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Orange Blossom Wheat Beer | Papago Brewing

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Orange Blossom Wheat BeerOrange Blossom Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer. A light American Wheat Ale flavored with Mandarin Orange and Vanilla. Like a liquid old fashioned creamsicle.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer from the tap is slightly bemused golden amber with a tall frothy head that is off white in color and the texture semi-creamy, the resultant lace a thick and clingy sheet upon the glass. Nose has a light hint of orange peal, brisk and clean, also a tad earthy start is sweet with a light grain profile and the top light in feel. Finish is light in acidity, the hops pleasant and the orange like sweetness lingers long, a great summer beer, that when well today in the desert heat.

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Photo of arizcards
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went to Old Chicago after a round of golf yesterday and was surprised to hear they had a PBC brew so I had to give it a shot.

This beer appeared as a cloudy golden orange color with no head. The aroma was very pleasant, sweet oranges and nothing much else. The taste was lightly sweet of oranges, which blended nicely with the malts and hops - very well balanced. Mouthfeel was fuller than what I thought it would be. Overall drinkability was OK. This beer was enjoyable but this is one that you might have one or two pints and then move on to something else.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a big fan of fruit beers but in the Papago tradition they at least made a good one. Talking to the staff they said they decided to create this beer because they could no longer get Grants Mandarin Orange beer that I guess what pretty popular in the valley of the sun.

The beer isn't quite a clone of the Grant's Mandarin Orange. It is more like a creamsicle flavor with Orange and Vanilla flavor. I will say this. I did see a number of people drinking it and they all said it was a great refreshing summer beer. It was served with a slice of orange which was a nice touch but surprising since the staff knows their beers and only puts a lemon with a hefeweiss if you ask for it. It is apparantly wheat based like the Grant's which probably accounts for it being so refreshing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer sits a hazy orange-amber color with a frothy, pale, off-white head. The aroma is all sweet mandarin orange, nothing else is perceptible. Having said that it is actually not so strong that it is off-putting.

The taste is lightly sweet; just enough to accentuate the sweet orange flavor, but not make it too cloying. This has a fullness that I was not expecting, not so much that this beer is not quaffable, because it is, quite. The combination of orange, sweetness and mouth-coating light fullness make this quite quaffable. The drawback to this is that it is a bit too one dimensional, despite the drinkability.

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Photo of azdback
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has promise as it pours. A slight orange pale color, head is light and soapy.
It starts to go down hill on the aroma. Pungent and sticky orange. It's like an old lady that wears too much perfume. Taste has the same thing in the back end. Feels thick and sticky, but light for some reason. Couldn't get through a half glass

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not five minutes after walking into Papago, here I was ordering the 'mandarin hefeweizen' (what one may have prematurely dubbed a 'rookie mistake'). It was a long afternoon traveling from Portland to the Phoenix area and I heard this was a popular choice - why not? Served in a tall weizen glass, garnished with a juicy orange wedge.

A: Copper hue that's mildly turbid, not much carbonation and a dull, almost lifeless whitish head, maybe 1/2-finger at best. Leaves a few speckled bits of lace; there are almost more bits of gooey orange pulp on the OUTSIDE of the glass. Not impressive, but color is pretty nice.

S: Big orange sweetness, a liqueur-like orange soda aroma. best way I can describe is an Orange Julius, maybe orange sherbet. Whatever wheat/weizen bread fails to compete with the fruit.

T: Hmmm, curious enough that I actually kinda like it. Yes it's a little too sugar-sweet (again, something non-fruit added?) but develops into something like a glazed orange scone, enough bread and a little wheat/spice bittering. Certainly nowhere near a 'hefeweizen' in the truest sense, but pretty tasty without totally disavowing my manhood.

S: Slippery, oily. Want of carbonation gives this a slickness that it really shouldn't have. Some sticking grain/malt and just a little tart/rind bite in the finish to reigh in some of the sweetness. Pretty light body, about average for a weizen.

D: Tough call. Found this refreshing, maybe even quenching. Would I have it again? Sure, why not. It's a fruit bomb, a sugary-sweet dessert-type beer, but it's not bad either. Rumor has it this will be bottled soon, reason for the local masses pounding these pints to rejoice. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that becomes wispy. Spotted and thin strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of mandarin orange and vanilla with a wheat tang.

The taste of orange and vanilla extract mix to create a taste of an orange creamsickle. Sweet. Creamsickle flavor lingers.

Light-bodied and smooth.

