Walleye Wheat
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #630
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Ranked #42,448
3.37 | pDev: 21.36%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Talk about Rock Bottom. Well, where do I start? It's kind of like a spice cake more than a wheat or hefe, but is very thin and lacking in body, with odd notes of stale or moldy lemon...?

Dec 25, 2015
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really murky honey, very dark for a wheat...The aroma is strong and pretty nice, light clove but a small alcohol finish...The taste is very flavorfull, light honey, some wheat, a touch of clove...The feel is really watery which kills the beer for me.

Overall, a decent wheat effort but distracted by the feel

Jun 26, 2010
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Getinthevan from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few pints of this at Rock Bottom Brewery a few weeks ago. This was the special beer of the day @ $3 a pop, so I figured go for it.

Appearance was mildly cloudy with not much head and lacing to it. It looked pretty thin in appearance for a wheat beer as well, nothing really eye opening about it's appearance.

Smell was decent. While it did have that wheaty aroma, most of the smell was masked by high amounts of citrus and apricot. More of a fruity wheat beer than anything. Not bad, but not what I expected.

Taste however was much better. Lots of flavors filled the palettes such as the wheat and apricot. Very citrusy and overall a good beer to drink with dinner. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was definitely the weakest part. By the time it lingers in your mouth, it dissipates pretty thinly and doesn't retain the flavor well. It's somewhat of a letdown.

Drinlability is good though. This is a good beer to accommodate your dinner with and if you don't want to drink anything too heavy, but not a light beer, then this one is your answer. Decent brew.

Apr 11, 2009
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botham from New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub in Chicago. pours a hazy apricot-orangish color with a half finger of white head that leaves no lacings and has weak retention.

aroma is of potent citrus and wheat malt with a base of light grain.

taste is of wheat malt and a notable citrus flavor and a lightly bready quality with a smooth and somewhat subtle profile.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lightly tart texture with a finish of residual pale malt and citrus.

drinkability is decent. this is a pleasantly light and crisp hefeweizen with a mildly satisfying finish. could be better, but not bad.

Nov 01, 2008
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JDV from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy unfiltered, nice looking orange color. Smell is wheat, banana, and clove. Taste is wheaty with banana and yeasty flavors. Just a light spiced, clovey flavor. Bit of a thin body and flavor, but perfectly drinkable still. nothing noteworthy, however.

Jun 30, 2008
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kajerm from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Multiple sips stolen from my girlfriend's glass at Rock Bottom.

Nice pale golden color, but with a surprisingly weak head.

The aroma is surprisingly crisp and citric. All the yeasty, fruity, estery stuff I expect in a hefe is pretty much absent. I might be kinder to this as a witbier than as a hefeweizen, but even there I'd expect more bananas than I'm getting here. Tastes like it smells, light and citrusy. Almost a kristallweizen in flavor, if you want to call that a real style.

Mouthfeel is light and brightly carbonated. It almost seems like they overcompensated for the low yeast character (and lack of yeast-derived bubbles) by force-carbonating the shit out of this.

I feel a little bad about docking this beer as hard as I have. I really actually kind of liked it as a session beer (or as a suitable water replacement between imperial stouts), but if I have to consider it as a hefeweizen, it fails.

Apr 28, 2007
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard Hefeweizen. Usually when American Breweries try to make this, it turns out flat and one-dimensional. This Hefe stayed firm and solid till the very end. Bready, spicy and lightly sweet in the aromas with a yeastiness that is more pronounced in the flavor. Decorated with mild hopping, fruitiness, and cloves. Lightly peppery in the finish. Body is consistent and smooth throughout. Very light and refreshing. Easy to drink. Good beer.

Aug 07, 2006
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

1.54/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Granger10 is correct. This is no Hefe Weizen. It’s a poor attempt at an American Wheat. If this beer was just dull I could drink it but this beer is simply wretched. I try not to slam beers outright too often but this one deserves it. It stinks of moldy hay and raccoon dung from the bottom of a dairy barn. It feels syrupy and loaded with sugar. To its benefit it dries nicely in the finish but that’s about the only good thing about it. Nowhere in this beer did I find the slightest hint of citrus, apples, or any tartness. I’m as disappointed with this offering from Chicago as I was with the Weizen from Rock Bottom in Cincinnati.

Nov 22, 2005
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granger10 from Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes:
I see that this is listed as a hefe, but the one I had sure wasn't. It was definitely an American Wheat which is a style that I don't really care for. This is the same sort of humdrum American Wheat as most others I have had. Lots of wheat in there, slightly grainy and a little yeasty dryness in there. Not too hoppy but I don't know if that would work in this beer. Semi dry finish. There was a good active carbonation in this beer that gave it a little life but still, there were better to choose from.

Nov 24, 2004
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Chicago outpost.

This hefe was unfortunately served in a standard pint glass instead of the proper glassware. Still it had a nice haze and was a light yellow. Beer had a big banana nose, but I did not pick up the expected clove/spice aroma.

Taste was solid. Nice wheat/malt taste but again, the underlying spice was very subdued.

The mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation per style. Drinkability was fine. This would be a good hefe for introducing some to this style.

Jan 16, 2004
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DrunkMcDermott from Illinois

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the downtown Chicago Rock Bottom. The style of wheat at this Rock Bottom varies seasonally. When I tried it, they were just finishing off the Hefeweizen style, and this is what I'm tasting. Very banana-y with a smack of clove flavor. If I were more of a hefeweizen lover, I might find more subtlety, but this is pretty much "to style" and little else.

Second review below is for the "Walleye Wit," which was served as part of a rotation of wheats:
Very light, with a good lemony spritziness. Not quite as complex as other brewery wits I've had, but quite pleasing. An attractive cloudy, pure white head sits for a spell atop the expected cloudy yellow body. Maybe a little watery, but easy drinking. One of those wits that could be used as your lawnmower beer.

Nov 12, 2003
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer at the Cleveland location, and it appears a hazy goden orange hazed hue with a white healthy sized head and even rings of lacing is left around my pint. The aroma is dull but at least the clove and banana aromas are present here, some hints of cinnamon sweetness also available to the senses not amazing just okay. Very refreshing a touch of hints of yeast characteristics (banana, clove, and citrus), and the appetizing sharp sweetness of the wheat malt does it's job. Mouthfeel light and rather thin not much body or carbonation for the style. Drinkability is very high as in the quantity category you can put down alot and I could not think and enjoy but had me a real weizen.

Jun 30, 2003
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DrewBeechum from California

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Sampled on the 2003 AHA NHC Pub Crawl - Chicago Rock Bottom)

Good clovey aroma with a touch of banana.

Appearance is of a dark hazy yellow orange with very little head.

Flavor is sweet and creamy with a soft cinnamon finish.

Absolutely amazing beer from what could have been a standard chain brewpub beer.

Jun 25, 2003
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AudioGilz from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully refreshing hefeweizen this is. It has the typical appearance of a hefe, which is a great thing. They bring it with a lemon which I quickly discarded. What stands out in the aroma is cloves, banana, and citrus...rather strong considering the atmosphere I drank it in. The flavors are very citrusy and full of bananas, as well as a touch of clove. I love hefeweizens and this is a wonderful interpretation of the style.

Apr 24, 2003
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