Amarillo Wheat | Mishawaka Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mishawaka Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by aforbes10 on 05-18-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-yellow body filled with fine particles and topped by a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Lemony aroma with notes of mushy wheat grains and eucalyptus.

Taste: Tangy malted wheat flavor with flavors of lemon and eucalyptus. The hop is a bit, well, icky. Medium bitterness. A quick "ugh" and it's over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: In conclusion: No.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Durge
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first frustration is that the bomber I bought in Kokomo was simply labeled "Specialty Ale". No real definition or explanation of this brew was offered which is poor work by the brewer. I had to study all the beers listed for Mishawaka to figure which was the most likely candidate to align to my bottle and I chose this one. If I'm wrong, sorry but this brewer diserves the additional confusion to be broadcast for public scrutiny. Poured cold from the bomber into the pint glass this shows an anemic clear gold color with a giant foamy white head and real chunky lacing. There are also some little white floaties. The aroma is a dusty, musty, weak wheat, not highly attractive. The flavor is similarly unimpressive, a thin citrus grass hop with light cardboard malt. It does have a likable spice highlight, sort of cinnamon nutmeg that is maybe pumpkin, but it is sadly overpowered by the lake water qualities of this crispy, and somewhat drinkable beer. It doesn't have the flavor or constitution of any kind of ale I've ever had before. It's pretty thin stuff, highly carbonated. Weak and bubbly with a curious spice that is it's only real redeeming quality.

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, it had a very nice deep orange-red color, as of the sun sitting on a field of wheat; excellent lacing and great head, but too much head really (it overflowed no matter how slow I poured). Great scent, a nice straw-wheat sweetness with a huge citrus (Amarillo of course) aroma throughout. Good taste, a nice wheat undertone with huge Amarillo hop bitter citrus tones on top; I'd have liked a bit more wheat and a bit less hops, but it was still wonderful. It went down exceptionally smooth and well.

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Photo of shivtim
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aforbes10 for bringing the growler to share!
Pours out a clearish yellow with a small white head. Looks a bit better than miller lite. Nose is metallic hops and barnyard hay. Taste is naked hops with a slight spice and mily musty wheat. Mouthfeel is pretty flat, and drinkability is average. Not sure I get this beer, it's pretty mild and unoffensive but not that great.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to start by saying I had one of these a while back, and I'm glad I bought two. The first was awful, it had been stored hot or something at the store, it burned to smell, tasted oily and very floral - and not good floral. This one, I think, tasted as it was supposed to - which still wasn't great.

Pours a nice golden color, with a big fluffy head, that sits on top, leaving nice bits of lacing. It's actually fairly clear for a wheat ale, but overall, it looks pretty good - the appearacne is tops for this. The smell is interesting. I can't actually tell how I feel about it. Nothing reminds me of a wheat ale (well, maybe it's like some of the less than exiting and interesting wheat ales a lot of American breweries make, mixed up with a kind of American Pale Ale smell). Then there's this really strange smell, that just seems a bit off. Not grainy, not hoppy, it actually smells like, well I can't place it yet. Maybe I'll figure it out - something reminds me of smelling cold milk - mixed with grass clippings. Maybe that's what it is. The taste is alright, I can kind of stomach it, and the second one was quite a bit better. I can actually kind of taste a little bit of the wheat in it. If this was supposed to be like Gumballhead - which of course is the first thing I thought of when I read 'Amarillo Wheat', it really kind of misses. There is no yeast character, no spice, just some pale wheat sweetness, mixed in with some grassy hops. I enjoy it, but it's not impressive. And there's still this unknown flavor lurking in the background. The body is alright, fairly thin. The carbonation is a little sharper than I'd like - make that a lot sharper, but it keeps it nice and light and crisp. I'm surprised to see that it is 7.7%, and at this point, I can't tell if I'm letting my first opinion control the rating, or if I'm liking this more because the first was so bad. Anyway, it's a decent beer, but one that I wouldn't buy again. Doesn't really set itself apart in any way, and I can say that one of the bottles I got was significantly worse than the other.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a grolwer of this to share with friends. Pours yellow/orange with a thin filmy head, looks kind of flat, though this is only 2 hours after filling the growler. Smells sour and wheaty with citrusy hops and some butterscotch notes. Taste is some milky, buttery hops, soft wheat, and a fairly nice plain bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel and mlight bodied, not heavily carbonated. An ok drink, its a beer with potential to be something like Gumballhead from 3 floyds, but it falls just a little short.

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Amarillo Wheat from Mishawaka Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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