High Rollers Wheat
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #490
Ranked #46,386
3.47 | pDev: 17.87%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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filabrazilia from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Good lace on the glass.

A nice wheat aroma wafts from the beer to the nose. It's a little mild for my my liking.

There is a mild citrus flavor in the taste that mingles with a muted wheat character.

This is a thin crisp beer that has a dry finish. It's okay but it's lacking a little complexity.

A decent beer but there are better exmples of the style.

May 11, 2004
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

The brewery suggests adding a lemon slice, but we think a good American Wheat Ale can stand on its own without the citric crutch.

The wheat did its work (and then some) with the head retention, as there is lacing all over the glass; pale amber-golden color shimmers its clarity in the light. Glad to see that this just wants to be a Wheat Ale and isn't trying to pretend to be something else. Big wheaty crispness does very well in the moderate-sized body; perfect level of carbonation here. Clean bready wheat and pale maltiness throughout, there is a slight lemony twang from the fermented wheat. Hops are extremely modest here, with just a kiss of flavor. Clean all the way, and the hops do help to balance just enough. Finishes crisp and on the dry side with a quick puckering freshness.

This is a no-frills yet highly drinkable and flavorful beer that isn't trying to be anything other than what it is: an American Wheat Ale. This is the Indian summer barbecue's best friend.

Nov 12, 2010
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Brent from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Non-citric tart character. Yeast was crisp. In spite of the overall tartness, still benefited from a slice of lemon. Not outstanding, but a nice solid wheat.

Aug 07, 2001
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Mark from California

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm gonna score this higher than most because I don't care for clovey, hazy, wheat beers. While this style in general is also not at the top of my list, I shared one with Suzanne on a picnic today. Since it was in the high 70's or maybe even warmer, I felt this was a good choice. Slightly hazy and golden, head retention was good and lacing wispy but widespread. Not much aroma but so what. Taste was slightly grainy, smooth, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel was nice and light which is appropriate IMHO. A very highly quaffable refreshing warm weather brew.

May 18, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

1.38/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium gold color. Large foamy head. Aroma is lightly malty and hoppy. A filtered American wheat. Not much flavor. Mainly tastes lemony and kind of tart. No balance to this beer. Think Coors makes a wheat beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is bitter and lemony. Not Good. Disappointing.

Jun 18, 2003
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Andy from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean looking and smelling. Very refreshing brew and a solid seasonal choice. Fruity hints in aftertaste (peach?). A bit greater mouthfeel than most Amer Wheats. Perhaps a bit too malty

May 24, 2002
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oberon from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a nice sunshine yellow with a fluffy head that retains pretty well,aroma has a little iron note with some citruisy notes but pretty clean.Some spiciness hits the taste buds at first than rounds into dry maltiness but not much citruis like the aroma,very clean but appetizing flavor.It's a clean summer quaffer,not much hefe weisse in character but a real easy quaffer with some nice flavor going on.

Jun 24, 2004
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold and clear upfront, with steady beads of carbonation feeding a well-held white topping. The yeast pours turns this an olive-stained tan color and fluffs up the head.
The nose is mostly lemon tart, with floral petal notions and dryish hull backings.
Begins dry, nearly pils-esque for a second. A more discernable wheat flavor stomps in, and brings along notions of sugar cookies. It lingers in hull-land for a moment, at the crux between sweet, dry, and, now, tart, as lime rinds and rose water aggressively wash through the mouth. This tart-leaning, citric-floral mesh lingers for several moments and carries this through its conclusion.
It's light body contains substance and purpose. A light-hearted, easily consumed, yet flavorful brew.
The American Wheat is a style a nearly always abhor. Not this. A fine example that's head of its class.

Oct 13, 2004
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Large white head, retains fairly well, with a medium golden color, and slight haze, numerous streams of slow-rising carbonation, and superb lacing.

Aroma: Crisp wheat, with slight clove and hop notes, a green apple note, with a little yeast and bread.

Taste: Slight, crisp, lemon and lime note throughout, with green apple peel notes, and some coriander and vegetable notes.

Mouth feel: Crisp, light, effervesent, soda-like.

Drinkability/notes: A strikingly refreshing summer beer, but quite unusual for the style. Recommended.

