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Cornstalker Dark Wheat - Thunderhead Brewing Company

Cornstalker Dark WheatCornstalker Dark Wheat

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.54%

Brewed by:
Thunderhead Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fantastic Dark Wheat. Clean, roasty, round, and surprisingly dry. Incredibly drinkable.

(Beer added by: zdk9 on 06-17-2010)
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Photo of budgood1


3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out of the can a nearly opaque dark brown with mahogany edges. large thick and frothy heads works up quickly and then recedes just as quickly to some wispy lace. delectable aroma of ripe red fruits, cocoa, nuts, figs, and coffee. the taste profile has an interesting combination of dark malts and wheat undertones. i can pick up the adjunct used also. flavours such as faint chocolate, weak coffee, figs and fruitcake. slightly astringent. light bodied. a somewhat watery mouthfeel. nice drinkability. although the roasty/toasty flavours dominate, this seems more of a warm weather drinker for sure.

overall i was pleasantly surprised by this offering. pretty tasty and enough going on to keep a drinker interested. what i didn't like about it was the use of adjunct and the too light mouthfeel. i was hoping for a dunkelweizen light and it's even lighter than that. seems to me that this is a beer to be paired with some snacks or to wash down a spicy sandwhich. recommended, but don't get your hopes up too high.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 22:26:09 | More by budgood1
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a small brewery to be canning, but I love the idea and I have enjoyed the brewery in person. Great pretzels and pretty good pizza in Kearney, NE

A- Pours a deep brown out of the can, but settles as more of a black in the glass. Foamy, 2 finger khaki head that hangs around for a while. Soapy lacing. Interesting looking wheat to say the least. A bit dank and funky.

S- A rare combination of dark, roasted malts of nuts and toast that combines with some wheat and corn grains. Hints of coffee.

T- Roast and sweetness mesh for an astringent at times, yet unconventionally welcoming flavor profile. The flavor sheds the awkward aroma and steps up a notch or 2. I enjoy the richness of this one as it seem to embrace some of the darker, roasty aspects more than the normal wheat characteristics. Some licorice

M- Probably the highlight for me. I was skeptical of the feel, yet it seems to be quite creamy and sits heavier than most wheat beers. Mid body with complimenting carbonation. Goes down quite smooth.

O- First I have had of the style, so it will be the measuring stick for now. I liked it and would drink again and try more of the style.

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 04:31:27 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium sized maybe slightly bigger light brown head falls to a decent but thinning lacing above a very dark brown to almost black colored beer.

Light aroma of very dark roasted malts, almost to black licorice or bakers chocolate aspects.

Full roasted taste which borders on a fine light black licorice taste.

Dryish aftertaste with the tastes of dark roastedness of the malts sticking around with this medium to full bodied wheat.

I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I opened this Cornstalker Dark Wheat but I was happy with what I found.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 21:10:17 | More by LXIXME
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark amber-brown, opaque in color, but notably hazy during the pour; tan, small, beady foam leaving slight film of lacing.

S: malts are sweet and mild, essences of toffee, roasted undertones

T: begins with a mild yet notable malty-ness, followed by a dry flavor which continues through the finish.

M: more body to the feel than expected, worth noting

O: very mellow, interesting style, very enjoyable

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 01:51:22 | More by weller1js
Photo of jcbogantes

Costa Rica

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife brought some for me in Ogallala Nebraska
Appearance: dark like a porter, small head with little retention, the foam is amber without lacing
Smell: Toasty
Taste: lightly malty, toasty
Mouth feel: medium bodied
Overall: very drinkable, not outstanding but a good beer

Serving type: can

07-27-2013 00:37:55 | More by jcbogantes
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, w/o any freshness dating that I can find.

Pours dark chocolaty amber, basically looks like a typical porter. Dark tan head, that quickly goes away, leaving a fine film, thin collar and just a smidge of lace here and there.

