Orange Wheat
Hangar 24 Brewing

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #480
Ranked #46,859
3.51 | pDev: 16.52%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Orange WheatOrange Wheat
Notes: American Wheat Ale Brewed with oranges.

At certain times of the year, when you fly over the orange groves here in Redlands, you can smell the blossoms. Oranges are a part of our lives. And Orange Wheat is our tribute to their role throughout the history of Southern California. A beer with local ingredients. Brewed for wherever your adventures take you. Brewed with locally picked whole oranges

17 IBU
Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 399 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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akaizer from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a beer of the month club. Poured with a bit of cackling leading to a quickly receding off-white foam head that ended with mere laces. Body is a hazy pale straw color on the outside but more orange in the center. Really a nice looking orange wheat ale. The scent is primarily a citrus orange (a touch more acidic but some sweet too with a zest of spice) and a nice wheat backdrop. Taste is quite unlike anything I have had before, almost verging on a sour or gose but has none of the lingering esters in the mouth and a breadiness helps to fight off becoming too sapid. Instead there seems to be a quick hit of orange, effervescence on the tongue, and a bit orange in the aftertaste without ever overpowering. Feel is very much on the lighter side and is the weakest point of an all around very solid beer.

Apr 06, 2021
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edc20 from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange flavor on this is fairly subtle. More of a wheat beer than anything. Also a bit more bitter than I expected. Good carbonation, fairly thick and wheaty texture. Not my favorite kcal to abv ration (168 or 138kcal for 4.6abv).

Apr 16, 2018
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured from a 12 oz. bottle a nice golden color with a half finger of crackling white head that quicly goes away.

Smells bready and something like biscuits with a citrus like lime smell.

Taste was a bit sour. Tastes like a a lime flavored water with half of the carbonation.

Mouth was like water and finishes like water.

Seems like it wants to be something with a lot missing. Is it a orange shandy, a weissbeer attempt, or does it want to be a flavored wheat ale. Crap I do not know! Perhaps me and the wife got two off bottles as she said the same.

Jun 28, 2017
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Profundobaso from New York

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - a hazy light orange. No head, but a lot of carbonation.
Smell - a very subtle orange with wheat (banana-like) flavor
Taste - thoroughly refreshing. Citrus flavor is subtle but very detectable. Not as much wheat flavor as I like, but I guess that's why this is classified as a fruit/vegetable beer instead of a wheat beer.
Feel - light bodied, high carbonation, low ABV.
Overall - a great summer beer. Subtle is the best way to describe it, as the flavors are light but definitely there. Carbonation may be a bit overkill for some, but very easy to drink and very refreshing.

Jun 16, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this beer on tap at the San Bernardino B. J.'s. I have been visiting this area on business for years and have enjoyed this beer since it was new. Always fresh, crisp and tasty. The orange smell and taste is not overpowering but nicely subtle. Very refreshing beer and I recommend it.

Jun 16, 2017
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Schellingj from California

2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hangar 24's Orange wheat has a beautiful golden hazy look that unfiltered beers embody so well. The haze brings a light refreshing scent of citrus. While smooth, this orange wheat ends with a tangy dry twist. Overall, this beer is better suited for a hot summer day.

Nov 11, 2016
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psrafa from California

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuuuck. Not experienced drinker, but this was bad. Nice color aroma and orange citrus flavor, but so much carbonation. Its not tasteful enough to drink many nor is it smooth. Im from the area and I wish it would have tasted better.

Jul 12, 2016
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Beer 39 in San Francisco. I ordered this for my wife because it is the type of beer she prefers. Hazy, orange, with minimal head. The smell is lovely - wheat and orange, but it doesn't quite come together taste-wise. Overall, a refreshing beer that is a nice alternative to a radler.

Apr 24, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The hazy goldenstraw look of the liquid underpins an inch of marshmallow foam; a few strands of lacing hang around

Smell: Floral, citrusy orange tones waft upward

Taste: Wheat bread forward with a tangy hint of orange; clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: If only the beer tasted more like it smelled I would be a happy camper; the orange flavor, is more like an orange facsimile

Jan 13, 2016
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JordanSchuetz from California

3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer would be very refreshing for a hot day, however I am a much bigger fan of dark beers. For the price, I couldn't justify buying this beer over the cheaper competitors. The taste of the beer is similar to watered down orange juice with a hint of ethanol added to the mix. It's definitely better than a Bud, but doesn't scream crafted beer to me. I prefer other Hanger 24 products over this.

