Hoosier Honey Wheat | Bee Creek Brewery

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Hoosier Honey WheatHoosier Honey Wheat

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Bee Creek Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This beer is brewed with an addition of Indiana clover honey. The use of Weihenstephan Weizen yeast gives this wheat beer a hint of clover, orange, and banana flavors that blends well wiht the added wheat malt to produce a crisp, refreshing ale."

Added by JamesS on 11-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 36
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pale amber, clear with a thick head on top

SMELL: Alcohol, ripe plantains, bandaids, powdered clove, citric rind, taffy, pound cake

TASTE: Smooth, bigger body, malt sweetness, bready, grainy, ripe fruit, fruit cake, banana pudding, spicy, medicinal, white chocolate

Holy bananas! This beer came out of left field ... did not anticipate this, it is not like I had lower than expected hopes for this beer. Great taming of the German wheat yeast, alcoholic yet not anything crazy which keeps the drinkability in check in a good but deceiving way. Amazing.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orangish color, small head. Smells of wheat, honey, bananas, oranges, and yeast. Tastes very yeasty, but I can really taste the honey as well. Taste finishes with banana. Weak finish, but tastes nice anyway. Very light with quite a bit of carbonation. Not bad. Not particularly special, but not bad.

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Photo of richkrull
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from my buddy SuperNova777.

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color. Not much head at all.

Smell is malt, wheat and yeast. Not too bad.

Taste is full of honey. Good malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Maybe a little overcarbonated for my likely. Very bubbly.

Overall a pretty good beer. I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

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Photo of ncmussell
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received as an extra in trade. Nice one finger white foamy head. Smells likes a hefeweizen and frankly tastes like one too. Nice clove and banana on the nose. A little honey but not a ton. I think this is actually really well done and I would definitely seek out more in the future. The German yeast really shows through here that differentiates it from your normal american wheat.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color, decent head that dissapated quickly, fair amount of carbonation, some sediment.

S: Very light aroma - not over powering as well as light smells of clove, some fruit, and a hint of honey.

T: Wheat, clove, banana, citrus, and a hint of honey as well. The ABV is slightly noticeable.

M: Medium to light. Good carbonation.

O: I tend to really like wheat beers on hot days when I'm really thirsty. This one can work but the alchohol is a bit higher than most. Pretty good stuff though.

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Photo of HosP
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this but finally found one on the shelf. 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours hazy golden color. Some sediment at the bottom. Fluffy white head that retains well.

A- Interesting nose. Sweet smell with hints of banana and citrus back and forth. Some spice comes at the end.

T- Sweet taste up front. A little banana and honey tastes are present, but stay to the background. Some citrus hop flavors in the middle. Nice bitterness to cut the sweetness. Got a lot of carbonation that took away from the flavors though.

M- Medium body, but pretty light. Over carbonated that brought down the beer.

D- The flavors were different and nice. Take out the carbonation factor and it would have been a much better beer with the flavors going together nicely. Hope to pick up some more of this to try it out again.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to aasher for sending me this brew. Great to sample from brewery I've yet to try.

Label states 7.5% ABV, slightly above what's listed here.

Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden color with yellow highlights. 1-2 finger off-white head formed densely but didn't retain well. Nose of bananas, cloves, and lavender with the yeast-driven phenolics being most prominent. More of the banana character making its way to the palette. Hop bitterness is medium-light and a medium finish borders on lightly sweet. Medium-full in bodied with a moderate-high carbonation, nearly spritzy.

Overall a moderately refreshing wheat ale though I don't feel this fits the style well due to an overwhelming presence of non-American yeast character.

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Photo of lsrose
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on 5/6/11. No date to be found, but bottle clearly labeled 7.5% ABV rather than 7.0%.

A - Beer had a lot of sediment at the bottom. I was unsure if this was yeast or added honey so I swirled it around to free it up. This left it with an opaque hazy golden color. Otherwise it might have been a clear golden lager color. It poured a bright white head that left a solid coating.

S - Bananas, and then maybe some honey flavored bananas?

T - Again, a lot of banana taste and some honey.

This beer is very drinkable for 7.5%. Just too much banana flavor though for me. Was really hoping for more honey kick. Does make a nice local beer to try. I want to try their coffee stout as well and almost snagged it too.

