7th Street Wheat - Lemon Basil
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #218
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,260
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
114
From:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  20
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: “7th Street Wheat” started out as our Summer seasonal, but cue to its popularity has made its own place in our year round ales. Named in honor of the 7th Street wharf across the street from the brewery, this filtered wheat ale is light-bodied American style with pounds of fresh lemon-basil added after fermentation. The light citrus taste with a hint of spicy herb on the back goes well with almost any seafood dish, and from what we hear, is a favorite at bars as a stand alone refreshing beer.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) marches on in the face of CANbined U.S. Election Day & Guy Fawkes Day! I have the day off since the schools are mysteriously closed while they are in session on Monday, which is Veterans' Day. 8=( I CANnot explain these things, but I CAN drink, review & rate a beer, which is what I intend to do now.

From the CAN: "Named in honor of the 7th Street Wharf across the street from the brewery, this filtered wheat ale has pounds of fresh lemon basil added after fermentation. The light citrus taste with a hint of spicy herb on the back helps keep you cool during those hot summer days, which in our town is pretty much all of the time."; "'Laissez la bonne bière verser'".

Let the good beer pour, indeed! But first, I had to Crack! open the vent to get things started. Next came the burning question of the afternoon - what sort of Glug to employ? Why did they filter a Wheat Ale? I figured that since they went to the trouble of filtration that I would CANtinue in that vein & perform a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. Lissen, I'm all for clarity, I am not a huge proponent of filtration since it strips flavor, but a Wheat Ale CAN be cloudy by definition. What is this? A krystalweizen? Horse hockey pucky! Fine. I got a brief finger-plus of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head for my trouble, but it quickly fell away to wisps. Color was like liquid sunshine in my glass on this cool Autumn afternoon, a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus for a taste. While they were doing their thing, I did my thing & leaned in for a sniff. Nose was definitely lemon & basil, so perhaps the filtration was to establish a base for these flavors. It definitely put me in the mood for some fish, maybe salmon, maybe red snapper. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste had the usual tartness of wheat along with a bright citrusiness from the lemon as well as a lightly herbal quality from the basil. As to this last, it was perfect as a little basil CAN go a long way, in foods, in beer, in anything. It is a strong herb and one that you only want to add a tiny bit a t a time when cooking. Once upon a time, there was a pizza beer that featured basil & oregano! 8=O Sure, it mimicked a Margharita Pizza, but is that what you want to drink as a beer?!? Too powerful. This was nicely subtle. I CAN certainly understand why the would recommend it on a Summer's day, but I think that it would be a beautiful acCANpaniment to a fish supper. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing, slightly spritzy with the lemon and quite quaffable at just 4.5% ABV. YMMV.

Nov 05, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-lager glass. Lemon basil added. Looks good til 04.19.18. Consumed 07.24.18. 40 days and the coal ran out.

A: Pale hazy orange coloring, with a light spacious rise of carbonation. The head quickly fell, the glass remained clean of its influence.

S: Sweet ginger ale like aroma, with wet basil. Sweetened grapefruit and wheat add support. Nice strength overall, spicy, sweet, like a lemon flavored ginger ale or shandy.

T: Sparkling ginger ale/grapefruit-lemon flavor. Strong support base of wheat gives this a dry base, along with some hefe like yeastiness. Sweet, spicy flavor, ginger/grapefruit with a basil twang upon the swallow.

M: Nice crispness, tingly, soda like, with a medium body.

O: Overall drinks a like a sweet grapefruit-ginger ale or shandy. Crisp wheat summer time drink. Refreshing, sparkling. More alcohol beverage like.

