Beach Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: HopHobo on 08-03-2009

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Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a soft yellow cloudy with a one-finger white froth. just a bit of gummy lace stays.

aroma of clove, bananas, wheat, straw, a hint of grass, and a good bit of citrusy zest.

tastes like it smells. hefeweizen with a shockingly tart dose of lemon... definitely one of the most tart, citric, acidic versions of a hefe I've sampled... and not sure I'm really digging it. the lemon is just a bit overpowering.

mouth is fairly thin in body, ample fervent carbonation is striking, as is the acidic finish, but all in all, surprisingly unmemorable.

all in all, this one seems like a decent traditional hefeweizen that's just a bit too heavy on the lemon for my tastes... just not quite working right for me. less tart lemon, and this one would be a solid hefe.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one many times on tap at places around time, picked up a six-pack for the first time this year. It pours a bright and shining gold color with a yeast-driven haze that obscures any amount of clarity in the brew, just like any hefeweizen should. The head is pretty thin and fades quickly, much quicker than many other beers of this style.

The aroma reminds me of a thin and slightly watered down hefeweizen; the mild, yeasty esters are there with some lightly rotten banana and hints of clove and mint. Faint apple skins and a light kiss of musky hops finishes things off. Not as full, thick, or robust as you'd expect, sadly. The aromas are there, they're just a little underplayed.

Wheat is revealed a little more as the beer hits the palate; soft wheat background with a light graininess and heaps of pale malt. Yeast abound, with lots of banana and clove-like esters. Mild, tart-apple twinge hits somewhere around half-way, something that was unexpected but not necessarily unwanted. Finish contains a touch of musky hop bitterness, but mostly wheat and fading yeast flavors.

Just like the aroma and flavor profiles, the mouth feel is a bit lacking in girth and just seems like a thinner version of the style. Thin bodied, tight carbonation, and a crispy, wet finish. Far from the top-tier hefeweizens out there, but far from the worst, too. It's simply an easy drinker and nothing else. Don't expect greatness and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of warnerry
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't really any lacing.

S - Relatively strong lemon scent. There is some wheat and faint banana. Not sure what to make of this.

T - Intense lemon dominates the taste. Eventually the lemon receptors are saturated, some banana, clove and wheat finally come through. Like an odd Berliner Weiss/Hefe hybrids. Not really enjoying this one.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel.

O - Not really what I look for in a hefeweizen, and not really that enjoyable. Won't be getting this again.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of wheat twang. Also present are solid amounts of citrus hops with hints of tropical fruit hops and clove lurking in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of pale malt and robust wheat flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of bright citrus hop flavors and milder amounts of tropical fruit hops. The tropical fruit hops fade midway through the sip, making room for influence from clove. The wheat and citrus hops carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a nicely hopped beer somewhere between an American wheat and a hefeweizen. Nothing special but certainly worth a shot if you see it on, especially in the warmer months.

Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from splax23, thanks Jason!

A - Pours pale golden hazy yellow. Agressive pour creates good size foamy head with nice lacing but goes rather quickly.

S - Good stuff. Bit of banana, clove, wheat. Very nice.

T - Getting some pinapple i think here, same as taste, slightly sour but its different, I like that.

M - Nice smooth.

O- I think this beer is pretty damn good. Somewhat similar to one of my all time favorite wheat beers (Mana Wheat), not as good but definitely worth a few pints.

Alot of the reviews seem a bit harsh on this one, Im pretty tough critic, or at least try to be and I thought this one is definitely worth several pints.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Whafting bannana aroma. Light colour, very lacey. A lighter than medium mouthfeel. Served somehwat cold. Some sugar, sweet. Very drinkable even though not the thickness I would anticipate from the best of this style.
Had it on tap a couple of years later and the aroma was good, decent citrus wheaty taste.

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: murky straw body with a finger white head good formation and retention. The lacing is light, along with the carbonation.

S: Aroma is light, but with good clove and banana elements.

T/M: Slight spice on the front, with a well rounded wheat body. The overall texture is a bit thin for style, but very refreshing. Hops are light and noble, while the yeast plays a good role and has a spicy finish as well.

