Strawberry Wheat | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Strawberry WheatStrawberry Wheat

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Piraat tulip.

A: Very pale straw color with pinkish-peach tones. Little head, no lace.

S: At first this smells very berry-ish, but given time to breathe it gives way to a decent malty presence.

T: The berry flavor is okay. Not overwhelming or artificial.The malt profle is light and slightly sweet with only the most vague bitter at the end.

M: Very, very drying. Highly carbonated and thin. Not very reminiscent of beer.

D: Overall okay and inoffensive, but not great.

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Photo of Mattamue
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Thin off-yellow. Translucent. Thick white head during pour. Thick beard of lacing all around the glass during tasting.

s Pronounced yeasty esters of citrus. Wheat cloys at the middle of the nose.

t The yeasty citrus is the main player in this taste rolling from the sides of the tongue to the back almost hitting a sour note with an off citrus. On the tip of the taste the wheat comes through. Slight unripened strawberry bitter settles in the aftertaste.

m Healthy carbonation. Medium body gives the taste a good feel and weight.

o The strawberry accents the yeasty citrus of the beer and blows it out of proportion. Brau has done for wheat citrusy esters what an IPA did for hops. Only for those that want a citrus overload.

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Photo of beagle75
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. lacing remains on the glass.

S: Wheat is distinctly unmodified in the mild nose, with other fresh botanical qualities that are more herbaceous than strawberry. Taken together, the perfume reminds of children's breakfast cereal.

T: Begins dry, with soft grain and mild bright fruit that is enhanced by the metered and appropriate acidity. Flavors tend to vanish rapidly as acidity fades, leaving just a slightly saccharine residue on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet but a bit lifeless on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is clearly an entry-level beer for drinkers that do not prefer beer. It is criminally inoffensive; in fact, it even understates the strawberry qualities it displays. A brewery that wishes to be taken seriously in the craft market ought to not brew such an apologetic contribution to an already struggling style.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer exits the bottle a dark golden color with minimal head. The aroma is strawberry laced with wheat character. On the palate, the wheat contributes texture to coincide with the carbonation. Sweetness and artificial strawberry dominate the flavor. There is a buttery cracker component which lingers afterword and coats the palate. This is not a boldly flavored brew and the strawberry comes across as almost faux and too sweet.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Random pick at Beercrazy.

If you're looking for a fruit flavored beer that has lots of flavor look elsewhere. The is little fruit flavor and even less aroma. The basic wheat element is the most prominent. The body is fitting for the style. and has a very mild acidity. This isn't one I'd go for again.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Hazy golden, with a thin white head that disappears pretty quickly.
S- The smell is actually a very pleasant balance of strawberry and wheat. It's a bit sweet on the nose, really much like strawberry jam on white bread.
T- The taste comes across as much more artificial. The wheat comes through a bit in the finish, but up front, it's all sweet, overly sugary strawberry, almost strawberry soda quality.
M- Fizzy, but by midsip it's become watery. Light body.
O- Didn't care for this one. It smells great but is not particularly enjoyable in any other sense.

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Photo of Tballz420
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brau Brothers Strawberry Wheat pours out a straw colored brew, with a small white head that doesn't last too long. Completely clear, with a lot of rising carbonation, and just a bit of haze towards the top.

The aroma is light, and it consists of wheat and some strawberry. Nothing too complex.

Pretty same for the taste, a very light beer, which I see is a 4.00% ABV. Light malt and wheat grain in the front, with just a touch of cherry.Light mouth and refreshing.

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Photo of DaCheesehead
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sort of hazy golden color with a tight white medium sized head and some lace. The aroma is basically exactly like a wine cooler featuring loads of sweet berries. The flavor is sweet and tart, somewhere between a wine cooler and strawberry soda. There is a mild hop bitterness present throughout, if you want to find it you can.... I imagine most folks who drink this don’t give a damn about that part though. The beer becomes Aspirin like and astringent in the finish which sort of leaves me forgetting any of the pleasantries about the beer and quite honestly makes me want to stop drinking it. The beer is pretty thin and watery, and I’m sure that’s exactly what the target market wants, so kudos to Brau Brothers for knowing their customer.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of six different styles included in a Brau Brothers Brewing 12-pack sampler.

