Bulldozer Honeyweizen | Skyscraper Brewing Company

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Bulldozer HoneyweizenBulldozer Honeyweizen

Brewed by:
Skyscraper Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 07-13-2007

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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Hollingshead in Orange last night before going to see I Am Legend at the cheap theater in the mall down the street, had to kill some time and this is always a great place and way to do it

A-Golden yellow with orange highlights, rather murky and looks unfiltered, small 1/4 inch creamy white head, not much retention or lacing

S-Lots of wheat, strong honey scent, lemons, bananas, orange peel, cloves, coriander, bready malt, and funk

T-Taste was a little too similar to Pyramid or something to me, wheat in the beginning with some citrus flavors, then some bread in the aftertaste, did not change much once it warmed, got a little sweeter and had more orange tastes but that is about it, not too exciting but decent

M-Chewy and faintly dry mouthfeel, medium body, maybe a little too much carbonation, grainy feel that was watery at times

D-Could drink a good amount of these, light on the stomach, only five percent, smooth and easy going down, would make a nice session beer or summer refreshment

First beer from this brewery, had not even heard of it before, saw that their bottles which were available here had paper labels, only thing I had not tried yet on tap last night, so I gave it a taste, probably would not drink again, recommended for a try though

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

This unfiltered American Wheat Ale uses wildflower honey and has a bitterness of 25 IBUs.

Two fingers of head built by tiny bubbles that form a nice tight white lacing on the glass. Deep hazy golden color; haze from a bit of yeast, of course. Clean aroma with a hint of chalky yeast, ghost-like honey and bready wheat. Moderate-sized body. Solid grasping crispness gives a long drawn out smoothness that can be attributed to the honey and wheat combo. Lots of malt character up front and throughout as the hops are very modest with just a hint of spicy bitterness. Quick splash of honey in the middle with more maltiness wrapped around the palate. A slow dryness sets in with soft yeast, vague fruit and bread crust flavors.

The American Wheat Ale style starts off with a low benchmark compared to other coveted beer geek styles, and Bulldozer surpasses that benchmark with no problem just by sheer drinkability alone. Yet another great example of the American Session Ale. Quick translation is: drinkable, yet still very flavorful.

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Photo of kazmaniac
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very slightly cloudy with golden orange color. Dense head of about 1 ½ fingers that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Mostly smells of wheat and maybe a little sweetness which could be honey. No cloves or bananas. As the beer got warmer the smell of honey increased.

Taste - No big flavors and reminds me of a slightly sweet lager. Maybe something a little metallic. Has a quick finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with some carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink but not very interesting. Decent beer for poolside in the summer but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of theopholis
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Cloudy gold color body with a nice off-white, creamy head. Darker than most hefes. Good head retention. Little lacing.

Smell- Aroma is very subtle. Definitely smells like wheat. Can pick up hints of honey. Also smells of wood. No cloves or banana. Still....smells quite inviting.

Taste- Flavor is also muted. Get some wheat flavors, and just a hint of honey in the aftertaste. Not great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, CO2 level is a tad low for the style.

Drinkability- Not great, not bad.

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Photo of supertrirunner
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

At first glance this looked like a typical weizen and had the same pale color. Although it did lack in cloudiness and head retention was quite weak. Also a bit dissapointing in the nose as there was not much there altogether. I was hoping for a bit more honey and floral aromas.

A bit mellow in flavor. Lacking a bit from my expectations but in all a decent tasting beer. The honey flaver comes in on the tail, tanins need to be controled a bit more. There is nothing spectacular in the mouthfeel it just begins to blend in. Drinkability is where this shines. I could definately see myself drinking a few of these on a hot summer day as there is nothing that overpower resulting in an easy to drink brew.

This must have been designed with the intent to please the masses as this is a beer that blends in with the masses.

update: better on tap than bottle, is a bit more bold and livelier

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a weizen glass:

Pours hazed (more than clouded) golden with a thin white head that lasts. Some spots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is of a typical American Pale Wheat Ale - some wheat tang, a vague hint of banana-like fruitiness, a vague hint of honey (though that might be out of expectation).

The taste is of wheat tang and barley malt (nutty) with a hint of banana fruitiness (though nowhere near HW levels), Honey imparts a sweetness that is at an appropriate level to make it sweetish but not overly. A subtle hop spicing gives it an appropriate balance that I'm assuming the brewery wanted for a sweet beer. Finishes with a kiss of honey sweetness. Well-balanced overall, if not overly flavorful.

Appropriately light-bodied. The carbonation that gave it a lively spritziness in the first half fades away in the second, but it still holds up to light-bodied without being watery.

I do have to say that it has a nice balance for a sweet brew. Not bad for what it is - had plenty worse of the style. Certainly no "off" flavors, though it doesn't go too far ahead of expectations for the style. Very easy to drink. Try it as a sweetish accompaniment to ham and eggs as a Sunday brunch!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Wait, aren't the skyscraper and the bulldozer enemies...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuits, light orange zest, lightly funky wheat, and a tinge of what seems like strawberry. The taste brings in more of the same, including that strange bit of strawberry. Odd. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an oddly-flavored, overly-carbonated beer. I'm not sure what else I can say here...

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Photo of womencantsail
2.11/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color with an enormous white head that fills about 90% of the glass.

