Vermont Maple Wheat Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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Vermont Maple Wheat AleVermont Maple Wheat Ale
Vermont Maple Wheat AleVermont Maple Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 113
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a red/amber colored clear body with a two finger white foamy head that rapidly dissipates and leaves a tad of lacing in its wake. The smell had a maple aroma up front but not overbearing just combined nicely with some light malt and wheat, slight apples very faint. The taste was mainly sweet with the previously mentioned flavors, maple becomes dominant and lingers into aftertaste and finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation. Overall, pretty nice as an APWA with some maple added to it.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours identical to a glass of apple cider; perhaps a tad hazier/ murkier. About 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving behind no lacing.

S - Incredibly sweet. That pretty much sums it up. I can notice the sweet aromas drifting from the beer a few feet away. The beer is dominated by a mixture of maple syrup, sugar and wheat; dominantly maple syrup however. Very pleasant scented beer all in all!

T - The flavors are... very unique? Actually quite hard to distinguish. It almost feels as though the wheat and maple syrup flavorings are clashing in your mouth with neither one overwhelming the other. It's almost as if there are two distinct flavors simultaneously that refrain from meshing with one another. All in all, fairly sweet with notes of maple syrup followed by an odd - changing aftertaste.... very unique.

M - Quite notably carbonated, somewhat harsh, feel --- more so of soda than beer I'd say. Medium bodied beer.

O - Unique, original, sweet, and distinct! Pretty much sums it up.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks Steve for this.

Pours a moderately hazy amber body with very little head that reduces quickly to leave nothing really.. no lacing no retention whatsoever. Looks like stagnant wort.

Aroma is artificial maple.. I love maple but this is muted and not savory, just sweet and not so inviting.

As far as taste.. I can't ding it too bad here because it tastes like maple, but the maple is muted and watered down as well as slightly artificial tasting.. sweet caramel and sugar on the follow through. Watery body and medium carbonation (at least it's there)

If there was no carbonation I'd be convinced this was a flavored malt beverage. Was expecting more.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a moderate head from the 22 oz bottle. Maple is not overwhelming here. I actually did not taste or smell any (which is not unusual as I have a bad sense of smell and therefore tastebuds), however I found it an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DiverJon
2/5  rDev -44%

A Maple Wheat Ale should have some kind of taste. In the glass it has a nice brownish color with little head which quickly vanishes. The nose is a very faint maple and not much else. Taste...nothing but a slight sweetness that you would miss being maple if you didn't know what it was. Being born and raised not far from the brewery I do. The rest of the taste is not there. None during drinking, no after taste. Nothing but slightly fizzy. Rock Art normally produces fine ales but this is not one of them. I may have gotten an off batch. If I was back home I would take the nearly full bottle to the brewery myself and ask them what was going on.

Massive disappointment. You could drink this all day but with Miller Light half the price and with more taste why would you?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

maybe the most underrated beer I have seen here on BA. its just so so good, so maple, and if you don't like maple, why would you buy this beer in the first place? an amber wheat based heavily on good maple syrup, a real treat for a Vermont outsider. a clearing heady amber brew, copper really, and emitting notes of fresh maple sap running free, and a hefty wheat malt base without much hops at all. the flavor is all maple sugar up front, and I think the wheat malt base is a genius platform for it to launch from, it sparkles and sings real Vermont, without being sickening or too strong or sweet, its lasting goodness and nothing more or less. carbonation may be a little low, but again and again after each sip I am reminded how good the wheat is as a base for the maple character, and it comes through so well. one of the top two or three maple flavored beers I have had, I would love to see more takes on this, its just super well done overall. perfect balance of maple and actual beer flavor. top dog in the field here, best maple wheat I have seen, although it is admittedly very few...

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Morgo

Honey golden brown with an insta-vanish head. Maple and brown sugar are there but the first thing to catch my nose is an intense fruity, floral bubble gum. Tastes similar with the bubble gum being the dominant flavor. Ample maple backup. Savory smoked wheat fade that I really like. Too sweet to finish an entire 22oz I'm glad I had help.

I don't often like maple beers because of the fruity flavors boiled maple can throw off but Rock Art was clever enough to harness that with the natural bubble gum of an American wheat. In my limited sampling one of Rock Arts best.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. Liquid is a hazy maple brown that produces a moderate-sized off-white head that fades to a film after a couple minutes. Almost no lace.

Smells like maple! Maple is the biggest note I get on the nose, followed by wheat and cloves. I really enjoy how this smells!

Taste follows the nose, with maybe a little less maple. Aftertaste is bigtime maple without being too sweet and cloying. I think I may have appreciated a bit more of an assertive flavor, but I don't think that's what they were really going for. Really well put-together.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment for me. Pretty thin, and with too much carbonation. Finish is kind of watery, and there's a weird pause after the swallow where I don't taste or feel anything before the maple comes back for the aftertaste. I think they were going for a smaller beer, so I feel bad criticizing it, but I think that the flavor really screams for a thicker body.

