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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
75
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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
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 12-23-2003)
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1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of wieshefe17
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of thecheapies
2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Swirled in yeast gunk late, and it almost killes the look. Sediment at the bottom, amber color and muck haze throughout. Looks uneven. Head is not showing up.

Is this supposed to be a hefe?? Amber grains, ale yeast, mustiness, faint clove, and some wheat malts. Very muted and distant. Prime offender.

Tastes of barley and wheat grains and some flamboyant ale yeast, misused and abused. A kiss of clove and plantain and some unappreciated toastiness. Maybe apple notes. Very watery, in flavor, and the body seems weak. Carbonation is just below par. Unfortunately, a strength, I guess.

Photo of BilbosNuts
2.35/5  rDev -26.8%
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 bodybyadam
2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
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 philbertk
2.42/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of prosper
2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
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 avalon07
2.6/5  rDev -19%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, orange-gold body with a tall, foaming, near-white head.

Smell: Somewhat weak nose, smelling only lightly of bready-scented wheat, stagnant citrus juice, and a weak, weak hint of phenols.

Taste: Lightly bready taste of wheat malt. Little sweetness to grab onto. Then a taste of tangy, old, watered down orange juice hit with spice and bitter herbs folds in. It's kind of unpleasant. Modestly bitter. It's just an odd, unpleasant taste, really, and leaves me with very little hope for their Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen I also picked up. Tangy, thinning finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: From the standpoint of a German hefeweizen, it's not good. At all. From the standpoint of an American Pale Wheat Ale, well, it's also not that good. This is one to skip, folks.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hardly hazy pumpkin orange with a darker cloud of yeastiness oozing down through the beer as all 12 oz were added with one smooth pour. The beige colored crown is on the small side, but looks pretty good all the same. Decent lace too.

The aroma confirms what the appearance suggested. Namely, that there's a considerable amount of toasted malt present, which is unusual in a beer of this style. WP smells like an amber ale because the banana and clove esters that are typically found in a hefeweizen are nowhere to be found.

I'm not sure what Whistling Pig is (the brewery calls it an 'Alpine-Style Wheat Ale'), but it isn't a hefeweizen. No way, no how. No brewer in his right mind would use this much mid-range malt (probably Munich) and would use such a bland yeast strain.

Specifics include well-toasted bread, orange peel, tea leaves, a sandalwood-like spiciness and a small handful of roasted peanuts. Like I said... amber ale. Since it's a decent amber ale, the flavor score won't fall too far. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent.

A few notes. My label reads Whistling Pig Hefeweizen and the ABV is listed as 5.4%. It looks like all but one review is from the tap, so maybe Fish changed things a little when they bottled. The mouthfeel isn't the least bit porky and is lacklusterly bubbled.

Whistling pigs are actually marmots that live in the vicinity of the Fish Brewing Company. They're most plentiful in a place called Whistling Pig Meadow. I thought those few facts were much more interesting than the beer.

Photo of mactrail
2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
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 ApplePi
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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 trxxpaxxs
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy apricot color. There is a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing, but it fades quickly.

S: Smells mainly of wheat. There is more nice sweetness in the aroma (which is to be expected for a Hefeweizen). Overall there isn't much going on here.

T: There is some initial sweetness with a decent amount of carbonation. Nice clean finish, but it's almost forgettable. I'm not overly impressed with this beer

M: Clean and crisp. No lingering flavors.

D: At 4%, and not much complexity to this beer I could drink a lot of it in a sitting. But I wouldn't want to. One taste is enough.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this beer. I'm glad to have tried it, but if I were to see it on the shelves of my local bottle shop I would pass on by.

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.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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