Wheat | Upper Canada Brewing Company

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Upper Canada Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first thing you notice about this wheat (weiss) beer is it's clear......no murky milky look to it that characterized the European name-sake. Negative points right?....not! This is a Canadianized weissbeir for Canadian palates and it hits that market on the money. Canadians traditionally like a clear crisp beer or ale. This delivers with the unique wheat malt taste....an excellent summer patio beer.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with low carbonation and a smallish head that goes quickly to a lace ringing the glass edge. Tart sharp aromas of hop and light grains. Starts crisp, builds to a medium sharp palate punctuated with the hopps and finishes as a smoothish watery malt taste,

A good Canuck Weiss....I'll buy some more for sure ...eh?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thick head. Moderate sweetness. Good balanced slightly lemon aftertaste. Refreshing which is what you want on a summer day.
Low alcohol is appreciated. A better than average brew, though owned by a major.A surprisingly decent wheat beer, though nothing like the best German brews of this type.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here comes Upper Canada Brewing Company's Wheat beer, an attempt at the German style not unlike that of another Canadian mid-sized brewery (that being Big Rock's Grasshopper). With Sleeman's recent financial troubles, there's been some talk of eliminating a few of the lesser-selling brews in the Upper Canada portfolio, Upper Canada Wheat included. So I figured now was as good a time as any to try my hand at what may very well be a dying brew.

Poured from the standard brown twist-off bottle into a weizen glass; Upper Canada Wheat is very much average in terms of appearance. Only ever so slightly cloudy, it has more the look of a macro lager than a true hefe (or, at best, a quite anemic krystal weizen). An initially fairly substantial head (though nowhere near the level or foaminess of a traditional German rendition of the style) dies down rather quickly to a few faint rings, though it does leave a reasonable bit of lacing.

Smell is likewise quite average. An initial almost skunkiness is present, a bit of barley, otherwise... well, its largely indistinguishable. A little wheatiness, some lemon/citrus notes faintly at the back.

Taste is relatively pleasant, though - like Big Rock's Grasshopper - it severly lacks the necessary richness or complexity of a true hefe. slightly sweet, a hint of sour. primarily citrus notes. oranges, lemons, but also pears and bananas. A little dry, tart, with a hint of graininess. This is something I would avoid if looking for a true hefe, but has the taste (again, not unlike Grasshopper) of a good summer lawnmower-type brew (though I can certainly see where the comparison as 'the Coors Lite of wheat beers,' as suggested by another reviewer, comes from).

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation isn't too intense, and the body isn't too thin. You can really feel this brew in your mouth, though it still feels quite light, and is no doubt ideal for heavy consumption; which is partially why, then, it gets high marks in drinkability. This brew doesn't seem to have too many pretensions - its just a simple, very drinkable summer beer, one that you can serve to others who aren't quite ready for the craft beer world. While Big Rock's Grasshopper is ultimately the better Canadian shot at a wheat beer, I, for one, am still hoping that the rumours regarding Wheat being dumped from the Upper Canada line-up turn out to be just that.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best wheat beers I have ever tasted...Very pretty offering with a light golden honey colour and thick head and glass cling...medium of body and very a smooth light sweetness....no after taste here....This beer is very rewarding....

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Photo of Ahhdball
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually traded one of my stouts to a friend for this. Crisp tasting with a high lemon finish. I didn't enjoy this. This beer is made well but I can't be favorable to it. I suppose I'm just used to my Porters and Stouts. At the same time I like a good Hefewiesen so it's not becuase of the lightness in flavor or color. Too weak for my blood.

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Photo of Derek
2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't even as wheaty as the Big Rock grasshopper.

A: Basically looks like a macro lager, perhaps a slight hint of haze. Very little head. Where's the wheat?

S: Floral, earthy hops (again, similar to a cheap macro), with a little wheat & slight, hint of tartness.

T: Earthy hop flavour. Not much wheat flavour, but it does thin out the hints of bready malt. Not fruity at all.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, quite quaffable.