O: overall this is a decent wheat brew, very drinkable, while still holding good flavors, not too experimental, like other shorts brews.

Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beach Wheat is a very hazy straw color. Looks a bit yellow or gold when held to light. It’s topped with a soft, white head that stands just about a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and lighter in volume.

The nose is pretty good. It’s maybe a little weak. It kicks off with a very earthy, grainy scent that lingers throughout. There’s a spicy element to it. Smells like clove and perhaps a bit of pepper. It has a yeasty scent that’s relatively prominent. Smells like there’s a light banana scent. It’s definitely light though. Tough to tell. Perhaps my nose is playing tricks on me. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. It’s spicy up front. Tastes like a yeasty spiciness. I’m definitely getting clove and pepper. It has a strong earthy and grainy flavor that lingers throughout. I’m not getting much in the banana department. I was hoping for more. There’s a faint hint of it, but that’s about it. It is yeast (and spicy) throughout. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any. It finishes earthy, grainy, and spicy.

Beach Wheat has a lighter body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel soft. This stuff goes down super easy. It really is a nice, drinkable summer beer. I could handle quite a few of these on a hot day.

Beach Wheat is a pretty good release from Short’s Brewing Company. It’s a relatively straight forward Hefeweizen. It won’t compete with the world’s best, but it’s still a pretty good beer. A little (or a lot) more banana would definitely bump it up a notch or two. Having said that, it is a pretty satisfying, refreshing beer on a hot day. It’s probably even a little more satisfying than the score here reflects.

Photo of Vonerichs
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flat and hazy yellow. This had barely any carbonation or head to speak of. It almost looked like juice.

The smell supports this is in fact a wheat beer, with hints of banana, clove, and wheat. However, it also has a sharp and pungent sourness to it.

Sometimes I like Short's interesting approach on a style, and sometimes I just don't get it. Tick this one on the side of not getting it. The banana flavor is over ripe, almost spoiled. It has a rotten sour flavor to it like decomposed fruit. There are light spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel has low carbonation and medium bodied.

This just furthers my confusion about Short's. I've had some beers I thought were spectacular, and some that are just flat out gross. There's a part of me wondering if this was an infected or just inconsistent bottle, but I also know they tend to digress from styles and I'm pretty sure what I got is what they intended.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slight golden hazy appearance. Almost no head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Lots of Belgian yeast, spice, clove, bananas, lemon citrus zest, and malt.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. None of the flavors are overwhelming, but relatively mellow. Banana up front with lots of Belgian yeast, mixed with clove. Slight hoppy flavor, wheat, and lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, bubbly carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A solid Hefe and pretty enjoyable on a warm summer night.

Photo of Beejay
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this one.

A: A hazy light yellow in color. Almost like a pineapple color. A small bit of white head on top, which fades almost immediately.

S: Some spice notes, and a touch of fruit. There is a good bit of clove as well as maybe a touch of sulphur.

T: There is a certain tartness to this, as well as a bit of metallic flavor and a touch sour. Fairly light in flavor and a little bit of clove.

M: Thin and quite a bit of carbonation.

O: Overall I'm not very impressed. Very light in flavor, even for the style, and it has that slightly acidic sour twang that all of Short's beers seem to have. Not horrible, but not great.

Photo of jmunsters
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler take home from Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI. I am going to try and be brief here. The Beach Wheat pours and looks like a kölsch with lacing, smells like a hefe light on banana, tastes like a saison/hefe hybrid. Wonderfully odd. Had on bottle last year, very nice from the tap as well.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden in color and very cloud. Small head of white fades quickly and is replaced by a broken crown of white lace that barely hangs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very light at first but as it warms builds with hints of light grass, loads of wheat and light spicy notes. As I take the first sip there is a pronounced spice, clove maybe that really takes over on the palate. Peppery almost with light grain and a hint of lemon zest that punctuates the clove perfectly

Photo of srv33
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice summer afternoon finds me pouring this into a pint glass. A fine slightly cloudy gold color, with a half inch head that quickly fades and just a touch of lacing around the collar remaining. I'm greeted by your typical Hefe-scents here - banana, clove, bread, maybe a touch of plum. The first sip reveals a flavor much the same, but as soon as it hits the palate it quickly leaves, leaving nothing but a touch of lingering bread-like flavor. Mouthfeel is easy and well balanced, quite light. Overall it is a fine and very drinkable brew that is well put together but lacking in flavor depth, which makes it pale in comparison to many traditional Hefeweizens. A solid brew, but basically lacking.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Beach Wheat last week for $1.50 at The Lager Mill. I'm interested to see what Short's take on a Hefeweizen will be like, will it be traditional or different, time to take a drink an see how it goes. As usual no visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a weizen glass.