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A nice clear deep golden color. Started with a one finger white head that receded quickly and left a little lacing as it settled to a frothy white cap.

Smell: Sweet, wheaty and obvious strawberry scents. Smells good, like real strawberries.

Taste: Very sweet up front and very malty and wheaty. A bit thin and watery for a wheat beer, and beyond the sweet strawberry and wheat flavors there's not much more going on. Not my favorite kind of style, but I can see where someone that prefers a lighter sweet and fruity beer would like this.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and watery with high carbonation. Pretty average.

Drinkability: Not the style of beer I would do a session with, so this was 'one-and-done' for me, but I can see how fans of this style would enjoy it. It's refreshing, sweet and low alcohol.

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Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Sinatra716 via Show Someone What You're Made of BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a mug

A: This beer pours a clear, light golden color with a one finger of sudsy head. Head recedes immediately not leaving much lace on the glass.

S: Nose is wheat, a buttery character and light strawberry.

T: Taste starts off with a buttery, creamy, strawberry flavoring. Interesting. Middle has very light wheat notes. The finish has a light malt presence with a resurgence of the buttery strawberry character.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, prickly feeling.

O: Goes down alright, ok tasting, not filling, not much kick, interesting take on the style. This was an interesting beer, the buttery flavoring really caught me off guard... I still can't decide if I liked it or not. To sit with all night, definitely not...but on a hot, humid summer day, I could probably have a few.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Dark yellow with a bright white head that went away fast

S- Fruity Pebbles?

T- Initially taste like your typical wheat beer but then strawberry does overtake the flavor.

M- Light in body and not much carbonation

D- Fair drinkability, not a style I personally would go out of my way for. For what it is, it's good. I made a strawberry wheat beer once and this is better than what I made.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden, slightly hazy but mostly clear, thin head that quickly disappears

S- Slight hints of strawberry

T- Slight hints of strawberry again...without much of a wheat backing. In fact, there was not much of any backing. It was just pleasantly subtle strawberry.
M- A bit thin, almost watery

I felt strange as I was drinking this beer. As I did not really enjoy it, it seemed like it should be rated lowly (not enough flavor, thin and watery body), but I could see someone really liking this on a really hot day, sipping a 6 pack on a porch or at a pool party. As a single beer, there isn't enough going on, as 6 bottles on a hot day, I am sure it would be fine.

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Photo of beertooth
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear pale golden liquid with a finger of white head that faded really fast.

The nose is buttery wheat, some slight strawberries, and a little metallic.

The first gulp gives me more buttery wheat. Some slight strawberries and cream notes, a little yeast spice. It's a little skunky as well, but I don't think it's actually "skunked". It's still really quenching though.

Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation.

Not something I'd reach for again, but it wasn't the worst wheat beer I've ever had.

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Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dull gold with a good size white head that faded quick.

The nose was wheat and fermented fruits with sweet strawberries being the dominant flavor. I couldn't help but compare the scent to those crunchy malt easter egg candies.

Flavor was pretty tame but several different flavors emerged. First off was strawberry extract and yeastiness followed by a vanilla and doughnut-like sweetness and a bit of a grainy malt finish.

Body was light and somewhat watery yet the carbonation kept it tingly and purposeful throughout.

It could almost double as strawberry sparkling water, thus making it drinkable and refreshing but nothing that will knock your socks off.

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Photo of jera1350
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minimal head that is quickly gone. No lacing. Pale golden yellow color.

Smells very malty with a hint of strawberry.