D: Very approachable, but these particular hop flavours don't bring me back for more.

If you think of it as a light beer, and not a wheat beer, it's not so bad.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--regular brown bottle with no freshness date found.
--had a surprisingly clear color, not what I expected from a beer of this style. It had a great head that thinned to finish slim. Plenty of lacing to look good. Not much for bubble cascade.
--The smell was kind of lacking. It was very faint, but it did have almost a citrus like smell.

I was pleased with this beer. It was not 'traditional' but it was good. It had an almost crisp sweet taste to begin with and as it warmed up became a little bitter. Overall I drank it down pretty quick and would have another any time.

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Photo of changeup45
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/1/2005. I was going to save this for a nice warm sunny day but since that's not going to happen for a while around here I figured I'd go ahead and drink it. Golden colored, decent amount of head, really not much aroma. Very light, not a ton of flavor, but enough to make it a refreshing beer. Slight malts with a little zing of lemon in there. Very basic but decent.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a relatively unexciting wheat beer. It was only slightly hazy (is it a weak hefewiezen or is it poorly filtered?) and had a shortlived head and no lacing. The smell was very subdued and was dominated by sweet malt and a funny yeast smell. The taste was like an average ale with 1 dimensional hoppyness and standard maltiness, the tartness of wheat or wheat malt was almost non-existent. Medium carbonation and a very light body mixed well to make a decent mouthfeel. This beer would be enjoyable in the summer, a good thirst-quencher but not more than average in the wheat beer department.

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4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of zerk
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Canadian wheat beer, with a slight hint of citrus. Not a lot of distinctive flavor, but I think it might have been served too cold.

The coloring was just as a wheat should be, a slightly couldy yellow-gold, and the beer had a very nice head.

Not as good as, say, a Hacker-Pschorr, but not bad.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), a couple of days in the trunk, a couple of days in the fridge.

There's a big, crusty, white head with a pillowy collapse. Lacing is full and sticky. The beer is mostly clear and gold-colored. There's some slow carbonation. The nose shows schpoonk and a little sugar. Maybe some nuts. There's a lagery, bready front and a thin, sweetish, tangy middle. The finish is bitter, fresh, with nice bready nut burps.

There's nothing really special about this beer. It's a standard, light, more Americanish wheat.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A wheat ale, or a light lager? You decide after drinking, because I'm still unsure. UC wheat pours a very pale yellow with a small amount of foam. Their is a bit of lace on the glass, though not much. Not much of a scent. Bit of barley, not much wheat, hardly any hops or citrus whatsoever. Tastes, well, light. Reminds me a bit of Coors Light with wheat. Light barley taste, bit of wheat, and a slight citrus hop finish that was just too damn weak to make any impression on me. Mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonaed. Not something I'd purchase again.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Olde Angel Inn

Appearance: A cloudy, honey colored pour with a thin, bone white head.

Smell: Wheaty, yeasty, and dark bread notes all on the nose.

Taste: Fluffy wheat, rice puffs, rye, and biscuity notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I tried this for a few sips with the lemon (go ahead, slam me, I don't care...I also don't care for hefe's so I was trying to help myself here) and without the lemon. It definitely benefitted from the lemon but mid-way through, it just became too overpowering. Again, not sure why this is so poorly rated. I think it would be a great summer slammer and was a refreshing beer on a warm Canadian afternoon. Recommended.

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Photo of TerryW
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Interesting for being different from other Weissbiers I've had. You have to work to smell any clove, the wheat is quite evident. Some citrus. Actually quite sharp on the nose.

Clear (!) yellow gold, poured up quite a respectable head which settled to a thin film. Moderate lace to start.

Sharp and crisp in your mouth. It struck me as somewhat dry and medicinal. Puckering. Some wheat, some hop bitterness. Nothing to really distinguish it flavourwise.

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Wheat from Upper Canada Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 15 ratings