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 matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

The beer poured a hazy golden yellow color with a 1½-finger off-white head with both good retention and good lacing.

The beer smelled mostly of wheat, but also had some fruit, spice, and some sweetness to it that wasn't your typical caramel smell (maybe from the agave).

The taste was mostly wheat flavored with a touch of clove and citrus. The taste also had some caramel sweetness to it along with something else sweet, which I guess is the agave. Very little hop presence at just 9 IBUs.

Very light body with a medium amount of carbpnation.

There's no WOW factotrhere, but it's very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- murky golden amber with a thin white head and some little swirls and spots of lace.

S- standard APWA aroma, notes of bread and citrus with a bit of earthy yeast.

T- I remember back in the late 90's snapple had a line of clear beverages in a tall bottle called "rain" or something like that. One of the flavors was agave and I really liked it. I feel like I can taste a bit of that tangy fruitiness in here, but I may be fooling myself. Bready with banana yeast and a lasting sweetness which could be agave nectar.

MF- expansive in the mouth with wheat proteins. Fully carbonated. Not really all that refreshing.

D- mostly dull and boring. I'm sure more could be done to enhance the agave-ness or why bother having it in there at all?

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

Tannish yellow and slightly cloudy, fairly good head to start but dissipates after a bit, lacing is pretty sparse.

Aroma is typically wheat beer, with some grass, some hay, some light yeast.

Taste is again pretty wheat beer oriented. If I didn't know it had agave in it, I wouldn't have guessed. There's a sweetness tho that might be coming from the agave. Also a good wheat malt backbone and a good light citrusy hop presence to balance it out.

Body is pretty easy drinking, yet a bit thick and chewy like a good wheat beer should be. Carbonation is light and there's a slight slickness to the feel.

Overall it's an easy drinking summer beer, nothing world class going on but as far as agave beers go, this is probably the best one I've had.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Breckinridge agave wheat. Served on tap as the special at Morris Tap and Grill. Pours Light bronzed. On the darker side. Good head of foam. Peppery nose, spices. Light wheat taste. Tequila hint. Citrus in there too. Interesting. Nice summer beer. 4 375 4 375 375

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Photo of Murphious
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with 1/4 inch or less head, nice unfiltered yellowish. Has a hint of citrus but not very strong aroma. A little dry with citrus bite in first sip; should be great on a hot summer day. Not sure if the agave adds sweetness or what to the flavor. Some aftertaste but I have had more from lemonade or tea. Not a bad unfiltered wheat just not all that memorable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a super hazy orange amber color with a dense one finger white head. The head persists fantastically, fading very slowly over time to leave a great leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was wheaty and grainy with a rather strong showing of orange sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a grassy and a musty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty base mixed with a bit of grainy flavors. As the taste advances citrus sweetness comes to the tongue growing stronger as the flavor advances. Along with the orange citrus flavors comes flavors of yeast and a little bit of spice. The orange gets quite strong at the end with a bit of honey flavor mixed within. In the end, some lighter grassy hop flavors join the taste, to leave a quite yeasty and smooth orange wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The brew was actually rather creamy for only 4.2% abv with a carbonation level that was on the average side. The creaminess was rather nice of the wheat and yeasty flavors of the brew creating a nice chewy base for those two flavors. The medium carbonation furthermore keep it rather refreshing still and created a rather nice feel for the brew overall.

Overall – This was much tastier and thicker tasting then I would have originally expected for a brew of only 4.2 % abv. This makes for a nice sipping summer day brew while sitting outside and enjoying the sun.

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Photo of Broman
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale orange beer under a millimeter of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Some citrus tones mostly. Virtually no aroma beyond the citrus. Maybe a hint of blandness if that makes sense.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation bite gives way quickly to a medium body liquid that stays fresh seemingly forever on the palet.

Taste- A few things going on here. Some citrus, mango, a hint of sour taste. The flavors seem afraid to come forward, then just as quickly disappear with little taste left on the palet.

