Elevator Mogabi | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator MogabiElevator Mogabi

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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by MbpBugeye on 04-15-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 60
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up recently in Columbus, OH

The beer pours a hazy looking golden amber with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is citrusy, wheaty, with a hint of lemongrass. The taste is similar to that of Captain Lawrence's Sun Block with hints of citrusy hops upfront followed by a lingering wheaty bitterness. It's well carbonated, light-bodied, with a touch of cardboardy wheat, some lingering citrusy hops, a semi-dry finish, and a hint of yeast fruit. This is definitely a good beer, but I'm not sure why it's listed as being retired.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from last weekend; my third from Elevator.

This is the first I've had that didn't look good. It's not bad, but the hazy medium-yellow brew's head doesn't rise particularly high or last particularly long, but fades to a foam somewhat quickly and leaves just enough spotty lacing to make for an average look.
A little grainy with some lemon and an off sort of cereal note; it's almost like toasted oat, only obviously no oat but that note of it found in some boxes of cereal.
Grainy in the flavor as well, the bright, tangy and lightly sour lemon note does some good to a beer that otherwise threatens to slide into the blandness typical of the style. Fortunately, it stops short, but it's no Gumballhead.
It's light, yes, but crisp and refreshing at the same time and the carbonation is consistent. There's enough smoothness to keep it rolling on the tongue and keep from being boring.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer from Elevator!

This pours out a slightly hazy yellow with orange hues and a little bit of white head.

The aroma is full of malt and wheat, but not really any hops.

Taste is very similar; the malt is upfront and then slight hints of hops, followed by wheat and earthy notes.

Very refreshing, but nothing spectacular. It's a solid beer, but I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-slightly hazy light amber color with about a 2 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing as it fades

S-citrus hops is what comes across first the there is a little spice on the finish

T-grapefruit and spice although not as storng as in the smell

M-light and refreshing

O-easy to drink and refreshing probably would buy if in the area sometime

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, picked up as a single at the Kroger in Pickerington. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head. I had to let the head settle a bit before pouring the rest of the beer into the glass. The head stayed around a while, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), wheat, and some cloves. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but I think the wheat flavor is strongest, then the citrusy hops, and then a bit of clove. Mouthfeel/body is light, with a high level of carbonation. I think it would be better if the carbonation was lowered some. I still think it's a pretty decent brew, I'll likely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of wingman14
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a frothy white head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is hops and yeast up front, mostly hops, with citrus notes. The flavor is a nice mix of yeast and hops, a great balance blending for a unique beer. A lighter mouthfeel, a well balanced beer. Overall an enjoyable beer, good flavor, and easy drinker.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Poured a very clear pale straw yellow with lots of streaming carbonation. Small soapy head that dissipated instantly, left no lace

S- Very clove dominant

T- Clove, citrusy flavor, and buttery

M- Smooth, goes down easy, does not finish dry

O- Very drinkable and sessionable. There is a citrus flavor but this is not a hoppy american wheat ale as it is advertised, no astringency or hoppiness that stays with you after each sip.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind beer #7 (part of Blind BIF #6)

12 oz bottle warmed up a bit, poured into my Narke tulip.

A - Crystal clear school bus yellow with a two fingered bubbly head. Complete lacing around the glass as I drink. Beautiful beer. Only knock is that I wish I could see a bit more effervescence. 4.5

S - Grass, sourdough bread, jasmine and herbal tea. Definitely seemed heavily hopped at first, but those aromas dissipated quickly. I'm thinking a "heavily hopped" belgian pale, or maybe a belgian IPA...After a bit, I'm thinking the belgian yeast that I get is actually some really resinous hops, or possibly some herbs. Pretty sure there's cascade in here, but that's all I recognize. 3.5

T - Vanilla, tea and oak and then an awesome floral hop finished. This is incredibly well balanced and not overly bitter. Tons of hop flavor here. Definitely some honey. Kind of reminds me of the prism honey IPA, but not sure if they started bottling yet. There is definitely some kind of herb or tea in this beer. If it were straight hops, I need to figure out what they are and start using them in my homebrew. 3.5

M - Perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Medium body with a good bit of residual sugar giving it some oomph and feel. There's actually a bit of alcohol I taste which is the only real knock against this beer. Feels like a 6% beer, but the heat is like 9-10%. 3.5

O - Aside from the booze, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Very well balanced with the bitterness and sweetness and I enjoy this. Not insanely complex, but there's a good bit going on that makes me want more and more. 3.5

Final guess: No specific, but some sort of honey/tea/herbal IPA that I haven't had

The reveal: Elevator Mogabi Hoppy Wheat Ale (5.5%)

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a thin white head with nice retention.

S-Grainy, biscuity malt with some lemony hops.

T-Lots of bready malt in the front, almost like a liquid cheerio. Not terribly hoppy, some earthiness in the finish and a whiff of citrus.

M-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O-Pretty decent overall. Not as hoppy as advertised, but an easy drinking beer nonetheless.


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Photo of PDXHops
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235 poured into a DFH snifter. Hazy light amber with a soft cap of creamy white head. Fair retention and scattered snowy patches of lacing.

The nose reveals a powerful dose of Amarillo dry hopping that at times almost overpowers tangy wheat and a nice spiciness. In the end, it works pretty well, though. A touch of funk in the background? Yep, the funk is pronounced, almost like it was spiked with brett. The funk doesn't work well with the style and dominates the brew to an unpleasant degree. Tangy wheat and grapefruit and a crisp, crackly body fight for attention. I'd love to give this stuff another try sometime; I suspect something may have gone amiss with this bottle.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.5% abv. Clear, vibrant gold color. Some fine bubbles streaming to the surface. White rocky head holds well, and leaves some nice patches of lace.

