Lemongrass Wheat Ale | Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Lemongrass Wheat AleLemongrass Wheat Ale

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Outer Banks Brewing Station
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly cloudy goldenstraw color with a fluffy head that leaves strands behind

Smell: Wheat bread, lemongrass and clove dominant, with a hint of bubble gum

Taste: Lemongrass and clove dominate, with the bubble gum rounding out and providing some sweetness; bready underneath; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: If I was a brewer based on the Outer Banks of NC, this would be my signature beer; great concept and well-executed

Thanks, Bryondes, for the opportunity

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head and carbonation.

Smell: Lemon and cloves with hints of grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of heavy cloves and hints of lemon and grassy tones.

Overall: Excellent beer! I will definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of argock
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml amber bottle into a tall weizen glass. No freshness date but this has been sitting awhile in my fridge.

A: Very effervescent honey gold but with a tone of chunks and floaties, with below average foamy head and a minimum amount of lacing.

S: Strong lemongrass aroma with tangy wheat and a little bit of bubble gum yeast esters. Interesting aroma without being overpowering.

T: Very refreshing brew despite the age with a clear ginger and lemongrass component but again in check and not overwhelming. Good touch of spicing on a solid I would say more of an American wheat ale with crackery maltiness and some wheat tanginess along with bubble gum esters, which may be the result of the the combo of ginger, lemongrass, and wheat flavors.

M: Crisp and dry, heavily carbonated to help the crispness, light bodied.

O: If you can get past the semi-objectionable appearance, this is a really nice spring and summer beer. CHeck it out if you have the chance.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy gold color with a white head and little traces of lacing. The smell is packed with lemongrass notes. Very bright smell and a faint sweetness. The taste is lemongrass as you would expect but there are hints of clove and banana with a nice subtle sweetness. Decent carbonation and a great dry finish. Really tasty wheat beer that would be perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark golden yellow, hazy, and pours a fizzy one finger head.

Aroma- Lemon, spice, wheat, and an almsot chemical smell makes up the aroma.

Taste- The lemongrass is very noticeable first and continues to the finish. There is some spicy clove and mild banana from the yeast that shows up mid palate. The finish consists of the lemon grass and dry wheat malt.

Feel- Light/medium bodied, bubbly carbonation at first, and dry/crisp in the finish.

Overall- A solid hefeweizen but the lemongrass is a little to dominate in this. If the the lemongrass was toned down a bit this would be a little more enjoyable, especially if more fruity yeast flavors were present (or not overshadowed by the lemongrass). Good stuff, interesting take on the style, and something worth purchasing again for a beach day in the outer banks.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery

Pours a cloudy lemon gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of light citrusy malts, orange zest and coriander.

Light tart lemon flavor over a wweet bready malt base. Finishes with a zing of coriander. The lemongrass is hard to detect.

Light body with stinging carbonation.

Pretty tasty and very refreshing, an excellent beach beer to pair with food or drink for its own merits. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Hab11
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Three Lions from a one pint can. 5.6 ABV.
Appearance: golden straw yellow dare I say like a golden plain? Little to no head slight bright white lacing.
Smell: Pepper, wheat, long uncut grass, coriander, banana, lemon pledge and lemon peel.
Taste: all of the flavors of the nose, plus simple syrup, slight French vanilla hints. This beer is a delicious summer beer and perfect for an island brewer. I want to slam and drink 5 more but sadly this is the only can left. Great tasting brew.
Feel: This beer is light and refreshing really zesty up front and stays that way through the swallow. Even tingles on the way down this beer is simply refreshing and tickles the pallet in a very good way. Let's call it a mouthgasm.
Overall my favorite beer so far from the Carolinas and I'm sure glad I visit OBX regularly so I can get more.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy split with Hab11.

Appearance: Pours into my treehouse tulip a very bright, hazy lemon drop yellow appearing rather thin. Very quickly dissipating head and limited lacing that slides down the glass almost immediately.

Smell: Upfront pungent aromatics of spicy lemon grass. Very pronounced. Good wheat smell, with ginger and lemon grass rounding out the nose.

Taste: Had this one several times on a recent trip to North Carolina and I am sad to be drinking this very last one. Definition of a session beer. Extremely refreshing, great tasting, pronounced wheat and lemon grass flavors. I could drink this all day and not be disappointed. Each sip is like sitting on the beach; I can almost hear the ocean. Not bitter at all. Pungent spices and refreshing wheat. Crisp, very clean! Fruity yeast esters only add to the malts and adjuncts. Hit the mark with this one.

