11th Anniversary Double Wheat
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
11th Anniversary Double Wheat11th Anniversary Double Wheat
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Reviews by goodbyeohio:
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had this on tap at the ommegang belgian fest and nearly swallowed my tongue in disgust.. figure id give it a second chance in the bottle.

pours out a murky orange with no visual appeal, although the head is nice and creamy without blowing up like chewy boule bread. maintains a silk-like quality that lends some majesty to the royal-labeled anniversary brew.

mega-hops aroma with a fresh touch of wheat sourness, although primarily infused with a wet tobacco leaf character. english yet fresh, with very little of the 'middle ages flavor' evident in the aroma. oh wait... there it is. the more i think about the rotten fruit yeast notes present in beers like wailing wench, the more i detect it here.. and in spades! what the.. i swear i didn't smell it a minute ago. now i do and its only mildly distracting. i return to a more oblivious state by braining myself with a brick and it smells nice and hoppy again. sweet, sweet ignorance.

refreshing and full of life, this beer springs to action in the mouth. once the explosion of body and bubbles has ended, the taste left over is like the junk that washes up on shore when the colossal wave hits. too much dirty bitterness from the uk-inspired hop profile, abrasive watery alcohol reminds me of lemonade kool aid and everclear.. burps taste like well gin. finishes with a cotton mouth inducing dryness that sticks around until i reach for my h2o.

i mean, its not terrible. the initial entry into the oral cavity is pleasant, it just begs for more. it falls apart. it runs the gamut of brewing chaos. x was a great beer, this is barely mediocre.

happy anniv and let's hope even number years are where its at. seeya at xxii.

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

Pours a five+ finger thick, pillowy cream head (pour this one slowly) that takes forever to fade and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Citric nose. Flavor is sweet wheat and citric. Grapefruit finish. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight hazed lighter golden with a big fluffy,sticky white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled ever so slowly,man was I taken back by the nose of this bad boy highly hopped to say the least there is Ammarillos in this puppy piney and very fruity over top of wheat malt its just sublime.Very nicely balanced between the big hop attack big pine and grapefruit melding into a lightly toasted grainy wheat flavor in the finish.Although the flavor doesnt have the punch the nose has its still very flavorfull,if you like hopped up American wheat ales this is a great choice,its ballsy and pretty refreshing to boot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one impressed me, although I didn't find it to be anything like the "Double Wheat" I thought it would be. It poured a surprisingly clear... well it was actually really hazy... body for being a weizen, and a double wheat at that! There was yeast at the base of the bottle but I had to rigorously swirl the bottle to get it into suspension. The head retention and lacing should have been better.

And the nose was beautiful! Minty, piney, and citrusy hops abound! But no wheat. Ahh, who cares? It's loaded with hops!!! Some yeasty character comes through though, and it's kind of nutty and gently fruity - not a Bavarian wheat yeast at all (I'm guessing it's their regular Ringwood).

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a gentle caress on the tongue. As it warms it becomes smoother, but never quite creamy.

The flavor is again loaded with hops - minty, piney, grassy, citrusy! They dominate the flavor, and the wheatish malt base only acts as support for them. It's really well balanced though, and the hops appear sharp and crisp and brite at the start, but soften to allow the malt to shine across the palate. Some yeasty buttery and nutty character appears, and it softens in the finish as the bitterness rises and becomes noticeable. It lingers with spice and pine in the finish. Very nice.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As far as I remember, this is the first double wheat I've tasted. The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with a big creamy white head on top. The foam fades down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind a good amount of lace on the side of the glass. A hoppy aroma of orange citrus and a hint of alcohol hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a moderate carbonated tingle on the tongue. The flavor begins with some pale malt and a hint of wheat. At the middle there's a mild spicyness, perhaps pepper. Finally the hops take over at the end and dominate with pine and orange citrus. Once gone the citrus and a touch of alcohol remain behind.

This is a very tasty, well balanced beer. It's hoppier than I expected. I wonder if it will be a regular offering soon?

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Photo of quasimoto
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It is a deep golden orangisg/yellow and crystal clear. The white head that once donned it has since dissapated and left very little lacing.

