Batch 2000 (Wheatmiser) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kajerm on 05-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Chris-1911
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoop454
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

This wasn't labeled as Batch 2000, and it was a decidedly new batch, but I'm gonna review it here anyway. (If this is in error, lemme know, and I'll move it accordingly.) It pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises honey, pineapple, light green apple (drizzled with caramel), and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of dry toffee, orange rind, light peach skin, and light honey. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a kinda ho-hum wheatwine, one that's not sure how to handle its own apparent schizophrenia (it seems to vacillate between fruity and malty, ending up reaping the benefits of neither and the problems that accompany both).

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Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn in August 2009.

A: Pours a dark bronze with a nice white head.

S: Sweet caramel malt, fruits, wheat, some tartness, and a wee bit of alcohol.

T: Similar to the nose but with a more pronounced spiciness from the yeast, and a bit more of an alcohol kick.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Pretty good--a little heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but quite good all around.

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Photo of sstackho
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. A clear dark gold, little head or carbonation. Intense sweet aroma with a fair amount of hops in there as well. Intense sweet flavour. The sweetness dominates, and I want to call it unbalanced, but the more I have of it, the more balanced it seems, as there are a lot of hops and malts. A very big beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Clybourn, served in a snifter. Somebody really needs to do something about the Goose Island/Clybourn double entries!

Pours a slightly hazed, red/blood orange, thick but small off white head forms, wicked lacing, really pretty, great retention, solid layer and ring for the whole glass. Smell is very malty, caramel, some amarilloesque hopping, big citrus and floral notes, some alcohol, nice integration, great. Taste is sweet and malty, toffee, wheat, some floral, citrus, almost bourbony flavour, some alcohol, maple syrup, fruity strawberry molasses finish, bitter grapefruit lingers. Mouthfeel is fulled bodied with low carbonation, warm going down. Excellent beer, good to sip on, another well done at Goose!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer has a warm reddish-mahogany body that a bit dense causing it to glow with a thick off-white head that last and last. There is a nice gentle carbonation that can be seen around the edges of the glass but not in the middle of the body. There is nice thick lacing that coats the glass after each sip only to slide back into the body quickly.

S- This beer smells of flowers and sweet malt with a cotton candy note and a light pine hint in the finish. Although the aroma is not complex it is very rich and very bold.

T- This beer has a sweet light toasted malt flavor with a white caramel flavor and a note of malt hard candy. There are some darker toasted malt flavors in the background and they come through more as the beer warms. There are also notes of pure honey and light toffee hints aswell. The finish is a nice pine hop bite but there is no alcohol taste noted.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a sweet sticky texture that is cleaned up by a soft alcohol heat hint in the finish.

D- This is a big sweet malty beer that has a nice note of hop spice that cleans things up. This beer is smooth and rich and I would be interested to see how it would behave with some age. It is perfect to drink now so I think age would only bring it down.

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Photo of hammer09
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After sampling this at a wheat beer tasting at their Clybourn brewpub this past week, I was compelled to give this beer another try. I purchased a growler, and less than a day later, cracked it open to give this brew a proper review.

Poured a clear, beautiful reddish-amber with a thin, lacy head. Visible signs of carbonation appear fairly light, but this and the lack of head development are likely due to losses from the growler packaging (those things never seal as well as a bottle and are never as fresh as directly from the tap). Smell is mild with fruity esters and a hint of raisin. Hop presence is minimal but the aroma exhibits a nice malty sweetness. Taste is sweet and malty, but not cloying. Again, mild with little hop bitterness and overall flavor is of caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and moderately carbonated with a subtle alcoholic warmth. Drinkability is excellent. Definitely a sipping beer, but worth savoring.

My only regret with this beer is that I didn't have time after the beer tasting to enjoy a freshly poured draft.

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Photo of philberinghele
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two Thousand Batches
this elixir is made strong
Spring brings strong beer

Somehow, they produced a 10% wheat wine that is sweet but not too sweet. The more I drank this, the more I respected the malts and the less I dwelled on the initial sweetness. I think everyone needs to give this a try, especially barley wine drinkers. huzzah!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Goose Island-Clybourn 5/15/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Listed on my beer menu as 10.5% abv.

A: Served a lovely dark copper color. 1/2 finger cap of bubbly head that quickly recedes to a whispy skim of foam.

S: Nice aromas of sweet caramel, tangy fruit, and dark over-ripe fruit as well.

T: Sweet caramel malt, citrus hops, and a fantastic, subdued, bubblegummy yeast flavor. Is there even alcohol in this? Damn!

M: Slick and oily. Very sweet to start, but turns dry towards the finish.

D: Sick! (in a good way). Alcohol seems like it's not even present. I think this would do very well in the Reserve Series (hint, hint...).

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Photo of kajerm
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter, served on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (the cask ran out five minutes before we showed up.) The beer is a stunning reddish-amber with a one finger yellowish head. There are a few clusters of large soap bubbles and lacing that is pretty close to climbing out of the glass.

The aroma is subdued, with some herbal hops, caramel malts, and wheat.

The flavor profile is surprisingly huge, opening up with hop flavors that quickly subside as caramel-type malty sweetness takes over. The mixture of flavors from malted barley and wheat, along with the flavor-hopping, and phenolic spiciness make this complex as hell. The finish is smooth, with little evidence of bittering (in spite of clear flavor and aroma hops.) This might be a little sweet for some people, but the hell with them, I think it's awesome.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, a perfect complement to the flavor.

Drinkability is pretty good for a malty beer that packs this kind of heat, but the complexity (and the ABV, if not dying is a priority for you) really demand sipping.

The craft that went into this beer is obvious from the first whiff to the bottom of snifter; this is basically the bastard child of a British barleywine and an American wheat wine, and it kicks ass.

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Batch 2000 (Wheatmiser) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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