A refreshing brew. Orange creamsickle with a bit of a wheat tang An interesting, sweet brew.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/31/2005 (Growler from the brewery):

Pours a cloudy, orange yellow color body, with a big white head, good lacing. Has the aroma of an orange soda, fizzy, very strong orange, overpowering any other flavor. Orange malty flavor, slightly malty, slight vanilla aftertaste. Light body, fizzy.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a pilsner glass. I must confess, this was my wife's and I sampled hers. A pale orange color with a finger of white head. The aroma was of orange and hinted of something else I couldn't quite place, possibly marshmellow, but it was very pleasant. I think the aroma was the best part. It tasted just like I expected--an orange wheaty beer, not very complex, and the mouthfeel was unusually fizzy. If you like this sort of beer, you might find this very drinkable, but it's not quite my style.

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Photo of ndolover
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

App: A slightly cloudy beer (not overly so) with a dark yellow / light orange color. The white head sit atop the beer and took a while to subside.

Aroma: upfront orange and citrus aroma. minimal hop aroma with slight wheat and barly malt towards the end.

mountfeel: thinner bodied for a hefe-weizen,with bigger bubbles then I would prefer, but it worked nicely with the refreshing nature of the beer

Flavor: Upfront orange flavor, almost like orange sherbert. Very sweet with some citrus notes. just enough hop flavor to balance the sweetness from the malt and orange flavors that are present. Even though it would almost seem like a fruit beer, from the upfront orange and citrus flavors this could easily be a session beer.

Overall: This is not a traditional hefe weizen, but a great beer that is real easy to drink. I love the sherbert orange aroma and flavor. A very good beer that I would reccomend to anyone in to wheat beers

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haze is light in this golden orange brew, but the bubbles are pretty active, holding up a white head. Sweet nose of candied orange slices - leaning towards a dusty powdered sugar rather than granular. That same vanillin kind of sweetness translates to the flavor, but while the beer is definitely sweet overall, it's not overbearing and obnoxious. Drinkably light, with a nod towards a fuller, carbonation-massage mouthfeel.

This beer reminds me of Pez, and also the aroma surrounding The Body Shop at the mall (or Bath and Body Works on certain days). One-dimension, but that's what you get when you get something called Orange Blossom. At least it's done correctly.

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Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of naproxen
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I normally enjoy, but it was probably the most popular beer being poured on both trips so when in Rome...

The color: hazy straw, blonde wheat with about 1 finger of head that dissipated after a minute or so.

The flavor is definitely the most unique of all hef's I have enjoyed. There is no doubt about the orange zest in it, but there is this sweet vanilla like flavor as well which lingers. Others have said orange sherbert or marshmallow, I agree on both fronts, its something sweet and candy like almost.

worth a try if you are in the area and want to branch out a bit.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tayner
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at papago.

This pours a hazy golden color with a white head that has pretty large bubbles.

It smells of wheat and orange zest. It is not overpowering in any aspect though, just refreshing smelling.

It has a wheat background almost typical for a wheat beer, but that is where it stops comparing to most other traditional wheat beers. Mid palate it takes on an orange zest and vanilla flavor. It has an almost creamsicle flavor to it. It is not heavy and overly sweet though.

It is well carbonated and therefore has a light and refreshing mouthfeel to it, perfect for the 110 degree arizona heat

Wheat beers are not my top choice of styles, but this one is way easy to drink, and I would have no problems sessioning this one all night.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing and garnished with an orange slice upon serving (but discarded for drinking), on to the beer:

As the name suggests, this has an orangish color to it, but with some tint of blonde. It has a filtered look to it, has sticky suds and good retention on top. The aroma is a let down of what I was expecting, it has a coarse grainy aroma with a touch of ornage...or is it from the orange slice? Taste different from what I was expecting too. It's a bit sweet with a faded orange flavor, but corn flakes were the most common food item I was thinking abut while I drank this. Soft and light in the mouth, it actually is kind of refreshing.

This was far and away the most commonly pulled tap at Papago during my visit. One or two would work for me, though I can't say I'm overly impressed here.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Uppercrust in Phoenix. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of Orange and honey. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Delux
Poured a cloudy, ornage color with a small whiyte head. Nose was a little funky orange but really no wheat. Taste was some off beat orange flavor, not appealing at all. Sweet, the orange/mandarin was subdued as well. This beer was not good, nor is it a hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is not good, very sugary and syrupy off balance and where is that wheat taste?

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Photo of LemZeppelin
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I loved this beer...and then I liked it.

A: 4.5...Hazy, golden beer. Fluffy white-creamy head. Plenty of carbonation. Very nice lacing.

S: 4...Orange cake. Orange...but not oranges...combining with the breadiness of the malt.

T: 4...Upfront is that orange cake. On the back is 100% creamsicle. There is a very apparent vanilla flavor with the orange here and the upfront malt is gone.

M: 4.5...Just damn good. Creamy head (that retains) with a smooth and bubbly beer.

D: 2.5...At first I loved it...but as one who prefers IPA's I cannot see myself having more than one of these. Granted it was a .5L glass...I still found myself wanting a different beer at the end.

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Photo of MSL94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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