Blood Ov The Kings
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #387
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3.57 | pDev: 12.04%
Local Option
Illinois, United States
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Notes: At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: An earthy and bready malt driven aroma with a scent of caramel, wheat, and biscuit. Red malt scent of caramel, toffee, wheat, grains, and biscuit with yeast. Earthy hop scent of grass and pine. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Hints of candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and bready malt forward taste with notes of caramel, wheat, and biscuit. Good malt notes of caramel, toffee, wheat, grains, and biscuit with some yeast. Earthy hop notes of grass, pine, and spice. Subtle citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Also some notes of candied sugar and pepper. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice Red Wheat Ale. Good sweet red malt notes with some nice juicy hops.

Mar 19, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.
Deep amber, clear body.
Flavor: moderately strong for style; good balance; malt forward. Hops come out in the finish and aftertaste. Fine bitter sweet balance.

Sep 06, 2015
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Bearshawks85 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at local restaurant. I would not call this an American Pale Wheat but more a slightly hoppy red. Good but not great. Would not seek out again but would be willing to try again.

Sep 02, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This interesting red ale pours a cloudy reddish orange with a FANTASTIC head of off white foam that has some serious staying power and some of the best sudsy lacing I have seen this year. Nose of light rye bread, sweet citrus notes of oranges and pink grapefruit, and subtle hops. Flavors surpass the nose with dark bread crust, lightly sweet iced tea like flavors melding into citrus notes on the middle, and then fading into a bitter malt and hop character on the back and aftertaste. Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation, slick but lively finishing dry.

A VERY solid creation.


Aug 27, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy tea color, brownish amber lightly tan tinted head, head is rocky and persistent
S: Floral fresh cut grass and big mustiness on the nose.
T: Big fruity palate with a suggestion of peach or apricot. There is more hop bitterness in the foam than in the body, the hops are above average but are nicely balanced by the malt. Bitterness is citrus rind – pithy – but there is an earthiness in there as well.
F: There is a slightly above medium body with the wheat ale body, carbonation is above average
O: A refreshing, easy to drink American pale Wheat Ale.

Jun 04, 2015
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells great, a lot more like an amber or red ale than a pale wheat as it's categorized here. Nose is sweet and fruity but the taste is rather dry and I get mostly malt, hints of chocolate and hardly any hops. A really dry finish despite the sweet nose and chocolate taste. A pretty good beer - light yet flavorful - but kind of confusing between the nose and the palate (not to mention the category).

Jun 04, 2015
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled a Franziskaner Weissen Glass with a surprisingly dark amber (SRM 13-14), hazy, almost murky, glow. The puffy white 1”head quickly turns rocky, leaving thick patches of lace and a bit of disappointment. Occasional big lazy bubbles meander up through the beer.

Hop forward, with citrus like tangerine rind, with a minor caramel player in the background. Warmth brings out apricot.

Quite bitter, with ginger. Grapefruit lingers far into a long bitter finish. Sweetness is present throughout the middle, accompanied by light orange flavors.

Apparently these Kings had hemophilia, as the body is ov a medium weight, with light alcohol and a silken texture. A crisp, light astringency follows through the entire session.

Blood ov the Kings, seems to be aligned with the brewer’s intent. Whichever the beer or the label description came first is irrelevant; this beer is as advertised, if not on the style mark. Ultimately this is an enjoyable beer, but the hops clearly overwhelm the wheat, perhaps just like King Adolphus as he marched through the HRE in 1631. I recommend this beer with a burger with poppers on top.

May 31, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml into a solo cup.

A: Clear deep copper/amber with a ridiculous foamy off-white head 2 1/2" minimum that recedes slowly. Retention looks good, lacing is nice.

S: What the hell? Candied raspberry, dark chocolate, some fruity hops & bread. Um, what's going on here?

T: Ok, this brew is officially crazy. Milk chocolate & oak, piney hops here, lemon peel, slightly medicinal note, black pepper, chalk. Melted Wendy's Frosty comes to mind. Pale wheat ale? Um...

M: Overcarbed with very fine, Guinness-like bubbles. Creamy malt adds to the melted-milkshake quality. At least this is consistent with the palate.

O: I'm at a loss here. I don't know how this is a pale wheat. Uh, that said, I kind of love it. The flavor profile is unique & has essentially nothing to do with the nose. On a large-scale sense this brew makes zero sense, but I can't really fault it. I'm all-in on this one.

