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

Crop Circle Wheat
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BA SCORE
86
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%


Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 02:22:32 | More by Sammy
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught at the Wisconsin Micro-brewers Beerfest in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy light golden brew with a thin white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of light golden grain malt, some yeast, banana esters, cloves and a touch of lemon zest. Taste is light to medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt with wheat, some banana esters, a touch of cloves with lemon and citrus zest. Finish has a good balance of sweet and dry aftertaste flavors that slowly disappears to a crisp finish. Great hefe beer on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 21:09:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass with a lemon wedge at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a very hazy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon, coriander, wet wheat, and a light sprinkling of pepper. The taste runs along similar lines, with the addition of banana and some extra dashes of black pepper, both of which really make things pop. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy, almost pulpy feel. Overall, a very nice hefe, an easily drinkable brew for all seasons.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 05:06:34 | More by TMoney2591
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spointon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Great Dane in Madison on 11/28/2008.

A= This beer poured a cloudy pale gold color with a 3/4" white head. Lots of carbonation release maintained the head for most of the way down the glass.

S= Excellent aromas of bubblegum, fruity esters, bananas, wheat malts, and bakery sweetness.

T= Like the aroma, taste was full of bubblegum and fruity esters on top of wheat malt and banana bread notes. The finish moved into a slightly tart mode before smoothing out in a long pleasant aftertaste.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a nice crispness on the tongue.

D= This was an outstanding hefeweizen. Seriously, it was probably in the top 4 or so I have ever had. Crisp, refreshing, with very good flavors and highly sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 01:24:41 | More by spointon
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jtneal111

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer in the tour of Madison,WI and this one is pretty darn good.

Nice and cloudy, large persistent white head. smells strongly of spice and citrus. Taste is very wit-like with a pronounced yeast and spice character. Medium carbonation, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2008 04:23:53 | More by jtneal111
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blackie

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2007 04:22:21 | More by blackie
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2007 03:34:34 | More by dirtylou
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svraines

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my summertime favorites with a few wedges of lemon on the pitcher. Looks like a tasty wheat beer, more or less carbonation and head depending on the batch. Smells like beer-candy. I like candy and I like beer, but it is awfully sweet. Taste is a little bit more fruit loops than a classic hefe taste, lemon can actually move the beer back toward beer flavors. Maybe it is just bad memories from blueberry-wheats of yore, but I always get a little blueberry note. Lubricates the mouth after hot, dusty pursuits of Madison summer. Drink a lot or a little and it is still good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2007 21:28:49 | More by svraines
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Madison Airport. (served with a lemon).

A: Very hazy, straw coloured with a white head, no retention, initially a hint of lace.

S: Spice, lemon, wheat.

T: Lemon, spice, wheat, light bread.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Barely average for a hefe weizen.

Certainly better than most American wheats, but it's tough to play in the hefe weizen category.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 01:52:41 | More by Derek
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2007 03:22:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 01:46:05 | More by battlekow
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2005 06:56:44 | More by Golden2wenty1
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2004 15:54:42 | More by cokes
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brewQ

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2004 01:41:40 | More by brewQ
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Glowing yet cloudy yellow

S-I really got a lot of wheat on the aroma...reminds me of cream of wheat with fresh banana's for some reason...very subltle cloves..

T-Big banana flavor...tastes like banana bread at some points...really smooth drinking...lacks the lemony acidity found in some hefe's...wheat also evident

M-Medium bodied....smooth...lower carbonation but it is out of a 2 week old growlers so all things considered it is fine.

D-This is a great tasting hefe-weizen for people that really enjoy the banana esters...This has to rank in my top 10...maybe top 5....right there with Dancing Man wheat if not better for Wisconsin Hefe's...probably a little better than my other local favorite hefe (Schells)....a true treat...

Serving type: growler

07-14-2009 04:34:44 | More by ZAP
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: growler

08-17-2008 21:36:06 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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petercmartin1

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My brother and his girlfriend came up for the night and brought along a couple of growlers from The Great Dane (God bless him!!!). One which was full of their Crop Circle Wheat. Though I am a fan of wheat beers I have skipped this one in favor of some more of their interesting brews. Big mistake on my part. This beer is wonderful.
Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow. Nice and opaque with a small head with some nice staying power. The flavors are very typical of a wheat beer with cloves, coriander, banana all there and some citrus on the finish. The hops are very subtle, just barely announcing their presence in both bitterness and aroma. Light body and a slightly creamy carbonation. I am sorry I have passed over this beer so often. This is one that can be enjoyed over and over, especially on a hot, muggy day.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2005 12:51:06 | More by petercmartin1
Crop Circle Wheat from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.