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Wheat Wine Ale - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
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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Mdog

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Big malt, dark fruit, caramel.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, raisin, soft candy flavor. Sweet, but not over the top.

Overall: Reminds me of an English barleywine with not as heavy of a body. I don't get much in the way of weizenbock/dark wheat fruit flavors, more caramel. Still quite a tasty beer even if it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:25:07 | More by Mdog
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerandnottobe.

Pours a pleasant clear reddish amber colour, with a pocked and inconsistent head of pure white. Body is quite thick and heavy, but the carbonation scapes from it with relative ease. Overall, a decent, but not exceptional looking brew.

Nose is pleasantly sweet and spiked with an interesting grassy hoppiness that leavens and skewers the aroma. There are some spicy estery characters as well, giving a sense of tropical sharpness. It's like it's coming to that spicy, fresh and bright aroma from two different angles: the hops and the yeast. It's really quite fascinating.

Really exceptionally disappointing on the palate, however, with a light, mild wheaty porridge character forming the basis, with some hints of spice trying vainly to spark it up. Rather flat and unappealing overal, which is a real shame.

Feel is actually very light, but lengthened and stretched by that adhesive grain starch character, which seems to hold on to the palate for longer than it's welcome.

Eh. It's ok, but it really needs some sort of purpose, and it doesn't have it. It makes me wonder why I'm drinking it, and that's never a really good sign.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:55:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-25-2012 02:26:31 | More by Shango42
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:40:10 | More by oberon
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter glass

A: pours a clear light amber color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of frothy cream colored head that dissipates rather rapidly and leaves a nice amount of lacing 4
S: slight scent of vanilla and spices, definitely has a solid spice note and slight alcohol bite 4
T: begins with a solid woody note similar to scotch, kicks in with a bit of vanilla in the middle 4.5
M: thick, medium carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling thick and sticky 4
O: really drinks nicely, not harsh at all, nice taste notes 4

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 01:29:59 | More by BigPlay1824
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foss69lh


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure about the 'wine' labeling, as this full-bodied ale has little to do with either wine or barley wine, but offers exceptional body, balance and flavor from a wheat-based brew, and is the best and most flavorful I have tasted from wheat in a full ale-style. I would highly recommend this both as an ale and for its novelty if you can find it, as I have been informed by my retailer that it is no longer available or being made?

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:59:58 | More by foss69lh
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-19-2012 20:05:34 | More by mcallister
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:42:01 | More by Immortale25
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber bottle to snifter.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color and crimson color with a thiin beige head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A nice fruity aroma of sweet cherries. Hints of brandy and light hops with a thick malt character.

T/M - I actually tasted bitter hops up front. It immediately melts to a smooth and mellow blend of malt and wheat. Hints of sweet fruit in the middle. Pretty thick complex flavor. Hides the alcohol warmth very well. The wheat really contibutes to a creamy feel. Quite interesting. Decent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Easy to put down for such a big beer.

Overall, I would definately get another brew. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-12-2011 02:29:56

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 15:08:30 | More by hopfacebrew
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emerge077

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:25:29 | More by emerge077
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep amber color. tan head. crystal clear. fair retention. good lacing.

sweet. malty. some slight floral hop aroma. some yeasty esters. bready. caramel. some slight alcohol aroma. kettle caramelization.

sweet throughout. much caramel malt and kettle caramelization. some floral and citrus hop flavors. some bitterness in the finish. still sweet in the finish.

medium/full mouth feel. soft, very soft.

great, great beer. kinda reminds me of a low IBU barleywine. not alot of the bready wheat flavors i expected, unless much residual sweetness is a definition of wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:50:57 | More by spitInTheOcean
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akttr

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-24-2011 04:40:04 | More by akttr
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nandemo1

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-21-2011 18:50:15 | More by nandemo1
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip.

Appearance- There is a half-finger of airy, light brown foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles are crackling on the lid. The body is a dark, ruby-auburn.

Smell- There is a sweet, candied cherry like flavor that mingles with raisin. You also really have to get your nose in it to pick up the smells.

Taste- Raisin mixes with a grassy hop that was not any where on the nose. Earthy hop notes and toasted malt come out strongly in the finish. I am surprised that wheat or a cereal like quality is not coming out.

As it stands, the flavors mix quite well, maybe a little too hoppy.

Mouth feel- A solid medium body. It is pretty creamy, but a little too fizzy and too much tingle from the hops. It would be better if it could be smoothed out a little.

Overall- This one has the nose of a decent doppelbock and the flavors of a toasted malt and dark fruit barleywine with bittering hops getting in the way just a little bit. Small things stand in the way of this affordable wheatwine ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:56:05 | More by Pintofbrown
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 04:03:09 | More by bigdaddypolite
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky copper and crimson color and 1.5 finger head.

S: candy and cherry aroma

T: bitter dark fruit finish. wheat and molasses notes. Fairly sweet overall.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This beer is hard to judge. Many flavors and everyone seems to perceive them differently. A nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 00:40:05 | More by kylehay2004
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:25:13 | More by ummswimmin
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MrDonQuixote

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- slight ambery profile, with not much of a head

S- smells of hops and a light smell of wheat and grain

T- Nice and wheaty, but has a nice bite duh to the the high alcohol content. Slight oak taste, hint of carmel. Even has a bit of a fruit hint in there

M- Nice thick wine consistency and nice carbonation profile

O- Nice wheat beer, not too intense, and has a great all around flavor that is slightly unique

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 05:57:25 | More by MrDonQuixote
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:14:07 | More by metter98
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery color with a thin layer of creamy tan foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass. Some nice lacing.

Very sweet smelling. Caramel and maple syrup comes to mind.

Yum. Big sweetness with caramel and maple syrup heading the pack. Big hop presence as well with some warm alcohol coming in at the end. Really, some good flavor and pretty complex. Maybe just a bit watered down however.

Very smooth, medium bodied, but lacks in carbonation. Not a lot, but enough to notice it.

I rather like this one. I think its taste is right on for the style. Could use some refining in other areas, but this is a nice wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:45:08 | More by jera1350
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:39:49 | More by Billolick
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a clear, medium copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pleasant, full wheat aromas with a bit of bubblegum included.

T: Sweet flavors of light molasses and mild spices, perhaps anise. Light bitterness balances the sweetness and keeps it from being cloying. Flavor is fairly consistent from the start to the end of each sip. As the beer warms, a touch of vinous, port-like flavor enters. Alcohol is totally hidden.

M: Medium body, not a lot of carbonation, but very soft and smooth.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's quite quaffable and uncomplicated. Not something I would go after too frequently, and you need to watch the ABV because it sneaks up on you. But I would definitely buy it again for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:51:27 | More by AmericanGothic
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:22:48 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 12:57:32 | More by Thorpe429
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery-caramel with a nice 2-finger off-white head.

Smells fruity and spicy with caramel-soaked pears, apricots and a lot of pepper and clove from both the yeast and the hotter alcohol. Malt is moderate. Hops seem noble with their delicate floral tones.

Palate is medium-bodied with loads of hoppy bitterness and peppery alcohol over a moderate maltiness- more mild caramel and fruit tones. A little estery bubblegum flavor too.

Personally I could use a little more maltiness to balance out the hops and alcohol, but seeing as how wheat isn't nearly as chewy as barley, I suppose that means this is decent for the style. Even still, I enjoyed this and would happily drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 04:04:15 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.