Bullfrog Ale | Issaquah Brewhouse

Bullfrog AleBullfrog Ale
34 Ratings
Bullfrog AleBullfrog Ale

Brewed by:
Issaquah Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 03-26-2007

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Cresant
1.69/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish Hefeweizen glass. No date. The body was cloudy with sediment and the dull color of a butterscotch disk. No head! Not right.

Smell was lightly lemony. Some yeast aroma. Not much else.

Taste was light fruitiness. Sweet and bitter were well balanced but bland. Ever so slight banana flavor. Thumbs down on this one.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, light in carbonation. Overall this was a big disappointment. i actually poured the last third out-I decided it wasn't worth the calories. I hope this was old, otherwise it would be extra disappointing.

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Photo of daythree16
1.95/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours an extremely cloudy orange with a pretty big white head. It looks like carbonated orange juice.

The smell, I hate to say it, is almost nothing but sulfur. The only way I can describe it is to say it smells like someone farted in my glass. Sorry, it's just that bad. The taste is a little bit better. There is a light sweetness, though without any of the phenols associated with hefes. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness on the finish as well. However, the real drawback is the funky sweet corn flavors that take center stage.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and overall pretty good. Drinkability is low considering how bad it smells and tastes.

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Photo of phisig137
2.01/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Undated bomber pours a hazy deep gold color, with a two finger head. Decent retention leaves behind minimal lace.

Aroma is sad. a slight hint on citrusy hops, and a touch of raw grain. that's it.

Flavor isn't much better. Very slight flavor of lemony hops, with nothing else to back it up. Despite being capped with one of Rogue's oxy-absorbing caps, this tastes quite a bit oxidized. Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Drinkability is not so great.

Quite a let down, especially if this is affiliated with Rogue, as I would assume it is (seeing as how the label is very similar, and it was capped with a Rogue crown). Thin, insipid beer, and poorly made all around. Don't expect a Hefe out of this one. Tastes more like a Bud ice than a Hefe. I don't think it's even worth the $3 I paid for the bomber. Don't bother with this one...

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Photo of turbine2475
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to BigJTrucker for this brew:
A - Murky and golden with a thick head that quickly disipated into a light lace leaving a weak lace.
S - Not much here, a little yeast and clove but that's about it.
T - Alright but way too bitter for a hefe, little clove and a slight citrus but that's about it.
M - Chewy with a low carbonation.
D - Wanted to give this beer a try because my name is Jeremiah and I wanted try the bullfrog, but I didn't expect much and I was not disapointed.

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Photo of xav33
2.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Issaquah Bullfrog Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent Brewing, croaked at 04/07
Moderate pour in a shaker.

So it was shipped in a rogue 12pk box, with a rogue cap and rogue type painted on design. Hey, this would be great for my collection of rogue bottles, I thought. I need to get this, even though it apparently is brewed by a friend of Rogue's and they are doing the bottling and packaging for them. Fairly standard for a brewery to help another. I'll try it.

Poured a clear slightly hazy yellow straw with a moderate fizzy quickly diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate flowers, spices, light grassy hops.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet followed by a moderate bitterness and light sweetness.

Palate was light bodied, watery, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, this was definitely not worth the price tag. A poor excuse for a Rogue affiliated product, let alone a wheat beer, let alone a beer. Tastes like a Labatt Ale, Dos Equis or some Camo perhaps. It's not horrible, but it does not warrant the price tag.

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Photo of Vancer
2.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Da Frog comes out a hazy golden orange, white head tries to pop up, but quickly dies.

Very light aroma and taste of wheat and coriander, not a whole lot going on here. Plenty of hops in the finish to make for a crisp and semi-stinging quaff. Not even close to a hefe, just an average wheat beer - certainly not worthy of bomber status (which implies bigger beer). No yeasty goodies on the unfiltered bottle bottom - yeah, I took a "Flying Leap" from the pan into the fire.