May 30, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Local Option in Chicago, IL. Served in a pint glass.

Appears hazy, lighter copper body, one finger white head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smells a bit roasty and sweet, kind of like a heftier beer, but a fair amount of hop aromas bringing some grass and citrus, but primarily bready and a bit of booze. Flavour is bready, a bit of booze, a bit of roasted malt. Doesn't taste like a wheat ale should. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, a bit boozy for a 6% beer and not particularly interesting. Fair amount of depth, fine carbonation. Overall, not a beer that I would order again.

Apr 28, 2015
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logicalparadox from New York

3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a beautiful, but murky copper; almost a sludgy look to it. Thick, fluffy, long-lived head that leaves impeccable lacing. One of the nicest looking beers I've ever seen. I wish every beer looked like this! The envy of the guy sitting next to you!

S: Aroma is maltier and roastier than color would suggest--indeed that one would expect from the alleged style (american pale wheat). Hints of bock and doppelbock, and even a wisps reminiscent of a robust porter. Yet, the color is at most, a hazy dark weizen. Unexpected.

T: Drier than the malts would lead me to believe. Biting, with mild hop bitterness. Roasty notes from the malts have a lingering presence that suggests of something best experiences aside a campfire. Yet, there's a big boozy note. Rum, perhaps, maybe some brandy. Alcohol is very noticeable, and at only 6%... if you like this sort of thing, then it's a treat that won't leave you quite so tipsy. If, like me, you're not a fan of boozy flavors, then you'd wonder why the alcohol was so present in a pale wheat ale... especially one only topping out at 6% ABV. This grated on me until I felt like I wished I was drinking something else. IF only this tasted... dirty, dunky, or bready/doughy, any of which would fit with the appearance, then I'd be raving about this brew. As is, not my favorite, and perhaps some flaws.

M: Good mouthfeel. Full, round, body, but the carbonation and dryness keeps it prickly enough to keep up.

O: Can't get past the business. Too bad, it's a gorgeous brew with an awesome name and label.

Apr 22, 2015
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Wasted_Youth from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not what I was expecting, it has a really thick malty chocolate flavor. It's delicious and has an awesome price, definitely worth getting if you're into dessert beers.

Apr 04, 2015
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aefbjo from Bahamas

4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a biscuity, full, crisp, malty delight with the most subtle kiss of hops. Feel and texture are beyond perfect. Pours opaque flaxen gold with a huge, huge head.

Feb 27, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a dull lighter amber with a thinner white head atop.Dark wheat aromas pretty strong in fact with some mellow melon underneath.Strong dark wheat flavors with subtle fruitiness,unlike any wheat ale German or otherwise I have had really.Hmm not horrible but not something I would look out for to buy again.

Feb 01, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local Option just showed up in the Twin Cities so hey, I'll help clear the sagging shelves a bit. 500 ML bottle with some nice art.

That said, the label doesn't bother to tell you much about the beer, not even the style. These guys could use a PR person, or label designer, or Somebody, because they're not going to sell a lot out of their home market (OK, OK, I know, I bought it). Anyways, the pour is light red nearing to orange with heady carbonation. Smells like a good red ale, with a flowery start plus crackery caramel malt. Not a bad start.

Blood ov the Kings takes a short sword hilt to the nads of the wheat style. Hops leaking florality & bitterness aren't usually the elements guarding the threshold of a wheat beer, but here they are, uninvited but welcome. Wheat germ rushes in afterwards & mingles like a professional lobbyist, accompanied by a checkbook of graininess, caramel, light fruit. Finishes bitter & crisp. Half a meter of this, no problem.

Surprisingly good. The hops have been set off perfectly against the red wheat (whatever the hell that is; next time I see my grain trading friend, I'll ask him). Grain & hops, paired up like George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley. Very good beer; but fix your damn labels!

Jul 29, 2014
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morimech from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with and orange hue. A dense two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit, bread, and grain.

Fruity flavor up front with notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Surprising bitterness in the finish with and aftertaste of orange pith.

A bit overcarbonated but otherwise has a solid, somewhat full texture.

Just an above average beer. Nothing about wheat spoke to me. Tasted like a hoppy amber ale. I wonder what this would of tasted like if they used a weizen yeast?

Jul 20, 2014
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friendofbeer from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank in copious amounts from a standard pint glass at Green Street Smoked Meats on another recent visit to Chicago. Complemented the brisket, ribs and sweet pickles I was enjoying greatly.

