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Freestyle Wheat Beer | Independence Brewing Co.

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Freestyle Wheat BeerFreestyle Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Xadoor on 10-17-2004

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 41
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5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of Dubblebock
4.48/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll begin by confessing right off that I'm a big sucker for wheat beers. Maybe it's the Texas heat that gets me in the mood for these types of beers, maybe it's my love of Tex-Mex food, I dunno. Whatever the case, it always seems that I get a severe hankerin' for a nice wheat beer right around this time of the year. And by golly, the Freestyle Wheat is a winner all the way around.

I like the label for starters. It's got a drawing of a guy jumping off into Barton Springs pool, the spring-fed gem that showcases Austin's Zilker Park. Very appropriate for a warm-weather seasonal style like this.

The beer itself poured beautifully. It had a massive, creamy head that took a while to dissipate, leaving a nice, sticky lace to follow the beer down the mug. Semi-cloudy straw color. The nose was sweet and bready.

The taste was just wonderful. Expertly balanced, the wheat malts blended effortlessly with the hops. There was a definite orange-peel character to the main flavor, tempered by a dry cracker finish that was easy and smooth. Simply put, one of the best examples of the style that I've ever had.

Great mouthfeel, it just rolled onto the palate. Exceptional drinkability. I'll be quaffing this one all summer long. I'll toast Independence Brewing on this beer, it's definitely a star in their lineup. It's the perfect beer for backyard barbecues, Tex-Mex sitdowns, or backyard porch-settin'. I highly recommend you go out and find you a sixer if you're in the Austin area.

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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although it's called "Freestyle", there's not a lot of sensationalism going on within this fairly innocuous wheat ale from Independence. It has a good appearance (although the clarity is a bit odd when it's seemingly uneccessary), and it's clean and well balanced, but the name seems to imply "more". On the other hand, maybe "Freestyle" implies that they're doing something on their own and not just following the standard Bavarian-style weizen, or the more hoppy, heavier American style. And with that said, what it does have going for it is drinkability! It's a delicate, middle of the road kind of weizen. It's light-medium in body and gently crisp; with just enough flavor to keep it interesting without building on the palate. It's kind of like a session ale in that sense. It's subtly wheaty, gently sweetish, mildly fruity, and remarkably smooth. Nicely done!

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Photo of BeanBone
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat hazy, golden-orange body with a nice, near white head. Great curtains of lace.

Aroma: Sharp citrus and some apple cider notes over a wheat base. Almost reminiscent of an apple pie at times.

Taste: A solid cereal-like wheat backbone is very much in charge here, and is heavy on the cereal-grain flavors. It reminds me of Weetabix, which is certainly not a bad thing. There's a little hop character towards the back, but this is certainty a wheat-forward beer. The aftertaste keeps the cereal flavors going.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. It dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: You really can't fault it here, this is quite quaffable.

Verdict: A unique take on the American Pale Wheat Ale style, Freestyle is a likable beer for me. It has more of a spotlight on the wheat than most beers in this category, which offers up a nice change of pace that I appreciate. Still an easy and refreshing drink, this would be great on a Summer's day here in the Lone Star State.

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Photo of beertramp
3.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a party on keg with pump tap, so it may not be the best serving type, but we all enjoyed it.

Not being a big hefeweizen drinker, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was a wheat beer. It is crisp and clean tasting. More like a light ale than a weizen. There is a hint of hops, and none of the yeasty flavors I usually expect to find with wheat beers. I think die-hard hefe fans may not like this beer, but it seemed like an interesting twist on a wheat beer for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's kind of a foamer, formed a 4 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head settles down to a more manageable 1" in a few minutes, and off we go. Lacing is somewhat minimal for such a great amount of frothy head. Aroma is light cloves and wheat character. Taste is again cloves, with a lemony tinge, just about what you expect from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice summertime brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale gold with a thin head and good carbonation. Aroma is clean, toasty malts and grains, very much like a lager.

Taste is lightly toasted malts, slightly caramelized, very little hops. Good grain profile, no off flavors, not real complex. Faint honey lemon flavor in the aftertaste.

Most of the wheaty body has been filtered out, so a little thin for the style. Drinkability is high, very quaffable, especially here in the Texas summers. An excellent macro-crossover pick as it comes closest to most commercial lagers without the characteristic astringent chemical stench.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour unleashes 4 fingers of frothy head with fairly good retention. The color is a golden wheat and sunshine straw. The beer has been filtered as it's quite clear which I wasn't expecting. There's a few splashes of lace on the side of the glass that look quite fragile.

Smell: The nose has a touch of spice including pepper and clove, but mostly grains from the wheat.

Taste: Grains from the wheat start off the tasting with some clove and pepper coming through near the end. The bitterness seems a tad above the normal wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, carbonation is right for the style. I enjoyed it after it sat for a bit so the carbonation could die down.

Drinkability: I believe this is my first Independence beer, but there's more to come. This was a very drinkable beer, seems like a low ABV.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: The same “Name, rank, serial number” label, no real useful information like a date or abv.