Not very flavorful. Malty up front with a hint of strawberry and a slight hop bitterness to finish. Some champagne flavors. Really lacking in flavor here.

Rather thin feeling. Average carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. It's pretty fresh and light so you could drink several of these, but I would rather have many other things.

Pretty disappointed in this. Was really hoping for some more strawberry.

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Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy, pale yellow color with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. No lacing is left on the glass. There is a definate strawberry aroma coming off this beer. The strawberries do not come out as well in the flavor. The fruit barely peaks out from the wheat malt. It does have a slightly tart finish. Fairly light bodied bordering on thin and watery. I would of liked more flavor out of this beer. As it is now, it is just ok.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy goldenrod with a splash of orange juice when backlit with diffuse morning sunshine. It isn't surprising that a small amount of (strawberry) red will look orange when combined with an amber liquid. The eggshell colored head was decent looking while it lasted. A paper-thin film atop the beer and a smattering of lace are all that remain.

The nose is decent because it isn't overly sour and because it doesn't smell like artificial fruit extract. Untoasted wheat malt and an indeterminate fruitiness are appreciated. Maybe not strawberry, but something mildly berry-like.

Strawberry Wheat is average beer at best. Like the nose, it manages to keep its head above water by keeping its negatives to a minimum. Having said that, it isn't exactly bursting with positives. I hate to say, but it's typical for this brewery.

The strawberry essense is barely recognizable and the added vanilla is nowhere to be found. Well, maybe a little on the finish, but only because the ingredients are known. Styrian Goldings hops contribute a whopping 7.7 IBUs, though it feels like more.

The strangest attribute is a background phenolic quality that may be due to an especially messy, poor-quality yeast strain. If the brewery was aiming for a farmhouse ale, it might be excusable. In a strawberry pale wheat... no way. Thankfully, the tanginess of the wheat dominates.

The body/mouthfeel is no better than passable... and that's only because the bar is set laughably low for beer of this style. It's light and well-carbonated without being watery and fizzy.

Generally speaking, Brau Brothers beer is not impressive. Only their Scotch Ale warrants consideration for a repeat purchase, and then only if there's nothing better available. Strawberry Wheat, on the other hand, is forgettable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Some malted wheat, sure, but not too much in the way of strawberries.

Taste: Sweetish wheat malt flavor. Disappointingly vague artificial strawberry flavor. Very mild hop bitterness, don't blink or you'll miss it. Lightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very empty, lacking beer experience.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle from France 44 poured into a pint glass

A: straw gold around the edges of a light copper; fluffy white head that piled up quickly and fell quickly.

S: clear strawberry notes--that's good for the name; lemony as well, no hop character or spice, not any clear malt signature but a light grainy smell.

T: grainy taste follows in the slightly sweet malt, strawbery over a slight wheat tang; clean and no flaws; fruite aftertaste wtih a semi-dry finish.

M: light and a little watery, but doesn't really fill overly thin.

D: excessively smooth and light, disappears quickly because not much is there to hold you back; save until it's 90+ next summer.

Overall: a good light refreshing beer that is a thirst quencher.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brau Brothers Strawberry Wheat pours a mere disk of creamy foam over
a cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is very active, and the nose is the very
familiar funky yeast common to the style and wheat malt. The flavor is tart
and fruity, though the fruit seems more like citrus than strawberry, though
it is more evident in the aftertaste, which makes an interesting transition
from citric tartness to an almost creamy, velvety feeling. The mouthfeel is
crisp and very dry as well, probably due to the added fruit. This is a really
intersting divergence from the usual wheat syles I've been tasting a lot of
lately. Could be it's an aquired taste, but it might be worth it to get a sixer
and get aquainted.

