Whitewater Wheat Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Whitewater Wheat AleWhitewater Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
23.05%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 71
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 6/11/15. 6.1% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label it states that Whitewater Wheat is a filtered style American Wheat beer. "Month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Sparklingly cloudy with a pale golden hue, a lean white lace garnishes the top.

Smell: Clean with a fresh grain, mild nutty yeast and faintly estery nose.

Taste: Moderately bodied with a crisp carbonation, well textured malty mouth feel from start to finish. A little bready with a cracker like malt flavour. Nuttiness from the yeast is mellow but very present. Hops are vauge and merely help to balance the brew. Touch of alcoholic esters give off a hint of fruitiness. Nice dryish wheat grain finish.

Notes: A non-obtrusive palate makes for easy drinking, a slice of lemon would do fine also being this is a neutral flavoured wheat beer. I went without one to get everything out of this brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, and pale orange in color, head is a bubblin', very slim and quickly fading.
Slight lemon and spice in the nose...a touch sour, and over-carbonated.
Taste is best described as blase'...orange and citrus lay on the palate, a bit too limply. Has the weizen taste, but only a shadow of it, truly, just a sliver. Light bodied, with a short, insignificant finish. Effective only as a quick-acting thirst-quencher, nothing more. Kind of a dud, really, but these bottles will come in handy during the hotter days we have now and yet to come.
I'd choose many other weizens for flavor, though.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2nd beer of 4 out of Great Divide's Brewer's Picks collection. Appearance is a slightly cloudy light orange. Head is pretty tiny and doesn't last long. Smell is a weak, mainly of typical wheat beer aroma. Taste is alright, rather plain, but not bad. Finish is lemony with a faint bit of orange flavor. Drinkability is good, but I've had more refreshing and better tasting wheat beers. This doesn't quite seem like a hefeweizen, even though it is listed as one. Overall: A quality product, but not outstanding in any way.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in a 16 oz glass from draught at Firkin on August 7, 2015. Look is gold with a two finger head that dissipates and lingering lacing. Smell is hop forward with some citrus and floral notes balanced with a bit of wheat sweetness. Taste is a decent balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Feel is crisp but lightly carbonated and not too bitter.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No doubt this is a wheat, strong wheat nose and cloudy golden color. Pours a two-fingered, pure white head that settles quickly but leaves some lace. Medium carbonation. Starts malty/hoppy, finishes the same with some faint yeasty overtones. Good summer brew.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes: pours a slightly hazy light yellow golden with white fizzy head. Citrus, wheat, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat and light citrus.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull gold in color, heavy head, mostly white, well over 1" in height. Aroma, pretty much devoid of aroma, but since it neither is offensive or well, existant, it just falls into the average range, because there isn't much to pick up on. I didn't expect this beer to be labeled a hefe, thought it would come in at american pale wheat.

Taste, nice fruity boquet, nothing banana about it, more like a mild fruit sweetness if anything. Crisp, dry, like toast or crackers instead of bread due to its levity. Despite the levity of the body, it really allowed the wheat and yeast to standout, no hops to get in the way relatively speaking. I actually really dug what it brought in terms of mild sweetness and wheat mouthfeel on a hot summer day walking around Denver.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow color, substantial white head, full on over an inch. Aroma was lacking anything. Smells like a little wheat.

Taste plenty of fruity yeast flavors, mildly sweet. Mouthfeel still managed to finish plenty dry though. Light body and hearty yeast flavors come together here. One of the better wheat beers out there, plenty sweet, uplifting and good tasting.

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a white foam. The smell has a wheat twang and flowery scents, backed with fruit. Prach and apricot. Bitterness in the midtaste. Medium body and a hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of mynie
2.44/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks normal, smells fine. Hint of wheatmalt, maybe a bit too light. Not a bad odor.

"Flavor? Where are you? Come back, baby. I needs you!"

Bland. Bland. Bland.

Water upfront. Seriously, like Coors light seltzer water upfront, followed up by a decent lemon aftertaste that is nowhere near enough to save this beer.

I am a fan of the wheat beers. This is a beer for people who are not. If you like wheat beers but you can't stand all that "flavor" that most weizens have, then this is the beer for you. If you're looking to convert a friend who likes Coors Light, then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on July 8th 2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp, juicy, and sweet aroma with hints of wheat and citrus. Wheat with some bready hints of grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Also some mild hints of floral and earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, juicy, and fairly sweet taste with notes of wheat and citrus. Good wheat presence along with notes of straw, cracker, grains, and yeast. Solid hop presence with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Subtle earthy and floral hop notes. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Wheat Ale. Nice bready wheat flavor with a solid touch of juicy hops.

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Photo of Moose90
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a lightly hazy, pale yellow color into the lass, there is a white bright head on top of the beer that leaves behind some spotty and soapy lacing.

S — Smells of lightly sweet wheat and pilsner malts, as well as some wheaty sweetness and some earthy piney hops.

T — Tastes of lightly sweet wheat, balanced with a lemony piney earthy hop kick, quite refreshing.

M — Medium bodied, there is a richness to it without being heavy, really nice crisp carbonation.

O — Quite nice overall, really nice balance.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar and then disappears completely.

