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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
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Fairly hazy, golden hue on the pour. About a 1.5 finger head that retains and laces very well. Continuous carbonation trails during the whole drink.

S- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Reminds you of the typical Belgian witbiers, but with more complexity. Hints of a few hops are in there, but nothing too bittering. Some grassy notes even peek in.

T- Light and crisp again like the scent, but a little heavier towards the end. Wheat takes over the middle part of the drink with a lighter flavor profile that lingers on the back of your tongue. Malt presence is also felt towards the end, with some heavier flavor notes and a few hints of hops. Ends fairly dry.

M- Fairly carbonated and a little heavy on the alcohol. Fairly creamy and not too bad to drink for a while.

Overall, this is a good beer, but didn't blow me away. A solid beer if you're looking for something different.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of caseyhoward
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

A: Hazy, golden, slightly orangish color, with very little head.

S: Banana bread aaand...banana bread.

T: Starts with banana and finishes with some hoppy, nutty touches.

M: Slightly creamy but breaks up with some nice mild carbonation.

O: The banana aspect to it is interesting and well on this side of overwhelming. I'd appreciate a bit more complexity but it's totally satisfying. More of a tripel than a wheat.

Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 22 Bomber.
-Clear, deep gold color.
-Light-medium head.
-Aroma was melon? There's definitely an almost tropical fruit smell in there, with some malt and alcohol poking through afterward.
-Taste started sweet fruit and malty and rolled into a more heavy and alcohol finish.
-Mouth feel was interesting in that the carbonation kicks in a bit earlier-than-expected during the half way mark into the taste. Making it a bit crisp in the finish as well.
An interesting beer to drink, not sure if it would be a "go-to" but if it's on the menu and you got the cash, go for it.

Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wandering Mule League exile, lurpy1, for bringing this back to the Twin Cities: I've enjoyed a lot of CA goodness out of your suitcase. Now, go somewhere else for work please! 22 oz. bottle poured into two frost-rimmed mugs (OK, not really).

Pour is a burnished oak, I actually held it up to the trim in the house, virtually identical in color. Clear, no bottom-boogers. Nose comes only after fifteen or so minutes of warming, sweet, toffee, slight wheat, but I have to dig my nose into the liquid to get anything; not a strong point.

Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale is like a weizenbock with a mortar. Sweet, sweet, sugar-reduction-drenched bananas skewer the palate. Calling all insulin, calling all insulin. After the shock wears off, this is chock full of subtle niceties. Background wheat, element of molasses/syrup, caramel, & lovely herbal hops touch at the finish. Almost Belgian in feel, but heavier, more serious. Alcohol...yes, I feel you. I feel the ambiance of an after-dinner liqueur, & one that I'd be downing rapidly.

This is one hefty, lovely, sweet, complex mofo of a brew, & just how a wheatwine should taste. A standard-bearer for the style, this is one of the best examples I've had to date & an excellent all-around beer.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Pellinore1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ULCABrewN84 for sending this one.

Pours pale orange and slightly hazy into a tulip. Two fingers of white head settle slowly, and leave a thin cap of lacing.

This is a sweet smelling beer, with caramel, honey, citrus, and just a bit of spice.

Honey, citrus, and banana hit the tongue first, while some spice shows in the back end.

A bit sticky, with light carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, but it's pretty subtle.

Overall a good beer, and certainly the best of the few examples I've had of the style.

Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear orangish gold with a finger of off-white foam. Continuing cascading bubbles.

Strong aroma of fruit and bread. Notes of figs, plums, bananas, and apples. Slight vinous note. Touch of booze.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Stars off with real nice sweet fruit, apple comes out stronger here. The booze makes an appearance in the middle and lingers through the finish. Nicely integrated with sweet and bitter flavors. Heat comes on quickly after a few sips.

Medium-full bodied with a bit below medium carbonation. Soft on the palate and drinkable in a sipping way. The sweetness makes you drink this slower anyway, much like a wine.

Boozy, but also quite sweet and tasty.

Photo of kaseydad
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this up at the Novato, CA Bevmo as I cannot get it across the Bay. Snifter pour and I am met with a hazy apricot colored ale and a nice fluffy cream colored foamy head. The aroma consists of butterscotch, dried apricots, slight orange and a hint of alcohol in each whiff. The taste is fruity...almost like biting into a juicy fruit. A blast of bitterness and sweetness are produced together. The label states it is "sherry-like" and I do not disagree. There are some wheat-ish characteristics (which is to be expected) but very subdued. There is also a dull grapefruit aftertaste that stays on the tongue. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Overall I wish I could get this closer to home but it is definitely worth the scenic drive to bring a few bottles home. This may be a little too sweet for some, but it is a refreshing change to the mass of beers produced. Great beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

A - Hazy colored golden beer with a bit of a white head that leaves some spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Pretty sweet with some mild citrus. Some sweet pale malts and a bit of yeast. There's some honey in there as well.

T - Yeast, citrus hops, some spice. It's sweet like a wheatwine but has a bit more character than most that I have had. Not really the taste I was expecting when I heard "triple wheat ale."

M - Medium bodied, a little sticky, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, probably one of the better wheatwine's I've had, but the bar really wasn't set that high. Glad I got to try this one.

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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of FunkyMacGroovin. This one was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale pours an absolutely pristine clear orange. A hard pour results in about four fingers of bone colored head. Retention is alright, but lacing is practically nonexistent. The beer smells exactly like candied orange peel. There's a nonspecific sweetness that plays nicely against the zesty citrus hop notes. The flavor takes that basic profile and just refines it. What was a general sugary sweetness can now be described as a healthy dose of honey, with just a swirl of caramel to keep things interesting. It's enough to take the bite off of any bitterness from the hops and leave things open for the finish. Orange is joined by suggestions of grapefruit and lemon, as well as some pale fruits that. There's also a subtle, but definite heat from alcohol on the back end. It's not loud enough to ruin my enjoyment the beer, but is enough to keep it from being truly great. The body is nice and middle of the road, neither especially rich nor thin. The carbonation though barely registers, and results in the beer coming across as a bit syrupy. Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale is a slightly different drinking experience, and one that's somewhat enjoyable despite its slight flaws.

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