Summer Solstice Wheat
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #403
Ranked #38,552
3.44 | pDev: 15.12%
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tobelerone
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m sorry to totally rag on these guys because they’re nice enough people, but I had this on tap at the Vinter Wine Market on 9th avenue and they insisted it was Harpoon Summer Ale, a kolsch. They couldn’t have been more wrong and it was just one of a handful of times they have completely screwed things up. Again, they’re nice dudes but don’t know a thing about beer and shouldn’t be selling pints and filling growlers with the wrong beer, much less repeatedly.

Regardless I finally figured out that this is the beer I was served. Pours a dark amber, with good clarity, with a small, quickly dissipating cream colored head and minimal lacing. Nose is all caramel malts and banana, minor citrus hops underneath. Flavor follows suit. Lots of sweet caramel, bready malt, banana and clove weizen-like esters, finishes with a light citrus hoppiness. Fairly sweet, doesn’t dry up very much in the finish. Could be cleaner drinking, I’d say.

Medium light body, moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, lacks overall crispness. Fair to middling overall. Has kind of a dunkel weizen vibe.

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Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at MexiQ in Astoria. It's smooth and tastes more like a blond Enlgish ale with Ringwood, but it's not a bad summer beer. The smooth fruity, candied yeast character dominates the beer, leaving little barley or wheat flavor. It's a bit too simple for me. I liked the beer enough, but didn't need a second glass. I should add: Don't expect a typical, clean American wheat beer.

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Photo of listenatjoes
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On cask at The Gingerman.
Was it the cask treatment that nearly killed what could have been a much better experience?
Color was about the best thing this beer had going since there was little to no carbonation and it was left tasting and smelling old. Old would not be a bad thing for many a cask conditioned ale, but for a mid-gravity wheat ale, I'm expecting more wheat characteristics (banana, clove, bubblegum, tangy) barely any of which this brew exhibited. Like a watered down combination of a stale wheat beer and brown ale. If I get to try this bottled or kegged and have a different impression I will revise.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color that resembles lemonade. It poured with a thin, bright white head that died down but left lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of doughy malts and wheat in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dough and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of hopdog
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Brew Pub.

Poured a deep cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. They served this one to me with a slice of lemon. Aromas of citrus and light wheat. Tastes of stronger wheat, lightly fruity and very light spices.

Notes from: 9/17/05

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat spice and a generous amount of citrus hop.

The taste was well balanced with and upfront clean oily hop that gradually gave way to the chewy wheat malt. Good doughy finish as well.

The mouthfeel was light yet mildly chewy.

Overall a very nice summer wheat ale. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this wheat beer without any citrus fruit added. Was wishing I had, which is odd because I never understood this practice. This beer had very little taste outside of the wheat, which was mild at that. It was kind of darker than most wheat beers, which kind of misled me because I was expecting more flavor and hops to prevail through the beer. There was virtually no head on the beer also. Unfortunately, this beer did very little to wake up my taste buds.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good wheat beer, I had this after the raspberry version. It has the same cloudy unfiltered dark amber appearance, somewhat darker that I would expect for a summer wheat. The head was small, and did not hold through the drink. It smelled like a very nice solid wheat. The brewmaster said it was 1/2 wheat and 1/2 barley, but you noted the wheat in the smell.

this followed into the taste. Very refreshing. A real smooth aftertaste, with good bubbles that hit the tongue and evaporate immediatly. Again, this is definately an outside on the patio drink, and it works well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, deep-orange body supports a creamy, bright-white head that holds well before dropping to a creamy collar that leaves behind some nice sticky lace. The nose doesn't deliver much yeast characteristic; but it does display a clear wheat content within the malt. It's medium bodied and very fine with a delicate carbonation that tingles the tongue. And its rich and sweetish wheat-based malt is balanced by a firm bitterness; finishing dry with a light touch of residual malt and a very slight note of hop. Straightforward and satisfying.

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Summer Solstice Wheat from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 11 ratings