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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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Reviews: 44
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: PorterPounder on 12-23-2003

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 107
Photo of mempath
4.65/5  rDev +46.2%
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....).

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Photo of Emunselle
4.56/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still my favorite Hefewizen to date. Always on the look for the best Hef and this one is at the top. It has all the right flavors and none of the oddities of some like Gordon Biersch's Hef having a bubble gum flavor in it. I know many like the sweet fruity flavors in some Hefs, like banana, but I am partial to the citrus, clove and wheaty flavor. If you like these qualities you'll like Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefewiezen.

The smell is refreshing and gets my mouth watering right before I take my first drink. It smells like wheat beers should and gets you ready for the flavor that comes next.

The appearance is typical, a bit cloudy and golden.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Though the flat, doughy aroma immediately informs me this is not a Bavarian-style hefeweizen (my preference, or at the very least, my assumption upon hearing the German name), I am quickly sold on the smooth flowing body that folds across the palate like flannel. And the adorning lace is regal.

Have I bitched yet today about how I wish breweries would stop calling American wheat beers hefeweizens? I suppose I have. That said, this Whistling Pig is a very agreeable ale. It is densely translucent in a shade of blonde honey and comes served in a svelte weizen glass with the obligatory wedge of lemon. The name references the marmots common to the Cascade Mountains surrounding Leavenworth.

If you can taste nutrition (and certainly you can), it's likely to be noted in a clouded wheat beer whose suspended yeasts add protein and B-vitamins, and whose wheat adjunct adds a dry zest. And while I can't speculate as to what nutrient value dry zest may have, I'm willing to take my chances with the likes of this liquid bread. Whistling Pig has a relatively subdued flavor, but is a clean and drinkable beer tonic with good body and refreshment value. Recommended.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy and dark orangey-gold color, yet thin head on top. Nose is somewhat faint for the style, especially compared to other hefe-Weizen examples I've enjoyed this week. Palate has plenty of wheatcrackery flavors, some banana clove, and a yeasty/bready character that is nice. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Tearik
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2 12 oz bottles poured into a Weizen glass

A- A hazy golden copper color with a four finger white head.

S- Floral, bitter herbs, lemons, wheat...kind of weak...

T- Wheat, some cloves, floral, touch of lemon, hint of banana, better than the nose, but again it is a little of the weak side.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is an easy drinking beer and has enough flavor, but there are other hefes I like better. I did get this in a beer exchange so I am not complaining, but I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lightly clouded deep yellow with a small white head.Nose is clove, wheat and citrus. taste is wheat, cits, like emon, clove and more booze than I expected from such a low ABV beer. Mouthfeel is heavier, maltier, and pretty deep. Pretty good overall and worth shot.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very cloudy burnt orange with solid white head, nice lace.

S: Very bready, notes of winter spice - cinnamon/nutmeg which I liked, no esters per the style.

T: Very wheaty, some dark malt flavours in there. Lemony hops, various citrus zest. This is not a hefe. I really wish American breweries would stop labeling beers hefes that clear aren't. For an APWA a good flavour, in that style a 4, but as a hefe I can only give it a 3.

M: Light-bodied and crisp, good biting carbonation, very solid.

D: After picking up the very tasty (and true to style) Leavenworth Alt, I was let down a bit by this offering. When I expect a hefe, I want a hefe. Take this as an APWA and you won't be disappointed, it's one of the better ones of that generic style that I've had.

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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of turnerr79
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass, lemon offered and declined.

Pours a cloudy bright orange/gold color with frothy white head. Moderate lacing from sticky foam.

Smell is a faint bread aroma. Not remarkable.

Taste is a weak biscuit flavor with a dry mildly bitter citrus, lemon and orange, finish.

Mouthfeel is wet and clean. A good thirst quencher

Good drinkability on this one. It's no hefe, but it is a refreshing American wheat ale. I'd have it again, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Bailey's Taproom on 5/28/09, reviewed from notes, color is a cloudy yellow with some mild orange tint, ½ inch creamy white head, not much retention or lacing, aroma had wheat, lemons, mild cloves, grains, cereal, sweet malt, and bread, this stuff starts off with toasted bread, even more chewiness in the middle with other malts and grains, finishes with a big wheat flavor that fades a bit into light citrus, overall flavor is weak and feels like I am chewing on something rather than drinking a beer at times, even though it is light overall, too much chewy texture in the mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated, almost a bit watered down, could drink a lot of this stuff but not much going on, almost too light, flavor stays the same and is pretty boring to begin with, would not drink again, might be worth trying

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Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass since I don't have a weizen glass.

Look - somewhat pale amber in color, murky, with about half a finger of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - not very strong, but a typical wheat beer type of smell, maybe a hint of clove or orange.

Taste and Mouthfeel - also a fairly typical wheat beer's taste, but pretty mellow and subtle. Slight muskiness. Again, maybe a slight hint of orange or clove. The texture is a pretty good and balanced. Not much of an aftertaste.

Overall - not a bad beer at all, but not terribly unique- or interesting-tasting.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great start with a cloudy orangish body and a good, foamy head, on a rather underperforming aroma for this style (minimal lemony/citric/yeast/wheat/spice notes...more airy) but not bad...too bad these are highlights for this beer. This beer is alright but it it's close to lawnmower beer for spring/summer...it is sharp and crisp but the wheat twang one expects for that filling body is barely there so it also comes across as watery. And rather a sharp, exciting, complex spicy/pepper mix of some sort there's just little pricks of clove and as for that sharp lemonzest that is barely around...in fact if anything I got something like a pear or apple skin. Finish is dulled and murkey and this was a one-and-done.

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Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hoppy Hefe that really lacks the banana and cloves side and so borders more on the American Wheat style. I found it very drinkable but a little simple to maintain any longterm interest. There are better beers on tap at the Fishbowl. They need to kick this one up a notch.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque orange/gold with an ok head. No retention at all.

Some sweet wheat and yeast in the nose. Looking for spice or fruit, not getting much.

Some wheat and grain. A bit coarse in some husk bitterness. In fact, this one is over-bitter. Finish is fairly clean. I'm looking for more and just not getting it.

Lighter bodied. Good carbonation.

Didn't really dig this. Grain flavors were ok, but this one lacks drinkability and complexity. Just barely ok.

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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.