Colonial Wheat Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Colonial Wheat AleColonial Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Discontinued when brewers changed. There is a new wheat ale called "Wheat".

Added by guinnessfan on 01-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by BeerMark:
Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Fresh Market in Montgomery. Colonial Wheat Ale pours a golden brown with a small head. Not much aroma but a very tasty brew. This is one of the better American Pale Wheat Ales I have ever tried. Worth seeking out. Taste is very lively with a nice wheat flavor.

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Photo of boston2bburg
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall Sam Adams weizen glass. Several fingers of soft white head dissapate to a solid covering. Somewhat cloudy and it looks cool as the suspended yeast slowly floats to the bottom. It's a traditional pale golden color, and some thick clumps of lacing form on the glass.

Smell is pretty faint - maybe some light lemon, banana, and white cake; yeasty. As it warmed to the last couple sips I got quite a bit sweeter aroma, bready yeast and maple sugar.

I don't know what's up with this beer but it seems like they should have scratched this batch. The flavor is sweet and citrus up front but astringent and metallic at the finish. Either the batch was contaminated or the water needs to be treated differently. This tastes like a novice homebrewer's extract beer (and I know of what I speak :). It's too bad, because it looks real good, and if you can get past the sour aftertaste (which I begin to, after several sips) the mouthfeel and body are about right.

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Photo of Tiderion
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of bottles of this from a grocer. It was a hot day and this beer really hit the spot.

The beer is a solid golden ale in appearance and I was able to get a solid head off of all the bottles.

There is a bit of a flowery smell in the head at first and then a strong wheat aroma. Tasting the beer, there is surprisingly not a strong wheat flavor but enough to really justify it as a wheat ale. It is a refreshing flavor with just a hint of citrus.

Only downside, and this is more of a personal note, wheat beers seem to me to have a bit of a grainier (no pun intended) fluid taste. Many unfiltered beers have the same issue but wheats in particular.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yeast swirled and poured so the body becomes a lighter shades of brown with copper highlights and haze, a lot of carbonation running up the sides, with a head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: There's a grainy and peppery sourness initially with some honey, yeast, and maybe a bit of earth phenolics. Different and unexpected, but I like it.

Taste: Almost Belgian-like initially with pepper and spices, earthiness and grain with some yeast, into citrus sourness, a bit of sweetness with the wheat and honey flavors. The finish could be longer, but the flavors are pretty wild and original.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied being slightly more watery than I'd have liked.

Drinkability: Unexpectedly refereshing. This ain't Gumballhead, so if you do in thinking it's going to be, you'll be disappointed. But it's enjoyable and complex with a lot going on, in addition to the almost Belgian-like flavors and characteristics.

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Photo of akorsak
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of guinnessfan.

A: The wheat ale was well-carbonated, overflowing on a rapid first pour. That head of nearly 3 fingers quickly disappeared leaving nothing in its wake. The ale is the same apple juice color as Horseheads' Peach Wheat, which I just had.

S: Only the faintest wheat aroma manages to make it out of the glass. Nothing to see here.

T: A soft wheat flavor leads things off, mildly tart and very light. A citric presence sweetens the taste before the bready barley takes over. The tartness builds to a crescendo as the end of the sip, becoming strong and coating the mouth with a bitter hop finish.

M: The mouthfeel is much better than the nose, sweetly tart with a nice bready barley finish. Hops are a welcome addition near the end of each sip.

D: The ale improved from the nose, so I'd be happy to sip on one on a hot day.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light straw yellow, with very bright white head... The head doesn't stay long unfortunately.

S: Lemon, grassy notes, possibly some coriander, and a bit of yeast.

T: Very very lemony, with a little bit of bite from hops.. lots of citrus, and in the back there is a nice malt flavor.

M: A little over carbed, but not bad.

D: I think this is a pretty decent brew... Of course I am probably the deviation from the standard. Nice, simple, good beer for a hot day or a bbq. Plus the fiance likes it, so that is a win.

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Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with a super smooth frothy white head that leaves lacing. The smell is different, but interesting, sweet wheaty notes with some smells that I can't pinpoint. The taste starts somewhat sour and earthy and finishes with mild wheat notes and some strong (the best descriptor) pepper type flavors. The mouthfeel is medium/light, smooth, with a decent balance. This is an ok drinker, not over powering but refreshing. Worth checking out.

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Photo of blackie
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours an opaque amber-brown that brings to mind muddy water, negligible head

s: spicy wheat with sweet crystal malt and muddled aromas of apricot and pear, grassy/citric hop smells, decent aroma but a touch heavy and disjointed

m: carbonation on the low side, medium body, a bit heavy

t: wheat body with a bigger (for the style) presence of caramel malt than is preferable, white peach and perhaps some pear, hops aged and grassy with a mild bitterness, okay but a bit heavy on the sugary barley

d: not great, not bad, very standard

single from Total Wine, Newport News, VA

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure what to make of this one: sure it’s got plenty of malt sweetness and loads of yeasty earthiness, but it’s also got this slight peppery roughness and a metallic tinge that aren’t entirely palatable. It’s not terrible, it just has a few off flavors.

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Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellowish orange color. Short 1/2" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: orange and wheat tones are barely detectable.

