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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

141 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 56
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Sammy, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits (especially oranges), orange juice, and some honey notes. Taste is of citrus zest, orange juice, and honey flavors. Very nice smells and tastes with this one. There is a slightly acidic quality that hits in the back of the throat. This beer is crisp and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and the first wheatwine I have ever had. I think this is a really tasty beer and I will definitely get more of these going forward.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

GRG1313, May 26, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy head that dots that chalice

Smell: Tropical pina colada, honey and lemon aroma

Taste: Starts out with a blast of tropical fruit (pina colada) and honey/wheat that grows citrusy and tangy, mid-palate; after the swallow a tart pineapple-lemon hop bitterness overtakes and complements the sweet flavors in to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation; warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Truly unique and worth seeking out; a wonderful sipper on a cold day

Thanks, BeerRun13

brentk56, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. Equal parts mandarin orange and lemon with a stained glass look when backlit with sunshine. Given the ABV, it's amazing that such a wonderful looking head has formed. It's pale gold with a tight-bubbled firmness that promotes longevity. Not only that, but a solid sheet of fine lace is beginning to appear at the top edge of the glass (and an incredible amount sticks in the end).

I wish the nose was more powerful, but I do like what I smell. Surprisingly, alcohol isn't a major contributor. This Marin BC offering smells like a pale-malt dominant strong ale with a citric hop twist. My hope is that more will reach my nose once the foam slowly melts and once the beer warms a bit more.

Star Brew is a delicious, amazingly composed wheat wine given its lack of age. If I didn't know better, I'd have guessed that several years had passed since bottling. Believe me, it takes skill to brew a 10.0% ale (that doesn't have the benefit of roasted malt, a barrage of hops or an estery yeast) that buries its alcohol this well.

The flavor profile consists of sugar cookies soaked in honey, vanilla, apple brandy and more citric hoppiness that I've ever experienced in a beer of this style. No DIPA worth its hops has to worry, but it's still nice to see. The brewery describes Star Brew as 'sherry-like'. I prefer my description, but I can see their point. It's definitely getting me all toasty warm.

The mouthfeel is pure heaven. If humans were able to drink liquid glass, this is what it would feel like. There isn't even the hint of a rough edge anywhere in sight; another characteristic that I'll attribute to the lack of an alcoholic personality in a beer that has every right to display one.

This is only my fifth wheat wine, but Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale is the best that I've had so far. It's a remarkable achievement that newcomers to the style owe it to themselves to try. Don't be surprised if it becomes your new gold standard. One delicious bomber (and counting) tells me that it's mine.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1%

jaydoc, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, orange-yellow body with a thin, white head on top.

Smell: Tangy, sweetish aroma caramelized wheat malt, honey, fresh wheat-heavy dough, bananas, and a big mug full of peach schnapps.

Taste: All at once, it's floral and fruity, with a strong taste of pureed peaches and bananas. Wheaty dough flavor. Big kick of honeyish sweetness. Touch of caramel. A resounding moderate bitterness scatters the malts but is never overbearing. Fruity finish with a warming schnapps character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite fruity and quite good. Sure, I'd have another!

ChainGangGuy, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, almost opaque orange with a big bubbly off-white head that retains surprisingly well for such a big beer.

Smell: Loaded with malted wheat, but not to a cloying degree. Plenty of juicy citrus as well, along with a hint of mango. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and honey-like up front, malt heavy with a clean fruitiness. Moderate viscosity, not terribly heavy on the palate but clearly not thin. Sweetness is actually very much in check; this never approaches cloying. Given the delicacy of this beer, it's surprising that the alcohol isn't more noticeable. Even as this one warms, I can't detect a touch of heat. The finish presents an assertive but unaggressive hop bitterness, just enough to balance the initial sweetness.

Notes: Great stuff here, expertly balanced and surprisingly drinkable for the style. At less than $5 for a 22 oz bottle, it's hard to go wrong here.

largadeer, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 22, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, beer poured into a snifter. Beer is hazy and amber in color. Carbonation is low and there is practically no head at all.

Beer smells like syrup..totally sweet. I've had a lot of wheatwines lately and some are sweeter than others, i'm thinking this is going to be super sweet.

