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: 169 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by Brian_L-2056:
Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings and one of the better non stouts i have ever had from guinness really. its neat that they have irish grown and malted wheat in this beer, im not sure what that tastes like specifically as in ingredient, but i like it in the beer, seemingly earthier, but also richer than what i am used to from pale wheat malt, and it serves as a greta foundation and flavor layer in this beer, nice body, great cereal complexion, and simple and clean overall. the beer is sort of hefeweizen-like but without the yeast, it has more of a european ale yeast to it, classic and a little bready, possibly fermented a little warmer to encourage some ester formation, but its pretty subtle, pleasant, and definitely summery. i get light green banana and white pepper here, dried hay and straw from this wheat, and the slightest little lemon twist at the end, fresh and delicate. this is real dry, super drinkable, and has a really nice warm weather vibe about it, quite well refined, a neat recipe and cool with this irish wheat, which i would like to see more of! sometimes i dont think these guys get enough credit for their other beers, this one is excellent and quite distinctive!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.91/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dirty blonde. Lace ring sticks throughout. Smell is banana, fruity, estery,bubblegum. Taste is bruised banana, tutti fruiti, bubblegum, tad funky, tad tart. Slight alcohol esters. Fluffy feel, lightish.

Actually really fucking good. it's really good. More hefeweizen than a wit. I'm sitting here arguing with myself about an overall score an I'm giving it a 5. It deserves it.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a weizen glass a dull slight hazed lighter golden with a half finger bone white head atop.Clove,peach,and banana notes in the nose along with a crisp toasted wheat malt element,not huge in the phenols,more crisp.Toasted wheat malt hits upfront on the palate then some citrus with slight clove/banana-like phenols in the finish.In the hefe weizen category for sure but has it's own dynamic,not bad after a hot day at work.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Had no idea their yeast could be so similar to the German Wheat Beer Yeast. That is pretty much what this beer is about, the wheat comes from Ireland yet it looks, smells, and tastes like a Hefeweizen. The bready malt character is on point, hopping is clean and bitter and to the point ... probably adds to the citrus taste. No doubt one of the better releases that has come from Guinness, wouldn't mind grabbing sixers of this when heading to dinner parties or back-yard bbqs.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is bananas, wheat, honey, and clove. Light bodied, high carbonation, and sweet. Makes for an above average, light, and tasty brew. Could have several.

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Photo of juicebox
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_Winkler
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zopiac
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKbrew89
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dface
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a classic Piccadilly pub weizen glass.

Hazy straw gold with white hues, big carbonation with big streaming bubbles, creating a large and clumpy all white sea foam cap. Excellent retention.

Sweet banana, clove, golden wheat malt, mix of fruits, herbs and subtle spices. Excellent Hefe nose.

Ultra clean and crispy mouthfeel, light but full and lush in the finish. Very clean effect.

The flavor has a cold spring water and light wheat malt effect, crisp bite with sharp and clean edges. Subtle herbal and earthy notes, slight banans and clove with one nore round of light Irish golden wheat flavor. The wheat malt has sour-earthy tones but is mostly light and very sparkling, like cold mountain spring water. Incredibly light but tastey Irish made Hefe. The yeast is earthy, sour and pretty neautral which allows the flavor's to be in a very nice balance.

Not as sour or banana forward as most classic German Hefe's, the taste is much more subtle with light golden wheat taking center stage.

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Photo of hychenglao
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of carrcolind
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness & Co. "Guinness Irish Wheat"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting label. The sun makes me think this would be a great summer beer. The label also states that it's "BREWED WITH GUINNESS ALE YEAST AND 100% IRISH WHEAT", so I'm assuming there's no barley in use. And it mentions "...SUBTLE CLOVE AND BANANA" but they're using Guinness yeast so I'm not sure where that's coming from. Nice appearance. Cloudy yellow gold body beneath a frothy head of white. Aroma of wheat, grass, and mild mineral. The flavor does deliver banana - how weird! It's got to be the yeast, if it was anything else it would have to be listed as an ingredient. So is this "GUINNESS ALE YEAST"? Or is it just another yeast that they've brought in, and thus it's also a "Guinness ale yeast"? Deceptive I'm thinking. I'll call bullshit on it. Back to the beer... it's very nicely wheaty, but again, I'm doubtful that this is a 100% wheat ale, it just doesn't taste like it to me. I'm tasting barley. So again, it seems deceptive and I'm going to call bullshit - not a good start. I've sent them an e-mail questioning it, we'll see what they say. So, yes, banana, wheat, a hint of citrus, some tartness that's usually common with wheat, and a very mild note of clove. It's all there, and more. I'm impressed. It's kind of like a hefeweizen, and kind of not, but it has that same refreshing character and subtle sweetness - they've really put their own stamp on it. Looking back, the lacing could be better, but it has maintained a thin, whispy, almost completely solid surface covering. It tastes better than it smells I think. Medium-light in body and delicately crisp and then smooth across the palate. I could get used to this. Very much an English interpretation of a Bavarian hefeweizen in my opinion. Charming, satisfying, and compellingly drinkable.

p.s. - to answer my questions here is the response from Guinness:

"Dear James Patrick,,

Thank you for contacting Guinness consumer care regarding your ingredient inquiry.

Our Wheat Beer does indeed have barley included. The wheat malt we use to brew this beer is 100% Irish (as is the barley malt).

There are a number of Guinness yeasts available to us. All of these yeast strains have a long history within our company. By changing some of the brewing parameters the yeast we use for our wheat beer delivers the spicy clove flavour typical of some wheat beers but not normally found in stouts.

Thank you for your interest in our new product, and we hope that you enjoy it.


Peter Venegas
Mgr., Consumer Care - North America

Celebrate life, responsibly!

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Photo of norinco
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; serial number but no production information.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch foamy white head initially, decent retention, and solid lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves and banana, maybe a woodsy note.
T: Dry. Cloves with a suggestion of lemon fruit. Bitterness nicely in balance with flavors.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to strong carbonation.
O: A solidly crafted Hefeweizen.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle pours a hazy straw colored yellow body with nothing but an edge hugging ring of white foam.
Aroma of citrus and spice.
Cracker malt and citrus flavors support clove-ish, and almost banana hints.
Mouthfeel is medium with a clean finish.
Bring on the sun.

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet wheat. The taste is mild hops and wheat.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Irish Wheat brewed by Guinness Ltd., with an ABV of 5.30% This Hefewizen pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though this brew. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Irish Wheat is rich with sweet and mild citrus fruits. You also pick up on some nice earthly grains and malts in the smell of this brew. Faint amount of hops in the smell. Now for the taste, it is bold with sweetness and flovors. You first pick up on the sweetness from fruits, then some nice grains and malts. Kinda reminds me of juciy fruit gum, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going on in Irish Wheat. The body of this brew is a nice medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I like how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day, it smooth. The mouth feel of Irish Wheat is Smooth, Sweet, Clean, Crisp, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. If you are looking for a nice smooth wheat brew look this one up. Guinness Ltd, did a real nice job with this one.

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