Overall- Better than average, but not really worth a second one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Breckenridge's Agave Wheat is brewed in the style of a Pale Wheat Ale with Agave nectar added, although it's listed here as an herbed/spiced ale, I'd argue that it isn't that far off from a pale wheat ale to count. No bottle date, purchased on discount at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white crispy head over a mildly hazy golden amber body with ample relaxed carbonation and below average retention. Lacing is not to be found. Looks aren't the prime winner in this beer, and I was frankly surprised by the poor head quality despite being a wheat-based beer. 2.5

(Smell) Smells very much like a pale wheat ale. There's a bit of bitter grassy notes and sourness in the aroma, with a musty wheat base. Smells a bit unclean and old. The body seems a bit shallow and potency is shallow as well. 2.75

(Taste) Flavor is a bit more focused than the aroma, with a moderate wheat malt base and a notable agave sweetness, not too overdone, either. A faded citrus note is a welcome perk in addition to the malty body, but a more dominant citrus hop base would be truly ideal to pair with the agave nectar. There's not a lot going on beyond the malt sweetness and wheat base, but for a simple beer, this one is drinkable and the sweetness doesn't go overboard. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild chewy aroma with a very faint carbonation presence, a touch of sticky resin, and a slightly moist finish. Body is medium/high for the style, and medium overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. It could have balanced out better with a little spritz in the carbonation. 3.25

(Overall) Despite some initial suspicions that this wouldn't go too well. I'm still contempt with labeling this a pale wheat ale, but it's a bit heavier bodied as a result of the Agave sweetness, yet remains simple and drinkable without being too heavy a drinker. 3

Breckenridge Brewery's
Agave Wheat

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Photo of YardmanFTB
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agave Wheat is one of the few wheat beers that you come across that does not have a sweet fruit overpowering the wheat and ale characteristics of the beer. However the agave sugars does bring a little something extra to the table. Overall I'm a fan of this beer for what it is.

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Photo of Mojo
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is unfiltered but it still pours up nearly crystal clear with a one and half finger white lacing and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is sort of bready, maybe wheat, even rye. Taste is sort of spicy sweet apples with not much in the way of hops to balance it out. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Just okay, but this one would be very sessionable due to low ABV and easy drinkability.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer in comparison to Wolaver's Organic Wildflower Wheat and was quite disappointed. A good unfiltered wheat, but I got no hint of agave flavoring. Drinkable yet unremarkable - smell was very wheat-y and there is a hint of lemon rind, which can be found in the taste, however it is missing a sharp acidic sweetness that would have really rounded it out in my opinion

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a moderate, persistent off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is thin and glass-coating.

Aroma: Abundant tangy wheat malt is paired off against juicy lemon rind.

Taste: Opens with a strong, tart wheat malt flavor, as well as an abundance of lemon rind flavors. These citric flavors, presumably from the hops, and the solid malt presence vie for supremacy with each other throughout the taste, neither yielding any ground, not even at the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This would be an excellent beer for a warm (or hot) summer day. Its January,, in the late afternoon, and its 75F outside, so it almost seems like early summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow in color, hazy, with a fairly large white head. Loads and loads of carbonation. The side of the glass has lots of carbonation bubbles stuck to it, and the beer looks like an upside-down waterfall of CO2 bubbles. Not much lacing, just some small patches of bubbles.

S: I get some fruity scents that smell mostly like oranges. It's very faint.

T: The thing that pops out the most is what I would surmise is agave. It's a fruit-like flavor that is slightly sharp then mellows out. The wheat follows up in the aftertaste. The fruit flavor quickly becomes forgettable while drinking and fades away in the palate, leaving a mediocre wheat beer in its place.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, with a brightness of carbonation. It is filling and refreshing.

O: Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer, but nothing to jump up and take notice of. I would have preferred a stronger wheat beer with a more robust wheat flavor to compliment the agave character. I probably wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy dark honey color. Almost like unfiltered cider. Very minimal head. Leaves spotted lacing dots.

S-Very slight in the aroma department. Lightly fruity with sweet yeasts. Powdery wheat; bottom of the cereal box. Agave?

T-Well mixed wheat and bread. Again, agave? Not sure. Drinks easy enough. Dried biscuit and paler fruits.

M-Fuller than its ABV. No trace of alcohol. A bit powdery feeling.

O/D-Interesting enough. Wasn't sure what to expect. No really my cut o' meat though.

