Station Master Wheat Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Station Master Wheat AleStation Master Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2003

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by DavidEddie:
Photo of DavidEddie
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sal's Beverage World in Elmhurst on 6-4-08 (the same day my son Jack "Eddie" was born). Enjoyed on the night of 6-6-08 to celebrate the arrival on my new son home from the hospital!

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell - Faint aroma of citrusy lemon and cereal grains. Not bad, but really not much to it.

Taste - Much better than the smell. Crisp citrus, bread, with a dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouth feel - Light bodied with a fair amount of fizz.

Drinkability - Damn good. This one has a nice refreshing (almost pale ale like) quality. Perfect for enjoying during warm summer temps!

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow clear body with a bright white head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smooth light smell of pale malt had a faint spice quality that was probably from the hops.

T- The pale soft malt notes had a tartness to it and was followed by a spicy hops that had a faint lemon zest note to them. Overall the flavor was pretty light.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer was very light with a nice spice finish, however not much was in between. Perhaps the fruit would have really helped.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quaffable, fresh as on tap wheat ale, obtained a couple of months ago on Chicago trip. Brilliant yellow with a small head, and lace. Appropriately carbonated. Neutral aroma, average and smooth mouthfeel. Mid mouthfeel cheese buffeted by understated bitterness on finish.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a curious beer. It is oddly hoppy for a wheat, but this is the same impression I got from many of the Flossmoor beers that I've tried. It's not cloudy enough to be a traditional hefe but its definitely not a kristalweisen. It was also a bit on the flat side and wasn't spiced either. All in all it was pleasant but unremarkable beverage.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a real standout wheat. Color is dark amber to orange, with no haze, under a very thin head. There's a very slight coriander nose. It's a little dry, with a slight fizzy tartness on the lips. Not much hop presence, just a counterbalance to the maltiness and a bit of an aftertaste. Fills the role of a great brewpub's regular tap beer.

Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by chswimmer on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Craig!

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is somewhat mild and wheaty. Nice, but not much to it.

Flavor is also mild and wheaty. Some pale malt and grain, slightly sweet. Some mild hop bitterness.

Medium-light on the palate with a pretty standard mouthfeel for the style.

This is very drinkable, but overall, it's a pretty boring beer. There's just not that much to it. I'd call it a low ABV, average-plus wheat ale, and I think most others at the tasting agreed with that assessment more or less.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Picked this one up at the brewery a week prior to consuming it.

Pours a clear gold with a finger of foamy eggshell white head. Solid looking thin layer of retention that coats the sides of the glass with some massive lacing. Nice look here. The aroma is VERY fresh smelling to me, being exceedingly floral with a quick snap of bready sweet wheat notes and citrus. Quite the lively and pleasant nose here.

The taste starts with a firm base of citrus, honeyed wheat notes, and the fresh spicy bitterness of Amarillo hops, which really helps set this apart from some other recent Wheat beers. Sweetness fights with lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with an extremely easy going and creamy feeling carbonation that really ramps up the drinkibility.

Judging from the majority of the reviews for this beer, I must be in the minority, because I really liked this! While not overly complex or anything for the style, the spicy hop profile of this really helped make this stand out. Flavorful, crisp, and refreshing, this bottle seemed ultra fresh to me, which I think really helped this review.

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy orange with a light and sticky white head.

The Smell was very light and non descript with just a hint of light citrusy hops.

The flavor was very mild with a hint of light wheat and malt with a touch of breadyness and a light citrusy hop finish. Balanced, but very light.

The mouthfeel was very light with a bit of carbonation.

After drinking Flossmoor's spectacular brown ale, this was a real let down even for an american wheat this is a bit on the bland side with not much of anything going on, especially lacking for the incredibly high price tag on the bomber.

Photo of EORS
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my local. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice hazy orange color with a pale white head. Head retention very poor, with low to medium carbonation.

Smell: Not much here, a little bit of hop aroma perhaps.

Taste: Light malty body with a small bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to almost watery, very little carbonation apparent in the beer.

Overall: Not terribly thrilled with this one. The haziness was the best part of the beer, and it was mild and easy to drink, but in the end it was something that looked like a hefeweizen, but had had all the other good parts of a hefeweizen removed.

Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Appears a dark golden color with two fingers of white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. A little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma of this beer has a nice Amarillo hop kick. Hints of orange and a little wheat malt. Thankfully some of the hop flavor comes out in the flavor as well. A little orange zest helps an otherwise boring style of beer. Bitterness is still low. The mouthfeel is probably as good as it gets for the style. It is not thin and watery, but has suffecient heft to coat the mouth. Nicely paired carbonation as well. Very easy drinking beer that has a little more of an interesting aroma and flavor than others in the style. Nice low ABV.

Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks deep gold to amber; pours with an ample flourish of a white head, which falls fairly quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Smells a bit hoppy-fruity covered up by an almost unpleasant cereal smell; the aroma is otherwise hard to pin down. Tastes of wheat and toasted malts with a peppery hop spiciness and firm bitter finish which lingers quite a bit. Very nice. This beer definitely has the trademark Flossmoor house character that I'm a fan of, but based on some of the other reviews here it seems this character might be turn off. Overall, a refreshing wheat beer with some interesting toasted malt notes and lingering hop bitterness. Delicious.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light yellow will very good carbonation. The head is nice more then 2 fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is plain wheat, like white bread.

The taste is ok yet I getting an after taste that is common to many brews from this brewer, I'm not sure if I like it. It cold be the yeast or a finishing hops. The beer is a bit avaerage, nothing here that stands out.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is just not what I like.


Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor.

A- Came to me with a one and a half finger creamy white head. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass and stayed there the entire beer. Golden yellow with a hint of amber color that looked rather bland to be honest. I was expecting some haze to it but it had none.

S- This had of course a very wheaty smell to it. Earthy undetones with this as well....grassy or hay maybe? It doesn't smell like other American Wheats don't know if that's a good thing or not. Hops are faint and hard to pick up on with this beer I got.

T- This tastes kind of bland to me. It's good don't get me wrong. Big upfront wheat taste with a some malt to it. The malts pick up through the middle of the beer and carry it to the finish line where a small bitter hop taste finishes it off. Nothing good and nothing bad...a little more to the nothing bad though.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel to this. The carbonation in mine felt a little off and the beer had a little trouble passing through my palate. It kind of sat on my tounge and left its wheaty footprints there. Pretty good mouthfeel I suppose. Had everything I was looking for for the most part.

D- I really would only drink one of these. They have much better beers in my opinion and you should seek those out before this one. It's like the loser in highschool that never got picked for a basketball game. It will still be there.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for providing this beer. Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a hazy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and lemon. Taste is similar, lemon, spices, some wheat, a bit of hops kicking in towards the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Photo of Beejay
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Much thanks for this bottle to my buddy Richard.

A: Hazy apricot as it pours. a somewhat subdued white head eventually comes from the body of the beer. In the glass it is a hazy dirty orange amber.

S: The first smell has a lot of caramel in it. As well as some sweet fruity noted. I am almost picking up a hint of pineapple juice. Not like fresh pineapple, but the canned juice. Almost a hint of grapefruit. Perhaps some berry notes, and a little of a wine like smell. Crackers round out the finish.

T: Some like bread notes. There is a little herbal bitterness in the finish. Perhaps a little light citrus. Not a lot happening here.

M: Very light and crisp feeling. Carbonation is heavy, and there is a slight oily residue in the finish.

O: I'm not really impressed. Most the malt flavors seem muted, not a lot of hop flavor is coming through, and the bitterness seems unbalanced. Overall it seems a bit boring. I suppose it could be a decent summer beer, but still plenty of other brews in the world with similar style but more character.

Photo of happilysurly
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazey orange. One finger of head dissipates quickly.

S: Slight lager aroma. Sour, a bit metallic.

T: WICKED sour. Did I get a bad bottle? The taste doesn't go much beyond this very sour flavor. Wheat ale? Don't think I've had a wheat ale like this before. This tastes like a lambic to me.

M: Again, the sour taste is hard to get past.

D: Would not drink this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice new bottle from Flossmoor for me to give a try. This one made its entrance with lunch today. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 09/05/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it. Nice head of white on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down with minimal fanfare and some nice side lacing. The aroma was bready, lots of light bread notes, hints of grain, a touch of some apricot like fruit notes perhaps. Super sweet and smooth, a rich concoction of bready notes, a light bittering hop note and a really nicely melded malt profile. Carbonation seemed spot on and the medium body was thick enough to let you get some flavor while not too heavy for the style.

Overall this was very solid. Not the best I have had but not something I would shy away from. Very nicely done.

Photo of largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from bgramer as an extra, thanks!

Appearance: The very impressive silkscreened bottle should be mentioned here; it's awesome. The beer itself pours a semi-hazy pale amber. Even with a somewhat vigorous pour I couldn't get much of a head out of this one; maybe half an inch at most.

Smell: Graham crackers. Honestly, that's the first thing that comes to mind. The aroma hints at citrus, but maybe I'm trying too hard to pick out subtleties.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty and dry. There's the subtlest suggestion of fruit as well, but it really is subtle. Hops come through in the middle, providing a decent bit of grapefruit flavor in the semi-bitter finish. Honestly though, this is somewhat bland. I've had better examples of this style in recent memory, most notably from Troegs. That's not to say that this is a bad beer, it's just not a stellar one.

Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

4.6% abv stated on the bottle.

Listed on this site as a Hefeweizen but I feel it's more like a American Pale Wheat Ale. Heck, it says "American Wheat Ale" right on the label!

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep honey-gold color. Small, bubbly, and frothy off-white head recedes quickly, leaving no lace and some hints of whispy skim and a small ring.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, tart grain, citrus, and toasted breadcrust. The label promised me some Amarillo hops but I had to sniff long and hard to find any.

T: Nice flavors of honey/sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, lemon-y citrus, biscuits, and refreshingly dry and spicy hops.

M: Sweet caramel that's quickly eclipsed by a tart, bready, graininess. That is then followed by some pretty dry hops. Pretty darn refreshing.

D: Drinkability is good. This is no Gumballhead but with some more agressive hopping, this could approach FFF territory. I liked this and think this would be a hit at summer BBQ's.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky golden color with a very thin white head and not much in the way of lacing. Both the nose and the taste are pretty much the same in that they really don't have anything besides some white bread and a hint of wheat. No real fruit, yeast, or hops; this is just pretty plain. Fairly light body. This is quaffable, but one is enough.

Photo of tmitch75
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful 22oz silkscreened bottle, bought at the brewery. Tawny amber color, not cloudy at all, with white head that is thinner than expected. Head drops fast but leaves a thick coating of lace everywhere.

Bready yeasty smell with grassy notes and a lightly peppery aroma at the end.

Sweet honey malt flavor with lemon peel and a spicy peppery finish. A bit watery and musty.

Very light mouthfeel, could use a bit more carbonation.

Goes down easy. Certainly not bad, but my least favorite of the Flossmoor Station brews I have had.

Tasted on 5/11/08.

Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly burnt hazy orangish color with pretty much zero head that was kind of surprising.

S - I think I was expecting more of a wheat or hefe beer type of smell, but this smells pilsnerish a little bit. Slightly hoppy but mostly malts, although not particularly sweet.

T - It's mostly malty with a touch of alcohol slickness but no burn. Not what I was expecting out of a wheat, still seems more like a pilsner to me. Gets rather sour on the end, kind of unpleasant.

M - Feels too thin, finishes dry, some moderate carbonation.

D - This one ended up a drain pour for me after about 1/4 of the bomber, just didn't feel like getting it down. Kind of surprised, I picked up the Pullman Brown and Flossmoor's IPA randomly and really liked both of them. I had high expectations for this but this is not a beer I liked.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into Weizen Glass

A: quite clear light golden color with good but not overly apparent carbonation, clean white head

S: a bit of cracker and light cherry tones

T: Fairly bitter, the cherry and cracker come out in the aftertaste. The middle of the beer is a bit of a mess as the hops and the malt don't seem that well balanced. It's not bad but I think they should have decided to go more pale or more wheat rather than make it so balanced.

M: clean carbonation, very slight dryness

D: It isn't a bad beer and I think another round of experimentation would have cleaned it up nicely. The 4.6% makes it very drinkable. However, I don't know if I'd get another bottle

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

If the station master here (if the position still exists) is as cool as the rest of the staff, they've got quite a station down here in Flossmoor. Anyway, this guy pours a clear pale straw topped by a bit less than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises a good amount of lemon zest, flowers, mandarin orange syrup, and a very light twinge of caramel. The taste doesn't deviate too far from this path, though the flowers are amped up a bit and some wheat and rice join the party. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent little brew, but a bit too light and watery for me to really think all that highly of it. Pretty drinkable beyond that, though.

Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bready wheat and yeast are featured at the center of the smell, with some vacuous carbon dioxide. Other than a whiff of hay there is very little in the way of hop or other spice detected.

T: Begins dry, with thin malt and bright citrus that reminds of lemon-lime soda. There is an early spike of bitterness in the very first beat of the flavor, but that departs by the middle where a more substantial backbone of wheat is revealed. Acidity is moderate, with carbonic acid contributing significantly to the flavor due only to the lack of other substantial flavors to mask it. Mild and yeasty bitterness returns in the finish, leaving the palate clean, other than some uncharacteristic almond nuttiness after a short time.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and fairly smooth on the palate yet burdensome, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Sometimes the choices made by brewpubs regarding what beers of theirs to commit to the bottle can mystify even the most supportive and optimistic of fans. For a small operation like Flossmoor Station, it seems like they would want to make every choice count--yet this unremarkable bottled wheat ale defies that logic. While alright, it presents nothing that could be considered new or original for the style, nor does it exemplify refreshment. This is an example of why a small brewery's line-up shouldn't try to be all things to all potential customers. That is what guest taps are for at the bar, and other brands of wheat beers are for at the bottle shop.

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Station Master Wheat Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.