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Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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87
very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 09-24-2011)
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-03-2012 20:30:25 | More by 1Adam12
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer was a pretty copper color. Very tiny white head. Nice carbonation.

Sweet fruit aroma, I think apples. Malt background. Noticeable alcohol.

The fruity aroma turned out, for me, to be mostly lemon. Caramel malt present. I picked up a little vanilla in the taste that wasn't there in the aroma.

Even though I could detect the alcohol, it wasn't a "hot" beer. I found it to be quite enjoyable, and easily drinkable.

10-18-2011 16:18:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Growler filled at Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Pour is super clear, dull lighter amber, minor head, and minimal lacing.

Honey, flowers and yeast in the nose-yum

More honey on the palate, some lite smokyness, biting lime, Belgian yeast goodness, earthy hop dryness in the finish. Tasty stuff...Heady at 10%, but the alcohol is well hidden. Nice night capper kinda brew

11-19-2011 02:25:57 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a tulip at Driftwood--Plymouth

Appearance: copper in color, clear, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, toffee, wheat, and alcohol

Taste: caramel, toffee, wheat, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sweet with alcohol burn, low carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A nice malty treat. Very heavy bodied, this is a beer I could sit with for a while. I will look for this again if I can find it on tap.

08-22-2012 13:10:58 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at The Common Table.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with a lot of sugar as well. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat and biscuit malt notes, as well as some alcohol, orange and pepper notes. There is also a little bit of floral notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice wheatwine.

11-21-2011 04:14:56 | More by Mora2000
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber with nice white head.

Smell: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops.

Taste: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops. Yes, it is similar to the smell, but fruitier. Subtle, but nice. Barleywine light.

Feel: Low carbonation, silky and smooth body. Great feel.

Overall: Subtle but very nice Wheatwine. Can't taste the wheat, but certainly comes through in the feel.

10-09-2011 20:33:06 | More by bsp77
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden honey amber with no head lest a small ring on white foam 'round the ring. Nose is sweet like honeysuckle and caramel.

Right off it's very smooth, rich & creamy with a dry & sharp finish, as the nose leads on there's a lot of earthy honey and chewy malts. The alcohol is well hidden but it is detectable. Overall its quite delicious.

12-29-2011 22:36:17 | More by kingcrowing
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-04-2011 05:10:45 | More by MattyG85
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - orange with a short, white head that has little retention

S - wheat, pear

T - peach, apple, white grapes, wheat

M - medium bodied, a little warm, little carbonation

This is a decent beer. It's a simple beer dominated by esters and juicy fruits, but it has a nice flavor profile and good drinkability for the ABV. I won't be looking for this again, but I'll definitely never pass it up.

02-23-2013 21:07:20 | More by tdm168
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

One finger offwhite head, very fine. Clearish amber body with ephemeral lace.

Nose is honey, pear, very sweet and pretty delicious.

Sweet. Almost syrupy. Plenty of honeyed pear, some wheat and a trace of oak, faint toffee? Tasty but not overstated. Skewed towards sweet; not as pungent as I expected.

Kinda mouth-coating, lingering fruit syrup. Otherwise thick, but not too carbonated.

It's neat, but the smell is the real winner here. You wouldn't guess 10% to taste it. Drinks incredibly well. Later, I returned to the same place and tasted again-- the line was cleaner and more of the fruit came through. Darn fine beer.

11-03-2011 01:21:11 | More by zaphodchak
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-09-2013 22:07:35 | More by Ralphs66
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HuaiDan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-03-2011 22:00:15 | More by HuaiDan
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-24-2011 22:26:10 | More by nickhiller
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scootny

New York

4.88/5  rDev +26.1%

Let me start out saying that wheatwine has almost always been a bit of a letdown for me in the past, with the exception if White Oak, ( a Belgian take on the style). Hefe is my favorite style and I love Belgian Wits. Generally any style that includes wheat I tend to gravitate towards except this one. So I go to the opening of On Tap at Whole Foods Columbus Circle to get my book signed by Garret and check out the place. The Companion was the star of my two flights and I wound up buying 128 oz to in three growlers to take home . While I have notes from which I will post my review of this stuff on tap I will go in depth with the growler I scored and get cozy with what is a really fine beer. This is my personal favorite in this style to date.

