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Wheat Wacker - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-07-2011)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

astebelton, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jgammoniv, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jaxray8, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roths Keizer store. $5.49 Lighter orange coloured ale..slighly hazed.large,rocky,thick white head. Fine citric like hop aromas..lemony with a hint of Belgian style yeast..pretty nice Unusual but juicy,fruity ,lemony hop tastes melds with the yeasts and peppery spices very well. Nice on the palate..very inviting. Overall an unusual and welcome beer

Reidrover, Oct 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

kickerofelves, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent light amber with a medium frothy white head. Good head retention and strong lace.

S: Pine and orange/lemon zest with a hint of cane sugar.

T: Solid hop flavour with some grapefruit and pineapple. There is a bit of spice (coriander-like) in this beer especially on the back end. Light malt flavour, it'd be tough to deduce this was made with wheat aside from the body of the beer. That's fine for me, definitely something for summer.

M: Light to medium bodied. Frothy and creamy with a nice structure. Hoppy aftertaste.

O: While I've never been amazed with Black Diamond's beers, all the ones I've had have been well made and enjoyable. This is no different. Sort of a lighter Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Described on the back as a beer for the dog days, and I agree.

Halcyondays, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color. Spicy flavors right off. Not exactly a familiar wheat flavor, but a touch of cloves. Rather sharp and winey. Nose of spice. A touch of tart and salty vegetable flavors like a caper got loose somewhere in the brewing. Hops are modest but enough to give it some balance and perhaps that is where the spicy heat is coming from.

Looks nice with a sizable white head in the tall glass. It's certainly an odd beer, one you keep sipping to try to figure it out. Pleasant, however, and well carbonated. A little thin and sharp rather than the mellowness of many big wheat beers. Sort of an imperial American wheat.

mactrail, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last week at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden color, nice half inch head with good retention

Smell- bready malt, some spice as well

Taste- malt, spices

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Aug 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

xomin80, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

wrightst, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy viscous straw amber with loose white froth that leaves a few stray trailers. Nose is some yeasty wax and Lemonheads hops.
Saltines and tangerines with candied grapefruit and orange hard candy hops. Citrus oil end and a bit of yeast on the linger.
Light, sticky, smooth, no burn.

Nothing dark about this - either a hopped up wit or a Belgian IPA with wheat, but something I've never encountered before. Good idea, and probably gains .5 on taste just for the concept, because it's pretty simple, almost one-dimensional. A bit thin, too. I've been unimpressed by this brewery before, so this definitely passes muster as a summer drinker. I even wonder what the hops would be like if I caught it when it was fresher.

Wheat smoothness + US hops = easy drinker.

StJamesGate, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mschind
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a bomber producing a fluffy, off white three finger head that quickly faded to a foamy cap. Decent lacing on the way down. Color is a hazy medium gold, dark for a wheat beer.

S- Lots going on here. There's a Belgian yeast at work giving it a fruity and spicy aroma with some grassy hops.

T- The fruity esters (peach/apricot) dominate up front along with light malt sweetness. The finish is peppery with mild hop bitterness.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

O- An interesting combination of flavors and styles. A bit too strong to be a seesion beer. It paired well with some jalapno salami and dark pretzels. Not something I would seek out by itself.

mschind, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly tart citrus flavor. Then a bit of caramel sweetness comes in. Next there’s a strong hops bitterness for the style and some wheat breadiness although there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok beer worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first stab at an American dark wheat ale. Pours an orange/brown color, nice fluffy head to it that stays consistent all the way down. Nice maltiness in the flavor, hints of lemon and fruitiness, good hop character as well. Reminds of me a dunkelweizen, as it should, and is pretty drinkable and smooth going down. Not the most adventurous beer, but solid and worth a try.

oriolesfan4, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was gold in color. It had a fairly good-sized white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a scant amount of lace.

Grassy, outdoors aroma. Some peppery spice.

Clove taste, some citrus. A bit of Belgian funkiness.

A lot going on in this beer. Not sure how well it succeeded.

lordofthewiens, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

DrunkinYogi, May 16, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Boone757, May 29, 2013
Photo of johntfox
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of GeckoPunk
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Drank straight from the bomber. Cannot perform a full review on looks.

S - The smell was much better directly after the beer was opened than 15 minutes afterwards. Simcoe/Citra hops. Citrousy. Very faint Belgian yeast.

T - Completely agree with the grassy reviews. Slight, but certainly not predominant Belgian funk. Citrousy orange/lemon. Barely bready. Not a fan of the thin wheat malt taste. I find it a little insufficient for this beer.

M - Well carbonated. Quite bubbly. Lingering bitterness. Not all that great, but can't complain too much about the mouthfeel.

O - At $2.99 a bomber, it's a "good price for a good beer". Not a spectacular beer, but well worth the investment. Personally, I would still spend the extra $1 for my fall-back SNPA as a replacement for this... Worth a try, but it won't become a regular in my lineup.

GeckoPunk, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a decently sized, off-white head. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is solid and sticky. For a dark wheat it doesn't seem any darker than any other wheat.
Smell is a bit weak, with sweet grainy note, a bit of tartness/sour citrus, wheat and malt.
Taste is grassy, malt, light citrus, wheat and a not unsubstantial alcohol warmth. Balance is pretty good.
Medium bodied, reasonably smooth and with a solid warming aspect. Effervescence is restrained. It drinks like an Imperial wheat - which I've never heard of - and in that mindset this is a really good beer. As a standard wheat, it's ok. Either way, the nose is a bit off so don't take a deep whiff before you sip and it'll be good.

PorterLambic, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of HamdenHector
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: somewhat cloudy; honey colored; 2 finger white head that receded slowly and had nice lacing;

S: an interesting combination of wheat and grassy, piney hops:

T: exactly as advertised; a hoppy wheat beer; that profile stayed consistent from start to finish;

M: light to medium bodied; slightly over carbonated;

O: I had low expectations and while this isn't a beer I would seek out, I was pleasantly surprised;

HamdenHector, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of MeganPhillips
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

MeganPhillips, Jan 11, 2014
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Wheat Wacker from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.