The sniff reveals a hint of milk chocolate

More chocolate on the tongue, with some flat cola and just a hint of wheat malt. Kinda thin and not much intrigue, flavor or complexity.

Dull on the taste buds. Dissappointing as this is a favorite style when done right

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 23:26:47 | More by Billolick
Photo of Bradthoc


2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in can. Poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Dark and smoked, with a toasted brown head that diminishes quickly. Lace is minimal to none.

Smell - Malty, roasted with a hint of cocoa. Coffee has a prominent presence.

Taste - Toasted oats with a very mild mix of wheat and earthiness. Finish is a crisp malt with a strong cocoa to coffee finish. Tingling of the carbonation dancing on the tongue, with a slight dryness. Taste doesn't seem to grow or lessen as it sits and comes to room temperature.

Mouthfeel - Light to very low medium mouthfeel.

Overall - It's okay. I get a hint of the wheat at the initial taste, but fades very quickly. I get more of coffee stout feel from this brew than a dark wheat/Dunkel feel. It's delicious, however. I wouldn't turn it down. I wish the beautiful brown toasted head would stick around longer.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 19:22:29 | More by Bradthoc
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a dark ruby brown. A cream colored head recedes to a film and lots of foamy lacing remains on the glass.

The aroma is chocolatey, malty, and toasty.

Taste is of toasted grains, malts, and a really good chocolate body.

Mouthfeel is slightly metallic.

Overall, this is a good brew. Something's just slightly off to keep it from being really good.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 14:56:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a really vibrant beer, not brewed in the german tradition at all, as i originally expected. the pour is chocolatey brown, with a small tan head and probably a bit of sediment, but its hard to tell through the dark color. the nose is a good mix of wheat and dark roasted barley malt, sort of similar to a porter, but with the wheat in there to round this out and lighten it up a bit. the yeast isnt german either, but it doesnt ass many interesting characterisitics in smell or taste. a flavor of cocoa is in there for just a second in the finish, not sweet, but clever. a little heavy on the mouthfeel, approaching stout body, but the carbonation is lively and in combination with the wheat malt, makes a fun feeling beer. id be happy to drink a 6er of this anyday.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 21:27:07 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thunderhead Cornstalker Dark Wheat
Can from Whole Foods, Omaha, NE $1.69

Appearance: Black with a tan head. OK retention and lacing.

Aroma: generic dark beer with a hint of chocolate and very mild roast. No "wheat" characteristic.

Flavor: Sweet dark chocolate and a very mild roasty edge. The wheat doesn't exactly make it through, but it's there beneath. Not much yeast character, as is usual for the style. Balanced. Rounded.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Medium bodied.

Overall: Surprisingly interesting. A very drinkable, entertaining beer. Worth trying.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 02:59:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-sized, beige head allowing for a spot (or three) of lace on the descent.

Smell: Dark malted wheat tinged with a hint chocolate, a mild dark fruitiness, even less when it comes to banana, and a little whiff of store-brand cola.

Taste: A lightly sweet chocolate-coated raisin flavor with a bit of easy-going toast washed with cola and a slight suggestion of pulverized banana. No hop character nor any bitterness detected. Sweetish, faintly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's OK, a bit like a watered down dunkelweizen.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 04:45:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of falloutsnow


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE.
No obvious canned-on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a ~3cm head of small, tan bubbles that quickly collapses to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves modest amounts of lacing. Darkest wheat beer I've ever seen. Ultra-dark brown, essentially black in color. Held to the light, still looks impenetrably black, but with orange-yellow edges.

Blackened and toasted malt aromas, some smokiness, caramel, coffee with cream, and a bit of pepper. Not really detecting any wheat in this one, more like an American black ale. Still, fairly expressive and enticing.

Taste opens with roasted malt sweetness, then transitions to middle of palate. Middle sides of tongue pick up some saltiness, smokiness, old diluted coffee and roasted malt flavors. Slightly bitter and tart from the blackened malt. On back of tongue, I pick up a slight black pepper flavor and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of ghostly roasted malt flavors and slight coffee-with-cream bitterness.

