Water Gap Wheat | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Water Gap WheatWater Gap Wheat

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-29-2002

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 208
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is straw, few bubbles, minor off white head, no lacing.

Smell neutral malt with a stronger sense of wheat or biscuit, minor earthy hops - honestly fairly bland but not bad smelling.

Taste is similar to the smell - neutral, wheat, light biscuit, light sourness; neutral hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, biting - the unfiltered quality may have lead to some added dryness.

Overall - an 'average' beer with some off tastes and over dry/sharp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very small head with a rather clear golden color.

Smells of herbal spices, grass, citrus, and slight lemons.

Taste is similar to smell, but much subtler - and less satisfying. Mouthfeel is light, and with rather high carbonation.

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Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Gettysburg Appalachian Brewery in pint glass

No head minimal lacing, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Citrus smell made even stronger adding the lemon. Taste the same more plain, but lemon adds to it. Very smooth finish and drinkable

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Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: November 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: vibrant golden orange body that is mostly opaque; white, creamy head that thins to a halo... AROMA:damp, wet yeasts that muddle slight banana and clove--the telltale aromas are flat and without vibrancy, but a malitiness sits as a shadow... . PALATE: light to medium-bodied, with a matted, lightened, textured mouthfeel; still reasonably easy drinking... TASTE: the maltiness blankets the flavor profile; the wheat produces a clove and banana that is subdued; overall, a clean, uneventful taste... OVERALL: a beer on my get list for years, it does not really elicit a memorable reaction; a somewhat refreshing beer that, due to its maltiness, is not as light or as flavorful as hoped for...

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.5...on tap. Pours cloudy gold, dirty color, with little foam left. Wheaty citrus nose. Tart lemon taste, quite clean through and through. Thin mouthfeel. Somewhat lager-like. Fast clean finish.

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Photo of ordybill
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap at the Appalachian Brewing Company into a pint glass in Gettysburg, PA. The beer pours a brilliant gold color with minimal haziness. The aroma is OK, it is mostly corn and grain with some yeast. The flavor is the biggest disappointment to me, the flavor was not very strong and had very little grain infusion. Overall, i rate this beer as average.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid hefeweizen. It didn't blow me away, but it was enjoyable and I'd try it again, perhaps with the right food pairing. It's light in color and body and solid in taste.

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Photo of jrob21
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque orange color and almost no head? Surprising for a wheat where I’m used to a big, frothy, aromatic, head. Faint orange peel aroma. Light bodied, lacking in spice but has a little bit of fruit in the flavor with an unusually hoppy back bone in there as well. Not a great representative of this style but not a bad beer as a whole.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%


Pours a light hazy golden with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of grassy malts and citrusy notes.

Flavor follows, lemon citrus and grassy malts, also with a hint of coriander.

Light body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Fairly decent and refreshing wheat ale, nothing special but gets the job done.

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Photo of Guden
2.18/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Bright gold with a light haze. Looks a lot like BMC. Head immediately fades to a small ring showing no lacing.

S- lots of sulfur, a little doughy grain, corn, bready yeast

T- pretty light and bland, light grain, some strange light bitterness in the finish with a husky dry graininess.

M- thin, an vaguely watery.

O- this beer comes off as more of a slightly bitter macro lager than what I would expect from an unfiltered wheat. Disappointing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a leftover bottle in the fridge from my wife's beer purchasing, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep golden with good clarity and thick white cream with fine bead. The head retention is very good with lace sticking in streamers. The smell is faintly malty with a light spice odor possibly a mild hop if you swirl, but mainly a mild sulfur odor of yeast. The feel is gentle dry for the most part, highly carbonated and gently sweet.

The taste is decent, not exceptional but the flavor of wheat is mild with a slightly yeasty flavor and gentle spice adding to a pretty bland overall taste, some malt flavor but it is timid. Overall this is probably not the best choice of wheat even though it is brewed locally and should be fresh it just has a dullness that I will avoid and don't recommend this.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Poured hazy gold/yellow with a non-lasting white cap. It actually looked kind of dead after the head died down. Barely able to make out a little bit of honey and lemon peel, but there's a bit of wheat in there. The flavor is rather bland. Very light body and moderately carbonated. I can see how this can be an easy drink on a hot summer's day of lawn mowing, but I don't see myself seeking this one out.

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Photo of brewsadedotcom
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden Yellow color, hazy.

S: A blend or orange and lemon aromas

T: Citrusy, kind of boring to be perfectly frank. I'd probably feel better about this beer if I was drinking it in the summer.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Watery finish.

O: An average brew. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out again.

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Photo of darktower
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I feel this is a good, solid, above average example of a wheat beer from ABC. I've had it many times at the brewery itself and it's a fine example of a wheat beer served with a lemon wedge, ice cold and able to quench your thirst. It's not spectacular, it does finish with a slight watery feeling and there's not much body to it. But for me, in the dead heat of summer. This is the perfect beer to enjoy for refreshment and enjoyability.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Served with a lemon wedge, of course. >_< Clear, pale yellow color, bubbly carbonation visible, and a thin, fizzy white head. Aroma was dominated by the lemon, even when I removed the wedge. Taste of toasted grains, pale malts, lemon peel, bitter and metallic in the aftertaste. Pretty much a typical average wheat beer here. Light bodied, pretty bland, but appeals to the masses, so I'd say fairly drinkable for those with non-discriminating palates.