Overall, it's a super drinkable beer with some good flavors. You could share this with people who aren't that into beer and they would probably like it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the 650 ml. bottle with February (no year) notched out of the label. Sampled on April 4, 2014.

Its color is mainly medium amber with some reddish tones, slightly cloudy, with a modest cream colored head that lingers for a while but eventually fades away completely.

The aroma evolves. At first I get caramel malts, maple syrup, and wheat in that order. But after it warms the maple syrup starts to take over the nose.

light to medium body.

The maple flavor takes center stage in the taste with the caramel malts a close second and the wheat a distant third. But there is a low, dry bitterness finishing things off.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pint 6oz bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Clear reddish orange with a slightly orange-off-white head that falls down quickly to barely more than a thin layer of bubbles. The looks make me expect lots of malty sugar.

SMELL : First nose is as expected (malty sugar) but with a clear maple smell to it as well. It seems well incorporated. Second nose releases the hops, which express themselves as a yeasty vegetal background. Third nose enhances the maple. Seems very well done.

TASTE : Well, much drier than I expected. The malt sugars are very, very well blended in with the maple flavours. Hops are very subtle, probably of a pilsner kind.

MOUTHFEEL : The wheat profile is very interesting, in here. Adds a very nice substance to the texture. Carbonation is pleasant.

OVERALL : A solid beer, but not something I'd over indulge. It can get a bit overwhelming, even if it is definitely well crafted. I say try it out, it's very much worth it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber picked up at the brewery a few weeks ago.

Pours with a short off-white head over a thick-looking, orange body that has some noticeable carbonation. No lacing

Aromas are thick with syrup. Molasses, butterscotch. A touch of tang.

Flavors are all Vermont. Tree sap, maple, oats, wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect from the ABV, but deceiving. The aromas and flavor are so rich, yet the MF is light and almost bright.

Cool effort by the Rock Art crew - if it weren't for actually taking the time to review, I'd probably think this was a 7-8% beer.

p.s. Beer Advocate - this can not be listed as an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of poop_brew
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. A rich golden amber ale with little sediment. It was an older bottle so didn't get much head from the pour. Average appearance. (3/5)

S - I was disappointed with the smell, based on the bottle I figured I would get a more maple on the nose. (2.5/5)

T - Very solid taste. I was quite happy with the medium body ale with a little hop and a rich maple note on the finish. Definitely what I was looking for in this beer. (4.25/5)

M - A standard finish beer with an average crisp. Smooth finish. I'd drink it again for sure. (3.5/5)

O - I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quite maple beer, but definitely not an overwhelming maple taste. (3.5/5)

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Photo of Hendry
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by a buddy on here (JMScowcroft) to try, so I plunked down the $6 for the bomber and rolled the dice.
Pours the color of maple syrup, next to no head but I did not pour over aggressively.
The nose is slightly malty with a faint whiff of real maple syrup in there: not overdone and that could be easy to do when using maple syrup as an ingredient.

Drinks a bit like a Vermont maple soda, naturally a bit heavier and wheatier.Reminds me of the cereal from childhood called BUCKWHEATS from the 1970s (maple flavored buckwheat flakes). Not an overly light wheat beer by any stretch,and more flavorful than it is refreshing as it drinks a wee bit heavy.No alcohol detected whatsoever.

The beauty of this novelty beer is that the flavors and ingredients are artfully blended without being overwhelmingly sweet or malty/yeasty. The balance has to be respected even if it is naturally on the sweet side due to the boiled Vermont maple sap in there.

While the bomber wasn't necessarily a chore to get through, it might be better suited to sharing given the monotone sweetness, and would be a hit at a dinner party. Worth a try and a good effort from Rock Art.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rock Art Brewery - Vermont Maple Wheat Ale

This is my second attempt on a maple-infused brew, I went into this with high hopes and I was pleasantly surprised!

Look - Pours honey-tinted with a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Wheat and apple citrus with maple and malt overtones. Smells great.

Taste - Carbonated touch of malt, wheatiness, just the right amount of maple. Smooth and crisp.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a faint maple and some typical wheat leftover. Quite drinkable and rather light on the palate.

Overall - I was definitely pleased with this brew, this was very well done. True to the wheat style with just enough maple to differentiate it.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-light amber color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-wheat, malt, maple, hint of sweetness

T-malt, maple, wheat bread, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-an interesting pale ale, a little sweet, but I do like the maple flavor, wish there were a little more hops present

