Hoosier Honey Wheat | Bee Creek Brewery

very good
36 Reviews
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 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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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 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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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 OakedCanuck
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to robwestcott for this extra.
12 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint.

A - 2 fingers bright white head. Lots of carbonation that fizzed through review. Little to no lacing. Cloudy to dull orange. A dozen or so dark sediment pieces that sank immediately.

S - Yeasty, touch of honey and clove.

T - Prominent banana, then came the honey and a nice clove finish. Some alcohol heat on the back end.

M - A little (surprisingly) strong but refreshing. Stayed at the back of the throat a little longer than I would have liked.

D - I was a little surprised with this one. This is not my favorite style but I was decently impressed. I don't think I'd want to drink more than 2 in a row, but this is a good little APWA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
3.81 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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