S: Smells a bit metallic with some light sourness to it. Lemon zest and green apples only add to that sensation. A touch of wheat and bread, minimal sweetness, and not much else.

T: The flavor is watery and a bit tart. Not much in the way of bread or wheat flavor, or honey. Slightly sour with some lemon peel flavor. A bit more green apple toward the finish.

M: Light bodied with excessive carbonation.

O: Skyscraper with another "fine" product...

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Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale orange in color with a 1/2" head. Very low carbination levels.

Smell: wheat and sweetness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild wheat flavors, soft citrus, honey sweetness, and a soft bitterness make up a milder flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Honey sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: this was a bit too sweet for me to enjoy more than one in a session. Some may find this to be a good summer beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.09/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. A new brewery in Los Angeles, although the lineup is rather conservative its still nice to see. This beer pours a darker shade of gold. Clear body with large carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Modest white, loose head with little to no retention.

Mild in every way. I couldn't pick up much of anything that would make this interesting. Very much leaning towards macro lager in simplicity of flavor. Honey? Hmmm I don't know where its at, maybe my palate is having an off day or maybe its just too little to notice. Wet grain feel to it with some residual sweetness. Fairly dry finish. Just a few minutes into this brew and it lays there lifeless and embarrassed. Looks more like a cider.

Notes: My apologies to the new brewery but this left me shaking my head.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded brown gold with a minimal head that falls to nothing. Flavor is earthy. Sure there is some honey there, but it's pretty masked by the earthen quality of the profile. Almost a bit spicy as well. Feel is okay. As is the drinkability here. This is a decent at best beer. No great shakes and nothing overly interesting going on. One more reason why I think this style is not for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

This beer arrvied in a mug, the beer being cloudy yellowish orange, the head being good and billowy. The aroma is light and sweet with some malted wheat and a trace of honey. Moving on to the taste, it's spiced at first. The honey pulls through with notes of biscuit and dried banana slices. Not much of a phenolic buzz to it. A little sweet, but not heavy, and makes a good thrist buster.

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Photo of Vancer
2.61/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No bottle dating, so no idea how old this 12oz offering may be.

The ol' honey wheat pours a clear straw yellow at first, with a nice foamy white head. Clouds up a bit when the bottle is swirled and the bottom yeast mixed into the fray.

A bit rough on the aroma and quaff with a dominating cooked veggie backbone. Seems more like a grainy macro lager, with a touch of honey, than a weizen. Finish is dry and cutting, not really wheaty smooth.

Nothing above average about this beer, just decent enough to drink if offered one.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vinatero wine shop in Whittier (bring your own glass! They serve you in a plastic cup if you don't have glassware)

Cloudy gold color with a nice inch and half white head that stuck around for a little while. Good lacing.

Aroma was a bit muted; light hints of wheat and a light wildflower honey aroma with a citric twang.

Taste compared favorably with the aroma. Good but not great flavor; a medium bodied hefe with a slightly sweet feel to it followed by a very light floral hop bite.

As stated previously, medium bodied. Don't know if this was due to the particles floating around in the beer or the carbonation levels; flavor clings to the palate only briefly but with this style of beer, you can pretty much keep chugging it down so as to not lose the flavor.

An interesting beer; good but not outstanding, something I would definitely try again. Easy to drink and providing enough flavor to have a few in a night, but I wouldn't make a night of this beer.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this yesterday at The Press in Claremont, CA. Ordered a Paulaner Pilsner but taps were out, so had this as a second choice. Served into a pint glass, which, when not at a beer-tuned restaurant, is to be expected I guess.

Appearance: Unfiltered look to it with a hazy orange-yellow with hardly any head, but still decent enough. The waiter classified it as a Hef, but I was more skeptical, but the look was certainly along the lines of Hefeweizen.

Smell: Faint wheaty notes and a touch of sweet honey. That's really about it. There were some citrus notes, but because it was garnished with an orange wedge, so not quite sure which was which.

Taste: Decent whetiness followed by a bit of chaffe and slightly unpleasant tangy nature that wasn't quite right, but the honey sweetness on the back-end was surprisingly balancing. Still, nothing all that exciting, but not awful either.

Mouthfeel: Decent here, as the carbonation was decent (if not a little under) and the mouthfeel wasn't too thin for the style. Sweetness from the honey covered up some of the undesirable near-metallic taste that opened up just slightly if you chewed on it for too long.

Drinkability: It was alright, I'll leave it at that. Nothing too grand, but it served its purpose for happy hour at $3 a pint.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a small white head which is frankly dissapointing for a wheat beer, fair head retention, no lacing.

S: Smells just like I expected, a mix of fermented wheat and honey.

T: Light flavour at first, mild wheat akin to a Pyramid, with some clove bitterness. Honey comes in right at the end, and is the best and most complex part of the beer - adding heather and wildflowers.

M: Smooth, crisp and clean, light-bodied, refreshing, definitely have a bit of sweet residual sugar kick from the honey.

D: Certainly liked this better than the Lug Nut Lager, frankly one of the better American Wheats I have had flavour-wise lately, really liked the honey aspect, appearance could use a little work, but overall a solid beer.

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Bulldozer Honeyweizen from Skyscraper Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 17 ratings