Agave Wheat | Breckenridge Brewery

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Agave WheatAgave Wheat

Brewed by:
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 CO-Bloom
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in a chilled pint glass.
L- Cloudy, light orange. Decent bit of head but my pour had no lacing (could be the chilled glass?)
S- Sweet wheat and citrus.
T- I found this to be very sweet, it is close to being too sweet for me (similar to blue moon) however it was still very enjoyable. Beside the sweetness, which I assume is from the agave, there is a soft wheat, grainy and bready quality. This helps to smooth out the initial sweetness. There is also a hint of citrus (eventually aided by dropping in my orange garnish)
F- low carbonation, which makes it smooth and creamy, medium body which I think is also aided by the wheat and the agave nectar.
O- Not too much going on here. I think the Agave overshadows any other subtleties that would have come out and it is one of those beer that is aided by dropping the garnish in, however that isn't a huge knock. It knows what it is. An easy drinking, low ABV wheat beer and it fills that role alright.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy golden beer with a creamy foam. Smells pretty mild. Possible grain. Lightly sweet taste almost hints at chocolate. But it's sort of fruity, faint berry and more grain definitely wheat. Body is medium and a little chalky. Not sure what to make of this. Okay I guess but not one I'd seek out. On tap at old Chicago for cinco de mayo mini tour 2015.

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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 Vogey77
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fan of wheat beers but not of this one. Taste reminded me somewhat of a BL Limearita. Also has an odd smell that accompanies the beer. Swing and a miss on this one.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I bought this on grand opening day from a big box wine chain store. Some earthy fruit on the nose, a hint of mustiness and a shot of skunk. Pours hazy, murky straw under a ½” off-white foam cap that quickly dissipates to a thick film. I try to swirl off the skunk but it still interferes with the big fruity flavors over white wonder bread that lead to a tart finish and a suspicion of wet cardboard. Well carbonated with a very creamy medium body. My rating gives this beer the benefit of the doubt, assuming that some of the flaws in my bottle derived from mishandling. My rating gives this beer the benefit of the doubt, assuming that some of the flaws I tasted derived from mishandling by the big box retailer and not by brewing mistakes.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Boiling potatoes so I gotta make this quick.

Appearance (4.25) : Pours a hazy almost 100% opaque apricot colored body. Very pretty. On top is a two fingered head that isn't going anywhere soon. Very nice appearance.

Aroma (3.75) : Some typical pale aromas but they are not strong or overpowering. There's a little orange peel, orange flesh, lemon, wet celery, cliantro, and then the typical barley wheat malt mixture. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Refreshing and yummy. Full on wheat, a pinch of orange, and a minor hop bite at the end. Finishes with a bit of rolled wheat and hop. It's very flavorful. Pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Rich and creamy, almost wit territory. Ends snappy and sharp with a pinch of dry. Light to medium bodied.

Overall (3.95) : Great stuff. I'm sure I'd get tired of it after awhile but for this quick taste it has been exceptional. Now I will finish it while making lunch (dinner?).

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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 Act25
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Breckenridge so-so so far.

A: Cloudy, hazed yellow, good head retention and lacing

S: Bready, nutty, cactus?, spice, and pears.

T: Follows the smell with predominant pear, juicy body and a bit of spice cabinet.

Agave hard to pick out but it might account for the juicy feel.
Perfectly good Wheat beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an interesting flavor to put into a wheat beer. I'm not a big wheat guy, but I liked the attempt to do something different. Nice change from the typical wheats, but not one that made me like the style any more.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is copper, opaque and somewhat dense looking, head is white and presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is bread, wheat, touch off flavor from the yeast, subtle fruitiness.

Taste is more bread and wheat, then thins out, agave leaves dry fruitiness with some off flavor pulling through from the yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry upfront then sweet then dry as it lingers.

Overall, decent flavors but odd mixture and execution.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave this to me recently and I have no idea how fresh/old this is. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The brew smells like wheat, apples and honey/agave nectar. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready malt and apricots noticeable too. It's mostly sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but it really doesn't do anything for me. With that being said, it's worth trying if you've never had it before.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wheat beer with agave nectar. This should be different. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

In a weizen glass, it looks like the usual wheat ale. An unfiltered, cloudy, sand colored body, topped with a somewhat creamy head on top with an inch of thickness on the pour. The aroma is on the light side, though what you can smell reveals a few goodies. It is slightly sweet and fruity with a note of shredded wheat.

At the very least, it sways away from the becomingly common orange wheat and apricot wheat. The first thing tasted is that somewhat sweet, somewhat tangy agave. Just a little wheat malt makes its mark, so without the adjunct this would be a plain, boring wheat ale. It's light bodied and gently carbonation with a somewhat slick feel.

Decent fruit beer out of Breckenridge. Could be an interesting switch-up for orange juice during breakfast.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a murky dried orange peel color with a mass of big bubbles settling to a thin film and a slow carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has a hint of raw grain and a sanitary quality in the finish.

T- The woody field corn flavor with a hint of wheat bread growing to a dry finish and an odd little tang in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz to it.

