O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer
Hanlons Brewery

O'Hanlon's Wheat BeerO'Hanlon's Wheat Beer
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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #357
ABV:
4%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,678
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 13.13%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
41
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce bottle that is somewhat a hybrid-cross between a squat and the taller thin bottles. Large obverse label has a picture of what appears to be a large yellow sun with ears of wheat as rays set against a pale blue sky background. Has the words “Double Champion Wheat Beer” on the label, proudly pronouncing the fact that it was a winner of the 1999 & 2002 Wheat Beer Challenge held by the Society of Independent Brewers, or SIBA as I know them. Listed as 4.0% ABV, and has a Best Before Date of 07:31:2004 dot-matrix inked on the yellow crown cap in orange, barely discernable.

Appearance: Pours with plenty of carbonation, it’s a lively mother, even after being in my fridge for the best part of 4 days or more. An immense pure white head forms atop the beautiful looking sunshine yellow body that has hints of gold to it. The humungous head eventually settles down but collapses in a very random manner leaving some awesome lacing and a head that resembles a Himalayan mountain range. Looks bloody good.

Nose: Lots of wheat in the nose, some grain smells with a hint of fresh lemon-rind to it. Clean.

Taste: A very fresh and thirst quenching Wheat Beer. The wheat starts the drink but a lovely lemony middle develops. Citric ending with some dry wheat grain tinges. Finishes with a refreshing ending that makes you pick up the Glass for the next mouthful. This is a very crisp wheat beer. I noted whilst drinking this that it is brewed with the Brewery’s own well water, I wonder if this helps the clarity of the taste profile.

Mouthfeel: For a 4.0% beer is certainly has plenty of mouthfeel, probably aided by the solid conditioning in the beer. The carbonation assists but it is never in a detrimental way. The lemony middle is also quite big in character. Smooth & Clean.

Drinkability: Easily downed, no problems at all here, it’s warming up In Long Beach after a few “cold” days, and this was the first beer on a sunny afternoon that sets the tone perfectly.

Overall: Highly Recommended. A great Wheat Beer, one of the better bottles English Wheat Beers for sure, and a worthy Champion.

N.B. Judging by some of other Reviews I just read after posting this, I guess that this one is certainly best drunk “fresh” and well within the ‘Best Before’ Date, which is on the Crown Cap!!!

Jan 04, 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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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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John from New York

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

Cloudy, straw colored brew. Creamy, lasting white head. Wheat grain and citrus aroma. Flavor is primarily doughy wheat, grassy hop and hint of spice. Body is light-medium, but substantial enough due to the yeasty haze, to create a satisfying mouthfeel. Very smooth...could easily put down several of these thirst quenching brews. An interesting interpretation of the style...probably lies somewhere between the traditional Bavarian weissbier and an American wheat.

Jun 12, 2002
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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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rastaman from England

2.72/5  rDev -24%
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.

Aug 02, 2002
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IrishRedRock from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Dec 26, 2002
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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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

Jan 12, 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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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Feb 17, 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
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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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cbl2 from New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal clear gold with an amazing amount of effervescence (due to secondary fermentation), and a nice white head.

Smell:

Excellent fruit characteristics (grapefruit & banana) with a generous sampling of hops thrown in a well. Best smelling wheat I've encountered.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is a really good wehat. Different from the Belgian White, or German Hefeweizen. Citrus characteristic shines (grapefruit) with a slight bitter finish.

Jun 14, 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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importguy from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jun 24, 2003
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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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WesWes from New York

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Feb 11, 2004
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a golden color with some cloudiness to it. The aroma is a hoppy citrus that reminds me of grapefruit. The body is light and grainy and it finishes with a lemony/grapefruit dryness. It is really crisp and refreshing. I first had this beer while in London and I am glad that it is now available in the States.

Mar 23, 2004
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Feb 12, 2004
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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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ToneControl from England

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Oct 21, 2003
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale straw with a rocky off white head. Aroma of wheat, malt, and soft hops. Slight fruity pineapple aroma. Flavor is pretty bland. Mouthfeel of a wheat, but the flavor is slightly bitter and crisp, leading into a dry finish. The drinkability is high.

Dec 15, 2003
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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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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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