Hoosier Honey Wheat | Bee Creek Brewery

Hoosier Honey WheatHoosier Honey Wheat
46 Ratings
Hoosier Honey WheatHoosier Honey Wheat

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 Brettster
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Hoosier Honey Wheat pours a heavy golden color with one finger white head that faded fairly quickly.

I can smell the sweet honey and hints of fruit. There is also a slight hint of alcohol and hops in the nose.

Very well balanced honey wheat. In my opinion some honey wheats are just too sweet. This one is just right. There is also a very slight hop and alcohol bite at the end, but not too pronounced. The wheat gives this beer a very smooth mouthfeel.

It is very drinkable for the 7% alcohol. Although I wouldn't drink too many.

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

Pours a nice deep golden color with some very nice head (especially for a wheat beer) and nice lacing. Good aroma, nice summer wheat scents with a sweet honey tinge; nice crispness toned down by the honey. Great taste, a thick and rich wheat beer with a wonderful honey flavor; nice cross between a wheat beer and a mead. A little roughness going down from the high ABV, but still quite nice. Tried both warm and cold and prefer the warm version for its higher honey and wheat attributes, although the warm version also has a more pronounced alcohol tinge. A great Indiana beer made with Indiana honey.

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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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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little mini trade if you will with ryan01119284829429240274272842498. (The guy below this review).

I got this beer home and noticed the cap wasnt sealed fully and the beer was even leaking out around the neck a little bit. I figured it would have been totally flat and not worth a damn, but to my surprise I got a little hiss from the cap and a nice head.

A- So despite a loose cap it seems no carbonation was lost. I got a two finger high white head. The beer is very clouded. More clouded than many other APWAs Ive seen, which is a very good thing. Its a dirty pale orange color.

S- Bananas and honey. Its quite nice. Both are very strong with the banana being dominant. Many true hefeweizens struggle to achieve a smell this strong on nice banana and clove. There is also a bit of leafy hops.

T- Lots more banana and honey. Its quite sweet. I cant get over how strong the banana taste and smell is in this beer. Its very intense. I hope they didnt use some artificial flavorings... Its mostly all wheat, banana, slight clove and bubblegum and honey til the finish where some leafy hops come around and try to tie down the sweetness.

M- Sharp carbonation, dry finish and a medium, fluffy body.

D- Where the hell is this 7%+ ABV?!? I had to readjust my drinkablility score. Once I really dove into this beer I realized it was going away fast.

I didnt really expect much from this beer. It was just one pretty much given to me. I hadnt ever heard of this brewery let alone the town from which they operate, but I am thoroughly surprised. I want more... Thanks Ryan!

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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 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 livewire78
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden honey color-duh. Head is nice and pillowy white with decent retention. Minimal lacing but I don't care.

I get bananas, hops, clove?, and honey in the nose. It's pleasant but I wasn't expecting all the banana. Reminds me of a Hef. Not the old man with the 22 year old girlfriends.

This is where the beer shines. The flavor profile is simple and complex at the same time. Banana, hops, clove with a small tinge of pale malt do at least 3 laps around the taste buds before every swallow. The longer you hold it in your mouth the deeper and more prevelant the flavors become. There is a balance here that outshines every other wheat I've personally had.

Mouthfeel is pretty light. Typical for a wheat. No used motor oil here.

I could session this for a whole night...come to think of it I have. The 7.5% would sneak up and kick your ass if you did though as it did mine.

I sure hope this brewery makes more beers because this is actually pretty outstounding for a wheat.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5%

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 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 mbp2679
4/5  rDev +5%

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 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 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 Brez07
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company glass. Thanks to livewire78

A: Slightly cloudy light orange with some visible carbonation. Small amount of white head with decent retention. No lacing [edit: took a while to form, but there ended up being some lacing towards the end of the glass]

S: Floral notes, honey, sweet fruit, bubblegum, banana and cloves. Similar to a hefeweizen, but sweeter

T: While not present in the nose, wheat comes out here. As in the smell, this is like a sweet version of a hefeweizen

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Dry finish

D: This drinks very easy with no sign of it being 7%. Great beer to drink on this hot summer day. Glad I have another sitting in the fridge

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

Pours a nice golden color, hazy, with sizable head that quickly dissapates.

I get a faint spiciness on the aroma, perhaps from the Belgian yeast. There is also a sweet honey smell present but not overpowering. Some banana is also there typical of a hefeweizen.

The honey is unsurprisingly up front. After the honey a lot of the standard hefeweizen flavors make an appearance - banana, clove, malted wheat. The sweetness on finish is more of a bubble gum though.

The beer feels a lot heavier than expected. There is a bit of dryness and good carbonation.

The booze is well hidden, but it definitely drinks more like a 7% beer because of the heaviness.

Overall I think this was a solid effort. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but considering it was a regional trade extra I doubt I will come across it again. I am curious as how this compares to Gumbalhead, which I will actually be cracking open soon.

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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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