Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #655
Ranked #45,970
3.3 | pDev: 18.79%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Zesty citrus with light grainy, spicy notes on the nose, this Belgian style wheat beer is light bodied. This beer has a light sweetness and noticeable coriander spice present. It is very balanced and refreshing for the warm (hopefully) days to come.
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TheBrewo from New York

2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served on tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a light chardonnay wine coloring. It held a one finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing okay retention. This left gloopy, dripping spots of lacing around the glass as it fizzed away at a faster pace. Haze was definite, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was cloyingly sweet, with powdery pez candies, confectioner’s sugar, chlorine chemicals, pineapple and red apple fruitiness, bubblegum esters, light wheatiness, gravel, and chalk. Our first impression was that the flavoring was incredibly light. As we sipped, the taste began with mineral, the softest wheatiness, rubbers, plastics, white sugar, lemon rind, black pepper and coriander, and light grassy hops. The middle peaked with more plastics, ink, vanilla cake, lemon lime soda fizz, sweat, salt, and corny adjuncts. The end wash was just that, with harsh tap water cleaning all flavor from the palate. In all seriousness the finish showed light notes of salt, seltzer water bite, plastic phenols, cloth, grass, black pepper, sweet licorice, white flour, and dusty pale and wheaty grain. The aftertaste breathed of pistachio shells, honey, plastic garbage bags, seltzer and mineral waters, white flour, wheat, toasted white bread, and cane sugar. The body was light, and the carbonation was light. Each sip was watery, with lesser slurp and smack, and most feathery cream and froth. The mouth was left wet and drippy, with little coating, puck, astringency, or chalkiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer glugged back with ease.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma. Here we got the most obvious semblance of the style, with decent wheat and grainy grit, spice, sweetness, and fullness. Although it was overly sweet and sugary, it still hit many of the necessary, stylistic high points. The flavoring, however, left much to be desired. It was intensely watered out, with the wheaty grain, spice, and citrics taking a far backstage to sugary sweetness. We had similar complaints about the feel, which was far too soft and thin, even for a lighter style such as this. This is not Kuhnhenn’s best effort, so if you’re in the mood for a lighter, lower abv beer, you might want to reach for something a little more flavorful and full.

Sep 02, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at Kuhnhenn. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind specks of lace. Surprisingly transparent, filtered, pale straw body.

S - Smells like hand lotion. Lots of coriander and mildly spicy yeast notes. Not overly phenolic, but lacking in your typical witbier's citrus character. Not terrible, but underwhelming.

T - The taste isn't quite as successful. A mix of wheat and spices, with very low sweetness and almost no citrus character. Odd Wit that is lacking in complexity and tastes more like a hand soap than a beer. Yeasty finish.

M - Medium-light body. Gritty wheat texture. Pleasant carbonation.

D - Odd beer. Not very good, not to style, but not completely undrinkable either.

May 29, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

1.61/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a weird orange hued brown. Nose smells like Listerine. Tastes the same. Wow. That. Is. Bad. I mean really? Really. Wacked out mix of spices and funky. Feel is...well...the only thing I feel is this whole like gagging sensation. Seriously man. What happened here? This is one weird beer. No balance and I'm not sure why anyone would willingly sell this.

Thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to share in his pain.

Oct 28, 2008
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark gold with amber hues, and hazy. A quarter inch head developed, and quickly dissapated to a few whisps on the surface. Some sporradic dots of lacework cling for the duration.

Aromatics are pungently medicinal, with strong menthol overtones, and peppermint.
Quite sharp and phenolic. Cloves and cardamon steeped in antiseptic. A hint of lemon and quanine follow through.

Light to medium bodied, with mild carbonation.

A tart, lemony start on the pallet leads to a ginger-like bite, along with lemon pith and cardamon.
A warming peppery note on the throat follows through, along with spicy mint and a dusting of clove.

Finishes with lingering medicinal, band-aid-like qualities and lemon tannins.


Sep 14, 2008
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Pointman from Michigan

2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So bummed out....these guys make some of the greatest beer, but this one is not very good. Don't get me wrong, it is still better than a lawn mower beer like Miller Lite, but it is not up to their standards.

Nice pour, very little head. Dark semi-cloudy gold appearence, slight lacing.

When you smell it you think of ginger ale. It has that bite.

First taste is - you guessed it - Ginger Ale with a terrible after taste. Maybe they used Detroit River water to make it.

Mouthfeel is not great....kind of zippy/tangy.

But once again...better than Miller Lite....but not that much better. Pass on this one, they have SOOO many other great beers.

May 15, 2008
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