Hangar 24 Orange Wheat | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Orange WheatHangar 24 Orange Wheat

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Cinderbike
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap at the Hanger 24 brewery.

A - Light orange and very hazy. A thin white head stuck around for a few minutes.

S - Smells of yeast, citrus, and light malts.

T - Puckering sour, citrus orange flavor, followed by light malt and yeast flavors. The orange flavors linger on the finish.

M - Light bodied, very high carbonation.

O - I was not impressed, to be honest. It tasted way too "orange-y" to me. I don't mind fruit in beer, in fact I love it, but I feel that H24 may have gone overboard. It tasted too much like a mimosa to me.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Hangar 24 Brewery
Redlands, CA

Cloudy golden yellow. Initial foaming white head that doesn't last for long.

Pungent aroma of oranges. They certainly delivered on their promise of an orange and wheat beer, though there is little else here to smell but the orange.

A sweet wheat beer dominated by orange flavor along with a touch of astringency and bready wheat character.

Light to medium mouthfeel, though it seems a touch syrupy.

A flavorful and sweet orange wheat. I couldn't drink a ton of this, but they certainly deliver on their promise of this beer being "orange" and "wheat."

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Cali local is the last never-heard-of-it beer from my most recent trade. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge wheat beer fan, but I’m always in the mood to try something new. I can’t really read the freshness date on the bottom of the bottle, but I’m sure it’s alright. At any rate, the bottle mentions that whole, local oranges are added during brewing, which sounds great to me.

Thanks again, dmsohyea, for the trade. To oranges, I guess!

A: Orange wheat? More like orange juice. It’s thick and straw-yellow, with just a hint of the redder hues. I probably poured a bit more yeast than necessary, seeing as it’s so hazy. The head was huge, white, and foamy, a tribute to the wheat beer style. Unfortunately, though, it dissipates quickly and thoroughly, leaving no lacing at all. Disappointing…this is starting to remind me of Blue Moon! Aaahhh!

S: Wheat is big, of course, with an obligatory hint of orange (and some Fruity Pebbles). It’s nice, but only covers the staleness of the wheat for so long. It must be tough to get that fresh wheat aroma, because I’ve only had a handful of brews that could capture it in the right light. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Not a whole lot of bitters, really, but I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of hops anyway.

T: Wow, where’d the skunkiness go? A refreshing citrus kick in the front end puts the nose to shame; I really like it. The sweetness is very reminiscent of freshly-squeezed orange juice, so it’s very apparent that they added the whole oranges. Again, no hops, but there are some citrus notes that sometimes come across as bitterness. Some decent acidic yeasts come into effect at the very end, and then, wait for it…there’s the skunkiness again. Just a hint, though, so it’s bearable. A pretty good palate for a wheat beer.

M: It goes down smooth, but only because of a certain thinness. I was really hoping for some more carbonation, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be for a 4.6% ABV beer.

O: This is a great, refreshing example of the style. I love the fresh orange taste, and wish more wheat ales had such a cool citrus. It’s not something I would drink all the time, if available, but I could see myself having it in the future sometime.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a touch of nice wife head. Fairly pretty especially for a wheat ale. Smells wheaty and lemon zesty. Lots of citrus. Overall well carbonated but not really that impressive. Not something i would try again but there are far better wheat beers

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Photo of Stretch270
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass from 12 fl oz bottle

Appearance - a cloudy and hazy pale orange color with a cloudy white head that fades rapidly.

Smell - nothing too fascinating, orange comes through as does the wheat. Also, there is a spiciness to it that comes through as well.

Taste - this is a solid beer. I think I would have preferred a more intense orange flavor, but the wheat and orange are balanced nicely, just not spectacular.

Mouthfeel - it has a nice light and carbonated flair to it that I found enjoyable.

Overall - when I'm in a bind and all I have time fior when shopping for beer is at a local Von's and I want something to take to an event, this would be a decent beer to go for. In other words, solid all around, just can't say it's a must try.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Libertine last night. This was by far the best part of the night.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a slightly creamy white head that fades to a thin cap of foam pretty quickly.

S: Big, big orange aroma. There's a lot of orange peel and something that smells like someone made potpourri out of oranges.

T: This was a little too much on the sweet side and one dimensional for me, but it was infinitely better than everything else on tap. I got a lot of great orange flavor but I wanted something else and never got it. A good stab at the style and very drinkable. The best part was a nice, creamy mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation. Definitely compares to beers like Blue Moon and this is far better.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at a fairly decent Irish pub in Temecula, California a little less than 2 months back. Poured a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head on top. Aromas of wheat, orange juice and Belgian spice. On the palate, this one was light bodied and under flavored, with a light orange and some Belgian wit character.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to Stone taster glass 4/18/11.

