Irish Wheat | Guinness Ltd.

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Irish WheatIrish Wheat

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our recipe starts with Irish-grown, Irish-malted wheat. A long fermentation with the classic Guinness yeast strain brings out subtle banana, clove and citrus notes—flavors we hold back in our stouts but let loose in our perfectly balanced Irish Wheat. The result is a golden and hazy wheat beer with a clean, crisp, refreshing zesty citrus taste.

Added by monorailred on 02-24-2017

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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsrsd
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am quite impressed with this beer, given that I came in expecting nothing. The look is on point...cloudy gold with a lovely foamy head with great retention and lacing. Smell is fruity, with bananas in the lead, and spicy like the style should be. Flavor is also nice for a wheat beer, those fruity esters coming through, then some spice and perhaps the tiniest bit of hops. Feel is the only real disappointment for me, it seems quite thin and perhaps watery. I wish it was a bit fuller.

Well done Guinness, a beer that is perfect for summer. Given the price point, I could see myself filling up on this next summer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little ale pours
a lightly cloudy pale golden color with a decent head of white
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and shows some
nice light lacing. Nose of yeasty esters of banana and subtle
clove with a touch of orange zest and white light bread. Flavors
follow the nose with orange and lemon zest with light banana
esters from the yeast with a VERY light wheat note touched with
a dash of honey. Mouth feel is medium, light carbonation, and a
lightly dry orange zest heavy finish.

Overall, it is VERY akin to Arcadia Whitsun, and a lot less
of your standard hefe. That said it is still a darn good summer
ale for the season.


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Photo of Stofko1992
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a murky cloudy yellowish rust color. Around a medium body with plenty of carbonation
The aroma was weak, could pick up some whole wheat flour and maybe some malt and yeast
Taste followed the nose, mostly a whole wheat flour taste. Wasn't sweet nor was there any bitterness either.
It just seemed to be lacking any real aroma or flavor, not the least bit complex. Oddly it was an easy beer to go with food as it didn't overpower anything I was eating

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy color with plenty of head. Smell is only slight. Taste is very mild and pleasant. Not detecting any banana or anything else. Still a solid brew. The fill is creamy and smooth. Overall, not the best wheat beer I've ever had but has a unique flavor

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Photo of jr5639
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anytime I see Guinness on a bottle I get excited. This was unwarranted excitement. I've had better Guinness, I've had better wheat ale. It's not bad, but below expectations.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but I've had better hefe's

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Photo of carrcolind
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zopiac
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ewpass
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with a good head. Wheat and banana on the nose. Light wheat body with some citrus tartness. Ok but many better out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, delicate yellow-hued body with a very slim, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, white head.

Smell: Though not a particularly robust aroma, it sports notes of citrus, 'nanas, clove and wheat (naturally).

Taste: Wheat laced, lightly bready, straw-hinting maltiness, slightly sweet. Citrusy touches of orange, lemon, then in comes some smooth banana. Slips briefly to florals with a faint dusting of white pepper and clove. Steadily dries out as you approach the finish. Pretty easy-going all around.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Basic but sufficient. Feels pretty in-line with the cleaner, lighter-flavored Americanized wheat ales.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 20 2018 and served barely chilled.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with nearly two inches of puffy, sparkling white head situated atop. It disintegrates over the course of the next five-plus minutes, slowly but surely, leaving behind a lumpy cap of soapy froth, in addition to a messy, webby coat of lacing. Can't complain about the visuals. On the nose, I am getting lots of wheat and gritty grain husk, accompanied by lesser notes of lemon peel and citrus oil. There's also a few hints of peppery spice and clove; not bad.

Tastes alright; wheat grains and crackery pale malt sweetness carry the sip along, but without a whole lot of help. There's hints of green banana and lemon zest in there, but they're not particularly focal to the profile, which leans towards the sweet side. Some faint clove spice and yeastiness finishes things off, lingering briefly into a similarly-themed aftertaste. Medium in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that starts off prickly and crisp, but becomes much softer and smoother as you sip your way through the serving. Refreshing enough; an effortless tipple, really.

Final Grade: 3.6, a B grade. Guinness' Irish Wheat is an acceptable weissbier that doesn't do anything out of the ordinary. There might be a handful of exceptions, but I still maintain that this style is best left to the Germans - most of the domestic examples don't compare favourably to those from the fatherland, and this Irish offering is in pretty much the same boat. It's not bad, but it's not one of the more refined or memorable hefeweizens I've tried over the years.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a clear blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat malt with coriander is quite refreshing. Taste is a nice mix of sweet wheat malt with some coriander, subtle cloves with light bubble-gum finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very refreshing and enjoyable but maybe a tad too sweet.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow body, with a very frothy white head that laces down the side of the glass. Neutral on the nose, with some citrus and generally malty notes with some sweetness from the wheat. On the palate, a blend of lager like cereal malt and spicier wheat notes combine, but the intensity is fairly low and a little stale tasting. Not the greatest.

