Michigan Brewing Wheatland - Michigan Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-09-2006 13:23:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of lemon, wheat and spice with a touch of hops.
T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of wheat, lemon, bananas and coriander spice. The malt character but still keeps the beer on the light side. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that I could drink several of even if it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice.
12-27-2007 03:53:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.28/5 rDev +22.6%
Hazy lemon yellow body. Bubbly snow white head sits on top. Lace is spotty in nature but quite abundant enough in quantity. Great nose of lemony wheat tanginess, banana and bubblegum esters, cardamon and cooked sugar cane. The beer is nicely carbonated and feels pretty full in the mouth. Oh maybe medium to medium-full in body viscosity. Nice bready malt base on the palate. Banana and bubblegum accent mildly. Spice notes are subtle and add complexity, with cardamon a nice addition on the palate as well. This is not a heavy handed hefe-weizen, but it does have some of the characteristics as well as some other nice additions. This is quite drinkable and I'd drink a bit of this in the summer if it were available here.
03-31-2008 04:09:02 | More by Bighuge
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +6%
I had this on tap at the brewpub.
A: Slightly cloudy, zero head. With the added protein from the wheat, there should really be some head here?
S: Wheaty, bready malt, slight fruit and citrus.
T: Wheat malt, with citrus and bubble gum.
M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.
D: An easy drinker you could session.
03-04-2006 19:16:41 | More by Derek
3.63/5 rDev +4%
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.
03-02-2008 19:24:26 | More by bark
4.33/5 rDev +24.1%
i expected a basic run of the mill wheat ale but was surprised by the nice hefeweizen like aroma of banana and cloves.
Taste is clearly hefeweizen...nice banana and cloves again but finishes with some lemony spritziness...
Very thirst quenching and easy drinking....flavorful but not over the top. Probably a notch below the German heavy hitters but this is a quality American made hefe I would gladly enjoy many of.
03-12-2008 05:02:06 | More by ZAP
4.05/5 rDev +16%
Cloudy, straw-golden with a thin white head atop large bubbles with OK retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is cloves and bananas with a slight pungency and hint of butterscotch. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is soft with a wet finish and a light body. Tastes nice with a smooth maltiness in the middle. The finish is wet, yet bright. Despite the butterscotch aroma, the beer is fermented cleanly and is easy to drink with no perceptable off-flavors noted on this occasion.
05-04-2003 19:27:51 | More by Mitchster
3.1/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
10-07-2011 23:23:31 | More by buschbeer
3.43/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
04-26-2006 00:33:34 | More by Frozensoul327
3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-22-2010 15:06:21 | More by RickS95
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
04-30-2008 18:17:59 | More by Gehrig
2.9/5 rDev -16.9%
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
07-29-2011 00:01:21 | More by alpinebryant
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-18-2008 15:38:54 | More by soupyman10
2.93/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-31-2011 19:25:48 | More by Tschnab
3/5 rDev -14%
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.
09-08-2011 00:12:15 | More by IronCitySteve
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
Undated 12oz pored into a weizen.
Hazed gold with a nice white head that sticks and stays a while.
Good banana and clove aromas, the malted wheat is in the background but not off balance.
Sweet with a little lemon, then some yeasty bananas, a little spicy. I like the taste, but the mouth is a little weak. Does have a nice crispness from the carbonation. Quite drinkable during this early Autumn heat wave. A nice wheat from a local brewery.
10-05-2005 05:10:24 | More by ypsifly
3.55/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-05-2009 20:58:34 | More by WakeandBake
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-27-2007 00:45:14 | More by scoobybrew
2.23/5 rDev -36.1%
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.
04-17-2009 13:15:48 | More by giblet
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-05-2003 15:55:22 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-11-2007 02:24:38 | More by sweethome
3.88/5 rDev +11.2%
The beer is a light golden yellow with a large head that has good retention and lacing with medium to high carbonation. The smell is of cloves, spices, yeast, wheat, and lemon. The taste is of yeast and wheat at first and than taste some citrus, spices, followed by some cloves and a banana finish to it. The mouthfeel is a light bodied that doesn't stay in the mouth, but goes goes very very easily. This is a decent beer for people that like a clean, crisp beer with a little bit of a banana, clove, and light citrus taste with no bitterness or aftertaste.
12-14-2010 10:33:24 | More by DannyDan
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
poured a cloudy straw color with a wimpy head that fell into a lace. the carbonation was a little low.
the aroma is wheat, yeastie, bubblegum, sweet.
the flavor has a spicy almost clove, bubblegum, yeastie, wheat, slightly sweet.
the mouth feel is a little thick for a wheat imo, but the beer is very drinkable, mainly in the hot sun.
01-13-2006 03:59:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
3.98/5 rDev +14%
A-pours a cloudy yellow with a nice sized off white head that leaves some patchy lace here and there
S-this has a very nice sweet citrus,bubblegum,semi floral aroma
T-nice bite of lemon right upfront followed by a hawiian bread backbone that mixes with earthy notes of yeast
M-a medium body and nice bubbly carbonation are very refreshing,mildly creamy even,with a slightly dry yeasty finish
D-I was'nt expecting much when I opened this unassuming bottle,but this American Hefeweizen is a sleeper!
04-30-2008 04:43:04 | More by orangemoustache
Michigan Brewing Wheatland from Michigan Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.