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Summer Wheat Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Summer Wheat AleSummer Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bright, citrusy and hoppy, this summertime ale salutes the flavor of the American hop and gives way to a smooth refreshing finish.

Added by ltjska04 on 08-21-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 46
Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy bright white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat and grainy malts along with faint bits of floral hops and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little rough on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The wheat lightens up the body of this beer, but it feels a little rough on the mouthfeel so I wouldn't classify it as something that is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

An excellent session ale from one of my more favorite local breweries. Pours a beautiful
golden orange from the bottle with a fantastic white head that dies down to thin foam and
nice lacing. Nose of lemon zest, sweet wheat malts, and light bittering hops. Taste is lemon
zest and sweet wheat malts on the front with light bittering hops shining through on the back.
A very quaffable seasonable brew with good carbonation and nice finish perfect for summer.
Very nice session-able brew good for the BBQ.

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Photo of patpbr
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint with a quick to dissipate two finger head and a orange and bronze color.
S - Get a bit of malt. Faint in this department.
T - Mild hop presents that fits this beer. Lemon up front, I notice the wheat and it is a bit sweet.
M - light body and really easy to drink.
O - Solid summer beer. It has enough character to drink several.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat Ale into a Pint Glass.

A - Cloudy yellowish orange color, with a finger of eggshell white head.

S - Getting light wheat, malts, touch of hops. A little lacking in this category.

T - A nice sweet citrus, with some smooth wheat, malts. Some hops mid palate. Refreshing aftertaste that is nice and clean.

M - Medium mouthfeel on this one with light carbonation.

O - Overall, a good summer beer just a bit on the heavy side but still a treat.

Recommended ! Cheers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed all the way through the body, this beer is about a medium yellow-gold with some brightness to it. It develops a white head to about one finger tall, which displays pretty good retention. Lacing is left in decent quantity on the glass via fairly thick, though sparse, patching.
Wheat certainly forms the foundation for this beer, and there's plenty of lemon here. Other than that there's a good balance and softness with a bit of a medicinal, herbal note in the back. A bit soft, but it's a wheat ale.
The wheat makes it somewhat bready in the flavor, but with plenty of that lemon flesh and zest coming through full force. It's well-hopped for a Mt. Carmel brew, but people are giving this beer too much credit for the weak style instead of wanting them to do more. The effect of the hops, lemon and wheat leads to a sourish finish. It's easy to detect, and it mars the good. Still, pretty good overall.
The body is as light as I'd expect and with plenty of carbonation. It's as crisp as I would expect as well. Smooth, yes, but it's an overbearing effervescence that floods the mouth and makes it hard to swallow. It needs to calm down. Just carbonating the hell out of a beer isn't what makes it smooth. It needs balance.
In the end, it's a pretty good wheat ale, and that's all that can be said.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, lemon zest, pepper, pine, wheat, floral, herbal, and light yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon, pine, wheat, pepper, bread, herbal, floral, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pine, wheat, herbal, and floral on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with good hop complexity. No cloying flavors at all; fairly clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Hardly any alcohol noticed after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice hoppy wheat ale. Nice balance of flavors with good hop presence; extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the changing of the weather, so also come the seasonal offerings from our favorite breweries.
Sometimes "summer beers" tend to be too fruity, or way too sweet. I judge a seasonal beer by how drinkable it is over a period of time. If after one or two I can't take it anymore, I consider it a novelty. If, on the other hand, I can enjoy two or three without becoming tired of a characteristic or flavor of the brew...success!

That brings us to today's selection, a "Summer Wheat Ale" from the Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. This is another Cincinnati, Ohio brewery. It is a small regional outfit, with a current output of 4,500 barrels a year. If you don't live in Ohio or northern Kentucky, you may have problems finding any beers from this company.

First of all, this is a wheat beer. People I know either love wheat beers, or they don't...This is a well crafted wheat beer, with the characteristic cloudiness and strong hop flavor. The beer pours with a nice thick head, and golden honey color. What makes this more of a "summer beer," is the infusion of citrus. There is a bright citrus flavor while you are drinking it, but is never gets overbearing or overpowering. I found that I could pop multiple tops without tiring of the fruit flavors. It is truly a refreshing taste that blends well with the rest of the ale.

Good beer! Nice to taste a summer seasonal that has more to it than gimicky sweet flavors.

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Photo of viverlee
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pubs around town have been adding this to the rotating tap. Not a bad call.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

LOOK: Dusty yellow, orange stripes, sturdy head.

NOSE: Flat haystack, barny, dash of lemon.

MOUTH: You could, if you were inclined, say it lacks complexity. You could also say it’s just straightforward. Straw, orange and lemon peel, peppery, unsalted crackers. I’m craving a bit more carbonation, though there’s no denying the finish is soft, clean, and soft again. There are far too many foam-forward heads out there that bitterly overwhelm the pull. Not here. This one, it’s pillowy, like nighttime sheep, and it lulls the goodness home. Would perhaps make a good counterpoint pairing to a robust spinach and artichoke dip, heavy on the chokes.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

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Photo of AwYeh
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Clear, bright golden body, with a finger of fine white head, which leaves behind spotty lacing. Good amount of carbonation bubbles flow through the glass.

S: Rather faint aroma; orange and lemon citrus hop flavors and wheaty malts.

