Santa Fe Wheat | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Santa Fe WheatSanta Fe Wheat

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mentor on 07-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a clear straw yellow with a slight tinge of orange. A small fizzy white head appears and then fades just as quickly as it came. Mild active carbonation. Aromas begin with crisp, slightly sweet wheat grains along with light citrus and lemon zest. Mild herbal hops in the background along with a tad bit of yeasty spiciness. Very mellow hefeweizen qualities with a whisper of clove.

First sip brings a crisp, somewhat sweet wheat grain malt upfront that's a bit husky. It flows into a some nice fruity citric flavors along with a clean yeasty spiciness. Laid back notes of banana, clove and light pepper roll across the tongue. It flows down with a touch of herbal hops that bring in a very mild bitterness. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and a grainy aftertaste. This brew is light hefeweizen light...sort of bridging the gap between American pale wheat and hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a solid creaminess and steady carbonation. Goes down well and has more body than most American wheats I encounter, so it gets points there. Overall though, I can't see myself drinking too much of this one. Good to try, but I'd rather seek out a true German hefeweizen anytime. Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing this one my way.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with 4 fingers+ of off-whitehead. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Slight breadyness & phenolic notes

T: Slight bready notes & pepper up front. Slight grainyness & tartness follows. Finishes slightlty fruitty (apricot& green apple) . a little juicy, with some lemon hop notes

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation& some stickyness

Drank alright, this kind of had a belgian yeast twang to me. Not really looking for that in an an American pale wheat...

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Photo of bditty187
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, white gold in hue with some tawny influences, the color is oddly sickly looking. I never knew a beer could look ghostly and dead. White head, fluffy, one finger tall at the apex; respectable head retention, the bubbles steadily fell to a soapy collar. No lacing. The appearance, overall, is average... at best.

The nose is musty with hints of vanilla, citrus notes too, metallic with soap and fruit. Clearly this is not a Hefeweizen and I'd be hard pressed to call this a good American Wheat Ale. Mild potency, the nose does nothing for me. The more I smell it, the louder the apple notes are which, IMO, really muddles the aromas. I don't find the bouquet inviting.

Musty and wheaty with cloves and fruit; sweetness arrives in the middle and lingers into the aftertaste. The palate is messy. There is one thud of flavor, mostly wheat and mustiness mixed in with some apples, spice, and cloves. I don't find much complexity beyond the aforementioned. Faint acidity appears at the finish with some tartness. While this wheat ale has more character than some I don't think it is very well put together. Sluggish... boring... and unpleasant, IMO.

Medium light in body, low carbonation which hurts the palate; I'd like more bubbles to scrub away the sweetness and spice.

One of the least refreshing wheat ales I've tried. I get the same "baloney spice" taste in this beer as I do in BLVD Zon (which I strongly dislike). I can't say I am a huge fan of Santa Fe and this beer does nothing to change my mind. Passable, at best. Likely I'll never drink this again. I purchased a single 12oz bottle in Omaha.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the brewery.

Come to me in a pint glass a hazy straw color with a very thin head. Smelled of German hefe yeast with more clove than banana. Had a nice sharp wheat smell as well. Flavor has a good deal of yeasty character, with the clove, again, being the most prominent. Finishes citrusy, crisp, and dry. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, even for a hefe, but with near perfect carbonation. This would be an ideal session.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Light straw with a thin white head. No need to pour this into a Weizen glass, a simple pint glass will do.

Aroma is banana and light lemon, maybe some wheat.

Flavor is light lemon and dry wheat.

Finish is off dry.


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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After its disinterment from the 12-ounce brown bottle, the beer resides in the glass a limpid gold with a perfect ¾ inch head that evanesces quickly leaving a satin like sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Nose is citrus like in its crispness, earthy, nicely sweet; a pleasure to both the olfactory and ocular sense, start is sweet, the grain presence delightful, and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops subdued but present, dry lingering after taste, a new beer and brewery to this old swiller of the elixir of life.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of foam from a hard pour lightly cloudy amber colored ale with an extremely healthy head.

