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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of msumike89
4/5  rDev +41.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +33%

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 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 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 timlyon
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JimKal
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy gold with a fairly large head. I think it meets the appearance requirements for at wheat ale.

I don't think I've refined my taste abilities that I could note any specific attributes.

I think this would have been more enjoyable out on the deck when it was hot outside rather than in December when it is cold and dark. I know I enjoyed Goose Island 312 in the summer but it just isn't appealing in the winter, thus my lower rating for this offering from Durango may be, for me, seasonal issue.

There was noting objectionable about it but nothing very memorable either.

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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 beerbtl
3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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 LittleDon
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy straw colored with a bit of carbonation. Bleached white head that dies to a wisp. Grainy aroma with a hint of banana. Grain up front. Cloyingly sweet middle and finish with no hops to balance it. Mouthfeel a bit heavy for the style. I was expecting something a bit lighter, but it was a bit on the thick side.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 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 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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