T: Way stronger than the aroma, I'm immediately hit by a considerable burst of hoppy lemon peel, which is balanced nicely by the lightly sweet malts. Wheat and light herbal hop flavors add complexity before grapefruit takes over for the long, lingering finish.

M: Moderate-bodied with lively carbonation, creamy and soft. Lightly dry finish helps the flavors linger for quite some time.

O: Very solid beer from Mt. Carmel; it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a one finger white head. Just ok head retention and no lacing.

Lemon is quite prominent on the nose along with some caramel and a little bit of citrus hoppiness.

Some light lemon is up front on the taste with a little bit of bubblegum and clove and the slightest hint of caramel. Once again some citrus hop flavor is present all leading to a moderate drying bitterness. Mouthfeel has that soft feeling associated with wheat beers.

Overall, a pretty good summer thirst quencher and one I am glad I picked up.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dakkon54!

Pour is bright yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is crisp for sure. Strong wheat smell accented by a nice lemon smell. Kind of reminds of GI 312.

The taste is dominated by lemon honestly. Its almost a candy sweet lemon flavor that I honestly like. I expected an upfront wheat twang, and I think its there, just cut by the lemon presence. Between the added lemon and wheat body, the flavors just kind of die quickly. I like how it feels. Finishes so damn clean and smooth.

This might be the unsung hero of Pale Wheat Ales. If it wasnt for Gumballhead, this would be my favorite in the style. Losing to only FFF isnt a bad thing.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a golden color and is hazy. It is topped with an inch of off white head.

S - I get a little bit of lemon zest and some caramel malt, or is that carmel?

T - I get some spiciness, a little bit of that lemon zest, and even the caramel.

M - Moderate with plenty of carbonation.

O - It hit the spot on a hot and humid day. It is easy drinking.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from The Andersons.

A: The wheat ale is rightly cloudy, hazed over in general. A lighter golden straw color, the ale is. And with a sizeable head, over a finger on pour, with plenty of lace left behind.

S: The nose has a hop snap to it, a much heavier citrus aroma than I was expecting. Citrus mixes nicely with the tartness of the wheat. The hoppiness zings out of the glass like a solid pale ale. I really like that bite amongst the mildness of the wheat.

T: The hoppiness, much earthier and noble here, stand out immediately. Those hops own the beer, turning a run-of-the-mill wheat beer into something much bigger and bolder. Citrus hops eventually come through and are especially evident just before the wheat. The entire pack drips of hops and packs a nice wallop. These beers from Mt. Carmel are impressing the hell out of me.

M: Zesty and spritzy, the ale brings pale ale-level hops to a bright wheat beer. A very good summer beer.

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Photo of raznug
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with an inch of white head.
Smell: There is a slight wheat malt and hops smell that is just barely there rather clean smell.
Taste: Hops dominate the taste but that doesn’t mean that it is over powering just a little more than I would expect out of a wheat.
Mouthfeel: It is a nice and creamy beer that lingers nicely on the palate.

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Photo of svraines
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Wheat is a seasonal, so you know it is fresh and full of all of the intended hoppiness. Delicious malty background and potent American hops. Not too light, not too heavy, just right to drink with summer meals.

If you like Gumballhead, but have trouble finding a source you can trust to be fresh, you should drink the heck out of this when it is out.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy gold in color, with a nice billowy head of foam.
Aroma-Subtle hop note, faint caramel, toffee essence.
Taste-Healthy dose of up-front hops and grapefruit-rind bitterness. Nicely balanced and very tasty.
"Summer Wheat Ale" on the label is a bit mislabeled as this brew has all the characteristics of a very hop forward pale ale or even an IPA. In any case, a very tasty, and sessionable brew.

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Photo of stewart124
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with little whisps of white head.

Smells of sweeter malts and some pear esters.

Nice light caramel malt characters with a medium body that I am guessing is an addition from the malted wheat. Very easy drinking with biscuity malt and caramel up front and light citrusy hops in the background. Some lemon zest too. Again, easy drinking and refreshing for this hot spring day.

This doesn't really push the envelope but it is tasty.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to nlmartin for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 cm bubbly white head. The head fades to an archipelago on the top of the beer.

Smell: Hopped pretty nicely, citrus and a lightly herbal aroma. There is a light medicinal note in addition to the wheat as well.

Taste: The flavor starts out lightly sweet, with the wheat coming through nicely. Smooth citrus really dominate, and the finish cleans up nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation pops off the tongue. Light body, clean and crisp, heavy carbonation. There is a light puckering sensation from the bitterness.

Drinkability: I thought this was pleasant and drinkable. Being local to Ohio, I most likely will not get a chance to drink it often, but I would be happy to see it show up at a BBQ.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my perfect pint glass, this beer is a pale orangish-yellow with a nice looking head that doesn't stick around for long. The first smell is of hops; a surprising amount for this being a wheat beer. Earthly, slightly herbal hops dominate the smell at first then give way a bit of a citrus smell. The taste is soft some bitterness in the finish. Very smooth in the mouth without a lot of wheat character. The hops are more noticeable than in similar examples of the style. This is an easy drinking beer and great for summer. It's hoppier than most beers of this style and color but I like that; it's got a unique character. A good summer beer from Mt. Carmel.

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Summer Wheat Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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