Beer is full bodied and it is sweet but its not as sweet as I expected. It is thick and there isn't much carbonation in the mouth but its all pretty good. Bitterness is low, I'm not sure if I would get this again but its pretty balanced and not cloying at all. Pretty good for a wheat wine.

drabmuh, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich and tangy strong brew. Clear bright amber in the Affligem chalice. Proper head and nice lacing.

Surprising resemblance to alcoholic apple juice. Quite fruity, but clean and clear. flavors, missing any sort of yeasty nonsense. Fairly sweet, with a winey body. Strong boozy scent with mangoes.

Quite drinkable if you like a strong wheat flavor. Much less sweet and hoppy than typical barley wines. Reminds me of the honey flavor of mead. From the 22 oz bottle.

mactrail, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1%

MarkyMOD, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An initially three-finger thick, dirty, tan colored head sits atop a somewhat hazy, copper colored brew. The head leaves lots of frothy lacing on the surface of my tulip glass as it slowly recedes. This is definitely a bit thick as the carbonation bubbles are noticeably slowed as they work they way up through the body of the beer. Dusty grain notes greet my nose at first, but then a distinct tropical fruit note of kiwis and juicy-fruit is noticed. This last, unfortunately, fades pretty quickly and I am left with notes of caramelized malt, chewy bread aromas and biscuit like aromas. The aroma is fairly simplistic, focusing most on clean grain notes.

Sweet tasting up front, and quite a bit hoppier than the aroma suggested. A substantial bitterness (noticeable from beginning to end) as well as a nice herbal hop flavor and a touch of menthol. The flavor is actually dominated by the hop character, but there is still a significant malt (both wheat & barley) presence here; flavors of honey, stale bread crust, toffee, some lemon like notes from the wheat (though the hop notes likely influence this as well). The finish is a mix of dusty malt / toasty grain notes and a malt sweetness that doesn't quite beat back the lingering, slightly astringent bitterness.

The aroma of this brew was pretty drab and I wish that the ample hop character from the flavor had shown up some in the nose. An enjoyable brew; I want to say that this is overly simplistic, but that is what a wheat-wine is; clean wheat and malt flavors with a varying level of hop character. Still this is definitely lacking something; it needs a bit more character before I could really, really enjoy it.

Gueuzedude, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Marin Star Brew. 2010 vintage. Tapped at a SoCal beer bar during a barleywine event. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend. Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice cream and thickness, and bad (~30 second) retention. Little lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Body colour is a vibrant copper. Transparent; opaque.

Sm: Clean floral hops, juicy citrus fruit esters, and evocative bright fruit. Clean. I don't get much wheat - at least not in a hefeweizen sense; the filtration might have something to with that. Strawberry fruit notes. A bit of clove. Not much yeast or alcohol comes through. Complex and inviting.

T: Juicy citrus and floral esters, with some light spicy phenols as well. Balanced and refreshing, with a clean wheat and barley build. Pleasant and tasty. I quite like it. Little yeast or alcohol comes through. Clove. Perhaps light strawberry, but maybe hop-emergent. Not real malty at all; the wheat gives it a good body without drawing too much attention to itself. I like that subtlety a lot.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and refreshing. Light in body for a wheatwine. It suits the flavour profile well. Juicy. Perfect carbonation. Good palate presence. Wow.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV; I could easily down a bomber of this. Hides its ABV well. I'd definitely have it again. One of the better beers I've had from Marin. Refreshing and enjoyable. One of the better wheatwines in recent memory.

High B

kojevergas, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/12/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber. No freshness dating, but I'm pretty sure it's a 2005 release or maybe a late 2004. Poured into my Anderson Valley tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden in color. Just a tiny bit cloudy...can see my hand through the glass, but just the outline. 1/2 inch head which leaves a skin frothy head in the remains. Streaks of lace to and fro.

Smell- Sugary sweet, alcoholic esters, a touch of banana and a touch of cookie dough sweetness.

