Hobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat AleHobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat Ale
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 5.6%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
29
From:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Hobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat AleHobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat Ale
Notes: The wheat based ale features Columbus, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Just like hobneelch’n means “dancing” in Boontling, this hoppy wheat ale waltzes in with big hop flavors and aromas without being overly bitter. A symphony of Citra and Simcoe hops create citrus, pine, and fruit aromas while subtle notes of wheat and biscuit-like malts play quietly in the background. Perfectly balanced, this light and highly drinkable ale is like a tango for your taste buds.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 29
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: Semi-clear sunburnt golden body with nice rising bubbles feed a soapy white head that never leaves. Soapy, foamy white bands of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: A biscuity malt aroma leads into subtle orange peel and white pepper.

Taste: Starts off with malty wheat and notions of crackers with a heavy introduction of lemon and orange citrus and clean pine notes. Finishes hoppy but not bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly creamy yet dry.

Overall: A beer I could drink all day, refreshing and clean tasting with flavor that doesn't kill the palate.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a big head when put into a large tulip glass. Looks like a wheat beer. Smell is a bit off. Plastic like. Not a big fan of the smell. Taste is like a wheat mixed with a west coast IPA. Not the best mix - but it is not horrible. Hops are present, the wheat is present the taste is very good, closer to good than outstanding. What pushes it over is that the complexity is there - Some honey taste, some wheat, hoppy notes consistent with west coast varieties. Getting a touch of smoke at the finish. Carbonation is very good. Mouthfeel is great. Overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, pine needle, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, floral, earth, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of different hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden yellow in color with a white, near two-finger width head. Good retention, then peels back to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Good lacing, with a mix of broken webbing and spots found around the glass.

Smell - Grainy and slightly skunky, with lesser citrus, spice and pine hop aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Some wheat, grain and a bit of skunk at first, then hops come into play with moderate citrus pith, spice and bit of pine that rides out into the finish. Fairly balanced overall, with a tasty bittersweet finish that lingers with lemony zing and a sweetness that almost delves into caramel territory.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with fair carbonation. Slick texture provides an easy drinking experience with a finish that's mostly dry.

Overall - Pretty good beer. I have a feeling it's past its prime, but the bottling code is cryptic and I don't feel like I should have to decipher it to know the age of a beer. Regardless, it's drinking well now.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. So, a dancing hoppy wheat ale? Sounds good to me, and even better in the original Boontling!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves a vast array of spooky woods lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and cereal-like pale and wheat malt, white grapefruit and lemon citrus zest, muddled tropical fruit, some wet stoniness, and leafy, herbal, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser neutered wheat cereal sweetness, lemon rind, generic stonefruit, a free-range yeastiness, and more laid-back piney, earthy, and leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite subtle in its supportive and not-oft frolicking frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, a nice detente set in place between the bedrock wheat malt and those hoppy guest bedroom abusers.

Overall, a pleasantly rendered hopped-up wheat ale, if you have to go and do that sort of thing in the first place. Easy to drink, and not too bitter, if you might be expecting any sort of IPA treatment going on here. I suppose that I could very well dance the night away with this one!

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Photo of stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Looks and smells like an American wheat ale. Soft creamy white head. Taste is where you notice the hops and finishes crisp like a good German Pils. This is where the "hoppy" comes in, so not like an IPA, but just a nice snap at the finish that lingers for a while. Nice.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, orange peel, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity or bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, orange peel, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, orange peel, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness and lighter mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly sticky, and slightly creamy/bready balanced mouthful that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy pale wheat ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dry wheat and something else.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is softer.
It's fine.

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Hobneelch’n Hoppy Wheat Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 29 ratings