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Freestyle Wheat Beer | Independence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Xadoor on 10-17-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
20.38%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 57
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
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 Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
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 tempest
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle after a long bike ride and while it was a satisfying lawnmower beer, it was quite simple and plain. There was a sweet pale wheat bread flavor with a vaguely fruity yeast character that only seemed to muddle things up. Drinkable but uninspiring.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of wheat. The flavor is wheat with a little bit of sweetness. There is something a little bit off about the flavor, but I can't figure out exactly what it is. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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 twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with a skinny large-bubbled white head that dissipates rapidly to a macro looking sheen. Not much of a looker, but is a bit darker than many wheat beers. Not a big fan of the gay looking label either.

The smell is a bit sickly sweet and fruity, not what I look for in a wheat. I want crisp and clean, but this smells like an overripe banana and damn near sour.

The taste displays some of the banana evident in the nose in addition to some tangy wheat notes and butter. It is a tad bit tastier than it smells, but still not a very good beer. It's a bit undercarbonated for the style and somewhat watery. Not a drain pour, but let's just say I am glad I only got a single of this.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this while in Austin. Rather muddy apperance, lots of haze, with a small initial and quickly fading head. Very faint aroma, only barely detectable sweet graininess. Some slight, tart fruitiness and moderate wheat flavor, but mostly bland. Somewhat flat and watery.

Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden color, crystal clear, resembles a light lager with none of the cloudy character often seen in wheat beers. Mildly carbonated with a small off-white head, which retains well.

Aroma: Light, pleasant and understated aroma of wheat and yeast, with a slightly bready character and faint hops.

Taste: Slightly tart and yeasty flavor that carries throughout, finishes dry with a lingering yeast note. The hop character is understated.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and pleasant, with a touch of sting from the carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, easy-to-drink, and well-made beer, which seems to have been crafted to serve as a gateway beer for the masses. It is clearly quite different from mass-marketed beer, not so much so as to put off the macro drinker. This is an interesting strategy to guide macro drinkers toward better beer.

Sampled on tap at the Independence Brewery during the grand opening celebration on October 9, 2004.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
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 ktrillionaire
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Provided to me by a BA who shall remain nameless to protect his identity. Thanks, unnamed BA.

A - Gold with a scant white cap and no lace. Lots of flecks of sediment floating around in this otherwise translucent brew. But that is not all: the label is insane. I actually can't believe it passed regulatory muster; it shows a shirtless teenage boy frolicking in the pool, not exactly appropriate booze-marketing fodder. This is serious insane. Why did they want this label? And who the hell made this 'art'? Some say they've only got three things in Texas... judging strictly by this label I would say that this brewery seems to have at least two of them.

S - Cheap, sweaty and lemony.

T - To quote Ben, who is sharing this with me. "This is what I remember beer tasting like when I was six years old and I took a sip of my Dad's beer... It has all of the elements that you usually cannot find in a craft beer."

M - Uggghhh. But refreshing.

D - Spectacular in its ineptitude, from the ultra-bizarre label to the look and finally the taste. But it is refreshing.

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Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice gold, with big bright white head in a weizen glass. Smell is unusually sweet for an American wheat. Smells like frosted flakes, a bit, or honey soaked cereal, but either way it's not traditional. Taste is sweet, and similarly cereal as opposed to wheaty, and somewhat cloying after a bit. Not the worst beer out there, but it's not one I'd feel good about recommending either.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of BeerSox
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours a dark straw colored gold hue with yeasty haziness. Fluffy off white head that lasts forever, however there is not much lacing throughout the glass, only in some areas.

Fruity yeast aromas along with light malt character. The smell is very light, nothing overpowering.

Wheaty-malty base below a fruity taste. Slight plastic-like taste at the end.

Light bodied with high carbonation, slightly watery. Very crisp yet smooth finish.

Looks nice, but just doesn't stand up. Supposedly similar to hefe-weizens, but this one doesn't come close. It's easy to drink, but the flavors just aren't there.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle. Pours out with devistating carbonation. Huge head over a cloudy pale golden color. Aroma of mild mixed grains, a touch of yeast, some fresh floral hops. Taste is a dive; bland, boring malts, mineral water, light hops. Mouthfeel was weak, very watery and flat. None of that big carbonation carried over. Drinkability is low. This needs some work. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benjie was unimpressed with this offering, yet Peaches found it scrumptious and enjoyable. She will finish it, 'cause I sure won't.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a strong golden color with a total lack of head and hardly any carbonation in the body. Looks like a typical macro lager. Smells like Minute Maid fruit punch from concentrate. Tastes like the fruit punch also but with some buttery notes and overly bitter hops for the lightness of the malt. Mouthfeel is devoid of carbonation and has a syrupiness to it. Gross.

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Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a hazy pale straw with a small white head that maintains. Minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very light. Yeasty and slightly bready with a faint banana and vanilla scent.

Taste is very yeasty upfront with a slight breadiness. Light banana and vanilla flavors. Finishes dry.

Thin body, decent carbonation.

Very uninspired beer. It begs to be forgotten the second it's consumed.

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Photo of Morris729
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of tart, creamy wheat and light, floral hops. Pours a medium-pale straw color with good clarity and a weak head that quickly dies. Tastes of creamy wheat, spicy cool, grainy wheat protein. Low sweetness and a tropical fruit vibe. Low bitterness with light spicy (peppery clove) phenols. Finishes a little dry and spicy. Not as yeasty as a Hefe. Thin body and low carbonation give it a light touch at best. Overall: it’s okay; I wouldn’t get it again. Bootlegger was better.

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Photo of JMad
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from an hexagonal glass...

The color is hazy pale gold with a thin filmy white head that was very small. It smells of lemon, wheat and butterscotch, the aroma is very light. The taste is kind of weak, I picked up some sour wheat and lemon, that's about it. I thought this beer was slightly metallic, light bodied, low carbonation, and a dry finish. I thought this was a very mediocre example of a wheat beer, it was just lacking flavor.

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Photo of Higravity
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good american wheat but please don't filter my wheat beers, thank you. Anyway, this beer was pretty damn crystal gold with a agressive head that peaked on the glass. Smells of a clean wheatyness with an almost larger like yeast smell. The hops give the honey sweetness a nice cut and the wheat pokes though at times. Ok, if bland might do better to wheat this up with a juicey hop and I could see having a few more.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 assurbanipaul
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.35/5  rDev +5%
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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Freestyle Wheat Beer from Independence Brewing Co.
3.19 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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