Whitewater Wheat - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

Formerly called Windy Gap Wheat and Two Feet Wheat
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of nem2006
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of their special brewer selected beers if I am not mistaken. It pours a hazy, pale yellow with a slight head that leaves great lacing.

The smell is citrusy, lemony.

The taste followed suit. There was some tartness at the start, lemon in the middle and then finishes quite smooth. It was a good beer, but did not blow me out of the water.

Photo of austinhensley
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a growler and my buddies and I poured it into mugs.
Golden yellow color, mildly transparent. 1 inch full white head. Rich smell, very pleasing. Hints of citrus maybe a marshmellow. Taste was not that of other wheat beers, but then again it's not exactly a wheat beer. I'm gonna have to say the mouthfeel is what keeps this from being very drinkable. It felt almost like flat soda.

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on-tap at the brewery.

A: Darker golden, small head
S: Yeast, Malt, lemony.
T: Wheaty, some citrus but certainly an ale finish vs. a Hefeweizen.
M: Smooth but higher carbonation.

Decent beer but was kind of generic. Too average to be considered great.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Built for all-things-summer, the candied fruit notions of lemon, bread, and powdered sugar gives the ale a zesty and refreshing character with assured sweetness. It the beer built for picnics in the park or what?

Hazy gold in color, the ale carries a somewhat dirty appearance. An ivory head rises to cap the ale with short statured early structure and shy isolated lacing. Its kinda obvious that the beer needs a lot more carbonaiton.

Pez-like in sweetness, its confectioners' scent is alluring when combined with the bready-rich scent of wheat malt, lemony esters, white pepper, and light clove. Slightly bubblegumy, the beer is modestly minty, earthy, and vanilla-like.

Partly-malty and partly-grainy, the beer's early palate is rich, sweet, bready and doughy. Sugar cookies, confectioner's sweetness and fresh baked cake give the beer a taste that's highly balanced toward the malts. Balanced by lemon-like yeast esters and a boost from herbal and floral hops- the ale is much more that sweet and spice. A soft rebuttal from hops and alcohol keeps the beer variant and smooth.

Medium bodied, yet the ale should provide a creamier and drier impression, but instead the malt sweetness lumbers on the palate with mild fatigue and a lingering that wears out its welcome. Finishing malty-sweet and only timidly dry- the ale is well suited for hot summer days and as an introduction to wheat ales.

Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, soapy, white head with a good deal of bubbles. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, lemon, orange and yeast.

T - Fruity and wheaty with notes of lemon, orange and some spicy yeast.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay wheat ale. I wouldn't seek it out again, though.

Photo of Chaney
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Pigeon Forge location.

A: Poured a very cloudy, unfiltered yellow color, with a slight ring posing as a head sitting on top of the liquid.

S: Like most SMB brews, I got basically nothing on the nose. Damn shame...

T: This had an unpleasant "watered-down" wheat beer taste, with virtually no spice component to add complexity whatsoever.

M: Despite the bland, diluted popsicle taste, this went down fairly smooth. The lacing was mild.

O: While this was drinkable, it was ultimately generic.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, dark yellow with a smallish head which drops to a thin film and leaves little lace. Served with an orange slice.
Smell is yeast, malt, orange/citrus (leftover from the slice?).
Taste is yeast, malt, citrus (lemon/orange) and hops. Very good balance. Nice yeasty/malt aftertaste, smooth and lingering.
Medium, spiky, effevescence with a style appropriate hop note. Nice, medium body with a touch of creaminess under the effervescence.
A very good brew on a June afternoon.

Photo of mwa423
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy for a hefeweizen, sticky lacing, golden color but not particularly impressive.

S - Yeasty, but not like hefeweizen yeast, closer to what I expect from an ale yeast.

T - Lots of wheat, but not a traditional hef flavor. Wheaty with only a bit of fruity esters and some wheat.

M/D - Easy drinker, smooth traditional mouthfeel, only average overall. I would suggest skipping this one.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*Notes from Fratlinburng, TN trip to Smokey Mountain Brewery*

Pours what I can only describe as a neon yellow/bright sun color with a healthy topping of bleach white head.
Smell is topped with some yeasts and some spices-maybe citrus.
Taste is wheated I supposed but with a solid fruit/citrus undertone.
Finish is about bone dry with a light yeasty after-taste.
Drinks easily-definitely worth the taste portion I got of it.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was listed as a "seasonal selection" when I visited (10/20/07) at Pigeon Forge location. It wasn't specifically called "Windy Gap" but it was definately a hefeweizen.

It was served in a standard pint glass and arrived at my table with a scant 1/4" white head over the top of a nice yellow, unfiltered/cloudy beer.

The aroma was typical wheat with some banana and spice.

Taste was weak when compared to most world class Hefe Weizens but had the classic elements of citrus/banana/coriander.

Mouthfeel: AGAIN with the carbonation!.... tooo much... again!

Drinkability: The overall effect of this is less than if it had a proper carbonation level. Carbonation takes away from this beer. Although.... maybe it was just a batch thing... lighten up on this guys.... it will be a whole lot better with less carbonation.

Whitewater Wheat from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.