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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

142 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%
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 hoppymeal
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellowy gold and very clear with a small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is soft honey sweetness, hints of prunes and ripe fruit. Hints of sweet citrus in the aroma as well. Taste is also fruity, some very subtle citrus, with a nice nutty wheatiness that develops mid taste and lingers into the aftertaste. Medium to heavy in body, decent bitterness and a good sized drying mixes with a slightly sweet and cloying finish. Alcohol is very well balanced but evident in the taste. An easy to sip beer, very subtle aroma and taste wise, nothing reaches out and grabs you. The wheat presence is most evident in the taste and is quite nice.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy straw colored body, head is moderate and fast fading. OK lacing.

Smell: Sweet wheat, earthy fruit smell, slightly spicy.

Taste: Rich and sweet, fruity at first, then strong alcohol and big malt. The flavor ends with puckering grapefruit hops. Complete and what you would expect from a West Coast Wheat Wine.

Drinkability: More hoppy, but as strong as i am used to. Very good. Thanks Zorro.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this brew from watermelonman ( I think) I sampled at room temp poured into a tulip glass. the beer pours a bright gold color with thin off white head that fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is mild but some yeasty bread notes and mild white grape comes through. I get a bit of wheat grainyness as well. First sip reveals an average body and very mild spacious carbonation. The texture is slightly syrupy.
Flavor is fairly sweet overall with some white grape and melon mixing with a dash of honey and then rolls to a bit of booziness. Not really hot but more wine like. Finishes with a bit of peppery spice. A sipping beer in my opinion.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

Nice looking beer! Pours a bright gold color, with a very nice white fluffy head.

Smells really sweet and malty with a bit of hop spice. Actually the smells remind me of a well done Pils.

Flavor... alcohol is the first thing I notice. Not overpowering, but it's there. Beer is quite dry, but very full and well rounded... big mouthfeel. This beer just screams malt. A really dry malt flavor, with a bit of sweetness on the palate. Very interesting beer. Kind of reminds me of a malt liquor, but one that is extremely well done.

An interesting and enjoyable sipping brew. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of sunshine with a minimal stark white head.
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Very still and pristine.

S: Lemon peel, copper wire and gentle honey suckle

T: Immediate impression is light, unflavored iced tea with honey and lemon. This is nice and not what I expected at all. Very subtle flavors at work here...lets start from the top. Begins slightly, and I mean ever so slight, lemon citrus kiss on the tip of the tongue. A very rounded honey sweetness with placid wheat characteristics work will with the lemon personality. A conspicuous bitterness simmers around the front tip of the tongue. Finishes floral, mellow herbal with a dry, earthy appearance.

M: Medium body, decent mouthfeel but could use a touch of carbonation.

D: This is nice. Lots of subtle flavors at work...I bet this beer would be good with sushi. Alcohol is well hidden

Photo of BlindPig
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/2" white head on a light cloudy deep orange body.
S- Alcohol comes through. Lots of lighter fruits and yeast smell.This is my first one from the style so it is harder to pick out the different things.
T- Big wheat and yeast taste with the fruits coming through strong too. Can taste the alcohol but not much warming from it and it is well covered. Seems like the wheat flavor is acting like a malt base. Spices come through too. Leaves a nice sweet sugary taste in mouth. Nice dry finish also.
M-Medium to full body. Low carbonation.
D- It is a very good and different (at least for me) brew. I like it a lot and would like to try others from the style. It is a sipper though at 10%.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to intriqken for this via trade. I've been intrigued by wheat wines for some time now nad always love hte chance to try another one. Interesting that this one is very similar to the Smuttynose wheat wine. To me that's a great thing.

A - Nice golden yellow color. Nice carbonation and thick white head. A veritable cascade of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pilsner glass.

S - Rich slightly sweet wheat malt, ripe candied fruits and a touch of orange around the edge. Ever so slight on the citrus but nice touch.

T - Rich well balanced malt palate. You can tell it's a wheat wine by the balance but it's a well balanced and fermented out brew. No overwhelming unfermentables hanging in suspension. A potential when using so much wheat. Hops provide a touch of influence, not much but just enough to compliment the ripe fruit / citrus hints curling around my tongue.

M - Medium bodied, very dry in the finish. Very pleasing!

D - very drinkable! A well done example in the growing number of choices in this category. If it's in your local market buy it! This one is a great choice as winter is coming around!