S - Very citrusy with hints of grapefruit, pine, some honey and some phenolics. Little bit of nail polish.

T - Crisp and dry, it starts rather fruity but hten turns to a toasty bready flavor. once again i get a little bit of honey. The alcohol is very prominant.

M - For such a heavy beer it is very dry. Light bodied and rather crisp. Very easy to drink.

D - For the style (?) I think it would be pretty good. For a beer I dig its hoppines. It has a very citrusy aroma that I get. For a beer, I find it very easy to drink. I am also partial to the fact that it is from my home town.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As others have noted, this really isn't much of a wheat beer. As a Double IPA however, it's fantastic!

Pours a murky amber with a respectable head and decent lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet with a little honey and citrus. Not very fragrant, but what's there is nice.

Taste is initially sweet with a nice hoppy bite shortly afterward. Tastes very "English" and the finish is bone dry. There is a certain yeasty medicinal quality in the finish that I attribute to the wheat, but it could be my imagination. This could easily pass for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the drinkability is exceptional. Dangerously easy gto drink. Overall pretty decent brew, but I wanted a Wheat beer. If I wanted an IPA, I would have bought one.

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Photo of taez555
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a rather clear, even slightly opaque, yellow with white head.

Nose has a sharp mix of fruits. Apples, sharp lemon and lemon peel, wheat, alcohol. The nose is interesting in that it fluctuates back and forth between big, almost IPA, with little touch of weis.

Medium to full bodied with a very astringent, almost medicinal and grainy mouth-feel. Extremely bitter and hoppy right off the bat. Really rough around the edges and all over the place from the first sip all the through to the finish. Astringent, very dry, citrus peel hops dominate this beer. Touches of lemon, lime, grapefruit, wheat, caramel, pine needles, and even more lemon. Nice grain base with only hints of wheat beer. Very clean and clear though which gives it a nice touch. Ends with a long lingering bitterness.

If the bottle didn't say wheat on it I'd have no idea it was a wheat beer. This is totally an IPA with just mild touches of wheat beer, but... damn it's still a kick ass beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden beer with a big frothy white head on top, stays and laces well. No doubt this is helped by the large amount of hops in the brew, which one will notice upon putting one's nose neer the brew. Smells deep, raw, and sexy. Very natural, like buttery east kent goldings. I taste sweet wildflower honey with thistles of bitterness. A bit of sour apple. I would have named this beer "golden delicious." The body feels thick, yet not at all syrupy or cloying, and leaves the mouth soft and cottony. Quite magical, really.

This is one great beer. I was fortunate enough to find myself at the brewery not long after its release. I wish I had bought a case!

Calling this a wheat ale is as much of a crime as calling Gumballhead a wheat beer. Who cares if you used a large portion of wheat in the brew? If the consumer cannot taste it, then it does not matter. These beers, though wonderful, should not be included in the wheat beer category, as they skew the results.

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Photo of weeare138
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of orange zest, pepper, and fruity, doughy ale yeast.
Taste is of the same with a mild bit of butter detected. Surprised? I'm not! There's also something in this that is remeniscent to an unsettling cough syrup in the mix.
Mouthfeel is bitter with too much yeast presence. It's fruity, thin, with the sugary, syrup up front and finishing with a dry, yeastyness. ABV is also evident in this.

