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 mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long list of things that were opened on Easter, but this one was the first and was enjoyed by all. Served chilled and poured into a six ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was very nice for the style, nice golden amber in color with a big head of white that capped the top very nicely. Settling down slowly it left behind copious amounts of side glass lacing and really coated the inside of the glass. Rich aroma of wheat, light grassy notes, hints of a light sourness as well with fruity touches of peach and pear coming along very well. Warming really brought the fruit out of it as it started to take on an almost sour feel. A bit thicker then I would have normally guessed for the style it had enough body to let the flavor really pop. Starts out light, herbal, grassy with light of malts playing around in it, but soon builds with lots of fruit flavors coming forward. Light citrus, pears, peaches, and touches of sour are nicely showing themselves mid palate before a drying, grain led finish snaps back leaving the slightest bit of sour fruit across the tongue.

Very well done here. Not at all what I was expecting and really a very nice little ale. I went back to this on multiple occasions as it just seemed to be getting better and better. One of my favorites from them for sure.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearance bottle, love HF, but I'm kind of scared because it was clearanced, haha...

A: Golden copper color with a 1 inch white head that fades super fast! Ok.

S: Smells like candy and fruit punch. Hints of jello scent in the middle. A little strange for a beer, but unique.

T: Damn, I love HF and this brew disappointed me. Just kind of tastes like a watery wine. Slight jello / citrus flavor on the backend. Ok.

M: A little too bitter upfront. Not bad.

D: Goes down super easy.

All in all, def not one to try from HF. They have so many better brews to try. Not worth hunting down at all.

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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 Onenote81
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this offering from HF around this area until recently. Grabbed one the other day. Poured into my weizen glass. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a thick off-white head on top. Retention was weak; left no lace on the glass. Scents of yeast, bubble gum, clove, and honey.

The mouth on this was a little spritzy, but it mellowed out in the end. Decent body. Flavors of banana, wheat, light lemon zest, and a sweet candy-like finish. This was a decent American Hefe. I could drink this anytime. Perfect for the summer time, but enjoyable any other season.

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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 drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear (slightly hazy) and amber. Carbonation is moderate to low and large bubbles. The head is big and white with medium and small bubbles. Head falls away leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and has a strong wheat character. Not as estery as other hefeweizens.

Medium to low bodied, a lot more banana and fruit flavors in the actual beer. It isn't dry, finishes cleanly, drinkability really high. Overall I would like a little more body and some more wheat character.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly carbonated orange body with a small head on top of a citric aroma that is powerful of oranges and banana and has a good spicy twang in it. A smooth, creamy body that has an amazing citricesque taste of orange, banana, tropical fruit, along with spices and clove that are very evident. Has some fluffy yeast/wheat twang as well and finish sharp and crosp with a bit of hoppy bitterness. A very good hefe indeed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of dough, wheat tang, some banana/clove.

The taste is of banana, clove spicing and wheat tang. Slight sour touch to a sweet and spicy, turning dry, crisp finish.

It has a creamy light-to-medium body.

This is an "easy-drinking" wheat with a nicely balanced character. This might not be quite to the level of some of the best of Bavaria, but certainly better than typical American wheat, with a solid HW character.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a two finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: banana, bubblegum, and a soft sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: lightly grainy wheat profile with banana, bubblegum, a hint of clove and pepper, green grapes, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a touch of dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer goes down easy and is refreshing. Worth giving this one a try.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

The label states that it's a "German-style unfiltered wheat beer" and it's called a Wheat Ale, not a bad move since most people can't pronounce "Hefeweizen." Hazy, dim yellow color, smallish head but the lacing does stick around. Mild twang in the nose of faint solvent alcohol, dusty clove, banana, bubble gum and a bready maltiness. Snappy crispness unfolds into a creamy smoothness within the medium body. Pleasing sharpness of clove that is enhanced by the slightly warming alcohol. A little phenolic as it throws clove, bitter herb and a ghost-like Band-Aid flavor. Minimal hopping, barely noticeable. Hefty sweet, malty biscuity flavor from the wheat. A bit fruity with banana and pear flavor, hint of bubble gum or taffy middle to end.

Hefeweizen American: craft style (not to be confused with the American Pale Wheat Ale) Hoppin' Frog throws down the gauntlet and comes up with a bigger-bodied, complex and very flavorful rendition.

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Photo of nick76
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very fruity with malted barley, wheat, yeast, banana, and spice. The appearance is deep gold with an amber hue and a two finger head that falls pretty fast. The flavor is like the aroma but a tiny bit sour. The palate is average to a bit then. Overall a beer I like and it fits the style it's just not a standout.

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

Huge thanks to kryptic for the trade on this one!

A- Pours a hazy, dark yellow color. Plenty of white, fizzy head adorns the top and sticks around for awhile. Good lacing, also.

S- Smells of spiced apples and cloves. Very spicy smell, a bit grainy too. Very interesting to say the least.

T- Taste is also very spicy, but well balanced with a bit of bitterness from the hops. Mostly a taste of cloves comes through as far as the fruitiness goes.

