Demeter's Harvest | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Demeter's HarvestDemeter's Harvest

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by marty21 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dementer’s Harvest on Feb 24, 2012 into duvel glass

Appearance: 3.5
Golden orange clear body with ½ inch thinnish white head. Head quickly fades to thin rim around glass

Smell: 3.5
Mainly moderate aroma of hops- grapefruit, citrus very ipa like. Also get a touch bready sweetness from the malt, and a note faint florals.

Taste: 4
Initially along the lines of a DIPA with a strong malt presence- get a citrus hops profile with a nice crystal, caramel malt note. But quickly midway through, you get a notable sweetness that is easily identify coming from the honey. This adds an interest twist to overall flavour profile, making for a weighty contrast of sweet to balance out the moderate bitterness of the hops. This takes the beer from an average IPA/DIPA style in my mind to something more interesting, approach barelywine territory (or in this case, wheatwine). The 11% alcohol content is extremely well-hidden, not very detectable at all.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness. Initially an astringent feel from the hops, but then the honey aspect wash over the mouth and give a prominent burst of sweetness. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Overall: 4
A very interesting, and enjoyable beer. The extra element of honey is distinct and overall, adds a positive aspect to the beer; it offers an interest malt-like element, and goes well with the aim to create a high alcohol, high flavour beverage. At first, I worried that this sweetness was too coying, but as I drank more I found the beer, in fact, very easy to drink, and that this sweet was extremely well-contrasted by the moderate hops aspects. Overall, I actually really enjoyed this beer, and without the honey/sweetness, it would be somewhat boring and one dimensional. With the high alcohol content, one would think this a sipper (which it can enjoyably be), but it is also easy to finish a bottle on one’s own.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. An ode to Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and otherwise blessed by the addition of Centennial and Columbus hops.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-amber hue, with two fat fingers of solid, foamy, and sort of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some bonsai tree line lace around the glass as it quietly seeps away.

It smells pretty damned fruity - pineapple and starfruit - with some orange cream and soft, grainy wheatiness wafting about, and a very subtle hint of warming alcohol. The taste is initially a big swat to the head of sugary wheat malt sweetness, southern Alberta field honey (sorry Manitoba), tempered only somewhat by soft orange and white grapefruit citrus notes. Slowly, a more balanced grainy, yet still wheat-oriented, honeyed caramel malt backbone emerges, with the citrus still hovering, and a gentle boozy warmth underlying all.

Amongst all that sugar and laid-back hops, very little in the way of the bubbly asserts itself, resulting in a body with a static middleweight, all rather smooth, with a surprisingly lack of cloyingness. It finishes sweet, but hardly off-the-charts, as the hops, while not exactly sticking out, stay the course, and go a long way in making this otherwise sickly behemoth scarily approachable.

A tasty wheatwine, one which grew on me in stages, especially after the sweetness event horizon. Amazing alcohol integration, given that barely a warming registers throughout, and while the label's suggestion of a pairing with salad rolls and spicy peanut sauce sounds killer, the sweetness of this offering is just peachy with my homemade, spicy-ass Kung Pao. Extreme can be fun, kids!

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition, hops have faded to a braggot like sweetness, with oats mouthfeel. Smooth and sweet from the honey. Boozy, orange, edges of a head. Big wheat, it all disappears into the honey. Lace sheet. Even too sweet for me whatever you call the style.
Thanks for sharing, Liam.

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber body with a good finger of off-white head. Head fades to a ring but lacing is nice.

Lots of grapefruit and pine resin on the nose, with wheaty malt, toasty biscuit, alcohol, flowery honey and caramel. Nice.

Hops up front are good but are quickly overshadowed by a somewhat cloying presence of honey which seems to coat the mouth. Pine and mixed citrus again but just dominated by this floral sweetness. Big hit of alcohol warms nicely but is also a little too much. Bitterness is listed at 75 IBU and tastes as indicated.

The body follows the flavour in being slightly syrupy. Moderate to low carbonation.

I'd be really curious to try aging a bottle of this. With the alcohol and hops smoothed out and the sweetness more integrated I can image an interesting, liqueur-like result. Okay as is but I wouldn't open another bottle fresh.

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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to wordemupg for this treat from the prairies!

Appearance. Pours a clear orange-gold with a thin white head.

Smell. Nice big citrus fruits that I could smell as soon as I cracked the bottle. Oranges, grapefruits, even some lime. Some tropical fruits too, maybe guava or passionfruit ...okay, now I'm just talking out of my ass. Anyways, plenty of caramel and roasted sweet wheat, just a hint of booze.

Taste. Wow, big sugary sweetness ...honey, light brown sugar, Some bitter hops, with something like dried mixed citrus rinds. The toasted wheat is there in a caramelized sort of way. Some slight acidity, like red apples maybe? Complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel. Very full body, a little sticky but that slight acidity helps. Medium-low carbonation. Pretty good for what this sugary, booze loaded monster is.

