Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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4.68/5 rDev +46.3%
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....).
12-27-2011 19:49:42 | More by mempath
4.6/5 rDev +43.8%
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.
03-18-2012 16:01:12 | More by Emunselle
4/5 rDev +25%
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.
02-01-2008 03:52:48 | More by RedDiamond
3.9/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
03-08-2012 02:58:08 | More by yemenmocha
3.85/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
10-17-2011 21:40:06 | More by Tearik
3.68/5 rDev +15%
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.
09-11-2012 04:02:35 | More by superspak
3.6/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
08-27-2011 00:32:07 | More by cjgator3
3.56/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
01-17-2013 02:36:56 | More by larryi86
3.55/5 rDev +10.9%
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!
06-23-2011 14:41:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
03-14-2010 03:55:10 | More by barleywinefiend
3.48/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
04-22-2012 17:22:31 | More by tone77
Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.