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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat AleMarin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale

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very good

143 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 58
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 110
Reviews by PuckLSHS:
Photo of PuckLSHS
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Hollingshead in Orange, CA today.

Appearance - light brown/amber in color. Head did not hold long but it was nice enough to dissipate leaving a pretty little bit of lace in the pint glass.

Smell & Taste - Not overwhelming but it has a bit of sweetness to it. Very much the same feel as a light wine would be. The smell does not overpower the senses and I wish it actually had a bit more to it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability - nice amount of carbonation and left a little bit of bitterness at the end. I am not a giant fan of the brew, but it is good if you want to pack a little bit of punch into your day due to the high alcohol content in the brew. I would get it again and I have had it more than once already.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful florescent orange color with a good and all-white head. This looks like a shiny Abbey Tripel with tons of sediment.

Smell – The authentic wheat aroma is balanced by a very significant hop compliment. This is like nothing that I’ve ever smelled before. The yeast is not of the weizen variety; it is more like wheat that you would find growing in a Midwest field.

The luscious fruits are soaked in booze. The green cherries, oranges, big watermelon, and cantaloupe are very fresh and pickled.

Taste – I didn’t taste this until it warmed almost to room temperature. This is a very unique and complex ale.

The wonderful wheat flavors are unabashed, and the hop balance is big enough to get noticed. The fruits calm down a bit from the nose, but they are there as well. There’s also some sugary sweetness to this one, making it one of the most complex beers that I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and definitely not a German weizen. The alcohol sting was a little much but otherwise this was a mouthful.

Drinkability – The effective balancing made this a rare find: a big, extreme brew that went down easily.

Comments – What a score! I love tasting different and exotic beers, and this one surely fit the bill. This was sent to me by mickeymac, and he couldn’t have picked a better offering.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Hazed-over straw, epic head retention

SMELL: Nougat, orange pith, boozy alcohol, white cherries, grassy, almonds, white pepper, mandarin oranges, bread crust

TASTE: Smooth, sublimely creamy, full bodied, loaf of bread, Grape Nuts, fermented wheat twang, bitter, boozy, chalky, inner sweetness, lemon peel, husky, melon rind, peppery, rose water, yeast, dried grassy finish

Very bold without getting in our faces too much, this is a massive ale, but that’s expected for this style … a style that is still being defined. Cheers to Marin Brewing Co. for not hopping the crap out of this Wheatwine; the massive malt backbone is the showcase from the first sip to the last drop.

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray. After having those two Ridgeways, it was a relief to drink this. Pours cloudy amber-orange. Big off-white head. Caramel, dates, figs, wheat, honey, and bread/dough in the nose. Hops and dough in the taste, with that nice barleywine caramel mixing nicely with the wheat. Citrus and sugar in the finish. The alcohol is well-masked. A great beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage here. Appearance: Deep orange slight cloudiness with a massive cream colored head that is quite resilient. lacing stays in thick patches appearance is all bueno here. Aroma: Doughy from the yeast, has nutty tones around the edges, with a massive wheat malt driven alcohol nose very full. Taste: Nuts, cream, fruit undertones, hop bitterness leaving it's mark in full, a massive wave of flavors that have to be picked apart this is a tough one here. I found this beer while living in SoCal but never gave it a shot, so here I am well over a year trying it a gain I thought a triple wheat sounded interesting and boy was I right, with a bready belgian yeast sharp tones of wheat malt this beer is incredible still after the aging process I am currently searching for a fresh sample to compare so send it my way. Overall Mouthfeel: Syrupy oily resins line the palate but there is still a smooth crispness that can be enjoyed in the winter or summer awesome. Drinkability: I must say so much flavor makes this a bit overwhelming so send me another bottle so I can have two.

