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

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11th Anniversary Double Wheat11th Anniversary Double Wheat

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by taez555 on 06-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this is interesting. An eight percent wheat ale? Uh, ok. My good friend Matt brought a bottle back from New York and we just had to try it...

The 11th Anniversary Double Wheat (that's a mouthful) is an unfiltered, pale, yellow-gold ale with a 2 finger head that recedes to just cap the beer. The head is long lasting, but does little in the lacing department.

I smell hops, wheat, pine, alcohol, sweetness. Lots of hops, actually.

Upon tasting, the hops smack me in the mouth -- there are way more bittering hops than I would have expected from a wheat, this is some odd imp-IPA wheat hybrid Imperial wheat? Who knows… lots of bitter grapefruit hop taste with a solid malty, slightly wheaty backbone.

It finishes malty and sweet. It's creamy and the carbonation is fine. Wouldn't care to drink a lot of it though.

I personally think this comes real close to being too hoppy for the style. Is this really a wheat, or a Double IPA that happens to contain wheat? Not sure. In any event it’s rather good, creamy and crisp and bitter with that refreshing quality that so many wheat beers seem to have. A good hybrid, I think, if unbalanced. One full and one severed thumbs up!

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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 IntriqKen
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium gold with an impressive white head that lasts a long time, finally melting to sticky lacing.
Aromas are almost a belgium sweet pale malt with lots of fresh hops bringing up the rear.
Flavor is sweet pale malt to start with followed by a sharp and spicy wheat grain and finally strong fresh grapefruit peel and piney hops.
Mouthfeel is tingly both from the carbonation and wheat spiciness.
Aftertaste is a pleasant combination of the sweetness and the hops.
Thanks numenor1 for this great double wheat.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Metalmonk
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle on my recent buying spree in the Middle Ages tasting room. That day was a great discovery of an underrated brewery, and this is one of their best.

Pours a huge soapy head that bristles and pops to a more manageable level. Color is copper/rust with a golden hue. Since this is a wheat beer, I treated it like any hefe-weizen and swirled the bottle to unlodge the sediment from the bottom before pouring the rest into my 1/2 liter pint glass. That hazed up the liquid considerably. Tiny patches of lace cling up and down the glass.

Aroma is an earthy, clean wheat, entwined in a big bunch of hops. Good balance, but definitely hoppier than most wheat beers.

Flavor is big and bready. Big hops bring sharp citrus that mingle nicely with a doughy wheat essence. Bubblegum appears during the finish, which rides out in a beautiful tryst between fluffy wheat and bitter citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, with a silkiness floating gently over the tongue. Really well done in this department.

Waking up the sediment for the pour is crucial, otherwise this just tastes like a well-behaved Double IPA. The wheat plays a major role, yet hopheads will love it too. A really well-done beer, and probably the best American Wheat I've had yet. Here's to their XIIth anniversary!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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 dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from beerbeing and the no bs bif deux

appearance: poured into a wide mouth wine glass...body is a light straw-orange, pretty pale, nice thick white froth and great lacing top of this interesting looking american pale

smell: pretty nice aromas...pungent tropical fruit, strongly hopped, bitter, citrus, peach, pear...nice

taste: bitter and slightly boozy for just 8.5%...strong citrus hopping, sweet malt/grain, tropical flavors, creamy, spicy

mouthfeel: medium body, high bitterness and booze felt throughout

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's wheat in here? Comes off kind of like a harvest ale with some ringwood creamy-ness. Big citrus and piney hops like most of the Middle Ages brews, along with with some ringwood cream and butterscotch. Really no malt or wheat to speak of beyond a slight sweetness. My bottle had cellared for a few months making for a very drinkable brew. It was tasty, try it out if you're in CNY.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange beer. Not a very tasty beer, but nonetheless, decent. Surprisingly at 8.5% this is one smooth drinking beer, very light tasting, in fact, it was crisp, very pilsneresque. Stale, straw-like taste and nose, fairly eminent with it frothy head.

Middle Ages does a great job at fusing the alcohol as one of the more enjoyable characteristics of their beers. They should definitely stick to darker beers.

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Photo of Franchise
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 -10.4%
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 wedge
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this one in the I Want That BIF 4 last week. I had been looking for this one for a long time, as the style intrigued me and I have had some very good luck with the Middle Ages anniversary ales. I served this twenty two ounce bomber with dinner on Sunday and served it chilled into a couple nice taster glasses with the family.

Appearance - The pour was very nice. A rich golden amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass to the top. A good sized three finger high head that had some really incredible retention to it. Very nice side glass lacing then ensued. Overall the entire package here was just very well done and this was certainly a very nice looking beer.

Smell - The aroma was absolutely delightful. Only the slightest hint of wheat at first, as it was mostly dominated by an absurd amount of citrus and floral hops. Nice hints of orange and lemon zest were dominating. A lightly peach like or banana aroma as well. Light grain starting coming through towards the finish and the overall smell was something I was very pleased with.

Taste - This was a beautiful blend of styles here. When it was cold it started out with a nice touch of orange in the hops that became completely dominant. You had to wait for it to warm for some light peach, clove and banana to work themselves in, however there was still this overall very nice touch of lemon like flavor, especially in the finish giving it a crisp, clean and sharp cutoff.