Photo of BeerRun13
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish gold. A small head fades to a nice thick ring, and leaves some decent lacing.
Somewhat subdued in the nose. Kind of a sweet fruity wheat aroma.
Light malty wheat backbone. Citrussy orange and a fruity quality that really comes alive as the beer warms. Nice hop flavor with a slight citrussy bitterness. A bit of alcohol stays relativeley hidden, but shows itself here and there. Definately more of a wine flavor than any beer I've ever tried.
Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Niceley dry.
This is one I may not have found without seeing it on somebody's trading want's list... glad I found it, as I'll revisit this one more often.

Photo of Iguana
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a clear orange with a nice white head that laced up after awhile.

S: Some citrus hops, and alot of alcohol on the nose, almost burns its so strong.

T: Amazingly smooth and refreshing, cant notice the alcohol at all. Viscously sweet. Nice bitter finish.

M: Sticky, sweet, and bitter. Very similar to barley wine.

D: For 9.2 alcohol it isnt noticeable in the taste but u can feel it. Highly drinkable beer, I could see using this to quench myself on a hot summer afternoon, or to warm up on a cold winter night, a really tasty and versatile beer.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

+2006+ Star Brew

Presentation: Whooaaahhh…..what happened to the screen printed bottle!?!? Bummer Dude!!…….No more yellow screen printed bottle with the words ‘Star Brew <insert four digit number> Triple Wheat Ale 2006’, but just a paper label, similar in design to the change of the screen printed Hopsickle to the colorful paper version. This years (2006) offering is simply called “Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale", and is listed as 9.2% ABV, a half percent lower than last years version I noted. Described as “A big, rich and smooth sherry-like WHEATWINE Style Ale inspired by our friend, Phil Moeller, of Rubicon Brewing Co. fame.”

Appearance: Intense yellowy-white tan 3” deep head rises high and has a great looking presence. Dark golden body, crystal clear with an average stream of conditioning that supports the super looking head. Patchy lacing tends to slide back down into the glass when it gets chance, nonetheless, this looks fantastic.

Nose: This has a gorgeous fruity nose, candied fruits and full of ripe hop syrups with a wheat laden back end. Orange rind skirts the edge and some sugary sweet alcohol breaks through. Has a Caribbean and rather tropical nose at times.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong orange peel front and centre with a tropical influence at first, but this is soon pushed aside by the hoppy middle which is thick with a viscous texture on the tongue. Smooth and glooping, like a rich treacle pudding it oozes a sweet flavor and fills all the cracks and crannies. Ending is bitter with a wheat hop character, damned I love this brew and I find it hard to explain why at times. The rasping long lived finish on the cheeks with the gentle warmth in the epiglottis makes for a fine beer to finish the evening with, but yet it alerts my drinking buds and begs me to crack another bottle.

Drinkability: As with past years, this is just far too easy to drink down and dangerously quaffable. Damn it, the whole Bomber had gone by this part of my Review…..this one needs to come in Six-Packs of 750ml’s. Libational crack.

Overall: $4.53 a bottle…worth every cent and more. I have grown to *love* the Marin Star Brew <insert number> Triple Wheat Ale, and always pick up a couple of bottles each year. An annual favorite that, despite its reported lower ABV from last year, is still a damned fine and tasty brew - well worth seeking out! I just wish they’d bring back the screen printed bottle….

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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 blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the new darn labeled bottle and not painted. Label states 9.2% ABV. Touts medals. Back states "sherry-like inspired by Phil Moeller of Rubicon Brewing fame.

Pours a vitreous light golden peach hue containing zero bubbles rising to a zero coating of a razor line ring around the edge.

Bright nose of spicy coriander and Belgian candi sugars. Aromatic Earthy floral almost juniper sugestion.

First swigs: Enveloping peach skin soft. Meld of light fruit of peach, fresh banana touch, and dry finish. Fairly judicious swetness creeps in. Not a powerhouse wheat, while still remaining clean and tasty.

Zesty carbonation with a ligering clove dryness. Srprisingly this for a big wheat wine cranking in near 10% ABV. Some sugary rock candy on the lips.

Last swigs: How happy was I to see that a Summer wheat turns out to be a wheat wine upon closr inspection. Wish that this was closer to home because it could be a regular drinker. Worth seeking with an effort for a wheat.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage

A - Poured from a silkscreened olde-school looking 22oz bomber into a snifter. Nice looking - frothy white head without a ton of staying power but left a decent collar. Golden in color, quite transparant with a good deal of carbonation.

S- Whoa - this is where this beer starts to shine. Incredibly robust smell that hits you as soon as the crown is pryed off the bottle. Very fruity smelling, hints of alcohol hide under the acidic hops.

T- Amazingly complex - the fruitiness is definitely there, and so is the acidic hop-twang, but there's a sufficient malt backbone to keep this one balanced and to mask that 10%. Almost tastes like a particularly luxurious DIPA.

