Vermont Maple Wheat Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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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

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Added by UnionMade on 02-28-2003

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.27/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gcamparone
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Vermont Maple Wheat Ale from Rock Art Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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