O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #361
Ranked #42,159
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02.19.09:

Pours golden yellow - clear on first pour, hazed on second. A fluffy white head leaves some lacing.

The smell is of wheat dough with lemon and a hint of grapefruit. Mellow, crisp.

The taste is of tangy wheat, with sweet grain, a bit towards nutty. It has a lemon and grapefruit touch. From what I understand, Cascade hops are used here - that would explain the citrus quite well. I wouldn't say it's hoppy, but it is for the style. There is a definate "English" taste to it, though it has an American hop taste mixed in. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

It has a creamy, light (though not thin) body.

Very easy to drink and refreshing. An interesting "American" wheat - while retaining a definate "British" character. I paired the second half with fish and chips, as suggested, and the lemony edge and overall lightness made it a very nice pairing.

Feb 16, 2009
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy, pale gold with a well retaining fluffy white head that left a nice sticky lacing behind. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: a nice hoppy aroma of sour citrus, fresh wheat and light oranges.

T: The initial flavor was fresh citrus, wheaty, and yeasty. Crisp, citrus and a nice summertime wheat body makes this a enjoyable and easy to drink in multiples.

M: Nice mouthful that was light, with a smooth texture.

D: Easy drinking wheat, lacks complexity but a solid quaffer thirst quenching wheat beer none the less with a solid flavor.

Nov 09, 2008
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 1 Pint, .9 fl oz bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
An English wheat beer? Definitely intersted in trying this despite the modest 4% ABV...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a slightly hazy, cloudy, dark-golden hue with a massive foamy head...
Smell: More lemons in the nose than anything with only slight hints of wheat... Not too enticing...
Despite the low ABV, the taste was certainly there... Easily drinkable... Hints of ripe fruits, lemons, citrus, slight grapefruit...
Light-bodied moutfeel... Not too much going on in this department...
Easily drinkable, though not too heavy on the flavor...
Interesting sample...

Sep 16, 2008
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed yellow golden body with a skimpy white head. Some minor lacing sticks to the glass. Subdued aroma has some lemon candy and toasted wheat cracker. Light medium body has average carbonation. Taste is unremarkable but nicely balanced between a lemony citrus bitterness and toasted wheat maltiness. Understated, but clean and refreshing. Good rendition of a pedestrian style.

Aug 21, 2008
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Bridge House, Belfast

Pours with a rich lemony yellow body. Creamy fairly dense white head forms, sticks around till the end. Some lacing

Smell, fresh lemons and other citrus. Some tea like tannins, little touch of faint crisp malt. Freshly cut grass

Taste, juicy fruit and fresh lemon and lime. Some crisp hop bitterness and a touch of wheat on the finish

A pretty tasty and sessionable summer wheat, this was called Goldblade when I had it but I'm fairly sure its the same wheat beer, both are 4.0%abv

Aug 26, 2007
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with a thin, creamy white head that maintains. Rather thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly malty with a distinct lemony smell - which seems to be caused by the blend of the yeast and hop aromas. There is a mild tea smell in the background.

Taste is herbal hops with an overtone of tea upfront. Slight lemony hints show up here and there, but not nearly as pronounced as in the smell. Slight bitter bite midway that finally leads to a bit of malt before it finishes with a lingering hop tea taste.

Medium-light body, creamy texture.

Not much of a wheat beer, and probably the first "American Pale Wheat" I have had that was brewed outside of the states. It has a bit more character overall than most of the domestic attempts, but that character falls short of making this beer anything more than mediocre. Easy enough to drink, but I'm ready for something more interesting by the end of the bottle.

Jun 30, 2007
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plaid75 from New York

3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light bitter lemon with hints of green apple.
No yeast or clove or banana elements.

The taste was clean with a light crisp finish. Clean wheat malts throughout.

The mouthfeel was light and highly carbonated.

Overall an easy drinking wheat ale. However, a wheat beer by name only.

Dec 28, 2006
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that shows decent retention but leaves negligible lacing

Smell: Moderate aroma of banana wheat esters

Taste: Starts out with a tangy cracker flavor; after the swallow a citrusy bitterness sinks in, with lemon and pineapple elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad; I regret that this bottle was well past the "best by" date (a big hiss for Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore) as this might be much better if it were fresh

Sep 08, 2006
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a hazy golden-yellow, with thin white head that stuck around until about mid-glass, with okay lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly lemon. Citrus and wheat are evident in the flavor, although not real dominant. Light body and okay finish, but I’ve had wheat beers I enjoyed a lot more. Nothing really struck me as special with this beer.

