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Michigan Brewing Wheatland - Michigan Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CoalPorter
2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - cloudy pale yellow, a little sickly looking as the light comes through, a bright white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass

S - Not a ton of aroma, cheerios and a hint of citrus, like lemon pledge

T - not much here either, biscuit and cereal grain flavors with a little bit of mellow sweetness, no real hop character and no levels going on, no aftertaste which I guess is good

M - high carbonation, clean feel but almost too harsh, scrubbing the mouth

O - I guess this was "refreshing" in a cold beverage kinda way, but I would not have another.

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Photo of giblet
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured flat into my glass. light film of head. slow light carbonation. not much to smell. taste was like a split between a wheat beer and distilled water. no finish to this beer. almost non detecable lace. i was as disappointed in this beer as i was impressed with michigan brewings' celis white.

pass on this and go with the celis.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Spiekerbox
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Light yellow with little head that goes away quickly.

S- Wheat malts, a little hop and clove scent.

T- Bready-yeasty flavor, nothing spectacular at all. Little hop bitterness on the finish but no flavor. A somewhat citrus-sour finish.

M- Crisp, thin bodied beer, pretty high carbonation.

D- Not impressed at all by this one, seems like MBC just wanted to make a generic wheat beer, do not plan on buying this one again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow, about what I would expect for a hefeweizen with a massive head that left heavy lacing.

Aroma of light orange, some just barely there clove, and some wheat malt.

Taste is just like the aroma. This is definitely not a beer I would seek out, I would even say I would prefer a Circus Boy from Magic Hat over this Hefe. Medium to high carbonation, light body and uninspiring flavors. Relatively clean tasting, but nothing out of the ordinary. Easily drinkable

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Photo of Tschnab
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy yellow with a tiny cap and no lace.

S- really not much. grass, lemon, wheat, not much else.

t- like the nose, not much going on. It's definetly pleasent, but not exciting at all. It's watery, but I gave it mouthfeel points because it is really refreshing.

O- some pepper or tart acid could have made this like a saison-like summer ale. Some banana or clove could have made this more like a hefe. Instead it is kind of just stuck in beer limbo, as a wheaty, watery thirst quencher.

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Photo of montageman
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly - this is basically transparent. Smells like citrus (lemon) and bread with a bit of alcohol in the background. Taste is sour - way too much citrus, if bars serve this with a lemon wedge, it would be total overkill. I don't necessarily mind the sourness, but balance is lacking here. Because it is high;y carbonated, the mouthfeel is nothing special. All of that said, I could see myself drinking a few of these at the bar, especially sitting outdoors during the summer. The lemon could actually be refreshing. Mild recommendation.

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Photo of ralflott
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This WAS a pretty good, although variable, Bavarian Hefeweizen --until around 2008, that is, when MBC decided it was not selling enough and turned it into another dull "American" wheat beer. Too bad, considering how many unremarkable light beers MBC already offers.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy very pale straw-like color. Looks a sweet lemonade. Provides a fluffy light 2 finger foam head with modedrate retention. There is plenty of lacing down the sides.

S: Very light on the nose. Some lemon zest, wet grains, wheat and straw.

T: Starts off really iight. There is some lemon zest up front. In the middle, there is some mild wet straw and grains. On the backend, there is more of the same with some wheat coming through more and more.

M: This is an extremely light bodied beer that comes across very thin. Not as clean and refreshing as you would expect from a Hefeweizen.

O: Overall this is not a Hefeweizen I would reach for. The flavor is not as clean and refreshing as you would expect.

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Photo of nicksta
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a cloudy, golden wheat-yellow. Its appearance reflects the style pretty well. The smell is bananas and clove that are turned sour by the wheat. The taste isn't clean, but it isn't harsh either. It is bubbly and full bodied, but a little sour. There is also some spicy clove and wheat bread taste as well some banana. The drinkability is hampered due to the thickness and sour taste. Alright for warm summer nights, but just another average American Hefe.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It pours a pale yellow with a slight haze. It has an inch of white head.