Aroma: Grainy with a dose of sweetness. I’m trying hard to get a little bubblegum out of the smell, but it’s not working very well.

Appearance: Light amber glass with just a trace of a collar, basically no head, thus, no lace.

Flavor: Fairly clean taste, slightly sweet, a bit of the grain noted in the nose and a bit watery in the finish. Pretty neutral taste overall with the balance toward sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very low carbonation, lingering finish.

Overall Impression: This is a summer quencher and it hits its mark. Clean taste, no real flaws, just not a lot of flavor to get excited about either. This would be a good beer to bring to a party, different, local (for me anyway) but shouldn’t give anyone any trouble to finish one. Glad to see a new brewery in Texas putting out some well made beer.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: cloudy gold with a white head that died within seconds of pouring.

S: Citrus, other fruit (apples, pears), and wheat funk. If the head had lasted longer than 10 seconds, I might have more to say.

T/M: Wheat malt, low bitterness; apple- and pear-like fruitiness is up front and easy to miss. Slight pale malt sweetness and a citric note in the middle. Carbonation is present but not heavy. Was expecting more carbonation and more of a head. Finishes with wheat twang.

D: Highly drinkable, even without proper carbonation levels.

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Photo of jzm2500
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, great summertime beer. Prominent toasty malt and just enough sweetness. This is a very balanced and refreshing brew. It's not complex, and I'm not complaining. Drinkability is superb. I've only ever had it straight from the bottle, so I can't comment on appearance.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are not to my taste (in fact some of them make me want to chunder) but every now and again I try a new one just to keep my palate abreast of all beer styles.

I think I'd have to say that this one is the least wheat beer-like wheat beer I've tasted so far. I understand that there's a minimal amount of wheat in this brew so I guess that would account for it.

Pours a clear pale straw colour with plenty of bubbles rising through the pint. Head's a bit thin but lasts. Strong smell of fruit over an obvious wheat base. Apples and pears are suggested. Good amount of bitterness. Finishes very dry and crisp. Body could be a bit more full, I think. I reckon wheat beer drinkers would find this refreshing on a hot Texas summer day.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is golden with a low level of carbonation. The head is small and doesn't have much retention. The aroma is light in strength and mainly consists of sweet malts with only a touch of wheat smell. The taste is sweeter and less "wheaty" than most wheat beers. A little bit of hop spice adds something to this in the finish. Drinkability is very good, but the mouthfeel needs to be crisper and the taste needs more wheat flavor.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous color, with wonderful white head (about 1" in glass but quickly goes away) The carbonation is more than I expected.

It is a bright gold color in the glass. Crystal clear (not heffe at all)

The flavor to me is on the sweet side, some floral hops plus maybe some subtle peach flavors (actually the peach flavor is what really sets this off as being special)

One of the best non-hefe wheat bears I've had. My only negative points is that I'm not crazy about the after-taste and that it's mouthfeel seemed a bit thin to me.

(I bought this at Central Market in South Austin on my last trip down.)

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Photo of Morris729
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a thick and creamy lace. Nose is lightly toasted malt and fresh wheat with just a hint of fruit in the background. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of caramel along with some crisp wheat and grassy hops. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Would make for a nice lawn-mowing beer.

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3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours a honey-tinged blond color. A 1/2" white head with large bubbles disappears quickly. No lace.

Aroma is dominated by wheat. Ever so light hops in the background.

The flavor has some slight citrus and sour qualities. Wheat is again the prevalent flavor. After all it is a wheat beer!! I am guilty of hearing wheat and expecting hefe-weizen flavors (spice,fruit,clove,bananas). That is Bavaria, this is an American Wheat I had to remind myself. And it patterns itself nicely along other American Wheat beers: flavor from wheat, not yeast.

This wheat beer is refreshing and has good drinkability. The beer also has a very dry finish. Good beer from an up and coming local craft brewery.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear (?) golden color. Thin white fizzy head disappears very quickly. Certainly not what I had pictured.

Very grainy, slightly sour aroma. Maybe a bit of lemon zest and grassy hops.

Just a hint of tartness, a bit grainy. Some fruit flavors come into play. Hops seem very restrained. There is not a whole lot to this.

Light body, pretty fizzy. Somehow, this is pretty drinkable, and fairly clean. Goot on a hot day, or evening. Somewhat in the middle of the road.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jame515
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of hiikeeba
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a clear gold with orange highlighs and a thin white head.

S - Some malt aroma. A hint of floral hops

T - Slightly grainy, with some hop bitterness, but very subdued. Not what I was expecting.

M - A little watery.

D - Since there's nothing objectionable in the finish, this is a nice session beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has a guy jumping into a lake. No date or ABV info.

Appearance: Pours light in color with an average head, good retention.

Smell: Light wheat aroma, a bit of cereal grains.

Taste: Grainy cereal flavors dominate, just a bit of wheat. Medium bodied.

Overall impression: Not bad - light and drinkable are its best characteristics. not overly exciting either. I won't have any trouble getting through the six pack, but certainly won't be out hunting for more either.

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Freestyle Wheat Beer from Independence Brewing Co.
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