Trail Angel Weiss | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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3.75/5
Very Good
87 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Boone757 on 02-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,644
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
87
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has me CANfounded as the founder of The CANQuest (tm)! My local, in-person trader, @tone77, thanks me for a CAN that he reviewed on 07 Sept 2015. Mine is a fairly fresh CAN procured from the FGBS, so what happened to what should have been my original CAN & review/rating? Very odd.

From the CAN: "Wheat Beer"; "Bavarian Style Weiss"; "Virginia Heartland".

I Crack!ed open the vent & given that it was a Hefeweizen, I decided to go with an inverted Glug to get things moving. This resulted in two fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with low retention that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and with just a light haziness. What?!? This is supposed to be cloudy! Nose had a wheat-like tartness, but where were the bananas? Where were the cloves? Mouthfeel was thin & watery. The taste was odd, kind of sour, but lacking any of the attributes of a Hefeweizen. This really struck me as more towards an American Pale Wheat Ale, and not a very good one, at that. It had the slight sourness of wheat, but without much else. I CANnot envision a more boring, one-dimensional beer. Finish was semi-dry, but it just lacked much in the way of taste.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden-blonde hue, though head forms quite creamy with rather poor retention, leaving behind a thin string of lace around the edges.

S + T: Clove aromas are prominent, with fruity esters following up--the typical banana-like scents. A touch of wheat grains round it out. Flavour is also heavy on clove, as well. Perhaps a touch of bubble-gum on the finish in addition to a little spiciness.

M + O: Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation--body feels fuller to begin and lightens up toward the finish. An easy drinking, fairly standard weiss.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden hazy look. Crisp, spicy aroma also letting you know there will be some bitter characteristics. Taste is initially "thin" but then fills out and expands somewhat with some of the spiciness encountered in the smell along with floral flavors. After multiple drinks, I'm getting a certain regular level of sweetness (for lack of a better word) and any bitter notes have seemingly disappeared. Had this on a July late afternoon on my front porch and it fit the occasion well.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The hazy, bright straw yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” white head that recedes slowly and leaves little or no foam or lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and a few scattered patches of lacing, some of which cling to the glass.

The aromas include banana and clove against a background of wheat and bready malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the banana and clove well supported with some bready malt and wheat sweetness with maybe a touch of apple even further in the background. There is a very light earthy character from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and both slightly crisp and creamy with some light smooth and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, banana and clove begin to fade to a crisp, semi-dry ending with some earthiness, banana and clove remaining for a fairly long time.

Overall a well made example of the style that I’ve enjoyed enough to be willing to have another. One of the things I enjoyed about this beer is that the banana from the yeast is noticeable but does not dominate the aromas and flavors as it does with some examples. So I’d say the beer is light, refreshing, smooth and worth a try.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, a good wheat beer that's easy to drink. Very refreshing.
Up side: mouthfeel and head retention.
Down side: low presence of characteristic hefe phenols.
Yellow, crazy bubbly, nice head retention. Low levels of phenols and a subdued flavor profile for a hefe, but still very good. A noticeable wheat twang, almost tart. Great mouthfeel.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matuhg
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dillinger
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zylod
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nitty703
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zanico
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a fairly clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma is slight wheat. The taste is wheat with some faint hops. no carbonation at all.

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Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
4.91/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes exactly how wheat beer should. It's summer so I've been drinking a lot of wheat beers. I generally enjoy them but so many are watery as hell. Not this one. It's good. And...uhh...it hugs my mouth like a sloppy teenage kiss, with notes of coriander, old baseball mitt and pan seared duck breast with a color like Mona Lisa's vagina.

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Trail Angel Weiss from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 87 ratings