Kuhnhenn Wheat Wine | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coppery red in color, this cousin to Barleywine has a rich malty, bready nose. This beer is sweet upfront, full bodied, and has an aggressive alcohol finish. Big beer lovers try this Solstice creation, and rejoice!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Etan:
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4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by Ravot. Thanks!

A: Pours a flat auburn with a tiny head of white bubbles.

S: Green grapes, booze, molasses, cloves, sweet cake.

T: Toffee, molasses, a bit of wheaty spice, warmth.

M: Medium-bodied, slight carbonation.

O: Tasty, and much smoother than I thought it would be.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Stocean1
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was somewhat apprehensive with this one, I have had some recent poor experiences with big wheat brews - well here it goes - half finger well retained off white suds on a hard to pinpoint body (redish amber - burnt orange - dark stained cherry hardwood) - great retention rellly - filmy lacing that slides down the glass easily after a swirl - beauty for such a big brew - scent is a huge blast of wheat and citrus, vanilla and sweet white wedding cake - a bit much for me I am somewhat dreading the taste - but this is not bad at all - raisins and grapes with some citrus and vanilla and a donkey punch of booze that properly greets you at the outset - nothing stands out in the hops but it does show itself in the mouthfeel with a nice amount of bitterness -burnt caramel - apricot - full bodied and very bitter, it has a thick resinous feel to it - warm going down - if I were going into battle against a tribe of barbarians on a desolate wind swept field on the north sea I would want this in my flask to keep me warm and give me the courage and strength to swing my mighty battle axe (ok I just went off the rails my apologies) - much better than expected - would sip this one again any time of the year - would go well with a meal at Medievil Times

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange in color with an off-white head. Sweet malt, mostly toffee and brown sugar, on the nose. A mild tropical fruit hoppiness, some citrus, and (not surprisingly) some booze. The flavor is fairly hoppy, but still malt forward. Quite a bit of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel with just a touch of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1518th Review on BA
Bottle to Kuhnhenn glass

2012 Release
Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- Its much darker color than I though. A semi glossy shimmery mix of browns, ambers and red. A small 1/4" head that left amazing cling.

Smell- A lot going on here. Its rich and smooth but at the same time quite hoppy and bitter. Pineapple, apple juice and a bit of caramel sweet.

Taste- this was a quite enjoyable brew. Dare I say delicate but good lord packs a punch. I was pretty tipsy after just one. Layers upon layers of flavors. Lots of sweetness and malts with a pineapple note and a bit of cherry and dark sugars.

Mouth- This was a semi thick body with ample and thick carbonation. Lots of malts, sugars and pineapple.

Drink- This was a lot more intricate than other wheat wines and knocked me on my ass for a couple hours.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Beer is an opaque brown. Minimal white head, which is gone quickly, leaving a slight ring around the glass.

Smell is fruity and vinous. Grape, raisin, sweet bready malt. Don't get much in the way of typical wheat beer scents, but perhaps that is typical with wheatwines- a style I do not have a lot of experience with.

Taste is big. Very fruity. Wheat malt. raisin, red grape. Bitter. Caramel malt. Very nice and full-flavoured.

Full bodied, low natural carbonation. Smooth. Nice.

Overall, a very nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite the crazy brew. Deep, dark amber-ish color. Very thick, full body. Very sweet aromas, lots of esters in the nose. Very interesting flavor. Like a citrusy barley wine, as one might expect from a high grav "wheat wine." Very strong lemon, brown sugar, and molasses flavors with a melow finish. Alcohol isn't all that hidden at 11+%. This is definitely a sipping beer. But it's very powerful and has some pretty subtle flavors.

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Kuhnhenn for me by someone - thanks whomever you were. Served in a snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar and a specks of lace. Lightly hazed dark amber body.

S - Smells more like a barleywine than a wheatwine, although there's a bit of that fruity, cotton candy flavor that I get from the later. Nice notes of caramel, bread, and a bit of spicy alcohol. Reminds me of Boogoop a little.

T - The taste is quite similar, with caramel, cotton candy, brown sugar, and fruity esters. Sweetness lingers on the palate, making it a bit cloying after a while, but the alcohol is better concealed here.

M - Sticky, medium-full body. Chewy texture, lower carbonation, and minimal warmth or bite.

D - A bit too sweet to drink in mass quantities, but one of the best wheatwines I've had. I generally despise this style and this was pretty nice. I'd drink it again, and would actually look forward to a barrel-aged version as well, if its in the works.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Kuhnhenn Wheat Wine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 27 ratings