Agave Wheat | Breckenridge Brewery

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Agave WheatAgave Wheat

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of our wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile. It is familiar, yet creative.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with decent retention and lacing on a hazy bright gold body with a slight crimson hue.

S: wheat and grain with subtle sweetness. little else.

T: mostly grain and wheat backbone up front which quickly moves to a very clean, mildly sour dark fruit finish however the flavor is in determinant as to the exact fruit.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. crisp.

Overall: drinkable but much is left to be desired. many in this genre over "fruit" the beers whereas this one doesn't have a distinct enough fruit presence.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Breckenridge in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky light yellow color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to nothing. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and some fruitiness (from the agave I would imagine). Taste is the same as the smell with a pretty good fruity taste coming through. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty good beer for what it is but I am not too sure I would drink this one very often.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a thick cloudy yellow color into a frosty pint glass with a 2 inch white head. smells yeasty, and is very visibly unfiltered. also some bitter hops in there and wheat malts. flavor is refreshing, mildly fruity, and you can definitely taste agave, which by itself is a rather difficult to describe, mildly sweet, lush plant. feel is too thick for this beer, too full bodied to be a good summer beer, but good carbonation keeps it fairly easy drinking. my pour was perhaps toward the bottom of the keg, because it was much thicker and more cloudy than the bottles of this that ive had. either way, a creative take on a wheat beer, just not my favorite breckenridge product.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy orange gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass but nothing too exciting. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's got a nice minimal fruitiness to it balanced with the wheat in there too. The taste of the beer isn't too strong with the Agave, it's very subtle and tastes pretty refreshing regardless. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth much like a typical wheat beer. Overall this brew isn't too bad. I think it's worth trying but probably won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of sourness and hints of citrus and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of initial sweetness. Flavors of agave are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very easily and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Kentucky Agave Wheat. And just in time to meet the heat of the summer, it should go over well. A firm wheat base malt is evident throughout the beer giving low bananna, clove, or bubblegum notes. Instead, an estery apple, lemon, berry, and pear mix gives the beer a refreshing, fruity taste. The lemon notes are complemented well by the agave flavors-- not so much tequilla, but a crisp, acidic, citric, vegitable/fruit character that stands out well without dominating the beer. The base beer is substantially better than most American wheats, but doesn't try to become too rich with breadiness or creaminess. Refreshing, minty, citrus flavors in the finish. A very nice summery beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Aviator's sports bar in Hall B of Denver International, during layover hell and, coincidentally, the Broncos game that I've been hearing about all week.

This beer appears a cloudy, medium apricot amber hue, with one thick finger of puffy and frothy off-white head, which leaves some dense snow rime lace around the glass after exhibiting some stellar retention.

It smells of bready, doughy wheat malt, orange rind, soft coriander, earthy yeast, and a mild hard water flintiness. The taste is gritty, grainy wheat, a bit of caramel, softer orange and white grapefruit peel, a simple syrup sweetness, mildly sour yeast, and muddled earthy spices.

The carbonation is mild, and gently lilting, with no real fizz, the body a rounded medium weight, quite smooth, and a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, with a general sweet fruitiness.

A fairly tasty, well-made wheat beer, full-flavoured, and not too sweet. I guess the agave adjunct is more about helping the body out, or something, if I recall the Breckenridge episode I just watched on repeat for the past 4 days at GABF.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head that is just a bit underwhelming for a wheat beer; leaves some lace but not a lot

Smell: Bananas and sweet lime curd

Taste: Bready, at first, and then gets rather sweet; surprisingly, it then moves in a sour lime direction at mid-palate; after the swallow, it becomes very sweet in a vaguely lime pudding-like direction, although the sour undertones persist

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: If only this didn't get so sweet, it would have been much more enjoyable; interesting and unique, just could have benefitted from better execution

Thanks, brewjones

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a two-fnger, white, foamy/bubbly head. Not much lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and a musty aroma - I guess from the agave.

T - It tasted fruity and sweet with a good balance of wheat and yeast. It did taste a little tequilla-ish.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good for a wheat beer with flavor added. The agave is not overpowering and adds a nice touch of something different.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/4/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness and light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, biscuit, honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earty yeast flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a damn nice pale wheat ale style. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt, agave, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - A floral aroma of honey and tart wheat.

