Wampatuck Wheat | Blue Hills Brewery

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Wampatuck WheatWampatuck Wheat

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 06-02-2009

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus a light malt character. Then some breadiness comes in from the wheat. The hops presence is mild and there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that I would drink before this one.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I have to start with the fact that I am being extremely generous with this brewery. This is the 3rd time, different beers and different batches and styles, over a long period of time, that I've gotten an infected bottle. Is it fair to review an infected bottle? Is it fair that this brewery has consistently F'd me? I haven't reviewed the past buttermilk bottles I've purchased from them, but I'm doing this one. This is my last review of this brewery. I'm pissed off and done, and will review what I can actually taste. They got my money, and now have to suck this bad review up their asses.

A pretty honey colored brew with a white bubbly head. Slight retention, no lace.

Light wheat malt and a very woody aroma, like a wet popsicle stick. Very unique and enticing.

This is the hard part. Horribly sour up front. Not "tart" -- fucking sour. An obvious infection of a beer bought cold. I do get some nutty elements and some grain, and maybe even a little tropical fruit, but the sour milk edge to this sucks.

Light body, decent carbonation.

I want to be fair, but these guys have a broad history, over time, with me. So, overall, this sucked ass. And as much as I want to chalk it up to an anomaly, well...it isn't. Years have gone by and I've gotten screwed again, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, this is an overall fair review which hopefully helps them to focus a bit more on quality control. But in the end, I will never drink a drop from this brewer again.

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Photo of ambluhm
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 22oz. bomber.

The appearance is light and not as cloudy as I expected it to be. Light, pale straw color with a white foamy head with large, frothy bubbles.

The nose was slightly toasty, with a fairly sweet aroma. It shows hints of lemon and banana. I thought the aroma was pretty but still a little on the light side for me.

The mouthfeel was what really disappointed me. It lacked something and felt slightly watery in my opinion. The carbonation was the strongest component which can be nice, but the body was just missing balance.

Overall, it's an acceptable summer beer, but not one I would revisit on my own will. I wouldn't turn it down at a party, but I also wouldn't bring it.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head which dissipated quickly. Hazy lemon yellow color and packed with bubbles. Not much smell but it has mild malt. Taste is like an extremely mild lager with just a little hint of malt, and if I didn't know from the label it was a wheat beer I never would have guessed it. Easy drinking but pretty boring overall.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No bottled on date, have no idea how fresh this is.

Straw yellow color, a bit clear for a hefe though. Decent foamy white head.

Smell was lemon/citrus, and very yeast/bready as well. Not too overpowering but right in line with style.

Taste was more wheat/yeast dominated, not overly flavorful though. Some lemon and banana notes, with very very mild spice. Had a bit of a metallic/astringent taste up front, however as it warmed this seemed to go away. Extremly drinkable and light. Pretty significant ammount of carbonation.

All in all a decent beer, something that would go well with a heavy meal because it is so light and non-filling. A bit light on flavor and body for my liking. A run of the mill summery beer, wont go out of my way to drink it again though.

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Photo of mltobin
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While in Boston this past weekend, picked this up over on Charles.

Appearance is a hazy orange with a two finger head on the first pour. The smell has orange, candy, wheat. While the taste has more wheat, I also get a doughy bread aspect and some banana. MF is good, this easy going beer is well balanced. A nice, refreshing beer that is proper for the summer season. We started off our Saturday night with this beer and even my friend`s GF who does not drink much beer, enjoyed it.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out an extremely hazy golden yellow. A decent amount of head that dwindled quickly but left a ton of bubbles. Very carbonated. The nose has a strong lemony, a little banana/grass aroma. Also a malty sweetness. The taste is tangy and lemon/grass. Very crisp with a light body. The wheat is very pronounced which gives a good refreshing taste. Goes down smooth with a good zest and tingle at the base of your palette.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 1/22/11.

A: Slightly hazy yellow with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. Small floaties as well. Not overly impressive.

S: Slightly metallic, a little bit of banana and spices.

T: Sightly sour, more banana here than on the aroma. Slight spiciness and grassiness as well.

M/D: Light bodied with lively carbonation. An average hefe, its pretty good but not amazing.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

The head reaches high and drapes a thick lacing in its wake; cloudy pale-golden color is spot-on. Fresh-cut grass, green bananas, nutty yeast and vague spice show off a unique aroma. Grainy with a yeasty undertone; relatively dry, though the malt tries to stick to the palate. Lemony orange pulp, wildflowers and more of that vague spice push against the grassiness. Some hoppiness here--pleasant bitterness with a leafy linger. An eclectic take on the style, it's drinkable and flavorful even though it jumped outside the box.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of the Wampatuck Wheat at the brewery the other day. Drank it with my wife this past weekend. Poured into Harpoon UFO Hefe glasses. Nice sized head formed, which is what I like to see in a wheat beer. Light yellow color with an opaque body. Good carbonation. Smell was citrus and hay. I liked the flavor of this beer a lot. Great notes of wheat and lemon and orange. Mouthfeel was pretty decent also, although I did find it a tad slick on the palate. Easily drinkable beer with a low abv. A simple wheat beer but very approachable and a good product.

