Lemongrass Wheat Ale | Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Lemongrass Wheat AleLemongrass Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
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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Added by aracauna on 09-18-2002

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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 goindownsouth
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad wheat brew, by any means. All of the beers brewed at the OBX Brewing Station are well-crafted. This one is no exception. It could stand to have a nit more inthe way of wheat aroma and pounch in the flavor department, but worth a try. Prost!

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Photo of JayQue
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a sample of this at the Brew Pub Sunday. Noticed that it got fairly good reviews. I thought this was the weakest beer I had out of the four. Poured a pale yellow with very little head (none of the samplers had much of a head). It was cloudy like a wheat beer with a citrus aroma. The initial taste was a mild, soft wheat beer. The followup however was like someone poured lemon juice concentrate into the beer. No subtlety here. A blast of strong lemon juice. The mouthfeel was about right for a wheat beer (not too watery). The blast of lemon juice keeps this from being very drinkable as a session beer. Would pick something else to quench my thirst as well.

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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 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 MuddyFeet
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this growler up at the brewpub yesterday and kept cold in my cooler for the trip home.

Pours a murky brownish yellow/orange in color. Like a tangerine that went overripe. Big white head that disappears quickly but is very aromatic with lots of lemon. Nose of the beer has more of the lemon and just some slight hints of wheat.

Not sure if there is lemongrass in this beer but this is how I imagine lemongrass would taste. Zesty lemons. Some lighter tones of sweetness from the wheat. Kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Summer Ale and its "grains of paradise." Full mouthfeel that is a bit cloying. That lemon flavor really stick around. Nice summer beer to enjoy while I work in the yard and watch football.

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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 nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice large white head.

Aroma is wheat, yeast, banana, and lemon.

Flavor is really heavy on the lemongrass. Very wheaty with banana and mild yeastiness.

Medium-light on the palate with some very mild lemony tartness.

Overall not a bad beer for the style, though I am not a huge fan of the style. Drinkable.

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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 aracauna
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance isn't great. It is nice and cloudy, but lacks that glow of a good hefe and the head's definitely lackluster for the style. Interesting mesh of hefe esters and grassiness. Good lemon character. I dig it.

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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 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 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 Norfawkers
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden and and slightly cloudy but a bit lighter than most hefes

Smell: Faintly fruity (hint of banana)

Taste: Initial punch followed by a lemony taste ending up with a banana flavor

Mouthfeel: A bit of a kick in the beginning but ends up quite smooth

Drinkability/overall assessment: It's a sipping beer, which does not go too well with a meal, but it is a decent stand alone hefe.

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

This beer poured a nice hazy golden color with a small head. The smell was a nice straight up hefe with some added citrus from the lemongrass that really added a lot. The extra citrus shows up in the taste as well, and offsets the banana and citrus flavor in the beer well. This beer has all the characteristics of a good hefeweizen with a bit of extra citrus. A great use of extra ingredients to improve a beer instead of trying to make it taste like something other than beer.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in here on the way up to Corolla. Appearance was quite cloudy and yellow. Aroma was like a real wheat beer, but the banana and clove were lessened by the lemongrass aroma. I was surprised how big the lemomgrass smell was. This one went down pretty good. I don't think I could drink this all afternoon long, though, The lemongrass did tend to get stronger.

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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 shertz
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is done while on vacation and not in a proper beer glass, but a typical drinking glass. I think I got a little of smell from the glass and not the beer. Just as a note. Bought two bottles at Chip's in OBX.

A- Hazy, quite carbonated with nice head. Head stays around throughout drinking.

S- Had some smells of stale water but was probably from glass so disregarded it. Otherwise, banana, clove , and of course mostly citrus.

T- Starts with banana, then to lemon zest, and then back to banana...no kidding. Quite refreshing on a hot day. Really like the citrusy taste in the middle and wished it would remain but many would complain that it would be too much.

M- Very carbonated and thin.

D- 5.2%...with this refreshing taste and low alcohol, this is a beach beer all the way.

Final note: Tried to get it on tap at brewery, but was kicked. They were also out of bottles. This is the first bottling that I know of and it went fast. The brewery only had 4 beers on tap and the guest tap was also kicked. Maybe they need to step it up. But very good brew.

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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 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 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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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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