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Wheat Wine Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 4
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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2/5  rDev -45.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

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.

cjgator3, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of claytong
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this might be a really interesting beer. I was wrong. It tasted more like a Miller Lite wanting to be a barleywine. I don't know, I guess I saw what they were aiming for, but they were quite far away. There isn't much to this beer except for a decent abv and a taste similar to some not so well prepared grainy soup served cold. I'm being a bit harsh, but I was let down especially for the money I threw away on it. Do yourself get a 4 pack of uintas barleywine for the same price as 22oz of this crap. Or do yourself a better one if you want something great get jw lees harvest ale. dont try this guy.

claytong, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of aranton
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

aranton, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

akttr, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of codewarrior
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into a chalice.

Picked this up as a prelude to the 2009, 2010 Nemesis I just got in a trade. And was severely disappointed by the typically solid Fort Colins Brewery.

A: Pours clear amber. 1 finger head. Looks tasty.

S: Extremely sweet. Grainy. Bits of grass and pollen.

T: Very rich and sweet up front, no depth, falls off into a hollow aspertane-y aftertaste quickly.

F: Way, way too thin for anything that calls itself a wine.

D: meh. couldn't finish a glass.

codewarrior, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of seeswo
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Wheatwine search continues...and will still continue after trying the Fort Collins Wheat Wine Ale. Why? It tastes like nothing. There is a shocking lack of flavor, whether it be off flavors, alcohol, wheat, wheatwine, anything. It is actually somewhat impressive that they have created a smooth, 9.3% ABV brew. Of course, I don't really know anyone who might be interested in a whatwine enough to pick it up who would also prefer one that tastes like nothing.

No need to beat a dead horse.

seeswo, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of J2L
3/5  rDev -17.8%

J2L, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont yesterday. Poured a rich medium amber color, with a little light tan head. Aromas of caramel, candied apples and light brown sugar. Full bodied and syrupy on the palate, way too sweet, with candied apples, caramel and booze. Disappointing.

emmasdad, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind BIF beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. In the Blind BIF I described this beer as a bad barleywine.

Beer is light in color but has a copperish / slightly red hue to it, thick head with bad retention.

Aroma is sweet and malty like you'd expect a barleywine, there is some other notes in there as well but overall nothing too surprising.

Beer is thin and super dry at the finish. This is where I got confused because this isn't a barleywine. It is sweet at the get go but the midpalate flavors fall flat and flounder a bit, nothing going on in the back except this astringent grainy acidity and cotton mouth. Harsh all around.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, May 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

steve8robin, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of SFLpunk
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN (right next to Libation Station). 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a thick crystal clear deep amber with frothy off-white head.

Nose: Sticky sweet smelling with lots of dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins, apricots) and some orchid-like floral notes. Also, toasted bread, some rawhide, and milk-chocolate-covered caramel.

Palate: Medium-bodied which is surprising given the densely-packed nose. Palate is somewhat thin, really. Tanned leather, figs, dried orange peel, potpourri, tangerine and a thin watery finish which is lightly bitter.

Notes: Wow, you know - some beers can surprise you. This one smells great and like a thick chewy monster, but on the palate its really light and mostly a let down. Smuttynose set the bar really high for this style, I think. I've loved just about everything else from FCB, but this is disappointing. Bummer.

SFLpunk, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Erish
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. [edit] 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.

Erish, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of SportsandJorts
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

SportsandJorts, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
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.

FreshHawk, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

metter98, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of klewis
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, reddish-copper with a moderate bubbly head. Specks of lacing.

S: Biscuity with light floral esters.

T: Toffee with some residual sweetness before a mild hop bitterness sets in. A bit boozy.

M: Medium-full-bodied. A high level of carbonation negates the smoothness of the wheat giving a somewhat prickly mouthfeel.

D: Enjoyable, but far from the best in the style. Worth a try.

klewis, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first wheat wine, but I really enjoy barley wines. So this should be right up my alley.

I opened a bomber and poured it into a snifter glass. I wanted to hold in the aroma as much as possible.

On the pour I got minimal head. After that, the head dies down to a halo. I could smell a lot of malt without putting my head close to the glass. I also see some feet on the glass, which isn't a surprise considering the alcohol content.

After settling, I smelled the glass again. I still get a lot of malty smell. There is a lot of sweetness on this. I also get some caramel.

I get the malt in each drink of this moderately heavy beer. There is more caramel in each drink.
I also get a lot of venous flavor in this (not a surprise).

This was a pretty good experience. I'm glad to try this new style. Thank you FCB.

ummswimmin, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours brilliantly clear copper with off white head. The aroma is light and fruity and just as much fusel like notes as anything else. The taste is pretty sweet with malty and fruitiness coming from plums, cherries and raisins with mild to somehow harsh booziness around the edges. Pretty nice albeit young brew. I think I need to age some.

BigMcLargeHuge, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of mlhyatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mlhyatt, Feb 23, 2014
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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.