Golden Fraü Honey Wheat - Thunderhead Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 73 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by beerbrains:
Photo of beerbrains
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me state that I am a big fan of the brewpubs popping up in rural areas of the U.S. This beer pours a golden yellow. The head is a frothy white that disapates quickly leaving little to no lacing. The beer has a nice wheaty flavor, fairly sweet. But that's how we like things in the midwest. There is none of the citrus flavor associated with many wheat beers today. I drank this while eating a cheesesteak sandwich and.onion rings. It did a great job of scrubing the grease and onion out of my mouth and leaving it prepared for the next bite.

I can imagine this being a preprohibition era beer brewed up by Kearneys local brewery serving thirsty hard working farmhands. No bells and whistles just a straight forward daily drinking beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this can.

This is my first Braggot, only a handful of styles left to go. The aroma is heavy on the honey, butter and apples; a mix that doesn't quite work. The flavor is more straight forward with wheat and honey. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Big thanks to woodychandler for sending this can my way.

A: Pours a golden color with a fizzy white head on top that has very little retention at all and left behind no lacing.

S: On the sweet side, some honey and wheat with a hint of apple. Sort of reminds me of a lager actually.

T: A heavy hand of grain and wheat, some sweetness from the honey, which also comes through a bit. Not a whole lot going on though.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but needs something more to make it work for me. Just seemed to be missing something, compared to some braggots I have had in the past.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thunderhead Golden Frau Honey Wheat
Can from Whole Foods Omaha, $1.69
No apparent freshness dating

Notes: Golden. OK head & retention. Minimal aroma: sweetish malt & weizen character. Flavor: sweetish but not overdone. Distinct wheat but not honey. OK. Some actual yeast flavor (not much) and mild Bavarian yeast character. Balanced. Nice. Easy to drink with some character.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell has notes of citrus, honey, and wheat. Taste is mild, wheat with a bit of honey, not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

Photo of hoffman
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one served to me at a resturant so I was not able to see the initial pour. When the beer came to me what remnance of head was left was barely visable. No lacing to speak of on this one. A warm yellow to gold color is inviting if not too ordinary. The smell two words....not good. Very heavy on sweet almost artificial smells of fruit. No hops were present in the aroma that I could detect. The taste was just as sweet as the smell. Not a repulsive brew but not my cup of tea. It did feel ok on the cheek however very rich and nice going down. I gave them credit on the drinkability of this one. Could be very appealing to a macro guy or even a good beer for your wife/girlfriend...My wife seemed to like it very much.

Photo of wcudwight
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey in color. Look more like lemon juice when held up to the light. Ivory colored head that fades fast.
Very sweet aroma. Not very honey like, but sweet none the less.
Flavor follows the aroma well. Sweet, not cloying sweet but more of a suductive sweet. Hint of spices and faint flavor of ETOH.
Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing.
Nice light summertime beer. Kudos for the can. I wish more micros would can their beer.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz can into pint glass

A-poured a light amber with a 1 finger head that faded quickly

S-a little bit of straw type smell followed by a faint honey

T-not much taste but there is a light sweet honey taste and a grainy aftertaste

M-well carbonated could have a little more body to go with the sweetness

O-ok, definately not the worst thing I've ever had, but not something to go out of the way for.

Photo of JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves descent lacing.

The aroma is of wet hay, fresh straw, sweet wheat and honey. Hints of apple and citrus lemon.

Average wheat beer. Wheat, fresh hay, coriander, lemon and apple. Follows the nose. Its ok.

Grainy mixed with creamy. A bit thin. Ok for the style.

Overall, its just ok.

Photo of trcarlson
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beerista talked me into trying this, even tho I'm a bit of a hop head. It's light and refreshing, not sweet or super wheaty as the name suggests. I wouldn't buy a 6 pack but it's a pleasant departure from my usual.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a very hazy peachy orange? A white head recedes to a wisp and a lot of webby lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is of cereal grains, wheat, and of course honey. The taste is sweet up front but not cloying. Barley and wheat grains carry through the body with a nice honey glaze. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. The 7.5% ABV is hidden well.

Photo of woodychandler
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Doing the CAN-CAN in Omaha, NE! What next?

Two fingers of rocky, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose was fairly sweet, undoubtedly the interaction of honey and wheat. Mouthfeel was light with a very light sweetness on the tongue. I would have said that it needed more Ooomph were it not for the ABV. This could be consumed way too easily. Finish was likewise light and slightly sweet.

Some miscellaneous info from the CAN: "Never filtered, never pasteurized, always refrigerate. The award winning Thunderhead Brewing Company brings you the finest family of beers from the fertile plains of America. Craft-brewed with the finest natural ingredients, these refreshing adult beverages are sure to satisfy all. Never filtered. Never pasteurized. Consume with confidence. Ale brewed with wheat and honey. Serve chilled."

