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: 19 | Ratings: 37
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bottle with a buddy, decanted into a tulip glass. A medium golden amber brew with a peach-like reddish cast and a moderate amount of off-white foam, one can detect the sweet tropical character of this brew even during the pour. Aroma is a veritable fruit bowl, tons of boozy canned peaches, papaya, mango, overripe pears, candied mandarins and grapefruit, all floating on top of a sweet honey and toffee backbone. Some pungent piney hop elements are apparent as well. Smells like an extra-sweet DIPA, really. Palate largely follows suit, with more peach and tropical fruit sweetness, honey, sweet and sour ginger sauce, lemon-lime juice, and pine resin that builds and builds. The resinous peppery C-hop character really gathers steam but never quite overcomes the honey sweetness. Fusel alcohols detectable but not super aggressive. Sweet citrus and tropical beginning, sweet honey middle, and sweet yet also dry resinous finish, a yin and yang fusion. Thick and syrupy, smooth, and pungently medicinal. If I have one complaint its that the honey is perhaps too assertive, yet the expert hopping does nullify some of the sweetness and the overall impression is that of a complex and assertive wheatwine-DIPA hybrid that warms you up nicely on a shitty snowy Calgary evening in March.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of this stuff from kjost a while back. Thanks again for that awesome swap a couple years back. We should do it again sometime.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 75

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades quickly to a faint wisp. Hazy burnt orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Decent hop nose on this one, with caramel and toffee notes as well. Some light citrus aromas and spicy aromas as well. Bold enough.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee up front, with a touch of wheat and citrus hops at the swallow. Sweet aftertaste of toffee, some candy notes, spicy alcohol and a hint of hop and grapefruit bitterness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Really nice feel here.

OVERALL: Good stuff! This brewery has put out some real beauties for sure. I do think this one was probably a little more impressive fresh, as the hop profile would have been more assertive, but as it is now, it is a very enjoyable and interesting brew. If you get the chance, definitely take a crack at this one. Thanks again kjost. Cheers!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Girlfriend brought me this in the Spring. Assuming it's the 2012 version. From notes.

A - Hazy copper pour with good carbonation and a one finger white head that left no lace and a film of retention all the way through. Expected for the high ABV.

S - Dark fruit, really nice sugar element that wasn't too strong, port.

T - Sugary to start off. Nice fruit, grapes, candied orange. Seemed really sweet. Lot's of dark fruit, port, toffee. Complex for sure.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, dry and slightly sweet to finish.

O/D - Initially this was too sweet. Not cloying, but just too sweet. It grew on me though and mellowed out. Opened up well to be a nice and complex sipper full of great flavours. ABV was well masked. Nicely done.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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 papat444
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Phyl21ca
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
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 liamt07
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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 Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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 EnemyWithin
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of DrMalt
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 eat
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 leaddog
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
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 IronDjinn
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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 wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/12/11

A just a very slight haze in a copper liquid, very few bubbles visible but a two finger cream colored foam lasts a minute leaving a single ring of lace

S tropical fruit comes out first with some pineapple, mango, papaya and a little grapefruit rind, slightly floral and herbal, lots of honey and toffee with just a little booze, pretty sexy smelling stuff

T thankfully the taste is similar to the smell, its a little sweeter with some floral honey but still a hop bomb with lots of citric notes, maybe just a little pine I didn't smell, there's just a little booze but for a fresh 11% it's very well concealed and perhaps a little dangerous

M thick and a little syrupy with much more carbonation then I could see as the bubbles make it feel quite creamy, sticky on the lips with a little bitter bite and very mellow heat. I was expecting a thinner body from the wheat malt but this full and lovely

O I didn't want too do it but it's a 5 overall, this one is so close in every area I just had too give it some credit and this is where it gets it

this ones a winner for sure, I don't even know if I want to age this as the hops are kicking ass here. I'm going too find out however because I have a little stash that I just had too buy. This is one of the better beers I've had recently for sure, although I'll miss Burley Long Live Demeters!!!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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 kjyost
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured at ~5C into a tulip and allowed to warm.

A: Clear copper with a surprisingly small white head that drops to a ring that leaves virtually no lacing.
S: Some hoppy grapefruit comes through on top. Some orange notes through later along with a caramel-like sweetness.
T/M: The taste changes nicely as it warms. It starts out a little dry with some earthy tones and a bit of alcoholic warmth. Light honey, floral and orange notes come out, but as the beer gets warmer the honey seems to take over with a beer that is quickly cloying. When it gets quite warm apple juice dominates. You don't get any of the wheat flavours of mouthfeel either...
O: A nice beer with no obvious flaws, but a little too cloying for my tastes. Nice development on the palate and nose. A definite sipper that I expect will benefit from age, taking off the alcohol and a bit of the bitter edge when colder.

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Photo of marty21
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/orange with about half a finger worth of white head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Initially you get quite a bit of hops. But then the aroma blends with a fruity sweetness most likely from the wheat. Smells amazing.

T: Once again you get hops up front that eventually blend with the sweetness from the wheat. There's also a nice sweet citrus taste in the finish. It leaves a very nice sweetness in your mouth long after you swallow. You don't taste any of the alcohol whatsoever. Be careful with that since it's 11% abv.

M: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect with Demeter's Harvest since i've never sampled a wheatwine before. But after having a sample on tap at the brewery I quickly went downstairs and bought a few bottles. Demeter's Harvest quickly jumped to the top of my list of favorite Half Pints beers along with $ellout $tout and Humulus Ludicrous. I highly recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it.

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Demeter's Harvest from Half Pints Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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