Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #341
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,147
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
405
From:
Breckenridge Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
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Gots
  110
SCORE
81
Good
Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale
Notes: Subtle hints of citrus round out the complex aroma of Mosaic hops, for a beer so drinkable, it’ll last through multiple acts.
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 405
Photo of iguanodon
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Original rating 2018-04-14] Bomber from Cowboy Joes in Evanston, WY. Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of wheat, tequila, sweet booze (agave?). Taste of tequila and wheat malt, sweet finish. Interesting but I wouldn’t get it again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: September 24, 2017... OCCASION: ending a hot Sunday with a beer from the other side of summer... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... pours a wild, swirling glass of murky gold, supporting an imperial single-finger white head that does not flinch--thick, creamy and frothy at the glass... light banana and pepper play off subtle flowery hops... orange and vanilla embraces a bready maltiness, making this a nice balance of the wheat and ale elements... first sip impacts the throat with sizzle, followed by an active finish... the mouthfeel is creamy, substantial, and drinkable... the flavor profile is engaging for a wheat ale, with the citric orange and lemon blending with the doughy malts and peppery yeasts... lacing draped over the glass, this beer is surprisingly memorable, and a hybrid that actually preserves the better of the two styles and gives the drinker a truly uplifting experience--pretty much what Hamlet never gives Ophelia... I would seek this out and enjoy again...

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Photo of jaybirde63
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden/orange pour leaving a frothy 2 finger head.A nice orangey citrus smell with a hint of piney/ hoppy notes that linger into the taste with a slight malt finish..A good multiple pour drinking beer..

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice unfiltered hazy look with nice an off white head. Nice scent of fruity and slightly citrus hops with a wheat malt center. Pretty good brew with a nice mix of wheat poking through after a hop bite. It's a one trick pony with the flavor but it's blended really well. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. This is well done, I could drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours hazy yellow with a decent head (and lacing). Aroma is very hoppy and somewhat fruity. Taste is similar. It reminds me a lot of a good Saison minus the yeast character. A very nice beer!

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers I bought on a whim as I was walking down the supermarket aisle looking to create my own six pack of singles I haven't tried yet. I was drawn to it by the Shakespeare reference and by the alluring Ophelia on the bottle.
I'm not an expert on the style of American Pale Wheat Ale, however, I rated this one well simply because it was tasty, refreshing and quite drinkable. It poured a hazy straw color with a nice two thumb nail length head and a lacing that retained. The aroma reminded me of a lighter IPA, with its citric and resinous hops aromas. Similarly, the taste is IPA like with its emphasis on a hoppy palate in which the bitterness is low moderate. The wheat malt backbone is there. The balance is quite good. The mouthfeel is medium to light. The hops predominate but do not overwhelm. It is almost like a session IPA but tastier due to the fact that for me there is slightly more of a chewy quality in the mouth.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, earth, pine, hints of orange, lemon, slight fruity notes into bready notes. Taste is a mix of spice, grass, orange peel into a bit of earth, biscuity/bready notes, hints of grain, finishing spicy, dry, slightly bitter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2016 Hogs and Hops.
Durable white head over a hazy golden body.
Medium-light body.
As promised, a rather hoppy aroma with biscuits and hints of citrus fruits. Flavor follows.

Overall: clean, hoppy wheat beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is an interesting combination of citrus, pine, and some malt sweetness in the background. Not feeeling the wheat, though. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp; carbonation is just about right. Neutral, slightly bitter finish. OK but nothing special.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body, not much carbonation, small white head that leaves specks of lace. Nose contains oregano and peppery spice, light grain, and something resembling cat pee and acidity. Taste has the spices, plus buttery doughy pizza crust with some hop citrus and bitterness on the finish. Body is medium, with assertive and crisp effervescence.
I didn't get much wheat characteristic, but the Mosaics did their job. The finish and feel are the highlight; spicy, bitter, refreshing.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wheat is more prevalent than any hop taste. Hazy yellow appearance typical of wheat beers. Not as sweet as wheat beers most likely due to the hop presence. A tasty beer different than typical wheats, but I was hoping for just a little more hop kick. Still very much worth having another.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, berry, and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, dirty berry, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting hop aspects, but I am not getting any distinct wheat presence in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bit of cereal grain with a good amount of hoppy punch I wasn't expecting to be so potent and bitter. A little astringent and sharp with some mild wheat and citrus rinds.

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Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, perfectly clear. Poured a smallish white head with some retention.

Tart aroma, maybe a bit of grapefruit. Definitely not a typical APA hop aroma.

