O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer | Hanlons Brewery

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O'Hanlon's Wheat BeerO'Hanlon's Wheat Beer
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O'Hanlon's Wheat BeerO'Hanlon's Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-12-2002

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Razor
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The appearance is a cloudy golden color with a more brown look than other wheat beers.

Smell - The smell is a spicy banana scent that is an average smell for a wheat beer.

Taste - The taste has a very spicy taste and some hint of banana, a bit average for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is average for a wheat. I was expecting a more welcoming feeling in my mouth, instead I just got and average feel.

Drinkability - The beer is drinkable but doesn't have the welcoming feel I thought it would have.

Overall I think this is an average wheat beer and isn't quite as good as I expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit stale in taste i thought, quite a lemony slight tartness, slight bitterness, definitely a wheaty taste an mouthfeel, but the lemon flavour comes through quite a bit, quite refreshing in the end, ugly sediment chunks though, be careful while pouring.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delicious bottle-conditioned quencher offers up a hazy yellow body that teems with lively effervescent bubbles beneath a huge mound of bright white froth. The retention is excellent, and it's head eventually drops down to a densely creamy half-inch of foam that leaves wide collars about the glass with each sip. The nose is fresh and inviting with a touch of lemony citrus. It's brisk and quick in the mouth with a light-medium body and very fine, lightly effervescent carbonation that lends a gentle zest on the tongue before passing refreshingly away. A lemony and subtly sweet wheatish malt is laced with hop flavor and backed by a firm bitterness. It's very nicely balanced and fades away leaving a touch of citrus and some mild bitter reminders. Quite enjoyable and refreshing!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ToneControl
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is more drinkable than most of the German Wheat beers. It is bottle conditioned, and you can choose to let the bottle settle before you pour it. It goes down very smoothly. I chose to decant it into a jug to avoid disturbing the sediment, and the reduced carbonation was to my taste.

It does share some characteristics with English bitters, but I assume that's intended to help get English drinkers into a wheat beer.

I think I could happily drink this for an entire session.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of importguy
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It puured a nice golden colour with a nice white head. Carbonation was nice and refreshijng. A nice spicey wheat beer with a real cleansing after taste. A very enjoyable beer it's a nic ebeer on a warm summer days.

The only thing disappointing is the alc level is a bit low at 4%. My opnion the flavours would stand out more if the the alc wias bit hoigher in the 5-5.5 range.

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Photo of plaid75
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden yellow color with a medium sized white head that lowered to a half inch creamy froth. Lots of bubbles racing to the top along with more yeast sediment that I have seen in awhile in the beer. The smell was really wheaty and somewhat citric in a bitter way. The initial flavor that I get here is a faint wheat taste but then a lemony flavor comes on quite strong. The lemon begins tarty and turns bitter. The astringency in this citric lemony taste almost gets too strong for my liking. Small doses of coriander come in at times and the finish is quite yeasty. Very thirst quenching but it is simply too lemony for me. Maybe if I drink this on a hot summer day I'd think differently or maybe if I drank the beer when it was fresher (exp date is a week away). But for now this was a thirst quenching, effervescent wheat beer that had a slight off flavor to me.

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Photo of Sternfels
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opting for the slow pour to minimize cloudiness and sediment, I ended up with a beautiful semi-hazy pour into a tall hefe glass. A stiff peak of meringue-like foam crests well above the top of the glass. The beer has a pale light yellow color in the narrow bottom of the glass, but shows off some orange shading in the wider top half of the glass. Patterned crystalline lacing on the glass near the gold rimming holds the beer inside like a castle wall. Maximum aesthetics. Super start.

Aroma - very spicy and snappy. Not getting much banana essence but some clove and/or allspice is coming through loud and clear. A breath of soapiness perhaps as well.

Taste - some of the clove flavor I pick up easily, but what I was smelling as soapiness turns out to be that English style beer taste, kind of like the Fuller's ESB I had a day or two ago. Some moderate hopping develops along with some orange and hint of grapefruit. Ends pleasantly dry and bitter. Good stuff. While English beer styling isn't my favorite, there is more than enough otherwise to compensate.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and smooth, finishes cleanly.

Drinkability - I will drink these anytime they are offered! The half-liter bottle makes for a more enjoyable experience, but this one's disappearing fast, and at 4% abv, multiple half-pints are a no-brainer.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on my birthday in a pub somewhere in London. My pint arrived with a cloudy yellow liquid with a thick, creamy white head atop. Quite a strong aroma of banana and spice.

I loved this beer, as I have a habit of falling in love with HefeWeizens on draught. Wonderful spicy flavor, combining subtle malt, clove, wheat, grassy, and lemon flavors. No lemon needed.
A thoroughly enjoyable brew...hopefully I cross paths with this again.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a frothy white head; lots of floaties. The aroma is good. It has a citrousy scent to it. There is also the presence of pale wheat malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a watery feel to it. It also has a weak wheat flavor. However, It does have some character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great sessions beer. It goes down smooth.

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