7th Street Wheat | New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

BA SCORE
85
very good
20 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Louisiana, United States
nolabrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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.

Added by Vengeance526 on 07-10-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
83
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Realbeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of bfranks
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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7th Street Wheat from New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
3.74 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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