It's aroma is sweet malt and wheat and some DMS. Smells a lot like a macro.

The flavor is rather bland. Some sweetness, lemoney citrus and a touch of honey with a slight bitterness at the end. As it warmed, I could pick up a little yeastiness. It has a harsh carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a bland and disappointing beer from an otherwise excellent brewer. I can see why they stopped producing this.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow brown in color with lots of swirling yeast flakes. Small snow-white head, decent slow carbonation lifts the yeast flakes to the top of the glass whereupon they fall and rise once again. Aroma of botanical hops and understated malt. The head, though small, is quite creamy and leaves decent rings of lace on the glass wall. Taste is very smooth, begins with mild and sweet bread flavors and smooth carbonation. Mild hops assert themselves toward the middle of the taste, finish is dry and with a bit of mild bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. A very nice wheat ale, well worth a try.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small head. Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet. A medium bodied wheat beer. Malts are fruity, sweet, and a touch grassy. Hops are very slightly spicy. Fairly typical American wheat beer. No banana and clove flavor to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.24/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hazy orange/tan color, sizable white head. Smell was immediatley recognizable as off. Burnt plastic smell dominated the nose, but there was a little wheat/malt still recognizable above the funk. Taste was absolutely putrid. Rotten apple cider mixed with melted legos is about the only wasy I could describe it. Just awful after appearance. No freshness date was notched on the bottle, but I assume this was still within it's freshness time frame, or, at least, it should not have ben like this. I had to pour out 2/3 of the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Label Lore: Colorful cartoon of some dude racin’ down river rapids ostensibly to get some beer! Silver Medal GABF 1994 American Wheat. Freshness info was “Notchless.” How dare they!

Pours with plenty of hazy unfiltered cloudy golden yellow hues under a white head cap that is quicly lost into me pilsner glass down to a razor thin scant slick.

Aromatic caramel candy notes. Not very Wheat-ish.

First Swigs: Smooth caramely flavors lead to a tart hops bite. Maltiness lingers in the finish. Not getting any Hefe flavors. Probably could have used a lemon or an orange slice but I declined.

Easy light to medium body with adequate carbonation. Becomes a bit cloying. Not highly drinkable.

Last Swigs: Reminds me of an English ale. Maybe more education in this style is called for. I feel like I’m missing something. This will just be a drinker, not a taster. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the few he offered.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of budgood1
3.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

peach colored with a nice big foamy head....looks great. but the smell is pretty tame, along with the taste. not much wheat and yeast flavors going on. very bland. pretty lively in the mouth...some bitterness and it's really easy to down a few fast. overall a disappointing stab at the style.

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Photo of marc77
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid dark golden hue. Loosely packed, fluffed off white head yields frothy lace. Dull, musty yeast dominates the aroma, and is accompanied by a clement spicy hop twang. Subtle hint of grain lacks depth and is mostly of a husky, metallic nature. Prosaic aromawise, but mostly clean. Wheat tartness upfront in flavor is ensued by a combination of bready suspended yeast and residual simple sweetness. Meager hop bitterness reveals a faint banana undertone which provides token ester character. Bated citric hop flavor. Dextrinous in body, and pleasantly proteinaceous in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with quickly fleeting pound cake sweetness. An innocuous, soft wheat that borderlines on bland, but possesses sufficient character to keep the palate interested. Fits the bill as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap.

Appearance - Light orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, pine and citrus.

Taste - Citrus and wheat. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Very good wheat beer.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of rowew
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - Bottled date on side, but it wasn't notched.

Appearance: Poured with very little head (might be because this glass came out of the dishwasher). Yellow orange color that was slightly cloudy.

Smell: Something smells slightly off, but I can't identify it. Also has citrus notes.

Taste: Very strong citrus flavor. Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level, but the slightly off smell seems to continue to the taste. Citrus flavor pairs well with the wheat flavor. I get the feeling this beer may be slightly past its prime, but since the brewed date was not marked there is no way to tell.

Notes: Still a very drinkable wheat - but unremarkable. According to the brewers this beer has been discontinued, so I may have got a six pack that sat around a little too long.

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Photo of Morris729
2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is yeasty with a touch of citrus. Taste is quite bland with some notes of fresh baked bread and citrus. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. This would serve well as a nice quencher on a hot day, but this is a poor interpretation of the style. I generally love wheat beers, but that’s not the case here.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review: summer '04

This beer has a crusty white head that leaves not much lacing. The beer is slightly hazy dirty gold with heavy carbonation. The smell is nutty, citrusy and a little dusty. The front is citrusy and peanutty, the middle milky with a bit of tangy sour fruit. The finish is more peanuts and lemony. Pretty tasty actually.

(March '03 review: 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.5)

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Photo of StevieW
2.41/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold to light orange color. Foamy, dense white head. Yeasty swirl gave it some earthiness to the smell. Heavy wheat smell, not sweet or citrus, mostly harsh burnt batter smell. Smell lingers. Taste was oddly harsh, very metallic, mineral, hard water. Sulfer, chemical and underlying burnt flour again.Some wheat goodness could be detected toward the end. Not much to write home about. Metal smell and taste made it hard to finish. Do some of these American Wheat beers go bad faster than others ?

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