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Lemongrass Wheat Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Lemongrass Wheat Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Lemongrass Wheat Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
71
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Wheat ale brewed with lemongrass and muscat grape juice"

22 IBU

(Beer added by: DaveHS on 10-05-2011)
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Reviews by kscaldef:
Photo of kscaldef
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: poured into a pint glass, only the smallest of heads that quickly dissipates to nothing but a couple bubbles on top of the beer. Color is a very light orange, close to yellow. Some small bubble trains in the beer.

S: The muscat grapes were apparent during the pour, but not as much in the glass. Mostly lemongrass in the aroma with a simple wheat note.

T: Not much complexity... like a light wheat beer mixed with a bit of white grape juice. The lemongrass doesn't show up much in the taste.

M: Nearly flat.

O: A pretty weak offering from the Reserve Series. Drinkable, but this should be a standard priced 6-pack beer, not an expensive 22.

kscaldef, Dec 12, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a snifter the beer was a bright red/orange color with just a rim of head.

Sweet, fruity aroma: lemon, grape, pineapple.

Grape taste, like drinking Manischewitz. Alcohol noticeable, not that pleasant. What happened to the lemongrass?

Too sweet, a little hot.

Not at all to my liking. Will not try this one again.

lordofthewiens, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a dusting.

The aroma is sweet citric wheaty malts, honey and grapes.

The flavor is bready malts, sweet grape juice and honey with some musty yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit watery with some slight spritzy carbonation.

Overall, it’s OK - overly sweet.

Beaver13, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
1/5  rDev -66.8%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, I was really excited about this beer. I grow lemon grass in my herb garden and always have tons of it, which I cut, minced, strip etc and freeze so I can have all sorts of Asian delights during the winter.

The last time I heard of lemongrass in a beverage was back in the 70's, I think it was Stoli who made a Vodka with lemongrass.

The pour was a golden tan, somewhat darker than other wheat beers. There was only a slight hint of wheat in the nose but I could not really detect the lemon grass, which is generally so noticeable.

Even after the first sip, I tasted the wheat type of beer, perhaps a small hint of lemon, but to me it wasnt lemongrass. Maybe the muscat grape sweeteened it up too much.

The touch of lemon did make this a lively beer, but in the end, I was disappointed, because it was another average wheat beer and for me, missing what I was looking for , the lemongrass!

rdilauro, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of hreb
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz of lemongrass wheat ale in a bomber in a brown cardboard box. Poured into pint glass, beer is a very pale and crystal clear orange/yellow with zero head. Why would they have filtered such a high-gravity wheat ale? Aroma suggests lemonade as much as lemongrass. Flavor is of lemonade as well. The texture is oddly both thin and heavy. Beer is plenty cold but carbonation is fine and pretty low in quantity. There's plenty of sweetness, but it's necessary given the high alcohol level with little else going for it. Wheat seems to have been used as an adjunct to brew a low-Lovibond beer rather than as a way to get what into the beer. Oh, and muscat grape juice, ditto.

Disappointing; I'd had high hopes. Those seeking a lemongrass beer should seek out CBC's Tiger Bite (at about half the ABV!)

hreb, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ElGordo
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours without any trace of a head. Body is a pretty golden-orange color. Sweet aroma of primarily muscat grapes, with a hint of crisp wheat and just a faint whiff of lemongrass after it warms up a bit. Palate is sweet up front, again heavy on muscat grapes. Notes of orange marmalade and light malted wheat, without much suggestion of lemongrass. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and sticky, without which the relatively high alcohol content would be nearly undetectable. This is reminiscent (if not the same recipe) as Widmer's 2004 OBF entry, Muscat Love. Like that beer, I think the grapes should have gotten top billing on this one, as they are the dominant flavor, not the lemongrass.

ElGordo, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bona2vada
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%

bona2vada, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Pretzels
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Pretzels, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard bomber poured into a wine glass, a rare visit to the Wheatwine style and my first from a bottle. Pours a moderate gold with a touch of apricot, mostly clear but with a bit of haze. A thin cap of foam lacks staying power, looking like a sweet wine in short order.

Aroma is a bit light and reaching. Touch of lemon, hint of wheat and some perceived alcohol. Lack of carbonation is surely a factor here. Touch of ripe tropical fruit and some hop notes appear briefly after some agitation and warming, yet diminish too swiftly.

