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Wheat Wine Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 04-27-2010)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

French burnt peanut orange with polished copper accents and a wonderful looking crown of pale peanut butter colored mousse. A rounded mound of sticky bubbles on the surface eventually flattens, while leaving loads of shotgun-blasted lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose brings things... well, not quite crashing... back down to earth. Wheatwines often struggle in the olfactory personality department. This big brew is no exception. Other than some caramel-covered toast, a generic ale yeast fruitiness, and (subtle) alcohol, there isn't much of note.

A grain bill that includes upwards of 50% wheat (without other major flavor contributors) is not a recipe for success. That's why ale of this style needs something else to be good, whether it be darker malts or distinctive and generous hops. Looks like Fort Collins went with the former.

What tastes like some smalll percentage of caramel malt pulls the taste score, kicking and screaming, up from average. Earthy-herbal hops add plenty of countering bitterness and less flavor than hoped for. Sufficient alcohol masking is also often difficult in a wheatwine, but it's capably handled here. Not exactly a gushing review, is it?

The mouthfeel is medium-full and has a pillowly plushness that doesn't cross the line into sappy or sticky. Plenty of bubbles (but not too many) cut through the sugars and keep things hopping in mouth and on tongue. Well done.

Fort Collins Wheat Wine Ale is a fairly standard version of the style, circa 2010/2011 America. If you're a fan of high-octane, primarily pale-malted beer, take the plunge. Besides, $6.99 is unlikely to break the bank.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 13:53:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-19-2014 23:04:03 | More by zeledonia
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-23-2014 09:30:34 | More by mlhyatt
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-22-2014 23:07:39 | More by appetiteforparis
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3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle

Fort Collins Wheat Wine filled my snifter with a cloudy dark amber body and formed a 1- 1/2 - finger tan bubbly head that dissipated quickly to a ring of bubbly foam and hit and miss lacing. The nose was wheat dominated with some caramel aromas. The flavor is like the nose. The caramel malt is dominant with fruit notes and a light balancing bitterness and pleasant alcohol warming at the finish. Mouth feel is light medium, a little prickly carbonation, and little sticky.

Fort Collins Wheat Wine is a wheat wine that reminds me of a lighter English Barley wine - not being a hop head I like that. The ale is an easy drinker for the style. Goes well with BBQ potato chips.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 18:34:34 | More by bushbeer75
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

11-16-2013 16:17:30 | More by jaydoc
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3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep brown. with some reddish hues. mostly clear but trending towards some opaqueness. about a finger or so of tannish head that slowly fades but doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: nutty, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, some alcohol. the smell is very sweet. the caramel, fruits and nuts combine in a weird way that is slightly off putting. its also slightly weaker so you really have to get in on it to figure things out

Taste: very close to the nose. opens up with fruit but not quite as dark as the nose. some citrus along with plums. followed by a nuttiness with a slight wheat backbone coming in. alcohol makes it self present in the back end. I think this beer could cut back a bit on the complexity and build more on the wheat back bone. the complexity gets too muddled up

Mouthfeel: definitely wheat in the feel. not too heavy. slightly warm from the alcohol

Overall: Not overly impressed with this one. it has some very good qualities but i think it bit off more than it can chew

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 14:25:12 | More by SportsandJorts
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-28-2013 21:04:16 | More by redleg411
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

03-26-2013 21:56:23 | More by aranton
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-09-2012 04:54:16 | More by J2L
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4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz pour at Taco Mac (Woodstock, GA). 5.00. Served in a goblet.

Arrives deep chestnut red all the way up to the edges of the goblet with a small ring of off white bubbles. Nothing I'd call lacing.

Sweet slightly phenolic nose. Not much going on.

Taste is sweet and fruity with some big booze right out of the gates. Slight hops, biscuit and hay. The alcohol is pretty up front the whole time but never overly distracting. A nice mix overall.

Creamy medium feel with light carbonation. Nice sweet finish with some residual alcohol.

Hands down the best best brew I've had from Ft Collins and a tasty wheatwine in its own right. A sweet fruity boozy treat that I think would only get better over time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 02:37:51 | More by ThickNStout
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid clear copper color with a fair off-white ring on top and reasonable signs of lacing. The aroma brings on a beautiful pine-malt blend with caramel popcorn sweetness. Very nice. The flavor delivers nutty evergreen and caramel malt with a general hemp-like overtone. Grainy and a hint of booziness that doesn't interfere at all. Carbonation is moderate, body is pretty close to full and the feel is pretty heavy and viscous, but "liquid". A very tasty brew and easily recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:56:37 | More by Durge
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2012 17:00:02 | More by grahamboudreaux
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-09-2012 14:59:04 | More by tbone1384
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-01-2012 15:18:13 | More by sendbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

09-07-2012 20:40:38 | More by CWhite
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper color. Off-white, foamy, light, bubbly, soapy head that foams up quick and then disappears quick. Leaves only slight traces of lace.

S - Sweet caramel along with a good amount of sweet fruit (especially cherries). Good amount of alcohol with a brandy-ish flavor.

T - Like the nose, the dominant flavors are caramel, alcohol and fruit (cherry, apricot, some stone fruits). Touch of brown sugar sweetness and a breadiness. Sticky, sweet, and alcoholic.

M - Light and slightly thin body. Average carbonation with a slight stickiness.

D - Flavors don't quite meld well together. Sweet and alcoholic flavors are a bit much making this a definite sipper.

Notes: I wasn't blown away by this beer. Flavors fell flat for me and didn't inspire me to drink more. Not exactly cloying, but sweet, sticky, and alcoholic. I would recommend treating this like a brandy and have someone (or someones) to share this with for a dessert/nightcap/etc.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:07:32 | More by FreshHawk
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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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