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

A: Pours a light golden color that has a think white head and shows lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells of clove, banana, and some honey.

T: Follows the smell for the most part. Lots of clove and banana with a bit of citrus.

M: Medium with some nice carbonation.

D: Medium to high.

The honey is not overpowering here, but adds a nice bit of sweetness.

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Photo of nickd717
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down this whale thanks to aasher.

Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly effervescent white head which stops short of totally disappearing.

Very nice aroma of hefeweizen yeast (banana, citrus, and clove), wheat, honey, sweet malt, and floral notes. I can believe they used Weihenstephan yeast here.

The flavor is good, although the alcohol comes through a little more than I'd like. Behind that are honey, wheat, and lots of orange. Banana and clove on the finish.

Medium-light bodied, as it should be, and a little on the boozy side.

This is pretty nice for a wheat ale overall, but I'll take an actual Weihenstephan beer over what they've created from the yeast here.

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Cloudy gold body with lazy carbonation and white head that's little more than a skim, but it does leave some scattered lacing.

The beer's description and the hearty dose of banana and clove suggest this isn't necessarily an 'American Pale Wheat Ale' (per BAs description) at all, but some sort of hybrid. A darn tasty one, too. Tastes more or less just like it smells: full of banana, cloves and wheat, with a certain yeastiness and a fair amount of fruit- apple, pear, perhaps something else from the orchard. Just a touch of honeyish sweetness. The feel is on the thick side of medium, but the carbonation is more than enough to keep things moving along. The lack of booziness makes this one potentially dangerous.

Overall impression: Easy recommendation for one of those local gems that never would have been on my radar. The appearance rating drags my overall score down a notch or 2, but let the record show this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow in color with a two and a half finger pillowy white head. Really good retention.

Aroma: Bananna, a touch of citrus and some breadiness in the aroma. Very sweet but not overpowering.

Taste: Bananna and honey upfront. The honey is actually very nice and not overpowering or cloying at all. A little touch of citrus in there too. Clean and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Works nicely with the refreshing aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: Very smooth for the ABV, but the ABV is high for this style and makes me think I would stop at a couple.

Overall, a nice clean interpretation of the style. The honey is really nice. Not something that will blow you away, but all around solid.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very unique brew from Bee Creek Brewery of Brazil, Indiana -- a small town just outside of Terre Haute, IN where I picked up a six pack at Bourbon & Canal, a beer and wine store two weeks ago.

This beer looks and smells like Three Floyd's Gumballhead on steroids.. Not a wimpy beer at all. The addition of honey also reminds me of Bell's Hoplam, minus the intense hop kick, but with a 7 percent ABV that is up front and bites back.

According to the Bee Creek website, this is Bee Creek's signature beer..

"The use of Weihenstephan Weizen yeast gives this wheat beer a hint of clover, orange, and banana flavors that blends well with the added wheat malt to produce a crisp, refreshing ale perfect for any time of year."

I say "great job" Bee Creek. Looking forward to trying your other brews.

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Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of off white head that leaves decent lacing.  Smells are wheat, a little honey, banana, slight citrus and some sweet malts.  Tastes are yeast followed by honey, some banana and some wheat.  The yeast really shines and the honey sticks out but isn't too over the top.  Really nicely balanced, very surprised and impressed.  Mouthfeel is good with good carbonation and drinkability is very high.   I didn't expect this caliber of beer from such a new company.   This is a very, very good wheat beer.

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Photo of sdawson
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in an awesome trade from livewire78. Thanks so much!!!

Hoosier Honey wheat poured with a thick white head and long-lasting lacing. The color was a mix of tans, peaches, and ambers; quite a nice looking beer for the style. It smelled strongly of canned peaches and banana -- nearly sweet and tropical. I was glad that the taste was not near as cloying as it's aroma might suggest -- this is a delicious honey wheat beer with the familiar note of banana, mixed with papaya, grasses, and apricot nectar. The drink-ability of this one is super deceptive and doesn't taste near the stated ABV. I'd easily make this a "regular buy" if it was a local, and am incredibly happy with this beer.

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Hoosier Honey Wheat from Bee Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 46 ratings