Jul 01, 2006
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yelterdow from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 05 31 05. This baby's past due, but I look forward to the tasting.

Served in a hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a darker than average delightfully rich gold from the bottle, creating a big soapy head that lingers forever. As I elect to swirl in all sediment, smell brown chunks fall inside... as opposed to the fine powdery sediment from a German wheat beer.

Smell- The nose certainly gives away the secret that this is an English beer... I struggle to pull aromas of banana and clove, but rather get the hard, mineraly water character and hops upfront. Clean, wheaty notes manifest themselves as the beer comes to temperature. Finally, a citric, lemony aroma floats in the glass.

Taste- Rather on the blander side for a hefeweizen, the wheat, malt, and hops are balanced effortlessly on the palate... I only wish there was more to it than this. Clean, most definitely... but not refreshing in the way I like my wheat beers. There is a lemony edge to the finish and aftertaste that feels good on a warm day, and would compliment light seafood without a doubt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nice and smooth in the mouth, with a fantastic light efferfescence that almost lasts for the entire duration. Easy drinking, just not what I would consider a great expression of this great style of beer.

May 06, 2006
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Three fingers of fluffy white head sit on top of this cloudy, light honey colored beer. The nose has faint hop aromas. Lacing is moderate. This is unusually bitter for a wheat beer. The bitter start gives over to tangyness and then eases in to a nice citrusy sweetness. This is a very good beer but I would hardly call it the chapion of wheat beers once, much less twice. The bitterness is a little much for the style and abundant carbonation makes for a rather stingy caombination, like most of this brewery's beers, I bet its wonderful with food.

Dec 31, 2005
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wl0307 from England

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A re-review of this beer closer to its expiry date (5 Jan. 06)

A: this time I choose to drink it "kristalklaar"... in a 300ml weissbier glass it pours a slightly dark-golden colour, with an effervescent white beer head building up non-stoppingly, so tight and frothy the head simply refuses to go away; exceptional for a British bottle-conditioned beer (or my choice of glassware this time might greatly help with the head retention??). Carbonation is fierce at first but gradually softens and remains consistently lively, when combined with the colour the whole thing looks more like a bottled lager!! Next to perfect, for a bottle-conditioned ale.
S: refreshing nose of malted wheat makes a big entrance upfront, but gearing towards the sweeter edge... delicious but subtle fruity aroma (citrusy and lightly orange-candyish) underlines the grainy note well, while the spicy touch (combination of mild banana and faint note of clove) is kept to the minimum.
T: the palate is akin to a British summer/golden ale replaced with a wheatish theme--the softly grainy palate is quickly followed by a refreshing touch of spice (faintly clove), lemon-zest, a light chewy breadiness and more water-biscuit like sourness developing in the mouth, while the lingering wheatish flavour turns increasingly dry towards the finish along with a crisp and tangy kick, arousing more and more thirst for sure.
M: very lively and creamy texture thanks to a consistent fizzy body, while the finishing mouthfeel is clean but simple, not like a hefe-weizen with more grainy and richer mouthfeel in the back.
D: comparing with my last review of this beer, I'd say without the intervention of yeast sediments this beer is even more charming, quite the opposite to my experience of German hefe-weizen~~ Very enjoyable and different.

Sep 08, 2005
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Zorro from California

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light cloudy golden ale with a strong white head.

Smell is fruity in the way English pale ales are not like a German Hefe Weizen. Slightly spicy and lemony in scent.

Taste is dry and a little tart in the beginning. Mild flavored wheat malt and powdery yeast flavors and a notable bitterness in the finish. Seems to me to be under flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good but not great. This tastes basically like an American wheat beer that is mild mannered and thirst quenching but by no means in the same class as a real complex German Hefe Weizen. Easy to drink but I can't see ever buying another bottle of this when I can get the real German stuff for 1/2 the cost.

Jul 28, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is a murky orange in color with lots of carbonation and a huge head.

Smell – This one actually has a touch of yeasty wheat with some good orange notes and a bit of lemon rind.

Taste – The wheat flavors form the trunk of this flavor profile. The orange and lemon from the nose are here at the taste but are a little more reserved. There’s also a tinge of biscuity malt of some kind and maybe even a bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Hefe Weizen is heavily carbonated but lacks that fluffy mouthfeel of a traditional effort at the style.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t that bad. I don’t know that it’s a Hefe Weizen, but maybe more like an English-style Pale Wheat Ale or something like that.