Mouthfeel: Very light body but the spices make it not seem thin. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation. Might do well with more carbonation [more of an observation than a complaint].

Overall: For the price point it should be....well price aside I could drink this beer every day especially in warm weather. Very crisp, clean, refreshing, highly aromatic and flavorful. OBX brewing station hit a homerun with this one. I enjoy a good hefeweizen as much as anyone and the addition of the lemon grass really sets this one apart from the rest of the pack. Great beer. Would definitely drink and buy again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring with no head. Nose of lemongrass, banana, clove, and a bready backbone. Flavors are tangy sweet and herbal forward, with a blast of tart and bitter lemongrass on a banana bread backbone. Subtle clove and cinnamon spice throughout, too. Nice. Full bodied, with an effervescent edge. The aftertaste is more of the fruit sweetness and herbal notes, on a smooth, crisp finish. Great beach beer.

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Photo of LehighAce06
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Looks like a pale or a hefe, smells like a lemony hefe, even tasted like one at first but before I could swallow the flavor was like lemon pine sol. Got down half of it but this was a drain pour.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Part of the stamp is on the bottom of the can landed on the ring so it says ?/08/14.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a full inch of white head that retains well before fizzing away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- The lemongrass is strong with this one. Almost too strong as it imparts an aroma reminiscent of soap. The spices do a decent job of keeping it in check though.

T- Flavor isn't as lemony as the aroma. The wheat flavor is smooth and refreshing as the lemongrass gives it a little extra character. It's alive and vibrant while playing well off the mouthfeel. Citrus burps.

M- Zesty and tingly from the medium-high carbonation with a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I've heard so much about how good this beer is and, although the price tag is quite steep ($16.50 for a 4-pack of tallboys?), it's very good. Crisp, refreshing and not too heavy on the special ingredients.

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Wheat bread, spicy German yeast aromas, candy sugar, and lemongrass dominate the nose.

T: Spicy German yeast and bread flavors dominate here with a bit of banana before a well-balanced lemongrass flavor kicks in. Finishes clean and bready.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable.

O: A good beer, overall, and very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this a part of a flight at the brewery itself. Nice pale yellow body and thin foam. Smells like lemongrass banana and some spice. Taste follows the smells as well. Not overly carbonated . Overall a very surprising refresher. Great flavor. Only complaint is the beer looks a bit mundane. I like that classic whipped head look.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, NC

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw to pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall pillowy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized, medium thick cap with a very thin film surrounding it and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemongrass over lighter aromas of wheat and clove.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat and some slightly strong flavors of lemon citrus. That is all overtaken by a moderate to slightly heavier than moderate flavor of lemongrass with some black pepper spiciness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of fizzy carbonation.

O: This beer was super refreshing and very enjoyable - I could easily drink this beer as my session beer and it was a perfect complement to seafood while out in the OBX. Definitely the highlight of visiting Outer Banks Brewing Station. The lemongrass was a perfect complement to the style of beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased straight from the source and poured into a pub style glass. The brew appears a clouded golden color with streaming bubbles that makes for a white froth atop that retains well. Strings of webby lace stick to the glassware.

The smell is composed of wheat, clove, lemon, and more fruit quality almost like pear/apple/banana and a light candy quality sweetness follows that up.

The taste is sweet with wheat and cereal grain. A mild almost belgian candy sugar aspect mixes with clove, lemon zest, pear, apple and bubblegum. Contrasting is a mildly herbal hop flavoring.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and fitting for the setting. Style-wise it is uncharacteristically sweet but it isnt cloying. This is perhaps the most easily attainable offering by this brewery. They had it on site and advertised on the walls and seemingly every bottle shop in the area had it as well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into weizen glass. Thanks Stormking47.

A: Pours a cloudy glowing citrus-gold with a short lived fizzy white head that faded into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Huge notes of citrus and yeast on the nose, with notes of lemon and spices. Crisp and clean smelling.
T: Lemongrass, citrus, mineraly spicy yeast, pepper, bread dough, and more citrus. Finish is drying but slick. Hints of apple cider as it warms.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Not too sweet, drinks well, but a little spritzy.
O: A solid drinking beer. Went down well. Flavors are very citrusy, so you gotta be into that. Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to stevea1210 for this. Enjoyed chilled from a wheat glass.

The color is tarnished golden with a thick pillowy cream cap. The bead is fine and lace sticks well. the aroma is distinctly spiced with lemongrass notes that seem peppery and floral with some ginger and light citrus aspects. There is a mild wheat malt note in the nose. The feel is smooth up front with moderate carbonation and sublte warming spice in the background.