Overall. I love it when a sweet, almost dessert-like beer is this tasty and drinkable. Pretty rare too, for me anyways. Thanks again, and great suggestion wordemupg!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light traces of honey is very nice with light notes of candy. Taste is a magnificent work around pale malt with some nice sweet undertones of honey which are very well balanced. I couldn’t really detect any hops which might have disappeared with aging. Light cookie dough notes can also be detected. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It seems like I am going against the grain on this one but I thought the brewer did a magnificent job on the malt backbone which is something that people seems to forget in our hoppy days.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to liamt07 for sharing this one.

A - Medium orange with some darker amber in middle. A small amount of white head.

S - Sweet caramel complimented by floral and citrus hops and some spice (reminiscent of rye).

T - Sweet caramel, toffee, grapefruit, lighter floral notes and some nice warming alcohol that cuts through the sweetness very well. Great balance.

M - Medium body; very smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tapered wine glass.

A nice deep orange apricot body, looks slightly unfiltered with nice ruby grapefruit like hues of red. Head is fleeting with a thin off white to tan collar, always leaves a nice collar while drinking with some soapy large, but mostly thin bubbles.

Soft chewy nose of malt, and good fruit. Mix of tropical papaya, and hop herbal spice qualities. A bit musty as well, with almost must like grape qualities and some slight dank earth.

Palate comes with a very thick sugary syrup body, but with some control. Huge resin like coating and viscous oily finish. Lots of brown sugar and honey sweetness and tropical juice matching qualities. Chewy wheat body depth seems to be a little downplayed but the backbone is there supporting the flavors. Hop lingering bitterness on the finish match the tropical nose, with pineapple and a spicy herbal quality as well.

Overall this almost comes out like a braggot or a mead, but it's still pretty solid but has a good amount of sweetness. A nice seasonal sipper from these guys.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a brilliant light amber hue, short creamy off white head that settles to a thin cap.

Almost a candy-like sweetness on the nose. There's tropical fruit characters like pineapple, mango, papaya and passionfruit. Faint dry earthy spicyness in the background. Tangerine. Leafy, herbal hops and grapefruit. Wafer-like malt.

Tropical fruits play across the tongue as well, spiked with honey sweetness. Soft sweet wheat pops up in the middle and is quickly joined by spicy dry hops, while it finishes with bright tangerine and pink grapefruit from the hops, ruby grapefruit cocktail aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, moderate carbonation.

Hello nurse! This is some dynamite stuff, the Half Pints crew delivers and exceeds expectations with Demeter's Harvest. Dave Rudge has a history of being able to produce a solid Wheatwine, and certainly hasn't lost that touch. A rare yet fantastic style when done properly. This one's bursting with flavour, yet the large alcohol content is almost completely camouflaged, making it a bit of a double-edged sword. Worth trying and worth stocking up on, I'm looking forward to see how this stuff ages.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overly sweet, but maybe just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of FrostyWPG
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: A gorgeous bright orange body that is slightly hazy with a creamy 2-3 finger head that leaves some traces.

Smell: Yeast a bit, white grapes, musty and malty, some wheat, citurs.

Taste: Sharp herbs, quite sweet, candy, buckwheat and some honey.

Mouthfeel: Strong upfront but whispers a bit on the way out. Very drinkable.

Overall: Bust out your sweet tooth 'cause you're gonna need it! That said, this is a solid ale and worth seeking out.

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Photo of liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from wordemupg, 650ml into a tulip. 2011 vintage (and hopefully the first of many!), into a snifter.

Darker orange body, thin white/cream coloured head. Good lace and retention. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of floral, grapefruit and citrus notes. Some honey, wheat and caramel. Really fantastic, certainly stood out in my mind for quite some time. More tropical fruits, honey, and bright citrus hop notes all playing over a wheat-y and slightly spicy malt base. Full feel, no alcohol but generally sweet. A real awesome wheatwine - I've only had this style a couple of times, and this certainly stands out (both in terms of the style and in beers I've had recently).

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Photo of DrMalt
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Bros. Shared goblet with my wife.

Appearance - Poured a hazy orange body with a creamy, one finger white head. Good lacing remaining during the pour.

Aroma - fruity with hints of clove

Taste - orange, cherry, banana, honey and even bubblegum? Uniquely sweet but with some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a creamy texture.

Overall - Tried this wheat wine with the hopes that I could revisit my first wheatwine, Bushwakkers Centennial Wheatwine. I wasnt disappointed. Dave can sure craft delectable wheatwines!

I would like to get ahold of a bottle of this to try with a friend's last remaining Centennial Wheatwine & a Boulevard Wheatwine that I have been cellaring for a special day.

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Photo of goalie35
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Litrecola
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Howlader
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of leaddog
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a pale amber hue with a creamy, dense head, about one finger width. Nice lacing left on the glass. Slightly foggy.

Smell - Tropical fruits (passionfruit, pineapple, guava), sweet honey, orange.

Taste - Tropical fruit and sweet honey flavours shine through. A bit of the orange rind flavour peeks through at the end. Starts sweet and then transforms to something more slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a lovely softness to it. Very smooth and creamy body.

Overall - For my first wheatwine, Half Pints delivers an excellent product. The sweetness is nicely balanced by slight bitterness, which avoids any sugary resemblance. Very lovely light and soft mouthfeel, something I haven't experienced before. Well worth the quest to get a bottle of this!

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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