A- I am not really digging the label on this beer, it just doesn't do it for me. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden color with a finger and a half of fast dieing head that quickly dissipated to nothing, this beer isn't much to look at.

S- It has a really typical smell for a witbier, It starts with a slightly sweet wheat backbone. The yeast blends nicely with the wheat base and it makes for some nice ripe banana, citrus zest, clove, nutmeg, and a couple other spices.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty much a mirror of the aroma. The wheat base of this beer tastes good and is not overly sweet. Most of the things I picked up in the aroma show up in the taste but the banana and clove aspect seem to be toned down and it tastes like it was watered down. After that I am quickly hit with a big dose of tart lemons, which makes this beer turn in a different direction that I am not so sure I like. Hardly any bitterness on the finish just a dose of some tart lemons.

M- Tart, pretty light bodied, and it had a light amount of carbonation. I would have liked the body and the carbonation to be stepped up a notch, it felt watery to me.

Overall I have to say this was a pretty average Witbier, and not really that close to a Hefeweizen, at first it seemed like it was on the right path when I smelled this beer but when it got to the taste things started to get watery and the Hefeweizen flavors got lighter and were over powered by a large amount of tart lemons. It felt like half of this beer was trying to be a Hefeweizen and the other half was trying to be a Berlinerwiess, the result just didn't seem to flow together. I like the aroma the best about this beer, nothing fancy, just all the aroma you would want and expect. I liked the mouth feel the least, it felt watery and under carbonated. Maybe if I was on a beach on a really hot day, I might be inclined to have a couple of these but as it stands now it just didn't do it for me and I don't think I will be seeking it out anytime soon, but if you are a big fan of wheat beers and like Berlinerwiess's you should give it a try. This is a very rare miss from shorts, I see what they were going for, but it just didn't come together as one cohesive beer, I can't blame them for trying new things with this style since I find most brewery's don't get too creative when it comes to wheat beers. As of now this is my least favorite beer from Shorts.

Photo of zoso1967
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beach Wheat pours a just slightly hazy light golden color and is alive with beautiful little carbonation bubbles. The head is bone in color and has quite nice retention, though the lacing is not the greatest.

If the name was not enough, the aroma definitely lets you know that this is a wheat beer. It is wheaty, lemony, and slightly clovey with a good amount of banana. This brew smells a sort of like a cross between a Belgian wit and a German hefeweizen.

The flavor is pretty surprising in that this beer carries a very pronounced tartness. The rest of the flavors follow the nose closely, but that tartness really sets it off and as I make my way through the glass I enjoy the little extra excitement that it imparts. This beer has a nice balance between crisp, bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation. This makes it quite refreshing, though it loses a lot of the wheat beer smoothness that I enjoy.

This is a pretty interesting take on a wheat beer that I have to say was quite enjoyable. It is sort of an American attempt at a Hefe, but with a refreshing tartness that makes it something all its own. I would surely pick up a sixer of this for a BBQ or to kick back after some lawn work.

Photo of abraxel
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, golden orange. Not quite as opaquely and awesomely hazy as the original Bavarian hefes that first got me interested in beer, but pretty close. The head is disappointing, considering it's a hallmark of the style. Not very pillowy, and it disappears quickly.

S - Bananas and clove. Not very strong, but not too subtle. Very good, and quite "to style".

T - This shit is bananas. And clove! This is a very tasty, refreshing, authentic hefeweizen. I'm rather impressed. There's tasty banana and bubble gum, with just enough spice and a touch of tartness to balance.

M - Rather light mouthfeel, with a decent amount of carbonation. Nice.

