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Stinger Wild Honey Wheat - Estes Park Brewery

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Stinger Wild Honey WheatStinger Wild Honey Wheat

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Estes Park Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 04-06-2003

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by manahansf:
Photo of manahansf
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light citrus aroma over a thin white head. Pale blonde color with a clear body. Very mild flavor and mouthfeel, but very lively and well carbonated. Light watery body with very slight hints of honey. Finish tails off very quickly with few subtle flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.06/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is very subdued - sweet honey and some malts.

The flavor is wheaty malts and some sweet honey with a strange vegetal almost plasticy finish. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with low carbonation.

Overall, a rather bland beer. The more I drank of it, the less I liked it.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This is one ugly mug-fug. It pours a murky dull orange that seems almost gray at times. There is absolutely no head, and only the faintest ring of bubbles forms a micro-collar around the glass. It does look somewhat like honey though, so I'll give it that. It just looks thick and nasty though.

S - Clove honey is here in abundance. This pretty much smells like honey and not a whole lot else. Reminds me of honey and a dab of butter on those biscuits that come in a tube. Not bad, not bad. It's making me hungry!

T - Sweet clove honey with a touch of very delicate floral notes and a big time diacetyl butter flavor. Three big notes here... honey is the major player, and toast and butter provide accompaniment. Not bad... doesn't taste a damn thing like beer, but it's not bad.

M - Thickish and dull. Very little carbonation. Nothing on the finish but more warm butter and honey.

D - This is fun to try as a novelty, like a sarsaparilla root beer at a civil war reenactment, or meat-on-a-stick at the state fair. Nothing to offend here, except maybe the dull color and complete lack of head, but nothing other than a boatload of sweet honey to entice the palate.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
1.98/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The color is a hazy dark orange. Barely a head on top, white and soapy looking. . .

Smell is almost nonexistent , some peach a slight honey lilt to it thats it.

Tastes of dust and unnameable grains, obviously wheat but you can't decipher that. Honey is definitely there in spirit, mimicking the aroma but without too much actual presence.

Mouth feel is wet and light carbonation like soda

I would not recommend this to anyone, it is boring and while not off-putting, it brings nothing to the table at least I only got one in a make your own sixer

Photo of 1withself
4.04/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head at all but a great color. If you like honey then you would enjoy this beer. Will be purchasing this again in the future.

Photo of supercolter
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one on tap at the brewery in CO...
This beer was just average through and through.
Appearance is straw yellow, with little head or lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar. There is a sweet honey smell that comes through a little less on the taste. A bit of candy malt that comes through more on the taste than the smell.
Mouthfeel is weak but ok for the style.
Drinkability is ok for the style as well.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

January 15, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Light gold with white foam head, low to moderate retention. Fairly clear for a wheat beer, no real haze to speak of.

S – Not much to the aroma. Maybe some light bready malt, distant herbal hops, a touch of honey, but everything is low, hard to find.

T – Slightly honey sweet, very low impression of bready malt and herbal or floral hops. Again, everything is very low, mild, light.

M – A bit sweet, with just a touch of bitterness. No dryness, juicy throughout. Very light bodied.

O – An unremarkable wheat beer.

Photo of blakelive784
1.99/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-transparent honey golden color with absolutely no discernible head, even after an aggressive pour. To say it's unappealing is an understatement.

S - Stale cereal grain, understated honey, and some very light floral notes. Mild strength, pleasant, but boring.

T - Though it's entirely too mild, I do like the honey flavor its got. Really, that is the only flavor however. It's watery, simple, and built haphazardly.

M - Flat, watery, and completely wrong.

D - My first beer from the brewery, and it definitely doesn't excite me to try more. A pretty poor one.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a quite solid light honey color, appropriately. A fizzy white head disappears quickly leaving only the faintest wisp of anything on top. Little or no lacing exists.

Smells of honey, wheat, cereal grains.

The beer tastes of sweet honey and subtle malts at first. There's a faint cherry note coming through in the finish. Cereal grains round out the body.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry.

Overall, I think I enjoyed this when I first started drinking it. I think in the long run, it's a bit too carbonated, but I do not regret going through a sixer either.

Photo of mikeg67
2.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery in Estes Park, CO. Pours clear-golden with white, short lived head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is biscuit malt, honey and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sweet honey, pale malt and slight hints of hops. Finish is short and sweet. Forgettable brew.

Photo of jar2574
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen glass. Honey color. Average carbonation. A little head, but it disappears quickly without a trace. Strong honey smell, with some malts as well. The smell is quite nice. Unfortunately, the taste is not as nice. Tastes like a wheat beer brewed with honey flavoring, which is what you'd expect. But it's really a flat and uninspiring flavor. It leaves a thin coating on the tongue. The mouthfeel is about as dead as a beer could be. There is just no zest to it. I suppose you could have a few of them if you wanted. It is not appalling, just unappealing.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a golden red color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. There was some lacing, but not much. Aroma at first was a sweet wheat, but as the beer warmed, it became more of a sour and stale smell. The taste was mildly wheat, but I could not detect any honey. The body was thin, which led to a sluightly watery finish. Was expecting more from this wheat beer, but I may have spoiled my palate, since I had finsihed a Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe shortly before this.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle brought to my table with an eight-ounce chilled glass, which I let warm up, at the Dunraven Italian Restaurant in Estes Park, CO (which, by the way, makes some mighty fine Italian food).