Aug 20, 2006
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BeerManDan from California

1.6/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I opened a bottle and with a friend, shared a glass of this beer. The face I made after tasting this beer? He in turn did the same thing and we both poured it down the drain. I may of had a bad batch, because, not one, both both bottles went south. The flavor was soooooo bad, that we felt like barfing! This has been two times now, last year the same thing!

Oct 29, 2002
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zerk from California

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and deep golden with a very thin head. Peach and citrus aroma, and a somewhat tart citrus flavor. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. A little too one sided, no real balance for the citrus tartness.

Crisp and citrusy... a decent refreshing summer beer.

Sep 30, 2002
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent pale golden with almost no haze. Decent sized white head. Nose is light with lemony citrus. Carbonation on palate is almost sodapop-like. Wheat cracker flavors, citrus zing, and grainy sweet on finish. Easy drinking, but almost watery. Above average for the style

Jan 18, 2011
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-amber body is topped by a bright white, pillowy 3/4" head that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice lacing throughout the glass adds to its appearance. The nose displays a gently sweet malt that's mildly honeyish and just a touch fruity. It's medium body is enhanced by a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. That's really unique, as most examples are quite zesty and tingly on the tongue. The flavor offers a distinct wheat character in a sweet malt that's enlivened by a thread of tanginess, and backed by a firm bitterness. Again, it's fairly unique in that most American wheats have a more pronounced bitterness. This one remains sweet, but balanced by both it's light bitterness and gentle tartness. It finishes semi-dry with a note of honeyish malt that dries to a light acidity. Refreshing and enjoyable! A great American wheat that still bears some resemblance to a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen in it's malty balance.

Feb 18, 2003
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 ounce classic brown glass Bomber. Has one main label that follows the generic Anderson Valley design and wraps 300° around the body of the bottle. Served at 40° to 45°F as recommended. No strength or best before date listed.

Appearance: Beautiful golden body sits underneath a thick frothy white head that slowly settles and leaves some great lacing on the Glass sides. Average carbonation levels but soon looks tired when the head slowly dissipates.

Nose: Sweet malts, grain and wheat in the nose, light in strength and difficult to detect as the beer warms slightly.

Taste: Has a watery citric feel with some grain wheat and sweetness in the start. The middle is thin and the flavor profile is average in strength, but this lends a clean crisp feel to the Wheat. The ending is dry

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp clean and refreshing but at times it suffers from a thin feel, yet I find I don’t really mind this, somehow it lends to its “thirst quenching” character.

Drinkability: It’s been a hot sticky Sunday afternoon in Long Beach and this was a very refreshing thirst quencher. It did exactly what I wanted, I really didn’t want to have think about this one, just drink it. The slight perfume feel this Wheat has does detract after a while. A bomber was enough to be honest.

Overall: Whilst perusing the shelves of a local beer store I realized that I had not tried this Anderson Valley offering before, in fact, I don’t even recall even seeing it before. Being a fan of Anderson Valley beers in general I decided to give this one a whirl. Glad I did, but I am not sure I would buy this one again.

Jul 19, 2004
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Gusler from Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer as it debouches the 22 ounce bottle a somewhat bemused golden amber color, the head is pythonic in size, bright white in color and the texture semi-creamy with the lace a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, a touch earthy, citrus crisp and quite refreshing as noses go, the start is sweet, the malt adequate, and the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish is brisk in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, very dry and lingering aftertaste. While a decent drinking beer, maybe one better suited to the “Hot” Arizona Summer than now, have an extra, will drink when the temperature hits the 110’s and see how I like it then.

Jan 27, 2004
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

1.99/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a peachy amber, a creamy smooth cap of white foam. Some moderate lacing, leaving thin sticky trails at random.

Aroma - sweet, wheaty, a bit funky though.

Taste - hmm. Sweet but distant grain. A definite off flavor but it's light. Unfortunately, in a wheat beer, it's still dominating too much, making this rather unpleasant. A faint wheat could almost be enjoyed, but not quite.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body, mild smoothness.

Drinkability - this wasn't in my cellar very long. A fine example of why date codes are needed!