Aww, it's a decent wheat - but not worth the bomber price.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear dark golden brew. Head falls at a moderate to quick pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is mostly vegetal and bitterness. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, the slightest wisp of wheat character in the middle, and generic bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is prickly, and drinkability is ok. Like no hefe I've had before, and that's not particularly a good thing here. Calling Clara Peller: "Where's the WHEAT?!?"

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hefeweizen, really? Ohhh-k. Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Check. A soft white head with not much staying power and lacing overall.

The nose has a more generic malt aroma with no real hint of wheat. Some biscuit and pale malt a hint of honey as it warms. On the backend there is some citrus hops but no real hint of German hops at all. There is a more American ale yeast with some hints of DMS. No banana, no cloves.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out with a sweeter malt profile with a more noticeable wheat and honey notes coming out. Some minor spice notes, mostly from the wheat and a touch of white pepper. The yeast again is more along the lines of a US wheat. Some cleaner flavors but no banana and no cloves. Some butyric that is off setting in the finish and the DMS comes out as it warms. Hops are limited but some hints of citrus.

The body is light to moderate. Carbonation is limited as well. Overall more US wheat to me, but leaving style aside, there are some off flavors that really deter this beer from being rated higher.

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2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I used to live in Issaquah before the original owner sold to ROGUE. I used to go there with friends and drink pictures of BULLFROG is was lemony, hopsy, a beer you could almost chew . Then it sold to ROGUE and they washed out the lemon crusted pipes the beer used to go through and probably changed the recipe. Best beer I have ever tasted! Sorry for our loss. I brew my own Popular Mechanics 10 best "CASCADE ORG/CORRI PALE ALE AND i WISH IT WAS AS GOOD AS THE ORIG. bullfrog.

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Photo of hopmeister
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very little head after the pour that quickly recedes to nothing. Good bubbling with a light cantaloupe melon amber. The aroma is pretty bland,but has the tell tale signs of pacman yeast and Pacific Northwestern coastal waters. Faint fruits with a little mold. The taste has a little hint of honeydew and some other more musty fruits. Palate is a little dry with a touch of cardboard. Was excited when I saw this beer at my local Binny's, but was pretty let down.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting looking bottle at Arctic Liquors, around $4. A little help on what style the beer is would be nice on the label.

A: Poured a turbid gold color with a white head, some pretty pronounced chunks of yeast in this one. Looks like a decent hefe.

S: Really doesn't smell like much, a few faint hints of yeast, but nothing of the style. Pretty boring at this point.

T: Doesn't taste too much like a hefeweizen at all. Has some qualities of a slightly roasted amber ale is what really stands out, a few hints at honey, and a light hint of honey at the end of it. Maybe just a hint of bitterness here. I don't know if they were going for anything in particular here, but this really doesn't do anything for me. Really pretty boring and not a lot of flavor.

M: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, kind of sticky as well, fairly smooth going down. Feels okay.

D: Wow, this beer is really disappointing. Easy enough to drink, but I just can't really find anything to get excited about. There is absolutely no description of what this beer is on the bottle, or what they're shooting for. A little help there might go a long way. Not a total waste of money, but I'm definitely disappointed with this one.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of fruity yeast—green apples stand out in particular, although there are some hints of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The yeast used in this beer tastes a lot more like an English Pale Ale compared to a German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of kmeves
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden-pale with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is medium sweet with orange, floral hops and light spice. Flavor is citrus, light floral and spice. Light ot medium body, thin texture. Finishes medium and floral. Very nice balance that makes this a good session beer.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a tinge of orange in there. The smell of the beer gave off some soft aromas of wheat and hints of clove. The taste of the beer was average in my opinion, it felt like it was too light in flavor. The mouthfeel was also on the lighter side giving me the impression that this was a little watered down or something. Overall this brew wasn't something I'd rush back to the store and buy more of. I can't see spending money on this one again.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle served in a .5L Schneider Weisse glass.

Appearance: hazy light yellow, pale head 2 fingers high

Smell: complex and spicy, peppery

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops and wheat, not the traditional banana, refreshing

On par with most of the American hefeweizens. I still think the Bavarians do it more justice.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't even know this was a hefe when I bought it, and I'm still not sure this is a true hefe. Sure, it has the cloudy orange colour, but head is really big and the colour is almost glowing, like a day-glo orange almost.