Aug 19, 2015
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Reema from California

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy light yellow color, closely resembles carbonated orange juice. Off white bubbles form into a partial film. Smell is of orange zest, orange juice, slight wheat scents. Taste reflects the smell. Initial strong orange tastes lead into a tiny amount of orange rind bitterness that goes into a slight citrus/wheat tartness that finishes with a pleasant bready biscuit taste that lingers for a small amount of time. Finishes semi-dry. Feel is light, amply carbonated, and very refreshing. Overall, this is a good fruit forward beer that is extremely crushable and easy to drink. Glad they listened to the consumer and started canning this stuff.

Jun 01, 2015
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seanion from California

2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i dont like it. it tastes and feels diluted, the orange flavor is weak and one-dimensional, it has an unbalanced sourness, and has an overall taste and finish that seemed cheap to me. a six pack has never lasted over a week in my fridge before

Mar 20, 2015
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Jaysauras from California

3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a pale yellow with a thick foamy head. Very cloudy as you would expect from an unfiltered beer. Heavy carbonation, excellent lace.

S: Citrus, metal, yeast. Pretty straight forward. Citrus dominates the nose. Simple and obvious

T: I'm torn. It has a very nice blend of flavors, but it comes across a little bland at times. It is as advertised. Heavy up front on the orange and citrus flavor that falls back onto a wheat backbone and aftertaste. However, some sips can seem a little watery at times, which I feel is a common problem with some fruit beers. Bit of a soapy taste to it as well sometimes. That being said it doesn't have a bad flavor at all. Just not outstanding. The orange flavor is well done. Doesn't taste gimmicky or like an additive.

F: Very crisp and refreshing. Light and tingly. Pretty dry finish. Very very drinkable.

O: It's an average to above average beer. Not outstanding, but definitely not a poor brew by any means. A good go to beer if you are at the store and can't decide what to get. Sessionable, light, and fairly tasty albeit bland at times past a well crafted orange flavor. Doesn't feel gimmicky, which is generally good when the taste you are going for is in the title.

Feb 28, 2015
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SierraFlight from Virginia

3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Review from memory. On tap at Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach. Hazy gold color with white head that vanished quickly. Aroma of orange, wheat malt, doughy yeast, spice. Flavors follow the nose with less orange/more lemon citrus notes. Moderate sweetness. Crisp, light body, wet, refreshing.

Feb 26, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

One of the most interesting fruit beers we’ve seen in a long while. Not just flavored with oranges but Hangar 24 adds whole oranges throughout the brewing process. Extremely refreshing and a well needed departure from the norm. a beer to be remembered.

STYLE: Fruit Beer
ABV: 4.6%

LOOK: Hazed sandy hue, great head retention

SMELL: Orange peel, bready, pithy, nutty, zest, pulp, faint spice

TASTE: Very crisp, spicy, lighter bodied, bread crust, orange taffy, nutty yeast, orange peel, pith and pulp, clean graininess, dry semi-puckering finish

Dec 12, 2014
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SonicAddict from California

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Really refreshing, I thought it was going to be similar to soda but it wasn't at all.

It has a bright lemon yellow-orange look, and a very fruity smell. I'm not yet experienced enough to separate the aroma, but its fruity but not overpowering.

It has a light fruit flavor to it, but just like its smell, its taste is very balanced. I thought the carbonation was good. And it was light in feel, easy to have alot of these or just chill on one while working on a side-project.

Hmmm, your girlfriend (not wife, hahah) will definitely enjoy it.

Sep 04, 2014
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DonJaime from California

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

This is a great beer for a hot day. I for one enjoy the citrus flavor. Others have complained about the lack of wheat taste, but forget this is an American Wheat ale, not a Bavarian style. So yes the traditional wheat tast will not be overwhelming. This is a great brew and is one I will continue to buy. Highly recommend for dudes wanting to have their girls drink a good craft brew that is not overwhelming like an IPA.

Sep 02, 2014
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ccoyle from California

2.46/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Our local grocery recently added a craft brew section, and I recently chose this brew for one of my infrequent beer indulgences. Wish I hadn't. The beer starts promising, with a pleasant, hazy straw-yellow color and plenty of head. The experience went downhill from there. Despite the heavy smell of citrus and the tangy, well-carbonated mouthfeel one would expect from this style, the taste was, at best, unremarkable. Nothing stood out for me, neither wheat nor citrus. In fact, it was rather like a very weak lemonade with some alcohol thrown in. Very disappointing, and not a brew I will be having a second time.

