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Harpoon Crystal Wheat - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-30-2009)
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Photo of mafeeker
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear golden with a white head that fades quickly

S: light lemony malty with grass

T: lemon flavor stays throughout, finishes very smooth, very slight hop flavor

D: Very drinkable beer, nice lemon flavor that makes it very refreshing. A great summer/lawnmower beer without a doubt.

mafeeker, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Real light, clear as day yellow body with a seriously fluffy 2 finger bright white head.

S- Smells like lemon dish soap. Not to much wheat, just citrus and corny malts.

T- Pale corny malts with a strong citrus lemon flavor. This beer tastes like someone put lemon juice in Budweiser.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation and a wet finish.

Overall pretty dissapointed. Normally Harpoon is worth raving about but this brew should have never been made IMO.


Arenbeer, Oct 13, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a "Best By" date of 09/15/10 printed on the bottle and a very short description on the neck label. There is no noticeable ABV%.

Appearance: It has an uber effervescent pale yellow body. It has great clarity and the aggressive carbonation supports a tall bright white head of smooth creamy foam. Lacing is thick and splotchy.

Smell: The aroma has loads of citrus and wheat popping right out of the bottle as I popped the cap. The citrus is a mix of lemon grass, lemon oil, lemon candy and lemon scented dish soap.

Taste/Palate: There is a light wheat and cereal grain base with loads of lemony citrus character. This citrusy character matches its aroma. There is a brief hint of sweetness before it all goes dry and slightly sour. I am also just picking up the very slightest hint of hops in the finish. Its body has a light feel with lots of lively carbonation that made me burp like I was drinking soda pop.

Notes: I really was not expecting this beer. The flavor was just off to me and I didn't really care for it.

generallee, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a sixer of this from the Windsor brewery. Cold 12oz bottle poured heavily into a weizen glass.

This bright yellow brew is crystal clear with abundant carbonation and generated about 1" of foamy eggshell head with decent retention. Smell is of lemon, ginger, semi-sweet... like a cross between ginger ale and lemonade. The carbonation is quite rigorous and a bit abrasive, but this gives it a crisp clean feel. Taste is very similar to the smell. Overall I think it's a decent beer, suitable as a chuggable summertime brew. The semi-sweet body should appeal to a wide audience (ex. beer noobs). Especially a good choice for sharing with anyone who doesn't like hops.

BeerNinja007, Aug 25, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold in color with a 1 finger white head that faded quickly; lame lacing that slides down the glass pretty fast.

Smells of yeast, lemon, spices, coriander, light grains and grass or hay; nice summer aroma that has an overall citrus aroma.

Tastes of lemon (very zesty lemon), faint orange peel, wheat, funky yeast, spices like light pepper, coriander, light grains, grass, hay and some malt, which leaves a tart and almost bitter finish. Middle of the road taste.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with very high carbonation like champagne, and an almost watery feel that is very light and airy.

Very refreshing and easy to drink, this is a great summer beer that went down like iced tea!

CHickman, Aug 21, 2010
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2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this beer since it is only available on tap and in their summer seasonal mixed 12-pack. Needless to say (from looking at the scores I gave it) I was very disappointed. I probably should have had lower expectations, which is my own fault--I like big cloudy hefes and wits, not filtered American pale wheats. But even as that genre goes, this was really not much of a beer. The one thing I can say for it is I wouldn't mind getting drunk on the beach with a bunch of these--although you can't even do that because they don't sell sixers of them, but they should probably keep it that way. Tasted like Rolling Rock with the slightest hint of wheatiness. Really nothing to the nose or the palate. I keep trying to love Harpoon, being from the Boston area, but it just won't click for me. They make a solid IPA which is of course their bread and butter, and I quite liked their belgian pale ale, but that's about it for me...I've had their hefe, wit, summer beer, etc. and all of have been sort of whatever. Bland and not interesting. This one is definitely the worst of the bunch.

jal30, Aug 19, 2010
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Harpoon Crystal Wheat from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.