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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

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Added by nlmartin on 05-17-2007

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of beveritt
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +7.7%
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 +18.1%
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 +1.9%
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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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Pours a very foggy dark gold.

Smells heavy of wheat and fruit, though it was a sweet cherry smell.

Taste was very nice heavy wheat and cherry, finished with a spicy wheat undertone.

Mouthfeel was very crisp, carbonated, and smooth.

Could drink this all day long.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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 scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great hazey golden amber with some very light head at first and some strong bubbling. The aroma has a strong scent of faint fruits... if that makes any sense. Light bananas with just a splash of chammomile like hops. The taste is a pretty decent blending between bitterness and sweetness. The fruits hit you first with notes of bananas, strawberris, and some cloves. The bitterness gives some soft herb garden notes. Pretty good wheat beer. The ruits have a dry texture to them with, but still very soft on the tongue overall. Great summer beer that has been available in Illinois now for abut two months. Awesome.

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Photo of Slynger
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 PorterLover83
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out pretty cloudy but it looked very good to me. Had a slight apple cider appearance. Nose was that of breads, slight grain and maybe a litle bit of clove. Taste had a light malt ting to it, slighty spicy and a hint of hops bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel overall was pretty good. The flavors came out pretty pronounced as I let it warm a bit. Would definately recommend this one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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 ATLbeerDog
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours super cloudy yellow orange with a light 1/8 inch head. Below average lacing. Under carbonated with a super sweet flowery citrus hop smell. Very fruity light flowery hops are smooth and balanced. It finishes with a light/mild sweetness with almost no bitterness. This is a fine wheat beer!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some wheat/grassy, banannas, corinader, some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, good dose of malts/yeast, nice touch of banannas/corinader/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, recommended.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 AltBock
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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 weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We are a lucky bunch in the MO/IL area to have the Frogs move in – another winner!

This hoppy frog pops into the glass a hazy amber orange, nice white head – kinda died quickly, but it did put some rings around the rosey.

Hefe type aroma of clove and malty wheat, perhaps a pop of coriander. The orange did present itself more in the quaff, along with a citrus spice kick. Nice.

Crisp and tart, yet soft and subtle - this is a nice American version of a wheat. Enjoyable across the board, even if a newbie or a craft junkie.

Where the hell did the other reviews come up with “sour”, not on the label anywhere. Not American wild ale, a German style wheat- tasty and right on, too.

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Photo of Risser09
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weeare138 shared this bottle at Phatz' sour beer tasting. I wish I had brought this one back from Ohio on my trip.

Appearance: Pours very hazy solid gold color and has a small white head that rises to about 1/2 an inch.

Smell: Smells of cherry, red kool-aid and cotton candy make up the bulk of the aromas. Not much distinct sourness to speak of.

Taste: Very saison-like with flavors of wild yeast and candy. Yeasty wheat and citrus flavor. Pez is reminiscent in the flavors as well. Pretty good but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a little bit of funk. Maybe this one would do better after 6 months. Slight alcohol presence.

Drinkability: I like what this brewery has thrown at me so far, and this one slipped a little. Maybe go for a stronger sourness or flavor profile. Worth a try.

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Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to weeare138 for sharing this beer with me.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: Banana clove and wheat. Was that a hint of sour? No. It was a spice or too. Where did the sour go? Why would you try to call it "Wild Frog" Sour wheat ale if you weren't going to make it sour?

Taste: OK. So now I get just the slightest suggestion of sourness in the typical wheat beer flavors. It is reserved and fleeting and most certainly not wild. This simple American Pale wheat Ale is what you expect at a small town brewpub made for the masses. It is quite pedestrian and while approachable needs to loose the name wild, IMO. Otherwise the Wheat (bready) and yeast; and touch of citrus flavor, is pleasant enough and the slight sour flavor in the back end, was most likely and accident they tried to cover by calling it "wild". I guess after such an amazing beer in the RIS style with BORIS the Crusher, I was really a bit let down to have such a mainstream APWA.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Normal. Like most wheat beers it is soft and yes refreshing and a mostly average wheat beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not expect to get through this bomber, I did. It was the sour pale wheat beer, though well malted. And fresh, and the second sip it grows on you. White with decent head. Not very complex, secondary spiciness. Decent mouthfeel. Decent example as style.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dingy golden color and is topped off by a respectable white head. From a wheat beer I would expect a little more in terms of head volume but the consistency is creamy and displays good retention and lacing.

Deliciously spot on; huge notes of banana nut bread ooze from the glass.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
A bit of a let down from the scent, but the flavors still manage to come across slightly true bringing forth a creamy prominence of spiced banana up front despite panning out to a more dry and fruity ale like middle. The finish is more bready with good nutty banana undertones that carry on in to the aftertaste. Overall the flavors are there but the development of said flavors paired with a marginally more sharp mouthfeel take away a bit from the beer.

I think this beer is perfectly delicious on any occasion and has all the makings of a repeat offender.

Bottom Line:
I think this is quite the slam dunk for Hoppin' Frog. Just enough attention to traditional qualities without too much sacrifice to their own interpretation of the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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 muddyriverduck
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co (Chicago) pilsner glass. White one-finger head faded quickly leaving lace that stuck through the duration of my tasting.

Smelled like 'nanas, cloves and shortbread cake. Fun smelling brew.

Had a spicy taste to it, with a very dry finish. It hit the spot after a long 13-hour day. Medium body feel on the tongue.

I find it very drinkable. It's a good summer brew. One I could drink plenty of.

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Wild Frog Wheat Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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