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
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 OneBadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Genuinely like this beer. Gorgeous color, taste is pretty good, good mouth feel as it seems a little more viscous to me than some other beers. Even at 7.5% very very drinkable. But they will catch up to you pretty quick.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of gordonj
4.21/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good, smooth wheat beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale golden color with a modest head that fritters away, lacking the ability to lace

Smell: Smells a bit like a banana cream pie; slight grainy character but the honey sweetness dominates

Taste: Light banana and grain flavors, up front, with a growing honey character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter elements dominate, with the banana and honey flavors lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For what it is, this is a well-brewed beer; an easy transitional beer with no flaws; just not very engaging if you are looking for some complexity

Thanks, iasanlee, for the opportunity

Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Frau Honey Wheat
Thunderhead Brewing Company, Kearney Nebraska
can > pint glass
Brought to me as a gift from my Uncle's cross country drive ~6/2010

"Never filtered, never pasteurized, always refridgerate".

Not quite sure if this is truly a Braggot. The can states it to be a Honey Wheat Ale. I think technically a Braggot is 50% honey, and I doubt this one has that much honey in the recipe. The taste is similar to Braggot if you have never had one.

Appearance is gold pale straw in color, excellent clarity, short head and retention, no lace.

Smells of light malts and corn sweetness. Maybe a trace of honey, but more just plain sweet aromas.

Tastes as it smells. Light malt sweetness, some corn, light caramel and maybe a dash of honey comes through. Sweet but not cloying, okay it almost is a bit cloying... it's on the edge as a sweet but still enjoyable brew. Hides the 7.5% abv impressively well.

Mouthfeel is medium+ body, medium carbo and a semi slick mouth feel from the sweetness.

Drinkability is pretty enjoyable overall. Nice sweet beer, sweetness hides the abv well. Excellent example of a strong ABV Honey Wheat Ale. I would prefer it a bit less sweet with a bit more head retention and aroma, but overall very enjoyable.

Photo of rapayn01
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my usual style. Higher ABV than anticipated. Tastes slightly sweet.

Photo of aforbes10
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewpub, and this is from my notes:

No head, some lacing. orangey brown in color. nothing special.

Odor very sweet and citrus-like. like im smelling a clementine, not a beer.

Taste was ok...too sweet, like the smell, but ok. Not hoppy at all and not even all that wheaty, just a sweet beer.

Nothing really wrong with this beer, per se. I actually enjoyed drinking it in the sense that i kind of just forgot about it while i was talking to people. i think i could probably have a few of these in one night as a "safe" beer.

Photo of tito42
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to an imperial pint. No date on can, but purchased several days ago for me by a friend.

A: Very dense straw color, clearly unfiltered. A slightly off-white head filled the rest of the imperial pint. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Wheat and corn with a touch of honey. I smell adjuncts though I don't believe they are present.

T: Wheat and malt up front with a thinly sweet honey flavor bridging to a bitter hops finish. I tend to not like too much sweetness in beers but it works here and is indicative of the style. The honey and hops does a great job at masking the high ABV. Only slightly spiced if at all.

M: Medium-bodied, not quite as creamy as I expected from this style. Balanced hops bitterness makes its presence known without drying the mouth too much.

O: Extremely drinkable for a 7.5% ABV brew. The wheat, malt, hops, and honey make for an interesting balance in this beer. It is debated whether this is truly a braggot, but it's definitely not your typical wheat beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy light golden-yellow. Foamy white head, rather thick after a moderately agressive pour. Quickly fades to a thin white ring around the glass.

S - Muted aroma of sweet wheat. A little on the grainy side. As the beer warms a touch a stronger honey aroma comes through.

T - Lightly sweet initially with a touch of honey. As the drink prgresses a muted spicy wheat taste comes through. All of the tastes in this beer are very light and smoothly flow from one to the next. That being said, none of the tastes are that great either. As the drink finishes, a spicy earthiness comes through.

M/D - Light bodied, very crisp. A light stickiness lingers in your mouth after the drink. An easy beer to drink, but the tastes are average at best which brings the drinkability down a notch in my book.

Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap. the bartender noted that this is one of their higher selling beers. Although she also noted that she gets a large volume of people requesting Bud or Coors. Pretty sad considering Thunderhead has a good variety of some good beers.

The honey wheat pours a bright yellow with some cloudiness. Good carbonation with limited head and lace. The smell was citrus with some basic (pale) malt backing. The taste was pretty good for an American wheat beer. The honey is not really noticeable but a good hop aroma is present. More of a bittering hop flavor, it has a zingy and citrus taste to it. Kind of surprising but still pretty good. The malt was nothing fancy but did well to back up the hops.

The body was light, but easy to drink. Overall this was a good beer for those who only like Coors, Bud, Miller etc.

Photo of Bighuge
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Golden Fraü Honey Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
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