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Grace House Honey Wheat - Wagner Valley Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-16-2002)
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Reviews by Freggs:
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Freggs, Nov 03, 2012
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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

A - mostly clear, honey color. fairly large head that sticks around for a bit, with mild lacing

S - three things come through: citrusy hops, a touch of phenols, and a definite clover honey smell. nothing overwhelming, but very pleasing.

T - excellent blending of pale ale and hefe weissen flavors. a bit of banana/tar/bubblegum stuff up front moving toward a touch of citrus and pine, finishing with a nice (and totally unmistakable) clover honey flavor that asserts itself without bringing on a cloying sweetness

M - fairly light and thin, but fitting for the style.

D - I don't even like hot dogs, and all I could think about is how well this would go with a hot dog on a hot summer day. They should serve this stuff at baseball games. Or Wagner should add a hot dog stand to its brewery/winery tour.

This is not a life-changing beer, but it sets up fairly modest goals and then accomplishes them flawlessly. Hefe weissens are not every day beers for me, but I would definitely drink this again. Good work from a place I used to think only made wine!

TuckerCarlson, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Got this an extra from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!

Pours an effervescent apricot with a finger of beige head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Some grassyness & cereal scents & sweet bread

T: Grassy & lemony hops, along with dryness & some honey malt up front. Grassyness & a hint of green apple as this warms, along with a small bit of grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with a bit of apple peel & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, crisp with restrained carbonation

Drinks alright, but any more than 2 of these & I believe I'd be bored

russpowell, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Imbiber
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

From a bottle at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn (during a brewery promo).

Golden amber, not too much carbonation. Honey dominated the aroma. Mild flavour, on the sweet side (honey); quite refreshing and easily drinkable. Honey dominates though no individual flavour is prominent that much; subtle malt and hop characters were detected.

Evidently brewed to meet the needs of Molson Blue drinkers when they descend on the Finger Lakes.

Imbiber, Nov 11, 2004
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Mudawg, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Bills453
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass because that is all I have at the Inn at Honey Run in millersburg ohio...side note, this place is awesome.

Appearance - a yellow orange pour. The color of a wheat field if you will.

Smell - just sweetness...unfortunately it isn't a good smelling sweetness.

Taste - not too much of a taste, pretty weak and average.

Mouthfeel - average.

Overall - a very average beer.

Bills453, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Part of a mixed six I picked up somewhere in the city. I haven't seen it here before. Shelf was fully stocked, so I'm assuming it's all fresh.

Crispy, clear, & vibrantly gold. An inch of thinning egg white froth. Poured into my DFH tumbler.

Smell is of hot tin & carmelization, as well as mild wheat. A little white bread on the end, as well as an attic-like stuffiness.

Tastes like a very mild pale. Just a touch of tart graininess throughout, with some salt & citric acid on the end, trailing dry. A refreshing spritzer, with just an inch of wheat lending body.

Carbonation is stiff, alcohol is fine right where it is.

Price surely must be better upstate, as I payed $11 for the privilege down here.

PEBKAC, May 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +52%

CountryRock2001, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft grainy malt with a touch of yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a light grainy malt with a slight spicy wheat element. A fair hop presence rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side and not as chewy as I would have liked.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking ale.

plaid75, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours golden with a very (almost too) large foamy head that doesn't take long to settle to a lasting thin cover. Lacing sticks further down the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang, some bread/yeast and honey.

The taste is of wheat tang, some vague orange peel, and a sweet honey kiss. Honey noticeable but not overbearing. Sweet, but with a mild dryness in the finish.

Light-bodied, rather fizzy (with the body becoming a bit foamy as it goes over the tongue - even after the head has settled).

Honey gives a sweet touch without being overbearing. Otherwise a decent enough Pale Wheat - hits style well enough. With a few tweaks (esp. the foaminess), this could be a fine (warm-weather) refresher.

jwc215, Feb 03, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

This brew was not what I had anticipated...I liked it a lot.
The sweetness that I anticipated just wasn't there. The honey does quickly become apparent but only in a background sence as it lets the other key ingredients battle it out for supremacy.
I found the taste to be a bitter sweet.
The body is a medium, light golden and murky with light carbonation.
As this brew was consumed, the honey became more evident which lowered its score on drinkability.
As I reflect on this product, I am unsure if this score would hold up under increased samplings.
I guess I liked it with reservations...