Smell is all Belgian Witbier, wonder if they used the wrong yeast? Sweet and spicy with lots of powdery yeast aroma and orange scent. Toasted cracker wheat malt scent under all that spice and lots of coriander, though the bottle mentions no spices used.

The taste starts out sweet and spicy with a noticeable citrus flavor in the aftertaste. Powdery Belgian yeast flavor and a decent bitter note in the middle. Orange flavor is quite strong here and the beer taste just as spicy as it smells.

Mouthfeel is good.

A surprise, keep thinking they put the wrong beer in the bottle. This is a quite passable Belgian Witbier, better than most American made versions for sure. A recommended beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of a lot of wheat and some lemon along with a little hops and spice.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of wheat, lemon and spices. There’s a bitter bite that comes in sporadically, but it doesn’t seem like it’s from the light amount of hops. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, to me something seemed off with this beer, it’s not one that I would pick again.

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Photo of wailingwench
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite possibly one of the worst Hefes that I have had. That being said, this is New Mexico and I am betting that the good folks at Santa Fe desired another session, "desert-mower", its hot as f#$k out here and I need a beer kindof beer. Especially since their Freestyle Pilsner is pretty serious business, not the kindof Pilsner for the "desert-mowing" types. So, that being said, this Hefe is a light ale that should be appropriately termed summer ale or a derivative of that.

Eye Candy: Not much to look at here. From what I remember, Natural Light may have a tad bit more color to it (my memory is hazy, Natty Light hazy). Clarity is clear, no typical Hefe haze, an occasional triplet of rising CO deuce. Brilliant white bubbly head that vanishes quickly. What remains appears to be flat and lifeless. Meh.

The Nose Knows: faint clove, citric lemon, baled straw, light wheat.

Tongueland: Light, light, light. Upfront citric lemon, faint muddled clove middle, fresh cut grass, finish is reminiscent of gumballs.

Bender Factor: Sit me outside in July with a case of these on ice- I'm not complaining and neither should you ;) I gave this style appropriate marks for a Hefe, but I WOULD purchase this again.

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Photo of nmbrews
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Wheat beer seems to be more of a german style than American. Pours fairly clear with a mostly white head although I did swirl the bottle to release the yeast from the bottom and added to the beer towards the end, making it more of a Hefeweizen. Smell is faint banana citrus with small undertones of clove. I really enjoyed the taste; full body balanced mouthfeel and just the right amount of hop kick in the finish. An extremely drinkable beer even better with the yeast swirled into it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend's brother grabbed a few of these while in NM. Right on, I get to try a beer from the Land of Enchantment!

Pours a dark orange color with a decent head. Not really what I expected from an American Pale Wheat Ale.

Aromas are of fruit, mostly a sour orange like smell coming from this one.

The flavor of this beer really reminds me of a Belgian Ale. There is a very banana and spicy undertone, and finish to this one. The front of the taste is subtle, yet slightly sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel is above average. This beer is especially nice up front, quite full bodied.

An interesting beer for sure. Worth a try... not really my style, but it was not bad.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden with a slight orange tinge. The head is medium sized, and pure white in color. Smell is of bananas and cloves. Taste is malty, refreshing, with a good bitterness from the hops. Flavors of ripe bananas, pear, and a hint of rye bread. Quite spicy as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation levels are good. Quite drinkable, this would make an excellent hot summer day beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/20/06- Received from a BA member as part of a fatasty baseball prize.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info noted. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pale gold in color. A full one inch head which leaves nice clean sheets of lace.

Smell- Lemon rind and other citrus notes. Seems extrememly sweet smelling with a slight grainy nose as well.

Taste- Very mild hops notes. A bit overly sweet with confectioniers like sugar flavor. Wheat taste is good with a deep roasted malt hidden in the back.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation and mildly creamy.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable wheat. A tad too sugary for my pallete, otherwise worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a cloudy orange-tan beer with a slight head. Lots of wheat malt in the nose, but little else--certainly little yeast character. Fruitiness comes through much better upon taste--nice banana character. Phenols are quite restrained, but it is nice and tart and refreshing.

A good thirst-quencher of a beer, if nothing too special.