Aug 04, 2018
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donspublic from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into NB chalice, 2 finger soapy cream colored head recedes to a pool after a few minutes, ok lacing. Clear bright yellow in the glass, aggressive pour stirred up a small amount of sediment. Smells of cracker malt, slight lemon and some herbal/grassy notes. Not as strong on the nose as I thought it would be. Doughy grain on the front, not much sweetness, some slightly tart lemon, not too much and there is some herbal notes on the finish, slight grassiness, beer just seems to fade out. Not a bad drinker, wouldn't turn this down, but my 6 pack took awhile to get thru, just kept hoping my palate was jacked up. I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. I wanted more basil punch and a crisper finish.

Feb 23, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap at an establishment that serves everything in plastic cups. The beer still had a good head and lacing atop a slightly cloudy body. Pleasant lemon smell. The taste was grassy and citrusy with a bit of cinnamon. Overall, pretty good.

Aug 25, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden pour with a small white head that fades quickly. Funky aroma with a hint of lemon and grass. Taste follows the nose with lemon and grass flavors. Can also taste bit of spice and pepper.

Mar 19, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light hazy, pale gold. Short, foamyy, white, short-lived head.

Smells lemon, grassy, wheat, malty and herbal.

Taste lemony wheat. Light sweet and light grassy. Finish is semi-dry with a bready linger. Lighter body and medium carbonation.

Mar 15, 2017
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An Arizona summer beer if there ever was one! light, fruity, spicy, with a touch of citrus and very little basil. Quenches my thirst and leaves me wanting another!

Jun 15, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow golden color with white fizzy head. Just like the name says, there is lemon and basil on the nose, a little other citrus as well; follows on to the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with lemon zest flavors.

Apr 12, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep straw/pale gold with a hint of chill haze producing barely 1.5 fingers of white, shortlived head. I wish I could have it on tap as my canned example leaves little lacing. Aroma is delicate & clean: lemon, mineral, grass, cracker, wheat, some herbal & grain hints. Taste is somewhat shandy like & faintly perfumey: lemon/lemon zest, grass, vegetal (basil?), pale & cracker malt, floral & clean but thin wheat & grain. A little hop bittering & the basil flavor comes through most intensely in the finish. Aftertaste is lemon, mineral, vegetal & faintly bitter. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, crisp, clean & dry, dancing with a peppery bite across the tongue in the finish. Light as moon beams and fairies wings, this is a flavorful & exceptional summer wheat beer (that I could drink anytime) with a low ABV. It is very, very drinkable!

Jan 22, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy apricot hue, with a thin white head.

Light aromas almost exclusively of wheat and lemon.

Lemony wheat is your primary flavor here. While the basil is mostly in the background, it does offer a peppery, zesty kick on rare occasion. Big, buttery yet tangy sweetness kicks in, with a nutty, almost cheesy funk, and cracker.

Soft and fizzy.

Dec 24, 2015
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Realbeerguy from Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at GABF 2015

I didn't expect to like this because I am not a wheat beer guy, but it was much better than I thought it would be. It pours up a pale straw with a two finger white head which stays around for awhile. It doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing though. The smell is lemon, banana, and citrus. Taste is fairly mild and mostly follows the nose. Mouthfeel is okay with some nice carbonation. Really good beer.

Oct 01, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOLA 7th Street Lemon Basil Wheat has a thin, white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, some lazy bubbly streams, and narrow lacing left behind. A gray sediment cloud was evident, after I swished and poured in the bottom can contents. The aroma is of faint white wheat bread and spice, and the taste is similarly low profile (dull, if you will). Lots of water, some basil, and some white pepper are picked up in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and NOLA 7th Street Lemon Basil Wheat finishes mostly dry and very highly drinkable (like water).

RJT

Aug 04, 2015
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft from growler into clear plastic (poolside) cup. This is a solid American pale wheat ale, great for enjoying all afternoon at the pool, especially at that low ABV.

Aug 03, 2015
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bfranks from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer recently at the brewery and also in cans. Was best on tap, could definitely tell it was fresher and got more hints of basil. Great either way though, low ABV and super easy to drink. Crisp, light, and refreshing.