Slow pour yields a cloudy light amber body under no head at all. Is this carbonated?

Smell is oddly sour with grass, orange and honey, and some floral hops.

Taste is same as the smell: sour wheat mash dominates, with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this: round with nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is okay.

Once again, this is a sub-par beer from a sub-par brewery.

Photo of zeff80
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of sweet clove honey and some faint notes of wheat.

T - It tasted very sweet and full of honey. It really was a strong honey taste. Wheat flavors were muted.

M - It was relatively crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - I've had several beers with "honey" in the name and this one truly tasted like honey. No others come close. Overall, it was worth a try but not something I'd frequent.

Photo of ndekke39
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle of the Honey Wheat at an Estes Park restaurant. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured a definite honey or apple cider color. Cloudy like a thick honey. As expected, the honey dominated the aromas and flavors, almost too much. Although a light, hoppy finish offers some balance to the sweetness. Hints of citrus, too. Very light carbonation. Not the best beer ever, but good for sipping up in the mountains of Colorado.

Photo of tronester
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Smells slightly of honey and a bit of grain. Taste initially begins with some honey flavor, then some sweet wheat, and a touch of earthy, nuttiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slighlty sweet. A mild tasting wheat beer, no hoppyness. Slightly sweet aftertaste. No noticeable honey flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slighly bitter.

Photo of Winter
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a soapy short-lived white head. Aroma of grain and what could be honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin. Grainy front turns to an almost English muffin-like biscuit flavor. Feint honey flavor follows. Very low bitterness. Biscuity finish. Clean but lacking in crispness. This beer lacks flavor: wheat, malt, hops or otherwise. Focusing on boosting any one of those would lift it from bland to truly enjoyable.

Photo of rfdracing
2.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Virtually no carbonation and not a lot of flavor made this a below average beer for me.

Photo of tavernjef
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Estes Park, CO

Well it sounded good? But unfortunately it was not. Very rushed and undercooked on just about everything in this. The label is cool, illustration of a big bee with some wheat and honeycombs. It looked like a wheat type beer, very pale yellow, with some white head about 1/4 inch high leaving no real lace. Smell is honey, cold oatmeal, wheat, and had a huge grain muskiness. Taste was very underdone wheat barley with a some honey. I thought I was drinking honey nut cherrios or something. Feel was very gritty and oatmealish in quality, it tried so hard to be something it wasn't. What, I wasn't to sure, all I know is I didn't like this very much.

Photo of rowew
2.61/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a large bee, and very little information (no abv, or date, but it does have the elevation?).

Appearance: Yellow with just a bit of haze, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Not much, a bit of sweetness, and maybe a tiny hint of wheat.

Taste: Very soft mouthfeel, taste is a bit of clover honey, wheat. Doesn't start out sweet, but by the end of the beer its a bit cloying.

Overall impression: Meh - I'm not a fan of honey beers, or Estes Park Brewery's beers .. so this is about what I expected. Its not horrible, but I'd have a hard time getting through a six pack.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated. Inconsistent lacing washed down the glass.

S: Sweet honey and light clove spices. Faint wheat malt.

T: Strong, slightly cloying honey flavor. Wheat malt well in the background.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Fairly crisp and smooth.

D: Easy to drink. The sweetness may wear on me, but seems fairly well balanced - thought still sweet).

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i liked this one a lot. the clover honey flavor is more prominent than any other honey wheat brew ive come across. its not sweet, just rather floral and flavorful. the honey and the wheat malts compliment eachother perfectly in my opinion, and this one feels like a well crafted ale. mouthfeel is good too, light and crisp and really sessionable. itd be a great summer beer, but it also works well all year round. curious to try more estes park brews!

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing earth shattering to report here. Bland wheat beer infused with honey. And good honey it is. As someone said, it doesn't quite taste that much like beer.

Drinkable enough for what it is trying to be, but nothing I would really want to do again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"All the honey a bee gathers during its lifetime doesn't sweeten its sting."

--Italian proverb


Clover honey gold with variously sized particles that range from light to dark. The off-white head is small despite a high-altitude pour. It maxes out at a slim one finger, looks to be in a hurry to depart, and isn't bothering to leave any lace. Not a good way to start.

The nose is consistent with a woefully underpowered American pale wheat ale; not that many of them have blockbuster aromas. One would think that since '120 lbs. of honey per batch' was added, honey would be a major part of the nose rather than a no-show.

Although the flavor is nothing to shout about, at least it's present. Stinger is a slightly sweeter than normal APWA that doesn't taste particularly wheaty, nor does it taste much like honey. I could probably identify it as a honey-added beer if blinded, but I'm not 100% sure of that. Hallertau hops add a moderate amount of balancing bitterness without adding much flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the thin and lightly fizzy side initially. By mid-bottle, it both firms up and calms down. I'm not ready call it any more than average, but it's probably the highlight of an experience that is otherwise full of lowlights.

Stinger Wild Honey Wheat is another pathetic Estes Park Brewery beer. I have no idea how old my bottle is, but I'm pretty sure it didn't roll off the line in the past few weeks. I don't mind being stung, especially since I didn't pay much for the bottle, but it would have been nice to start the day with a better beer.

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Stinger Wild Honey Wheat from Estes Park Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.