O- the light thin beer has an odd tang to it that might be agave flavor but it is a bit too soft to tell. There are some wheat hint s but not much.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is cloudy, of course, and yellow orange in color with some pale yellow highlights. It is capped with two inches of fluffy, white head.

S - It has a tart wheat smell.

T - The base is a decent wheat beer. I do get a little tartness and agave. It is subtle.

M - Medium and highly carbonated.

O - I was craving something light after a long day of work. This hit the spot, kind of. It's decent, but wheat beers aren't really my thing.

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Photo of whynot44
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy gold color with a modest white head that, nevertheless produces some decent lacing.

The aroma is slightly bready with citrus notes.

The taste is generally typical of wheat beer with no obvious agave flavor, just a hint of sweetness, lemon and clove.

Light to medium bodied, drinkable but a little sticky at the end.

Altogether, not bad but just a little too sweet for a good summer brew..

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Photo of beermemarge
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Beer poured from bottle into glass. Good amount of foam that stayed. Color was copper, slightly red. Decent carbonation. Weak aroma, wheat, light lemon flavor. No agave taste, but agave syrup doesn't have a strong flavor either so maybe expecting too much. Good mouth feel, medium bodied. Taste not very strong, bready wheat flavor, didn't pick up multiple flavors. A beer without an assertive personality.

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Photo of beer272
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - cloudy golden color, not seeing through glass due to cloudiness from the wheat? Great lacing.
S - upfront got strawberry notes
T - ok, dry notes on tongue from wheat, sweet taste from?
M - Well balanced no notable hops
O - nice quenching beer on a hot day, sweetness not coming from agave?

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 2/1/14 though I had it about 2 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with LOTS of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. A very thin white head with some spotty lacing. The aroma is of wheat with spices. The taste is of wheat with citrus and cloves that leaves a slight tingle on the tongue. Slight bitter and dry finish with medium carbonation. Overall, it was different.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. hazy light amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light lemon and wheat nose and flavor is lemon with some agave sweetness. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - best part of this beer. Yellow, somewhat hazy, decent head and lacing.
Smell - some lemon, yeast, wheat malt; it's okay, I guess.
Taste - average, fairly refreshing, but you can do better.
Feel - too light, weak carbonation for a beer so light, not very good
Overall - ho hum...I won't have again, but if you like the style, then the price point is good.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously underrated beer. Not as exclusive or snobby as most, but worth a much better rating. One of the better summer/outdoor/wish I was in Colorado beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The CANQuest (TM) is currently in Denver, CO to visit Ma Petite Abeille AKA The Old Lady. What a doll! She is about my age (I do not think that she wants me revealing her actual age), but she has the body of someone half of her age. I have been scouring her house for either a secret fountain in the backyard or a painting of her as a wrinkled, wizened old women, but to no avail on both counts. She is also tough as nails and fits the mold perfectly as a biker babe, although both of us are of the life, not in the life.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Wheat Ale Brewed With Agave Nectar"

We were sitting in The Sandbox in her backyard as further proof that The CANQuest (TM) CAN take place anywhere at any time. The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN. Before I could initiate the Glug, The Old Lady looked over and exclaimed, "Oooh, I've never had it in the CAN!" ROFLMAO! Not wanting to waste another second, I got the Glug going and then really gave it to her. Color was an extremely cloudy golden-yellow, near pineapple juice, with a turbidity like river water. SRM = 6. Nose had a soft mandarin orange scent. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a nice orangish flavor in the mouth. Finish was semi-sweet, still orangish and really much better than I have ever had this beer either in a bottle or on-draft. Score one for the CANs!

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Photo of DeFaz
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It seems that everyone is drinking Breckenridge Vanilla Porter this summer, but I was surprised to find their agave wheat beer, and I had to try it. There's the wheat and broad sweetness in the smell, and the taste is full of the wheat with the touch of agave, which doesn't add much in terms of flavor but does seem to provide an unbalanced sweetness, which seems to be the main problem with this one. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, with moderate thickness and a sticky aftertaste. Overall, it doesn't offer much, and again, it's too sweet and too sticky for me to drink in a session and not interesting enough to seek out again.

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Photo of TWHartman
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy gold, leaves good amount of white lace and retention is okay.

S- bready, distinctive wheat smell

T- bready with a buttery, cream like finish. A little too sweet to make this a highly drinkable beer, and a little too one dimentional considering the additive of agave.

M- too sticky to make this a quencher, also not enough CO2 diffused in the body of the beer, ends up finishing a little to sweet and flat to make me want to continue.

Overall- Not a total flop, but not going to drink it again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear amber, white lacing.

Smells of mildly coppery bread-and-butter malts and notable sweetness from the agave.

Tastes of buttered bread and biscuits with agave sweetness that is mild.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a pretty good and highly sessionable ale. The agave goes over really well in my opinion. This beer is underrated, but I understand why as it is different and feels a little weird for a beer taste-wise. Personally I think this agave-flavored style has a future and I'd like to see more of it. I could see agave ales becoming a class of their own. It has a good malty sweet characteristic that isn't cloying and pairs well with biscuity malts while keeping a beer light and sessionable. Give it a try.

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