Maple Wheat Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Wheat AleMaple Wheat Ale

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MDDMD on 08-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 108
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is no real noticeable maple presence in the aroma or flavor.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a matching Lawson's snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a firm white cap. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and overall the brew is pretty nice looking.

The aroma is grainy wheat with grass and sulfur notes. A little fruity to floral aspect in the back. The nose is pretty simple but clean and enjoyable.

The flavor is lightly fruity almost with a hint of something like cider. Some wheat and sulfur are also thrown in there. A faint watered down with a hint of something like earthy maple syrup in the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation. A strange and unique combo of character. The fruity apple notes were not expected and didnt quite work.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, orange-gold coloring, almost opaque, with a filmy, bright white head. Nose of toasted wheat, subtle citrus notes, maple sweetness, and hints of smoke. Flavors of smooth, roasted wheat, with a rich, roasty sweet maple backbone. Very balanced and smooth. Light, crisp citrus notes on the tail end of the palate. Smooth and slightly effervesced body. The aftertaste is tangy sweet with citrus highlights, and the finish is smooth and clean. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT.

Poured a hazy bright straw hue with a one ginger got white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was devoid of any maple element and essentially left me with some wheat spice and weak esters.

The trade was likewise bland, with maple to be had.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a poor beer considering the expected maple element.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy orange hue. Thin, fizzy head grows and falls quickly. Nearl zero lacing.

S-Not getting much maple, if any. It's sweet and wheaty with a light, nearly funky aroma. A bit clove.

T-Flavor is again, devoid of maple flavor but it's decent all around. A bit of light funkiness, almost tastes Bretty. Wheat and a lasting but not intense sweetness. Some spicey clove.

M-Too carbonated. Bubbles expand over the tongue. Very light and otherwise drinkable. Refreshing.

O/D-Fairly tasty. Could use more maple but the beer's base is interesting enough.

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Photo of maximum12
1.97/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to damienblack for this bottle among other eastern treasures; wanted this one the moment I heard about it. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour, conducted expertly by my 11 year old daughter, is fraught with overcarbonation. Head overtops the two goblets & gets all over my poor daughter, who now smells like beer. Hope the child welfare people don’t stop by. Nose is wheat &…funk? Funk. Not sour, more like saison-level funk. Not liking where this starts up.

Lawson’s Maple Wheat is half right, at least. No hint of maple anywhere in the near vicinity. Overwhelming dint of funkiness slashed, but not enough, with grain & raw wheat. The effect is something of a cross between Jolly Pumpkin & a traditional hefe - & it’s not good. The stupid carbonation inhibits what enjoyment I might have been able to pull out of this; 11 ounces is far too much.

I can’t believe this was the brewer’s intent. Funk, overcarbonation, missing maple all point to the start of an infection, or something unpleasant. Perhaps my first bad beer from Lawson’s. A drain pour disappointment.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.21.13

A - Pours a hazy dark honey-orange with a huge fizzy light tan head that fades fast.

S - Lots of wheat, canned corn, no maple.

T - There it is. Crisp wheat with a touch of maple sweetness.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O -- Crisp, light and refreshing with a hint of maple.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy yellow color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-wheat, hint of banana, slight maple sweetness

T-wheat, malt, slight banana, little spice and maple, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-interesting wheat ale with some hints of hefe, but not as compelling and maple flavor not present as much as I would have expected

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Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle. Thanks surge1311!

This one foamed over upon uncapping it. It didn't explode out but it came in a pretty solid initial flow then continued to bubble for some time.

A - A deep golden with a very hazy finish and a big white head (bordering on too big).

S - Lots of contributions from the wheat with a grassy, lemony aroma.

T - Crisp, clean and dry. Maybe a bit too dry. Nice flavors from the wheat with a slightly tart finish. The maple syrup is faint but contributes.

M - A moderate consistency with a high carbonation giving it a lively feel.

O - Very refreshing. Between the foam-over and dryness, I think this one over attenuated in the bottle but it was good.

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Photo of bonkers
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to my cousin Jeff for picking this one up for me. Pours a pale straw with a big foamy head. The aroma is sweet, with lots of spices. The beer taste like a below average wheat beer, some bubble gum, a little spice. I do not taste any maple. The beer is light, effervescent, and easy drinking. I was expecting more out of this brew, it was graded so harshly due to it lacking any maple flavor at all.