Taste: wheat, orange citrus, and a soft bitterness makes up a pretty average wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: very crisp from start to finish. Almost a clean aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: I could see drinking a few of these sincethey are light and a bit refreshing, but the flavor profile is mild.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy golden body with a thin milky-white cap of foam. The head vanishes to a ring in a flash, leaving only the barest scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is faintly floral and a bit tangy.

The taste is sweetly tangy and a bit orangey with a husky nuttiness and a dry, earthy finish. A chemical bitterness creeps in as the drink progresses.

Light-bodied and crisp with adequate carbonation, glad I've reviewed it and I never have to drink it again ;)

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Photo of JayQue
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very mild wheat beer. First pour was without benefit of swirling the sediment around and it looked and smelled like a macro lager. With a little movement of the bottle, the beer had the familiar dull straw hazy wheat beer color. Head was white, fairly small with average retention. There was fairly thick. ladder like lacing on the glass. Smell, after the sediment reached the glass was of a real mild wheat beer. Wheat sweetness and smoothness, a very little bit of lemon and a fairly average mouthfeel followed.

There was nothing unpleasant about this beer, very mild, wheat beer characteristics. Drinkability is ok, just that there are many other better domestic wheat beers out there.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg and also sampled at the brewery.

A: Nice golden color, with very little clouding. Nice head fades quickly. Little lacing.

S: Slight yeasty smell, with mild citrusy lemon.

T: Mild, refreshing. Slight yeasty, wheat. Metallic taste also.

M: Highly carbonated, thin and watery. Mild astringent aftertaste.

D: Not a bad thirst quencher, yet not one of their better beers.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the closed down and recently reopened Williamsburg brewery.
Sunny translucent body with cascading carbonation and a creamy white head. Good retention but not alot of lace.
A nose of hay, grain and wheat mingled with abit of sweet malts of honey and almond.
Well balanced taste with the hops having the slightly upper hand. Nice hoppy aftertaste edging into pine territory and some element of sharp root.
Good full body with some coating and a thick finish.
Very interesting but this brew seriously strays from it's style. I'll let that slide and assign it to the brewer's creativity.


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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber color with off-white greamy head. Good retention.
Smell is dominated by wheat with a mlight spiciness showing through.
Taste is tart and dry, too dry for my enjoyament.
Left a slightly unpleasant dry sensation at the finish.
Average at best. One was enough to try.

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Photo of likethetaste
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer at a Farm Fresh Grocery Store in a city about 23 miles from Williamsburg. I live near Williamsburg so I wanted to try this local brew out. Well, I was a bit disappointed. This beer pours a cloudy light orange color and had a decent head that did not stick around for long. This beer had a very fruity flavor which I am not a fan of. It had strong Mango and Orange flavor which ruins this beer for me.

It was ok.. but not great. I will try the other offerings from Alewerks but will not buy this one again.

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Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an very nice deep hazy golden color, with some decent head and lacing. Nice wheat malt aroma, slightly hay-like, although it could've been deeper. Very nice wheat flavor, very malty and fairly thick; a nice American wheat, without all the extra flavors I don't care for from the German and Belgian styles. Goes down quite well, if a bit thick.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the head dies way to quickly and it ends up looking like colored water

S: nothing, very clean, nothing off, but not bad.

T: this is a great beer to have someone new to craft try. its clean, and dare i say simple. the taste was on the mild side of what a wheat beer might be. i don't want to knock it, im not a huge wheat beer fan to begin with and this beer doesn't sway me to their cause.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monarchs20
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy, orange body that left a one-finger head that disapeared quickly and left a faint lace ring. Some slight wheat twang in the aroma and some faint citrus in the smell also, but otherwise weak. A spiciness hit my tongue first, as there is a good amount of pepper in the beer. Then orange peel and lemon hit my tastebuds, but they are somewhat sour and ruin any sweetness from the wheat. This light to medium-bodied beer isn't bad, but it is not a good defintion of a pale wheat ale, or any wheat beer for that matter, and I will not drink this again.

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Photo of rye726
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sand color with a thin beige head. Nose has bready wheat malts, faint citrus and subtle hops. Taste also has a nice wheat base up front followed by a crisp fruity presence. Light body is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Quite refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Braudog
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the Green Leafe, Williamsburg VA. Orange-y and active but without much of a head. OK, it is a wheat beer, so you’d expect this to wheaty ... it’s also gristy, vaguely citrusy, but very much center of the road ... an American wheat that’s right down the middle of the road. (#2695, 2/13/2007)

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this gem from his stash. I remember visiting Williamsburg as a minor, too bad really.

This one pours a cloudy golden straw color with a finger of stiff slowly evaporating white foam. The only knock on the appearance is that I can see some sediment particles suspended and floating around on the inside. The smell is average for a wheat beer, particularly due to the fact that I smell no wheat. The aromas that I do pick up on are citrusy in nature and I would have to make the assumption that they are part of the hop notes. The flavor is of the wheat and perhaps some hop citrus. There is a faint bittering though that isn't really good with the style. Maybe it's me, but there's almost a soapy quality to the flavor. It's a bit off. The mouthfeel is too watery for my liking. It's drinkable, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it was great.

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