Huckle-weizen | Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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3.33 w/ 33 ratings

Brewed by:
Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Montana, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Huckleberry Wheat is bear food in a bottle!

Most other fruit beers have such a tart snap that you can't taste the beer. The Huckle-Weizen is BEER with just enough huckleberry to make you yearn for the wilderness!

Added by beernut7 on 08-17-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: fairly hazy sort of orange color. Forms a sizable white jead, but has little retention, reducing down to just a thin surface coating.

S: well, smells of huckleberry, blueberry, and berries in general. Not overly sweet, just a mild berry essence.

T: starts off with the taste of berries, huckleberry and blueberry, with a touch of lemon. Some wheat, a light bit of bread and grain. Finishes rather quickly with a not overly pleasant taste of rotten berry.

M: on the lighter side. Medium carbonation. Light sugary sweetness.

O: about what would be expected from a fruited wheat beer, though given how prevalent the berry flavor is, I question if they used the actual berry in the brewing of this beer and not some sort of extract added after fermentation.

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Photo of rhinonau
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of ADR
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy darker golden color (well, at least its not clear), head is a fairly good 1/2 inch to start. Dripping ring lace. Pretty fruity aroma, blueberry but kind of jam-like rather than fresh. Estery banana blends with a restrained berry flavor early, fades to a thickish neutral mouthfeel and swallow. This beer is nowhere as cool as a tart Lambic, but its not out-of-control sweet fruit fest either. I'll never drink this again but its not a bad example of an American Fruit Wheat. Subtle, its mostly the smell that's offputting.

Thanks to Thomas Liquors for the free sample bottle, knowing I wouldn't have much interest in a six pack...

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Photo of dirtylou
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

appearance: pours a hazy apricot with explosive white foam...good thing this was going into an oversized hefe glass, fair amount of lacing

smell: interesting aromas to say the least...sweet berry, slight passion fruit, spring aromas you would normally attribute to a hefe, but this is different by design i would think

taste: taste doesnt follow through on the aromas...some sweet berry and passion fruit taste up front, with a bad grainy aftertaste...flavor kind of falls a part a little.

mouthfeel: medium, if not a little thin, grainy texture

drinkability: so-so, just not very good

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed May 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Gushing, despite restrained pour. Dark amber tinted orange golden glow, topped with mountains of crystal white head. Not much aroma, slight fruit and malt. Flavor is like a slightly fruity typical lager, with a tinge of wheat and yeast in the background. A light estery berry fruit in the nose and on the back end. Very drinkable.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of SamuelMiller
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of umustdrink
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale orange color, mostly see-through with TONS of carbonation bubbles flowing. Head is bright white and settles to a splotchy eighth inch.

S - Intensely sweet berry pretty much dominates the smell. Some earthy wheat stalks hiding behind the berries.

T - Sour berries. Cloying sweetness. Not much wheat or yeast flavors that are common with Hefes.

M - Far too much carbonation, probably been on the shelf a bit too long.

D - This beer far too carbonated which makes it really hard to enjoy.

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Photo of yankinwis
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jameswoody
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of cmstump
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of TastyTaste
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Hazy gold color, slightly pink body. Small bubble white head that dissapears in a soda like fashion. Smells lightly of strawberris, and a little hops. Taste is malty, with a strong berry presence. A good, somewhat soda-like berry beer.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An unbelievably sweet aroma, like candy, bubble gum, berry, cotton candy, and bit of vanilla. I've never smelled anything like this before.
Cloudy gold-yellow, extremely quickly receding head that was very fizzy sounding.
Flavor is watery and has aspects of the aroma, but more malt based and a lot less sweet. Mild berry aspects with the malt, but no wheat.
Somewhat thin, somewhat watery, carbonation is little rough feeling.
Considering it's a wheat beer there is amazingly little head. Despite the many negatives there is an appeal to this beer. Might be better when it's hot and the beer is a little fresher. Credit for the effort.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/01/05- Purchased at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle without dating. Poured into my Trout Slayer pint glass.

Appearance- Kind of a murky spoiled peach juice color. Spritzy medium head and not lacing. Maybe a sticky juice like coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell- Smells of some kind of very sweet berry. Maybe some peach or apricot scents as well.

Taste- Not sure what huckleberries taste like, but this is some kind of fruit. Taste more like a produced juice flavor rather than natural though.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated. Definitely cloying. Sweet and a tad tart.

Drinkability- Another random fruit beer that tastes the same as most of them. Not bad, but nothing special. Seems fake...not natural flavored. Worth a try though for those who like fruit brews.

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

Not a bad brew right here. More of a summer brew than autumn, but I drank it anyway.
Somewhat light reddish pour, thin haziness. Medium sized head up front, then it faded a bit to a collar.