M- Leaves the palate quite dry but the persistent flavor leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Didn't expect much from this beer so I really had quite a treat. Never having had a wheat wine, I can't compare to other beers in the style, but I can say that I will be trying more within this style when I get the chace. Really a delicious brew that is worth seeking out.

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice crystal clear golden amber. A small white head quickly diminished to a fine lace that stayed throughout the sipping.

The aroma was that of citrusy hops, sweet summer fruits, and alcohol.

The was predominantly malty sweetness with that tangy zing of a healthy dose of wheat. While the beer was 10% ABV, it wasn't overly hot or alcoholic while sipping, but rather, had a nice warmth that helped it finish smooth. The hops were in the correct balance to assert themselves after the malty sweetness rolled past your tongue. The flavor was overall very crisp for a beer of this gravity.

The mouthfeel was medium and creamy with a fine and tight carbonation. I would have preferred just a touch more CO2 to add a little acidic crispness.

This is a very solid beer from a great NorCal brewery. I've only had a few wheat wines in my day, but this one was at the top.

Photo of beerinator
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from lou91 during XBIF39! Thanks!

Appearance: Golden copper cloudy "wheaty" looking beer. Great off-white lacing left on the glass throughout the drinking of Star Brew.

Aroma: Sweet caramel fruitiness. There are some banana-ish notes. Perhaps the yeast is contributing some spicyness as well.

Taste: The caramel sweetness hits hard and quick. Mouthfeel is spot on, but the finish is a bit sweet and cloying. The spices and fruitiness are pleasant.

Notes: This beer definitely does not taste like it could be 10%. The fruitiness is pleasant, but maybe a little over the top. And I wish it finished a tiny bit dryer. But overall it was nice and easy to drink.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of PuckLSHS
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of skotster13
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22 oz. bomber

A: The color is nice, a slight orange hue. I expected a lighter color. The head is very thin and dissipates quickly leaving very little lace.

S: The smell is pleasant, though fruitier than I would expect from a tripel wheat.

T: The taste was a bit of a let down. Initially it hits the palate nice and bright but there is a bitter sort of citrus rind finish that I don't care for. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until it hits the back of the palate.

MF: The beer is smooth and has an oily silkyness to it. It feels good rolling over the tongue.

D: It is definitely drinkable, though if not for the high alcohol content I would not likely waste my time on it. It is a good beer to get your grilfriend started on appreciating stronger beers though.

Photo of carln26
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy light copper color topped by a thin white head that receded quickly into the glass. The nose has some bubblegum, a little touch of biscuit, backed by a lemony citrus character. The taste has a quick punch of bubblegum, followed very quickly by herbal hop and mild citrus. Hard candy character on the finish along with a bit of alcohol heat. Mildly sticky mouth feel. OK drinkability. Interesting beer, but I’m not sure how many of these I could drink.

Photo of Crosling
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy tangerine juice in color, assuming tangerine juice is made. Large, creamy white head with good density for such a big beer. Smells of apricots and papayas soaked in diluted vodka. Taste is fruit-filled, strongly alcoholic with notes of banana peels and honey covered apricots. Not very good. Cloying & malt liquorish.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition *Star Brew 2810*

Ohh, it's a wheatwine. I'd been wondering about this "triple-wheat" thing. Cool. Burnt orange colored, head retains well for a bit before fading to a thin lace. I was catching whiffs of the aroma before I even poured it, and it is indeed a complex and beautiful thing. Strong notes of white grapes blending with an overload of exotic fruits in the vein of kiwi and watermelon, all coming together with sugary vanilla notes and bubblegum. Wow. Did beer just make me say that?

Flavor is not as strikingly complex, yet yields more and more nuances as it warms. Mild sherry comes through, and the hops bite more and more as it sits, which better balances the esters, and yes, the booze. It's like an impatient kid playing hide-and-seek. He hides well, but after you let him sit long enough he starts looking for YOU. Spices interplay well with the serious wheat bill this brew is packing, all making for a very enjoyable experience. Carbonation is light. This pup's delicious. More and more impressed with this brewery (and Moylan's) every time I try a new one. Big ups to RedwoodGeorge for sending this gem East. .

Photo of DogFood11
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lets not make this too complicated. its a wheat beer with some fruity alcohol flushing.

Hmmm. Nice.

It is what it is....If your in college and your daddy can afford it this is perfect. High alcohol combined with ummm flavor. I'm not a huge fan of this but it is tasty. Seems to fall short of desireable.. Big bubbles. Cider coloring. Lazy mouthfeel and a Grainy finish.

ehhh no thanks.

Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.