Archangel Summer Wheat | North Peak Brewing Company

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Archangel Summer WheatArchangel Summer Wheat

Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by hosehead83 on 07-19-2010

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of marcb105
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.5 oz. "stubby" brown bottle, made with "Michigan cherry juice" on the label
Poured into a dimpled English "pot" pint glass
Deep, amber/russet in color, with a nice cloud deck of white foam. Nice looking beer.
Aroma-Wheat, with crushed cherry essence
Taste-Subtle cherry tartness, wheat grain-Crisp, and very refreshing. Cherry flavor not overdone, nicely balanced and very drinkable. A great Northern Michigan warm weather session brew.
(Note: Incorrectly classified as an American Pale Ale--Should be classified as an American Wheat Ale--Sorry for any confusion-hosehead83)

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz. stubby bottle.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange gold with a giant mushroom cloud of light beige head. There is plenty of carbonation in this thing, that's for sure. Nose of tart cherries and raspberries mixed with soft wheat and some nice funk.

Taste starts with some slightly grainy wheat malt up front. Quickly becomes tart and fruity with healthy doses of tart cherries and raspberries. Mild sourness with a bit of funk really helps the fruit in this beer shine. Pie crust and wheat bread provide a nice foundation for the tart and almost-sweet fruit. Moderate body with a sparkling, refreshing feel. Tasty and refreshing--perfect for summer!

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Photo of Blueribbon666
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Pours into dimpled mug a full amber color with little to no head retention though carbonation is evident.
Smells of wheat and cherries both up in the front.
Taste/Mouthfeel, a very well done balanced mix of tangy crisp wheat with a nice cherry finish that ends crisp and clean.
Another interesting entry from this brewery. A good, easy drinking yet flavorful summer beer who's cherry flavor isn't overwhelming in the sweetness. Would definitely recommend and get again for the warmer weather.

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Photo of stashcraft08
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours with a slight haze, gold to amber body, 1” persistent white head S: Banana, clove, light wheat toast.
T: Fresh bread crust and wheat malt with very slight clove and banana – less than on the nose. Slightly tart, sour finish.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A not outstanding but easy to drink summer wheat.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of stevedem
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so bear with me.

The beer poured a nice light copper color with a thick cream head. The went down, but never went away.

The smell was yeasty and kind of wheat like.

I had it right out of the fridge at first and the taste was pleasantly bitter, wheaty, and had a slight coppery note to it. After I let it warm a little it became much more pleasant after the bitterness held off a bit and the copper note disappeared. After it warmed up I could notice a bit of a tartness which may be from the cherry juice or the alcohol or both, but it was nice.

It's pretty smooth and light, but not so thin as to be watery. There a bit of thickness to it, like a berry juice, that sits really well on the tongue.

Overall, I think it's a nice beer. It's very drinkable and I'd get it again for sure. It's a beer you can drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep bronze, a thick orange brown, with a deeper, more murky opaqueness than expected. Upon the pour, a white head billows huge, so much that i have to pause several times and wait for recession. It fades just as quickly as it forms, however, leaving a fairly heavy foam. Ultimately, there's not much lacing left behind.
A tart cherry and wheat mingle at the forefront in the aroma, with a dusty yeast note rounding it out. There's enough of both dry malts and floral and citric hops notes not to detract, but give it a real beer character these styles can sometimes lack.
The cherry is much less evident in the flavor, choosing instead to be in the background, but it is most definitely a genuine flavor, like cherry juice from concentrate. Wheat is left to form the backbone and does so well, resting the malts on it. Hops allow this beer to be what it is without either interfering or lacking. Toward the finish, the cherry at first seems to go sour due to the interplay with the hops bitterness before the yeast pulls through, balancing it out with a grainy earthiness and, underneath it all, just the lightest kiss of sweetness.
The body is light to medium, certainly appropriate for the style and an ample carbonation isn't overdone. Toward the end of each sip it seems to have thinned out a touch, but feels thicker as it warms. The same goes for the crispness; at first crisp but not very, it really bites as it warms and continues to do so when the smoothness pulls through.

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Photo of heissebier
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, cloudy amber color with an enormous fluffy white head. The head settles down some after awhile but never fades completely.

Smell- Some of your "typical" banana wheat beer smells mixed in with dark cherries and a kind of funky yeast. Definitely plenty of character in this beer.

