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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
74
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: PorterPounder on 12-23-2003)
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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

tone77, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

rogerthegill, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of prosper
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

prosper, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Emunselle
4.6/5  rDev +44.2%

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.

Emunselle, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

yemenmocha, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of b33rb1tch
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

b33rb1tch, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

clayrock81, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of avalon07
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

avalon07, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +46.7%

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....).

mempath, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

chickenflea, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Anew
3/5  rDev -6%

Anew, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -6%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ankdoktor
4/5  rDev +25.4%

ankdoktor, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of boxofrane
3/5  rDev -6%

boxofrane, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of koo10t
4/5  rDev +25.4%

koo10t, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Abrengle
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Abrengle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -5%

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.

mralphabet, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3/5  rDev -6%

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.

Cyberkedi, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Tearik
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

Tearik, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

OtherShoe2, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

cjgator3, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Nerudamann, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2011
Leavenworth Whistling Pig Wheat Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.