M- Light-medium bodied, lots of carbonation, very crisp feel.

D- Very drinkable, a good summer beer.

Overall, I like this beer very much. I would definitely try it again.

Thanks again Mike!!

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Photo of Nickls
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very hazy yellowy-orange hue; thinner purely white head that dissipated quickly; vibrant rising carbonation

S - Peach, banana, clove, citrus and a touch wheaty

T - A lot of banana up-front, bit of citrus; nice yeastiness; but clove doesn't show up in the flavor. Not bad, not great

M - Medium to thinner, soft carbonation; almost cloying at points

D - Not great, kinda muddled and not that crisp.

Overall, not a bad take on the style, but not one of the better American attempts.

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

22 fl. oz bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours a golden brown body with a thin lacing of head.

S - Tropical fruit, yeasty bread, soft citrus, and the faintest hint of white pepper and cloves. Very well-balanced.

T - I'm digging the banana and tropical fruit flavors here. They work well with the softer wheat profile and texture. The finish has a touch of mandarin oranges and coriander. Understated, but well-done.

M - Fuller-bodied than many other American wheat beers, with good carbonation and a long, bready finish.

D - I'm not normally a fan of wheat beers, but this is a well-made, enjoyable brew. Not too spicy or thinly textured, with enough of a yeast bready feel to stand up to the big fruity flavor profile.

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Photo of merlin48
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, orange/gold body with a medium sized white head. Retention is poor and lace is limited to some scattering.

Aroma is good. Lemony, peppery, wheat, clove, and light banana notes are all there.

Medium body is moderately carbonated and there is a pleasant wheaty creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Taste has all the elements of a good hef, banana and clove, wheat malt, hint of yeast, and some orange, lemon, and pepper notes.

I've been craving a good German style hefeweizen and this one will have to do. Not the best looking example for the style but taste is just fine.

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Photo of wingman14
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy yellow with a nice white frothy head that faded fast. The smell is yeasty with some banana notes, and hints of alcohol which was surprising. The taste starts with some yeasty notes, the sweet notes resinate throughout, and it finishes with the alcohol coming through. The flavors are strong which is nice to see for a hefe. The mouthfeel is strong, not overpowering, but a good amount of carbonation combined with the flavors makes for a stronger mouthfeel. This one is a nice drinker, not super smooth but tasty, worth checking out.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed orange amber. Nose is a lot of dough and spices. Flavor is tangy with citrus. Nice level of sweetness. Spices are backing it up. Smooth and nice really. Much better than I was expecting. Feel is smooth on liquid. But the one detractor is the carbonation. A bit too much IMO. However. This is still a pretty tasty brew.

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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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Photo of beveritt
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a weizen glass. Label depicts a frog holding a beer mug, pretty typical of this brewery I believe. Lists some stats: 6.0% ABV, 58 OG, 14 FG, 12 IBU. No visible freshness date. I rotated the bottle a few times to get the yeast up.

Appearance: Pours with the typical huge head of a hefeweizen, about half the glass for the first pour. This is just a shade away from pure white and settles into a decent three finger head after a few more pours, finally ending up as just a thin coating of foam. Nice lacing. The beer itself is orange and cloudy.

Smell: Smells strongly of banana and yeast.

Taste: Decent carbonation bite upfront with very strong banana esters. Mild citrus. Bready yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level, as expected for the style. Good body.

Drinkability: My first beer from Hoppin Frog. I remember reading about their opening when I lived out of state. I am impressed with this beer and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much lacing.

S - It smelled very floral and a citrus/lemon aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat with a spicy heat. Citrus and lemon flavors also very present.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good beer. It doesn't taste like a true hefe but it is still good.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Presents as a hazy straw color with a nice half-finger of foam. The head disappears eventually, but leaves a small ring of lace.

Soft floral aromas. Touch of honey. Citrus notes such as orange and lemon.

Flavors are nicely balanced. Soft, wheaty center. Orange, honey, lemon. A little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Nice mouthfeel - nothing to heavy, but not watery.

This is a great wheat ale. I almost like it better than some of the summer standards like Oberon. Good soft qualities, highly drinkable. Very refreshing. Big fan of this beer - I will revisit this one.

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Photo of csmiley
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice gold color. Some cloudiness is evident. A gentle pour produced nice head that stuck around for a while. The head faded to a thick white cap and left plenty of lace. Not a bad looking beer.

S - Wheat and pale malt dominate. The wheat stands out but not as much as I would have expected. Honey does come through about midway and is immediately followed by hints of banana and spice. The aroma just starts to fade from that point on.

T - Wheat and banana hit the palate first (not too strong though). Pale malt, honey, clove, yeast, and alcohol all stay around midway through with none of the flavors really taking the lead. A hint of earthy hops finishes off the flavor. Overall, mild.

M - Medium to light bodied with great carbonation. Finish starts out crisp but ends up bieng a tad sweet.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer tastes good and goes down easy. Overall the beer stays mild and smooth. I could have a couple more of them without breaking stride. A nice easy drinking wheat brew from Hoppin' Frog that I'm sure I will enjoy again.

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