Wild Frog Wheat Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Wild Frog Wheat AleWild Frog Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by nlmartin on 05-17-2007

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Photo of Patdonahue0719
1.2/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Way to over carbonated can even get a solid tast for the beer I let it sit in a glass for 5 minutes n was still foaming reminded me of a bad home brew all around
I wish I could give it negative ratings

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Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours clear amber orange with a 1 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of sour banana and thats about it

taste is much of the same - sour funky banana very little wheat

mouthfeel medium body and the sour flavor sting your mouth

drinkability is bad - i get more wine flavor then anything - this beer was a drain pour

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Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Crikey! I finally did it I found a new beer to the web site.

The bottle states the beer is 6% alcohol by volume. This is a traditional German style unfilterd wheat beer with a lively flavor. Although no fruit or spices were used in the brewing... Wild Frog Wheat can be served with a slice of lemon or orange for a crisp, refreshing experience.

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. No fruit garnished my glass. Perhaps at another time I will fruit the glass but not today.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy cloudy orange yellow coloration. The head is a biege coloration approximately 2 fingers high. The head quickly resolves itself into a ring of foam. Streaks and whisp of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a passable lemon citrus and banana clove bread aroma.

Taste: The beer has a dominate lemony citrus taste intially. Then the beers flavor goes off into an astringent wicker basket sort of flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly bigger than light body. I think this would improve with a bit more carbonation. Frankly the astringency of the finish messed this beer up for me. I have a second bottle on hand. I will try the second bottle in a few days and update the review if necessary. I was looking forward to this beer and now to say the least I am a bit disappointed and unsatisfied.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with a very small white head. It smells mainly like cloves, pepper and banana, but the aroma isn't very strong at all. The taste is mostly cloves, but there's also some yeast, lemon, pepper and banana too. However, it finishes with a slight astringent, almost soapy taste that isn't pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit dry. Drinkability isn't too good, the astringent/soapy finish ruins the beer for me. It was pretty hard to finish the whole bottle. I'll have to revisit this one in the future, but this bottle wasn't good at all.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear deep golden colored body. Huge foamy white head held over 3 inches a few minutes. Lots of rapid rising carbonation. Sticky lace in a few spots.

Light fruity scents mixed with a slightly plastic coated malt body. Yeast aromas are present, but aren't in balance to the rest of the brew.

Yeast flavors overwhelm he malt up front. Fruit flavors are present in the background, but also seem off. Plastic from aroma carries over and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

Decent viscosity on the tongue. Huge carbonation tingle in the mouth.

A bit of a mess. Pair it with...oh heck...I don't know. This one isn't the best of style. There are better one to hunt down out there.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Homer Simpson "umm...beer" glass (classic hefe glass).

Pours a hazy orange tinged golden color with no head whatsoever. Poured with a rather spritzy sound. But alas, no head.

Aromas of banana and clove, very classic hefe aroma.

First sip is of strong phenolics, banana, clove, lemony, but also some carbonic bite, and a rough chalkiness, like alka seltzer, that is completely out of place. Water issues?

Mouthfeel is thin(ish), not quite watery, harsh prickle from carbonation.

Marks for aroma, but every other aspect misses the boat for a classic hefe. No head, no body, too harsh a carbonation, and that chalkiness just detracts from the overall enjoyment. Not a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has the same picture as every other Hoppin' Frog label, a happy smiling hopping frog toasting a pint of beer. Since this is a wheat ale, all the mugs of beer on the label have a yellow colored liquid inside them. Not only does this label have all the usual stuff (Government warning, address, barcode, etc), but it also has a wealth of information. On the right side it has a nice sized paragraph talking about the style and the beer itself and just below that it is where they list the beer's specifications of 6.0% ABV, 58 OG, 14 FG, and 12 IBU. Don't waste your time looking for any kind of date because Hoppin Frog doesn't date their bottles.

Appearance: When poured into a Weizen glass, this Wild Frog was a hazy straw color that was mixed in a dash of lemon yellow coloring. It had the usual Hefeweizen tall head of white foam to it. Like every other Hefeweizen, when it receded it left behind a small white film and streaks of white lace around the glass.

