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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat AleLeavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 12-23-2003

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Braz:
Photo of Braz
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Duck's and Drakes in Leavenworth. Looks and smells decent enough. Hazy gold with a creamy white head. Smell is light floral, maybe a touch of banana. Taste is very mild and almost has a watered down effect. Has a sort of bitter finish also. Fairly disappointing.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Cloudy orange in color with good carbonation. I had this on-tap and couldn’t gauge the head because the glass was filled to the top (a sin in Germany). The carbonation was classic for the style but the color was a little off.

Smell – The aroma was more of a sweet malt than the traditional wheat or yeast. The orange scent dominated and seemed to have a little spicing to it.

Taste – I ordered this without a lemon but got one in the glass anyway. I like lemon in my hefe weizen but not when I’m trying to review the bier’s flavor.

The yeast flavor did (thankfully) come out a little more at the taste. The orange flavor though stuck out like a sore thumb.

Mouthfeel – This was well-carbonated and smooth, but lacked the traditional fluffiness of a good hefeweizen.

Drinkability – I can’t say that I’d order this one again, although I’d be interested in trying a bottled version to rule out operator error with the keg.

Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, a single somewhat long sought after by yours truly.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow colour, with a single anemic finger of bubbly, limited foamy dirty white head, which leaves but a few measly specks of timid lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet wheat grain, a bit of unripe banana, some mineral/metallic character, a smidgen of sour yeast, and earthy, dead leaf hops. The taste is more sugary wheat graininess, a bit of yeasty breadiness, more mineral tint, and weak leafy, smudged hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate and innocuous, the body a decent enough medium weight, and fairly smooth, at any rate. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty graininess still kind of tainted by some edgy phenols, and underachieving fruit and spice notes.

A so-so hefe, given the other options around there that don't crash 20 bucks for a six pack. A generally agreeable brewer, but this one's a miss.

Photo of mempath
4.65/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, i admit i bought this for the label (mountain bike!) and this is NOT a favorite style...but, just had a post-xmas turkey sandwich...now time to have this 'dessert'

ok, the look of a hefe never bothered me (it's the taste usually)...nice initial stick lacing that dissipates into a small constellation chart...nice. hazy golden/amber, this looks to have a little 'heft'

nose: nice slight grainy nose, can't find the yeast i expected, maybe some hops? weird. and pleasant.

taste: wow...i mean, what flying dog did mixing belgium with the IPA style, this is another sort of mutation, a synergy that works better for sure. nice, bitter hops, quite pronounced but dry enough to let a touch of the wheaty, yeasty come thru...light enough to be refreshing (any time of the year), but bold enough to be had with anything with a bite like, say, dark chocolate with cayenne! the mouthfeel is right for the style as is the carbonation. quite balanced. the taste of course is balanced but at extremes. makes for a very successful, unique brew. cheers to the PIG! i'll be coming back for slop after my mud ride (it's coming down hard now...the trails call....).

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale
12 0z. bottle; no apparent freshness dating.

Appearance: Typical cloudy golden-orange body beneath a full head of creamy white foam. The head retention is good, eventually dropping to a creamy surface covering. Lacing is average.

Smell: Wheat. Some yeasty fruitiness (apple, soft pear).

Taste: A fairly basic wheat beer with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness, and a little bit of actual "yeast" taste. It seems to utilize an English strain. Clean and straightforward, the malt and yeasty fruitiness combine from start to finish. There's very little hop flavor, and only a firm bitterness (as expected).

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body. Gently crisp.

Overall: Given that they've labeled it as a "wheat ale" I have no trouble looking at it as just that. It's an American-style hefeweizen, basic and straightforward. There are no flaws to it, and it's quite drinkable except that it lacks a bit of character. Great summer beer!

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fruity with some wheat and citrus and a touch of yeast as well. The citrus (lemon/orange peel) is what sticks out the most.

T- The taste has some wheat up front with a lot of the citrus flavors that were present in the nose. The finish has a citrusy lemon-like sourness to it.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is not a beer that is going to knock your socks off. However, this beer pretty much does what it is intended to do. It is a light bodied quaffable beer that is flavorful enough to make a decent session beer for these warm summer months here in Florida.

Photo of morimech
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color with a massive head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Adequate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Rather mild aroma. I do detect some esters, mainly banana. A touch of cloves and wheat is about all there is.

Flavor is equally as mild. The yeast add very little to what tastes like a straight up wheat ale. Decent wheat flavor but rather disappointing overall.

Bordering on undercarbonated but it does have a smooth, gentle texture.

Not a good hefewiezen even by American attempts. They should definately change the yeast they brew this beer with.