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Photo of smcolw
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Solid near-white head. Leaves some blanket lace on the glass. A very light haze to the otherwise deep gold color.

The aroma reminds me of souring milk and spent unmalted grains.

The grainy taste is the strongest flavor, but there's some milk. Very thin body. I don't detect any wheat. It comes across like a poorly made homebrew.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Ryan & Casey Liquors, Greenfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy burnished golden brew. Head falls quickly to a layer of small bubbles, with fleeting lace. Aroma is sweet wheat and earthy hops.

Taste starts sweet, exhibits the usual banana/clove wheat flavor in the middle, albeit somewhat muted, closes with light to moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is average, but has a chalky aftertaste, and drinkability is alright as well. Nothing terribly exciting here.

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Photo of jlindros
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pasty white light and bubbly 1 finger head rises and quickly vanishes, over a mostly hazy golden wheat color.

The nose brings some light malts, some wheat as well, slightly toasty, a light crisp lager, light banana and citrus, and the onset of a funky contamination in the background. This is the second one of theirs I have gotten that was just starting to go bad, and I got these about 2 months ago... AND it's been in the fridge almost the whole time.

The taste also has just a touch of contamination on the way, but the beer itself is clear enough to drink. It has some light crisp lager flavors, some wheat, light malts, toasty, slightly citrus and a hint of banana. Somewhat chewy and lots of wheat, more than should come from a 4.8% summer wheat beer.

More syrupy and heavier than I expected for a wheat at 4.8%, but decent carbonation.

It finishes somewhat sweet, never gets the dryness it needs for a wheat like this, slightly sticky, and lots of wheat flavors lingering. A touch of citrus here and slightly chewy.

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Photo of DrJay
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slight haze, light gold colour with a fluffy white cap (about 2 inches worth). Clumpy lace, fair head retention. Odd aroma. Spicy, not just straight-up cloves, but more of an earthy nutmeg character. Floral with a pungent sweetness that had a citrus edge. Slight grainy aroma as it warmed. The label claims a banana and clove flavour, but I'm not getting it. Lemon citrus and tart up front, followed by fruity sweetness. Light spice in the finish, but again not really of the clove variety. Very high carbonation (overcarbonated in my opinion), dry, and light to medium bodied. This was a complete mess of a hefeweizen - I wouldn't have even guessed that was the style they were going for if it wasn't clearly stated on the label. It smelled and tasted more like SweeTarts candy than a traditional hefe. If you disregard the style classification, it wasn't bad - kind of refreshing and fruity.

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Photo of BogleHill
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Poured into a tall weizen glass. Minor head, but it dissapeared quickly. color is a glowing orange-yellow. Hazy, but no large particles. Aroma is subtle, slightly sweet. Flavor is smooth, slightly citrus, some bread, but nothing overly special. Finish is more bready.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very little head that vanishes quickly, pale yellow with a bit of orange. Also, a little cloudy

S: Wheaty and a bit or citrus.

T: Crisp, wheat, lemon, slight orange

M: Smooth and crisp. Not a lot of carbonation.

D: very drink able on a hot summer day after work.

This is an average wheat beer.

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Photo of sccala
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle straight from the brewery. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- A cloudy, pale yellow. Little head that doesn't last at that.

S- Crisp summer flavors. Citrus, slight nutmeg and coriander, fresh cut flowers

T- Clean, Crisp. Maltiness outweighs the hops by a ton, but that is expected for this style.

M- Very refreshing, and in-line with the standard for a wheat ale.

D- Easy drinking beer. It's nice and light. It wouldn't hurt if this one was a bit more heftier, but overall, It's one I would visit again for sure.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, orange-brown in color

Smell: orange, lemon, and wheat

Taste: orange, lemon, light coriander, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly above average wheat beer. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for either.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

The color is a cloudy orange with about a finger or two of foamy white head and no lacing.

The smell has a nice bready flavor. Some sweet malt and a little toasty flavor as well.

The taste is sweet with a nice malty flavor. Some banana and a slight hint of clove. Some slight yeast flavor goes of at the end and give a little tangy flavor.

The beer is light and really refreshing. It is pretty drinkable and is light in body and makes for a great beer to have in the summer.

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Wampatuck Wheat from Blue Hills Brewery
3.32 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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