Wheelers Brown | Cody Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cody Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by palma on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4. 5.5% ABV, 27 IBU label on it.

A: A nice mahogany brown pour with a decent tan head. Retention is decent, as is the lacing.

S: Heavy toffee aroma (almost bourbony) with what I swear is very ripe banana (once it warms it becomes more like oatmeal) There is a caramelized brown sugar smell too.

T: Lots of toffee up front. Oatmeal in the middle and then there is some bitter roast/cocoa in the end. Getting some black licorice/anise sometimes. It sounds good when I write it but the flavors don't really work together or meld well.

M: A bit thin, but not horribly so. No bitterness.

O: Honestly the concept of this beer sounds really good but the execution falls a bit flat. It's missing a some normal brown ale elements and replaces them with flavors that just don't work. I like oatmeal stouts and porters but in a brown ale it just doesn't seem to work. Not a bad beer but just falls short.

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Photo of tigg924
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass--Had on tap at New World Tavern Plymouth

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt--not overly strong

Taste: light chocolate, light caramel, leather, and oats as it warms

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet with a light bitter backbone

Overall: To me this is an average brown ale with a touch of oatmeal that differentiates it a bit from the pack. Not a bad beer and one to sip pleasantly, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of dbaqhits
2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice brewmaster, however, he should concentrate on making one or two beers that are drinkable prior to distributing 6 to 8 different beers that are just not worth drinking, whatsoever.
Doing some intern time with a professional brewer as an apprentice/assistant brewmaster would help lift this beer to a whole new level.

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Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From an undated 22oz bottle, label different than the one shown.

Pours an amber color with reddish hues, looks more like a red ale than anything else, not much of a head and what there is fades fast, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily caramel malt, possibly a touch of chocolate in the nose but you'll have to dig for it.

Taste is fairly one note with the caramel malt taking the majority of the flavor profile, a light chocolate character in the aftertaste, finishes dry, soft but amble carbonation, the oatmeal they added does add a creamier than expect mouthfeel.

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Photo of coachdonovan
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated bomber from a brewery I've never heard of and a style (American Oatmeal Brown) I've never seen. Color is (obviously) a dark brown but has some red hues when held up to the light. I have to be honest, there isn't much to this one. Aroma and taste are roasted malt, but everything feels a bit watered down. I don't pick up at all on the oatmeal "added for an earthy creaminess that gives it a unique smoothness" and the mouthfeel is thin.

This one falls pretty far short of the mark. There is nothing offensive here, but it doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of jgammoniv
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel and toffee that are quickly followed by a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head bubbles away gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is light to moderate maltiness.

Taste is nutty upfront, worty through the middle, and comes on balanced through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice first brew for me from Cody.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades slowly with a nice lacing over semi hazy cola brownish slight mahogany color beer.

nose starts with nice juicy brown malts in a little bit of toasty caramel, hint of molasses, light oats and a bit of caramelized brown sugar, and slight hints of floral hops.

Taste starts mildly sweet, again lots of brown malts, sweetener flavors without the heavy sweetness, caramel, toasted malts, hint of maple syrup and some toffee, molasses and brown sugar, light creamy oats, and a hint of a darker roasty malt that I can't label. Light hops add a decent bitterness and light floral earthy hop flavors. As it finishes a bit more bitterness and earthy flavors and hint of a roasty salty quality, more caramel and brown malt flavors, mildly sweet still doesn't dry as much as I expected, and hints of mild earthy hops lingering.

mouth is medium to slightly richer bodied with good carbonation.

overall a pretty nice beer, nice brown malts, caramel and sweeteners, a decent hop kick with a touch of bitterness and roasty salty like flavor hinting to I heavier roasted malt, and nice touch of oats to give a bit of body. Very easy drinking and sessionable, smooth and tasty.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely pours any head and no lacing. Deep clear ruby color, ton of yeast left in glass. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is smoky and flavor has smokiness with some malt sweetness. Batch #5, $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent starting head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Light on the lace. The color is solidly brown, but light still shines through.

Mildly chalky with lots of cream. Very little "brown" to the smell.

Sweeter than I expected, like milk chocolate. The body is appropriate for a Brown Ale. The carbonation is okay. Reminds me a little bit of chocolate ice cream. Overall, it's easy to drink but ordinary.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wheelers Brown pours a hazy dark brown, with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued with notes of caramel malt, brown sugar and bread. A slight nuttiness is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet and malty. Toasted malt and some chocolate are balanced with bready yeast notes and an earthy nuttiness. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate sweetness when gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer with a great mouthfeel. Even though it's almost 6%$ abv it reminds me of a session beer.

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Photo of BWigs
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of gcamparone
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased (for 1.99!) at Yankee Spirits in MA.

A- Pours a muddy brown body with an off-white fluffy white head that reduces to a layer of foam and leaves some leggy lacing.

S- Very slight nutty, toffee, bready, and caramel notes.

T- Tastes slightly raw with notes of toffee, light coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, yeast, and light malt.

M- Light and smooth, easy going down. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale. Definitely a bargain at 1.99. Subtle tastes for a mellow style.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, no date

appears a chestnut brown color, with nice thick khaki colored head. good lacing. slightly sweet malty aroma. a bit nutty. taste is biscuity, complex malt, but not too sweet or dry. good balance. very easy to drink. smooth fine carbonation. overall a very solid brown ale.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had batch #3 from Berman's in Lexington. Apparently, there was a tasting recently and there were a few bottles still hanging around. The beer is decent, it's smooth and creamy. The beer is quite dark, almost inky black. There is a creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. There is a bit of lace to the beer. The nose is dark malts, licorice, slightly charred roasted notes. The nose is quite good.

This is fairly medium bodied, but it has a slight watery consistency, and a thin taste that should be a bit more substantial. The beer is quite flat and could benefit from a bit more carbonation. The roasted notes are present, plenty of dark malts, maybe a touch of watery molasses or brown sugar in there too. This is a decent cold weather beer, I had it with sausages and beans and it went pretty well. The aftertaste is a bit thin, there may be a burnt note or two that is unwarranted. This is a decent beer, not great, but decent.

Re-review February 2011: I tried Batch #4 and it is a bit more medium bodied. I found it to have a slightly sweet, almost metallic flavor to it that was not present in Batch #3, or at least much less so. I'm knocking this beer down a peg because of that aluminum foil in the roasted malts. Just a bit too sweet as well.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of palma
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an american oatmeal brown ale. Batch #2. Found this bottle on a trip to salem mass.

Pours a very dark brown. Almost black. Minimal head. Good lacing.

Nose is roasted malt. Licorice. Cherry. Burnt caramel.

Taste is dark malt, chocolate, toast. Burnt notes. Finishes wet but with significant bitterness. A little astringent.

Smooth mouthfeel, close to a porter consistency.

This beer is still drinkable despite its astrigency. Nose and smooth mouthfeel make up for it.

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Photo of mrsbirdie
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WhiteLight68
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beerdude63
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by my new favorite beer place and grabbed a growler from Codys. Poured a real dark brown almost like a porter, with a nice ivory white head. Sweet caramel and molasses in the nose. The taste is similar to the nose, caramel, molasses, some mocha, and a really nice maltiness. Balanced but more of a sweeter beer. I really enjoy most beers and dont really have to many negative things to say (you would know if you have read any of my other posts) but Im usually not a brown ale drinker. However even though I like most of Codys beer I think this one is my favorite, well for now. Really nice drinking beer and a little lighter than you would expect. Highly recommend, even if you dont consider yourself a brown drinker.

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Wheelers Brown from Cody Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 32 ratings