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Bearded Lady | Good People Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by GPHarris on 07-17-2012

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Reaper16:
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3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a hazy yellow color. It practically glows neon when sunlight hits the glass. 1.5 fingers of fine white head sits on top of this pour. Looks nice.

My initial impression of the nose is that it smells much hoppier than the average American Pale Wheat. There's a bitter, herbal aroma here, as well as more of a lemony citrus tone. It came across like a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat only with more bittering hops. But as the beer warmed up a bit it became evident that there was a plastic aroma that was providing a lot of the bitter, astringent quality. I don't know if Good People uses a Belgian yeast strain in this beer, but that's about the only way I can figure that there'd be a heavy plastic element to the aroma. Unless it's a problem with the taplines.

That plastic component is definitely there on the palate. It's not the strongest flavor here. There's a significant amount of wheat breadiness to this beer, backed up by a very subtle tartness on the midpalate. There's a fair amount of green hops and lemon essence too. The finish is very bready, but also very much like a PVC pipe. That plastic flavor lingers the longest.

The body here is pretty full for the style, more prickly with bubbles than smooth. It's refreshing and it makes sense to me with the bready flavor profile. Overall, this is not among my favorite wheat beers. If the plastic flavor is from the taplines and not the yeast strain, then I will revisit this review.

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Photo of Keene
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale gold or straw color from the can with a considerable head of loose bubbles that quickly collapses into the liquid beneath it. The nose is soft with a trace of spicy hop character, some subtle graininess, and a hint of lemon soda. Solidly medium-bodied. Quite approachable flavor-wise, Bearded Lady offers a bit of citrusy tartness, a fruity crispness not unlike a Golden Delicious apple, and a tangy, ever-so-slightly bitter linger in the finish. Enjoyable overall, but more of a quaffable beer than one to sit and ponder at length.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale hazy straw color with a head that doesn't linger.

S- Wheaty, biscuity malt. Kinda pilsenerish.

T- Light malts and bread.

M- Clean and crisp.

D- Good for pounding.

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Photo of Nyved
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ice_cyclops86
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Bearded Lady at the Pie Factory in Florence, Alabama. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of lemon. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was some biscuit and lemon presence. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite sessionable with a sturdy hop-profile. While not too hoppy in-and-of itself, I felt that the hoppiness did overpower the wheat flavors from the malt.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky straw color with a small white head. The aroma is full of wheat and malt. The taste is bready and has a nice malt flavor. Overall, an excellent American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerZack
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MoGuitarNthemonitor
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have the bearded lady in a can. I thought it was very good for a beer out of a can. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can to nonic pint glass, the appearance was a glossy yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace to leave barely any lace.
The aroma had some citrus sweet pulp, sweet wheat, light grassy sweet and a touch of floral gravitated into the final blend.
The flavor moderately guided the sweet citrus pulp to the wheat and grassy sweetness. Floral leaned way back. Aftertaste was sweet wheat with the citrus pulp.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty decent APWA, leaned sweeter for the most part but perhaps could have used a bit more bitterness in the hops or even a little tang from the wheat. Still, I could probably give this another go, to be honest.

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Photo of richj1970
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can dated 4/13/2015 into snifter.

A: Slightly hazy pale lemon yellow with 2-3 finger soapy white head. Nice retention but left relatively little lacing.

S: Light cracker malts, and lemon peel. Subtle yeast eaters.

T: Pale wheat malts and light lemon notes.

M: Medium body with light crisp finish.

O: As an easy drinking summertime brew, this one works just fine.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bamahawk4
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AUGRAD06
4/5  rDev +8.1%

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of markjarema11
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dwmulcahy
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good summer beer.

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Bearded Lady from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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