Whitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Whitewater Hoppy Wheat AleWhitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #215
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,834
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 10.11%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
133
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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Whitewater Hoppy Wheat AleWhitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale
Notes: WHITEWATER is an American wheat ale built for exploration. The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued. Whitewater is the perfect complement to any adventure.
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 133
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow/bronzed orange color with a thin finger’s worth of white messy lacing with a spider web kind of foamy/bubbly messiness. The smell had some sweet to bitter citrus rind-like hops, light piney, subtle floral. Low spritzy wheatiness. The flavor takes the previously mentioned flavors to bounce and slide together in a decent hoppy bite of a finish. Dry aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs at a nice pace along my tongue, good. Enough hoppy bitterness hits my tongue. Overall, good APWA, maybe not a standout, but could come back to if offered.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the Distillery in Savannah. The appearance is a semi-clear bright gold color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is grass and some citrus hops. The taste is mild citrus with some bready malt. A nice beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: this one pours a hazy golden color. It had a frothy white head that left some lacing. Good nose. Wheat, some citrus and earthy notes. the taste is OK. A bit bitter. Faint wheat, citrus and earthy flavors.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can; July 2015 canning date.
Hazy light amber colored body with a frothy, thick, off-white head. Good retention.
Aroma: Wheat bread, yeast and a touch of orange.
Flavor: Hoppy wheat beer. Citrus tones. Mildly bitter finish.
Feel: light body with soft but lively carbonation.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hoppy wheat sounds like a nice summer beer that would be refreshing and quaffable enough for a summer slammer, and interesting enough to keep coming back for more. At 6% ABV could creep up on you in a longer session.

A: pours fairly thin with a whispy white head, doesn't linger long. slightly hazy. Goldish yellow

S:cracked wheat, hay, citrus on the nose

T: citrusy up front, with some grainy, husky flavors. low sweetness, slight bitterness. overall balanced and pleasant. Nothing wrong here, but nothing mindblowing either.

F: light, slightly slick, low/medium carbonation

O: I enoyed this brew and it accomplishes everything it seeks out to do. It is a nice citrusy wheat beer with good flavor, and packs a bit of a punch. would be great for camping or hanging out on a porch. Would pair great with chicken or white fish varieties.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled date of 6/22/15, so over a year old.

For what it's worth, in case someone else has a bottle or two in their cellar....

pours a slightly hazy yellow body with serious floaties, despite a careful pour. Decent head though.

Aroma is a sort of slightly moldy wheat. slightly catty as well

Taste is of a sour bitterness.

Mouth was a decent medium.

I had a second bottle after cutting the grass, and it didn't seem as bad. Maybe it's one of those beers best consumed quickly.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frosty straw with a centimeter of white head. Head retention is moderate-strong with good lacing. Nice notes of wheat, pine and citrus hops in the aroma. The flavor profile opens with pine and resin hops before moving into a more wheat and bread malt smoothness. Pine and resin hop notes stick in the mouth for an aftertaste that leans to the bitter side. Mouth feel has a medium-thin consistency, with some grainy abrasiveness. Overall, it's a solid beer with promise, but not executed the best.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can at Old Chicago-Lakewood. A bit subdued after the Molotov, but that's what I was looking for. Very subdued, gentle fruitiness, light bodied. Takes the palate down a notch. Could use a bit more

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a bubbly cap that leaves soapy lacing

S: Floral and citrusy hops meld nicely with some wheat maltiness and a subdued sweetness. Fairly straight-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good mix of floral and grassy hops and slowly goes into light citrus and some wheaty notes. Again, fairly straight-forward

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An easy-drinking hoppy wheat beer that is perfect for summer, more specifically a hot beach day. Not overly hoppy or really heavy on the wheat so it won't drain your tastebuds quickly. Solid

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold color.

Overall: The aroma consists of citrus, wheat and floral. Flavor contains some herbal vegetable notes as well as tropical citrusy notes. This beer is super hoppy, tastes more like an ipa than anything else. Very good hoppy/bitter wheat ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of Mar 31, 2016. Sampled on May 15, 2016.

Yellow pour underneath a foamy off-white head

The wheat is downplayed as the spicy and resiny hops are more forward.

Just about a medium body.

The wheat is downplayed in the taste but there is a crisp, bitter finale. Personally I prefer wheats to have a solid wheat presence and this one is more subdued to the hops. But that was what they were trying to accomplish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been really busy for about a week-and-a-half and I am so glad to able to resume The CANQuest (tm) while watching Game 7 between the Blues & the Stars.

From the CAN: "Great Minds Drink Alike". I really dig the black silhouette of the bear looming large on the reverse of the CAN, especially against the eggshell-white background.

The Crack! unleashed some foaming through the vent so I set it aside to allow it a few moments of calming time. Once it got itself under CANtrol, I CANmenced a very gentle Glug. Even so, I got a good bit of eggshell-white head rising up to form just over two fingers of foamy head that slowly fell back down. Color was a beautiful Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity, producing a visit from the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas and Mammon. Nose had the unmistakable tang of wheat along with a grassy, lemony hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nicely bitter, melding the wheat flavor with the lemongrass taste that the nose had suggested. This was the second beer today that made me think of tea. It was really a mellow drink and frankly, a nice way to wind down a day of work followed by writing, both of which involve a draining amount of thinking. Speaking of draining, I drained over half of this off and out of my glass before I realized it. I kid you not, this was a crushable beer and it would be welcome in my summer cooler. Finish was lightly bitter with a spritzy lemony flavor that was really refreshing. Mmm.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great! Aroma not very strong. Consists of pale malts, strong wheat (or hay) with a mild amount of floral hops. Taste is not bad. Better than I expected. Pale, wheat malts with a very floral hop. Bitterness is low. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and some astringency at the end.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce can - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow body with a medium-small, airy, whitish head. Good lacing on the descent.

