Bearded Lady | Good People Brewing Company

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Bearded LadyBearded Lady

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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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 113
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Server up a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a thin coating of white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Ultra soft malt, a bit of wheat, a whisper of basic lemon. It's a wheat ale, alright!

Taste: Particularly pale wheat character with just a little bit of sweetness. Light lemon, very low bitterness. Drying, faintly lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: As a light, refreshing, quaffable beer it works.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: light silvery-golden hue with a strong haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: grainy, wheaty and just a bit tangy. There's a dash of tropical fruity sweetness, too, though, which I really like.

Taste: light wheatiness, tropical fruitiness, and a green, grassy hoppiness that I really like. This is one enjoyable beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a bit of a rockiness. It's decent enough.

Overall: the flavor really gets me on this one -- I like it. Good freshness and complexity, especially for the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub. From notes. Reviewed 23 November 2014.
Finger of head. Milky clear.
Very faint nose. Not much going on.
Not good. Bad yeast and light lemon zest. Vague fruit.
Lightly dry; not terrible.
Very boring. Not recommended.

ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 18
SRM: 7

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Photo of tbryan5
3.54/5  rDev -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 woosterbill
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Hop City, shared a few days later at the Weiss Trash Culture release at NEBCO.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of white head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Predominantly bready, with some light citrus, and a touch of herbal hops. Subdued.

T: Better here, with some tart wheat and citrus up front, followed by more solid breadiness midway through. Clean, spicy finish. Refreshing and tasty.

M: Light and lively. Great for the style.

O: The growler board listed this as a Witbier, so when I wasn't getting any real yeastiness I was disappointed. Once I realized that my style expectations were off, I became considerably more fond of it. Still not a terribly memorable beer, but an effective, refreshing summer seasonal.


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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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 richj1970
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: moderately hazy; pale yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grassy; grainy; pale malt;

T: flavor is subdued; grain and pale malt; very mild bitterness until the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated - fizzy - that goes away very quickly;

O: really easy drinking;

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had "The Bearded Lady" poured from 12-oz. can, bootlegged over from Alabama, into tumbler. I'm stumped about the name, but this is a well-balanced and sprightly beer.

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Photo of Mojo
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into tulip.

A - pours up pale yellow slightly hazy with a small head. Retention is very poor with no head to speak of quickly.

S - primarily lemon grass and citrus notes strangely. None of that banana stuff you sometimes get with pale wheat ales.

T - very tart lemony taste with an orange peel finish. Very crisp flavor.

M - bit of an unpleasant aftertaste but not a deal breaker.

O - reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss a bit, but maybe not quite as good. Easy to drink and would be a nice sessionable choice in hotter months. Overall Good People has produced a winner.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick white head into a pint glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billows nicely. the body was a bright, slightly hazy straw gold color.
s - citrus hops with a hint of breadiness.
t - same as above with a really nice and refreshing tartness underneath.
m - spot on carbonation and becomes more creamy as it warms.
o - terrific session beer that goes down easily. damn good summer beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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 mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jeranbrews
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy murky faint melted butter yellow. Billowy foamy bubble bath head. 3.25

S - honey and flour. Very weak. 2.5

T - too caustic and hoppy. No maltyness. 2.75

M - slightly fizzy hoppy after burn but otherwise watery. 3

D - overall a disappointment. Weak and watery with only occasional refreshing moments. Not bad, just unremarkable in any way. 3.

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Photo of Keene
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Jacurdy60
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass in the GP taproom. Soft yellow pour with a fizzy white head with poor retention. Smells of dry wheat, light citrus notes and a bit hoppy. Tastes of sour fruits, dairy, and bread. A decent brew from a highly underrated brewery. This is my least favorite beer by them so far.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale yellow, one finger ivory head
smells of melon, citrus hops, peach
tastes of melon and grapefruit, lot of malt and earth, some corn, some pine
medium light body and lightly fizzy mouthfeel
I thought I remember this being more flavorful when I first tried it. maybe it's because I'm drinking it in a room where onions are being sauteed. a kitchen. onions are infrequently sauteed in non-kitchen rooms.

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Photo of rushtopher
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Good People masterpiece. A solid hops edge masks somewhat the more subtle yet still enjoyable wheat and malt undertones. Very refreshing, highly recommended.

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Photo of josht
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A good sessionable wheat beer. Perfect for a footbal game which hey Im watching. Very clear appearance pale gold. There is a little more bitterness from the hops in this wheat. Pretty smooth with a medium mouth feel. Not overly complex just a nice wheat beer. Perfect for summer. Good job from the people at Good people.

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Bearded Lady from Good People Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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