One-Eyed Pike | Brainerd Lakes Brewery

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Brainerd Lakes Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by shadow1961 on 08-25-2010

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by zeff80:
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3.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a clear, orange/gold color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - Some wheat and grasses.

T - Cracked wheat, a touch of citrus and a grassy bitterness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale.

O - This is an okay wheat beer. I'd like to try something else from Brainerd Lakes.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richkrull
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of LXIXME
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Medium sized off white head slowly settles to a 1/4" frothy layering atop a clear light honey golden colored beer.

A light wheat grain malt aroma that almost seems to have a musky edge to it.

Light lemony edge to a light grain malt tasting beer.

A light dryish aftertaste with a hint of lemon hanging around with this lighter bodied beer.

To light on taste for me, but that's just me, lighter beer drinkers might find it tasty.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle at Pizza Brew in Calgary. This version is made by Minhas.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, frothy, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some streaky arc-weld lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds off.

It smells of bready, sugary pale and caramel malt, plastic phenols, stale apple juice, and weak earthy, musty hops. The taste is more bready, yeasty, and faintly crackery pale and wheaty malt, muddled drupe fruit, and a hint of melted plastic.

The carbonation is fairly understated, hardly a tic or spasm of bubbles to be had, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, a slight cloyingness building as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the mixed cereal grain sweetness persisting, amongst the essence of the plastic container that the aforementioned juice once inhabited.

For Minhas, this is actually more or less palatable - for the style, however, it's pretty low on appreciable flavour - the wheat just doesn't seem to be there, replaced instead by a generic sugary character, and of course, some manifestation of that cut corner-laden house, um, 'infusion', let's call it this time.

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Photo of Cooper
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colow with one finger of dense white head. The head has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Wheat malt aroma with a little banana and a touch of mustiness. The flavor is all wheat malt and that is pretty much it. Not a whole lot else going on here. This is a wheat beer that a lemon slice would improve by giving it some acidity. Just an average tasting wheat ale. Has enough body and a well matched carbonation level to give a better than average score. Nothing remarkable about this beer. I would of hoped for something along the lines of A Little Sumpin Sumpin or Gumbalhead, but this is far from either of those.

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Photo of HardWater
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying thanks the generosity of good 'ol ma. Pours a slightly hazy faded gold color with less than one finger off-white head.

Nose: Honey, bread crust, metallic, and a bit of fruitiness that I'll call blueberry.

Taste: Acidic, wheatiness, rather watery, slight aspirin bitterness and sourness that almost makes my mouth pucker.

Very little carbonation and a dry, tart finish. Overall I'm not very impressed with this beer. There's not much to it.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A-A light blond appearance and a small thin head.
S-A light lemon aroma and hint of malt.
T-Easy drinking summer beer, but it lacks character. You get a tinge of bready malt, but the lemony citrus flavor is the strongest element. Has a certain sweetness. Finishes clean but unremarkable.
M-Moderately carbonated and offers a mild presence.
O-So many other beers in this category do a better job. While light and refreshing, it mid pack entry into this field.

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Photo of gatornation
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mix sixer

A= pours a crystal clear yellow color with a fresh white head

S-was biscuit malts and lemon some wet hay

T- was slight sour lemon grass and wheat with malt biscuits a touch of hops

M- was crisp and carbonated tart and refreshing and a little sour with a lemon funk

O- i will say it was refreshing and tart its drinkable, would never buy a sixer but would drink this again as a single

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Photo of Pat316
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of irrgalaxy
2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from screwtop bottle into pint glass. Light yellow color and very little head - only a few bubbles at the very edges of the glass a minute after pouring. Smells are very muted - only a faint odor of wheat, but other than that not much is coming off. Stale aftertaste, with grassy notes. A medium-alcohol beer, but it comes across as weaker and more like a standard macrobrew. Bought it largely for the name and logo, but I wouldn't have it again - there's just no strong or good flavors there, and there are dozens of better wheat beers to be found in the Midwest.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brainerd Lakes One-Eyed Pike wheat ale pours a thin disk of foam over a clear light orange brew. Carbonation is moderate but steady. Nose is bright and clean wheat and maybe just a note of diacetyl. Up front the flavor is wheat with that buttery note again, with a little herbal hop off the back. Mouthfeel is light and semi-dry, with a vaguely herbal/medicinal aftertaste. Pretty much a textbook American wheat ale, of which there are lots and lots- stick an orange wedge in and mow the lawn or take it to a cookout. As a bridge away from macro lagers it makes sense, but I always hope for a little something extra out of wheat ales- something to break it out of the pack, something to throw on that big neutral canvas.

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Photo of Johnhaley1989
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JackieTH
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, head died away quickly, no lacing. Smell has a slightly fruit, wheat, sour-funk element to it. Tastes better than it smells. Lightly apple, wheat, malt, wet, refreshing. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Watery and light to a degree works for the style here, not really against, I could down a few not a problem. "Come for the beer. Stay for the water." It says right on the side of the bottle, which is fitting in a sense.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of citrus, lemon, and a tangy wheat character. The taste is similar to the aroma with strong citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent pale wheat ale, but I just can't see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of igypoly
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jsprain1
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow. Head is thin and white. Fair retention. Lacing is nonexistent.
S- The smell... is hardly there. I'm really straining. Picking up some wheat and the faintest of fruityness.
T- Pretty good flavor to it. On the sweet end of the spectrum of the style, with a light banana like flavor and a good bit of breadyness.
M- Carbonation is crisp, initially too sharp, but it softens out. Fairly average body for the style.
O- Rarely do I give a beer a higher overall score than any of its parts. Though nothing stands out about this one, I did find myself going back to it. I would love this as a baseball game beer, but when one is looking for an interesting beer, it's a pass.

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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