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some wheat. Taste is also on the mild side, light wheat, a bit of lemon, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, however a bit mild for this style.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up this evening at Brewforia... Call me Grumpy.. but Damn... I'm getting a tad bit pissed off... I wanted a Hefe.. and just like the Dunkelweizen.... I am very disappointed.

Pours very clear deep golden... descent head with little retention and only descent lacing... why is this not cloudy? Throw me a bone.

Nose is pale malts.. toasted malts.. light floral hops.. ZERO phenols and esters.. no banana.. no clove.. no bubblegum.. this is a pile of malts fermented with a clean American yeast.. nothing close to Germany...

Do not call this a Hefe.. fucking nonsense. Steven calls it "crap in a bottle", I won't go that far, but seriously... this needs some sort of influence from Europe.

2.5/2.5/2.5/3/4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that still has decent retention and light lacing. Mild aroma of sweet biscuit malt that seems closer to a light lager. Flavor is equally odd, light biscuit malt with a faint tart, lemony component, finishes slightly tart with slight sweet malt and a grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied. I would never have guessed this was a hefeweizen in a blind tasting. There is a slightly element of wheat and distinct lemon tartness, but tastes more like malt than wheat to me. I would score this higher if it were a deliberate attempt to meld lager and wheat beer, but as a hefeweizen, this is a miss. Otherwise, reasonably tasty and the light tartness would make this a good summer thirst quencher. Not an appropriate choice if you're looking for a classic hefeweizen. I like the looks of the Leavenworth line and wanted to like this more, but off to a rocky start on tasting these.

Photo of Tearik
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very Orange nearly white head. Almost no retention. Moderate Lacing

S- The smell is very wheaty along with some strong citrus tones.

T- The main part of the taste in this beer is a smooth wheatiness. Ends with moderate / strong citrus flavors.

M- Very Very light mouthfeel. You could drink these one after another all day long.

Overall: This beer is a drinker, not a sipper. This is most definitely not a bad thing, as I could envision many days working in the yard or partying at the pool and drinking many of these.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the sides of the glass and some burnt orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a mottled surface of thin film covering the remainder and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma on this beer is very light, much too light for a hefeweizen. I detect some light aromas of wheat with even light notes of lemon citrus, banana, and just a hint of clove.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some lighter flavors of lemon citrus. Just a hint of clove and almost no banana flavors are present at all. There is a light to moderate amount of herbalness to this beer but I'm honestly not sure what that would be coming from...

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This one lacks the banana and clove flavors I expect from a good hefeweizen. Rather lacking in flavor and a little too thin in the mouthfeel for me - I would skip getting this one.

Photo of BilbosNuts
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color that is expected of a hefeweizen. It has a small white head that fades quickly.

S: It has a very wheaty smell with some spices that come through.

T: There isn't much flavor or taste to this beer. Just a simple wheat and bread taste.

M: It has a medium body with a little bite of alcohol at the end.

D: It isn't necessarily a good example of a hefeweizen. It is easy to drink, but I'd look elsewhere if I'm in the mood for a hefeweizen again.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%

Thanks Donkster46!

Serving style : bottle poured into glass.

Appearance (3.75) : Nice, fluffy 2 fingered head on top of a pineapple orange body. Only a shadow of my hand can be seen on the other side in the light. Leaves wisps of lacing around the glass.

Smell (3.25) : Very pale ale-smelling. Some spice, wheat, quite a bit of citrusy hops - but pleasantly fresh, some faint coffee bean.

Taste (4) : Surprisingly great. I expected more hops from the smell but I'm glad it's not here in the taste. It is very good. I get a rich, malty, wheat-y taste profile with hits of coriander and faint citrus rind. A delicious beer all the way around.

Mouthfeel (4) : Creamy, smooth, slightly oily. Medium bodied, ends smoothly.

Overall (3.92) : A Hefe worthy of a try.

Photo of mralphabet
3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass,

A: Pours a very light orange color with 1/2 a fingers worth of white head that settles quickly to a very small ring with no lacing.

S: I'm getting a mix of bread, wheat, orange peel and yeast.

T: OK, much like the smell... the bread and wheat are right up front, mid palate I'm getting a lot of citrus.. lemon and orange we very strong. Finish is clean with very little aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied and crisp, good carbonation, very Hef like.

D: Not a bad little beer... more Bread and wheat than most Hefes I've had. With a 4% ABV you could drink tons of these but there is nothing crazy different with this one... pretty average.

Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a very cloudy orange with lots of sediment, a small off-white head that dissipates rapidly, and good lacing.

smell is of wheat, apricot, and a touch of citrus.

taste is a somewhat watery, wheat, a nice citrus bite of lemon, and a touch of spice, ends a little tangy.

