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Your Favorite American Style Wheat Ales

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

  1. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Member

    Location:
    New York
    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. woosterbill

    woosterbill Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    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. Handyandy58

    Handyandy58 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Oberon. Can't get away from it during a midwest summer, but damn if it's not tasty.
  4. Rileyman

    Rileyman Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat Ale. Good stuff!
  5. Jeremy_H

    Jeremy_H Member

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

    Jake1605 Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    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 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Still a big fan of Oberon. Perfect in the summer for me.
  8. thegodfather2701

    thegodfather2701 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    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. herrburgess

    herrburgess Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    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 Member

    Location:
    New York
    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. mikecharley

    mikecharley Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I'd have to say Oberon.
  12. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    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 Member

    Location:
    Florida
    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 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    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 Member

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

    rtrasr Member

    Location:
    Arkansas
    I like Boulevard Wheat.
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  17. darky

    darky Member

    Location:
    South Dakota
    I need to give this one a second spin methinks.
  18. shredder83

    shredder83 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    gumballhead is my favorite wheat ale ever!
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  19. kingofhop

    kingofhop Member

    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Boulevard wheat. Orange and lemon slices, optional.
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  20. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    1) Oberon
    2) Gumball

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

    RJLarse Member

    Location:
    Washington
  22. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Member

    Location:
    New Mexico
  23. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    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 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Maui's Mana Wheat
    Arcadia's Whitsun Ale
    Boulder Beer's Sweaty Betty Blonde
  25. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Member

    Location:
    California
    True to form: Blue Star from North Coast
    New School: Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas
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  26. seplo

    seplo Member

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

    Beefytits4 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    Sumpin' Sumpin', Oberon, Circus boy.
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  28. Burkbom23

    Burkbom23 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Ommegang Witte
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  29. Mshull

    Mshull Member

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

    Cyrano41 Member

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

    Alextricity Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    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. Kadonny

    Kadonny Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    My favorite wheat beer is a pilsner.
  33. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    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. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    80 acre
    Heavy Seas Riptide
  35. mecummins

    mecummins Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    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 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    New Glarus Dancing Man - just had my first this week and it's the best I've ever had.
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  37. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Odell Easy Street Wheat. Was also my gateway beer
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  38. Bosoxfan20

    Bosoxfan20 Member

    Location:
    Missouri
    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 Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    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 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Little Sumpin Sumpin and Boulevard 80 acre.

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