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

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange-golden color. The head is rather small for a wheat beer; only about a half inch tall. Lacing is sparse. The aroma is a soft strawberry with a faint hint of wheaty tang in the background. The taste is very subtle. Wheat is present during the sip with a very faint touch of strawberry in the finish. The mouthfeel is dominated by excessive carbonation which overpowers the light body of this beer making it seem even lighter. A more experienced beer drinker than myself once said something along the lines of, “I can tell you if a beer is quality made, and I can tell you if I like it, but they aren’t always the same answer. I can tell that this beer is of high quality, but I still do not like it. This is obviously the beer in Brau Brothers line up that is meant to be approachable by not craft beer drinkers. Thus, I am not the target audience, so it really doesn’t matter if I like it or not. I can say that I think this is a lot better beer than Leinie’s Sunset Wheat, which is along the same style.

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Photo of dfried
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light straw color almost clear, white head dropped quickly to a ring and film. A tart sweetness in the aroma of strawberry, but not robust. Wheaty basic malt, slight lemony zest, slightly grainy. The taste was much the same, the strawberry is not cheap and candy like, but its not delicious and inviting either.

Overall: I actually liked this beer quite a bit, but I like fruit beers. This beer lacks anything to make it stand out. Its one of those beers that I probably wouldn't buy again, but I would drink the hell out a 6-pack on a hot day if it were supplied.

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Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint. Medium pour yields a pale tan head, with a barely-perceptible orange-ish hue. Minimal lacing, and head is of average duration. There's a pleasant blend of strawberry and wheat malt on the nose, and plenty of the tanginess I get out of most wheat ales. To be honest, this doesn't strike me as overly fruity apart from the initial scent of strawberry, and the wheat characteristics dominate the nose for the most part*. Hazey golden in color, and evidently coarse-filtered (I could swear that there are bits of starberry pulp in here!) Sharp, tangy, and semi-sweet on the first sip, with pleasant biscuity malt notes and wheat malt zest. Very little bitterness here. The strawberry blends well here, and is more evident in the aromatic aspects of this brew, although it becomes more evident still when paired with a sharp and spicy food (I tired habanero-laced veggie chili one night, sharp cheddar and turkey chow mein the next - yeah I enjoy weird food combos : ) Fairly light-bodied and slightly creamy (creamy/tangy, nice combination on the palate), and with sufficient carbonation. Very drinkable. Sort of reminds me of strawberry pulque, but in a good way. Fairly dry finish. So far I like this one a bit better than the Brau Pilz in terms of overall execution. It has a great degree of drinkability as well, an though I'm sure some will find this "fruit beer" too dry (desiring more sweetness) and not fruity enough, I think it's subtle and will make for an excellent summer quaffer. I'll be back for more!

* I never thought I'd do this, but here's my fruit-wheat harrangue: Everyone has done a fruit-wheat beer based upon an American Pale Wheat Ale framework at one point or another. I mean, this style of fruit beer has been on the market since the glory days of the 1990s microbrews (and we all know what happened then, right?), and man is it getting old. There are more than a few pedestrian-but-drinkable examples of the style (e.g. Apricot Wheat from Pyramid) but only a few really well-executed, stylistically unique examples out there. Why not try the less-common approach of introducing fruit into a barley-based malt beer? I know I'm carping about a trivial matter, but the fruit wheat thing has been done to death . . .

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow banana hue, with little head.

Aroma: banana, small spice, ...and there's the strawberries...and little else. A bit dull, lacking certain somethings. Like charm, and panache and beauty, and stuff.

Taste: strawberry's on top now, but little else is going on. There's a wheaten feel, a yeasty zest, and it's light, smooth(ish), and drinkable. But not too tasty.

Not bad, actually...the strawberry is rather minor, easily quaffed, but...could be a whole lot better. You can do it, guys, I know you can.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold. Thin dirty white head. Very little lace. Aroma has light fruit qualities and light weiss qualities. A little tartness seems to be present. Fairly prickly mouthfeel gives a refreshing quality when combined with the tart wheat characteristic and light strawberry presence. The body is medium. Maybe a little better. This is a decent beer. Could drink a few of these on a hot summer day.

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