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Photo of Exeter
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChrisCage
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Seen this for the first time this past week so thought I'd give it a try! Pours a reasonably hazy light golden color with yellow-ish hues, and hints of lemon shandy shading. The head is nice and white, with a lovely three finger thick foam layer over the retains well at first but then dissolves rather fast into a patchy film. From what I can see, carbonation appears to be modest and the lacing is rather decent too, as there is a solid wavy pattern that sticks to the inside of my glass. A solid looking ale!

S- This has the traditional German wheat characteristics found in the aromas......banana, mild citrus zest (orange), dry grassy qualities brought on by the grain mash, subdued yeasty biscuit dough, and a cleverly mild clove and nutmeg type spice hidden right at the finish. Speaking of which, the hop finish is very mild yet is there and gives off a balancing, clean overall aroma.

T- Mild in general, but the flavors follow suit to the aromas well. Subtle banana fruit, alongside refreshing orange zest provide the fruity backbone. The yeasty presence is subtle, and the bread dough gives way to a drier saltine quality and the dryness is furthered by grassy, grainy flavors. The spiciness of the clove is lost on my palate but there is a hint of peppery zing right at the finish. As for the bitterness, it is very mild, and the flavors are very cleansing, being only of some very slight floral and leafy hop. Nothing offensive at all but this one lacks the depth that German breweries would typically offer.

M/O- The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is actually rather nice, being somewhat aggressive but it doesn't really scrub the palate, so I get a nice blend between flavorful and refreshing. With the alcohol being well hidden, I find this to be a superbly social beer and on a hot Summer day, this would flow easily. Would go great with spicy fare or with some sort of lemon square/dessert. Nice for a mass produced product and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something they don't need to overthink while enjoying!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml can - they can call it 'Irish' all they want, but they're making a German style.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and silky bone-white head, which leaves some stellar hanging sudsy icicle pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells faintly of gritty and grainy wheat malt, dry banana chips, muddled earthy spice, a hint of musty yeastiness, and ethereal leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready cereal malt, a lesser crackery wheatiness, subtle banana bubblegum notes, a fading clove and white pepper spiciness, plain yeast, and more well-understated earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather reserved in its palate-stultifying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a committee-dictated good time here. It finishes off-dry, the wheaten malt carrying the lingering day.

Overall - this comes off as more of an American (or insert any other country save Germany or Belgium) wheat ale, as the purported citrus never materializes, and the spice and yeast essences are muted at best. It ain't bad, but it's essentially, and immediately, forgettable.

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Photo of wmartin
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly good for a mass-market and relatively inexpensive beer. Good wheaty flavor with some banana/citrusy complexity. Beer was clear when poured, but some sediment remained on bottom of bottle. Should probably try to swirl it before completing the pour to get more of the sediment, which would add more bitterness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a slightly, hazy, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of banana, clove and wheat. Nice banana flavor with a touch of cracked wheat.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.15 CDN. Guinness doing German styles... interesting.

Appearance - Pours a rich golden colored beer with some haziness and a finger of dense but light frothy head. Good staying power, minimal lacing, an attractive brew (aren't all hefe's?)

Smell - Not much on the nose, some vague notion of wheat and banana with a touch of clove.

Taste - Pretty good with the traditional wheat and clove pulling through, subtle suggestion of banana and bubblegum and 'POP' the lemon and orange hit you in the kisser. Interesting take if hope forward.

Mouthfeel - Moderately smooth, good carbonation, drier than usual finish. Hard to describe but doesn't have that 'magical' feeling that the best German hefe's have.

Overall - An enjoyable hop forward hefe, would certainly enjoy again, but it's not as good as the the average-good German hefe's (think Erdinger) never mind Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr or Weihenstephaner. Does compare reasonably well to local hefe's although there aren't that many of them.

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Photo of norinco
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a weizen (sort of) glass. Cloudy dark-yellowish color, with a soapy white two-finger head that left some decent lacing. This has the typical hefeweizen aroma and flavor profiles, with subtle notes of banana, clove, and orange. Medium-light body, clean finish. Not much not to like about this one.

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Irish Wheat from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 164 ratings