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Hoosier Honey Wheat | Bee Creek Brewery

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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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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 46
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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