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Better World Wheat | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by Belgian brewers, our wheat ale utilizes aromatic chamomile flowers and tangy-tart Belgian yeast. Pale and cloudy with a refreshing citrus sweetness and tart, dry finish. Brewed with American & European grown barley & wheat, American hops, Chamomile flowers and Celis wit yeast.

24 IBU

Added by bditty187 on 05-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Smurf2055:
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first new bottled beer from Empyrean in six years!

Hazy, white-yellow in hue with a faint tawny highlight; white foam, at the apex the head was a half finger tall. Head retention was respectable and subsequent lacing was widespread. I really like how this beer looks, it is a great departure from the typical clear Empyrean ales... just ask WoodyChandler! Quite the eye candy really.

The nose is quite wheaty with hints of bread, yeast and a kiss of wild flowers. Better World Wheat is not spiced with orange peel or coriander. IMO, the lack of these spices does not make this a Belgian White but Empyrean thinks so. Chamomile flowers are the spice of choice. The yeast strain is said to be the same as Hoegaarden. To me this is a very clean smelling Wit; sure there are lovely wheat characteristics and some hints of flowers and vanilla. A Wit this is not...

Slightly sour/tart upfront with some citrus notes, bread, vanilla, and plenty of bready-wheat flavors. That's about all. Not much deep or complexity. While there isn't much going on this beer does have some charm and I have grown to like it. However, I think this is much better suited for a summer seasonal and not a year round beer. What do I know?

Medium/medium-light in body, low and creamy/smooth mouthfeel; the mouthfeel does work quite well with the "style."

Easy to drink... like a Boulevard Wheat is easy to drink, there isn't much resistance. Clearly, Empyrean is targeting both Blue Moon and Boulevard Wheat drinkers with BWW. They'll get some drinkers to come to their side, especially in Lincoln where they have such great brand loyalty. In Omaha and elsewhere, we'll see. I do recommended it at work... maybe not glowingly so but I do think it is a very good beer for what it is. Just remember this is not a Wit. Purchased in Omaha.

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3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would have probably lived my whole life with out ever having tried a Nebraska brew if not for Fugazme and the Baseball Cards & Beer BIF. Thanks.
Very hazy pale yellow in color. Fluffy white head. Almost feathery. Head quickly recedes to some spotty lacing.
Banana and pineapple aroma. Also has the smell typically found in wheat beers but I don't know what exactly that smell is.
Pineapple and banana in the flavor though it's not as strong as in the aroma. Again it has that typical wheat beer taste to it, but I'm still getting accustomed to wheat beers and can't really tell you what it taste like.
Medium to light mouthfeel. Crisp and it goes down easy.
Wheat beers are just now starting to grow on me and this one is a drinkable beer that I'd try again but I don't think I'd drink it very often. This is due more to the style than the actual beer itself.

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3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is slight hazy yellow. My pour produced a good white thick head about 1 inch in height. Head faded to a thin covering that left some good lacing.

Smell: Like a wheat beer. I get an aroma of bready yeastiness with some soft citrus aromas (some lemony scent with perhaps a touch of banana).

Taste: It has been a long while since I have sat for a formal review and am a little rusty on my styles. This to me tastes like a typical American wheat beer. Like they were aiming for a beer similar to Boulevard Wheat to steal some of its sales (which are quite high in these parts). I would say that to some extent they have done that. A side note: no lemon slice in the beer please.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body, low carbonation. Easy on the tongue, easy going down with minimal aftertastes.

Drinkability: I am not a huge wheat beer fan (or witbier, as this one is classed). But for the money (got this on sale for $4.99 for a six) this is a nice low alcohol sessioner. Will have to pick some up in the summer when it is warmer.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slight hazed golden orange. White head.

Aroma: wheat, light spice. Coriander, lemon, citrus.

Taste: Same as nose, but more pronounced flavors. A lot of zest.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, but clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a fairly average wheat. Nothing thrilling. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of budgood1
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 12 oz. stubby bottle a cloudy, hazy, turbid copper tinted gold colour, without too much head or retentive lace. a bit of tang and tart in the nose, followed by some wheat and spice. taste is a nice, gentle combination of yeast and wheat malt....very creamy with the chamomile definitely showing some minty character that really seems to blend into the flavour profile appropriately. some banana comes through, mixing with the above average sweetness to give it a banana cream pie note. what's missing is the authentic belgian flair...it has the domestic wheat/hefe blandness that makes american style wits/wheats difficult to get excited about. soft and supple body and a meringue like creamy mouthfeel gives this a stature much larger than its 4.3 ABV. drinkability is good...quenching and easy going.

overall i was just slightly impressed with this wit from lincoln, nebraska. i couldn't help but think that a slightly more attentuated note would do wonders for the overall character of this concoction.

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1.75/5  rDev -46.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, courtesy of Chris (RedHaze) - couldn't have asked for a better assortment of Nebraska goodness!

Pours cloudy dark straw color, just a bare hint of copper color, and a nice, tight-bubbled white head on top that clings to the glass as it slowly falls. Nice stickage, good retention, decent lacing as well. Nice appearance that doesn't miss on any level.

Nose is up front with the lemon zest and coriander, with a bit of underlying sourdough coming through from the wheat and yeast as well.

Taste is a bit front-heavy with coriander right out of the gate, with a big lemony zing adding a bit of tartness immediately thereafter. The mildly bitter bite of the coriander actually lingers all the way through the finish, stopping just short of obscuring the nice sourdough note right before finish that adds a nice fullness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium full body, the suspended yeast really help this one to achieve a nice fullness, with just a bit of a tingle from the coriander. Carbonation is spot on, light but tingly, matches up perfectly with the body.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not outstanding, but quite good. Tasty beer.

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3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do."

--Sarah Ban Breathnach

Lightly fogged honey gold with rapidly rising carbonation contributing to a slim slice of cue ball colored cream. The cap shrinks a little bit too quickly and doesn't leave much of itself on the sides of the glass.

The nose is witbier wonderful. There's a boatload of citrus and spice that work very well together. Maybe the chamomile flowers will be appreciated on the palate because they don't make much of an impression on the sniff.

Better World Wheat (Belgian Style Wheat Ale) is my favorite of the handful of Empyrean beers that I've had so far. There's no lack of flavor intensity, which is often the bane of the less than 5.0% ale. The yeast esters of the style definitely help in that regard.

Pale malt and wheat build a solid (and slightly tangy) base for the top notes of citrus peel and coriander. American hops were a good choice too and might be adding some tropical fruitiness of their own. Hmmm, still no chamomile. This is balanced, drinkable beer that really has no faults... given what it was designed to do.

Keeping ABV and style firmly in mind, the mouthfeel doesn't let down in the slightest. It's nowhere near thin and has a peppy sort of carbonation that never becomes annoyingly fizzy.

Bottom line: this would be a better world if all the world's witbiers were at least as good as Better World Wheat. Again, it may not be Empyrean's most highly rated beer (on this site), but for my money, it's the best... so far.

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Better World Wheat from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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