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Your Favorite American Style Wheat Ales

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by ThirstyFace, May 23, 2013.

  1. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    I know lots of folk get down on these and can't discuss without effortlessly blurting out "Weihenstephaner", "proper German....." etc.

    Anyway, my faves...

    Captain Lawrence Sun Block. Shit name. Gorgeous beer, and perhaps the most refreshing beer I know

    Southern Tier Hop Sun. Former fave, but CL chopped it down

    FFF Gumballhead. I don't expect t an arguement here

    Anchor Summer Beer. The brilliance is so subtle, but that slight tart finish and the everlasting creamy head...

    That's all I got in NY...minus the FFF, which I get when traveling to IL frequnetly
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  2. I haven't heard anything about it coming back this year, but NEBCO Alphaweizen is amazing. Fingers crossed for its return!
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  3. Oberon. Can't get away from it during a midwest summer, but damn if it's not tasty.
  4. Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat Ale. Good stuff!
  5. Jeremy_H

    Jeremy_H Aficionado (215) Illinois Apr 16, 2013

    Its a toss between FFF Gumballhead and Half Acre Akari Shogun!
  6. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Missouri Nov 24, 2009

    Boulevard Wheat
    Bell's Oberon

    I'm not a fan of the aggressively hopped wheat. I'll pass on Gumball Head & 80 Acre.
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  7. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Advocate (735) Illinois Feb 13, 2010

    Still a big fan of Oberon. Perfect in the summer for me.
  8. Mine is Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, its freaking awesome. A delicious beer but you have to be careful because it will creep up on you given its alcohol content. I've never had Gumballhead, but would love to try it. I'm not a big fan of Oberon and I have tried it many times.
  9. Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Gumballhead, and Oberon, with the last of those, IMO, having redefined the style (remember those U.S. "wheats" from the 90s?) to make it one of the more unique U.S. "craft" offerings out there.
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  10. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    I'm an unapologetic fan. Can't believe I forget to mention Oberon. Can't wait to have some when I'm in OBX next week
  11. I'd have to say Oberon.
  12. Wheat beers don't have enough flavor for me unless it's a wheat IPA. Gotta' have some hops in there. :)
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  13. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Savant (475) Florida Jul 13, 2011

    Sumpin' Sumpin', although it tastes more like an IPA. It's one of my favorites.

    More in the style, I like Bell's Oberon and Southern Tier Hop Sun.
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  14. garymuchow

    garymuchow Champion (790) Minnesota Aug 31, 2001

    several good ones mentioned, but for ease of access around these parts (MN), and a good price, 80 Acre is a good drink.
  15. rboinski

    rboinski Savant (315) California Mar 19, 2012

    Gumballhead for wheat, lil sumpin for just an awesomely drinkable beer
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  16. rtrasr

    rtrasr Savant (375) Arkansas Feb 16, 2009

    I like Boulevard Wheat.
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  17. darky

    darky Savant (260) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    I need to give this one a second spin methinks.
  18. shredder83

    shredder83 Savant (485) Illinois Feb 21, 2013

    gumballhead is my favorite wheat ale ever!
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  19. kingofhop

    kingofhop Advocate (555) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Boulevard wheat. Orange and lemon slices, optional.
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  20. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Savant (475) Wisconsin Jun 6, 2007

    1) Oberon
    2) Gumball

    I hate Sumpin Sumpin. All the rest I have had, meh
  21. RJLarse

    RJLarse Champion (750) Washington Dec 30, 2005

  22. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (415) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

  23. Lil' Sumpin Sumpin. Why have a wheat beer when you could have a wheat IPA? Proceed to defame my uninformed palate.
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  24. tone77

    tone77 Advocate (620) Florida May 20, 2009

    Maui's Mana Wheat
    Arcadia's Whitsun Ale
    Boulder Beer's Sweaty Betty Blonde
  25. True to form: Blue Star from North Coast
    New School: Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas
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  26. seplo

    seplo Savant (455) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009

    One of my favorites by the gents at NEBCo
  27. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Savant (485) Illinois Nov 2, 2011

    Sumpin' Sumpin', Oberon, Circus boy.
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  28. Burkbom23

    Burkbom23 Savant (395) Connecticut Mar 11, 2013

    Ommegang Witte
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  29. Mshull

    Mshull Aficionado (235) Ohio Mar 26, 2013

    Sumpin sumpin ale and gumballhead only because they taste like ipas
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  30. Cyrano41

    Cyrano41 Savant (305) Virginia Aug 7, 2009

    Oberon, Harpoon's UFO and GI 312
  31. Alextricity

    Alextricity Champion (795) Michigan Jun 18, 2012

    Gumballhead -- drinks like a light, wheat-y IPA.
    Sumpin' Sumpin' -- ... drinks like an IPA. Still not really convinced it's a wheat beer.
    Oberon -- classic.
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  32. My favorite wheat beer is a pilsner.
  33. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Advocate (700) New Jersey Feb 18, 2013

    I'm also a fan of the Sun Block. Since I'm really waspy, and there's no "tan setting" on me, I'll be sure to buy a few cases of it this summer. But seriously refreshing beer.
  34. 80 acre
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  35. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Year round- Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    Summer: Bell's Oberon and NG Dancing Man (OK, it's a Hefewiezen)
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  36. lookrider

    lookrider Savant (425) Pennsylvania Apr 22, 2007

    New Glarus Dancing Man - just had my first this week and it's the best I've ever had.
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  37. Odell Easy Street Wheat. Was also my gateway beer
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  38. Bosoxfan20

    Bosoxfan20 Savant (440) Missouri Feb 6, 2013

    Lil Sumpin Sumpin! One of my favorite beers period. Also, really enjoyed Gumballhead. Not so much on the 80 Acre or Boulevard Wheat
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  39. Stooven

    Stooven Aspirant (25) Illinois May 23, 2013

    We're just starting to see it in Chicago more: Greenbush (Sawyer, MI)'s Sunspot. It's unusual, but still drinkable. Citrus-y without venturing too far into wit land, and a dynamite, dry finish. Some say it's a hefeweizen, I dunno. You say 'porter,' I say 'stout.'
  40. quindog

    quindog Aficionado (245) Colorado Mar 11, 2010

    Little Sumpin Sumpin and Boulevard 80 acre.