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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$6.50 for a 10oz pour. Served in a tulip.
2010 Vintage
Sampled 07AUG12

[A] Served with quickly cascading bubbles that settle in to form a puffy two finger head with a nicotine finish. Creamy, semi dense with nothing short of spectacular retention. The body is a light caramel color and transparency is around 60%. Lacing begins to drop in sheets, but sticks to the far end of the glass only, alternating between solid foamy layer and spotty crackles of bubbles, presumably after each sip.

[S] The nose is not embarrassed to reveal her age. Huge caramel notes, dark brown sugar, sweet to the point of mild butterscotch influence. Faint oxidation - an attribute instead of a flaw. Still, the nose isn't exactly wow'ing, but it's impressiveness is rising with each degree.

[T] Again, the flavor promotes the age and showcases a phenomenal integration of multiple types of sugar. Deeper layers reveal mild tea-like flavors, perhaps the faintest hint of tobacco even. Wheat isn't particularly evident at this point.

[M] Thick with a very full texture similar to lightly frothed cream. Effervescence is on the softer side but lively enough to clear the tongue of this Godly sugary nectar.

[O] I'm dumbfounded. I can't believe how good this beer is. Founders. God bless em. Wow. Two years has done this beer righteous.

Oct 06, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's Next Door. I didn't even know this beer existed, but I was really excited to try it when I saw it on the menu.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a half finger of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The retention level is solid.

Smell: Sweet with some mild citrus notes. I'm also getting some yeast with an herbal note and some warming alcohol.

Taste: The taste is more herbal than the smell. Sweet and mildly fruity with some candy sugar and warm alcohol. The finish has a nice level of bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side of medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was a bit weird. I didn't expect the herbal notes. I'm not sure of the age of this one, but the alcohol notes weren't as strong as I would have guessed. I don't know that I would have another in the future.

Aug 09, 2012
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft, poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber with a decent head that leaves behind an abundance of thin lacing. The smell is on the boozy side but otherwise remniscent of a hoppy American barleywine. Has a hint of honey in the nose as well. The taste has this sorghum type profile to it. Very interesting. Its tough to make out what else im tasting. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, albeit with a boozy finish. Overall pretty solid.

Feb 26, 2012
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haazer from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Craft Ale House for their Founders event last night. This was the 2009 batch from what I understand.

A- Half finger of white head forms on top of a very hazy, apple cider looking beer. Color is a dark apricot with a very strong orange glow to the tint. Some fairly thick sheets are left on the glass as it drinks down.

S- A very floral hop aroma. Great notes of oranges, citrus, and phenolic alcohol. Theres some sticky caramel presence in the nose too.

T- This is where the beer becomes very interesting. I got this to hold me over while waiting for them to tap KBS and Nemesis. As the time drew nearer I had to set this down to get in line and this actually ended up being the last beer I finished. Upfront this tasted like a DIPA. Delicious grapefruit, cantelope, grassy hops and a caramel malt profile plended together. Some candied sugar in the mix and a great bittering finish that followed. Then after the beer had warmed for awhile the hop flavor goes away and you get the wheat bread, bubble gum flavor of a good hefeweizen. Then even later in the beers session it began to gravitate towards the flavors of a tripel. I picked up some hints of apple and what seemed like a belgian yeast. Just incredible, didn't think a beer would transform so much just before my eyes.

M- Mouthfeel is fluffy and a little tickling on the tongue. Medium bodied and very smooth. The finish was bittering until that crazy transformation.

O- A DIPA, mixed with a hefeweizen, mixed with a Tripel? Can't go wrong in my book! My first wheatwine and I loved it. Never had a beer transition so much. Incredibly complex. Glad to have tried this.

Mar 31, 2011
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving On-Tap at the Sidecar Bar in Philly in a glass. I get this everytime I see it.

Founders Wheatwine golden/hazy yellow in color, 1/2 inch of tight foam on top, streaks of lacing. Smell is very sweet and honey is the main contender. Wheat comes in second with earthy hops that are light and tame. The taste is great, this is the sweetest wheatwine I've had to date and I quite like it. Tastes include whatever I said above but I can't stress enough how well the honey is used in this, It's sweeeet but not cloying. The feel is a heavy handed medium with good carb livining up the feel on this a bit. Not at all syrupy although it tastes like it should be. I wish I was not driving or I would have gotten more of this one. This is one of my favorite Founder's "brewery-only beers", one that i'll get everytime I see it.