Smell: Mild, ineffusive aroma, with mild hints of florals and lemon.

Taste: Light leaning malts, with a very soft, almost inconspicuous wheat character. I'd say it's a bit bready, but that's a bit of a stretch. Faintly sweet. Floral, lightly lemony with a low resinous quality followed by a raw bitterness. Thinnish albeit creamyish finish with a little more citric twang and a still just a vague sense of the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not diggin' it. I was left up the creek (without a paddle). By being a wheat ale, regardless of hop character, you'd hope for something reasonably refreshing, but this was anything but.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright gold with a very slight haze under a clingy 2” off-white to cream foam collar that takes 3 minutes to descend to a thick film.

S: Grassy minty hops, some light malts, a hint of citrus.

T: Rich light malts, light bread introduce an assertive citrus rind bitterness. Some orange to lemon and a hint of Texas Ruby Red grapefruit peak out behind the citrus rind. The wheat and malt flavors are medium, the yeast flavors are low to none, the hop flavors are medium high.

F: Creamy moussey mouth feel, medium body and medium high carbonation.

O: A good example of an American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of pink_elephants
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thought it said happy wheat ale. It does have a hoppy flavor and is a nice tasting refreshing beer. I like the simple, everyday with a nice upscale feel beer and this fits the bill. A - wheat beer look, almost like a domestic, with some bubbles...i poured from a can and did not see anything floating. Nice head. Fresh aroma. Great poolside beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours mostly clear with ultra fine sediment floating about. The head is off-white and peaks at a finger's width, then recedes in fair time to reveal a thin, broken layer of film across the top.

Smell - Grassy and floral hop notes stand out in the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral up front, with a bitter, grassy finish. Hits on a bit of lemon rind. Malts are subdued, but a hint of wheat sits beneath. Faint note of apple juice. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Crisp bite with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Simple, but effectively tasty. This would be a nice beer to drink occasionally in the summer. As with most Pale Wheats there's nothing exciting here, but it's a solid brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has lots of small and large particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down but left a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge and a thin film of bubbles on covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—lemon and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops and wheat along with a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice and refreshing hoppy wheat ale—it's got so much hops in it that you might think it is an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, grass, wheat, and some herbal/floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with wheat and citrus.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold body, plenty of lazy bubbles, off white creamy head, webs of lace. Mild aroma, mostly grain with some earthy hops, touch of butter. Flavor comes to life a bit, in addition to the earth the hops now present some vegetal and crisp lemon citrus qualities, too. They don't mix well with the wheaty bread, however. Mildly bitter finish. Medium body, restrained but lively carbonation, crisp and easy drinking.
Surprising and respectable variance in the hops flavors, sadly they didn't play nicely with each other, nor with the malt selection. Add in the strange butter note and you have a flawed beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I knew I had this before and liked it. It's anice change of pace from other "hoppy" things that are too one dimensional.

This opens nice and yellow in the glass with decent lacing and very little fizz. The aroma is a strong hoppy and weaker wheat yeast.

The taste is very hoppy but still wheaty yeast. Very nice, unique but still not so over the top as to be hard to take. The aftertaste is mild, for the style, as it slowly yields your palate (that it took over with bitters).

Nice brew that really worked in a can. Maybe I'll pick up some to stock in our ski condo next month in CO.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Whitewater from GD came across a lil' sharp as I think the can was slightly over-primed. It poured a hazy yellow with big fizzy head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has subtle biscuit and citrus. The taste starts a little sweet then turns bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall I would like to try this one on tap sometime.

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Photo of brentk56
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A quick bubble show and then the beer clears, delivering a brilliant amber color capped by two inches of foam; a decent amount of lacing hangs around

Smell: Bready, with grassy tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the grassy tones developing; overwhelmingly sulfuric, after the swallow and delivers a powerful bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I cannot say I am a fan of this beer; I have had some hoppy wheat beers that I have quite enjoyed but I don't care for the hop profile on this one

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A tiny, almost non-existent, head. Clear yellow color, with moderate-to-high carbonation that settles quickly. Looks identical to a macro lager.

Smells of floral herbs and some grapefruit. Relatively bland smell.

Very modest taste, especially for a beer which markets itself as hoppy. Some subtle bitterness subdued in the rather limited hops flavor. I suppose I got some light citrus flavors in the aftertaste, but in truth, I was looking for some sort of flavor to latch on to. Because there isn't much here. Feel is incredibly light with low carbonation. I might as well be drinking air.

I got my six-pack on a fairly steep discount, so I suppose I should not complain. But this is the definition of forgettable.

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Photo of Croft
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled. Poured into tulip glass. Quick dissipating head. Cloudy haze golden straw color. Grassy hop aroma. Piney hop flavor on the back end that washes out the wheat taste. Nice beer but I would prefer just a bit less hop that let both styles shine

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Whitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 133 ratings