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Crop Circle Wheat - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with over 60% wheat malt and imported German yeast and hops, Crop Circle Wheat is a true German wheat beer. This refreshing and somewhat spicy brew is served in the traditional manner - unfiltered and accompanied by a slice of lemon.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2004)
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Reviews by ALESwhatCURESya:
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this ($10 fill) at the Fitchburg Dane. It pours a wonderful sawdusty-yellow body with light airy white head. Translucent body with flour-like yeast suspension. The aroma is filled with phenols and spice. A touch of Witbier influence on the aroma and taste, but a strong Hefeweiss character. No lemon slice necessary in this one as it exudes a large acidic citrus smell. The taste is similar with a tart taste and hearty wheat texture. The flavors are very bold, but also delicate. One of the best wit/weiss session beers I have had in a while. So easy to drink and the ultimate refreshment on a summer day. Well done.

Side note: at the pub, they had Black Earth Porter on cask....heavenly!

ALESwhatCURESya, Aug 17, 2008
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tyleeis, Jan 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

sgttibbs, May 14, 2013
Photo of brewQ
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy pale yellow unfiltered wheat. Thin head with an interesting lightly spicy/peppery aroma.

I had this after sampling 3-4 of their heavier offerings and it was surprisingly refreshing as a spacer. The flavor was full- perhaps the 60% wheat malt they talk about. Slightly astringent.

Quite drinkable on a Muggy Madison, Wisconsin evening.

brewQ, May 16, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crayon yellow under whitened beige.
Fragrant of clove and banana, with perks of citric acidity, vanilla, metal, and stems.
Begins with hallmark hefe traits of banana and cloves, then it gains a dominating vanilla flavor, which, then flees to leave lemon and lime juices in its wake. Turns stonier in the later half, with cherry pits, peppercorns and gravel, coupling with a dry, leafy hop spice.
Medium in stature, and generally brawny for the style.
A well done version. And one I've passed over for far too long.

cokes, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Listed at 5.35% abv. Thick and lacy. A good wheaty aroma. A slightly orange body, thick head and lots of thick lace. Oange flavour, and edgey. Something alike Dancing Man. There are good models to follow in this state. Average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this along with the Black Earth Porter at The Great Dane Pub off the capital square here in Madison. My first "American Pale Wheat Beer" and I have to say, not too bad. Enjoyed it with a good 1/2 lb burger and fries.

Appearance: Served in a tall weizen glass on tap with a slice of lemon on the rim. A bright light to goldenish yellow color with a cloudy, translucent, thick body. Very small white head (probably killed by the lemon slice) that disappates quickly. Looks refreshing.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, spicy -- almost vegetable-like but couldn't quite put my finger on what. Not in a bad way though. Fair amount of hops balanced with wheaty malt. Very unique in my limited experience.

Taste: Spicy, mysteriously vegetable-like but also sweet. Hops and wheat mix for a well-balanced body. Refreshing taste overall and suitable for the hot humid summer day I was enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Much heavier/creamier than I had imagined for this "pale ale" but a pleasant surprise as I enjoy a good medium-bodied beer. Fairly highly carbonated but not a strong bite. Very refreshing overall.

Drinkability: Overall a tasty, and very interesting brew. Though I couldn't quite pinpoint the vegetable flavors I was tasting, it remained a complex yet refreshing pale wheat for a summer's day. Could see it as a session beer, even though it's fairly heavily-bodied. Recommended if you're in town and at the Dane to try a few of their vast selection of 15 or so beers on tap.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 06, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Crop Circle displays a cloudy yellow-gold body beneath a head of fluffy white that drops shortly after but still maintains a nice, wide, creamy collar.

The nose is sweetly grainy and softly fruity with ripe banana, apple, zippy clove, mild lemon/orange, and a soft note of sweetish vanilla. The wheat malt is discernable, but not as clearly distinct as it is in many American wheats.

The body is medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

My initial thought upon tasting it was that iit fits right in there with some of the best examples from Germany. It expresses the yeasty esters of a weizen but doesn't hammer them home, and doesn't overdo it on acidity and citric character (as some can). The flavor showcases the soft fruitiness of ripe banana and apple alongside a gentle and mildly spicy clove wrapped in rich sweet malt with just a lightly citrusy tart note to balance it out. The bitterness is restrained enough to let the sweet malt and esters shine, yet firm enough to balance it and usher in a drying finish. Well-rounded!

Kudos!!! Full of character while staying in balance. Refreshing and enjoyable. Quite drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ordered this one about half-drunk the night after the great taste...in the biergarden

appearance: i guess i dont pay very close attention at other people drinking but this beer wierded me out...easily the cloudiest hefe i have ever seen and served in a nice large hefe glass...banana-orange colour with a strong beige froth. dont look at it too closely or the brightness may burn your retina. served with a lemon wedge that i promptly stuck on the table. I think this may be a smoothie, not a beer

smell: sweet and summery, bright wheat aroma, banana, fresh yeast, light clove, lemony and citrusy

taste: i could drink a lot of this, but not after eating a huge thing of meatloaf on a brain full of chemicals...anyways, this hefe-smoothie provided nice showings of wheat, orange-citrus, lemon peel, yeast, and clove. will drink again

mouthfeel: a light beer-smoothie, feels like goodness

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Aug 14, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

g_jenkins, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jegross2, Feb 19, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +26%

LaurenRJ13, Tuesday at 12:17 AM
Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

certainly an American-leaning Hefeweizen, but it's all good

a: Huge white head arrives and remains atop a glowing yellow-orange beer. Extremely clouded with yeasts, cannot see a thing through it. Like the color a little more on the orange side, but this is close enough to perfect.

s: Clean on the nose...spicy wheat and yeast aromas with a moderate level of citrus.

m: medium-high carbonation and a medium body

t: Smooth, easy drinking blend of clean wheats and yeasty flavors. Pretty rich with the typical hefe flavors, but more well balanced and flavorful than most. Like the hop levels here.

d: could surely drink a growler by myself, but this night I was pretty full on barleywine, Hop Jack, and London fish fry

blackie, Aug 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

metter98, Monday at 10:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bismarksays, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

northcoastwolf, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Rilesmiles, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

crobinso, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of battlekow
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The menu states that Crop Circle Wheat is "served in the traditional manner--unfiltered and accompanied by a slice of lemon." I'm not sure about that tradition, but it did serve to kill the head on the beer. Other than that, it was a cloudy yellow with good lacing that survived the citrus onslaught.

Smells strongly of pineapple, accompanied by some citrus and some wheat. Taste is similar, a pineapple/bubblegum fruitiness with a wheaty, yeasty twang. Dry finish, medium mouthfeel. Pretty refreshing.

battlekow, Oct 09, 2005
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4/5  rDev +5%

theholdsteady, Mar 18, 2012
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Crop Circle Wheat from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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