Philabuster | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by weeare138 on 11-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant, luminous golden kissed copper with a thin white ring that left spotty lace.

S-Light spicy fruit, a healthy dose of mildly sweet malt and a hint of smoke.

T-Light fruitiness, nice touch of mild malt sweetness and hints of oak. All in all quite complex.

M-Surprisingly light (medium-light) and very smooth. Not syrupy at all.

D-Goes down easy. Plenty of flavour to make it interesting. A nice take on this rarely done style.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/straw/copperish body. Thin off white head. Little lacing remains behind.

S: Wheat. Moderate maltiness in the form of caramel and roasted tones. Slight citrus/floral hop character.

M: Much of the same. Caramel malts and floral hops. Slight spice hints. Slightly funky.

M: Medium body. Thin is spots. Alcohol is dominant in others. Decent finish.

D: A miss from PBC here. Nothing really keeps the tongues attention and the ABV is a bit to hight to warrant a second glass in a sitting

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden-amber color with an averaged sized, frothy, off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, fruity, and woody. Tates of citrus, the same woodiness, fruity, caramel, toffee, and citrus. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a small snifter

A- Philabuster came to me with only a skim of white foam on the top. Very loose patches of lace were barely sticking. This ww had a light orange haze to it.

S- A whole lot of wheat up front with malts backing it giving off a bit of caramel. A touch of spice and yeast.

T- I was expecting a wheat blast as this is the 1st time I tried this style. While the wheat is a major playor other factors are present including spice(pepper) yeast and malts. After a few sips some light fruity citrus flavor was in the back. A bit of alcohol to with this high octane WW.

M- As mentioned above alcohol plays a part in feel but with the load of flavors in this Philabuster goes down quite smooth with a bit of hotness. On the tounge, i think this is a very well balanced brew.

D- 9% will get to you and this WW will do exactly that. I only had a small serving but the alcohol was felt. My first experience with a wheatwine was great and I plan to get this again and try others in the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had a lot of hope for this beer. I sought it out. I tried the P.O.P.E. but they'd just kicked. Then, eventually, about a week or two later I ran across it at the S.P.T.R. quite by accident.

Served up by Joe Bedia (an interesting twist), it looked pretty good but the lacing was limited. It dropped quickly to a standard thin collar, and only minor spots and streaks of lace were left behind. The color was as I'd expected, kind of orange-accented and amber-like, with a hint of haze. It looked good, and alcohol can really knock down a head, so...

The aroma was wheat-like with a hint of caramel, some yeasty fruitiness, and a touch of spiciness (I'd figured on some alcohol). I thought I would find more cereal-grain 'sweetness' to it but it just wasn't there. It was very straight-forward malt. Hops were neither expected nor really present.

The flavor was pretty much as the aroma indicated it would be, but there just wasn't enough real character to make it stand out. It was rounded forsure, very rounded and balanced, but without any really interesting notes. In fact, it seemed almost too balanced, and kind of bland. Sure it was malty, and wheat-ish, and just lightly peppery and spicy (there is some alcohol there) and subtly fruity, but it lacked an edge that would grab you and suck you in. And it didn't really appear strong. This is a dangerous beer!!! You could easily drink quite a bit of this and then end up with either jelly legs or beer-goggles!!!

Overall, worth a shot.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, orange toned amber with an off white head that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy, medicinal, definite wheat presence with cherries, mild citrus, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a peppery, spiced wood flavor also being present.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, oily, hot with abv being noticed. Dry finish.

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Philabuster from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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