Beehive - Bristol Brewing Company

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: palliko on 05-14-2004

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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by ChrisA:
Photo of ChrisA
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn, I expected this to be better. Maybe I have a bad bottle. When I first started with micros I would search out Bristol. This may be a good transition beer for macro drinkers. Poured a dark golden color. Filtered more than I like for a wheat beer. Little to no head and therefore minimal aroma. Actually appears flat. I don't normally drink this style, so I may be off on my description. Malt flavors dominate. I was looking forward to getting either this or NBB's Sunshine Wheat as a pony keg for my summer BBQ. Looks like I'll be tasting the Sunshine to compare. I have one more bottle that I may try this weekend. Hopefully it is better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.93/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates to a small collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is lots of sweet honey with earthy vegetal notes.

The flavor is some sweet honey and earthy grains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but pretty washed out and watery.

Overall, this is a pretty bland beer. Not offensive and slightly better than macros, but not something I would seek out.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured, swirled and poured (according to label instructions) and received a huge head on top of a beautifully murky golden color.

Flowery aroma reveals a hint of honey and a touch of hops. Straightforward and fairly simple.

Flavor begins with an unsubtle honey smack, with the wheat detectable and a lowkey spiciness, like coriander, in the background. Has a slightly lemony, grassy finish. The mouthfeel leans a tad on the watery side, it's buttery but a little too thin. Could've used a creamier body.

Reminds me of Magic Hat's Circus Boy. Ultimately the majority of U.S. brewers doing wheat beers either 1) aren't trying to emulate the Germans, or 2) cannot possibly beat the Germans at one of their best games. But I like this and wouldn't ever turn it away. It refreshes and satisfies well enough, much like a good witbier actually. Thanks to mnwags for this bottle.

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with 1" white head. Some head tention & a little lacing

S: Slight sweet malt

T: Tart malt & dryness. Hints of grass & malt sweetness follow. Finishes semi-sweet, tart & dry& oh yeah, crisp

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy & the honey in this restrained enough to not detract. Wheat beer fans will enjoy this

Photo of Birmingham
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty, honey

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow, tall white head highly carbonated

Flavor: Biscuit and yeasty are prominent with light honey flavor notes.

Mouth feel: It has a light body.

Overall Impression: Yeasty/bready flavor is the prominent flavor and not in good way.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - thick hazy honey color, no head at all from my bottle

Smell - very light scents I could not place

Taste - smooth thick pleasant taste, slight hint of sweet honey on the palate

Mouthfeel - light bodied, very low carbonation

Drinkability - this is a happy beer, the taste and smoothness made a good team. I would drink this again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with missing notches on the bottled on portion of the label. Pours an extremely hazy, nearly opaque, dark gold color. Foam is not as voluminous as many wheat beers, but the retention and lacing are about par for the course.

Nose smells like honey, sweet cream, butter and Ritz crackers. There is some snappy wheat aromas to be found in there as well, but certainly bright and fresh do not come to mind with this one. I am surprised at how much the real honey smell comes through.

Wow, this one is quite the sweetie. Honey drizzled whipped cream on top of a caramel shake! Body is very creamy and full, almost leaving a coating on the roof of my mouth. Not much in the way of hops to balance out the sweetness on this brew, but that is probably what Bristol intended here. I won't mind at all finishing this single my pops brought me back from Colorado (Thanks Dad!), but more than a couple of these would be tough with the heavy cream sweetness.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Deep gold, very hazy. White to slightly off-white foam.

S – Slightly caramel malt but mostly buttery biscuit (not diacetyl, likely the honey). Mild honey sweetness. Perhaps some floral, mildly spicy hops.

T – Golden biscuit with floral hops. Slight fruitiness. Wheat has some protein-y influence. The honey is light but adds an impression of sweetness.

M – High carbonation creates a very nice feel, sweetness and slight bitterness are very well balanced. Very palate cleansing.

O – Very good, honey provides a nice touch. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very well-made wheat beer.

Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Smell of honey, grains, and hay. Taste was pretty nice up front, with pale malts, grains, and sweet honey, but soon faded to a bitter metallic taste, and seemed to have a texture more of a blonde ale or lager than a wheat beer. Not too bad, but I didn't really care for it.

Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled bottle on 4th week of May (making this about 6 months old).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, honey with light citrus. Tastes of wheat, lemons with a light honey sweetness to it.

Notes from: 11/12/05

Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pulled from a tap into an imperial pint

a: opaque golden hue. pours about a 1 finger foamy white head. settles fairly slowly leaving a small blanket of foam and a beer ring. nice smattering of spiderweb lacing.

s: subtle wheat nose. not much more.

t: wheat, sourdough bread, and a bit of oregano.

m: light and refreshing. a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

d: goes down easy without much resistance.

nice atmosphere. solid golden appearance with a decent head and some really persistent lacing. nose is pretty non descript. just a hint of grain, not much else. flavor a light wheat base with a bit of Italian spice. overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/light gold with a white head that last a couple of minutes, and laces moderately well.

Smell: Light, fresh, bready citrus.

Taste: very slightly bitter and sweet initial "foggy" taste, followed by malts and citrus notes. Fairly sweet, with well hidden alcohol. The fresher the beer is, the more honey you can taste.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than to be expected from such a light wheat beer. On a fullness scale of 1-10, this might be a 5.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. I could enjoy 3 or 4 of these in a row easily.

Overall: I have found that people who like lighter sweeter beers love this beer. It is light and flavorful, and very fresh. Good on a hot summer day.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which has yet to make an impression on me.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow. Quite murky; certainly nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, clean malts, honey, and light citrus hopping; orange character is prominent therein. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat comprises the base, with vague honey and citrusy hop esters. Actually rather simple. Not at all malty. Boring. Inspired but held back by its lack of depth, complexity, or subtlety. Slightly imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit undercarbonated. Too wet, bordering on watery. A touch too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but dull and boring. I wouldn't get this again. Another underwhelming offering from Bristol.


Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready taste with a whiff of yeast. Faintest hint of honey in the aroma, but I don't taste much on the tongue. Seems pretty dry from first few sips. Slight sweetness does show up in the aftertaste with a light hop touch. Someone mentioned oregano, and it does have some kind of herb tang. A pleasant beer for the light-light side with clean and subtle flavors.

From the mixed twelve-pack. Seems to have been bottled in October 2011.

Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly IPA-looking; bubbly, oily head. Lots of lacing. Golden yellow, despite stirring the bottle not very hazy. Nose of some apricots, straw aromas, grains, touch of hoppiness. Taste is mild and refreshing. Sort of bland, faceless. Smooth, not very crisp unfortunately. I like a bit of bite in a wheat.

Mindless-drinking beer. Tasty, but boring.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A murky light orange/golden color. Head was full, but not very dense. Clean residue on the side of glass.
Straw, honey, citrus and rye aromas. Seems to be a bit sweet and grainy, but mostly like a wheat beer with a touch of honey.
The honey doesn't blend well with the wheat or anything else in the brew. Sweet, not sticky, seems a bit stale. Old socks come to mind, old malt.
Finished the pint I was served, but didn't order another. Not refreshing or delicious to me.

Photo of claytong
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden and hazy, pretty norm for the style

Smell - lots of caramel, honey, really nice

Taste - such a let down after the smell, but still not bad (probably underrated) yeast comes thru more, wheat, malt more than caramel, but somewhat bitter on end

Mouthfeel - light, drinkable, nothing very impressive

Photo of loren01
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Bristol Taproom this summer. Poured a cloudy yellow and served with a lemon. Actually the lemon was placed in the beer, usually it comes on the side of the glass so you can use it if thats your thing or take it out which is what I usually do. No carbonation, head or lacing observed. Smells of yeast and lemon of course. Taste is pretty bland I can't really taste much besides the lemon actually. Of all the beers I sampled at Bristol this one was my least favorite.

Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, solid gold colored body with a foamy, sticky head. Funky aroma; dry and musty scent. Warm malt and wheat grains on the tongue with a soft, subtle bitterness. Medium bodied, dry finish.

A fairly good wheat ale. Good, flavorful, and easy drinking. Nothing exceptional, but a nice, refreshing ale.

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a shaker glass, Beehive is a cloudy pale gold with a vanishing white head.

Smell is really sweet honey, that I have to say reminds me of the sweet ass smell of dirty underwear! It's probably not as bad as it sounds (hey it's my underwear it reminds me of, not yours!), but is not at all what I wanted in a wheat beer....fucking American Pale Wheat's, this is probably the lamest style in the states. How about some Barvarian esters already????

Taste is nice and wheaty (slightly sour grain) with only a kiss of honey, less sweet then the nose, but still estery, with a nice crisp, bitter finish. Maybe a tad grainy on the aftertaste.

MF is heavily carbonated, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is good, the inoffensive taste washed down my wings nicely.

Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Yard House in Denver, CO.

Pours a very cloudy, very dark golden yellowish orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger creamy white head that settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lace.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of bread yeast.  Picking up sweetness from honey but organic not artificial sweetness.  Hints of coriander, pepper, citrus and faint banana.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of spice, yeast, bread, honey and citrus.  Zesty lemon peper clove up front countered by prominent bread yeast.  Again honey adds fullness but not artificial sweetness.  Faint banana but nice lemon and orange peel presence.  Dry finish.    

Photo of benito
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the numerous American-style wheat beers on the Colorado market these days, Beehive falls somewhere in the middle of the pack--not nearly as refreshing as Sunshine Wheat or Tommyknocker's Jackwhacker Wheat, but well above the average.

With a yeasty pour, Beehive is cloudy and light gold in color. The aroma is virtually non-existent and somewhat disappointing, given how the honey is in the spotlight on the label and ingredient list.

Taste-wise, Beehive is a fairly straightforward American wheat beer with a strong lemon finish and an awkward, biting aftertaste (I should note that when I've had this on tap at the brewery, there hasn't been an odd aftertaste--but to me that just means that this needs to be drunk as fresh as possible). There's a good wheat body in the middle, and it is at least as refreshing as I demand from the style.

Not a knock-your-socks-off beer (not even a knock-your-socks-off wheat beer) but not bad either.

Photo of rye726
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kind of your run of the litter wheat beer. A hazy golen color witrh a foamy white head. Aromas of wheat and subtle honey. Taste is also predominantly wheat with a sweet honey or caramel accent. Medium crisp body leads to a refreshing feel. A good wheat beer.

Photo of MsRif
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at their brewery.

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a small white head that mostly dissipated before I began drinking the beer. No lacing. Had an aroma of yeast, hay, funk and spices. Bland...not complex...felt like taking a pass on it but I tried it anyway. Tasted surprisingly sweet. Spicy and bready with some honey but only as an undertone. A bit of citrus. Not great.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. I felt this was just too was actually one of the better brews at the brewery though. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one, if that.

Photo of ProdigyDBSP
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've picked up quite a few six packs of Beehive over the past few weeks ever since summer began and with every six pack I buy I continue to be impressed. Correctly poured--this beer gives off a very light bitter-sweet aroma with a decent sized foam head and whose appearance is quite cloudy in nature and very well looks like watered down honey in a bottle. It looks and tastes as if it has reduced carbonation but where some may complain of this notion I give it praise for going down quite smooth and having a lightly sweet honey aftertaste. Good Job Bristol.

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Beehive from Bristol Brewing Company
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