Mar 24, 2005
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Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color. Large head which seems to never die down until first sip is taken. Very light odor lemon pepper with a hint of fruit. During the first sip the fruit becomes most apparent in a non-traditional way. Usually a beer like this would have a pungent lemon or wheat taste to it, but both of them are deliciously understated. Very pleasant after taste as well...the slight lemon lingers for a bit with a certain tingly-ness. Very good summer brew.

Mar 16, 2005
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Suds from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale orange color with a nice, firm white head. Citrus, lemony, peppery aroma. The aroma’s not as intense as I’d like, but it has a nice grassy quality. The beer is sort of dry and spritzy, with the citrus quality following through. Again, it’s not very intense. This is a quiet, unassuming beer, and I think it suffers because of that. The finish has a distinct hoppiness. This one is more or less an average, uninspiring wheat beer.

Feb 27, 2005
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oberon from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light peach color with a huge blooming rocky head that inches its way down slowly leaving huge globs of lace,pleasant citruisy/flowery aroma soft but noteworthy.A hefe on the dry side with some real hop presence in the finsh pretty clean and dry a light lemony zest to it but with some malted wheat in a lingering finish.I really like this beer a newer twist on the style drier and with a true hop presence,well done will drink a few of these this summer for sure.

Feb 19, 2005
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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle dated best before 5/31/05. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Lots of carbonation. Malted wheat aroma, a hint of lemon and a spicy hop character. Very spritzy on the palate, it works well to accompany the moderately thin body. A very refreshing wheat beer devoid of banana esters and clove phenols. The higher hopping level is a welcomed change of pace, too. A very nice wheat beer done English-style. I think it's a bit better without the sediment, it brings out the subtle hop character nicely.

Jan 29, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double champion wheat was what the bottle says. Perhaps they've changed the recipe since then. Pours an orange color with some cloudiness and an enormous head that doesn't have much retention. Leaves some lacing on the glass as well. The aroma had some citrus in it as well as some wheat character, but it was lacking the good wheat beer aromas that I like, such as spices, bananas, cloves. The flavor was incredibly bland. Look, somebody put some wheat beer in my water. Slight character of the beer I smelled, but there just isn't enough flavor there. Not impressed. Seek elsewhere for good hefe's.

Jan 28, 2005
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by clvand0 with me. This beer poured a hazy peahy orange color with a huge billowing head. The nose was wheaty, with a small, risp citrus hop. The flavor was weak sauce. Not a lot going on there at all. It was really just bland, lacking a true flavor. The fell was a light moderate, smooth whith a small carbonation on it. Yawn. I will not be looking for this one again. It did nothing really to impress me.

Jan 27, 2005
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-finger beige head that fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Cloudy amber color and a lot of yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is yeasty. Starts sweet and light, prickly finish no aftertaste better as a summertime beer. $4.04 for a 500ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

Dec 28, 2004
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Brent from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label has some discussion about this as an English wheat style - I've never thought of anyone having much of a distinctive wheat style other than the Germans and Belgians (certainly not Americans). Uneducated or misinformed as I may be, I wasn't sure what to expect. Aroma was surprisingly hoppy, without any yeast phenols. Flavor was crisp and a tad dry, but without sacrificing mouthfeel. Moderately bitter hoppyness vied with the wheat malt for dominance, and eventually won out, but just barely. An interesting wheat.

Nov 01, 2004
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber orange hazed tone with a full white head leaves massive thickets of lacing down my weizen glass. Aroma: Strong sense of husky wheat notes with a spicy citrus note dancing in the background with some wild notes bringing it altogether. Taste: Smooth rolling flavor of citrus wheat with a unmalted wheat tone somewhat peppery and bitey not bad at all. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied sort of sticks to the palate in a good way. Drinkability: Enjoyable goes down very smoothly especially for an English wheat ale, one of the better versions in my opinion.

Oct 27, 2004
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had some issues with this beer as it seemed to lack any banana or clove flavour what so ever. I found the beer to finish bitter without any real complexity. This being a wheat beer needs some hook to hang the palate on and I was lost. I think Big Rock Grasshopper is a better wheat beer than this example.

Sep 13, 2004
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow with a big white head that has specs of yeast in it as well. The aroma is of cloves, plantains, lemons, wheat and more. The taste follows suit with a lovely crisp clove taste up front. The middle is fruity and yeasty, and the finish is crisp, refreshing, and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but creamy as well. The drinkability is very good as well. This is a good wheat beer from O'Hanlons...

Aug 10, 2004
O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer from Hanlons Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 41 ratings