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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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 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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy, bready, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of magpiemarie
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at their brewery in Ohio on vacation. I was able to meet the brewer/owner Fred.
Very nice guy. In 2013 they have opened a very nice tasting room.

I tried the wheat. I was very very good. I tried it with an orange at first and it matched up superb. I tried it later with a lemon and it seemed to lose some of its zing.

Very nice color in the glass...very good head and taste too.

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Photo of TheDoodles
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden and hazy. Appears unfiltered. Minimal to low head.

S- The nose is a lively mix of banana, old-fashioned chewing gum and spices. Most likely cloves.

M- Rather high crisp, carbonation. Not watery.

T- Taste matches the nose. It's light and well-balanced.

D- Unlike most Hoppin Frog brews, one could easily drink an entire bomber or two without needing an ER visit (which is not a criticism). The brew is a lovely summer beverage.

O- Another winner for the Akron crew and a pleasant variation of the style. Happy 5th Anniversay Fred. (the Barley Wine is chilling).

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey burnt orange color with a finger of off white head that in a matter of seconds becomes nonexistant.

S- nice full malty nose with a grainy wheat starchiness. Lots of banana with a note of clove.

T- taste follows suite from the aroma. Big malty sweetness with a balancing spicy wheat. Finishes with banana, clove and a leafy hop note that imparts a bit of citrus zest. Very nice.

MF- full slick slightly syrupy mouthfeel with soft low carbonation and a medium body.

D- very drinkable just wish there was some head retention.

Overall a solid wheat beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. I can't locate any date codes. Dig the label art, like all the Hoppin' Frogs..

Poured a completely hazed, honey-peach. A whitish head dissipates quickly. Smell is mildly citrusy, with a ginger quality to it. Taste is a big mix of heavy wheat, banana, cream, mild plum, and plum skins. Some mild spiciness on the finish. Thick feel, sort of like "cream of wheat" as a beer. An enjoyable bottle..

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Photo of Trystero
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most of my experience with wheat beers is limited to American styles made for summer, normally brewed with citrus or hops. This beer seems to be as indicated in the description, a German-Style wheat beer sans fruit or spices.

A - Very refreshing deep orange hue with slight tints of yellow around the edges. Certainly can tell it's unfiltered due to it's hazyness. Pours with no head surprisingly.

S - Bouquete of banana, slight lingering citrus notes, followed by ceral grainyness stirring up visions of wheat fields unter a hot summer sun.

T - Fruit, fruit and more fruit. Citrus begins the swig, maintaining it's presence through the middle and into the finish. The initial citrus is followed by banana and the ceral grainy, wheat mash in the finish. Citrus acidity lingers after each sip.

M - Robust and pleasing mouthfeel, hearty even. Almost no carbonation though it does not leave one wanting.

O - For 5.99 a bomber, a pretty solid summer. Certainly more of a Hefeweizen than an American wheat, but still holds onto it's Midwestern roots in retaining the citrus we desire in a summer wheat release.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that fades fast but leaves nice rings of sea foam lace.

The smell is nice and mild with touches of banana, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some citrus notes as well of orange and lemon with a nice grainy, wheat background.

The taste follows witht the grainy wheat flavor, some caramel notes, and mild green banana. Faint hints of clove, and other spice. Nutmeg notes and a hint of vanilla.

The texture is almost creamy, but grainy edged, thin and dry finished with citrus. Overall, a nicely balanced, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. Sorry for not remembering who provided it. Always happy to try a new beer from Hoppin' Frog.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some other assorted fruit. I get a little bit of banana, but there are some nice lemon and orange notes mixed in as well.

The flavor is is about what I expected. I get some nice banana and clove notes, as well as some wheat. In addition to all of that, I get some orange notes and a little bit of toasted malt. Nice to see a hefeweizen with a little more complexity than the standard offerings.

Creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of Torgo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to StFun! Hazy orange colored pour, very little carbonation and an aroma of bread and a little banana/spice. Flavor is slightly subdued creamy orange, sweet spices and a little caramel on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, another solid offering from Hoppin Frog!