Mouthfeel - A very nice medium bodied what beer. I have to disagree with those that said it did not feel as full as it should. I have had a few wheat beers and if anything this was fuller then normal. Smooth profile with a very nice consistency and carbonation level.

Drinkability - This was a bit heft, clocking in at close to 9%abv, however it was very enjoyable. Big enough that it needed to be sipped on however, it was not too heavy to enjoy on a hot afternoon. I was very impressed again.

Overall I thought this was fantastic, and scored it as such. It was two years old and still drinking fantastically. More a hopped up wheat beer, but I have to admit I was loving this. A solid beer that I would look for again, definitely try this one if you are sitting on it as it is drinking very good.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hoppy wheat beer. It pours with a fluffy white foam that settles down and leaves some lacing behind. Has a golden orange color.

Smells of citric hops, yeasty spice, a touch of wheat and a bit of wet cardboard ( the hops must be getting old).

Its all hops from the first sip on. Citrus, grapefruit, the wheat and malt barely put a dent on my palate. A very different beer but I did enjoy it. Just needs a bit more balance in the taste departement.

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Photo of plaid75
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft wheat malt with a mild estery yeast. Alcohol aromas evident as well.

The taste consisted of a dry and spicy wheat with a touch of sour lemon. A medicinal alcohol element as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a warming alcohol.

Overall an interesting, but not that user friendly beer. Not enough malt to carry the ABV.

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Photo of weeare138
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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 Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The American Pale Wheat Ale may be one of my least favorite styles in general with now two exceptions. Three Floyds Gumballhead first changed my opinion and now Middle Ages 11th Anniversary Double Wheat. This one falls a little short on the balance and the kick of the former but has a respectable hop character.

Served in my Weizen glass.

Appearance: Chill haze light gold, translucent but hazy. The huge white head filled half my Weizen glass and then the lacing clung the walls of the glass relentlessly for the duration of the beer.

Smell: Buttery orange spicy with a touch of bubblegum some almost detectable wheat, and hearty serving of hops.

Taste: It has a fizzy sweet candy center and a very pleasant load of pine Amarillo hops. What it seems to lack a little bit is a strong wheat attribute or a solid backbone. That said it is quite quaffable and I think it is well done. Not quite in the league of their Wailing Wench, but a noble effort on their behalf.

Mouthfeel: The light weight is apropos to style. It is lively and spicy so the thin body is bearable and it's only fault is that it seems to push to be compared with the superior Gumballhead, with out which the hoppy wheat would seem more unique.

Drinkability: I found this to be quite drinkable and even refreshing for a 8.50 % but hardly sessionable at this size. Simply put, 24 ounces was no sweat, okay now I am done. ...

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, transclucent honey color with a large foamy white head. Great foam iceberg retention with a wall of foam left on the sides of my glass.

Smells like wheat and citrus hops.

Smooth and wheaty up front with some Juicy Fruit gum hop in back. Mouthfeel was smooth and chunky like when you mix 2 packages of Crystal Light drink mix in 1 bottle of water. Lively carbonation kept this beer light despite high abv.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a hazy golden color, some floaties. Very thick, fluffy 3 finger head, off white in color.

S- smells like fruity alcohol

T- Fruity, lots of alcohol, a hint of bitterness, slight fruity hop taste. grapefruit aftertaste.

M- highly carbonated, with big goofy bubbles bouncing around in my mouth.

D- well balanced, the heavy carbonation makes this beer very light on the palate,and does a good job of concealing the alcohol content, making this beer quite drinkable.

via donkeyrunner

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a foamy white head that fades quickly but leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a strong aroma which is very lemony with notes of wheat, hops and a little yeast & spice.

T: The taste is mainly of lemon, hops and wheat, but it’s fruitier and less bready than most APWA’s. You do taste a slight bit of alcohol but that’s mostly because this beer has a higher ABV than most beers of the style.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium-to-high carbonation, light-to-medium body, clean finish. It’s a little thin for the style but very good.

D: This is an easy-drinking beer with a significant kick to it, not very filling. The beer went excellently with some burgers that were cooked on the grill. It made me wish I had second bomber to drink. This beer seems like it’s got an identity crisis. It’s an APWA trying to be a Double IPA, which causes it to be a perfect hybrid of the two styles IMHO. I liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -23%
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 grub
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pre-holiday tasting at my place attended by me, DrJay, Viggo, biegaman, and northyorksammy. northyorksammy contributed this bottle. thanks sammy!

pours a nice amber colour with a big white head. the head drops slowly and leaves some lace.

aroma is nice. malty and a bit of sweetness. hoppy, mostly spicy. no pine, and only a bit of non-grapefruit citrus.

taste is good. resiny hop bitterness. bit of grapefruit. bit of crackery malt. bit of alcohol, but this really comes through strong as it warms. a little one-dimensional, not very complex.

mouthfeel is good. medium body, not too heavy or too thin. doesn't really feel like a 'double' here. good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced when cool, but as it warms the alcohol comes through stronger.

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11th Anniversary Double Wheat from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 58 ratings