T - Earthy wheat up front, some light honey and herbal hops in the middle. Finishes with light tartness, some floral notes, and a lingering earthy hop flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nothing special, the agave adds some light floral and honey touches to the flavor profile that make it slightly more interesting than an average American wheat beer, but thats not saying much. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy head that fades quickly for what little is there to begin with, over hazy orange yellow color.

Nose has mostly wheat aromas, some light citrus and spices, also a bit of a cheap macro extract aroma, not quite skunk but just a cheap extract, hard to explain more. Another sweet nectar like aroma that I can only attribute to the agave.

Taste continues where the nose left off, cheap extract almost skunked like flavor, typically from mass produced beers. Some wheats are there as well, a bit of citrus and spices, a bit thick and gritty for a wheat beer as well almost gelatinous, again slight sweet nectar flavor that I can only assume is the agave but no real "tequila" like taste what-so-ever. Although there is a slight peppermint later on the finish, which also remains sticky and semi sweet, bit of lingering wheats and citrus.

Mouth is sticky and a bit icky, gelatinous, gritty, just weird, and decent carbonation.

overall not impressed at all, some wheat flavors there, but a bit of an unpleasant mass produced off flavor, and the mouth is just weird and unpleasant.

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Photo of chinchill
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Look: hazy amber with a moderate size white head that has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: unappealing and musty but not unlike some other wheat beers.

Flavor: much better than the aroma. Citrus and agave notes with hints of bananas and honey.

Feel: medium light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold beneath a creamy white head that holds well and leaves more than ample lacing.

Smell: Unique. Sweetish, but soft. Slightly honey-ish. Mildly wheaty. And fruity... perhaps apple and soft citrus, even melon. I guess that's the agave. Interesting.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma, with a bit more lime-like citrus flavor and acidity. It's sweet, but also somewhat tart, and perhaps I'm imagining it, but also a little salty. Overall it's very balanced though. The bitterness is kept in check, and although it's always present, even into the salty finish, it never really steps out.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous side and a lightly zesty carbonation that foams up as it warms.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these. I might not make it past three, but I'd probably think I would like to during the first one, and possibly into the second. That may be because it's kind of odd and compelling (which interests me), but it's at least also a little bit because it's kind of refreshing. The finish is dry, and also kind of salty. It makes me thirsty for more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/5/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and agave fruit with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of agave and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others that I would pick first.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Breckenridge Brewery, Blake St., Denver, CO

Poured a cloudy orange-tinted yellow, noticeably carbonated, with a foamy white head that dissipated to almost nothing. Typical wheaty aroma, with hints of citrus and resin. Typical wheat profile on the taste buds, a bit acidic, citrusy, with agave as a subtle sidekick. Left a bitter aftertaste, but not too bad. Light body, and generally drinkable, though not really enough for me to want more.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with an amber edge. Has some of the sweet Hefeweizen character. Fairly sweet at first gulp. Mouthfeel is just odd, with heavier touch. Nose is a bit spicy with some banana aroma. Sharp but mellows to a rather pleasant fruity aftertaste. Mango, with the tart fruitiness. Hops seem to contribute a little to the balance with a beery touch.

Somebody called the flavor "honey and aloe," and I think that sums it up well. I'm a big fan of unusual flavors in beer, and this one at least adds another one to the list. It's quite drinkable but makes me want a "real" wheat beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazed, dark yellow body with a smallish, short-lived, white head, regardless of the steady streams of persistent effervescence.

Smell: Mild malted barley and wheat scents with the smallest hints of citrus and spice. I'd say I'm picking up the floral-vegetal tones the agave is laying down, but, in a blind taste test, I may have, in all honesty, missed it entirely. Actually, given some chance to warm (I spent a few minutes trying to compare the tap line-up in front of me versus the menu to see if anything had changed since the last printing), the agave does become a bit more apparent.

Taste: Fairly pale malted barley combined with crisp, oh-so crackery wheat along with a light, low level of sweetness. Whereas the aroma left me wondering if I was picked up on the agave or not, the taste has a more clear-cut agave taste, though it's by no means overbearing because, really, how much flavoring does one need in a light wheat ale? Light hop presence with some hints of spice and lemony citrus and no more than a mild bitterness. Little tastes of wheat and agave preclude the relatively clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Formulated with quick, easy consumption in mind, but, thankfully provides just a bit more character with its added agave flavor than some of the other altogether bland AWA's on the market.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly fuzzy lemon peel with lemonade borders. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with an ivory colored crown that picks up a hint of pastel yellow from the beer beneath. The foam has a melted marshmallow texture and is tacky enough to coat the glass with some pretty good looking lace.

