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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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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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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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RJLarse

Washington

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 18:12:27 | More by RJLarse
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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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RedDiamond

Oregon

4/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2008 03:52:48 | More by RedDiamond
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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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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:46:00 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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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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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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larryi86

Delaware

3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:36:56 | More by larryi86
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:02:35 | More by superspak
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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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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:22:31 | More by tone77
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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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Emunselle


4.6/5  rDev +43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:01:12 | More by Emunselle
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:58:08 | More by yemenmocha
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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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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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mempath

Pennsylvania

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....).

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 19:49:42 | More by mempath
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chickenflea

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 17:45:06 | More by chickenflea
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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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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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Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.