Taste- Sweet at first, which turns even more sweet over the consumption. Light banana and clove flavors with some peppery spices. Maybe a touch a vanilla as well. Heavy on the wheat texture and flavor. A larger dose of hops than imagined. Wonderful conrucopia of flavors.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher than average for the carbonation level. ABV sneaks up on you fast. Medium to heavier mouthcoating mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Because of it's sweetness, it's not an everyday beer or even close to any kind of session beer. Probably a really good beer to have every once and a while though. Went particularly well with my homemade spicy basil beef and vegatable samosas.

GClarkage, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy orange with a medium off-white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Very wheaty and grainy, full of dark bread, sour cherry and grape.

T: Lots of dark bread, heavy grain flavour, berry flavour goes through the brew as a light undertone, difficult to describe.

M: Full-bodied beer, viscous, somewhat cloying, quite sweet.

D: The only wheatwine I've had, this is the 2nd time I've had this Marin brew. A tasty beer, definitely a barleywine with a wheat perspective, quite good in its style, extremely bready and alcoholic.

Halcyondays, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this on my last trip to the US, and carried it back to Australia in my luggage to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, but it smashed in transit. As a result, it is a beer I've been looking forward to trying.

Pours a heavy and thick deep amber-gold colour, with a fine bubbled film of yellowish-white head. It is especially golden on the pour, where it looked a little as though it was artificially coloured. Some lacing, but minimal. Body is very thick, however, with some phenomenally still bubbling as the glass is tilted. It's as though the bubbles can't muster the energy to push their way to the surface. Very good look indeed.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with big honey and toffeed sugar characters, soaked raisins, even a whiff of port. Slight grainy and light bread yeast character coming through as well. Very sweet and rich. I'd enjoy seeing a few more genuine wheat characters coming through, but it's pretty good as it stands, a very robust, strong and sweet nose.

Very smooth on the palate, with big sweetness coming through languidly, giving off golden syrup characters, molasses and hint of fine port, welling with a faintly smoky booziness through to the end. There is indeed a hint of the alcohol (how could there not be, at 9.2%?) but it integrated really nicely with the rich and sweet characters throughout. Feel is excellent: a silky but chewy experience which accentuates the depth on the palate.

A very good wheatwine, and one which accentuates the heavy and sweet characters of a high-gravity brew well. It does feel as though it's separating itself from a barleywine, through a slightly lighter flavour profile, and a lighter bitterness, and while there's minimal wheat on the palate, it still feels as though it's a true example of the style.

Heavy and sweet, but very delectable. Recommended.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 version. Poured golden with a thin head and okay lacing. The smell is slightly sweet with fresh wheat, banana, and wax. Tast is similar. More fresh wheat, somewhat grainy, banana, citrusy hops, waxy fruit- maybe cherry or apple. The mouthfeeel is substantial, slightly slick but creamy. You do't taste the alcohol in this one even though it is quite high in abv. This one is quite big for a wheat beer and definitely worth a try. I'd like to try it fresher and see if its even bolder and spicier.

Georgiabeer, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden and cloudy yellow, good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is wheat, malt and fruits, nothing to appealing. Taste is sweet, malty, wheat and sordove bland. it. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit syrupy, booze, wheat but I did not find it impressive nor very drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Wine Exchange for $3.99, on to the beer:

Big fluffy texture on the head, which sits on top the orange amber colored beer. Aroma is sweet like syrup, with concentrated fruit juices.

This is a huge beer. Big mouthfeel, big alcohol, big flavor. Very sweet, but not over the top; eisbock-like. Parts of the beer remind me of shredded wheat. Finish is surprinsgly dry with minor wheat leftover.

It's my first wheatwine, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Reminded me of a drier eisbock, so it wasn't totally different from beer I've had before.

DoubleJ, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Star Brew 2513 2004 Edition.

Pours a deep golden brew.

Smell is fruity and spicy with a malt scent. Wheat and bran scents are in this too.

Taste is sweet and malty almost like a bock beer. Intense fruitiness and a hops bite are present too. This is a brew that bites your tongue as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A real sipping brew this one. It is like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, having you brains smashed in by a gold brick wrapped in velvet. Tasty stuff that will surprise you with its kick

Zorro, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

4/4.5/4/3.5/4.5

JohnGalt1, Dec 30, 2009
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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.