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Photo of Sweetjimmyb
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosty mug. Cloudy gold appearance. A fine head, I have a cold do smell unknown. Nice micro brew bite with a typically wonderful wheat beer flavor. I really enjoyed this beer. I need to add more content so blah blah blah blah blah bitty blah. There was an old lady she lived in a shoe man her house smelled.

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

Pored from a 12 oz bottle.

Super high carbonation. Some beer came out bubbling just right out of bottle.

Pale golden color with high haze. Over two fingers thick head. Decent lacing on the sides. Good number of bubbles.

Smells a lot of wheat cloves, phenols and sweetness. Some minor banana.

Taste: A little disappointing in that sweetness is not well balanced. Some carbonation derived astringency. Noble hops. Sweet dry finish.

Mouth feel: Easy drinking fresh and fuxxy. Light medium feel. High on carbonation

A good beer for a summer day which i am drinking just to try.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours very hazy orange with a one finger of a white head. This wheat beer has notes of lemon grass, onion and wheat of course. A light dark fruit flavors. Not too earthy or spicy. More sweet and sugary then anything. Not too bitter or dry. A slight smooth feel. Easy drinking. A very average wheat beer.

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Photo of SithStatus
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good wheat beer by a great brewery.
On the nose: wheat, citrus, floral
On the palate: well rounded wheat, crisp, slight sweetness, light but flavorful

This beer is not going to knock your socks off but give it try if you haven't had it. Solid win for Breckenridge...

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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 rangerred
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Poured a hazy straw yellow with a fairly thick 1.5 finger white head.

Some banana and clove in the aroma. Some floral and spiciness as well.

Flavor has mostly clove, banana, and bubblegum and tastes much like a typical hefe. There is a bit of tartness and the agave is detectable but it is quite faint and doesn't really contribute much to the beer.

Overall, a fairly typical, unoffensive hefe that tries to be unique. Not something I would really seek out again.

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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 Lawl3ss
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen tulip. Best-by date 11.23.??.

Look- Hazy pale gold with three fingers of fluffy white foam. Glossy look, reminds me of pulled sugar. Decent retention, fair lacing.

Smell- Bready with a vaguely fruity acrid twang. Almost musky- ripe banana, desiccated lime, and salted pretzels. Don't really know what to make of it, it's a much heavier scent than I was expecting, and could use something to brighten it up.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but the agave is softer and more like sweetened aloe. Spicy with a light crusty bread backbone. Lightly fruity, something like a soft pear/mango mix. Somewhat tart. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Finishes with mace and lemongrass. Aftertaste is pretty distinctly agave. Nice.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body, smooth but present carbonation adds a bit of crispness. Interesting feel, almost doughy, floury finish. I could make a few of these disappear on a hot day, but I'd still like something a bit lighter.

Overall- Pretty good, definitely not a combination you see too often. Worth trying, but it's not going to make my short list.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured a hazy golden orange with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with wonderful lacing. Beautiful looking wheat beer.

S: Very sweet smelling, I'm really getting the agave with hints of honey, orange peel, wheat and a little floral hops. Smells great.

T: First thing I'm getting is the wheat then the sweet agave nectar kicks followed by a nice burst of citrus, clove, a little floral hops and finishes a little yeasty. Overall finish is clean with little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Nice wet and refreshing.

O: Very refreshing and slightly sweet take on wheat beer. Little more sweet than most wheat beers I've had. Worth looking for... Another good brew from Breckenridge.

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Photo of HenryCarr
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed the sweeter wheats and this definitely fit that bill. It's for the lighter, more summery taste and it's quite refreshing. If you like Guinness, you may not like this. If you like Corona, you probably will.

I've never been particular about things like appearance and smell, but that's not to say there's anything wrong with it. Mouthfeel and taste are notable however.

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Photo of russwaddell
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super cloudy but clean tasting wheat ale.

Agave flavor is very mild.

This seems like it would be good for someone who likes Blue Moon but wants to branch out a bit.

I basically don't care for wheat ales unless they are loaded with fruit flavors or in some other way augmented. This is not that. Unless you're a wheat beer fan or just really want a wheat ale I don't see any reason to reach for this one.

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Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery
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