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

Pours hazy, pale gold, with a white head of medium density. Moderate carbonation and retention is short, with a partial skim coat left on the surface.
Aromatics are the highlight, bannanas and mangoes with hints of citrus fruit.
Very fruity with a hint of vanilla. No malt to speak of in the nose.
Medium bodied, with some mild, prickly carbonation.
Pallet is fruity, crisp, and bitter.
Tropical in nature, with a wheat twang underneath the lush fruit.
Sugared grapefruit and tangerines, with a hint of lemon.
Finishes dry with some unwelcome buttery notes.
Quite good, but the ringwood character is hard to ignore.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid wheat and pale malt scent along with the fruity Ringwood yeast aroma. There are some hops present,but nothing too intense. The taste is great! It has a smooth wheaty flavor that is hit with loads of grapefruity hops. It goes down easy and finishes bitter with some wheat flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew. It's full bodied and full of flavor; a treat for hop lovers. Happy Anniversary!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a hazy medium dark beige color beer with a small slightly off white head with average retention. Aroma of wheat is interesting but doesn’t mix well with the hops variety that is used in this beer. Taste is covered up by some weird hops and wheat is not dominant. I think I just don’t get this one – I would rather have a nice German hefeweizen over this.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of golden/amber amalgamation with a moderate off-white head that has some staying power.
Aroma is a base, light wheat note followed by some flowery, citrus hop notes.
Flavor has a cracked, light wheat base, a relatively powerful, but fairly tasteless hop bittering and a just a touch of alcohol on the finish. Transitions don’t work all that well and short of lackluster overall taste.
Mouthfeel is sort of mundane until the rush of hot alcohol and that detracts further from the overall brew.
Drinkability is OK but just does not have the usual attention to detail and plush, well-rounded experience that most MA beers have been. Sort of a yawner.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warm tangerine-amber with honey colored edges. A surprising amount of carbonation has created, and is sustaining, an ivory colored crown that looks like melted marshmallow. Thin sheets of sea foam lace become thick, chunky rings in the end.

11th Anniversary Double Wheat smells like an underhopped, citrus fruity APA. Lemon zest and oranges are barely detectable, riding along on a smooth pale malt backbone that has no hint of caramel or butter toffee. I say that because the typical Middle Ages diacetyl is nowhere to be found.

In my opinion, it's difficult to brew a really good double wheat ale because APWA is such an uninteresting style to begin with. Twice as much 'eh' isn't necessarily a good thing. Beer like this needs a huge amount of hops to provide flavor and to offset what is often a considerable amount of malt sweetness. MA has done an okay job in that regard, but more would be better. Yes, I realize that this bomber is from 2006.

The flavor profile is simple. Again, pale malt coexists with citric, somewhat spicy hops that might include those with German origins (Hallertau maybe) as well as those from this country. There really isn't as much sweetness as I had feared. Bitterness gives it a run for its money out of the gate and on the backstretch, pulling ahead comfortably at the wire. As with most big beer, warming brings things into better focus.

The mouthfeel is a fraction too thin for the style and the ABV. The bigger fault is that it's still too carbonated, even 10 minutes after the initial pour. At the 15-20 minute mark, all is well.

Unlike some anniversary ales, Middle Ages 11th Anniversary Double Wheat isn't an offering that I feel like begging the brewery to release again under a different name. It's pleasant for such a big beer, and the rest of the bomber should go well with my lunch, but I won't shed any tears over the final mouthful. Thanks BeerTruth.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma of citrus hop, big head on orangey golden yellow body. Lots of lace. Medium-light mouthfeel, drinkable, like a wheat dilluted, weis-like IPA. Mellow IPA. Wheat taste kicks in at end, and IPA fades. Not a wheat style. Another good effort by this brewery.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking labeled bomber

Pours with a hazy apricot appearance topped with nada mas than an ivory collar.

Light scents of buttery waffle ringwood yeast scream.

First swigs: A delicate yet underwhelming buttery spice. Searching for flavor is a stretch. Some tangy lemon peel pungency. Quite bitter and dry. Hop character is sublime. Fast ephemeral finish.

Last swigs: Thin on flavor and barely a wheat. Some Middle Ages
brews are kick azz but this one is a tad lame-oh! While looking for a bold Gumball Head, a fizzy Ringwood soda appeared. Boo Hoo. Now go make an Imperial ESB, Middle Ages, for your XII.

Beer is good. Happy Anniversary beering.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty deep orange color with a glow-y straw hue when the light flows through it.. Murky indeeeed. Head is white, tight, and uh hop oily. Aroma is...florescent orange. There's not a whole lot of depth but it is a happy to smell kind of brew. Tangy, various citrus rinds, and flowers on top of steady pizza dough malt. Taste has a big old wheaty sour kick and solid bitterness across the table. Flavors are pointy citrus, pine, some buttery dough etc. Enjoyable but its not sucking me in anywhere. Mouthfeels slick, smooth and tingly. So be it.