Shiloh, May 02, 2003
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

A - Light amber color
S - Biscuity with a slight honey smell
T - Sweet on the front end with just a slight bitter aftertaste
M - Medium Carbonation
D - Light tasting beer, wouldn't be too hard to drink a few of these in a sitting

Got this beer as part of a mix and match 6 pack at the Wagner Brewery, about $6.99 for the six pack, isn't their best beer but it is definitely drinkable.

kevman527, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of throwback
3/5  rDev -8.8%

throwback, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kmo1030
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

faintly hazed golden colored beer witha good sized white head.
the aroma is a grainy honey lemongrass.
the taste is a weak vaguely metallic grainy lemon with a whisper of floral honey sweetness here and there. it's a good a little bit of an adjunct-y rice flavor. don't know if it's real or percieved. some hops mingle with that flavor providing some bitterness to finish.
a little watery, but at least not harshly carbonated.
ok drinkability since it is pretty quenching. i could glean some enjoyment out of drinking this on a hot summer day, but not much on a cold snowy day like today.

kmo1030, Feb 27, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Eastside151, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass courtesy of Stopper!
The beer pours a bright gold color with small off white head foaming up. Aroma is lite and sweet with floral notes and honey taking over. First sip reveals a lite body though not watery but refreshing. Carbonation is very fine and consistent.
Flavor is sweet and a little husky in the middle. Honey mixes with just a hint of wheat twang to make this a relatively easy drinkin beer that would be enjoyable on a hot summer day!

sulldaddy, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a nice golden color with a small head that fades quickly with no lacing.

S: Has a primarily grain aroma woth a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Has a mild wheat taste with a like sticky sweetness.

F: Light body with a light grain & sticky aftertaste.

D: Decent for a small brewer. Got this as part of a 6-pack mixer.

soju6, Oct 05, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

A less than stellar brew here that begins with a timid base beer and has a tough time avoiding some yeast and hop/grain problems.

A somewhat grainy- somewhat malty base beer shows hints of raw grain and very slight wheat maltiness on a fair pilsner, bready flavor. Lemony and grassy in the hop additions but become unnecessarily bitey but do offer nice flavors at mid-palate. Yeasty pepper notes help to add complexity but the heavy plastic phenols hurt with the oneset of aroma. Other esters of bruised apricots, apples, peaches and pears make for a fruity beer. Ultimately the beer struggles to find mediocracy.

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured into a pint glass nicely. Big bubbled head that is wobbly, but at least it's there. Melts down into very fine lacing, yeah. This is kind of cool: around 30 large bubbles fixed themselves to the bottom. Along with lots of teeny bubbles rising up, every once in a while one of the big ones breaks off and goes up. Neat. Yellow color is a little boring.

The honey smell is just like JW Dundee's Honey Brown, which is at least in my opinion a nicely honied brew. Smells of wheat, obviously, and maybe a little bit of clove or similar spice. A touch of hops in the smell. Except for a metallic odor emerging as the brew warms, this is nice. Hope it tastes this good.

Tastes like hay. Honey on the front of the taste but fades quickly. Very grainy / floury wheat taste, like they brewed this with crushed wheat. Hints of adjuncts (ugh, why?). Hops are present but play a minor role -- Wagner Valley chose not to focus on the "ale" part of this brew, which is not necessarily bad. Some lemon notes as well. Later note: hops emerge more as the beer warms, I served this pretty cold to start.

Mouthfeel is great, nice carbonation but not so much that it interferes with the taste. Crisp all the way through and leaves the tongue ready for more. Not too much room for improvement there.

A pretty average beer for the genre. Not at all bad, but simple and somewhat rough around the edges. Also, 3.80% ABV?? I wonder if this was even intentional. I suppose it does make this beer more of a niche beer though, and gives me a reason to drink it -- when I have to drive, or while mowing the lawn or operating power tools, this is a good simple brew to quaff and not think too much about it.

semihobo, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of mobud
2.73/5  rDev -17%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Crystal clear with alite creamy head and active carbonation.

S- The light bisquit smell is the only real grabber.

T- Very corny and sweet. Very much like alot of BMCs after they have been sitting in an ice chest too long.

M- Very thin mouthfeel. Slight bitter aftertaste, but that to goes away quickly.

D- Sadly, not at all. I like most of what I have had from this brewery, but this beer was too lite and did not give me enough taste too want to have it again.

mobud, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light wheat scent with a slightly sweet honey aroma; very light. The taste is a little above average. It has a light, yet dry pale flavor with a refreshing honey like finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average tasting beer, but it drinks well.

WesWes, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

Picked this up in the bottle, needless to say it was almost the same but a bit better on tap.

Smell was sweet, yeasty, maybe a tad of honey.

Taste was smooth, sweet again, faintly reminicscent of berries, very mild finish, very fresh overall.Aftertaste in the bottle is weird, almost a bit chemical.

Mouthfeel was a bit less carbonated than it was on tap but still more than I'd like.

Drinkability in bottle form is also a bit better, as its only 1.50 a bottle on location and you can get a 6 pack for about 8 bucks, not to bad for a decent beer, and again great for outings.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 24, 2008
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Grace House Honey Wheat from Wagner Valley Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.