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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #22
Ranked #9,717
3.98 | pDev: 7.29%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours just slightly hazy, likely transparent if not for all the activity. Lemon yellow body, with a nice strong snow white head.

Aroma is pure MBC hop bomb - that makes sense if you know the brand. A perfect blend of pale grains, blended with piney, tropical, and citrus hops, along with a mild dank note. Lemon, fresh grass, white pepper, pale grains.

Flavor follows, with a touch more malty sweetness than the aroma implies, as well as a heavier dank component. Sweet pale grains, honey, grass, dank herbs, resin, lemon.

Impressively light, crisp, and lively, with plenty of body despite the easy drinkability, and a slick oil hop residue.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a big two finger head. Smells of juice, peppery hops, stone, soap and pine. Taste is extremely drinkable, balanced very tightly, light and refreshing. Bitter finish. Sort of an east-meet-west style IPA. Nice one by MBC.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3


Bottle to snifter. About 3 weeks fresh.

LOOK: hazy yellow, big white head that is lasting. Excellent retention and really just staying power.
AROMA: mostly pineapple, soft tropical fruits, soft grains. Pleasant, but lacking in strength.
TASTE: some more power here, but the pineapple is muted and I get more cactus. Touch of pine. Bit of hay. Was expecting something a little more tropical based on description.
FEEL: Solid medium body and excellent carbonation. On par with Maine's other excellent beers. A touch of astringency.

Not my favorite Maine beer, but well crafted.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pub glass. The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Thin lacing returns to the edge of the glass. The smell starts off with some light wheat/grassiness/somewhat like hay. Then some light sweet melon returns within and slides in and around a light spice somewhat like black pepper. Fresh return of that "water-nutrient" enriched citrusy tones. The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and brings it all together with a sweet hop oily residue sliding over my taste buds. Nicely restrained sweet wheaty/melon/berry/citrus aftertaste with a quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sly oily sesssionable feel to it. I’m thinking MBC used their house yeast to assist in allowing the wheat to be fairly tame in this one. Overall, definitely a wonderful APWA made by a stellar company. I would love to have this again.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 6/22/16.
Nice light color, small but persistent head.
Aroma of pear, wheat, watermelon.
Mouth feel is light, I could really put these down if it wasn't for the price. I don't mind paying the premium for Lunch but this goes down too quick.

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Photo of gcasher
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really light ale. Looks like Chardonnay with a quickly dissipating white fizzy head leaving lacing behind. Dry. Light malt. Little bit if hop. Well-caebonated. Perfect for me sitting and sweating on the porch.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, straw yellow coloring, slightly hazed, with a slow roll of carbonation throughout the body feeding a sparse, white head. Aromas of grassy and citrus hops, herbal spices, and a toasted/cracker backbone. Flavors are very hoppy forward, rich in pine and pepper spice, as well as a heavy grassy character. Fruity esters throughout, with some berry and melon highlights, as well as a toasted grain backbone. Peppery spice and wet grass blend in the aftertaste, riding the smooth, crisp, slightly effervesced body straight through to the dry, crisp finish. Good, refreshing, full flavored beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, clear yellow, with a moderate, bright white foamy head, leaving some lace behind.

Spice yeast comes first on the nose, like green peppercorn, with a light, toasty, lemony dankness with hints of onion and mint.

Taste is light all around, breadier than smell, with light herbal dankness, and some floral elements, almost like perfume, but way less sucky.

Tangy and crisp, this is a pretty good showcase of fresh verdant hops, instead of the heavily fruit influenced flavors some super-hopped IPAs develop.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap

S: Wheat, fruity and citrusy hops, a light spicy grassiness, and a solid malt backbone that brings some bready notes into the mix

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some of the citrusy and fruity hop notes and slowly picks up the spicy and grassy notes before hitting the bready and wheaty notes from the malts. Lightly bitter throughout. Finishes with lingering citrus, spicy, and bready notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation

O: A solid hoppy pale wheat ale that is a perfect summer drinker both in terms of abv and crushability. Definitely worth checking out while it's available

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An unintentionally aggressive pour produced a minimal head that dissipated quickly, virtually no lacing. Completely translucent, more yellow than amber coloring. Smell is fairly subtle but smells like cantaloupe and cucumber. While not as hoppy as many of the other MBC offerings, the taste is really a treat mellow fruity undertones ending in a noticeable bittering hop bite. The feel is watery and a bit under carbonated.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dull straw color. Slight haze. Head settles shortly. Small dots of lacing.

S: Strong whiffs of peach and pineapple. Melon rind and maybe even some strawberry. Slight grass and cannabis undertones. Plain crackery and wheaty base.

T: Peach, lemon, pineapple, melon rind, hint of strawberry juice. Mildly grassy. Little in the way of bitterness. Simple dry and crackery wheat base. Juicy and grassy hop finish is dry and quick.

M: Light bodied. Soft with a thin creaminess. Strong carbonation lends a deep crispness.