Body is medium to medium light with about mid-range carbonation. This lends to a punctuated opening that fades out to a fairly creamy mouthfeel for the second half of the tasting. Finish is fairly dry.

I'm not particularly familiar with the style, but based on this, it seems like they tried to craft a Black Ale with wheat, or a light porter/stout with wheat. While I don't know if the so-called "American Dark Wheat" genre name is appropriate, I still generally enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: can

12-15-2011 06:40:00 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of CamuMahubah


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like Pepsi pouring...I could have sworn this was a black beer. It reminds me of a homebrewed 1554. It's good. Drinkable. Very easy going. A bit of nut with a bit or roasted chocolate.

The smell of sour grass hops comes to my nose and I can taste them. A Noble hop profile that is quite nice I will say.

I like it. This beer is finishes like a smooth sunset in the Sandhills...I really enjoy that orange coco finish! Very unique beer with a very unique finish...

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 03:36:14 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of JayS2629


4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a thin off white head.

The aroma is porter like, mild bakers chocolate, wheat, touch of carmal and roasted malt.

Nicely balanced earthy hops, sweet wheat, a touch of caramel, and coffee and a good dose of cocoa.

What you would expect of a wheat. Light and crisp, but slightly thicker than a normal wheat.

Overall, a nice chocolaty wheat beer. Smooth, thin and refreshing with grainy feel and sweet dark taste.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 02:13:55 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Forb


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can...

Appearance: Pitch black darkness with noticeable carbonation. Minimal head and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells of stout characteristics with wheat grain elements pairing.

Taste: Surprising based on the pour. Pours dauntingly stout-like but comes across tasting of malted, almost roasted, wheat characteristic. Shocking based on expectation.

Mouthfeel: Minor cola carbonation at first with a quickly flattening body that takes the taste right with it.

Overall: Not the greatest of Dark Wheat beers but by no means anywhere near the worst. Easily unique within it's own right I would drink think again and recommend it to somebody as a deviation from most in the style.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 19:44:12 | More by Forb
Photo of KJay1408


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured can into glass. Dark with about two fingers worth of head, diminishes quickly, leaves lacy remnants on top.

S: No hops at all, slight malt and grain smell.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by a grainy and coffee-ish stout like taste, sadly no hops

M: Better than most wheat beers, it feels like an ale should, kinda smooth but not painfully.

O: It's similar to Guinness Draught, in appearance and mouthfeel. The taste is good for a wheat beer, malty upfront, than slightly grainy and stout like at the middle and end. It's a good dark beer, an awesome wheat beer, something I like to keep on hand.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 20:21:38 | More by KJay1408
Photo of Adamthome1


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed in Kearney Nebraska...12 oz can, no BB date, Really cool logo (drawing of a beefed up farm boy with an outlaw appearance grabbing a husk of corn)...being a Nebraska kid I like this right off....The back says "Brewed with Corn and Wheat"

Pours like a stout, very dark, a quick one finger of head that dissipates after a couple of minutes

Smells like a stout, licorice hints, and a hit of cola (I noticed this smell after I tasted)

Taste is a nice Stout really, they should rebrand this a kind of unfiltered stout, it is quite good. The main characters are coffee and chocolate roasts, and cola (I don't think I've ever had a beer that reminded me of cola)...but it's really agreeable, a fine beer served from a can.

Mild carbonation, below average on mouthfeel but the aftertaste is what makes the beer, the choc. and coffee flavors remain on the palate.

Definitely worth a try, hope they come out with a bigger product line soon

Serving type: can

12-02-2010 00:53:21 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of katan


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a very deep opaque brown to pretty much black color. Head formation is strong, very bubbly, mocha in color. Well retained at 1-2mm.

S - Strongly grainy, roasted nose. Very potent burnt barley comes through strong. Almost porter like. No hopping or yeast detected.