Jul 19, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Clear pale amber hue, great looking lacing all the way down. Lemon oil, zest, faint fresh herb, bread malt, and a floral tone in the nose ... the palate mirrors these. Very smooth with a bit of refreshing crispness. As a wheat beer it is very drinkable, a great base for the lemon basil flavor. One of the more flavorful and well put together flavors wheat beers out there.

Jul 15, 2015
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Sam_Sorrells from Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours very clear like a Krystal Weiss with a nice foamy head. Aroma is clean and subtle. Flavor is clean and refreshing. It's not until the aftertaste before I got the lemon basil or mint. Great summer beer.

Jun 27, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is lemon and wheat. This is an above average, clean, light bodied wheat beer that is sweet. Nice and refreshing on a hot day. Perfect beer to sip on tap while waiting out a passing shower. That said, I do prefer others in the style.

Apr 20, 2015
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a NOLA shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, fruit, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, fruit, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this isn’t my favorite style out there this one still managed to do a nice job of being balanced. I just wish this one would have been a little more robust on some of the fruit flavors and aromas as this could have definitely been a standout for the style. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you are a fan of the style.

Dec 31, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a pint glass

Appearance: yellow with a 1 finger head; great retention

Smell: Like a wheat thrasher doing its job

Taste: Bring on the wheat and throw in some lemons on the side. The lemon basil (harvested on the North Shore, I'm told) gives it just the kick you're looking for.

Mouthfeel: light yet zesty carbonation

Overall: A great, light session beer, perfect for post-yard work or just chillin' on the back porch. Looking forward to enjoying some of these babies in cans.

Oct 10, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette, LA.

A: Pours a clear straw/yellow color. A one finger bubbly white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Fairly neutral in the nose. Light grains, wheat, and light fruit.
T: Much more going on here. Husky wheat, grains, and a very nice tart fruity flavor. Tart lemons and slightly herbal and tea like. Very enjoyable.
M/D: A lighter body. This Seems just a bit thin and watery. I wish it was a bit more crisp. Very easy to drink. Something I can quaff several of without a thought.

Very enjoyable. I really like the tartness. If this had a bit more body, it would be great. As is it is still very nice. A good beer to be drinking in NOLA.

Oct 03, 2011
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Brent from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more body than the average American Pale wheat. Light white-bread wheat malt flavor, with a touch of citrus in the background Finish was just a bit dry. Not particularly flavorful, but thirst-quenching and a good accompanyment for food - particularly fried seafood.

Oct 25, 2010
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MrHassellYaHurd from Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal-clear yellow/amber with a dense white head. Little visible carbonation.

Smells of lightly roasted grains, with a hint of sweet and light fruitiness.

The taste also contains the lightly roasted flavors and a tart and slightly bitter feel. Slight astringent quality. Overall very pleasant. Medium bodied with a grainy texture. Really great drinkability.

Jul 26, 2010
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HiGravShawn from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at their Barley Oak rollout party and touring the NOLA brewery not long after it came out. I'm normally not a huge wheat beer drinker, but this is really nice.

It's color is light straw-like with good head and lacing.

The aroma is of wheat, spice, citrus.

Flavor is very approachable. The lemon basil is in just the right amount to balance the wheat/yeast flavors without overpowering. I can down a few of these without thinking about it.

If I was a big wheat beer drinker I'd probably have this even higher.

Jul 24, 2010
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Vengeance526 from Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium sized white head that had good retention and left a little lacing.

Subtle aroma of wheat and lemon with some spices in the background. Didn't seem very pronounced but still good overall.

No surprises in the taste, again very clean notes of wheat all around with lemon and a little orange. Some slight hints of pepper and cloves also show up toward the end.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. As a summer beer, I definitely think this is a hit. Very light and refreshing, easy to drink in the hot New Orleans climate, and could make for a nice sessionable beer. Supposed to be around until October so I'll be enjoying this as much as I can while it lasts.

Jul 10, 2010
7th Street Wheat - Lemon Basil from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 114 ratings