Aroma of sweet fruit. Like a white zinfandel. Cherry, strawberry. Somewhat floral. Not sure about the hefe part.

Flavors are semi sweet fruit--strawberry, cherry, cranberry--and orchards like apple and pear. hint of bubblegum. Light, light biscuit underneath.

So-so feel to this one. It's a porch pounder on a summer day, for sure.

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Photo of beernut7
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy copper colored wheat beer has a strong huckleberry aroma. There is just enough fruit in the brew to lend a nice light flavor on top of what would usually be a solid wheat ale. Nice.

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Photo of Winter
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a yellowish amber with a fizzy white head. Aroma consisted of a sweet, syrupy berry. Not much else. Thin mouthfeel. Bland wheat malt flavor starts things off. Huckleberry flavor take over, but doesn't do much to enchance the taste. Apparently brewed with Cascade hops, but the hop bitterness and flavors typically present with Cascades were not to be found. Huckleberries probably aren't my first choice as a brewing additive for a hefe weizen, but I was intrigued enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, this is an uninspiring weizen that isn't enhanced by the addition of the berries. Sad to say I was disappointed. This reminded me somewhat of Leinenkugel's Berry Weisse, but not as sweet. Not really tart either... just a boring berry beer.

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Photo of loren01
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy orangish color, small white head, no lacing observed.
S: Tart berry scent.
T: Not quite as tart as I was expecting. Huckleberry taste, slight wheat aftertaste. Doesn't taste like beer, tastes more like those flavored malt liquor drinks
M: Light bodied, a little bit thin
D: I know a lot of girls that love this beer, I sometimes like to enjoy this beer on a hot hot day as a thirst quencher, however its October and this beer is really not doing it for me at the moment. Down the drain we go.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would definitely label this one as a Fruit brew...not Hefe...

A - Plain boring head. Pour is fast and subtle. Brew is murky peach color.

S - Smell is slightly sour. Apple and pear/peach stand out. Lots of sugar and lemon too.

T - WHOA! Shocking! Amazing sour funk going on. What an awesome flavor... interesting. Some berry funk along with apple and lemon.

M - Slight over-carbonation. No bitterness, decent sweetness, and no heat.

O - This may be the best sleeper brew of all time. Thanks to my GF for surprising me with this delicious brew! Quite an awesome sour! A little allover the board, but the sourness makes up for everything.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Boulder, CO as a single. Beer from Billings, Montana flavored with an unfamiliar fruit. Hey. Why not? I can think of worse ways to spend $1.50.
Pours a hazy peach. Oddly attractive. Plenty of yeasty cloudiness, with a thin white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of berries, mostly blackberry, against a nondescript wheaty backdrop. Perhaps some apricot or nectarine. Nothing unusual, especially in the realm of american microbrews. Maybe it's because I've had a couple flavored wheats in the past couple weeks, but I'm at my limit for this kind of stuff. The flavor reveals a rather surprising tartness in the finish, adding a bit of definition to an otherwise beaten-to-death style. The fruitiness is kind of a cross between wild blackberry, unripened nectarine, and cherry. Typical american wheat flavors otherwise. Fairly clean, dryish, a bit chalky on the tongue, with a slight hoppy tang in the finish. My experience with huckleberries is severely limited, but this is sour, wildberry-like, and actually quite nice. Lightish bodied, with firm carbonation that makes me a bit burpy. The berry flavor actually feels quite natural, unlike the extracty, sweetened quality of many other fruit beers. Not something I'd be jonesing for anytime soon, but worth a try, I think. Probably one of the better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat clear stoplight yellow color, the body is unique as its solid but not hazy or clouded, nor is it chill hazed, but its not clear neither. Very thin white cap quickly whisps away to leave a thread thin collar, very little to no lacing to it. Aroma is nice, reminds me of some dopplebocks or belgians with a sweet toffee, mango, caramel, molasses tang with nice inlays of honey, berries, and dullish lemon candies. Flavors are inticing, but underdone and a bit lazy. Sweet and tangy with a malty strong hold of chewy honey and caramel sticks laced in powdered sugar and lemon drops. A smalll zip of hops and carbonation in the middle, finishes with malty residue, kinda bready with a light wheat aspect but seemingly more candyish with a certain tang of molasses. Feel is about medium, short though, sticky, nearing cloying, but favorably clean and relentless with a malty profile. Very fufilling little drinker. Although I think this ain't no hefe, this is either a fruit beer or wheat beer, or a mix of those two, but in doesn't come across as any hefe I've had. It's kinda like Gumballhead's little brother or perhaps a cousin. Whatever...Its good no matter what you call it.

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Huckle-weizen from Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 24.2% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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