Smell: It had a nice ripe banana aroma to it. That ripe banana stuck out as the main aroma of this beer. There's was only a few other aromas behind that and that was a dash of pepper, a few cloves, a pinch of malted wheat, and a touch of citrus fruits and hops. Basically it had a standard Hefeweizen aroma to it, but that ripe banana really stood out.

Taste: I just couldn't get excited over the taste of this beer. There wasn't much to it. The taste was one big mixture of malted wheat, banana, yeast, lemon zest, orange spice, and lightly bitter citrus hops. Not one flavor stood out as being more than average. The taste was stnadard and average at best.

Mouthfeel: It was crispy and light like the Hefeweizen style is suppose to be, but I thought the aftertaste was far too light. The aftertaste was that of malted wheat, citrus hops, and a small touch of banana.

Drinkability: I can't say alot about this beer because there wasn't alot to this beer. I've said this before and I'm going to say it again, it's just a standard American Hefeweizen. There are better and shall I say cheaper alternatives to this one. One is more than enough for me.

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Photo of nickfl
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Clean, sweet malt with a little bit of pilsner honey character. Light clove and a hint of bubblegum, but not much yeast character.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front with some banana ester. Spicy wheat in the middle that transitions to cloying malt for a clean and unimpressive finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I had high hopes for this one, but I am left distinctly unimpressed. There isn't really anything going on here except for sweet, bland malt. There is a little bit of yeast aroma, but almost nothing in the flavor. Just another bland american wheat, this tastes like someone wanted to brew a German Hefe and failed spectacularly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a quite cloudy, burnished gold body with a small, white head.

Smell: Aroma of bales of straw and dried wheat seasoned with coriander. Some bananas, but only a hint or so.

Taste: Malted wheat flavor with a medium amount of sweetness. Reasonable amount of bananas and spice. Added pinch of sugar. Light hop bitterness. Yeasty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I, myself, wasn't overly wild about the Wild Frog, it is a decent hefeweizen.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale lemon-orange with a slight protein haze. The head was fizzy and soapy with a weak retaining nature, dissipating almost immediately after the pour. Visible carbonation was strong, composed of macro-bubbles that rose at a rapid rate.

S: The nose had a very light yeastiness to it, bananas, though was not enough to garnish any true sense of appreciation per style. Fairly neutral in strength there was a light offering of dried orange peels but nothing else much of distinguishing character. Lacked strength and incentive.

T: The initial flavor was lightly tart oranges with a dry wheat/flour taste. There is a sense of lightly dried greenery, stems and stalks present as well adding a bit of herbaceous appeal. The delivery was bright, brought forth by the ample carbonation factor, though the overall flavor lacked a certain depth and transition of flavor, never really progressing after the first impression and came off rather mundane. It seems this beer is suffering from an identity crisis between wanting to be a bigger hefeweizen and that of a wheat wine, falling neither neatly nor appreciatively in either style frame. A moderate interpretation at best.

M: The carbonation is explosive on the tongue delivering a sharp and crisp delivery with a lot of tingly and bubbly feel especially around the edges. The body is medium with a acidic nature present especially upon the swallow. The sharp and crisp nature of the carbonation saves this from perhaps a mediocre rating here, but not by much.

D: lacked excitement, and combined with the over abundant gassy carbonation makes sure this wont go down to quickly or easily. Okay, but wouldn't go out of my way for a recommend here. It seemed forever to drink because of the carbonation so you will surely have enough time to decide wether this beer is right for you or not, sadly its not worth a repeat in my book.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head that leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, wheat, biscuity, cloves and a touch of banana.

T- Very strong wheat and cereal grain taste up front that fades into flavors of bananas and citrus more of a lemon taste that I couldn't really pick up in the smell.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and pretty much what you'd expect for this style of beer.

D- Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber bought in Akron. For some reason this beer isn't distributed to the Columbus area, although we can get BORIS, Mean Manalishi, Hoppin to Heaven, and Gulden Fraug regularly.

