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Michigan Brewing Wheatland - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing WheatlandMichigan Brewing Wheatland

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BA SCORE
80
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-26-2003)
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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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).

Ch1mpy, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of bark
3.63/5  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.

bark, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

sweethome, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

scoobybrew, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of nicksta
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

nicksta, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of xtremejammn
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give this beer such a high score with three 5's, but it's damn great.

A: A deep golden/brown cloudy color looking alive and attractive.

S: Smells a bit musty with a grassy hop smell.

T: Tastes great, has a bit of a fruity taste but most wheat beers do anyway.

M: Hardly bubbly at all, really smooth.

D: Incredibly smooth and drinkable, not too bubbly making it perfect going down.

Just a great beer, smooth as hell, although not perfect, an exceptional beer.

xtremejammn, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of brandtr3
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

brandtr3, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of montageman
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

montageman, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, with no freshness date.
Purchased at the brewpub, for $8, a mixed sixer.

Pours a hazy, light yellow color, with a nice, bright white half inch thick head. Lots of carbonation, very little to no lacing. Very aromatic, lots of cloves, bananas, yeast. Lot a bad tasting beer, quite sessionable, kinda light, but tasty. Flavors pretty much mimic the smell. Light, fizzy mouthfeel, could drink quite a few of theese in one sitting. I really liked this beer, easy too drink, not filling and very enjoyable. A good brew from Michigan Brewing Company, worthy of a try.

BigDaddyWil, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Frozensoul327, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Derek, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ypsifly, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of jsolack
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

jsolack, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mitchster, May 04, 2003
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Michigan Brewing Wheatland from Michigan Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.