The aroma is pale wheaty and lemon citrusy. There's something else in there that must be the agave nectar. Since I've never tasted agave, and since it's subtle, it's hard to say for sure. Freshness and brightness result in an above average score.

American pale wheat ales, which is what Agave Wheat is, need to do something extra to be considered good... by me. That 'something extra' is usually hoppiness. Breckenridge has chosen to do something a little different and add agave. It works. This isn't great beer, but it's different and interesting.

The base beer is probably no better than average. However, the lemon and grapefruit citrusiness of the hops (Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette), along with what I presume is the tart fruitiness of the agave, give it the extra boost it needs. Even more agave would be great. At least I think it would.

Although the body/mouthfeel isn't that wonderful in isolation, it's well suited to rapid and easy consumption. In other words, it's light and is softly carbonated. Downing a sixer of this stuff on a scorchingly hot day would be like falling off a log.

Agave Wheat strikes me as a pretty good beer that could be a very good beer in the right circumstances (see the paragraph above). Kudos to Breckenridge for brewing outside the APWA box and for making it work.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw color with 3 fingers of bone white head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with some tart/sour smells

T: Cereal & bread notes, honey malt, plus grassyness & some lemon hop notes up front. More breadyness. a bit of sour lime taste (the agave?)& some lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp with citrus notes, dryness, a bit of tartness & some peppery notes

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, I could do a few of these on warm day before moving on. Much better than I thought it would be!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one yesterday afternoon with lunch. Had not seen it in the store before so I decided to grab a bottle. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was decent enough with a very cloudy and hazy, and frankly thick looking orange, amber liquid. The lack of a descernable head was certainly a sticking point for me at first, but it managed to kick up a little bit around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma is full fo wheat, hints of fruit juice, very fresh. Agave is what it is but to me it is a very juciy fruit, passion or star fruit like aroma. This carries over nearly perfectly into the taste which is like a light wheat beer that you dropped half a star fruit into. Very juicy and sweet with a mellow and dry finish that leaves you hanging for more right away.

Overall a pretty solid brew I have to admit. While not the greatest thing in the world it can certainly hold its own for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dark gold color. Impressive head; lasts a long time and leaves a near complete blanket of lace on the glass.

Smells like toasted wheat bread--that's not a metaphor, it really does. There's also a mild medicinal smell that detracts. I don't detect any "wheat" that I typically smell with this style.

Better wheat presence in the taste. Comes across as a corn based cereal. Short lived aftertaste with a mild hop bitterness. High carbonation but also a high body.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle at Sharp Edge's Creekhouse location, served cold in a Spaten session glass.

A - Hazy golden w/ an appearance like pear juice w/ a creamy white inch of foam capping

S - A floral and gentle lime-like citrus aroma w/ hints of subtle peppery spice and malte wheat grainy scent that is slightly creamy w/ plenty of citrus/lemony notes

M - Mild nutty and grainy feel w/ spiced smooth wheat creaminess and a crisp carbonated finish

T - A fresh and vegetal herbal flavor w/ a gently spiced wheat taste w/ gentle toasted and cereal sweet w/ a honey kissed edge. The taste doesn't scream AGAVE, but it is tasty.

D - A very well made American wheat w/ the addition of agave makes this a step up from a wit/wheat IMO. The drinkability is high since it is a very quaffable refreshing beverage w/ a flavor that is hard not to like if you enjoy wheat beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Milky hazed yellow, excellent head retention and showing of lace

SMELL: Bready, nutty, chalky yeast, cactus, vague spice, pears

TASTE: Crisp snap, lighter bodied, smooth, bready, doughy biscuits, obscure fruitiness, nutty, slightly bitter, dry, husky

Agave might be to vague to pick out but it does add an underlying layer that you know is foreign to beer. Not as drinkable as I expected but worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

This stuff has always been interesting, but not enough for me to buy any. Thankfully, there are tastings at Bliss. It pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises fake blueberry (think pretty much any blueberry wheat ale available on the market), dark wheat, light orange rind, and a dash of nutmeg. The taste holds notes of wheat, coriander, white grapes (lightly tart, and only just barely that), nutmeg, and grapefruit peel. A vague astringency lingers on the tongue. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, I cannot say I was a fan of this beer. The agave nectar doesn't do much for it, and it comes off as astringent and medicinal regardless. Luckily, things aren't exactly offensive, either. Just not very good.

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