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: 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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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 JKrout
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This poured a nice golden color. Didn't have much of a head, but that was probably more my fault than the beer (I was in a hurry to try it and didn't pour it as carefully as I should have).

Smell: Nice mix of wheat and honey

Taste: I really liked the flavor. Nice balance between the honey and wheat. A bit of an alcohol kick as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Crisp.

Drinkability: This went down fairly well. It's light enough for a warm summer evening, but the warming effect of the alcohol worked well on a cool fall night too.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5%

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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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to Lukafer for this beer!

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with light brown hues in there. One finger white head shows good retention and dies down to a light cap on the beer. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass with little bits sinking back into the beer.

S- Light floral tones to this in the front. Banana and clove comes into play next. Light sweet honey notes make the beer come to life more in the nose. Light alcohol in the backend brings everything together.

T- Honey stands out more in the front which I find really interesting. Banana and cloves come out in the middle with some light wheat flavors coming into the backing. Alcohol and sweet honey comes up on the end. The honey I was surprised came about and was a dominate flavor in the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Honey, banana, and clove are left on the palate with honey and alcohol long into the aftertaste. Flavors are well blended and balanced. Alcohol has light drying on the palate. Flavors are clean and crisp.

D- This beer is very good. The alcohol is very well hidden and makes this drinkable. I was surprised with this beer and look forward to their other creations. Fantastic beer I couldn't get enough of it.

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Photo of MichaelBurns
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of quintonmaximoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Kaiser81
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Hayesz.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone RIS snifter.

A - A hazy amberish orangish that has about a finger and a half width of head. It stays nicely leaving some lacing on my glass.

S - Lots of fruits and spices, and a touch of honey. I can't quite pick out which fruits. It's almost like light citrus mixed with pineapple and/or kiwi...something like that. It's quite nice.

T - Taste kind of follows the nose. There are a mix of fruit tastes going on, with some spice, and a bit of sweetness...from the honey? But there's this kind of flavor, like cheap alcohol, that lingers. I'm not digging that.

M - Light body with high carbonation...maybe a bit too high.

D - It's ok. Good for a warm summer's day, but not something I'd specifically choose to drink.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey blonde with a fat soapy head of dense white suds that leave scraps of lace on the glass. Wheat malt and honey aromas are pretty strong in the nose. Soft banana, honey and plenty of wheat malt tang to keep it in order. A little bit on the lighter side of medium bodied. Either the recipe has changed/been perfected or I had a bad bottle of this the first time I tried it. A good beer if you like honey, it's a little much for me.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden in color and very transparent. Good amount of carbonation, fizzy.

Smell: Smells very sweet and of honey, very slight yeast smell on the backend

Taste: Very good flavor. For a comparison I'd say it's similar to Gumballhead from 3 Floyd's, but sweeter. It's sweet and the presence of honey is very noticeable. One of the guys I was with said it reminded him of some kind of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Is very light and carbonated. It's almost like drinking a soda.

Drinkability: Is highly drinkable. Is both flavorful and light. The 7% may surprise and isn't overly present.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was something new and had a higher alcohol content than most other Pale Wheat Ales. I really appreciated how genuine this interpretation on the Pale Wheat was. I'd recommend picking up this six pack if you can. It's a good summer session beer with a subtle kick.

Edit: After having this beer several times I can say that there is a lot of "batch" variation. Now it seems to feature more honey that it did initially and doesn't feature the hoppiness it used to. I officially retract my statement that it's anything like Gumballhead since the first batches of this are superior to today's product.

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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 PDXHops
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 Ryan011235
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/8/10

Thanks to livewire78

I could tell on the pour this is a densely hazy beer. Pineapple gold with highlights of apricot in the middle, it's certainly apparent how cloudy it is; almost to the point of fruit smoothie. A one & a half finger head rose & fell pretty quickly with audible carbonation. Minimal retention & basically no lace until the end of the glass.

Wheat & toasted grains suggest a standard-fare aroma; one with a penchant for grassiness. However, there are several other subtle complexities that greatly improve the overall effect: wisps of honey, airy around the edges; light fruits - banana, apple & orange peel; a dash of clove & faint undertones of yeast. Pretty nice.

To taste, Hoosier Honey Wheat takes the structure of the nose & flips it around a bit. Apple, pear & banana hit upfront in conjunction with citrus zest & spicy clove. This seamlessly gives way to a solid wheat backdrop of toasted grains. Similar to the nose, the honey notes are far more modest than I had expected. Rather, they are very well ingrained with the rest of the flavors.

Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation that accentuates the spiciness. At first I though there was far too much carbonation, but it's mellowed out a little (still a tad much for my taste, but not bad). Seems like a spot of grittiness is in there but it's hard to tell with the carbonation. Wheat, clove & honey residuals linger. No appreciable alcohol. Seriously, 7.5% abv?