Photo of avalon07
2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not much of a smell here, with some traces of wheat and that's about it.

T: Tasted of some wheat, malt, and a little bubble gum. The major problem in this category is the watery quality. It's a thin brew with almost no character.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: Simply put, this is not a well made beer. It's flavor just isn't up to snuff.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, Jan 2012 dating notched on the side. Pours hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some bits of spotty lacing cling to the glass. Aromas of lemon, banana, clove, orange zest, wheat, bread, and yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit of a metallic note as it warms. Taste of lemon, biscuit, wheat, clove, orange zest, pepper, banana, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, wheat, banana, clove, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; does not approach a watery feel like some I have had. A lot more bready and yeasty than most; but there is some decent amounts of citrus and banana flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly crisp and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Hefeweizen. Good amount of flavor with nice balance and complexity; nicely crisp and easy to drink. It was quite enjoyable.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1st off the label shows a mountain biker which I don't understand how that relates to a whistling pig... 6 pack bottles poured into a tulip

A: Pours a cloudy amber-orange with minimal head, not much lacing and a soft island of foam in the middle.

S: wheat, wheat and more wheat. a little bit of citrus.

T: lots of wheat up front, some lemon rind in the middle followed by sour. almost like the taste of the very end of a lemon.

M: a little heavy and oily. not expecting that from a hef.

D: fairly drinkable, could be a good average daily brew but not really if you are craving a hef. a good mix between a hef and a lager.

Notes: I expected a much lighter and more refreshing drink, this was an amber-orange brew that was pretty heavy feeling.

Photo of chickenflea
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the strangest Hefewiesen I have ever had. Perhaps it's the "alpine-style" designation. It had quite a bite to it and was rather spicy with a hoppy finish. Missing was the creamy texture and subtly sweet aromas of banana and clove. Is this beer 1/3 pale ale? Not a bad combination. Refreshing and tasty. It had the cloudiness of a hefe with a small amount of residue in the bottom of the bottle. The head was small for a hefe. Plenty of lacing and retention. A surprising beer. I will buy it again now that I know what to expect. This beer does not fit neatly into any category.

Photo of turnerr79
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles, WA State.

Light wheat nose, definitely taking a stole down the yellow wheat road. First sip was surprisingly sweet and citrusy. Mild wheat tone rolled in the flavor. Not quite as yeasty as I might want in a hef.

Crisp and easy to drink, but overall falls a bit flat.

Photo of mactrail
2.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice enough with the golden amber color and a medium white foam in the Duvel tulip. Some pencil shavings in the nose. Thin and bitter.

Plain malty background. I can't see that this is any kind of a Hefeweizen. It's an American Pale Wheat. There is a faint note of warm malt and maybe something more tart that could be wheat. The bitterness seems out of place for any kind of wheat beer.

This is like a decent lager gone bad. The bitterness is like old flavorless spices-- medicinal and lacking any aroma. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Photo of bodybyadam
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had smpled this ale at the Hops on Equinox 06 in a 6oz pilsner sampler. This may not have given it justice, however this is what I got.

A: Poured a murky light-citrus color.

S: Almost a citrus aroma lingering.

T: Initial taste was bland and reminded me of watered-down orange juice.

M: this tap could've been near the end.

D: I plan to drive up there and try there others during Octoberfest.

Elbows Up,
Adam

Photo of prosper
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. 5.4% ABV.

Pours fairly clear, even with an aggressive pour. Some whiteish sediment firmly compacted on the bottom of the bottle. Not a really impressive wheaty head, either, something more typical of an average lager. Not off to a strong start for this one.

Smell: sour wet grains. Mild yeasty phenolics, but not pleasant. Almost vomit-like.

Taste is OK. Nothing groudbreaking here. Some sweet bready malts, some fruity yeastiness and some faint phenolics. Tart, almost lemony.

Mouthfeel is average. Not as carbonated as a good hefe ought to be.

Overall, this was quite a disappointment. Generally hefes dont age or travel well, so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's much better fresh. Still, it's only 4 months old, so, I dunno.

Photo of philbertk
2.43/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leavenworth Biers--Fish Brewing Company--Whistling Pig Hefeweizen--Alpine-Style Wheat Ale--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 26 IBU's. (3.25 / 5.0) NW Hefeweizen. Flat white lace line head. Light tight dark sediment. Clear bright pretty gold color hazes ugly orange brown. Mild wheat hop hint front. Thin mild sweet light wheat fruit ester body. Refreshing mild clean thin bland weak wheat end. 4%ABV? Sampled 7/20/2010. 6-Pack $8.99.

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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.