Worktruck Wheat
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #490
Ranked #40,676
3.58 | pDev: 15.36%
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Traditionally this beer can be served with a slice of lemon. This adds a bit of citrus note that compliments the fruitiness. No fruit is added. All of the flavors come from a unique yeast strain from Bavaria. The esters are produced during fermentation.

14.5 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Suds from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden with a tall white head. The beer has a tart aroma...fruity (apple) with some background citrus. It has a wheat twang, balanced with more bitterness than necessary. A bit of straw-like grain in the flavor, and a decent dryness. The beer is okay, but certainly not great.

Dec 27, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice wheat ale with a nice zip of lemon zest and juice. Tastes very natural and complements the wheat perfectly. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Jul 11, 2014
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using the swirl-pour-swirl technique, it pours out to a cloudy yellow color and thin white head (based on other reviews that may be a glassware issue). Aroma is wheaty, spicy-clovey, slightly phenolic and fruit esters--mainly banana, pomegranate (bubble gum?) and pineapple--with some spiciness in the mix. Flavor is a mild mix of spice, fruit and wheat and some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is just right even though the CO2 is on the low end of the scale. Overall, this is quite a tasty brew for an American hefe. The German character is subdued but very evident and that makes this a beer for all occasions.

Jul 28, 2012
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TheSarge from Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd give this a try. Not very many American brewers make decent German style wheat beers, but looks like this one may get at least close.

Poured this into a 12oz Weizen glass, and the brew made a three finger thick head of off white foam, and the body is golden and hazy. The retention of the foam presentation is decent, in that it is not dissipating too quickly.

In the aroma, I'm getting cracked white pepper, bubble gum, clove, and a little hint of banana.

Taste wise I detect the cloves, some pepper, and enough banana to suit me.

Feels well carbonated, light in body, and a little dry to the plate but still wetting in the very end.

Overall this would make at least an average Hefeweizen in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Jul 16, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is inkjet dated "9337" on the bottom, uh oh. Potentially over 2 years old (Nov 09), and entirely possible considering it came from Friar Tuck Bloomington, a known beer graveyard.

Light golden orange color, which swirls with a smoke-like wisp of yeast once the dregs are poured in.

Smells a bit doughy and yeasty, light banana. Feel is still creamy and smooth, despite its age. Mellow wheaty taste, dry with a little sugar cookie dough sweetness in the middle. Overall not bad and worth revisiting a fresher bottle.

Mar 14, 2012
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MTNboy from Germany

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a cloudy gold color but settles very transparent. There is average white lacing and head.

Smell: Peppery, wheat malt like and a little bit of zest comes through.

Taste: Clove and pepper hit first. Followed by a weak banana and citrus. There are some good biscuit tones.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation bite and the body is light.

Overall: A very refreshing light wheat beer.

Dec 26, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally over my post-tasting hangover, so let's crack another beer, eh? It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of orange skin. The taste brings in more of the same, with even more of a biscuit presence. This stuff comes off breadier than most bagels I've had. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, one of the sadder excuses for a hefe I've had. Even if it moves from beneath that style category, though, it's not all that good.

Nov 29, 2011
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Steedee from Missouri

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More typical to a European Weiss bier that an American wheat.
Clear, light yellow color, with a very mild haze.
Smells just like a good ole Weizen from Germany.
Has the fruity banana like sweet flavor you'd expect from a German wheat and although it's 5%, this is a mild beer and just a little weak for me.
If your looking for a good Weizen Cristal, give this a shot. Its nothing spectacular, but it will fill your craving.

Nov 19, 2011
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DCon from Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 Fluid Oz. bottle @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the blue bottle with a truck on it into a 16oz Pint Glass and has 41712 on the side? Not sure this is best before this date but first time I've ever seen any numbers on a Crown Valley bottle.

Aroma- Light-medium grains present and has a light sweetness. Has a small amount of yeast in the aroma as well.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has decent retention. Has a golden body that has great clarity. No lacing on the glass but not used to it with Hefeweizens.

Flavor- The grains and wheat tastes are all the are in this brew. No citrus, lemon, or any other attributes. Hop isn't present, goes down light and no bitterness. Easy all around.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and Smooth. No real attributes to tell about this one but thats alright.

Overall Impression- A very easy drink Hefe but quite boring. Wish there was more lemon or citrus flavor and more body to this one. Seems very lager like and made to be sold @ an Oktoberfest stand. Good to see that Crown Valley has a new line up out there though! Will be coming back to the rest of these.

Sep 24, 2011
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Goliath from Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin bright white head. The head receeds quickly and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is pretty basic. Like pale wheat extract. My first Mr. Beer Kit beer smelled a lot like this.

The taste is actually not that good IMO. It's got a light fruit flavor and some pale wheat as well as a little yeast, but it really just tastes like an extract beer kit beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Overall I'm not terribly impressed with this beer. The low ABV lends itself to sessionability, but the flavor profile would prhibit me from considering this as an option. There really is not anything else to say about it.

Jul 24, 2011
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plfahey from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale gold color with a slight cast of haze. Moderate whitish head with poor retention which fades to nothing and cannot be roused.

Aroma-Big bready wheat aroma with banana and clove. Spice-bread notes. Slightly sweet with some honey notes.