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber in the glass with a 3 finger head that slowly melts to an impressive sticky lacing.
Aromas of fruits...citrus orange...and sweet malt.
Mouth is met with a sweet orange marmalade and then soft grapefruit hops.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...aftertaste a slow fading of the tastes with only slight drying.
Wow...Triple Wheat?
My first Wheat Wine and I love it.
Oh yeah...while I might not notice the alcohol in the taste so much, I definitely feel it's effects.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No prior biases, thanks awaisen from California. Good aroma, left by C hop. Well hopped taste, good white head. Very smooth drink of wheat, not very complex, very present orange citrus. The alcohol was high and hitting you at the end. Good full mouthfeel. Not too sweet, but well malted very drinkable.

Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a generic tulip glass. Rosy, tangerine body with a dense but small off-white head, receding to a thin but persistent band ringing a film of pinhole-bubbles. Sharp angled lacing with thin but sticky legs. Clarity is adequate, yet slightly foggy...

Aroma is surprisingly restrained (at any temperature) - floral, grainy, and sweet with a bit of nail polish scent from the alcohol.

The flavor is much stronger - rich malt liquor, vinuousness, dark wheat, flour, and raw sugar on the palate - bleeding together and proceeded quickly by a wave of bitterness and (moreso) ester-laden alcohol notes (hints of scotch, sherry, and prunes). The finish is sweet and pungent with another wave of grain. Potent, but a bit rough. Somewhat syrupy in flavor. A touch of spice too...

Medium-bodied, very lightly tannic and/or astringent; a bit prickly from the synthesis of alcohol, carbonation, and phenols.

Rather sweet and "raw" tasting. My first example of the style - but if this is indicative I would recommend sticking to barleywine...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, *2450* from a 22oz bomber. The initial pour delivers a surprisingly clear, deep golden body with the exception that particulate can clearly be seen rising and falling amidst its turbulent, effervescent carbonation. A second pour, however, changes all that and it takes on the haze normally associated with the style. The foamy, bright-white head holds exceptionally well and leaves solid sheets of lace about the glass. The nose is yeasty and fruity with a touch of pepper, citrusy with hops, and backed by a wheatish malt. The body is medium-full (or is it full-medium?) and the natural, effervescent carbonation bristles on the tongue. Its flavor is bold and rich with a slap of lightly-tart fruit and yeast at the outset, followed by a luxurious wheat-based maltiness. A peppery spiciness appears towards the swallow; and it finishes dry but with a note of sweet, sugar-cookie-dough-like malt that lingers amidst a gentle spiciness from the alcohol. It's an impressive brew; yet it may be slightly over-done as the alcohol becomes obvious even within a twelve ounce serving (cutting down on its drinkability). Still, this is an excellent beer to enjoy while relaxing in the backyard on a cool summer evening as the sun sets. Recommended.

Photo of ElGordo
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. A darker golden body is topped by about an inch of sturdy, creamy white head that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Not a whole lot of aroma - light caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit, some grassy hops, and a generous whiff of alcohol. Palate is light mellow wheat and malt, becoming sweeter towards the finish. A moderate hop profile holds notes of sweet plum, grass, and a touch of pine. Body is velvety smooth, with very light, mellow carbonation - just beautiful. Although the high alcohol content makes it a tricky proposition to tackle an entire bottle, this is a highly enjoyable beer. Find a friend to share it with.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of monkeylice
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apple juice color with a copper hue, minimal off white head, and some carb action.

Has a sweet banana/caramel malt smell with a slight citrus hops aroma.

Moderately/heavy sweet/acidic/bitter, nutty, and roasted caramel malt taste with resin/orange and some grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium/full bodied, dry and syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic/alcoholic finish.

One of the better products from Marin, the balance is allright from start to finish, and the bottle states 9.7%.

Photo of GRG1313
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange honey color with a thick white head. Very clear with a very "orange" color.

Delicate but pleasant orange blossum floral nose with nice hints of orange marmalade. Nice assertive sugars in the nose.

Bold and assertive ripe peach, apricot and belgian malt flavors. Great fruit compote flavors of prunes, plums, stone fruits and burnt carmel and rich sugared coffee/carmel. A sweet carmel front palate with a more complex cooked fruit back palate and finish.