Oct 20, 2008
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mschofield from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold. Well carbonated with a four finger creamy white head. Leaves thick chunks of lacing that web together. It settles and becomes clearer after awhile.
Floral and tropical fruit aroma (mango or guava?), and sweet malt.
Orange, flowers, lime and apple juice in the taste. Tropical fruit, citrus zest and wheat. Lemon in the aftertaste.
Light and crisp, with a good tangy touch to it. A nice american wheat that has a lot more fruit flavors than are expected for the style.

Aug 12, 2004
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Winter from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a white foamy head. Aromas primarily consisted of wheat, citrus and malt. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and crisp. Tangy middle. Flavors consist of malt with a light hop bitterness. The finish is refreshing, smooth and crisp with a slightly fruity tang. This was a very enjoyable wheat beer.

Jan 17, 2003
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HardTarget from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Slightly metallic, heavy hop load, and a very unusual smell. Best I can do is celery cola. A slightly dusty note as well. Very different

Appearance: Massive two finger head that lasted a while and left a solid coat of lace with even thicker rings of tidemarks. Glass is hazy gold.

Flavor: Wild. That unusual smell is in the taste as well. Celery, cola, coriander, lime peel, green apple peel, rhubarb? I’m really at a loss to try to explain it.

Mouthfeel: Puckering and bone dry.

Overall Impression: Very complex and different flavor. It’s vegetal, but not in a bad way. Has fruit, but not fruity. I’m also surprised at the Hefe label, not what I would have called it. Recommended if only for the expansions of your taste horizons. Thanks to Pegasus for the ½ bomber.

Jun 26, 2005
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is a slightly hazy mellow golden color, topped by a small creamy white head that immediately recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of light, sweet malt and mild fruity hops. Palate is mostly smooth, sweet malt with a bit of a bready character. Finish is a bit sweet, yet also dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, just great for a light wheat ale. Not the most assertively-flavored beer around, but this is definitely a thirst-quencher. Glad to see this one finally make its way up to the Portland market.

Jul 15, 2008
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sabrills70 from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a hazy gold with a huge head, great longevity and equally great lace. Not traditional hefe smells. More lemon than anything else, but sweet malt and yeast smells are present. Not your traditional hefe at all. Very hoppy (for a hefe) very little banana or clove. Lots of citrus and honey. Leaves a definate bitterness in the mouth. A very good beer but not you typical hefe at all. It would be an American hefe if anything. Although not a good hefe it is still a very good and tasty beer. It just does not follow the style, thats all.

Jun 11, 2006
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WesWes from New York

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, wheat and pale malt scent along with a slight lemon citrus aroma. The taste is average. It has a stale pale malt flavor with some wheat crispness. It's got a mild citrus taste, but mostly it falls flat. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a forgettable wheat beer and by far the worst beer they brew. It's one and done for me.

Sep 09, 2005
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't say I was too excited about this one. Pours a golden straw with a big fluffy white head. Smell is mostly laid back wheat malt with a citrusy hop presence. Taste is rather bland pale maltiness up front, followed by crisp wheatiness and tangy hops. Not great, but goes down easy and is quite refreshing.

Oct 11, 2003
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FranklinPCombs from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of the High Rollers the other day, and tonight's 90 degree weather turned out to be the perfect time for it. Pours out a nice honey color, just left of crystal clear. Very nice looking, thick white head, with a bit of lace and a nice ring. Smell has more hop presence than I would have expected, but that's just fine if you ask me. Not terribly complex beyond that though. Taste is very well balanced, a combo of that nice hop bite on the front and a delicious smooth wheat finish, but again not terribly complex. Mouthfeel is just right, nice medium body, perfect carbonation, and wonderfully refreshing. A straighforward, yet very well done, wheat ale (especially for the dead of summer)

Jul 26, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one was a murky orange in color with a good, retentive head.

Smell – There’s some light wheaty notes in here and maybe some tangy citrus hops but that’s about it.

Taste – This is strange. The Tang-like flavor of this one is pale and grainy. There is a very strong wheat citrus aftertaste but no yeast.

Mouthfeel – This is big for the style, I’d say medium-bodied, with a tingly dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a funny beer, definitely more “wheaty” than “weizeny”.

Oct 29, 2004
High Rollers Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 84 ratings