The appearance isn't as hazy as the usual hefeweizen, nor does it have much of a poofy head. The smell includes banana and clove, not bad. Same with the taste, although the esters aren't as strong as I'd like. Medium carbonation, not really a creamy mouthfeel. Overall mediocre as a hefeweizen, but maybe not bad as an American wheat beer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a Paulaner Weizen glass.

A: Pours a light orange color with a lot of yellow mixed in with it. The head was not what I expect from a Weizen beer. What was there did not last long and left no lacing since the bubbles were large.

S: Banana, spice, and a bit of bubble gum yeast aromas mix in to make a classic Hefe aroma. It is inviting, but not as fruity as pleasant as others in the style.

T: The taste follows the nose. However, the spice seems a bit over the top for my enjoyment. I like fruit to be the star of the party in a Hefe. It just seems too aggressive for the style.

M: The spicing once again makes the score here suffer a bit. It is just too aggressive in the mouth. It is also a bit thin for the style and my tastes. I believe part of that is due to the lack of carbonation compared to others.

D: The spicing once again hurts it here. I just couldn't knock it back like I can so many other examples of the style.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at tasting, courtesy of Beervirgin72. Thank you!
Pours a rich cloudy goldish color with a light whitish head. Smell is yeasty and wheaty, but without much clove or spiced characteristic. Taste is wheat, honey, yeast, and lemon and feels more like a cross between an American Wheat and a German Hefeweizen, leaning on the American Wheat side, I thought. Very crisp, and drinkable, with a milder characteristic yeast flavor than most hefs. Nice beer!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed, gold bottom, amber top with a fuzzy off-white head that has a sort of static cling to the glass.

Wheat is all over the nose, some of it being toasted, with a little almond, raisin, and dried Fall leaves. I'm maybe catching hints of banana bread and lemon.

Obviously the wheat is prominent in flavor too, taking on a sort of freshly baked pizza crust, with some lemon and green grape. Hints of banana, light yeast, bubblegum and fresh orange peel creep in after a while.

Soft, medium body, semi-dry. In spite of its medium body, even if you haven't eaten, you might feel full after drinking just a pint of this--this is one hearty stew.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a fizzy off-white head. 

S- The fruity aroma features some wheat, bananas and yeast. 

T- The taste like the aroma has a nice wheat base with some fruity notes and a yeasty finish.

M- the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a decent wheat beer. Not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Wichita (Goebbels), enjoyed in my Prince Luipopld hefe glass

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers f fluffy cream colored head. Head drops off sehr schnell, also hazes up, once the whole bottle makes it into the glass. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Peppery, banana peels & some cloves. Some apple notes as this warms

T: Follows the nose, nice bready notes as well, slight malty sweetness up front. Grainy sweetness, slight phenolic notes & a bit of green apple as this warms. Finishes grainy & dry with green apple peels & a touch of toffee & green banana on the edges

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Not a bad hefe, but doesn't quite pull together for greatness, but still refreshing

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Photo of biggred1
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper colored with a small,fine bleach blonde head. Not much in the nose, some soft fruity yeast but pretty clean. Overripe banana is the dominating flavor here, apple juice and some spiciness but on the milder side. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good, not great easy drinking beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is lemony with orange zest, berries, sunflowers, honey, and a touch of bananas.
Taste is of cracked grains, honey, sunflower sees, zesty citrus, and doughy yeast.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, bready, sugary, citrusy-sweet, with cereal grain and semi-tart wheat sticking to the palate. A somewhat thin finish detracts from the brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the Weissbier glass this is a cloudy light brown colored beer with a small and weak for a wheat beer white head.

The scent is clean and a bit spicy with primarily clove aroma and a far lesser banana aroma.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a good fruity taste mainly dominated by banana over the cloves. Fruitier than most weissbiers there is a flavor here like spiced apples and vanilla. Wheat malt features greatly in the flavor as a cake flavor.

The mouthfeel is decidedly thick.