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Photo of JimKal
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Hefeweisen glass. Pours a hazy gold with a very large head, just what you would expect from a wheat beer. Very clean aroma with a classic wheat beer taste.

It may just be that I had this on my deck on a very sunny, warm day here in NC with a light lunch but it just hit me as a beer that I would repeat if it were available here. But then, for me, wheat beers are just something I like outside on a nice day.

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Photo of jifigz
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a lovely clear yellow orange with a head that hangs around for a short time. The aroma is mildly fruity with a slight metallic aroma. The taste is mild with a very slight hop bitterness. Elements of very mild and gentle orange and the wheat flavor are the main profile with the hop bitter and flavor being just enough to balance the flavor. The mouthfeel is just a little slick yet creamy due to the wheat. The beer seems a little too carbonated and stings the mouth a little. Overall this isn't a bad American wheat ale, but it is pretty flavorless. I know this style usually isn't packing too much extreme or heavy flavors, but this could use a little more.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It's just a tad hazy, enough so you can't see clear through, but the color is quite nice, a sort of golden, bright honey color. Head is just a shade darker than pure white and dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Very reminiscent of a pilsner. I can get some wheat, but mostly I get a grainy/bready quality out of this beer.

T: The bread from the nose carries though the taste on this one. No hops are picked up over the malt profile, which isn't that strong to begin with. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't necessarily have anything working for it either.

M: Very thin on the palate, incredibly light bodied with high carbonation. Doesn't finish dry, or sweet - it's right in between the two.

D: Exceptional drinkability. This beer is quite quaffable and even though it doesn't have any offensive or spectacular qualities, it is a nice beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Abbey Bar. The accompanying lemon was squeezed into the glass before being discarded (hey, everyone's gotta mix it up from time to time).

A: The wheat beer is a lighter amber color, clear with no head to speak of.

S: The nose is average, a little grainy and a little wheaty. The wheat doesn't lend the normal citric notes, allowing the biscuit to take over.

T: The lemony citrus, thanks to the wedge, really helps the ale out, lending a sweet bite to an otherwise boring ale. Neither wheat nor barley try to stand out. Hops? Nope. What I hoped would be an easy sipping ale never really got going. The result was alcohol and water paired together.

M: The mouthfeel is inoffensive; it's just the flavor that could use a boost. Not a good example of a generally pedestrian style.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer had a mild head with a light amber color

S: It had a mild hops smell but I could not smell any other notes in the beer

M: The Beer did have a nice feel in the mouth, it seemed more finished when compared to the taste, and smell of the beer

T: Besides a mild Hops taste it did not seem like there was a lot more there, almost like they gave up on developing the beer half way through the brewing process

O: This was one of the worst beers I have tried that has come out of ABC. I will pass on this one next time I'm there

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Photo of rfgetz
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a faintly clouded gold color, thin spots of head from active carbonation. Scent is light and contains mild notes of lemon and faint tangy wheat malt. No yeast notes. Taste is way to clean for the style, light lemon and light tangy wheat malt and again no yeast notes. Light bodied, active carbonation disappears quickly, ends watery. Lacks style and substance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very light with lots of carbonation coming up the glass to a head that is probably two inches high at its zenith before fading back down to a normal size. aroma of light citrus, very light, lemon mostly with a touch of light rye or some spice in the back end. grainy with again a very light lemon touch that really does not do much for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appalachian Water Gap Wheat

Pours a clear dark golden color. Aroma is grainy, with some wheat and lemon elements coming out. In the flavor, wheat malt, mild citrus, biting astringent graininess. Little hops, coming through with a decent bitterness. Medium bodied feel. Fairly crisp. Overall, an average pale wheat ale, there are better summer quenchers out there.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Label says bottle in January.

Pours a clear, dark, yellow with minimal foam and no lacing. I'm surprised this is so clear seeing that it is unfiltered. Aroma is a bit grainy, fruity, and a bit sweet.

First sip is unremarkable. It has higher than expected sweetness, no hop flavors, and minimal yeast taste. Pretty bland all around. There is nothing really offensive about this beer, just nothing that would draw me back to try this again.

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Photo of trueindigo
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served with a slice of lemon, the beer was a primrose yellow with the cloudiness you would expect from an unfiltered ale. It had a small white head and very little lacing. The scent was very light, a little yeasty and I noticed the malted wheat. It wasn't as crisp as I expected and had a smooth mouthfeel to it and was not over-carbonated. Nice yeast choices but it had not the style I would want to sit and drink one after anther but I was glad to have tried it.

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Water Gap Wheat from Appalachian Brewing Company
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