Empire Wheat Wine | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brentk56 on 05-18-2011

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by ElijahRivera:
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes to bottling this one in the future. 55% wheat. Rich taste, though sweet nowhere sweet as in the vast number of sweetish beers around, balanced with an enlish style bitterness. Soft mouthfeel, very drinkable. Apple juice coloured body and very lacey.
On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum empire Brewing event.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured to a 12oz chalice / goblet sort of glass at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (3.5): A hazy, deep red-orange body, topped by one finger of off-white head, slipping to a haze on top of the body. No lacing to speak of. Body is a nice, hazy, dark amber. Not bad, considering the ABV, but I do like a more substantial head. This is somewhat above average.

Smell (3.5): Light, floral and orange notes, with some booze. Kind of sweet and malty, not too bad. Like the floral hops but wish there were more. Can’t pick up on the malts too much, though.

Taste (4.0): Tart, crisp wheat comes out first with a warm, brandy-like note (from the mixture of a strong, boozy presence and some rich, malty cereal character). Some dark fruity notes, especially some pit fruit—plums and raisins. There’s a medium-length herbal hop finish. It’s like eating some grapes and chewing the seeds as you go, bringing in their natural, slightly medicinal, organic bitterness. More booze and raisin notes come out as it warms, but the wheat remains along side to give that richness a slightly tart edge. Nice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium (just on the heavy side of medium, actually) body with smooth, active carbonation that spreads evenly but prickles on the tongue a surprising amount.

Overall (3.5): This is a relatively solid, definitely above average but not fantastic wheatwine. I just think it’s great that they make a wheatwine. The places where it could really use some more action is in the appearance and smell, which would benefit from bottle conditioning and a more refined hop profile, respectively. But hey, you can’t have everything and this is a solid beer regardless. Definitely try if you’re into wheatwines, and it would be great to compare side by side with their barleywine, which is also solid.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as a blend of American Barleywine and Hefeweizen, the beer shares the best of both worlds with a part barley, part wheat breadiness, rich fruity sweetness, and complex alcohol warmth. A real gem of a beer.

Pouring a hazy golden, almost peachy color with a thick persistent white head that eventully succums to the alcohol. No real lace, the beer takes on the proportions of barleywines.

Complex aromas of deep caramel, bready wheat, banana, clove, allspice, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerines, all come together in a way that reminds me of pineapple upside down cake. Odd, I know.

Flavors remain rich, succulent, and just a varied as the arromas suggest. Bread pudding, with rummy alcohols, estery fruits, and spicy yeast character further reinforce the complex but sweet attitude of the beer. Banana, lemon, apples, cherries, and pineapples shead light into the estery mix while phenolic character of white pepper, citrus zest, clove, and allspice give balance and assist the alcohol flavor with roundness and support.

Rich and malty-sweet, the beer has a slightly oily and velvety feel, leaving behind the creamy carbonation and ushering in alcohol warmth, thin sweetness, and a long linger of fruit and spice- a very desert-like beer.

A delicious beer that seems to give wave after wave of flavors as it warms and as the palate becomes acclimated to the last sip and bold power of the beer. Full of character, the beer provides the satisfaction of a fine cognac or port after dinner digestive.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a copper color topped by a filmy head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Fruity and bready, with a piney hop character

Taste: Opens with a bready malt flavor that is supplemented by a toffee character; by mid-palate, there is a developing fruity/piney character; the finish is sweet but with enough residual bitterness to balance the flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice wheatwine; balanced enough to keep it from becoming cloying

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Photo of dansushi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Empire's Wheat Wine has a dark golden body and a thin finger of tan head that is fairly thick and frothy looking. A few strands of lacing stick to my glass.

The aroma has a ton of wheat twang to it, some banana, a hint of clove and a light, leathery character to it.

I really like this wheatwine. I'm not sure whether it was intentional or not, but it definitely has some brettanomyces added to it, and I love that. Tons of wheat comes first, with flavors of bread and a pretty sharp twang to it. Notes of toffee come through also. The yeast brings banana and clove, with a good dose of banana and just a bit of clove. Next comes a noticeable brett-funk, which comes with an array of fruit. It also brings good bit of depth and flavor to this one, and really sets it apart from other wheatwines that I've tried. Just a hint of warmth in the finish.

The body is about what I would expect from a wheatwine, and the carbonation might be a little bit higher than normal.

I have no idea if this is actually supposed to have brett in it, and now that I look over the other reviews, it seems that it has not in the future. Either way, I don't care, because it made the glass I tried more enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Empire Wheat Wine from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 11 ratings