Not a bad beer but not an outstanding one either. Worth a try but I would not suggest that you expend a great deal of effort to obtain it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It's sweet smelling with loads of banana and clove esters. The taste is decent. It has a very fruity yeast content, but it's a bit heavy and flat. The needs a bit more wheat malt and less pale. It has more of a pale malt taste. The mouthfeel is average. It's a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good wheat, but I prefer a more wheat based beer instead of pale malt. It aids more in the head retention, which this beer lacks and it's lighter in the taste and mouthfeel. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Brought to the CL cdc release.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops, especially lemon, bananas, and some yeast.

t - Tastes of bananas, citrus, yeast, bready malts, and spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent hefeweizen, but nothing too special. Would drink again but probably wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy ochre, a beautiful color for a wheat beer. Filling the top third of the glass is a gorgeous cap of pale lemon-accented alabaster that has 'quality' written all over it. Speaking of which, the lush, heavily creamy sound of the pour is getting my hopes up for the mouthfeel. I don't usually get excited about how wheat ales look, but this one is an attractive exception to the rule.

Unfortunately, the nose is a bit of a letdown. I can smell the attempt at a hefe weizen, but the fruit and spice is pulled back to earth by a grainy wheatiness. Given the fact that 'yeast from the oldest brewery in the world' (Weihenstephaner presumably) is used, I wonder why this beer is classified as an American pale wheat.

On the good side of the ledger, Wild Frog is bursting with flavor. Banana saturates every sip (it earns a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter), with a dash of ground clove for good measure. Yesiree, this is a hefe weizen all the way. On the not-so-good side, the flavor is a bit rough around the edges, not refined like the world-class German versions.

I'm tempted to say that too much hop bitterness is responsible for the (mild) harshness, but at only 12 IBUs, that hardly seems possible. Still, though, the beer is more bitter than sweet. Too much alcohol? Not at 6.0%. I don't know enough about brewing to figure it out, but something is keeping me from reaching for the next highest flavor score.

The mouthfeel isn't as lush as the sound of beer entering glass. It's still on the full side for the style, but is too peppily carbonated to really impress. Once the bubbles settle down some, it's much more enjoyable. I have a feeling that the mouthfeel would be all kinds of wonderful if this sucker was cask-conditioned.

Wild Frog is the first Hoppin' Frog beer that I haven't loved. It still has a great deal of potential. My advice is to keep the killer yeast strain and work on the malt and hops. Ohio needs a kick ass hefe weizen (since Great Lakes seem uninterested in brewing one). I have every confidence that Mr. Karm can provide it.

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Photo of Slynger
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber of Wild Frog Wheat is my first beer from Hoppin' Frog Brewery.

Pours a hazy lemony wheat color with a light, fuzzy white lid.

Nose of lightly sweet lemon with mushed bananas, solid wheat backbone, and lightly yeasty with a pinch of cloves.

Medium bodied with a moderate amount of pleasantly fuzzy carbonatin. Not as big of a fan of the flavor. Barest hints of sweet lemons with lots of bananas, wheat, and yeast. No appreciable clove on the palate, but there is a bit of sort of a toasted wheat character that leaves a light, but out of place, bitterness.

Overall its a pretty good, enjoyable, Hefeweizen. Also, the bitterness I experienced in the flavor may be the manifestation of watching Detroit so close to winning another of Lord Stanley's Cups.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy (before agitating the yeast) honey color with less of a head than I would have expected from a hefe; retention is nothing to write home about and the lacing is less than satisfactory for the style

Smell: Perhaps the beers best attribute, with plenty of fruity esters, although a touch more lemon than banana; the yeast imparts a nice clove aspect

Taste: Opens bready with a developing subtle hint of banana arriving shortly thereafter; the lemony elements take over by mid-palate; and, after the swallow, the flavor profile is grainy and too harsh; although the residual banana and clove flavors provide a nice offset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of body, however

Drinkability: This beer shows off some of the struggles that our best brewers have with the great European styles; I have really enjoyed the other Hoppin' Frog beers but this one doesn't make the grade

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