S - Pale malt aroma with some fresh cut grass.

T - Mild spice. Pale malt flavors. Pretty bland.

M - Moderate to thin

O - Doesn't taste like a hefeweizen.

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Photo of brandtr3
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be a very clear gold with a quickly dissipating head. The hints of clove and banana were overpowered by a citrus aroma. Surprisingly, the flavor displayed more spice than citrus, as the cloves became the dominant characteristic. It was fairly light bodied and the finish was nothing exciting, but it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this at the excellent Neil St. Piccadilly. Nicely colored Hefeweizen, a bit darker than most with a clear, medium orange hue. Yet there was practically no head despite decent, soda-like carbonation, a real disappointment. Nicely malted, with lemon and orange peel certainly detectable. Decent taste, but the fact that it flattened fairly quickly didn't help matters at all. Good malt coalesces with floral hops, but the poor texture drags this down.

In all, this was fairly unimpressive not only for the decent taste but the flat body. Many other Hefeweizens are far better than this. Mediocre.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an unclear yellow colour but grows a decent head. Smell is of the standard wheatbeer aromas accompanied by bananas and pineapple.

First I thought that the taste was a little too pale but after a few zips you are surprised that is actually rather complex with tones of fruit and berries shining through the carbonation.

I would not mind drinking this on a warm day in July (rather than a chilling night in early March).

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery taproom. Yes, it's a very German weizen type beer in its banana and spice aspect. The body is typically cloudy and sptritzy, so it's hitting all the right notes. I found its taste to come closer to their Celis White, which ain't a bad thing.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre wheat beer, a little bit of a stretch to call it a hefeweizen - tastes like a blander American pale wheat ale to me. Light yellow, weak head and lacing. Nose and flavor is some wheat and fruit, but this one didn't really blow me away (my least liked of the taster I bought). Body is too thin. Overall, highly mediocre.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Mild yellow hazy pour with a 1-finger white head an decent lacing

S - Has a wheaty backbone with a pretty prominent spice character semi-reminiscent of belgian brews

T - Very similar to the scent, but the spice notes seem to be muted in the flavor

M - Thin and crisp with moderate carbonation

O - It's a decent hefeweizen, but nothing I would go out of my way to introduce others to. If the flavor matched the scent a little bit more I think it would definitely be a much more interesting beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a freshly capped bottle bought at the brewery. Pours out to a lightly fogged bright gold color with a short lived head of white foam. Traces of lace and medium carbonation. Aromas were light, but notes of grains and malts were present as was a biscuits and honey element. Taste was fair; yeast and malt mix with a sweet bread, bananas and grain element to make for a sweeter than normal experience. Mouthfeel was slightly slick. Fair drinkability. A touch too sweet for me, but still good.

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Photo of jsolack
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer has a hazy pale yellow color. Head is light with moderate lacing.

Smell is very mild... sweet cloves, banana and mild wheat smells come through. It is lighter in smell than I would expect.

Tastes good, it lacks some of the wheat bite that other wheats have. Sweet and mildly bitter.

Feels great in mouth... carbonation level is just right. Has a heavy feel in mouth.

I enjoyed this beer but it didn't totally stand out as a great wheat. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light golden orange color with a very thin white head, light to medium carbonation . Aroma of bananna,orange and clove. Flavor is much the same with a good wheaty backbone,more orange ,bananna,and clove, a bit bready,yeasty, medium body,slightly oily mouthfeel, hoppy,spicy finish,yeasty aftertaste. Quite drinkable,and much better than expected.

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Photo of association330
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden color that is hazy and thick with yeast in suspension. A half-finger of eggshell white head quickly drops to a thin cap. A few spots of lacing linger.

S - Lemon/orange zest, 'old barn' wheat character, a note of bananas and spices.