Mar 21, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Union Jacks (Boyertown, PA) on 2/13/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white creamy head. This stays rich, leaving a strong smattering of patchy lacing behind. Bready smelling wheat is very strong in the aroma, aling with floral hops and some spicy tones. Fleshy fruit character and a touch of yeasty bubblegum give an almost perfume-like feel in the nose.

The wheat is just as powerful here in the taste, giving this a beefy and sweet building block for the other flavors to wrap around. Some fruity notes of pear and green apple give this some pleasant backing flavors, while an earthy bitterness spreads across the back of the profile. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied overall but this still possesses a very creamy and smooth feel in the mouth. Just a touch of warmth is felt, with the bulk of the alcohol presence coming across in the feel more than anything.

This was a good steady sipper, and it was nice to be able to try the Nemesis base now that that beer has just hit the market. Not a ton of complexity to this but there was more than enough flavor to hold my interest through the duration of the glass, plus that wheat really helps contribute to the extremely smooth body on this. Founders fan or not, this is worth a look if you see it around on draft.

Feb 16, 2010
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jack's, 4 or 5 oz sampler...

I'm probably tasting and reviewing this and Nemesis backwards, having had Nemesis the day before, but still made for an interesting comparison. This was a nice wheatwine, fairly unique compared to others of this style I've tried so far. Color is a deep, clear orange-amber with a off white head that has nice retention and sticky webbed lacing. Aroma is a warm boozy spice and wheat/yeast blend with a mild fruity touch. Flavor starts with strong yeast fruitiness and light spice with bready malt backbone. Finish was the most unique part of this for me, with a dry citrus hop flavor that was also the part that was most noticeable from this base beer in Nemesis. Body is medium thick with active carbonation, fairly thick and syrupy on the tongue with a strong boozy warming presence. Not quite as drinkable as some other wheatwines I've had, but overall I think this is the most interesting I've tried. Nice to try what I assume is the base beer (or something similar) of Nemesis.

Feb 16, 2010
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's for their Strong Ale Fest on 2/13/10.

A - Clear amber/orange coloration with a slight haze and a half-inch off-white head that settled into a thin patch and ring of mesh-like lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Perfumy aroma with subtle spices and wheat malt as well as an apparent bubblegum sweetness. Alcohol is also prevalent in the nose. The strong yeast presence imparts fruity esters suggesting tree fruit such as apple and pear as well as peach or nectarine. Additionally, a waft of sugary sweetness develops as well as a hint of citrus hops.

T - Opens with a moderate alcohol presence amid a perfumy hop character and lots of wheat malt. Gets a little sweet in the middle with a hint of bubblegum, honey and fruity notes (albeit alcohol-soaked fruit). Finishes with a hint of citrus bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Alcohol presence provides a warm, tingling sensation on the palate and moderate sting on the tongue. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and plenty of residual sweetness.

D - While I don't have a lot of Wheatwine experience, I was overall quite pleased with this complex, barleywine-esque brew. The wheat malt gives this style a slight edge over a barleywine, as far as drinkability goes. Another winner from Founders!

Feb 15, 2010
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at at Kite & Key...

Pours a hazy golden orange color, minimal head and lacing. Smell of citrus honey, belgian yeasts, bready wheat. Taste follows scent with bready wheat, citrus honey, toffee and belgian yeasts all combining almost equally and seemlessly. Slight booze burn on the end, noticible hop presence as well. Good carbonation that keeps the chewyness and stickyness to a minimum. Very good beer, not as sweet, chewy or sticky as other beers of the style i have had, nice touch with the belgian yeast flavor.

Nov 29, 2009
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GbVDave from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Founders. Mid to late Sept. '09. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a clear, deep gold/orange color. No lace or head.

S: Fresh fruit and green hop aromas. Caramel apples, pine sap, and fresh gut grass.

T: Fruity yeast, c-hops, tangy red apples, caramel sauce, and pine.

M: Surprisingly little alcohol burn. Sticky and smooth.

D: Yikes! Utterly dangerous. This WILL sneak up on you and slap you around.

Nov 14, 2009
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap pour at Founders.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden copper color with a good white head that is sticking around and sticking to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Smells like wheat toast with a little butter and honey spread on it; fantastic!

(T)- Sweet honey and toffee with that buttery wheat toast character again. Slight bite of hops & alcohol on the finish.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a nice sweet & wheat candy balance.

(D)- A good beer. It just gets really sweet the more you have of it. Great, but a better dessert/after dinner treat, but you can only have it at the taproom. A rather potent alcohol level.

Oct 31, 2009
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