Hoosier Honey Wheat is quite the easy drinking beer. The weather is slightly cool & drizzly right now which may not be the choice conditions for enjoying this beer, but it's solid regardless. I'd imagine it would make for a decent "gateway" into craft beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Nothin' like sippin' on a nice APWA while listening to Dream Theater's "As I Am". (If you haven't heard the album "Train of Thought", check it out now!) This bottle is left over from the infamous DLD/Grand Prix trip (big thanks to B-Hight for procuring the goods!). The beer pours a clear pale golden straw, though something tells me it aspires to one day have some haze of its own (not bloody likely...I ain't made o' money, con sarn it!). Somewhere around a finger of white foamy head grows at the surface, diminishing to a constant shadow of its former self. Bubbles stream from the base, giving gravity the finger while shouting out to champagnes of years gone by. As Sam Cooke croons "(What a) Wonderful World", I take a sniff: A healthy dose of deep honey hits my 'strils, a rare occurrence for beers that claim to include bees' means. Some light wheat and floral notes are there, too, but don't try very hard to stand out (fuckin' wallflowers...). Boston's "Amanda" is now underway...which means I'm taking way too damn long in finishing this review. The taste shows a definite honey influence, but some blunt bitterness ensures that the proceedings are not dominated by bee-borne sweetness. That vague sense of grainy wheat returns, begging for a sequel to showcase its "awesome talent" (its words, not mine). Ain't gonna happen, though. As some badass guitar work makes me realize that "I could be happy the rest of my life with a cinnamon girl", I note that the body is fairly light and has a lightly moderate carbonation. I gotta say, for a random Hoosier brew that came to my attention by chance, this guy turned out pretty tastily. Now, I'm gonna finish this glass and continue rockin' out. Prosit!

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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 Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of robwestcott
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured with a thick amber color into a dogfish head signature glass with 1/2 finger head.

very crisp, nice summer brew.

immediate impression of honey, spices and fruit - orange ?, banana ?

abv @ 7.5, but it sure doesn't seem like it. easily a beer you could drink on the porch all night.

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Photo of vurt
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle enjoyed with route66pubs and lighttreason. (Thanks folks!)

Beautiful honey gold tinted with orange. Not just hazy, this one is full-on cloudy. Not much retention in the snowy white, finely beaded head, though a sturdy collar of foam persists to the bottom of the glass.

Good spicy, phenolic character. Plenty of cloves and bubblegum. Sweet honey mixes with an unexpected bit of lemony tartness and a hint of funk like a berliner weisse. Overall, it's good but not quite great.

Improves nicely upon the nose. Definite honey sweetness right up front, on top of a good bready wheat and malt base. Very spicy through the middle, which lightens the sweetness. A drop of tartness leads into a long finish with plenty of grain and honey. The finish lingers and takes on a delicious, rich butterscotch note at the very end.

Almost creamy. Medium bodied and smooth. Coats the palate until the lively carbonation scrubs it clean in preparation for the next sip.

Well, the bottle says 7.5%, but it drinks as if it was half that. A little too heavy to have more than 1 or 2. A tasty and satisfying example of a style I don't usually reach for. I hadn't heard of this beer or this brewery before. But after enjoying this beer, I'd be more than happy to try other offerings from Bee Creek Brewery. Worth seeking out.

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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 route66pubs
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, thick golden color, with a very thick white 2-finger head from a hard pour. Lack of clearness indicates an unfiltered brew rich in honey.

Honey and wheat overwhelm the aroma ... with the honey sweetness lingering long in the nose.

Good honey flavor, but seems to not have a lot more. This, however, is a great thing. The honey sweetness makes this one incredibly tasty, delightful, easy-drinking beer. It may lack depth and nuance, but no one can fault this beer for that. It perfectly straightforward with absolutely nothing getting in its way. And its quite delectable for it.

Crisp, tiny bubbles play wonders all over your tongue and mouth. A delight from the lips to the back of the mouth and on down the throat. This is a beer I could thoroughly enjoying sipping on through all of Los Angeles' hot summer days. Refreshing, to be sure.

7%ABV? Where the hell did that came from? If it were not for that, I could definitely consider this a session beer. I could drink this all night and the next day and never stop enjoying it. Nothing about this makes it seem like it can get in the way. If I had a case, I'd happily consider polishing it all off right now. (That's a hint for the ISO threads, by the way!)

Overall, while this may not be an outstanding beer in terms of knocking your socks off with something different, this beer is very straightforward and exactly what you would expect. And you have to love it for that. Very easy-going and enjoyable, this could easily be my every day beer if it were brewed local to me. Thanks to livewire78 for the trade, and especially for that second bottle of it!

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"I had a bananer in there"- Junior Soprano S,6

Thanks Oglmcdgl for the split & thanks to the trader who provided it.

Hoosier honey looks a bit darker than many APWA I've had. A mix of muddled yellow with golden trimmings and a shade of light tan. The foam reached a quarter inch appearing off-white and then jetted, no lace.

The smell is straight bananas, not bananas in a over the top way but just a rush of the mushed bananers. Under that a bit of wheat and some alcohol escapes as well. A good amount of pale malts as well make for a big sweetness mixed with light honey.

Perhaps Bee Creek should of named this Hoosier Banana Wheat as it would of been more appropriate. It's the main taste mixed in with some malted barley and small drops of honey. Banana in the front, honey and small wheat in the middle, alcohol and malt afterwards. The banana remains.

A step below medium in build. This is quite thicker than most in the style, it does not go down easy and light enough. Carb is there but gets masked a bit under the thickish coat. Sweet in the mouth with a hit of heat. There is nothing pale about this. The drinkability suffers because, well, I just don't like it. I finished my glass real quick, no need to warm this up.

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