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Beehive - Bristol Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palliko on 05-14-2004)
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Reviews by SassyBootblack:
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3.18/5  rDev -3%

On tap, keg was hand pumped and on ice. Served with a very small wedge of lemon.

Appearance: A nice, glowing pale color. Cloudy with a strong white head.

Smell: Wheat and citrus (blaming the lemon for the last bit).

Taste: The lemon had me fooled, I didn't know what style this was going in and almost thought it was a bland wit beer. Otherwise, a clean beer with a little wheat edge to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, approrpiate for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty clean and refreshing. A good example of an American wheat beer, which isn't usually my cup of tea.

08-23-2010 18:51:05 | More by SassyBootblack
More User Reviews:
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1.85/5  rDev -43.6%

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.

02-25-2007 04:53:50 | More by Beaver13
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

03-19-2012 00:37:42 | More by schoon
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-10-2014 23:20:30 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-16-2007 21:52:18 | More by Metalmonk
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3.55/5  rDev +8.2%

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

11-13-2006 05:09:06 | More by russpowell
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

02-07-2012 03:00:18 | More by 40ontarget
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4/5  rDev +22%

04-09-2012 02:42:50 | More by stampfler07
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2.05/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

04-16-2009 23:16:41 | More by Birmingham
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5/5  rDev +52.4%

04-12-2013 22:21:39 | More by JTrav
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-27-2013 00:06:09 | More by OregonGrown7
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-16-2013 01:42:17 | More by kylemckinnis
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

05-16-2007 20:20:59 | More by SaltyLime
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3.43/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

03-30-2010 00:11:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-19-2013 16:28:57 | More by MinorThreat
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

06-28-2012 03:17:14 | More by crobinso
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2.4/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

08-17-2011 11:05:36 | More by Rifugium
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3.33/5  rDev +1.5%

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

12-24-2008 17:10:06 | More by hopdog
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3.28/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-16-2011 21:45:36 | More by bmwats
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-29-2011 00:09:45 | More by jfstilling
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

10-02-2009 17:24:47 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

07-31-2014 03:10:06 | More by thereal_adam
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-11-2012 00:56:36 | More by Stwinchy
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2.63/5  rDev -19.8%

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.


07-09-2012 03:18:08 | More by kojevergas
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-28-2012 02:32:54 | More by envinoveri
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Beehive from Bristol Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.