Nice character and balance with a medium to medium/heavy body. Very assertive flavors. Creamed coffee and carmel in the longer finish. Nice. Perhaps drinks a bit sweet for some but tastes of quality and character, nonetheless. I almost see this as more of a dessert beer than a "food" beer.

Photo of trappistlover
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy with a pillow-top off-white foam. Nice carbonation. Aroma has some cardboard, grape? or something fruity, grass and something that smells like horseradish. Taste is sweet with some light hop bitterness. The beer is a bit hot-I think that’s where the horseradish or whatever it is is coming from. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth, but hot. A decent beer with some nice flavors going on.

Photo of UncleBuccs
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a nice thick white head on top that lasts a fair time. Huge malty aromas with some big fruitiness as well. Possibly some grapefruit/oranges and some darker/sweeter fruits with a nice vinous quality. Sweet malty sweetness not unlike what you would get from a barley wine but not as heavy. Complex fruitiness like a BW as well but on the lighter side as well with some lemon/orange/grapefruit flavors as well as some slightly tart grape/vinous quality. The alcohol makes itself known only in its warming qualities. Velvety smooth and very creamy and very easy to drink due to its wheat beer lighness. This "Wheatwine" is a lot like a barley wine but light in color, body, and types of flavors. It still has all the great complexity of flavors but lighter fruits, body, etc. Somewhat like somparing a dubbel and a tripel. Lighter in body and color but equally as complex and flavorful. This is one great brew and I will have to get a few to cellar.

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, *2513* from a 22oz bomber. Appearance was a see-through amber color with a lot of fine carbonation and a nice compact white head that eventually died down to a lace-less ring.
The aroma was quite wheaty with some honey and sherry notes. As it warmed the alcohol fumes really started coming off in waves. Some light fruitiness, also - maybe raspberries. Zero hops.
The taste of this smooth, full brew was loaded with malts and sported a fruitiness comparable to a doppelbock. Hops presence was decidedly absent but not the alcohol, which lent a serious pop to the finish of this brew. The feel was rather thick and almost syrupy. In a word; slick.
Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale had me thinking of a barleywine minus the hops or a bruising doppelbock. Tasty, but one would do for a night.

Photo of theopholis
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a bright, golden, amber. Quite clear for a wheat. Looks a tad like honey. Small, creamy head with little retention and nolacing.

Smaell- Like a wheat, only sweet instead of sour or "wheaty". Weird. Some nice citrusy hops,

Taste- Wow. this stuff is potent for a wheat. Strong, malty-wheaty back bone with some spiciness to it. Some light fruits (yellow apple, citrus fruits, etc) in there to. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is medium with good CO2.

Drinkability- Very nice..

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 received as a great extra in a recent trade with AndrewK... thanks brother... Your generosity will not go unnoticed... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger white head dies back quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is a very pretty orange.

Nose has some pretty nice citrus hoppiness.. pale maltiness with some subtle spicy EtOH.

Flavor is pretty good.. again some citric hops.. the pale malts have a background honey essence that combines well with some yeasty esters... I think it could probably use a bit more bitterness and a touch more raspy hops to balance the malts.. but it is still very nice... as it warms it sorta reminds me of a lightly hopped BSPA... I am digging this one.... Body is medium with a lite yet ever present carbonation.

I have been wanting to try this one ever since I learned about the style... This is more my kind of wheat wine... I like some hops and not the overwhelming sweetness and esters that gather with some of the other attempts.

Thanks again Andrew... I'll be hooking you up as soon as I take care of a few other commitments.


Photo of lou91
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a classic example of temperature making all the difference. There was nothing especially outstanding about the nose or look on the pour. It was golden, clear with subtle hop and alcohol in the nose. Tasting it cold, there was nothing to write home about. As it warmed it was crisp clean and boozy with some vanilla in the aftertaste. The malts and alcohol dominate – I hate to say like a malt liquor but this is what it reminded me of. A rare beer style that should be experienced- not my cup of tea but a good buzz for trying.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma is earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.