A: Unfiltered light orange color. Extremely murky, cannot see through this beer at all. Less than one finger thick, thin, pearl white head. No retention.

S: Nose is orange peel and German style yeast. Some faint banana and bread. Very few, if any, hops on the nose. A bit above average for the style, as I prefer orange styles to banana styles.

T: Taste follows the nose for the most part. A good twang from the yeast and an orange fleshy finish. I would suggest this beer finishes more like orange juice than anything else. Some banana and orange flavors linger on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is mediocre and thin. Moderate/low carbonation, and nothing special here. I guess to be expected for such a low gravity brew.

O: A good orange whit beer, but nothing special. If I was blinded next to other orange whits I'm not sure I could point it out.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was their first bottle offering...I think it's great they use local oranges for their beer so every batch is slightly different. Not a big heff person, but this beer is very easy to drink and palatable to many different tastes. Very cloudy in appearance with an orange fragrance. Thick head, but medium in quantity with no noticeable lacing but probably had a slight amount. Good to try it's your first trip to the brewery!

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Photo of MrHirschybar
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar 24

A - Murky orange hefeweizen appearance - typical of the style unfiltered, our pour had little/no head

S - Light orange scent, with what smelled like baby powder - confirmed with others just to make sure...

T - Sweet, orange/orange peel, and a definite pronounced wheat taste in the finish

M - Light, unfiltered texture, a little sticky in coating, and a little alcohol warmth/taste in the finish odd for a 4.6% ABV

D - Very popular with the locals, similar to a Blue Moon type beer - this is the number one seller for them enough so this small brewery bottles and distributes this and is their main tap beer outside of Redlands... Bland to me, the nose wasn't appealing, I wanted to like this as it's a nice summer style and I have had other Orange Wheat style beers -- had this well before the brewery visit at a Red Robin once - a sip from someone else that would normally like this style and they weren't a big fan either. Though my brother loves Blue Moon and he likes this enough he'll order it if the other isn't available...

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Castaways...

A - Pours a light honey color with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a hasty pace. No lace to be had here...

S - Oranges and various other citrus fruits. Don't detect much else as the citrus scent is so prominate...

T - Oranges, wheat, and maybe a hint of honey. Ends on a sweet orange note. Not much in the way of complexity here...

M - Definitely light bodied. Pretty watered down. Might be a good one to drink on hot summer day...

D - Not sure why this brew gets so much love down here. A pretty average beer from where I stand. A definite session beer, but probably not something I will be revisiting in the future...


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/2/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a hazy deep goldenrod with a small white head. Aroma of wheat malt and fresh oranges. Flavor with nice mellow oranges and light bready malt. A little minerally. Not as orangey as I would have liked and kind of bland.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky pale orange in color with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely had lots of orange and citrus with slight grainy wheat notes and some sugary sweetness. The taste was also big on the orange citrus character but was more sweet on the palate alongside the grainy wheat notes but it did have a touch of zest. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, zesty, grainy, and sugary finish. It actually drank good and was able to out a couple pints with dinner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy gold. Light white head, solid retention.

S: Lemon, lots of citrus, wheat.

T: Fairly innocuous wheat flavour. The citrus is good, for me more lemon than orange, but quite refreshing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, good for the summer.

D: Nice little beer. A little out of place in November when they showed up in stores but in June, a solid offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A breakfast beer-- juice and toast but where's the coffee?

Attractive evenly cloudy appearance in the glass. Pale golden color. First sip very complex. Hint of citrus rind bitterness with some very modest hops. Smells good without overdoing the fruit. Excellent orange oil aromatics in the nose. Wheat is not very apparent. Very light bodied. Interesting and well made, but one glass is plenty.

Great to taste for the pure citrus flavors-- hard to balance the acidity and bitterness of orange with the traditional hop elements.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a very light and very cloudy yellow sort of color with a white head.

S: A very strong aroma of bitter orange peels and some slightly sweet and slightly sour wheat.

T: The same intense orange peel character is there providing quite a bit of bitterness and astringency. The base beer is pretty much your usual mediocre, slightly sour pale wheat ale you find at brewpubs.

M: The body is light with a high level of carbonation.

D: Not a fan of this one, but for some reason it sells really well around here.

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Photo of iiii
4.67/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the Stone 14th Anniversary fest.... Had to try it, since Hangar 24 is from my hometown of Redlands, Ca (which, coincidentally, also is formerly the Navel Orange Capital of the World).

