Lemongrass Wheat Ale | Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Lemongrass Wheat AleLemongrass Wheat Ale
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Brewed by:
Outer Banks Brewing Station
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aracauna on 09-18-2002

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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
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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 beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice hazy gold pour. The head actually has swirls in it as it fades. Fairly nice lacing for a lighter beer.

Nose is very strong and as advertised. All lemongrass. Very lemony and a fresh outdoors feel.

Hits light and quickly goes fizzy. Lemons there for sure, but also the more standard banana and very, very weak clove.

Feel starts a little fizzy but actually gets grainy towards the end. Very nice.

My wife loves this beer. I'm less enthused, but it's pretty darn good for the style. I'd drink it again - if she lets me.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

The pour was very nice with a rich and very hazy looking pale golden yellow. Almost opaque with the cloudiness, just as the style should be. A small puff of white came up over the top and settled down effortlessly into a small, but stable layer that hung around for the rest of the session whilst providing a good amount of side glass lacing. The carbonation was tremendous as it came bubbling up toward the surface on this one.

The aroma was one of the highlights of the festival for me. Light, airy, but very fragrant, almost a summertime showstopper. Rich notes of banana and clove, highlighted with that all too familiar bubblegum like hint that wraps itself into only the best of wheat beers. The lemongrass was definitely apparent, more so at first, as it warmed it took a back seat to the more sustainable fruit aromas that dominated the profile. This was especially true in the flavor. Light, bubbly, just wonderfully crisp at the same time. Started with a delicate rush of lemon, nothing too bitter or tart, rather it was delicate and light, almost peppery. This blended well with the banana like flavor that followed it, hints of cloves, and almost what seemed to me to be like a heather flavor followed. Extremely flavorful. Light feel was complimented wonderfully by more the adequate carbonation that really let the flavors pop, but had enough of a coating effect to let you hold onto to the last grasps of flavor. Quick, clean, and wonderfully complex this was an easy session beer and I found myself back for this one more then once.

This was in my top 5 for the festival for sure. It was without a doubt, the wheat beer gone right. This really just showed off very well what can be done with a style that comes over to be all too bland at times. I would have no issue with going back for this one time and again.

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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 Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap on 6-27-08. This one came to me a bright, yet cloudy, golden yellow. Thin white head capped it off. The aroma was very inviting and reminiscent of summer. Strong lemon grass scent with a light backing of clove, bubblegum, and faint wheat. It just smelled refreshing. The flavor followed the path I had hoped it would. Strong lemon flavor, but not in any way overpowering or overly tart. And it's nothing like a shandy or radler, either. Very unique and enjoyable, especially on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my limited notes when at the Outer Banks this past summer. My favorite offering from OBBS.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of head.

Smell is very heavy on the lemongrass, there's pretty much nothing else as the lemon overtakes everything, a very sweet smelling beer, reminds me almost of lemonade without the the strong tart aroma.

Taste is also dominated by the lemongrass presence, very sweet with only a slight bitterness from hops at the end. A perfect summer beer as it goes down very easily.

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

On-tap at the brewery in a 5 oz. sampler glass. It's an opaque peachy gold, with medium carbonation and a thin white head. Quite pleasing aroma, with orange, lemon, cloves, bubblegum, and a backing of wheat. Tastes very similar, with the addition of floral hops, roses?, and delicious wheat, on top of a medium, creamy body that has lively carbonation and leaves a medium finish. All in all a delicious, flavorful American wheat.

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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 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 oberon
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a real hazy yellow lots of chunks and floaties my wife almost dumped it out but I stopped her of course,lemon dominates the aroma here very fragrant with a touch of fresh mown grass.Taste is very refreshing lemony and spritzy with a touch of toasted malt.Now this is a summer quaffer if I ever saw one outside of the appearance this is one reaaly nice brew from Kill Devil Hills.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this for the second time at the World Beer Fest this year. As soon as I tasted it I remembered I had had the same thing at the GABF the year before and really enjoyed it. It is a cloudy yellow color with a super lemongrass fragrance, as the name implies. The mouth feel is pretty much middle of the road (which is fine for the style), and the aftertaste is rather nice. The flavor is as fragrant as the scent of the brew. I truly enjoyed this brew, not only because it was unique, but because it really tasted exactly as one would want a lemongrass ale to taste. YUM!!

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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 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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Lemongrass Wheat Ale from Outer Banks Brewing Station
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