The flavor is very well balanced with some lemongrass taste in the entry with enought sweetness to balance the almost ginger-like flavor which is not bitter but has a mild bite. The finish is dry and the overall drinkability's good. I could see having this on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn..or anytime really.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile last night because ticking is something that has to happen.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a soft white head some lacing on the glass, moderate to high carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, a little lemony, a little grassy, smells fine.

Beer is better than I expected, refreshing, pushes into the radler sort of thing but without the cloying sweetness of a radler. I enjoyed my share of this bottle but had better beers to get to, I may even have this again in the future if that is at all possible.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of grass and lemon zest, with earthy hay and sweet lemon drop candies, and a bit of green peppercorn.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and earthy grass and bitter lemon zest, with a little honey and green peppercorn. It had a smooth bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice lively body.
D: This was true to its name. This makes other beers with lemon character look stupid, with the amount of lemon here. A solid wheat beer with good scent and taste and body. The finish wasn't perfectly clean, but it was still really easy to drink and refreshing at the beach. Recommended.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served at the Outer Banks Brewing station in a tall thin glass (looked more like a pils glass than a traditional weizen) on 8/5.

Lemongrass Wheat Ale pours a hazy golden color. There's about a finger of fluffy white foam perched atop the beer, but it quickly fades cleanly down the glass, not leaving a speck of lacing. The titular lemongrass comes through sharply in the nose, but there's also a bit of clove, as well as a barely there tartness from the wheat. The flavor is more of the same, though it does come across as especially crisp, not much at all in the way of sweetness or even wheaty tartness. The clove notes, I'm guessing from a weizen yeast, are a bit more prominent here than in the nose. The body is a bit on the drier than I would have anticipated, but that does help the lemongrass come across at the focus of the beer. The carbonation is bubbly and expressive, while stopping short of overpowering the body. BA lists this one as an American Pale Wheat, and thre brewpub calls it a hefeweizen. I'd say it's a much better interpretation of the former than the latter.

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Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a cloudy pale straw with a thick cap of creamy white.
S - Heavy Hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, and wheat with a definite lemon/lime/lemongrass aroma. Very citrus-y, smells like it's gonna be good!
T - Spot-on with the nose, lots of quality Hefeweizen flavors of banana, bubblegum, and cloves with a huge lemongrass presence. Very crisp and refreshing, this is a perfect beach beer.
M - Crisp, with a medium-thin body and sharp carbonation.
O - Really glad I got to try this, it'll be at the top of my list the next time I visit the Outer Banks. Such a great hot-day beer!

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Photo of 321jeff
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep gold with copious amounts of soapy white head.

Smells of spices (maybe cloves) and wheat with some lemon citrus in the background.

Tastes more like a hefeweizen than any of the pale wheat ales I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of lemon rind and wheat, but there is almost no hop profile to this one.

Medium in body, much like a good pale ale with plentiful carbonation and a smooth finish. This is a perfect refreshing beer to enjoy after a long hot day on the beach and I will certainly reach for another next time I'm at the Outer Banks.

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Photo of akorsak
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A weizen glass served at the brewpub.

A: The ale, described as a hefe with a potent dose of lemongrass, has the hazy look of a weizen, only a few shades darker. The ale, of course, is opaque. Legs ensue but not much lacing.

S: The nose is all lemongrass. If you don't like the sweet pungency, go no further! I've evolved since my growler review almost 4 years ago and now I really dig the complexity. For PA locals, think Bullfrog's Thai PA and it's lemongrass aspect.

T: Pow! Described as a hefe, I'd never know that a hefe lurks underneath. The entire glass is dominated by the sweet lemongrass flavors, strong but not cloying. If you are unaccustomed to lemongrass, you may think that a small dose of lime made its way into the glass along with the lemon. Each sip consistently delivers the lemongrass with a blast of flavor. Nicely done.

M: A fruity wonderland that is bold and refreshing. Lemongrass, in these quantities, is normally ill-advised but OBBS makes it work.

D: A pint doesn't do the ale justice, several pints at the brewpubs bar are the best means of enjoying this delicious wheat ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of the 4 beer sampler at the OBX Brewing Station.

Similar in appearance to the Olsch, but a cloudier yellow with more drifting white foam. Very faint smell, certainly not a hefe that bursts forth with banana clove - subdued.

Taste is quite wheaty with notes of citrus. Comes together ok, but not outstanding. Just good.

Drinkable - but I liked the Olsch better.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light lemon zest with a sweet wheat spice.

The taste consisted of a full malt with a subtle sweetness along with a light wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very tasty wheat ale.

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