Frosty's Winter Wheat
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #57
Ranked #37,860
3.52 | pDev: 13.35%
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Pony in NYC...
Poured into 8oz glass...really?? from cask that was annoying...well, it is in my opinion.
Hazy brownish murky color...absolutely no carbonation.
No smell...weird, but nothing discernible at all.
Flat mouthfeel.
slight hoppy, sweet honey, but not much going on. Lacking any personality.
This may be better not from cask...

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Photo of vfgccp
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

- Free sample at a Chelsea Brewing tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light maple syrup.

S - Simple-syrup soaked raisins. Honey.

T - Dry / dusty hop character. Sweet raisins. Booze. Honey. Touch of bread.

M - Light body with a dry finish.

O - An interesting brew. Not what I expected. It's like a Riesling with a weissbier - and while it's novel I'm not sure how much I like it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-cask at the Blind Tiger.

Frosty's Winter Wheat pours a slightly murky brownish red color with absolutely no head, not even the soapy, stringy head that I would expect from a cask.

The aroma has big notes of wheat, banana, and some spices.

The wheat is the star of the show in the this Wheatwine. Tons of layers of lightly sweet, malted wheat and a good wheat twang to go along with it. The wheat is ever so slightly sour. After that is fairly big banana taste, followed by a spicy, peppery, coriander flavor. No alcohol at all.

No carbonation at all.

This beer was not meant to be on cask, or it was not treated properly, because it has ZERO carbonation. Aside from ruining the mouthfeel and appearance, I think this made the beer a little bit blander than it should have been. Good job hiding the alcohol though.

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Photo of shivtim
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this on cask at the Blind Tiger. It came in a glass mug.

Looks very murky/hazy, with some little floaties. Slight soapy film of head. Nose is like a Bellgian White, with slight hints of spice and yeast. Intermingling wheat.

Taste is average. Wheat beer with slight sour citrus notes. Alcohol is not noticeable. Slight hops.

Incredibly flat mouthfeel. No carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking orange juice.

Not very impressive.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Chelsea Brewpub in NYC.

The beer has the appearance of an orange wedge but the barkeep decided the glass should adorn a lemon wedge. It's fairly deep toned and considerably hazy, as is to be expected I suppose. A stream of semi-slothful bubbles drift lethargically. Its head quickly died out although not before some of its lace could unravel and leave a lasting signature.

The aroma smells foremost of stale bread crust and spent grains. I'm not sure exactly what kind of style Chelsea was going for but if you're going to brew a witbier you must include some coriander and orange peel, some source of spice or zest. If you're going to brew an American Pale Wheat (especially an amped up version of one) you best includes some hops.

There isn't much zest or any hops in the taste either. It's almost void of taste and again most resembles spent grains or dried out bread. There may have been some coriander or orange peel added but it hides well. The only thing worthy of noting is a lightly acidic citrus peel taste that increases with warming. I'm beginning to think this beer is not for me.

My biggest complaint is that there is no texture. I love wheat beers for many reasons: their refreshing, spritzy carbonation; the grainy texture and creamy fullness; their fruity effervescence. This has none of that. Its flat, hardly carbonated, void of effervescence and showcases no spice, no zest, no phenols and no esters.

Chelsea Brewing makes some wonderful beers, in particular anything found on cask. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this offering as much as I liked its name. I'll buy into the concept of a refreshingly tart citruisy banana tasting beer that's brewed slightly stronger for the long, cold winter season. Problem is: this simply isn't that.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Chelsea on 1/17/09. Served in a plastic cup during a tour of the brewery.

A - Hazy golden/light orange body with one-finger rocky white head that retained quite well and left some decent lacing for a plastic cup.

S - Spicy nose with clove and winter spices. Banana and bubblegum aromas are faint for a wheat ale and are replaced by quite a bit of cereal grains and toasted bready malts.

T - Spicy flavor up front with hints of clove and a contrasting bubblegum sweetness. Very little banana emerges in the flavor. Malt character has a toasted quality reminiscent of cereal grains. Some sweet caramel malt and light leafy hops emerge in the finish.

M - Medium body wth moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy mouthfeel. Spicy on the palate with a bit of residual sweetness.

D - Nice winter wheat ale with lots of flavor, including some requisite flavors and subtle additions of spices and cereal grains.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Spyten & Duvel. Nice white soapy head. A sour though still fresh pale wheat. I am not particularly picking on Chelsea, but my observation is that they are overated. A cross between a wheat beer and a barley wine is the word on it, but I don't get it.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's,poured a hazey light amber ith some lighter brown tint a tight formed one finger head atop.Mainly toasted weat malt in the nose with a hint of citric-like fruitiness,flavors to me were like lightly sweetened creal grain with light noteds of lemon and a little orange.For a bigger beer it went down easily its very toasty and cereal-like I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Blind Tiger at the end of a long pubcrawling day. Listed as "Chelsea Winter Wheat" and I'm assuming this is the same beer. A very good session beer. Poured with a big head which goes down to a nice lacing. Hops dominate the smell, and that can be a good thing. Taste is very balanced. You get some hops, but it doesn't overwhelm the delicate wheat flavors. Getting some wheat beer yeast flavors. Very drinkable due to the balance.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at "Christmas in July" at The Blind Tiger.

This American-style wheat beer poured a hazy, golden color with thin white foam that settled quickly. The smell was a mild malt and wheat aroma. The taste was a tad sour. Dominant flavors were malt, wheat, and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was a bit sour. The body and carbonation were medium. The hops were present in the aftertaste. This was a decent wheat beer of its style.

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Frosty's Winter Wheat from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 14 ratings