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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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 12-23-2003)
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Reviews by chickenflea:
Photo of chickenflea
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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
3.23/5  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 Psberrier
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +45.8%
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
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +12.1%
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 trocketsauced
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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 TheSamKuehn
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Kuhnzie8637
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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 enelson
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Eighty
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tearik
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Kaleena
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of silverking
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ApplePi
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.