The smell was fantastic, if what you want is a beer that smells strongly of fresh oranges. The scent of oranges was so strong that it almost made me expect it to taste more like orange juice than like beer, but I'm glad it didn't. The taste was still a "good beer" taste, but also still light and refreshing. Not heavy

Very refreshing and enjoyable. Perfect for a hot day (and I know how hot it gets out there in Redlands!).

Overall, I would highly recommend it if you want something to cool you off after mowing the lawn or something. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of sm007thie
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fantastic. Smells like the middle of an orange grove midseason. Little to no hops or malt smell, strictly delicious orange.

Pours as expected for a wheat beer with a fair amount of head that compresses to become thin and slightly creamy.

Surprisingly very little orange flavor. I would like to taste just the tiniest hint or orange, but I couldn't. Just a grainy flavor with hops and malt flavors way way in the backfield.

I'm not a big fan of light flavored beers in general. Got this for my wife as a way to bring her over to the brighter side of craft brews. It is a decent and refreshing brew though, just wish it had a bit more orange flavor for the novelty.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/6/2010. Served in a nonic.

Hazy gold-tinged lemon body with a thin fizzy ghost white collar. Light lacing, poor retention.

Orange and wheat work well together - the latter contributes a lemon-like scent which offsets the former. All in all you can't get much in the nose other than citrus, but this is unsurprising for the style.

Fresh navel oranges, a squeeze of oemon and lime, sugar, smooth almost lactic wheat notes, and a hint of hops. Brisk, summery, and approachable.

Medium-light bodied, not overly carbonated, but still a bit prickly with all the citrus. Gently warming but still session-able I suppose.

A step above Widmer's version of citrus-laden "American Wheat" beer, but that isn't hard to top.

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Photo of EthersTragic
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - mirky golden color with a bit of head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is present, but not much...

S - Oranges of course, plus a sweetness and a bit of grainy hay smells. Pleasant though.

T - Very light tasting - almost too watery at first, especially after drinking heavier beers first..however when drinking this exclusively, it's very nice. Oranges are very present but not overpowering, the wheaty aftertaste is good.

M - lightly carbonated, leaves a nice tingly feeling in the mouth. I like this a lot.

D - Easily drinkable. I can drink probably a whole six pack by myself with no problems.

All in all a very good beer. I can easily understand why this is their "signature" style. Love it!

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow with thin white head that disappears very quickly. Pretty much no trace of any lacing.

Smells of oranges of course, some malt and wheat, and a trace of honey.

Nothing but sweet and tangy orange up front, then some of that honey and malt. But after that there isn't much lingering on the tongue, not much aftertaste good or bad. Really really crisp and clean finish where I wish there was more on the follow-through. But still refreshing.

Great mouthfeel, nice carbonation that really cleanses the palate. I could definitely keep drinking these on a hot day, or even on a cool January night like tonight.

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Photo of srkeefe
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer and what the crew at Hangar has done in such a short period of time.

They are in inspiration to those of us who aspire to create good beer and share it. I was down at the brewery yesterday talking with the gal behind the tasting counter and she told me that 70% of their sales is this beer. Several of the other styles are also very good, but this Orange Wheat is very good.

Especially on a hot summer day, you can really suck it down.

Thanks guys for making it and it is awesome you are so close to us.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6-pack bought in Calimesa, on to the beer:

Banana peel yellow color, the body has medium haze, and the head is thin on top. Smells like....ORANGES!!! It explodes onto the scene. Fresh, ripe oranges. Tart, citrusy oranges. As expected, there is plenty of orange in the flavor as well. The malted wheat provides a good backbone to the orange flavor. First, you taste the wheat, then, you get the burst of oranges. the beer has strong carbonation, a bit much for my liking....almost soda-like in the most extreme case. Hints honey at times. Shredded wheat notes hold on to the tongue in the aftertaste.

This is a well made orange wheat ale. Oranges all over the place, yet still has that malted wheat backdrop. Needless to say, great pick for hot weather.

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Photo of papollo
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is chock full of oranges, and it works if you're in the mood for something refreshing & light. Lightly effervescent, tingly on the tongue & pallete, with overtones of Valencia Oranges. This beer works as a session beer for a day or evening.

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Photo of hopdog
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hophead22 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of cereal, wheaties, lighter citrus, and 'sweaty'. Tastes of wheatiness, citrus (more than the aromas and defintely oranges), and sugary sweet. This was surprisingly enjoyable!

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Hangar 24 Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 Brewery
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