T - Wheat, bread, bubblegum notes, and subtle spices (pepper and cardamom being the most recognizable). Finishes a bit yeasty, with a strong emphasis on lemon zest. The citrus is a little heavy-handed, and the brew is rather sour.

M - Carbonation is between moderate and aggressive, about right for the style. Light to medium-bodied, and easy-drinking.

D - A decent stab at the style, but this could never hold a candle to a truly great hefe. It'd be more enjoyable if they could corral the overly aggressive lemon finish.

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Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice with the thickest head I've ever seen.

Lots of spices in the nose...clove, all-spice; would think I was drinking something from Belgium.

Major head retention and lots of goodness at the bottom of the bottle. Has a nice flavor from the spices, evened out by the wheat.

Extremely cleansing mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

Not sure I could drink this in the cold, but a good beer for the summer months.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out slightly cloudy with a decent head that settles, but is fairly well retained. It has a golden straw-like color. The aroma has a slight banana character with wheat malt in the background. The flavor is mostly wheaty malt accented by a faint banana character with a nice dry hop finish. It has a creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent American-style wheat beer. It's light and creamy and very smooth and dry - good for a late summer's day.

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Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow - green. The liquid is a bit hazy with lots of bubbles. The finger thick head is white and compact. Good lacing.

The smell is sourish with a distinct wheat flavour. Some perfumed notes of green apples and kiwi fruits. There are some notes of wheat dough and yeast, too.

The taste is fresh with lots of green apples. It is not as sour as I expected. Some dough and yeast, some sour exotic fruits. The aftertaste is fruity and a bit sour with notes of wheat bread/dough and a very mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium; the bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth, almost thick.

An OK hefeweizen... I would have liked some more sourness. The style is more American than German.

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Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Light and fluffy head.

Nose is banana and some clover. Slight rubber/plastic.

This rolls on to the palate very well. Smooth feel, rather full for style, then a citric bite that is quite pleasing. Banana flavors shine through. Just a hint of clove late. Finish is fairly long, leaves a sweet banana flavor and a bit of the citrus.

A pretty solid hefe, easy to drink, decent flavor profile.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy kumquat with a great deal of carbonation feeding a soft, creamy cap of beige foam. Thanks to all the bubbles, the head has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour and a short collar is the only lace that's had a chance to form. Although it's much more orange than the typical hefe and the cap could be more feature-packed, it isn't a bad looking beer.

It's obvious from the nose that Wheatland is a hefe weizen and not an American pale wheat like I thought it was when I bought it. That said, the aroma isn't all that wonderful. The usual scents of banana and clove are present, but they aren't very aromatic and don't add up to anything that would put a scare into the best versions from Germany.

Better on the palate, but the last sentence of the previous paragraph still applies. This is a solidly malty, tending toward sweet hefe, as opposed to a crisp, clean and dry one. Nothing wrong with that, it's an equally valid take on the style. Clove is perhaps a bit more aggressive on the palate, yet banana esters are still fairly abundant. Hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of... 3.0/5.0.

I can't quite put my finger on the reason, but there are multiple hefe weizens out there that contain all of the component parts of great beer, yet don't arrange them in a way that achieves greatness. Wheatland is a classic example. Although there's nothing really wrong with it, the versions from Brauerei Weihenstephan and Brauerei Aying are in a whole 'nother league.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full for the style thanks to a generous quantity of malt (pale, wheat and Munich). It's also lightly creamy, as smooth as the day is long and perfectly carbonated. When they're this adept at mouthfeel, I always have high hopes for any given brewery.

Wheatland is a better than average effort at a style that I've rarely found done stunningly well on this side of the Atlantic. It may be unfair to compare it to the best versions in the world, but I tend to do that since the best versions in the world are available a mere five minutes from my door; something that's true for no other style that I can think of. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Michigan Brewing Company has up its sleeve.

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Michigan Brewing Wheatland from Michigan Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.