Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale - Marin Brewing Company
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours out a thick but bright honey with a head that settles soon, but leaves a pretty wallpaper. Upon swirling and pouring the last of the bottle, the brew takes on a really nice, golden-brown with an impressive dense head. My bottle says 9.2% ABV.
Big barleywine smells of dates and rye bread on top of lighter, banana and citrus fruit. A little boozy but mostly inticingly rich malt-bomb goodness. Some hints of butter and cashews. Taste is glorious. Full-bodied with a big hoppy kick. As this is the first wheatwine I've tried, I don't know how it compares to others. But it reminds me of a good barleywine or a strong American ale. Definitely pick this one up if you see it!
03-18-2008 14:13:43 | More by davidchollar
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4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
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 Ive 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 didnt 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. Theres also some sugary sweetness to this one, making it one of the most complex beers that Ive 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 couldnt have picked a better offering.
11-25-2003 02:55:18 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
11-27-2013 18:09:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-10-2008 19:01:55 | More by magictrokini
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-02-2003 17:44:04 | More by WVbeergeek
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
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.
08-25-2006 02:28:22 | More by IntriqKen
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-25-2006 02:34:44 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
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...
11-07-2009 05:57:29 | More by augustgarage
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-22-2004 15:23:29 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-20-2006 07:29:40 | More by ElGordo
4/5 rDev -1%
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%.
09-25-2005 04:14:17 | More by Troyone
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-25-2009 23:04:36 | More by GRG1313
3.58/5 rDev -11.4%
(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.
04-29-2011 04:42:46 | More by trappistlover
4.8/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
10-13-2002 01:14:18 | More by Murph
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-25-2004 04:29:12 | More by Boilermaker88
4.2/5 rDev +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..
06-27-2009 05:19:18 | More by theopholis
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-30-2009 08:41:52 | More by JohnGalt1
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-24-2005 04:06:12 | More by lou91
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
07-08-2011 01:46:11 | More by mikesgroove
Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.