Overall, I like this a whole lot. Granted, the appearance falls short, but other than that it's great.

This was the style of beer that showed me that beer could actually taste good (on a trip to Munich, like so many others, I'm sure), and this beer is the best American implementation I've had, though I have yet to try the ones from New Glarus and Live Oak.

Photo of levifunk
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

a - light golden color. low carbonation, but maybe thats due to the growler?

s - yeast, clove, and banana

t - mild flavor. watery. taste same as nose.

m - light body. again low carbonation.

overall - forgetting the low carbonation, I still wouldn't get this again. Mainly due to the fact I don't like clove, but also because it was pretty watery flavor.

Photo of jmich24
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wheat Sconce

A: Honey in color, cloudy with a slight orange hue. Two finger head
S: Bread, yeast, touch of lemon, nice spiciness.
T: Tastes like it smells. Light and refreshing.
M: Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
O: Nice refreshing summer wheat beer. Not exactly what I'm in to, but it was good for what it set out to be.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orangish gold color. Very hazy, almost opaque. A finger plus of a white head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: banana, wheat, lots of yeast.

Taste: wheat mixing with yeasty offering of banana and a little citrus in the mix. A tad on the Belgian side of yeastiness

Mouthfeel: pretty light and drinkable. Not very stand out

Overall. A well crafted but lacking in vision hefe. Follows shorts quality of brews but misses the aspect that makes the brewery. A good drinkable beer. Just not as good as others and not special.

Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- A big nose of yeasty wheat and biscuit with bits of lemon and orange fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with a vibrant combination of yeasty bread and biscuit meeting lemon and orange citrus. Ever so slight hint of spice on the finish.

(M)- Wonderfully crisp and refreshing with a good balance of dry yet juicy citrus to it with almost no bitterness to speak of.

(O)- Its a solid take on the hefeweiss style. It is definitely better than some other versions I have had from the states for sure. A great beer for those hot summer days.

Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Derek.

A: The beer pours a cloudy straw/gold color with a surprisingly small white head.

S: Smells like a hefeweizen for the most part. Lots of clove and spices (maybe nutmeg). There are some mild fruit/apple notes to go along with the banana. Just a light bubblegum aroma on the back end. And of course: bread and wheat.

T: As normal as the aroma was, the flavor is more like a Berlinerweiss. There is certainly some sour lemon flavor to it (but that could just be the patented Shorts bottled beer flavor). Mild bread and wheat with a touch of banana. A little light bit bitter with a minimal clove note.

M: The body is light with carbonation on the light side of medium.

O: Though obviously not "right", I liked this beer. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.27/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extra courtesy of erikkoppin. Hmm... By the label art somehow I was expecting an American Pale Wheat ale. Oh well..

Apperance -- Pours a lightly hazed golden hue with faint whisps for head. Leaves some to be desired.

Smell -- Banana and cracked wheat, some bubblegum, pale husky grain, Not too thrilling, but it hits the right marks.

Taste -- Lemony tartness is prominent (huh?) along with banana, double bubble, cream of wheat, and bready malt. This one definitely blurs the line between not good and possibly infected. Really can't tell.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair fuller, with low prickly carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

Overall -- Not a huge fan of this one. Aside from the wheat and banana-like weizen yeast fermentation character, not much about this screams hefeweizen. Or good. Besides, who drinks hefe's at the beach? Germans who wear dress socks with sandals, that's who.

Photo of jahilgen
2.08/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not impressed maybe my six pack wasn't up to par

A-hazy golden honey, a thin head that disappeared in a few minutes

S-odd woody smell with mild citrus tone

T-flat, could pick up the orange

M-nothing, just an empty flat taste

O-just not impressed, but my brother (who does not like beer) thought it was great, it's just not anything spectacular

Photo of robwestcott
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold from the bottle a murky straw gold with orange highlight to a foothills pilsner with no head whatsoever.

aroma of citrus and yeasty bread.

yeast and tangy citrus, tart lemon rind. interesting take on a hefeweizen.

medium bodied, low carbonation, tart, near sour.

interesting, though I'm not jumping up and down. drinkable.

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Beach Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.