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Freestyle Wheat Beer | Independence Brewing Co.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Freestyle Wheat Beer from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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