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Photo of Floydster1
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was exactly what I had hoped it would be. Yummy! 5 for 5!
Lightly hopped as a good wheat beer should. Not over bearing with the maple. Color of amber/brown for the beer and creamy head.
Purchased at the brewery. Trying to locate it in the Boston area.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color. It poured with a soapy white head that died down very quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a small patch in the center. There are some hints of particles near the bottom of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apple juice and maple syrup are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the maple flavors taste more like maple candy but without any of the associated sweetness. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The maple flavors make this beer unique, but it tasted like it could have used more hops or a fuller body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper in color (similar but a little more orange than apple cider) with minimal amounts of visible carbonation, some golden orange highlights, and a significant amount of black sediment in the bottom of the glass.. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of very small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are some light to moderate amount of caramel malts and some maple, though not overly sweet maple. There are lighter amounts of light fruits (apple) and just a touch of something akin to cider. Hints of clove and wheat.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of wheat with some notes of clove and pepper spiciness. After that the maple flavors come through, definitely maple though pleasantly not too sweet. There is a moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Overall, this is a pretty interesting beer and I enjoy the maple additions to it - I also like that the maple does not make the beer overly sweet. Definitely an interesting example of a maple beer and one I'm glad that I found...even when I wasn't looking for it and bought it on a whim.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light maple syrup nose and flavor is mellow to sweet maple syrup without much wheat. It is a light summer ale. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of rudzud
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the Rock Art brewery, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear mapley brown hue with a nice three finger head...that immediately fizzed away like a can of soda. Ehh.

S - Smell is average too. I picked this bottle up maybe two months ago and I remember it smelling WAY more mapley when I had it on tap. What I get now is way too much malts and malt sweetness with super super faint maple on the finish.

T - Taste isnt all that bad. A bit too malty up front with almost a tinny flavour. The finish though is nice subtle and sweet maple candy. Again though, I remember thoroughly loving this at the brewery and yet here I am drinking this incredibly underwhelmed.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated...not flat, but definitely needs more as it comes across as thin/watery.

O - Overall I enjoyed this on tap but this...this I really dont care for. The maple is too faded and not nearly "in your face" as it was on tap. Disappointed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fizzy head that pretends to reach 1 finger but pretty much instantly disappears with no trace at all that it even existed except my fading memory making it look like a flat cider, with a mostly clear slight chill hazed reddish orange beer.

Nose brings plenty of maple, maple candy mostly with just a bit of syrup, light caramel and coppery malts, but that's pretty much it.

Taste brings plenty of maple again, like I stuffed my mouth full of maple candy, but it remains fairly dry. the maple brings just a hint of syrup and sweetness but overall mostly just full flavor and not the residue. If it wasn't for the slightest hint of caramel malts I would have thought this was a maple mead. As it warms I start to get hints of what could be wheat flavors, but again barely. Finish gives a slight booze kick with some very light bitterness, and fairly dry with a hint of stickiness, and plenty of lingering maple.

Mouth is med bodied, very slightly syrupy, very little carbonation.

Overall not bad, I'm usually not a fan of maple beers, but this one fared pretty well with the nice maple candy flavor and not super sweet or syrupy. The lack of carbonation doesn't help though, and the lack of overall malts with just faint hints of malt and wheat gives it a bit of a kick in the nuts as well. So it's not a bad beer, but it doesn't do much either.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.57/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An extra from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe.

Pouring amber with a head that is creamy beige. I don't know for sure, though, the retention is *so* bad it disappears in seconds. Nice clarity, though. The nose is mildly hoppy with a cascade hop profile, along with a mild maple sweetness, nutty and sugary. The use of maple sap is marginally obscured by the hops, and unfortunately, isn't complemented by it either. There's a green, chlorophyll-like note, moderately mineral-y and chalky in a way I don't like. The maple component also has a fruity note to it.

The palate opens mildly sweet, in a way that clearly isn't a malt sweetness ('cos it's from the maple syrup!). This is followed by flavors of Cascade hops and a mild bitterness. The wheat adds a twang (a tartness, even) to the mid-palate that lingers on into the finish. Fairly dry and highly carbonated, this beer is rather watery, disappointingly so. IMO, the hops just don't work with the maple syrup.

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Photo of Brad007
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a blast from the past! I had this years ago before I started reviewing beer. It was only available in growlers.

Pours a brown/light burgundy color with very little head into my glass. Kind of dull but could be from the maple.

Sweet with just the right hint of maple to entice the nose. Clove notes from the wheat too.

Taste is as I remember it: lightly-sweet with breadiness from the wheat and a touch of clove. Hops? We don't need no hops, sir!

Lingering maple and wheat at the back of the throat.

A blast from the past! Some may not like it. I certainly missed it!

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Photo of scottum
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fancy amber with a loving head. Smooth, yet full. Maple flavor is there, but it is not overloading anything. Maple and other flavors in the malts are the center in this brew's chew. Goes down smooth. Another great beer by Rock Art! These guys may be my favorite Vermont brewery.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank a pint of this from a growler a couple friends brought back from a snowboard trip to VT.
The beer poured a hazy straw color, topped with a thick, foamy white head. Good head retention, leaving a clump in the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is light and wheaty, with a distinct maple syrup sweetness. The maple really dominates, but goes very well with the mild wheat malt aroma. No hops to speak of, or much else besides the maple.
Flavor is actually quite good. A bit simple, comprised largely of wheat malt and maple flavoring, and nothing else. A bit of dryness in the finish, with some nutty yeast. A dryish wheaty nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. If the maple didn't go so well with the wheat, this would be just another lame, flavorless american wheat ale. A bit fuller bodied than your average wheat beer, with more sluggish carbonation.
I'd definitely try this again, simply because i enjoy anything with maple syrup.

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Vermont Maple Wheat Ale from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 113 ratings