Jun 27, 2014
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avwrite from California

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A good looking wheat bear. Light in color and a little cloudy, but nice.

S - Orange smell is very strong. Couldn't smell anything else, so I knew I was in for full fruit flavors.

T - As citris beers go, this one was a bit sour. The orange taste didn't blend in very smoothly, and came off a bit too robust for my liking.

M - The citris taste lingers in the mouth. It's probably the most prevalent thing about the beer.

O - Great beer for a summer's day, but not for other occasions.

Jun 22, 2014
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i4ourgot from California

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I cracked one of these open on a 90 degree day and boy was it refreshing. I was a little scared that it would be a very intense orange flavored beer. Something similar to magic hat number 9 with the intense apricot flavor, instead it was very mellow and blends very well with the wheat. The beer had a nice creamy head to it and a hazy straw like color. The aroma was a subtle orange flavor with some bready notes. The flavor was a slight orange with the wheat notes of the beer being very dominant. The beer has a lighter mouth feel from adding oranges early in fermentation. I would recommend this beer for any hot day.

May 27, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though it has 'orange' in the name this Hangar 24 offering has an aroma that smells an awful lot like lemon curd. Even its appearance is most definitely yellow (not orange) and it, too, has the complexion of pie filling. It's a most turbid, thick-looking wheat beer and it's topped with a meringue whip of its own.

Granted, there's little (naturally or artificially) sweet about this fruit beer; my mind quickly turns off dessert and onto breakfast. The bouquet smells plenty like marmalade and orange blossoms, rose petal herbal tea, and also has a hint of the citrusy tartness of a breakfast grapefruit.

Sweet is arguably the most satisfying of all flavours. It's often quite satiating too (think of a rich chocolatey dessert). But nothing is more refreshing than tartness, and this beer drinks something like a grapefruit radler. It's a very tangy quaff, combining a moderate base of grainy, lightly sweet malt with a citrusy quality that can border on lemon-like sour on some sips.

Not all sips, mind you. Some have a total absence of tartness. And flavour for that matter. Indeed, this beer shows flashes of being an excellent hot weather quencher - that, I assume, is the intention behind this brand - but there's concern over its consistency; impressions vary from 'wow this is delicious' to 'wow this is flat'.

Overall, however, Hanger 24 Orange Wheat is as pleasant as the sunny summer afternoon it aims to accompany. Those hellbent on getting as much intense, sweet fruit as possible should ask for a couple extra orange wedges, but anyone simply looking for easy-going, mindless refreshment should enjoy it just fine. I sure liked it.

Mar 23, 2014
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MJamieson from Arizona

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured beautifully out of the bottle, with a nice head that sadly disappeared quickly.

Pale straw in color, but head was very nice bright color when in place.

Does not have an overly pronounced orange taste but does have a bright citrus edge to it. Those that enjoy a Lost Coast Great White will like this beer a lot.

Looking forward to distribution throughout the state of Arizona on this brand.

Mar 22, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

S: Fresh orange juice/zest and some wheat in a simple, somewhat faint nose. Smells good.

T: Coriander, poppy, wheat, orange juice and rind, but the orange is a bit light. This could have used a strong dose oif citra hops or just plain more orange. A tiny bit of skunkiness is detectable, but so slight that it barely detracts from the beer's tastiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with average/above average carbonation, but not harsh.

O: This could have been done better and it could have been more citric, but it's a decent wheat beer. Worth a try.

Mar 04, 2014
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charlzm from California

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 6th, 2013 at The Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is a light, lemony yellow. Slightly cloudy. Long lived one finger white foam head. Good sheeting but not very sticky.

Aroma is tangy wheat and sweet orange.

Flavor is the same as aroma: mild wheat, mild sweet orange. Finishes with a dash of bitterness that doesn't linger.

Slight dryness and tingle on the finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Great beer for light drinking, but not the kind of thing I usually go for.

Feb 18, 2014
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Tony49er from California

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type from a bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance- Unfiltered wheat color, hazy, almost an orange hue to it

Smell- Orange zest, wheat, citrus peel

Taste- Wheat, Orange and citrus zest, clean smooth refreshing taste an overall easy sipping beer very enjoyable

Mouthfeel- Smooth, light body easy drinking "California Hefe" or wheat beer with orange

Overall- Very good I have had this beer several times and it does not dissapoint, Hangar 24 keeps pumping out great beer

Feb 07, 2014
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 399 ratings