Taste- The sour, tart fruitiness balances nicely with the wheat with a kind of funky flavor persisting throughout. Really a thoughtfully brewed beer with a very unique flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Perfect for summer.

Drinkability- This is a damn good beer, all things considered, though it's not for everyone.

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Photo of Spica66
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Matt for bringing this one to our family reunion in Manistee!

A: Pale color with a slightly reddish hue to it. Decent carbonation.

S: I can definitely smell the cherry in there, but it fits well with the sweet smelling malt that is present.

T: A sweet-tart lager. I tasted the cherry, several of the people who were trying this beer with me did not. I would say that it is really well done to have it be that subtle.

M: Creamy, good carbonation.

D: Although fruit beers and lager are not my thing, this one is really drinkable.

Overall, a good summer lager.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat 11.5 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, silty amber color with an ample 2" ivory-colored head that reduces slowly.

Has a pungent grassy smell, with hints of cherry, malt, and apple.

Tart and fruity, with a clean start, and a quick finish. Cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes are present up front, mild malt in the middle, and a semi-dry finish.

This is a clean, light bodied brew, excellent for summer, and very easy drinking.

While I'm not a fan of fruit-flavored beers, or of wheat beers for that matter, I could definitely see hoisting a few of these in the summer sun. This could give Oberon a run for its money as far as easy drinking summer wheat beers.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-posted review. It incorrectly got dinged as "reviewing the wrong beer."

Bottle dated July 2110 poured into a weizen glass.

A- A liberal pour left a huge, off-white (nearing tan) head Even later, gentle pours left big heads. The body is a deep golden-copper (reddish hues throughout), with moderate carbonation. It's slightly cloudy. A bottle swirl deposits sediment throughout the body. The head eventually settles to about 1-finger and leaves fluffy webbing on the glass.

S- Really subtle. There's definitely wheat and cherry characteristics with some pleasant yeast mustyness. The cherry isn't forced or overdone in any way.

T- It's more of a wheat beer with cherry accents than a "cherry beer." Very good in that way. It doesn't lose the "beer properties" as a fruit beer. The cherry notes are sweet at first and become tart in the finish, really drying things out. Yeasty goodness adds to the enjoyment.

M- Slightly gritty (good in my view). Carbonation is full, but soft instead of harsh. Dry tartness.

D- This one is kind of greater than the sum of its parts. Flavored beers often hit you over the head with fruit. This one keeps it subtle. Makes for a more refreshing beer. Am I going to seek it out, probably not. Glad I had it, and would drink it again. Pretty solid summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-23-2010 04:26:10

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Photo of malty
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their (becoming) famous 11.5 oz. stubby bottle with no freshness dates or codes to be found. This has to be a new offering as it's the first I've ever seen of it.

Poured into my (becoming) famous (at least for my formal reviews) stemmed Ayinger tulip-style glass, producing an attractive pinkish amber hue that's cloudy with banana colored edges. A MASSIVE, Duvel-like meringue ivory head that's extremely airy. It settles into a conical shape with it's apex measuring about 1 1/2" high.

The scent is definitely of sour cherries yeasty/funky esters and a faint vanilla way in the background. This thing is very bright and tart smelling.

The tartness hits the tongue upon entry - just liked I thought it would. The cherry juice addition is pretty well balanced with the soft wheat malt. Not at all over-the-top or syrupy (as I was fearing). A nice flinty mineral flavor melds gracefully with the tart cherry component, giving it an organic 'earthy' dimension. There is a saltine cracker taste that doesn't mesh with all of these aforementioned flavors, which is kind of a bummer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely spritzy. The gargantuan amount fine, kinetic carbonation lends itself well to this ale. Be careful while pouring or you'll get 90% foam. Short, tart and semi-chalky finish.

Drinkability is good. Keep in mind the champagne-like texture to this beer though.

Overall a nifty little summertime firecracker with Belgian qualities. As the beer warms, the unflattering saltine cracker tastes diminishes, which is good in my book. The yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle is substantial. The bottle conditioned carbonation on this is crazy. The lasting impression on me is one of playfulness. It does have one or two suspicious Orval-like characteristics, which make me even more interested and impressed. For now, I'll try not to think to hard and just enjoy this Michigan summer treat.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of donspublic
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear wheat beer. Mild tart finish

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Archangel Summer Wheat from North Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 126 ratings