Wheat Wine Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-04-2011 13:53:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured into an imperial nonic a reich deep bronze with a large sticky white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled very slowly,grear clarity and definition to the beer.alcohol dipped dark fruit in the nose along with some nuttiness,it has a alcohol dipped fruit cake kind of aroma to it.Sweet alcohol and dark fruit on the palate with a great creamy feel.I like this beer more than most of the others who have reviewed it,it's a bit boozy but it is true to form in my opinion.
04-21-2012 22:40:10 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -14.2%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is wheaty malts, vanilla, and some fruity alcohol and some rye.
The flavor is earthy malts and vanilla with some tangy fruit and a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, lots of different notes here, but they don't play well together and aren't much to my liking.
04-27-2010 05:14:19 | More by Beaver13
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
No freshness/bottling info
Pours clear darker amber, minor head, leaves just a thin collar, film and typical yet minor lacing.
Fruity lime and grape fruit infused alcohol sniff.
Pleasant enough sipper, fruit juice again. grape, lime, ginger notes. With moderate alcohol in the mix.
Alcohol here leaves abit of a mouthwash type sting in the mouth/on the teeth.
Not in love with this one, doubtfull I would go for it again.
07-05-2011 04:39:49 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense glowing deep copper body with a red hint to it and a lumpy bubbly light tan head. There is a sea of bubbles that glide up the glass and merge into the head, while it last.
S- The caramel sweetness is soft and has a dry wheatberry note to follow. There is a berry note to the aroma but it is pretty clean.
T- The dry flavor of stale caramel has a slight tangy note to it with a green prick of hops in the finish. As the beer opens there is a bit of a pine note to the hop bitterness.
M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a muted flavor but what is there is pleasant just a bit bland. I was hoping for more depth or more richness in a wheat wine but it just wasn't there.
10-19-2010 19:27:51 | More by rhoadsrage
2.38/5 rDev -34.8%
A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish red color with an off-white head.
S- Like a good wheatwine, the aroma is big and malty with a lot of wheat, some sweetness, and dark fruits.
T- The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting, in fact this is one of the drier wheatwines I have tried. Dark fruity malts and some warmth from the alcohol make up the nose.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, I wasn't impressed with this beer. It just seems like it was missing a lot of malt and the alcohol dominated the taste.
04-16-2011 05:37:44 | More by cjgator3
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks Jim for sharing this one! Review from written notes.
Into a tulip glass the wheatwine pours a clear reddish copper, with a thin veil of white foam that receded to a thin ring of bubbles. Bright clarity, some frothiness at the edges but not much sticks.
Grainy sweet aroma, some fruity yeast esters.
Smooth wheat, pear and dried apricot, slight perceptible alcohol. Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation, a little tacky or sticky in the finish. Slightly rough around the edges, but tastes decent. Surprised to see the higher ABV listed here. Probably best shared.
01-22-2012 22:25:29 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +9.6%
pours clear amber carmel with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing
smells is huge wheat carmel nutty and some dark fruit malts
taste was a little bit of a let down (kinda thin) - but overall good - very malty carmel nutty some vanilla - reminds me of many old ales
mouthfeel - is a medium body brew with plenty of carbonation and is very smooth and creamy
drinkability is good with this being on the lighter side of the style and still packs a punch
05-05-2010 03:15:09 | More by jsh420
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
I poured this 650 ml bottle into a large wine glass. No best by date.
A: murky cider color, the head quickly falls into a clumpy cap with decent lacing.
S: honey, apricot, sweet apple, nuts, sweet bread, fruity yeast, an undercurrent of earthiness and vanilla.
T: the honey and fruit flavors hit up front, the bread-like malt forms a nice core in the middle upon which hangs a pleasant woody, nutty, and earthy finish.  As this beer warmed I found it to be increasingly unpleasant. Not recommended.
M: medium to full bodied, silky texture, moderate carbonation.
O: I have to admit I am not familiar with wheat wine, but if this is indicative of the style, I think I will try different ones.
04-30-2011 02:02:30 | More by Erish
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured into a Saint Somewhere Brewing wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.
A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain much before it becomes a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing and very little surface foam.
S- Smells hoppy which is confusing. Yeah, there's a sweetness but no wheat.
T- The hops continue in the flavor but are subtle enough to pass for not being a full-on barleywine. Has plenty of the "caramel-like flavors" that the label admits to, but I'm not sure if that's appropriate for this new style hybrid. Alcohol presence is quite diminished for even a 9.3% ABV. I think the bottle has been sitting a while considering I picked it up in Total Wine's clearance section a few months ago. Perfect.
M- A bit of sting from the alcohol. Not the "pillowy" mouthfeel that's intended. Medium carbonation.
O- This beer is delicious but, honestly, it's closer to an IPA or barleywine due to the high bitterness and lack of wheat flavor, so points are lost as a result.
02-09-2012 01:42:01 | More by Immortale25
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away, leaving some delicate lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are sweet aromas of apples, brown sugar, caramel and wheat in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness. Hints of alcohol become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. A light to moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is present in the finish. The mouthfeel starts to become a bit more heavier as the beer warms up.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink considering its strength; however the taste seems rather bland and isn’t that interesting.
08-05-2011 02:14:07 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-04-2012 02:37:51 | More by ThickNStout
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
06-13-2012 23:07:32 | More by FreshHawk
3.76/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-14-2013 18:34:34 | More by bushbeer75
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
A-Pours a ruby tinged amber with a downy light tan, two finger head
S-Smells of dark fruit vanilla and sweet caramel candy.
T- Deep dark fruit and caramel with a bourbon-like finish. It reminds me of a light version of a barleywine.
M-Really smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation and medium to heavy body
D-Pretty easy drinking for a higher ABV beer. I really like the fact that it's it got that distinct barleywine flavor profile but it's a lighter, toned down version.
06-29-2010 03:24:47 | More by samie85
4.38/5 rDev +20%
I poured about 5oz into a tulip glass, and FBC's Wheat Wine made about a finger of bright white head, and had a pretty clear dark copper colored body.
The bouquet is intensely sweet and boozy. There are hints of cherry and vanilla along with a woody starkness.
Taste wise I am getting a bourbon feel. There is a woodiness and the vanilla/cherry flavor, along with a hint of caramel.
This is full in body and taste. Definitely a good sipper and one to appreciate.
09-04-2010 01:34:04 | More by TheSarge
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5.
Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a clear bright light copper color with a moderately-thick off-white head. Doesn't last long, falling to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is pretty sweet with some light cherry and a bit of caramel. Has a good amount of bitterness from the start in the flavor, as well as some light pit-type fruits and a bit of malty sweetness. Light amount of booze--not too much. Heavy bitterness starts to take over a bit. Really dry finish. Flavor doesn't have enough character and the body isn't big enough, but American Barleywine seems to be the closest fit.
05-14-2011 12:57:32 | More by Thorpe429
3.29/5 rDev -9.9%
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
11-16-2013 14:25:12 | More by SportsandJorts
Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.