Somewhat sweet in flavor yet not overly so. Gathers a bit of complexity with warming but still seems a bit run of the mill. Offers an enjoyable fruity flavor and is light in body for the ABV. Finish is vinous in nature with the Muscat ruling the day. Subtle and delicate overall and a rare quandary of a beer for me. A firmer carbonation would be in order for me as the beer is too sweet and vinous as is though still causing me to pause for a moment. Bit of a bump as it warms up...

HalfFull, Nov 10, 2011
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2/5  rDev -33.6%

leinie13, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +32.9%

cougarbait, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Gobigvt7
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle in a DFH "pint"

very light gold with a hint of tan. looks highly carbonated, but a very fine carbonation (like champagne yeast or something). Head quickly flees, no legs, no lacing.

smells pretty green, some pine and resiny hops, a little medicinal (a la DFH Saison Du Buff). Rosemary?

Hmmm. I have not eaten a blade of lemongrass in my life, so I cannot compare, but I'm told it's rather lemony? This has a little citrus, herbs, hops. Backs up the medicinal promise of the nose. Definitely sweet. I'm getting a little bit of the wheat malt, but it's more distracting than helping.

Sticky and thick, cloying sweetness. Carbonation has long since dissipated.

Weiiird. Weird. I don't hate it, but I definitely don't love it. I don't know why they made this a wheat beer, it seems better served by going the saison route (like Du Buff). Some of the flavors work, others don't, and it's way too sweet to be a repeat drink.

Gobigvt7, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Bluegrass49
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Bluegrass49, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

gregshead, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy golden amber. Half finger white head dissipates almost immediately into a ring around the glass. Aroma of lemon and unidentifiable herbs, a bit of orange, light sweet malt. Flavor is sour lemon and orange rind, light vinegar acidity with subdued malt. Finish is lemon sourness with a slight metallic element. The initial flavor seems in line with a citrus sour beer, but this is too unbalanced and sharp in the finish. Light bodied. I'm not sure that wheatwine is the proper category for this, it does not resemble any wheatwine I've ever tasted except for ABV. An interesting experiment that did not work for me.

LiquidAmber, Sep 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -33.6%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Lueken's Big Town Liquors (Dunedin, FL). 9.99. Bottled 09/15/11. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a muddy orange with a finger and a half of white head that fades quickly. No head.

Smell is very different from other wheat wines. Sour white grape, red wine, lemon (lemon grass, perhaps?) and an almost wet mildewed wheat. Strange and near off-putting.

I don't know if the brewer's intentions were to brew a sour (and admittedly I don't drink sours) but it seems like that is what this is. Very tart grape, sour lemon, wheaty sweetness, vinegar, wet grass, musty, earthy and funky. But no booze.

Medium light body with a mild yet present carbonation. Dry tart finish.

I love wheat wines but this just isn't my cup of tea. If I enjoyed sours this would perhaps be a dream come true. That's just not the case. This was way too tart and too much of a departure from a wheat wine for me to finish a glass, let alone a bottle. No thanks.

ThickNStout, May 26, 2013
Photo of Pugs78
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Pugs78, May 04, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored beer with essentially no head formed.

Smell is sweet spicy and fruity. Nice lemon grass aroma with some white wine scent. Little bit of a sour tang here like sour grapes. Grassy scent of noble hops.

Starts out sweet and sour and quite fruity tasting. This is certainly sweet and approaches my tolerance for it in a wheat beer. Something like grape soda with lemon grass in it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just OK. This is just too sweet. It would have been better if they had left out the grapes and made a dry Lemon Grass spiked wheat beer.

Zorro, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with no head, just a thin ring of brilliant white bubbles.

S-Muscat grape sweetness, honey, canned fruit cocktail syrup.

T/M-Has the same muscat grape sweetness as Midas Touch, but not nearly as cloying or syrupy. The lemongrass provides a bright, dry note mid-palate. Very subtle. The malt backbone is bready and supportive. Medium bodied with light, soft carbonation.

O-These Brothers' Reserve series beers keep getting better all the time. A solid effort from an increasingly relevant brewery.

DaveHS, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Metatron6
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Metatron6, Feb 15, 2013
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Lemongrass Wheat Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.