Wheat Beer | Durango Brewing

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Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Kemmerlin:
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden color with a thin quickly dissipating head and barely hazy for an unfiltered beer really it's completely transparent.
S: good malty smell of barley and wheat malts with a very light yeast aroma but not much else working in.
T: has a bland taste with some fruitiness to it that really comes out as a peach flavor a few seconds after you swallow.
M/D: very light flat feel and is very drinkable but then again so is water and a peach flavored water is a good substitute.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Lightly hazed pale golden, decent lacing

SMELL: Bready, yeast, grainy, white chocolate, floral, faint lemongrass

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, bready, mineral, wild flowers, grainy, nutty yeast, muted hops, yeasty finish

A no-frills wheat beer here and it shows, nothing much to it ... it actually asks for a slice of citrus to liven up the party.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ubermick
1.93/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Golden, hazy, just what you'd expect. Head retention was surprisingly poor for a wheat, tho.

S: Hints of banana and clove, sweet and grainy.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. I couldn't finish it, it was so unbalanced. Handed it to my wife, who loves sweeter beers, she took one sip, and it was promptly handed back. The rest was poured out.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated.

O: When I caught the sweetness in the nose, and the initial taste, I was convinced that the beer was off - that the yeast had kicked out early, leaving an unfinished beer. But the mouthfeel was more or less on, so it left me confused. Reading here, seems like the cloying sweetness is par for the course. This is definitely one to avoid, coming across more like a bad homebrew than a commercial offering. (Sorry Michael!)

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Photo of matjack85
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color with a quick rising fizzy white head that receded as quickly as it rose. Within 15 seconds there wasn't even a rim of foam left on top. It also left no lacing whatsoever.

The beer had a slightly sweet smell to it along with a touch of wheat.

I don't know what's giving it that slight sugary taste, it's sort of like hard candy sugar rather than malt, but I don't mind it. What I do mind is the unpleasant mineral water taste to this beer. It ruins everything. The wheat flavor is low for a wheat beer, and at just 12 IBU's, the hops are practically non-existant.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A forgettable wheat beer.

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Photo of Edie
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of blakelive784
1.83/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy yellow/golden color with a thin, 1 finger head. Retention is surprisingly decent.

S - The yeast gives funky off nots that I'm not having. It's got spicy and citrus notes, other than, there's not a whole lot else going on.

T - Yeast dominates the palate. It's bready, plain and entirely wrong for a wheat. There are light spicy and citric notes. It's bland, uninspired and just bad all together. Just plain wrong.

M - Too wet, not carbonated well, and light.

D - Don't even bother looking at this one. It's built poorly, bland, plain, terrible and just bad.

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Photo of JohnBender
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a light, bone-white head with low retention. The color was a lemony-yellow with pretty extreme cloudiness. The nose had a unique sweetness, unlike any in recent memory. Mouthfeel was medium with a citrusy tang to accompany a mild sweetness. The finish tended towards dry. It was a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.51/5  rDev -11%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades instantly leaving no lace. Murky amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet wheat/yeasty nose. Starts almost sweet with a wheat flavor, finish has a hint of hops. There are better wheats like Bell's. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, Ut.

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Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, no fresh date on bottle.

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow under two fingers of white head that lasts quite well but doesn't lace much on the glass. Impressive amount of sediment that I carefully left in the bottle and will add about half way through to see if it benefits the flavor or not.

The nose has very pale malts, smelling rather like rice or corn adjuncts and some minimal noble hop bite. Smells like a macro lager.

The flavor is better than the nose, and actually seems like a wheat beer. Some subtle notes of coriander, banana and clove some through under the very pale wheat malts. There is just a bit of hops showing through and I find this pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, as this style dictates. Could be a bit fuller and smoother and would still be just fine. Drinkability is very high.

Conclusion: Made with water from the San Juans... that is awesome. I have backpacked in those wild mountains and never been so surrounded by rapturous beauty. Anyway, this beer is a highly drinkable very tame American pale wheat ale. It doesn't crackle or sparkle in flavor like the best in this style do, but is still a fine beer.

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Photo of Bobhoya
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-copper.

Sm: Smells undesirable, with a feet-like funk not akin to bretts or any other acceptable funkiness. Unlike the aromas of good wheat beers. Smells wrong for the style. A light strength aroma.

T: A simple wheat beer with pathetic attempts at funk intruding. Poor for a wheat beer. What were they thinking? No complexity or subtlety. Just wheat and bad funk. Did they use bread yeast from Walmart?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not really suitable for the flavours.

Dr: Is this amateur hour? A sad attempt at a wheat beer. Won't have it again. Ever.


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Photo of timlyon
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color, some carbonation, tiny head, not much lacing.

S - Scents of grassy malts, yeast, slight hops.

T - The taste is kinda sweet, and watery.

M - Light body. Well balanced though.

D - Drinkable. Quite different from other Wheat's I've had before. Not a bad brew, but with better one's available I do not recommend at all.

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Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of claytong
2.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

taste more of a pale ale than a wheat. its very soft thought for a pale ale. no bite at all. there is a hint of cloves.
pretty easily going down, but not much desire to as the taste is almost absent.
as i have to say time and time again, i just wish this tasted more like wheat for being a wheat beer.

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Photo of msumike89
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of Bizz88
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a less than a finger white head that diminshed quickly with minimal lacing. Aromas of malts, grass, and yeast with hoppy hints. Flavors of sweet orange citrus, and malt on the palette. Refreshingly light with nice carbonation. Two thumbs up on the drinkability factor.

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Photo of klkatz
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a colleague. His brother brought it back from Colorado. I think I've had their dark lager and it was okay.

The bottle from which it was poured lacks a lot of the information I've come to enjoy with my beers. A story of the name, a mission statement of the brewery, something to entertain me as I let my beer breath. This doesn't have it. Put simply, the beer is the Durango Brewing Company's Wheat Beer... no clever names here. Just beer. The picture of the steam engine is pretty cool though.

The smell lacks any character. It's hard to distinguish anything from the nose.

The color is orangy... others seem to be describing it as yellow. I don't see the yellow. Maybe gold. Not impressed with this. Not a color I'd expect with a wheat beer.

Next is the taste. Not your typical wheat bear. Non-descript in fact. Tastes like a watered down lager. I'm not picking up any hints of spice. It's well balanced.. a lack of hops makes it drinkable and enjoyable, but it just doesn't seem to fit the category.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lots of tiny sediment particles on the bottom of my glass and suspended. The color is a pale yet hazey pilsner yellow, corn, hay, sunshine. Bubbling looks pretty steady. Two finger head after the pour and pretty thick film of foam that maintains for almost all twelve ounces.

There's a faint citrus note mixed in with the old banana powder toasted wheat powder aromas.

Powdery dry bananas from the yeast, but just faintly. Then some light toasted barley and wheat malt. Dry, and a little skunky tasting maybe.

Dry palate is nice, but doesn't make up enough for the flavor.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy yellow color. Poured a 1 finger stark white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted continually. Lacing washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Wheat malt, grass and spices. Little hop character.

T: Sweet wheat malt lingers through light bitter; overall, pretty muted everything.

M - Light body. Ample carbonation. Fizzy, dry and crisp.

D - Drinkable all right, but nothing very special.

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Photo of MeisterMayhem
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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