Wheat Beer | Napa Smith Brewery

BA SCORE
74
okay
52 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Wheat BeerWheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
napasmithbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aforbes10 on 12-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
26
Avg:
2.81
pDev:
16.01%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Beginner2
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Listed on the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", this probably deserves to be on the list because the master brewer is one of the grand-daddy's of the craft beer movement. And because Napa is in the cradle of American wine, so it is a gentle dig on the competition. This was part of the flight I Had of six brews. I can see why this brewery has a reputation for culinary compatibility; most of the flight I can imagine as companions to a narrow range of mild-ish foods. Not even the IPA was too hoppy.

Had in Napa's taproom, my ratings are much higher than other BA average and three years more recent. So I asked one of the brew workers if this wheat beer was close to the one being reviewed earlier. He didn't know for sure because he didn't know the previous recipe but had been told that the current one was a tweaked experiment. Obviously, I think they tweaked it for the better.

 889 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, rather wan solar yellow with a thick, if not too persistent, white head. Wheaty aroma is none too strong and has a hint of yeast. Flavor has a malty core and wheaty and yeasty notes, plus a hint of fruit. Smooth texture has typical body and fizz, leaving a tingle that is persistent if not strong. Though not the best wheat I’ve had, give it a try if this is your favorite style.

 396 characters

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of IselyIC
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MattSlem
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of xacidx
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ste5venla
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JHendu
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz undated bottle served in a lager glass.
A: pours clear golden with a well-proportioned, dense, off-white head. It has a high level of visible carbonation and leaves some nice lacing. Small amount of sediment in the bottle, a bit of which was included with the pour.

S: a mostly unappealing floral aroma with musty, yeasty and grassy notes. Hints of cardamon and ginger.

Taste is way better and fresher, as well as more delicate and less spicy than expected. Wheat is evident but subtle, Hints of cinnamon, cardamon and ginger. Light on hops for style. (yes, I know this style is supposed to be light on hops.)

M: Medium-light bodied; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: a delicate, lightly spicy wheat beer.
:

 725 characters

Photo of garyford
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
Smells of fruit: apple and pear mostly and a little honey.
Taste starts with a little sweet note, then dry bitterness... the middle and end are watery and bland. Starts out okay and then runs out of flavor halfway through.
Crisp texture, low carbonation and medium body.
The taste was a real disappointment, the rest of it was average.

 385 characters

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Mojo
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle for several months and figured I'd better drink it before it got too old. I didn't expect much from it but I was pleasantly surprised. It poured a clear gold with a nice fluffy two finger head, decent retention, and decent lacing. The nose was mainly floral. Mouthfeel was good but maybe just a wee bit too much carbonation. Taste was mainly fruit but with some bitterness to balance. It sort of reminded me of a weaker IPA (not a bad thing.) Overall I loved it and the low ABV along with an easy drinkability would make this offering ideal as a session beer.

 580 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Again for this brewery: a drinkable beer that doesn't really go anywhere near the style parameters. Very mild wheat tones that show an extremely small amount of character. Little bit of spice. Kind of a dirty, earthy aftertaste. Easy drinking beer, but I'm here to be impressed, not to just have something to drink.

 315 characters

Photo of BrewAskew
2.06/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a thin head that dies quickly. Amber-gold color. Aroma is stale and flat--smells of Play-Doh and stale bread. Flavor is gross, metallic and woody, sharpness from the wheat is ok, but hops and other subtleties are faded. Mouthfeel is average. This stuff tastes like crap. I can't imagine this is fresh--this is more of a distribution and storage problem. It tastes like old beer. If I ever get to have a sample at the brewery or in California, I will re- review and hopefully get to revise this assessment.

 518 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thin head on a murky golden with amber hues body.

S: light on the nose with mild wheat and orange notes.

T: this one is very fizzy with almost no flavor. mild wheat and grains up front fade to a slightly less mild bitter hop note.

M: high carbonation and lighter side of medium body.

Overall: maybe mine was bad but there was almost no flavor or aroma with a club soda like mouthfeel.

 391 characters

Photo of fisherbray
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev +6.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Wheat Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
2.81 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More