T - Starts off lightly malty, mostly 2 row with just a few hints of grainy wheats. Mid-stream gets a very strong yeast profile, bready. Hopping is restrained, malt forward. Finishes with a stronger grain note with the same roast detected in the aroma.

M - Moderate beer body, moderate carbonation. Fairly balanced. Finishes clean.

D - Easy on the abv, and not overwhelming on the palette - doesn't dominate the mouth. A bit filling at times.

You easily could have fooled me that this was an american porter.

Serving type: can

11-11-2010 03:35:17 | More by katan
Photo of ktrillionaire


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beersack for the hook-up.

A - Dark, Export Stout-like in appearance. Awesome looking can.

S - Big chocolate and small coffee notes, even some cola. Fantastic nose, far beyond my expectations.

T - My first impression is quite favorable. This beer tastes like a hybrid of a Porter, a Black-and-Tan, and a Dunkel Weizen. The notes of chocolate or coffee found in the nose do not carry through to the taste; instead there is just a general roasted-burnt malt taste. As I drink more, and it warms up and airs out, it begins to exhibit a tangible cheapness, with the corn adjunct revealing itself more so. But the initial goodness was enough to make a big impression on me, so I am still quite bullish on it.

M - The carbonation is a bit sharp at first, but quickly falls flat. I think the feel is the real culprit, in terms of revealing a relative cheapness to the brew.

D - Nice stuff. If this is any indication, ADWA is a style I would be quite partial to.

Serving type: can

08-24-2010 04:05:25 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of dbossman


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown--really dark with a slight red hue; consistent and thick, light brown head--good retention

S: Grainy; corn and hay; slight malt roastiness but rather subtle and subdued

T: Wheat, grains, and corn sit on top of a pleasant roasted maltiness; a simple but pleasant beer

F: A bit thin but beer sits relatively well on the back of the mouth

D: A very easy drinking and good--yet somewhat simple--beer

Serving type: can

08-04-2010 04:54:06 | More by dbossman
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some darker malts. The flavor is very nice with coffee, wheat and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:57:10 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BigRedN


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz can into a pint glass. The beer has a very dark color, near black (dark wheat indeed). My pour produces a thick light brown head. Head slowly fades to a solid cap on the liquid that leaves a little lace.

Smell: Light aromas come across malty, lightly roasted malts and grains. I don't get much in the way of much wheat, and nothing corn.

Taste: Falls in line with the smell. A decently malty beer, some small roasted coffee notes. A little bitterness on the finish. If it had not indicated this was a dark wheat beer on the can I would not be sure what the classify this as (brown ale perhaps?). Still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. A little prickly on the tongue and smooth and slick sliding down the throat.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, love having a good beer offering available in a can. Was a little trepidatious when I read on the can that this was made with corn and wheat (worried about any corn adjunct flavors). I did not need to worry; this is a well made beer. Tasty, drinkable, and its availability in a can is another plus.

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 04:36:53 | More by BigRedN
Photo of zdk9


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a dark brown color, like a black walnut cabinet. There's a good finger's worth of head, with loads of bubbles bursting through. The head dies off quicker than expected for all the action going on. Not really much lacing.

S- Toasted grains. Hints of coffee, kind of a milky non-acidic coffee.

T- A strong malty base over which the roast asserts itself. I can taste the wheat like soft and chewy generic whole wheat bread. Can I taste the corn? Maybe a bit on the sides of the tongue, like real corn tortilla chips. Not a lot of hops action but there is some really earthy bordering on tea-like notes on the back of the tongue.

M- Surprisingly dry, which lends an interesting character to the beer. Carbonation is strong for a dark beer, but not really for a wheat beer, or a beer of this strength and character so that's OK.

D- I had fairly low expectations for this beer after reading on the side "Brewed with corn and wheat". I thought it was going to be more of a malt liquor, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. A quite nice beer with some unique aspects and good flavors.

Serving type: can

06-17-2010 03:18:27 | More by zdk9
Cornstalker Dark Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.