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Golden Fraü Honey Wheat - Thunderhead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thunderhead Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bditty187 on 03-01-2005

A wholesome wheat beer brewed with sweet Nebraska Sand Hills honey.
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 30
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4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this in a six pack of cans for $5.00. Couldn't pass it up.

Appearance : This beer pours a mostly transparent golden hue with a small haze permeating the body. The head fills about two fingers and recedes to a thick, yet loosely knit ring with minimal lacing.

Aroma : Sweet, honey braided pretzel, threshed wheat, a small hint of faint hop. Overall a pleasing nose.

Taste : Oh yeah. This is a sweet, delicious wheat beer with notes of honey and spice. Initially there's a soft hop bite which moves into a heavily malted wheat body with notes of honey and similar sweetness, and it finishes with slight antiseptic hop and baked grains. Ends slightly yeasty.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, yet light bodied and easy to drink. Popping carbonation makes sure it rides down your palate smoothly. Semi-dry finish compliments the yeasty aftertaste.

Overall : For $5.00 I'll have to go back and get another. This was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend Golden Frau for an easy drinking, sweet Pale Wheat Ale.

Photo of gordonj
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good, smooth wheat beer.

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3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was pretty smooth. Sweet flavor overall and easy going. Nothing that great, but nothing I'd turn down on a hot summer day.

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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1.88/5  rDev -44.7%

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3.76/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7/25/14. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a veissber vase glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with a thin white heat. Some spotty lacing is seen as well as perfect carbonation. The aroma is very nice and is of honey, wheat, corn with a hint of light spice. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight dry finish. Very tasty and goes down easy. No bitter of harsh aftertaste is noted at all. Overall, a very good honey wheat. Think I will go right with a solid '4' for this summer brew

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Jerryb1961
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To fulfill the webform requirements I rated everything as a 4. I'm not a whatcha calla "connoiseur" with any knowledge of things like lacing and mouthfeel or whatnot. I just plain like this beer. I usually drink it from the can a tad cooler than room temperature. It's flavorful, and the 7.5% ABV doesn't bite (though you will feel it soon). Not cheap, but worth the money IMO.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

pours out of the can a slightly hazed straw colour. rocky bone white head is supported by some active carbonation. wispy lace. corn and honey aroma accented by some grass and wheat. taste is a combination of grassy honey, pale malts, a bit of wheat and adjunct. definitely an american wheat concoction, no true weizen or hefe characteristics. any spiciness is mostly due to the rather well hidden, higher than average ABV. finishes on the dry side with a slight dirty hop bitterness. well rounded body for the style with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. no residual sweetness here. drinkability is nice. i could see this being a nice summer drinker.

overall i'm a bit confused by this offering. beers of this sort are usually lower in ABV than this to make them reasonably sessionable. one can obviously taste the honey and adjunct, well attentuated to a fault, giving it a malt liquor feel that does it no favours. i'd ratchet up the wheat, get rid of the corn and use a yeast that imparts some hefe characteristics.

this would be a nice ale to pair with a hearty steak, some ribs or some sausage and sauerkraut.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to beersndrums for this one! Another beer from a brewery new to me!

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass. Relatively clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of honey, peppery and citrus hops and yeast, a touch of wheat, and maybe some slight banana esters.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat and a good amount of honey. As the taste progresses, some mildly bitter citrus hops come in at the very, very finish. This is mostly wheat and honey, though, just as the name says.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a semi-creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet and mildly dry finish. Sweet honey and wheat flavors linger.

O – This is a pretty good wheat beer. It comes exactly as advertised with lots of wheat and honey with some additional aromas (and some flavors) coming along for the ride. It is definitely tasty and very drinkable. I could definitely see myself crushing a bunch of these on a hot summer day. Thanks for the experience, Jared!

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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Golden Fraü Honey Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
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