Vacation Wheat Beer | Round Barn Brewery

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Round Barn Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Summer

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Added by GbVDave on 06-24-2008

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by SpdKilz:
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Firstly, this beer may have been renamed, but the one I have in front of me is "Vacation Wheat Ale," whereas no beer called "Summer" exists in the brewery's repertoire.

It's an extremely pale beer, a lightly hazed bright white gold. The head is pure white and a battle seems to wage between spritz and fluff. It stays at a strong half finger or so, while bubbling from the bottom glass helps it to hold up. Lacing consists of some spottiness and some patchiness together.
Wheat definitely sets itself as the backbone, very distinctive from any other grains with a somewhat crackery note. A lemony twang is secondary, and there's a very light note of spiciness to it as well. I'm guessing what makes this beer a hybrid American Wheat-Belgian Wit is simply the addition of Belgian yeast.
It's a little more floral up front, still founded on a backbone of wheat but with more tangy lemon coming out on the tongue, a bit more coriander, some very light bubble gum-type notes, and even a peppery sort of bite on the very end. Very little of the tropical fruits advertised come out, but it's solid beer for sure. It's very light without being weak and very refreshing as well.
It's quite crisp up front in its light body but there's a depth to it. Carbonation skirts the line toward high but stays in a good range. A fluffy kind of smoothness begins each sip and follows all the way through.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ScottyG
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25oz capped and corked bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, golden-peach golor. With a tiny white head that quickly melts into a barely there skim. Very still.

S: Hard to raise much of a nose out of this one. It became a little stronger as it came up to temp. Aromas of noble hops, toasted wheat, and mild citrus.

T: Flavors of toasted malt, wheat, citrus, cut grass, apple, and noble hops. Very simple, clean, and uncluttered. Nice.

M: Dry and spicy. Nice citrus and toasted grain astringency balanced out by a slightly oily hop profile.

D: Don't know the abv, but I suspect it's in the 5-6% range. Very refreshing flavor and mouthfeel make for a highly drinkable summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of bheilman
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is way better than anticipated. I don't really like many American Wheat beers, especially the overly sweetened ones that follow in the flavor of Blue Moon. I do enjoy the German wheats in general with their dryer flavor. This beer is a bit more similar to those with a strong similarity to a Belgian IPA. The color is really light straw in color. The smell is a bit astringent and sour. The taste is light but with a slight citrus flavor. The after taste is nice and light. This beer is great for a summer day and I would be happy to drink this all day while sitting on a nice beach.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale yellow - almost pilsner-ish.

Smell: Lemony and wheat - not a whole lot to the smell of this one.

Taste: Makes us for the lack of smell. A lot of coriander with a little bit of citrus. It was actually pretty spicy for a wheat beer.

Feel: Pretty thin and dry. Went down pretty easy.

Overall: A good summer beer for sure. Nothing really stands out - a pretty average wheat beer.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. long-neck bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour created a 2-finger, pillowy, white head that sustains near 1/2-finger and leaves awesome rings on the glass. The clean, golden body clouds nicely after a yeast swirl and exhibits heavy carbonation. I'd say it's just touch beyond golden-yellow, on the lighter side of the spectrum for an American Pale Wheat.

S- I have to say it's pretty classic for an APWA. The citrus comes off somewhere between lemon and orange. It's pretty sweet, almost like candied fruit. There's a hint of spice, somewhere along the lines of peppery.

T- Really refreshing, and on the sweet side. Strong citrus quality, mostly lemon zest. Lesser spice notes, what I assume is the corriander only seems to add to the citrus flavor. It's really lemony in the finish, not puckering, more of a clean quality. The more I drink the more a peppery spice comes through.

M- Complimentary qualities really bring the feel together nicely. Heavy carbonation mixes nicely with the chewy, unfiltered body.

O- It's a good summer wheat that does its job refreshing. I could do a few in a sitting. There's nothing I'd call "mind blowing," more of a straight forward APWA with a focus on citrus. I'd buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.32/5  rDev -7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jpatton94
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow and pale, little amounts of head and no lacing. Pretty bubbly though considering the head.

S: Smells of wheat and honey, with some citrus. very mild.

T: Tastes of very strong wheat and lemon zest, like a better version of Sunset Wheat or SA's Summer Ale. A little fruitiness and citrus, but it is balanced and not overpowering.

D/M: Very drinkable, goes down easy.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of hackmann
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a fine hazy pale yellow body with a one finger head (if that) and there is no lacing on the glass.

Aroma: oh, coriander right off the bat with a little wheat in the back ground

Flavors: fresh cut wheat then a nice touch of coriander (opposite of the nose), light grassy note, fruity – okay, no distinct notes, if I had to make a call on the ‘tropical fruit’ according to the bottle – I’ll say, mango and apricot but, it is not strong at all. I don’t pick up any citrus just coriander spice.

Mouthfeel: light body and carbonation, light coriander spice on the aftertaste, refreshing feel yet dry.

To the Point: an okay Wheat Beer. Nothing to run out and get right away. Should be refreshing on a summer day with its simple profile.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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