Slightly Cloudy (as advertised being an unfiltered ale) with bits of sediment, but it was actually surprisingly clear and a beautiful shade of red with a persistent white head and great lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit and biscuit. Taste is more of the same as aroma; however the red wheat added another aspect of complexity, almost rye qualities. IPA/Wheat Ale/Red ale all rolled into one. Slightly bitter finish, not extremely residual. Refreshing.

Jun 04, 2014
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dipso123 from Oregon

2.02/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A - A veritable see of "floaty bits". It looked a school of sardines swimming in the glass with dozens of chunks the size of rice. Head was stiff with large bubbles.

S - Very mild aroma with an underlying medicinal / band-aid smell that transferred to the taste.

T - Although I was not expecting much from a wheat beer I was surprised by the lack of wheat or hop - remarkably bland.

M - In many ways other than the appearance this was the worst characteristic of this beer. It was over carbonated such that it had the mouthfeel of soda pop with a sharp carbonic bite.

O - This was one of those beer that your instinct is to just pour it down the drain right away but I waited and worked my way through about 1/3 or it over 20 minutes hoping for some sort of improvement. There was none - down the drain. I can only hope that this bottle had a problem and is not representational of the general output but even with that being said I would not give it a second try as there was little that was promising and at $9 for 500ml it's no bargain.

May 29, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capital City Gastropub, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is deep amber with hazed appearance and thick white cream with fine bead and thick lace. The smell is very malt dominant with light toasted aroma and yeast accent with mild spice. The feel is great with full malt and toasted grain mild spice texture with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol with light bitterness and clean dry finish.

The taste is very nutty, dry and toasted with slight herbal taste and gentle yeast in the background and mostly wheat-like element with some gentle flavor of fruit from the combination of ingredients. Overall a very good pale wheat, nice complexity and easy to drink a good pale ale with wheat flavor.

May 28, 2014
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QueerBeer from Colorado

3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Opaque amber pour, but with way, WAY too much yeast sediment. A bit off-putting and hard to drink around. The beer itself was refreshingly light-bodied and dry, but not overly so. Fruit notes that weren't overwhelmed by the wheat, but nothing stood out. Okay beer.

Apr 30, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was a recent release. Pours hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, caramel, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus hop and caramel/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy wheat ale. All around good balance and robustness of citrus hop and caramel/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Mar 16, 2014
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml into a cervoise.

A: Pours a muddy red with a nice egg shell head.

S: Grapefruit, grass, caramel, biscuity.

T: Taste brings leafy bitterness, caramelized grain, mild wheat, pithy citrusy bitterness, tobacco.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: This was ok, a little too dry and not very exciting.

Mar 07, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color and has some hints of yellowish hues along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with strong notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, except that there are also strong notes of peppery spices that stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The particulates add slight amounts of chewiness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer seems to taste like a hybrid between a wheat beer and an amber/red ale.

Jan 26, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice three finger head that settles slowly with a frothy dome. Spotty lace. The broth is orange hued darker amber color with a significant haze.

Not much of a wheat smell, but it is pleasant with a good blend of pale malt and soft floral hop. Attractive and inviting. There's a touch of earthiness.

A dry offering, almost as if there is rye in this beer. No notable malt sugar. The swallow is sharp and bitter with a black pepper-like hop bite. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. Very easy to drink, but a bit expensive for the experience.

Jan 25, 2014
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice thick head and generous lacing all the way down. Good retention. Murky amber color. Aroma is spicy/piney hops, sharp wheat and soft, sweet, biscuity pale malt. Flavor is a sharp blend of bready, crackery grains and a spicy, piney, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit rough but tolerable. 6% alcohol hides very well. Good Quaff.

Jan 05, 2014
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andyfrancis from California

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Cloudy, copper-amber with thin, tan eggshell head.

Earthy and floral hop notes up front, underlying fruit combined with sweet biscuity malt.

If I had been blindfolded, I would have sworn it was a red ale. Initial rush culminates with a bite of carbonation on your tongue over a constant biscuit malt undertone. For better or worse, very reminiscent of Fat Tire.

Lighter bodied than expected with a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Very slight lingering bitter and sweet.

I'm not sure what's going on with Local Option in terms of business and distribution. I thought of them as a Chicago based boutique, but I bought this bottle in San Francisco, and its label says it came from Maryland. Whatever the case, I'm glad to be able to get them out here.

Jan 02, 2014
Blood Ov The Kings from Local Option
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 190 ratings