Cereal grain aroma, some citrusy notes, although faint. Maybe an earthy edge.

Pale malt, a bit grainy. Citrusy hops come in very smoth and add to the flavor, without a great deal of bitterness. A slight earthy and herbal finish.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty well balanced and easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of rlshep
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sour lemony smell. Lots of citrus a little bit of spice.

Appearance: Pale gold color. Dumped some sediment from bottom of bottle into beer, which made it slightly hazy. Otherwise, it would have been clear. Lots of bubbles. Thick, chunky white head, lots of caked on lacing.

Flavor: Grainy, toasty ,bready flavors. Lemony tartness. Bitterness is medium-high. Light herbal character.

Mouthfeel: Dry Medium low mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: This isn't your standard American Wheat this has quite a bit of flavor. Very refreshing. I could see myself quaffing quite a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to Doctor Dog to passing this one my way. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint glass. Label depicts a blond goateed man riding a motorcycle and carrying a "USA" flag. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of nearly white, dense head. This settles very slowly, essentially just condensing a slight amount and leaving behind thick, sticky lacing. The beer itself is a bright yellow with a slight cloudiness. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Lemon citrusy nose with hints of mango and kiwi. Slightly sweet malt with a mild wheat twang and hints of bubblegum esters.

Taste: Mild citrus spice upfront leads to along and lingering mild malt sweetness with bready undertones. Medium hop bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Nice crisp and refreshing beer that has enough depth to savor.

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Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice light summer type beer designed for mass consumption. Pours a fairly clear orange-amber color with a nice delicate white head. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is mild citrus (lemon) and grassy hops.

Tastes pretty good, Lemony flavor up front with some grassy and piney hops kicking in towards the middle. At the end is a somewhat milder wheat flavor/ bitterness. Definitely hoppier than most Pale Wheat Ales.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for this style and nice and crisp due to the hops.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice light beer but it has some robust flavor along the way. I could pound a few of these in a session.

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Photo of stakem
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to csmiley for the chance to try this.

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a finger of white head. Rention is a little poor despite the slowly rising bubbles of carbonation that try to support. Some legs of lace cling to the glass. Swirling the glass agitates some bubbles out of solution to form another thin layering of white head that receeds quickly.

Very pleasant aroma of sweet wheaty grains upfront that quickly fades and is hidden beneath the hop character. The hops come through smelling of super lemony citrus that has some suggestions that are a bit grassy. As the brew warms, more of the previously indicated grainy wheat smell pokes back through.

The taste of this brew has a mild grainy flavor of wheat and other indications of light cereal grains. The hops have a pleasant taste of lemony citrus that is mildly bitter. Beyond the flavor of lemon is some herbal and grassy notes.

This is a light bodied brew with a deceptive level of carbonation. While it sits in the glass it seems to be lightly carbonated but once it hits your mouth it is a bit fizzy and prickly on the tongue. Very enjoyable example of the style, easily drinkable. I would have no problems enjoying several of these during the summer.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger head which gives way to a skim head and leaves a little lacing present. The aroma is of wheat and yeast as the backbone, there are hints of citrus, grapefruit, and some grain present. The taste is nice, there is a spiciness over the wheat backbone with a little toastiness. There is a nice citrus and grapefruit tate in the middle as well as a nice big hit of honey sweetness that is unexpected. The mouthfeel is low carbonation to moderate and is slightly creamy. The drinkaiblity is very nice, I really like the way the flavors danced in the middle, there was enough going on to make you want more. It is also a very easy drink, easily a nice session beer on a warm day.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: ~20 oz. draft into a pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, light golden. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap.

S- Solid citrus/grapefruit hops. Wheat/yeast character and spicy notes.

T- Big hit of citrus/grapefruit flavor. Solid hop bitterness. Wheat flavor noticeable on the finish. Moderate, honey sweetness balances the hops nicely.

M- Crisp with moderately high carbonation. Creamy, with a medium feel.

D- Quite good. Probably a fairly low ABV, quite refreshing, easy drinker for a heavy session on a hot summer day. I happily consumed multiple servings of this over the course of a few hours.

Future outlook: Really good. This beer made me think instantly of "Three Floyds Gumballhead" ...it's the first thing that came to mind while I was drinking it...which I also enjoyed. I'll be happy to have this again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/28/10

Golden amber in color with a semblance of haziness. One & a half fingers of foam thins to a skim, leaving a bit of lace. Thin retention & ok lace throughout.

The nose is straightforward. Wheat notes abound, as do swaths of toastiness. Mild grass undertones. Amarillo hops push it to the next level with a juicy shot of grapefruit. Nice citrus spice.

Similarly, the taste no frills, though it doesn't want for good flavor. The wheat & Amarillo hops make for a formidable combination, in my opinion. Lightly toasted with a spicy citrus accompaniment; grapefruit & a hint of lemon zest.

The feel is where Mogabi goes above & beyond; namely the carbonation, which isn't at all overstated. In fact, carbonation is quite modest & is very well-suited to the light body of the beer. Toasted residuals linger with a touch of citrus zest.

I'm very impressed with Mogabi. It's clean, refreshing & all the more impressive that it's done so simply. This is easily the best beer I've had from Elevator. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hal & Al's. I always will try anything from Elevator when I see it around.

A- Slightly clouded and orange. The white head has really good retention and lacing.

S- Not much of that good floral delicacy that most of these beers have. This one is sharp, hoppy and a bit intense.

T- Not what I was looking for. The light crispness is compromised by too much hops. They dont provide much citrus, instead its more towards pine and astringency.

D- I didnt really enjoy this beer. I had no problem finishing it, but it was not what I was looking for.

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3.71 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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