Wilder Wheat
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #587
Ranked #47,740
3 | pDev: 10%
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
California, United States
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charlzm from California

2.67/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed June 30th at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Very clear, very pale yellow with a minimal fine, white head.

Very slight banana aroma.

Modestly tangy wheat flavor and... nothing else.

Properly carbonated but thin.

Utterly unremarkable save for its lack of flavor.

Jan 07, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

2.99/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on-tap at the source itself. On to the beer:

Very pale. In fact, it looks like pee yellow in a glass, with little head formed or retention. Oh, don't get too down, it gets better. The nose features some malted wheat sweetness, and a strong scent of lemon. I wasn't sure if it was the yeast or perhaps an extra load of hops were responsible.

The taste has a kick of lemon cleaner (in a good way) and a kick of raw bitter hops. Its description at the brewery sold it to be more German styled, but this has a greater American character. Light and gently carbonated, this wheat ale is alright, and at least is a little different from the standard pale wheat ale.

Sep 11, 2012
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 22 Nov 2007.

Small white head. Cloudy very pale yellow color. Aroma is very faint, like wheat bread. Lightly sweet, somewhat lemony. Slightly more tart through the middle and aftertaste. Light to medium body.

Not great but refreshing and zingy.

Jun 30, 2010
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RedBrewer83 from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass...

A: Pours a straw yellow clear body with a ridiculously massive frothy head, so huge that I can only pour a minimal amount into the glass...over-carbonated IMO.

S: Lemon peel, big coriander, faint banana and clove. Pretty straightforward, but dominated too much by the lemon...

T: Doesn't deviate from the nose much, and the finish is slightly sour in a way that detracts from the flavor profile. Its almost a cross between a bavarian style and an american style...not really sure what it is.

M: Light body with overly active carbonation, needs to be drier on the finish as well...

D: Pretty drinkable, a little more dryness on the finish and it goes down even smoother. Overall, not bad but not great, not something I would purchase.

Jan 26, 2010
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Floydster from California

3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo last night for four dollars, drank tonight with my dad, poured into my Aventinus weizen glass, color is a cloudy and pale yellow color, 1 1/2 inch soapy white head with good retention, light lacing, light wheat, oranges, cloves, bananas, coriander, lemon juice, and straw, flavor is mostly citrus up front and wheat and mellow malt make up the middle, more spicy and chewy as it warmed, lemon and orange flavors go away after awhile which is weird, it is usually the other way around, taste is a little weak overall but I liked other parts of this beer quite a bit, chewy, sweet, and spicy mouthfeel, soft carbonation for a hefeweizen, thin to medium body, taste does not last very long, could drink a lot of this stuff and could have finished this bottle quite easily, refreshing most of the time, gets slightly sweet when it warms up, would taste better in hot weather, first beer other than the coffee porter from Santa Cruz and I enjoyed it a lot, would drink again and especially for this price, worth trying

Mar 13, 2009
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RunDWP from California

2.87/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this both on tap at the brewery recently and polished off a 22 oz. bottle last night. I have to give SCMB some kudos for taking the challenge to brew a good hefe with organic ingredients. I'm afraid they do not totally pull it off.

It poured the standard hazy yellow color, and a wispy head formed on top, then quickly sneaked away. Some fruity, yeasty notes in the aroma. The taste has some fruitiness to it. I picked out some banana, a little apricot. There was also this toasty yeast note with some sourness to it. I wasn't picking up any of the spice notes one usually finds in a hefe. Of course, there was a wheaty background to all this, that seemed slightly stale. I'm afraid the sourness gave this one some harshness that I didn't find all that pleasant. Mouth feel OK. Give them credit for brewing something with some depth to it, but it doesn't have the smoothness one would like to see from this style.

Feb 18, 2009
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Overlord from California

2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This must have been a really old keg, because I definitely had this over the weekend. Thanks to Pups for showing me the place!

Pours a pale, cloudy amber. Smells faintly of wheat ... really not aroma to it at all.

Tastes surprisingly "wheaty," with a bit of citrus. Okay. Decent, mouthfeel. I expected nothing, but I don't have wheat beers very often, so what the heck.

Jan 14, 2009
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illidurit from California

2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that doesn't care to stick around very long. Aroma is faint, but tart citrus and a bit of wheat ester sweetness are detectable. Flavor is sweet but a touch acidic. More lemon than banana, some spice. Sort of mealy and thin-bodied. Pretty weak.

Jun 21, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a small, quickly dispersing white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of grain, lemon, and yeast. It certainly doesn't lead you to suspect what's really in the flavor.

Taste: Suspiciously high level of tartness, like from a glass of questionably old apple juice. Punch of acidity. Hint of cereal grains and lemon. Tart finish with just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: You never get much wheat in here, be it the aroma, taste, or mouthfeel. So, no thanks, I just can't say I was too wild about the Wilder Wheat.

Mar 16, 2008
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theopholis from California

3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Body poured a slightly opaque, pale straw yellow. The head was very large, very loose that left a decent lacing. No nearly as opaque as most wheats.

Aroma- Very sour. Very lemony. Not much else.

Taste- An odd combination of tartness and sweetness. Taste more like an un-spiced Belgian sour than an American wheat.

Mouthfeel- Nice light body with a decent level of carboantion.

Drinkability- Not a good example of an American wheat, but very drinkable non-the-less. Has a nice, barn-yard, horse blanket taste and aroma. Completely inappropriate for an American wheat, but a great intro into Belgian beers.

Sep 04, 2007
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SacoDeToro from California

3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle failed to make a spritzing sound when opening and appeared to be mostly flat.

The beer poured a pale straw yellow with no head.

The aroma was of biscuity malts with some soft yeastiness.

The flavor the of the beer was biscuity and lightly malty with some wheat creaminess.

The mouthfeel was light, but the carbonation was pretty dead. This is too bad because the flavor of the beer was decent, but the lack of carbonation killed what could have been a nice lawnmower beer.

Jul 09, 2007
Wilder Wheat from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 19 ratings