Haywired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
HayWired is our take on a refreshing summer beer. It is brewed with 50% wheat malt, but is no Belgian Wit or German Hefeweizen. It's something a bit different. Hoppy and wheaty, fermented with a British yeast. It could best be described as a wheat pale ale or a "too hoppy to style" American wheat beer. Either way, it comes with guaranteed refreshment!

25 IBU

Added by ADZA on 04-15-2012

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by joecast:
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2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours with an absolutely enormous head. Tipped about 100ml in a rather large glass and it completely filled with foam. Took a good 10 minutes to finally finish gently pouring he beer. Typical light golden with a slight haze. Large frothy white head. High carbonation with plenty of large bubbles.

Has that rounded bubble gum like sweetness on the nose but misses the spicy clove of a typical hefe. Of course this beer doesn't use a wheat beer yeast. To fill the gap is peppery spicy and slight floral hops. Pretty nice on the nose.

Once the carbonation level drops it starts to lose its sharpness and edge. Bitterness is light but that rounded wheat character is definitely there. Nice balance and doesn't miss the yeast influence.

Discounting the carbonation it's a fairly good beer, just doesn't quite do it for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a huge, growing white head.
Nose shows tropical fruits. Lots of passion fruit, lychee, grapefruit. Very faint wheat underneath.
Similarly fruity flavours, more passion fruit and grapefruit, followed by soft doughy wheat. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of adityashekhar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold colour, slight cloud with a bit of bead through the body. Head is over-generous, fluffy and nice texture though. Decent lace.

Tangy and fruity on the nose. Lots of orange peel on there, with a touch of lemon, pine, passion and mild green pepper. Touch of star anise and champagne as well. Nice complexities, nice and pleasant.

Taste is also fairly tangy, a bit more acidic and bitter than expected. Quite a bit of lemon pith and zest on there, touch of orange peel as well. Some peppery spice, floral notes with lavender, frangipani and decent spicy phenols towards the back. Really quite pleasant.

Solid mouthfeel, bit of acerbic puckering bitterness towards the back though.

Really pleasant, great drinking but interesting wheat beer. I'm really a sucker for these sorts of beers at heart, and when Søren's on the case you know it's gonna be good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Given the yeast wasn't a big part of the beer (according to the label), I chose to pour this carefully without any yeast sediment, which gives it a good clarity and a bright pale golden appearance. Head is big and white and frothy, leaving sudsy lace, but collapsing under its own ephemeralness. Carbonation is large-bubbled and very boisterous.

Nose is very bright and hoppy, but in a rounded, blended generic way. There's not the sharpness of individual hops coming through: more, you get a melange of subtle fruits a hint of spice and some floral characters, with everything muted or truncated. There's a thin wheatiness to it as well, something which gives it some mild husky grain overtones. Interesting, but not stellar.

Taste is actually quite disappointing. Thin wheat characters and a husks-and-bottom-of-the-grain-bag earthiness combine with some mild, generic fragrances that hint at the memory of hops. Feel is weak and thin, and this has almost no body to go with it whatsoever. I feel like the wheat malt robs it of richness, and the lack of weizen yeast doesn't give the commensurate spice and complexity to fill the gap.

Wow. This is a deeply disappointing brew from 8 Wired. Indeed, even Søren's blurb on the label seems filled with apologia. Sure, it's light and drinkable, but it's so light as to be almost pointless, and pointless beers are far from being this brewery's strong suit.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured slightly hazy with a golden colour. Good carbonation coming up. Three fingers of soapy white head with big bubbles. Some lace rings left and a half finger of retention.

S - Lemon, tropical fruit, wheat.

T - A heap of hops. Really fruity. Grapefruit, passionfruit, mango maybe. Some grassiness and peach.

M - Light body, good carbonation, and a tingly finish.

O/D - A nice hoppy wheat. Easy drinking and smooth. If it weren't so expensive this would be a great summer sesh beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden hue with a nice two finger creamy white head that fades to leave a very thin blanket.

S - Nose really pops, faint lemons, gentle tropical hop notes, and some grainy/earthy wheat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, a touch heavy on the wheat. Tropical notes really pop with good grapefruit and faint mango, light subtle grass as well.

M - Mouthfeel is average, a bit on the thin side. Lots of carbonation.

O - Overall, solid offering from 8 Wired. Glad to try this one.

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Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow which leaves a two finger head and some lacing,the smell is candied wheat,caramel candy,goosberries and floral honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,creamy and alot fuller than most wheat ales with tastes of sav blanc grapes,goosberries,candied wheat,paw paw,guava and finished with a floral hoppy bittersweetness and overall i like it as its what it says a nice NZ hoppy wheat ale which i could drink alot of on a day like today.

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Haywired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 9 ratings