Sweet-sour malty smell, very low hops and almost no wheat, or any zest I'm used to picking up in a good hefeweizen.

Sour, musky flavour. Sort of like a hefeweizen gone off. Dry malts hiding amongst the sourness, and virtually no hops. Slight orange peel and spice hints.

A so-so beer. I don't regret buying it, but I wouldn't buy it again. I'd like to toss this up to a bad bottle, but I just can't convince myself of this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.14/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in NC, late July

Poured bronze with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Lemony & flowery hops

T: Lemony hops & honey malts up front. Grainyness, breadyness & more lemon in the middle. Finishes crisp & refreshing

MF: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation & good balance

Drinks okay, but nothing worth getting excited over

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Photo of yogurt
3.19/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weiss glass.

Saw this eye- grabbing bottle at Riley's (in Madison) and thought I would give it a try.

Pours smooth and easy. The appearance is decent with a hazy, very light tan color. Two finger, fleeting head- off white in color. Looks great in a weiss glass. So far, not too bad.

The aroma however, is virtually non-existent. Fleeting aromas of apricot and perhaps apple. The smell is definitely an indicator of things to come.

The taste is very plain. To be perfectly clear, it has the right taste (of banana and bubble gum)- just not enough. Now I'm not saying that a weiss is supposed to be big, but it's nice to taste SOMETHING. (P.S.- thanks to New Glarus Brewery for once again shaking my pre- conceived notions of what a certain style is supposed to be. Mr. Dan Carey- you are a beer god!). As much as I hate to say it, Bullfrog is really a let down in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is watery, and like everything else, fleeting.

This beer's saving grace is it's drinkability. I haven't been drinking much beer at all lately (in solidarity with my wife who recently gave birth to our second son- eight pounds, four ounces and 21 and 1/2 inches in case you were wondering). But I'm back in the game now, and was able to down this bomber pretty easily. Also, the summer season was also working in this beer's favor.

Overall, a pretty mediocre example of a Hefeweisen. Not much on aroma or flavor, but a drinkable beer nonetheless. For a bottle with such slick design and colors, it was somewhat of a disappointment. The green and yellow frog is really an eye- grabber in the beer cooler. At least the next time this bottle catches my eye I won't be left wondering what I'm missing out on by not getting it.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colorful silk-screened bottle of Bullfrog I purchased at the Issaquah Brewery offers no description of its contents. It just invites us to "take a flying leap" - presumably a leap of faith. It might have been nice to know in advance that Bullfrog is an American style wheat beer.

I must admit, I drank the full bottle and didn't surmise that this was a wheat beer at all. The surprising cloudiness and translucent goldenrod color suggested as much. But the rest of the beer projects a humble pale ale recipe delivered with an almost homebrew-ish simplicity. A light, citrus-sweet nose emerges early then shifts to a doughy yeastiness. A bright white head dissipates fast and leaves no lace. And the taste has a sweet simplicity suggesting low attenuation with modest hop citrus flavor.

Bullfrog is not entirely without appeal and could serve as a workable crossover beer for those accustomed to thinner bodied lagers. But its overall demeanor is rudimentary and humble. Even the carbonation is low.

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Photo of Braudog
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicely painted 22oz bomber. Poured a fizzy yellow-orange with a slight haze and a big rocky, bumpy head of white foam. The aroma is gristy, definitely wheaty, with just a wisp of citrus. Those both carry to the flavor ... definitely like raw wheat, bready like Wonder, with a crisp dry finish. (#2765, 3/31/2007)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with a thinning, white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of wheat malt and citrus. Maybe a little honey in there, too.

Taste: Sweet-tasting malted wheat with a hint of honey and citrus. Very subdued hop bitterness. Light sour twang before the peppery finish. Every facet of this beer is light, it's really not overly anything.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This should NOT be listed as a hefe. Though not exactly the Harlem Globetrotters of wheat beers, it still was pretty decent.

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