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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 54
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:
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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of caseyhoward
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

caseyhoward, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of DrFayhee
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

DrFayhee, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of carlitosbronson1
5/5  rDev +23.8%

carlitosbronson1, May 23, 2012
Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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 dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

dominic4beer, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev -1%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

BoatsSinkBro, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

maximum12, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -25.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev -1%

MareInfinitus, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -25.7%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of monkeylice
5/5  rDev +23.8%

monkeylice, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Pellinore1, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

brotherloco, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

kaseydad, Aug 07, 2011
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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 19, 2011
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 axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

axeman9182, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of SFGuy187
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass. Picked it up for $5.99 at New Star Ell on Fell & Divisadero in Nopa, San Francisco.

A - Pours an orange-amber with ample fluffy head. Definitely well-carbonated. Plenty of lacing as the brew recedes.

S - Muted clove, banana, honey & strawberry jam. A bit cloying.

T - Very clean, but a little one-note. The smell is definitely more complex than the taste. However, the 9.2% abv is masked very well, which I appreciate.

M - A bit overly sticky-sweet at first, but surprisingly improves as it warms. Still, a bit unbalanced on the sweet end for me.

O - A solid brew and I would be happy to have it again. However, I feel it is a few notches below a "world-class" beer.

SFGuy187, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

trappistlover, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of BigB415
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with bubbles constantly rising so that's a good sign. High lacing with grapefruit aromas. Notes of orange on the tongue after the alcohol burn wears off which is about 2 seconds. If it weren't for the burn I'd swear I was drinking orange soda. At 9.2% this is a good sipper since the fruity aspects hide that.

BigB415, Feb 22, 2011
Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.