Appearance is a clear golden amber with a very large slightly off white head, very good retention and nice amount of lacing. Beer stays covered for the entire glass. Smell is full of floor malt and big chunks of yeasty bread. A light undercurrent of sweet alcohol and pepper. Lovely fruitiness has banana notes and white grapes. Taste is big and bready with the malt being the star of this beer. Floor malted wheat gives a level of depth that I have never experienced in this style. There is a bread flavor that recalls toasted light whole wheat with butter and strawberry jam. I mean the flavors are so British tea time. Biscuits and butter. Jam and toast. The sweetness of the malt and alcohol are beautifully balanced and all I want to do is indulge myself in the flavors swirling around my tongue. Yeasty fruit esters and bakery. Peppery edge hides the alcohol so well you have to let the beer warm to find it. Event then it is stealthy. Hops are earthy and dry with a clean quenching signature. Finish leaves dryness and bready malt along with toasted biscuits. Feel is so light and crisp the only tip off to the strength is when you are legless. The carbonation fine and smoothly crisp with a drinkability so far beyond what I have experienced before that it goes down more like a good lager that a strong ale. You start out treating it like a session beer. This is just a great overall beer with a kick like a velvet hammer. Deliciously full flavored with complexity and nuance, it is more than I expected from the style and just what I expect from Garret Oliver. I am pleased to be rating this one highly. It is the best of the style I have had and is a benchmark for me.

11-08-2011 08:35:38 | More by scootny
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mscudder

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Growler from HopCity @ $12. On to the tasting...

A - Nice golden straw yellow with an average head and no retention.

S - light malts but more boozy than anything else. Purely average.

T - A lot of malty wheat and some strong alcohol warmness towards the end. That being said, the booze is well hidden given its 10% ABV, but there is certainly some high drinkability with this one.

M - Nice strong medium body with a tingly progression throughout. Good carbonation.

O - Overall this is a fine wheatwine. Definitely a unique brew with some good things going for it. If you are looking for high drinkability, solid malty wheat taste and high ABV this one is for you.

03-15-2012 05:46:15 | More by mscudder
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Beautiful hue of bright golden this poured with a flashy bright white head that was thin but steady.

The fragrance was soft with obviously wheat and wine. The malt was sweet with a fruity note of Apple and pear but maybe even some honey.

The taste is also very soft, almost weak but smooth with honey, wheat, pear and caramel.

This is peppy and effervescent on the tongue and very light. This does not get prickly as its swallowed despite the perceived carbonation.

I like this but felt that it was a bit tepid in its approach. The ABV would suggest that plenty of wheat was used but it simply never grabbed hold.

02-16-2014 00:07:19 | More by KYGunner
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-11-2013 01:49:15 | More by Ajlvt
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-02-2012 22:19:39 | More by awdturboiv
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Dylanjf

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-17-2013 02:13:16 | More by Dylanjf
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2011 00:54:54 | More by jlb502
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karatebartender

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-14-2011 17:19:09 | More by karatebartender
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pretty solid appearance: Lightly hazy medium orange color, with a very minimal off-white head. Aroma was slightly fruity, with a wheaty sweetness, slight citrus. You get NO alcohol in this. It's fruity, with a sweet wheat note, some citrus tones and maybe a faint honey character. It's lighter bodied, not too thick for it's bigness.

Pretty good, nicely drinkable.

01-22-2012 01:17:28 | More by EgadBananas
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-23-2011 02:48:57 | More by cbgbslev
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Draft serving into a snifter. $5.25 for a 9oz pour. Sampled today, 1/21/12.

A: Drop dead gorgeous. A solid finger of thick, compacted bright white foam sits atop a clear golden yellow-orange body. The head doesn't move for quite a while, then settles in to a nice collar and film. Only deduction is from the lack of lace.

S: Again, fantastic. Bready, biscuity malts with mild honey-like sweetness and an underlying apricot inclusion, faint but noticeable - and very important to the success of the nose. The dominant aroma is a mix between toffee and caramel plus light vanillin.

T: A little more straight forward than the nose suggested, but nonetheless impressive. Juicy malt backbone. Room temperature tea, toffee and a short lived graham cracker flavor on the back, just before drying out. The fruit flavor is either minimal or didn't make it's way to the palate.

M: Wheatwines generally finish on the drier side, and The Companion is no exception. Very light on the tongue and crisp on the finish. I was hoping for a juicier mouthfeel to match the aroma and flavor.

O: Best wheatwine I've sampled to date - next to, of course, Founders Nemesis '09 - but that is an entirely different animal. For a straight wheatwine, I don't think it gets any better than this.

01-21-2012 20:43:37 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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jsanford

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head that settles to a slight cap. Aromas of sweet malt, toasted wheat, and sugar dominate the nose. Taste is pretty similar to the nose, a big wheaty, malty beer with baked-bread flavors and a slightly bitter finish that smacks of European hops. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but smooth, with good carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Overall a very nice, "English"-style Wheatwine, but nothing too memorable.

10-30-2011 23:31:56 | More by jsanford
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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.