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 mwa423
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a slightly hazy light gold with two fingers of white head that died down to a solid lacing that stuck around for longer than I expected.

S - Light wheat aroma along with honey sweetness. Imagine that, eh? Actually a bit fuller taste than you get out of most American Pale Wheat Ales.

T - I had my hopes built up for the taste of this, but the taste just doesn't deliver. The first taste is alcohol, like a shot of bad vodka. Next, the wheat flavor comes out a bit along with a bit of citrus zing. If that was all the flavor was, we would be looking at a higher taste score. The aftertaste is something like a strange mix of hard liquor and honey. Probably what I would get if I attempted to infuse vodka with honey.

M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh and unenjoyable. This beer is hard to choke down and not what I would call drinkable. I'm considering finding a funnel to drink this through.

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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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Photo of oglmcdgl
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split with onix1agr.

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a small cap of white foam.

S- big time bananas and dipped in honey and served on wheat bread.

T- sweet honey and a malty hit. Lots of wheat bread a bit of bananas and cloves. Ever so faint booziness with some warming.

M- light to medium body and medium carb. Semi dry finish.

D- nice stuff, very refreshing but nothing I'd seek 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 SirSketch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - First pours golden yellow until the yeast slurry is added, making it slightly cloudy and slightly more orange in color. A white head clings.

S - Honey is very apparent and comes off much like the smell of honeysuckle. Sweet wort sort of maltiness. Powdery, yeasty bread dough. Some bubblegum. Intriguing, for sure.

T - Honey tastes similar to mead. Bready yeast makes up a lot of the flavor. Some lemon zest, but not really any citrus character. Alcohol is overt, which makes sense with the slightly higher abv for a wheat (7.5%).

M/D - Mouth is kind of thin, but refreshing, even for the high abv. Interesting beer with a small-batch or homebrew character to it that actually makes the beer more personal. I'd like to try more from Bee Creek.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Hoosier Honey Wheat from Bee Creek Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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