O: A very simple beer that doesn't need to try too hard to please. Plain and neutral wheat base allows the exotic hops to be the main focus. They bring clean and bright tropical flavor, but without much pomp and circumstance. It's just quaffable and easy. Don't think too much about it.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thank you has the classic Maine Beer Company hoppy flavor. It pours very light, like a wheat with a good sized two finger head when poured from a pint bottle into a 12 oz Maine Beer Company glass. The smell is clean and acidic with what I am guessing to be citra hops leaning the way. The taste was smooth and mellow on the front, but it had an acidic bite in the back. This threw off the mouthfeel a bit. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so nice to finally have another beer from these guys, i really love what they do. this is a wheat based session pale to ipa. it has an incredible hop flavor to it, seemingly some new zealand stuff, maybe some mosaic, its certainly distinct in that regard, but also somehow very delicate. it looks that way too, soft yellow beer with lazy carbonation and a short white head. looks like springtime in a glass, just a little haze. lemongrass in the aroma, a mild vanilla waft, floral hops, lemon, tangerine. the flavor is like that too, more depth to the hop complexion than it seems like the otherwise quite simple beer should be capable of having. the wheat is an awesome addition to the grain bill, it gives body and texture to this, and a really fresh harvest type flavor, its like the best of three seasons in one beer. it reminds me a little bit of their peeper ale, but this is even more dramatic in terms of its flavor. this could very easily be a dessert island beer for me, i am always so impressed with what these guys make, i hope to get into a few more of them when i make it back east in a few weeks!

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Photo of PVMT
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 062216. Crystal-clear yellow pour with a foamy white head. Taste is super-clean and crackery, with a hint of pleasant bitterness. Great mouthfeel and a similar clean and refreshing finish.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - crystal golden clear. Lively carbonation with bubbles bouncing all over the place. Decent lacing actually with a surprisingly thick and creamy head. Didn't expect that in a 5% wheat ale.

S - certainly aromatic. Saltines without the salt. Crackery malt and lime. I can see the raspberry, but it's faint. Reminds me of those lime Doritos.

T - a bit more lime on the tongue. The subtlest of melon. Little bit of lemon and a crisp, clean, Pilsner-esque backbone.

F - light and airy. Typical Maine Beer Co. Always fresh and refreshing.

O - not a bad beer. A bit on the light side, but a nice, neutral beer that makes the perfect "thank you". Easy drinking and refreshing. A great beach beer that all will enjoy.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into Tulip glass bottled on 6/22

A: light gold yellow body, nice creamy fluffly looking head. Body has good clarity.

S: Pineapple, Grapefruit, an Earthy herbal smell followed by a light grains smell almost like wheat.

T: Light fruit peach taste then brushed aside by a more crackery, light bready body

M: medium to a little bit creamy

O: While a tasty beer it is so delect if you had a beer before it I think you would lose the flavor quite easily. Otherwise, nothing to remarkable about this beer, but it is easy to drink and if I were forced to drink a wheat beer this wouldn't be bad. However, it is no Gumbalhead.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

anytime i find a new beer from these guys, expectations are high. bottled 06 22 16 - ill do whats right and drink this one freshh!

excellent notes of wheat, citrus rind, fruity hops, grass, pine, biscuit malt... very clean and incredibly refreshing. light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.

this is exactly what ive come to expect from maine beer co - delicate, flavorful beers that border on being too drinkable.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/22/16

Pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head, not much lacing, plenty of bubbles constantly rising from the bottom.

Smell has a sweet malt aroma, touches of lemon citrus.

Taste starts out with a malt sweetness, good lemon flavor throughout, strong carbonation, very clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Very slightly hazy. Pilsner malt up front. Melon, lime, and tangerine. Very light, crisp and refreshing. Not bad for a low alcohol summer sipper. Chuggable.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle dated 6/23/16, purchased at brewery the following day. Poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: 2F head with medium retention, leaves some sticky lacing and a ring. Beer is a very pale copper.

S: Wheat jumps out at you, some lemon rind and grapefruit and a bit of pine

T: Wheat and malt forward, delicate citrus hops come in through the middle, dank pine finish. Kept fairly light all the way through.

F: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, very solid construction and balance. Nicely drinkable.

O: A nice little bonus to the Dinner release. As good as anything I have tried in the style.

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Photo of epyon396
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, extremely pale straw color. Frothy white head that dissipated into a thin film along the top. Moderate lacing.

Wheat jumps out on the nose, but not too much else. Light biscuit, citrus, and grassy notes.

Wheat, oats, and lemon peel on the palate. Surprisingly bitter (not saying it's bitter in the grand scheme of things, just for the style). Light floral and grassy notes, but buried deep in the beer. Crisp and clean flavor.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Juicy and creamy finish (assuming flaked oats for the latter. Someone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).

I typically love everything that these guys put out, but this is just bland. I'd gladly drink it, but wouldn't think twice about picking something else over it. It reminds me of an average pilsner with some wheat, flaked oats, and above average levels of hoppiness. Somewhat relieved that I only grabbed a few bottles at the Dinner release.

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