Flavor-Honey wheat bread with light clove spicing. Slight fruity banana notes and a low hop character. Honey and light caramel in the mid-palate. Finishes relatively dry with bready wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Could use higher carbonation. Leaves tongue feeling a bit numbed.

The aroma and flavor aren't bad, but they're not exceptional, and the beer really suffers form the complete lack of head retention-it just looks somewhat unappealing. Mouthfeel was a bit weak too. On the whole, just an okay beer.

May 11, 2011
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alleykatking from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazed straw yellow color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Some light web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- A little light smelling on the nose. Lemon comes in first with a hint of toasted bisuity malt. Banana and clove does come in but more so in the ending than anywhere else. Light alcohol in the ending of the aroma. Some muted aroma but overall not bad smelling.

T- Nice wheat upfront of this beer. Banana and clove does scome through a little more in the middle. Light yeast in the middle presents itself only for a short second. There is a second coming in the wheat in the backend with hints of banana but not so much clove. Light alcohol flavor in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, clove, and wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, wheat, banana, and clove. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were blended well for the style although a little muted at times. No off flavors at all.

O- This was a nice drinking beer like the rest of the Crown Valley line-up. Lower ABV makes this a good summertime drinker. Flavors and aroma might be muted at times but this beer delivers on refreshing and clean tasting.

Mar 28, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to resi for this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with bananas, spices, some lemon and grains. Taste is good, some banana and spice up front, a bit of grains and lemon at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a high quality beer.

Mar 19, 2011
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemon-yellow and slightly hazy. Pours a thin white head which performs a top-notch vanishing act. Zero lacing.

Crisp fruity aromas and a touch of yeast on the nose.

Nice lemon flavor with a mild citric hop. Biscuity malt backbone. Lots of yeast. Finishes crisp with mild, lingering yeasty aftertaste.

Fairly light-bodied and plenty of carbonation. Has a fine, grainy texture on the tongue

Not a bad wheat ale. Good for a nice refreshing brew on a hot summer day.

Aug 06, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with tons of carbonation. It had a white, one-finger head of bubbly foam that left no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove and some banana. Like a true German hefe but a little weaker.

T - Lots of sweet wheat flavors with very mild banana and clove flavors. There is a touch of yeasty bitterness, too.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with loads of carbonation. A light bodied ale that finishes pretty dry.

D - This is an okay hefeweizen. I really expected this to be an American pale wheat but it has german hefe characteristics.

Jul 05, 2010
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice plain white, frothy head of two fingers width and retains nicely. Great bubbling but no lacing. The color is a little hazey light banana peel color. A little too much clarity in this beer's look. The foam also recedes to almost nothing after about five minutes.

The aroma is sweet wheat with a little toast, fresh harvested grains, bananas, and cloves. Subtle but sweet with maybe a creamy note and thirst inducing.

The taste starts sweet and grainy. The midlehas the yeast adding the usual but lovely banana and clove flavors. Towards the finish I felt a bananas and cream nuance that lingered a little after I swallowed.

Clean, sweet, and a little creamy hit this beers palate profile on the head. Very refreshing an easy to drink with plenty of flavor to enjoy.

May 01, 2010
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KI9A from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typical hazy yellow. Some head, fades a bit fast.

S: Bannanas and lemons. Some bubblegum.

T: Same as above. Add a pinch of clove, and some slight sweet malt.

M: Light, fairly crisp. Some dryness afterwards.

D: Very surprised at this beer. Normally shy away from domestic hefe's, as they are normally too light bodied, and lack the real complexity of German Hefe's. Other than SN Kellerwiess, this is a really decent US hefe. I suppose I need to try a few more US versions.

Oct 07, 2009
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Beerbythepool from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to classic pint glass as my wheat glass was dirty.
Barely 1 finger of head which didn't last long. Slightly cloudy, but less than I would expect for a Hefe.
Smells of lemon candy. Says to serve with lemon, but I will start without.
Straw colored, and not that impressive to look at.
But better to taste. Good dry taste with a hint of spice. Don't think you need a lemon because it already has a nice citrus flavor that leaves the tongue dry, but mouth salivating for more. Flavors are not as strong and complex as my favorite, Kellerweis, but this is easy to drink.

This is my first try for this brewery and I like the result enough to try some more. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

Sep 21, 2009
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Tone from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, coriander, some yeast cleanliness, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average to high carbonation level. It is also slightly tart and dry. Tastes of coriander upfront, then strong yeast cleanliness, some wheat/grass flavors come through next, sweet malt in the background, and hints of lemon. Overall, good blend and smooth, but a little too dry for an easy drinkability.

Jun 11, 2009
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Vancer from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprise ! Front of the label has the Worktruck Wheat brand, with an old 1930 truck pictured, but the side label notes it is a German style hefeweizen. This should be good as I pour the hazy (swirled bottom yeasties) golden yellow brew into my freebie Sammy Adams glass.

And it is - aroma of nice clove, banana, and wheat malt which all progress subtly into the quaff. No slice of lemon in mine as the label suggests - but I can see it adding a nice touch to further sharpen the citrus flavor in this brew.

Light bodied, crisp and clean finish, just a fine drinking hefe. Has some ass to it, 5.3%, but no hint whatsoever in the quaff. Grab some in the bottle if you see it in the area!

May 21, 2009
Worktruck Wheat from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 40 ratings