fares similarly.
The wheat makes a substantial foundation, and the peach smells fresh. There's a bit of biscuit and just a hint of bitterness to it, which gives it just a ghost of sourness that's offset by vanilla and honey-like sweetnesses. It thins out slightly and gets a little dusty, but it's a pretty enticing aroma.
The taste isn't as desirable as the smell, only because the sweetness that holds off the stemmy bitterness isn't so present, making it much more like peach pit than the fruit itself.
The crispness is just minutely overstated in a medium body, which thins at the very end of every sip but is pretty consistent otherwise.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Brassy golden color with awesome clarity. A creamy tuft of a bone white head retains very well. Lacing is plentiful.

S: Peach juice is very forward on the nose. Great fresh peach aroma. Oak,vanilla, and bourbon are all subtle.

T: Juicy peach up front. Bourbon interjects briefly with a quick bite, but backs off quickly. Barrel flavors begin to take over the spotlight. Buttery barrel flavors, oak, light caramel. Creamy wheat provides an anchor. Some lingering peach, but the finish is mostly toasty oak and a buttery sort of barrel flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a full and buttery feel. Slight creaminess. Carbonation provides a bite that lifts and refreshes.

O: The peach flavor and aroma are incredibly fresh and enticing. The bourbon barrel puts an interesting spin on this fruit beer, but I'm not sure it all meshes completely. Mainly the odd sort of buttery/doughy flavor that seems to result from the interplay of barrel and wheat puts it at odds. In the end I did enjoy it. That astoundingly fresh and vibrant peach character is impossible not to love.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Clear yellow. Modest white head.
smell: Peach is prominent with a bit of vanilla. I can't rate this high with my head but that peach is mighty pleasant.
taste: Ditto. Peach is very prominent with some nice vanilla. Not a lot else but that's ok.
overall: This is not a great beer but it's a tasty treat.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, light yellow color with just a slight head. The aroma is sweet with lots of peaches with a touch of wheat. The taste is light a sweet with peaches but its not too overpowering. The texture is thin and easy drinking to make this a well-rounded lighter beer with decent fruit flavor. This is fairly unique and a must try.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a light yellow color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Canned peaches, a bit of wheat
T: Bubblegum, peach, wheat
M: Light-bodied, pleasant carbonation but sweet
O: Where's the bourbon?? This is fairly tasty but a bit sweet for me and I get no bourbon notes whatsoever

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear light golden with a billowing frothy white head that lingers.

Peach schnapps dominates the aroma, sweet and boozy, with a hint of oak. Bourbon becomes evident late.

The flavor doesn't follow suit at all. There's definitely a beer background, with a slightly tart peach character mid palate, and then the bourbon and vanilla kick in in the aftertaste. Bourbon tends to dominate in subsequent sips. Not getting much what.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the lower side, and noted alcohol warmth.

Was hoping for more peach character, and wheat, as well. Tastes like their bourbon barrel ale with a hint of peach.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, stamped with 081814 on the bottle, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells mostly like fresh and candied peaches, along with some vanilla and a bit of bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's a mostly sweet and peachy tasting brew and there's also some vanilla and light bourbon in there too. It really doesn't have that strong bourbon taste like their regular bourbon barrel ale (and their pumpkin barrel ale and bourbon barrel barleywine ale) has. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with low/moderate carbonation. The 8% ABV isn't very noticeable at all. This brew is mostly a peach bomb, so if you like peaches like I do then you'll probably like this brew. It's worth a try, but pricey at $14.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Kentucky Bourbon barrel aged peach wheat ale, what's going on here. I can't quit trying Kentucky's offerings, I've never been impressed yet but they always peak my interest. Almost completely filtered golden straw body looks like a pilsner with a bright white head going on perfect forced carbonation fine bubbles creamy textured head. The smell is earthy peach, even hints of the pit almost a nutty character is evident. I'm reaching for some bourbon notes in the nose but the "natural peach flavors" extract hides the bourbon qualities from the sense of smell. The smell reminds me of a fruit jam maybe a peach/apricot preserves infusion. Flavor holy horse shit batman!!! I can't believe this beer is 8% alcohol by volume, it may have been actually aged in oak bourbon barrels" after all. The slightly bourbon edge sweet fruit bouquet going on is working well together, a bit sweet for my tastes but rock solid in execution the first beer I've thoroughly enjoyed from the Alltech Kentucky Bourbon barrel aged brews. As it warms a bourbon finish complements the sweet earthy peach notes quite well. Mouthfeel a bit sticky with residual sugars, mild rolling carbonation goes down nicely. I'm glad I rolled the dice on this brew, tasty complex and well executed version of something completely obscure and weird sounding like a bourbon barrel aged peach wheat ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big price tag on this $4.25 for the single but the allure of a bourbon barrel aged peach beer got the best of me. Into a pint glass.

A - Got to say it has some great head a solid 1/2 inch that seems to stick around forever. Beer itself is an almost lager like bright yellow. Hard to believe it's 8% expected darker.
S - Fresh peach flesh and skins are constant in the smell. No real bourbon or sourness it has an almost sugary like smell. I sip.
T - Its decent enough the peach is their not as sugary as I expected like a syrup more like brewed with. Has a twinge of bourbon which seems to muddle up the flavor a bit and the finish has an almost caramel like sweetness. This may have been better in just regular oak barrels.
M - Medium to light in body. Somewhat fizzy for a bourbon ale.

Overall its easy enough to drink and has enough peach flavor to satisfy my curiosity. I still say this would have been better in just regular oak barrels.

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Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Super clear light yellow gold color with a finger of bubbly white head, no lacing.
S - Tons and tons of peach, wheat, a little earthy grainy hints.
T - Blast of peach everywhere, slightly artificial but still good. Creamy sweet malt and wheat. Think cream of wheat with peach. A light woody hint at the end.
M - There is no way you'd sense that this beer is 8%, sneaks up fast, super clean finish.
O - To me this is like a more potent Son-Of-A-Peach, which is my favorite wheat or fruit beer, this is nearly the same, just stronger, and you cant detect the alcohol. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bringing their bourbon barrel-aged spirit into summer, Lexington Brewing picks up on the warm weather taste of peach for a not-so-subtle effect.

Peach Barrel Wheat captivates the nose and mouth with intense peach flavor. Backed with a thin caramel, honey and cookie dough flavor, the peach character carries a ripe, vibrant, and almost candied taste.

The bright gold ale saturates the middle with its strong sweetness lead by the southern fruit. Somewhat puree in its stature, notions of cream sickle and sherbet come to mind. With a glimpse of barrel and subtle almond and vanilla flavors rising, a more balanced finish looms.

As the sweetness lifts, the peach flavor dissolves ever so slightly. This allows for the nutty sweetness and spiciness of oak to penetrate. Closing bourbon flavor is thin but definitely doesn't overwhelm the fruit. Its peppery finish is woven together with lingering vanilla and wheaty cream.

The sheer stature of the peach character is astounding. Light on head formation and retention, the ale simmers in the snifter at times more resembling peach soda. I can't wait to introduce this beer to folks who don't think that they like beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can certainly see this is a beer of particular tastes as it holds some niche qualities. First I don't like peaches but I must say the peach is very nice and quite fragrant on the nose. It seems to translate well in flavor as it s an earthy natural peach and not a candied or artificial flavor. The taste comes through quite segmented as you taste the peach, than the wheat and then the barrel. Not a lot of bourbon on the palate the flavor seems to take on more of the woodsy oak quality. It's a simple niche beer with a simple review.

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Peach Barrel Wheat Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.