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Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Six ounce draft at the Prohibition Pig pub in Waterbury Vermont, with dinner.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which shrank away to a thin surface foam film.

t: To be honest, I only had a few sips of this, it was ordered for my beer-hating wife in hopes the maple flavor would appeal to her, while giving Curious George (me, my name was changed to protect me from warranted lawsuits) a chance to try another Lawsons offering. Maple flavor was almost non-existent, although the color was maple syrupish and there were subtle undertones of such. However, I liked it well enough, and she did actually drink most of it, which is no mean feat for a brewer to get my wife to do. So kudos to Lawson's, who probably had the wisdom to recognize that maple syrup and beer naturally do not mix very well flavorwise.

m: Light to moderate. Quite smooth.

o: Seemed like more of a low-hopped pale ale with a hint of maple flavoring than the wheat beer dominated by maple syrup which one might expect. But it's an interesting and good-tasting brew. Perhaps it should be renamed Lawson's Lawless Liquid or Moonshine Through A Maple Tree or The-Beer-Scotorum's-Wife-Actually-Drank-Five-Ounces-Of or something else which might make it irresistible. It may be too good to just call it what it is.

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Photo of kevanb
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle, poured into a Lawson's Finest Liquids Tulip glass.

The beer pours a nice, golden honey color with a clear texture and just a slight haze. Many bubbles rise to the top of the glass that boasts a fluffy, white head that has good retention and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is simple and while it showcases the ingredients, does come across a bit blandly, light hop spice, lots of banana bread with just slight maple and earthy bark profiles with some cracked wheat that lingers. A nice amount of mapley banana bread on the tongue, high levels of pale wheat grain, tree bark, a bit of crisp hop oil but the beer definitely reads as both sweet and savory with a lot of earthiness. The body is crisp, lively coats the mouth well. It comes across as very full bodied for such a light beer, which I really liked, the finish is nice, a bit prickly but quite smooth.

Verdict: An interesting experiment, but I'm not sure this one really works. The maple presence is very soft and mild and doesn't really compliment the wheat, but it's saving grace is that the beer is quite refreshing. A rare blemish on Lawson's fine record of producing great beer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Wheat Ale, poured into a UFO hefeweizen glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy copper amber with a good sized foamy head that dissipates at a medium pace and retains some. Good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is a decidedly rich pilsner aroma with some sour wheat. Notes of maple are quite subtle (unfortunately).

Taste - Dry, crisp, and refreshing as hell. The brew redeems the lack of maple interplay here with a nice yeast blend and a good body with a little carbonated snap. Very subtle on maple again here but it turns out well anyway.

Mouthfeel - Dry and more light bodied than medium. Zero booziness. Slightly sticky from the maple. Great drinkability.

Overall - This wins in this niche sub category for its attention to detail and delicate balanced infusion of maple with wheat. Terrific brew.

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Photo of Hendry
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber,soft two finger white head, laces well in the glass.

Aromas are decidedly European,yeast most particularly,maple nonexistent as are the hops.

Sour splash to the palate on the first sip, reminiscent of a yeasty Belgian, and quickly changes over to a lager flavor profile while at the same time the slightest coating of maple finishes at the back.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

Okay, I love Lawson's, and have been a fan of their past maple offerings, but Maple Wheat takes an artisan approach that is certainly a different take on the style. While Maple Wheat may appeal to others with a more adventurous palate than mine, I found it interesting and worth trying once.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden with small head. Grainy aroma with an unusual funk, possibly due to the maple? Lots of carbonation and very light bodied. Flavor is also very understated, cloves, bananas, grain, but very light. Finish is dry and clean. I could not detect any signs of maple.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Lawsons Pint Glass

A- ALLOT of carbonation, pours a 4 finger really frothy white head, dissipates very slowly. Allot of bubbles coming off the bottom. Golden/brown color, slight haze appearance. Big bubbles stick to the sides of the glass.
S- The aroma is nice, very subtle overall. Clove, banana notes, yeast, malt, spice, slight corn aroma.
T- Taste is a little underwhelming. Very similar to the aroma, clove, slight banana, wheat is present, slight yeast characteristic, very light, cannot pick out any maple notes, its refreshing.
M- Very light mouthfeel, clean crisp finish, really carbonated.
O- Overall would have liked the maple to come out a little more would have made this beer much more interesting. Its not a bad beer, but its not something i would buy again. Should have opened back when the weather was warmer, very refreshing, perfect for the summer.

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Maple Wheat Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.52 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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