A bit of malty sweetness and some breadiness, some of the tartness noted in aroma, but a very earth hop flavor. Has been sitting in my fridge for a while, so not sure if I'm tasting some age or if this one is very unique.

Medium body and med-high carbonation - definitely has a bite on the tongue, and not from the hops.

Wouldn't be my go to in terms of flavor profile, but a nice, light, refreshing brew.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into homebrew weizen glass

A - 5 fingers of white foam over a cloudy golden body high in visible carbonation, lots of sediment in the final pour

S - wheat, citrus, grass, hint of banana/tropical fruit

T - wheat, lemon, grass, bready malts, bitter finish

M - smooth medium body, low/medium carbonation

O - pleasant and refreshing

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Photo of oldn00b
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper, tight foamy head forms and recedes moderately.

Big malt bill with nice hop forward bitterness. Mosaic characteristics there, more on the nose than the palate.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smelled slightly hoppy and fruity. Pours a nice thick orange-ish gold color with the unfiltered particulates suspended in the brew. Very little carbonation so you get a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing is good also. Taste is a little hoppy at first, then the fruity wheat beer flavor takes over. The finish is also a little dry with a hoppy aftertaste. The more I sip on it, the more I'm kind of warming up to it. It is definitely a little different, but in a good way. I would probably try it again, especially if I could ever find it on tap

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy golden honey color with a thin ½-finger white head that dissipated in under 30 seconds and left very little lacing. It also left lots of little floaties in the bottom of the glass. Not a pretty looking beer.

The beer had a mild fruity smell along with some sweet wheat.

The taste has a big dose of sweet wheat malt along with a mixed fruit flavor. One of the fruits is grapefruit but I couldn't pick out the second one until I read another reviwe's comment who picked up a touch of cantaloupe. That's exactly what it is - grapefruit and cantaloupe; not a combination you see very often. There is also a mild bitterness from the hops, but not as big as I expected from a beer calling itself hoppy wheat ale.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

I was disappointed with the looks and the smell, but the beer redeemed itself in the taste department. I really liked it and found it refreshing.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this much more than I thought! Offered at a dive bar in downtown, there's not a great selection for craft but Orphelia was on there so I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised! Super refreshing! Slightly sour wheat with a nice subtle hop to keep it interesting. Great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clearly unfiltered, with just a ton of floaties suspended in the honey colored liquid; the head is rather modest, particularly for a wheat beer, as is the lacing

Smell: Bready and lemony, with wheat tang, slight banana and a grassy/citrusy aspect

Taste: Crusty bread and a kiss of sweetness, up front, with the lemony/grassy hops kicking in toward the middle; slight banana undertones build, as well; the finish tilts toward the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting much, given the overall rating and my experience with other Breckenridge beers, but this one surprised me; a very nice beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Smooth, Creamy, Hoppy, Wheaty

Ultra-smooth and creamy, cloudy straw, with a magnificent white foam head. Floral, citrus and wheat in the nose. Hoppy, leafy, zesty, wheaty (of course), biscuity, semi-astringent and dry. No garnish needed. This American Wheat Ale is packed with flavor. With examples like this, it’s no wonder Hoppy Wheat Ales are starting to trend.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Spring

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge "Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating... odd
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Ophelia pour a very cloudy, and even chunky, deep golden body beneath a full-sized head of frothy white that steadily drops to a creamy surface covering. The aroma displays a pleasant combination of sweetish wheat malt and gentle hops (lightly citrusy, mildly grassy, softly floral). The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests. It's not particularly bitter, just "firm", and I might be imagining it but I find what I think of as an almost vanilla note which implies sweetness as well. The bitterness does linger somewhat in the finish though, along with subtle hops. Easy to drink and charmingly flavorful, this hoppy wheat is a welcome addition to spring.

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Photo of jacobdunne
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer if you are wanting to get into IPAs. The description "Hoppy Wheat" is absolutely perfect when describing the taste of this beer. This beer is the perfect bridge to enjoying IPAs. Enjoy!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy - what you'd expect from a wheat beer. Decent lacing.
Smells like a hoppy wheat beer. Nothing spectacular but not bad at all.
Tastes a bit hoppier than I'd expect, but does not overwhelm the wheat by any means.
Feels smooth, not overly carbonated like a lot of other wheat beers I've had.
overall, if you're looking for that blend between wheat and hops, this is a fine start.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring

S- fruity hops with some citrus grapefruit & melon, crisp wheat

T- fruity hop flavor with. It's of cantaloupe & grapefruit, crisp wheaty finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- easy drinking hoppy wheat

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 405 ratings