O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer | O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.

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

Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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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Photo of cbl2
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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


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


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

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Photo of ark57
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Razor
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
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 granger10
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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 WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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!!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ToneControl
4/5  rDev +13%
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 importguy
4/5  rDev +13%
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 IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev +13%
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 rastaman
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
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 John
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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O'Hanlon's Wheat Beer from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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