Not too shabby. Florescent orange.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through 1000 Miles (or East/West again) BIF and BeerBeing.

In the glass this is a near clear orange colored ale with a tall off-white head.

The smell is strongly herbal hoppy and smell quite bitter to the nose. Additional scents of citrus and wood and butter. In truth this smells like an English ESB.

The taste begins fairly sweet and herbal bitter in the mouth. Strongly herbal and hoppy I can taste the spices and orange peel but this doesn't really taste like a wheat beer. Frankly this tastes like an English IPA. A rather strong, English IPA but that is only my opinion.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well this is an interesting beer; I can say that for it. This is way bitter for the style. Strongly bitter this would probably be better classified as a wheat wine.

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Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow-orange with vigorous carbonation and a few bits of sediment. The head is tall and loosely frothy, leaving chunks of lace on the glass. Highly citrusy nose: sweet lemon and juicy orange zest. Taste follows suit...lively lemon and an herbal hoppiness, but there seems to be a serious lack of depth. There is an underlying sweet maltiness, wheat, and a bit of spice, but overall this still seems to be a fairly one-dimensional beer. Medium body, prickly carbonation and a fair amount of bitterness. No diacetyl which is a plus coming from Middle Ages; maybe a long rest in the bottle did it some good. Drinkable with not much hint of its strength, but would I really want another glass if offered? Probably not.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear golden amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is minimal wheat, some hoppiness apparent. Flavor finds very light wheat sweetness upfront, which is overpowered quickly by hops bitterness, which dominate the rest of the experience, except for the alcohol burn at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth until the hops/alcohol flames start, and drinkability is alright. Nothing much I would search for again, a pretty good example of what happens if there isn't enough malt to support everything else.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.

Pours a burnt golden with tints of light copper. Dense, foamy white head leaving layers of ringed lacing. Large patches of condensed and dimpled lace.

Bright citrus-fruity aromas: apple, lemon, orange, grapefruit. Sweet malted wheat with subtle hints of alcohol.

Crisp and clean citrus tartness: orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, apricot. No expected mustiness or artificial, solvent-like sourness. Lightly toasted biscuit maltiness underlying the bright sour quality. Mildly bitter with a lime flavor prior to a lightly toffee and citrus-wheat aftertaste.

A mild, medium bodied; crisp, clean, and even creamy at times on the palate. Mild and mellow.

An accomplishment given the task of creating a flavorful, beefed up pale wheat without going over the top. The hidden 8.5 % abv is a separate accomplishment in itself.

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Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Middle ages pours a burnt orange with a semi-cloudy body that has a georgous two-tier color to the brew that leaves a thick creamy off-white head. The nose is very hoppy, caramel, earthy grass, wheat, and bounds of citrus. The taste starts so bitter and strong with a citrus rind bitterness. This is one hopped up wheat beer making me guess whether this was a DIPA or a wheat beer so many characters of a DIPA but you can taste the wheat twang under the barrage of hops. The journey continues with a alcohal, caramel sweetness. The refreshing yet powerful bitterness of this brew is what makes this beer special I love the combination of strong hops with the usually boring American Wheat beer, great brew!

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange with light haze, the fine white head produced some spotty lace throughout. The aroma was a bit earthy with citrusy hops and light alcohol. Crackery malt flavour with a resinous hop bitterness that carried into the finish. Dry, with a medium body. Overall, the malt was a bit one dimensional, but the smell was quite nice. Thanks for sharing northyorksammy!

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber/gold, thick white head forms, settles down to a nice layer, good lacing. Smell is sweet, some wheat, citrus, floral, pineapples, a little alcohol, nice hoppiness. Taste is weird, hoppy, citrus, kind of medicinal and harsh, alcohol, some yeast, big bitterness, slightly unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with high carbonation, quite aggressive. Slightly overhopped but pretty neat, thanks northyorksammy!

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11th Anniversary Double Wheat from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 58 ratings