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

Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat AleLeavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
75
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87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%


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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 15:52:48 | More by thecheapies
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BilbosNuts

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:40:27 | More by BilbosNuts
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bodybyadam

Washington

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2006 06:19:48 | More by bodybyadam
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philbertk

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 05:42:28 | More by philbertk
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 06:10:06 | More by prosper
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:11:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 15:22:38 | More by avalon07
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 13:28:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 04:43:31 | More by mactrail
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:07:21 | More by dbrauneis
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 09:42:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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trxxpaxxs

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:20:47 | More by trxxpaxxs
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 16:35:07 | More by RoyalT
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a snip of fruit, not strong but still appealing. It pours a typical straw yellow with minimal white head. Flavor, though, is pleasing, wheaty and fruity - mainly apple - and enjoyable, if not complex. Texture is a bit on the watery side, but fairly fizzy and leaving a nice tangy finish. This is not a beer that I will actively seek out, but it was worth a fair shake.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:37:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Echo in Portland Oregon.Served with an orange wedge I put on a plate.

Light cloudy straw color with a medium white head. Smells sweet, with wheat and citrus flavor. Very easy to drink and is mild and mighty tasty.

Tasty brew that I was pleased to see on tap here in PDX.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 22:55:05 | More by Dubbercody
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:42:58 | More by mralphabet
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 17:45:40 | More by morimech
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Braz

Washington

3.1/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 07:56:37 | More by Braz
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 03:44:59 | More by canucklehead
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:29:52 | More by OtherShoe2
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:47:57 | More by clayrock81
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froghop

Washington

3.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 04:02:58 | More by froghop
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:19:47 | More by Nerudamann
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:46:11 | More by biboergosum
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Floydster

California

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 19:21:16 | More by Floydster
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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.