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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 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 WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've been meaning to try for sometime, however despite the fact that I live in Ohio I haven't seen this one yet. Pours a deep orange golden body cloudy hue with a bright white head. Leaves behind fine speckled lacing on the sides of my Weihenstephan glass. Smells great big banana/citrus esters with clove and vanilla even a touch of bubblegum. Flavor wise a nice crushing wave of fresh wheat beer goodness, yeast adds the bubblegum/clove/fruit esters hints of banana. Great drinking wheat beer from Akron Ohio, medium bodied a bit heftier than your average version packaged in a 22 ounce bottle. Fred Karm can definitely brew I love this small production brewery I'm lucky to have access to them, I hope they keep it up. Solid authentic German style wheat incredibly drinkable carbonation is a bit off compared to the real thing but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog continues to impress me. This 4th beer I tried from them Is a spicy hefeweizen. Nice pour, a hazy golden body with a thick foamy head. It smells of clove & pepper, lemon, and a Very lively mouth feel. The flavor leans more towards the spicy side with a lemon twist in the finish. Crisp, fruity, and spicy - a great beer for the hot dayz of summer, but I can see myself drinking this on a cool fall night at a poker game.

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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 JayQue
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gark gold/light orange color with a lot of tiny bubbles. A good hard pour gives you a delicate hefe white head, but it disappears fast. Little to no lacing.

Smell is ok, but not that strong, - cloves, lemon zest, banana....what you expect in a hefeweizen.

Taste is good but a bit unusual, all the regular hefeweizen flavors are there but there is also a hint of apple juice at the very end that cuts the tartness and andds another flavor. Not bad...just different.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style. Carbonation is ok, feels good on the tongue

Drinkability is good. Not the standard hefe flavor but still meets the spirit of a hefe. A good refreshing summer beer. I could drink a lot of this

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding!

It pours a very attractive cloudy orange with a 1 finger head of foam. Looks like plenty of carbonation judging from the loads of bubbles I'm seeing.

The smell is nice. I'm getting light cloves and light bananas mostly with a touch of pepper.

The taste is bigger on the bananas but cloves are there, some lemon zest zing as well as the mandatory wheat. A good taster.

It has a pretty big body, given the style, and the carbonation is at medium levels. I think I'd prefer this if it were a tad thinner.

Drinkability? Also a good drinker and has some refreshing qualities. Knock off a percent point or so from the abv and I'd find it easier to drink.

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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 bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear gold with a 3 finger white head. VERY aggressive pour, head is very fluffy and puffy. Lacing is nil. Disappointing. Head sticks around for awhile, though.

S- getting some citrus...maybe some lemongrass? The smell is very strong without being overwhelming. I approve of this.

T- I'm getting...a lot of lime, actually. Verrry interesting, and I'm calling some total bull on this being classified as a hefeweizen. But yeah...getting primarily lime out of this. And you know what? The uniqueness of this makes it even more awesome. Do like.

M- feel is what you'd want and expect in the style. Nice and light and thin. Little carbonation...it works for the style.

D- really drinkable. Great summer brew. Very relaxed, if that makes sense.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that, surprisingly, dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, citrus, a grassy quality and bubblegum.

T: Tasted of wheat, bubblegum, pineapple, and an odd grassiness. Decent, if a little on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.]

D: Drinkable, but there are better examples of a hefeweizen out there.

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Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I found at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor this past week for $5.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but this is a new release so I am sure that it is just fine.

A Ho hum head which is off white, short lived and leaves little to no lacing over a great looking light caramel, opaque body. Not impressed with the head but the body is attractive. They balance each other out I guess in my score.

S Great light citrus, wheat smells rise up from the beer in what reminds me of another local Wheat based beer from Cellar Rats Brewery, Field Rat Wheat. I really enjoyed the smell of that one too. I could not "enjoy" this "with a slice of orange" as the label suggests but the smell reminds me of that for sure. 4.5

T Yes, yes, a very drinkable citrus and wheat centered beer that is a bit more effervescent than the Cellar Rats Field Rat Wheat but otherwise very much in that taste spectrum. 4.0

M As mentioned, more effervescent than its closely related Cellar Rats offering. Overall this is a light to medium bodied beer. 3.5

D Very good indeed. I finished the 22 oz. bomber without any trouble. 4.5

Notes: Good offering again from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rich, wheaty and yeasty with a slight but not off-putting rubbery tone and a firm hint of apple cider. It pours an appetizing clear amber golden with a fairly thick and frothy off-white head. Flavor is rich, yeasty and fruity, sometimes tasting more like a cider than a wheat beer, and very pleasing whichever way. Texture is tingly and quite sharp, making for a nice refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of WwRGSwW
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this from a local store. It poured a amber orange with a nutty smell. The taste was very heavy with banana. I tried the beer originally with out any fruit, but I think a orange would go good with this. It had a decent body, and was decent. I enjoyed this beer with a piece of chicken for dinner.

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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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