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Photo of kvgomps
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. The aroma has lightly spicy-herbal hop notes to it. Thin malt notes that have a light fruitiness to it (notes of plum and apple) and ever-so lightly toasted grain note in the finish. The aroma is not bad, but seems a touch boring, and even, at times, a bit out of whack

The taste is fairly dry, but does have something or a sweet grainy note to it. Spicy herbal hop notes are also noticeable in the flavor. The beer finishes with a bit of sharp bitterness and a sweet caramelized malt note. The sweetness accentuates a sweet plum note and a touch of green apple. Certainly an easily quaffable beer and certainly not objectionable. I am not too sure what I think about this; the fruitiness seems a bit off at times, though this is still drinkable.

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Photo of mjurney
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Light golden/straw color, slighly hazy, some bubbles, small head, not much lacing.
[Smell]: Banana, some cloves, bready wheat and yeast. Smell more like a Hefeweizen than American Wheat.
[Taste]: Bready wheat up front, mild banana/clove/spice, yeasty at the end.
[Mouthfeel/Finish]: Medium bodied, carbonation is mild, weird funky aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: I'm not really too impressed with this one, but it's fair.

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

Enjoyed from the tap at The Shed and Harry's Roadhouse; both in Santa Fe.

Appearance - looks like a nice, cloudy hefe with a pretty billowy head.

Smell - not as much banana and cloves as I normally like, but it was served a little too cold.

Taste - delightful and surprising. More citrus than bananas, but I still found it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - fairly creamy

Drinkability - in the hot, NM sun I could drink a large number of these refreshing brews. A nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew pours a light golden color with a billowing 3 fingers of head over top that falls to a very thick two fingers of chunky foam over top. The initial pour is very clear and there are tons of bubbles coming out of solution; there is no yeast after the final pour. The aroma is dominated with lemony citrus with a more subdued green apple fruityness and just a hint of a wheat malt base. I'm surprised by the very strong fruit components in this one. Taking a sip, I get a nice healthy wheat base with a nice bit of doughyness and a light huskyness on the finish. The finish is almost a touch raisiny, which is interesting. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly creamy with a very mild carbonation left after the massive outgasing from the pour. Overall, this one definitely has a bit of character to it. That raisin and dough quality on the finish give me ideas of some special b or cara-munich malt in the beer, but that is just my perception. I like it. It is a wheat beer with something behind it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up during a recent trip to the southwest. Although appearance was weak, I thought this beer was a very good American Wheat Ale...lightly spiced and (perhaps over?) sweet.

This beer poured a "dirty" yellow color, by which I mean it is a dark, hazy yellow color which is very dull (versus sparkling). Head was minimal and short-lived.

Aroma was lightly sweet and floral. Flavor was initially lightly sweet and spiced (clove?) with a slightly watery aftertaste. As it warmed up a bit, the sweetness became a bit more cloying and I noticed more bitterness in the aftertaste, but it was still good.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing, as it should be for this style. I found this beer rather drinkable.

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Photo of mentor
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from a local liquor store and consumed a couple days later in July 2005. Pours a temporary half-finger nearly white head over a lightly cloudy straw colored liquid. Sediment was retained in the bottle, as I thought this was a pale ale when I started the review. Smells malty and estery sweet. Melons, strawberries, and oranges. Also some wheat beneath the sweets. Flavor is mostly sweet with some esters. There is noticable clove, some wheat, plus (oddly) a hint of smoked malt. Hopping flavoring is light (hint of orange) and hop bitterness is absent altogether. Body is light and the carbonation is moderate. It's a typical wheat beer...light, fruity and refreshing.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap this hometown brew was a slightly pale, straw yellow with a fluffy white head. The retention was acceptable and it slowly became a soapy collar that laced rather well. The aroma was slightly musty grain, wet wheat and some citrus and apple hints. The flavors were at first sip the grainy malt and wheat followed soon by citrus notes, lemon and orange. A little husky and a little sweet. The mouthfeel was average but the lower carbonation does lend this one to being quite sessionable. Not a great beer but a very good one to share with friends over a meal.

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Santa Fe Wheat from Santa Fe Brewing Company
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