Blueberry Vanilla Wheat | Chicago Brewing Company

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Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DESTRO on 01-25-2004

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by NilocRellim:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold colour and had a solid aroma of sweet vanilla and blueberries. Just as it had smelled, all the flavours were there; it started off with sweet golden malts, phasing into a tangy blueberry, followed by a smooth vanilla finish. This beer seemed original and flavourful, yet not too overwhelming.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark orange in color, small head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: blueberry and wheat--sort of like Sea Dog blueberry

Taste: blueberry jumps out, but then the vanilla and wheat cut in. There is almost a bubblegum taste to it.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: If you like sweet desert beers, this one is excellent. This has got a lot more complexity than most fruit beer--although all is sweet. It also does not lose the beer taste. Excellent for the style--if not my favorite. I could session this especially in the summer.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy sunset orange with a rocky white head. big spice comes off the nose as well as a nice dose of blueberries. taste wise? ill say of all the fruit beers i have had (save lambics) this has the biggest actual fruit taste i have encountered. HUGE blueberry pressence as well as a spicey ginger/pepper like bite (due to the vanilla bean?). quite different ending on a subdued hefe like finish. creamy mouthfeel that goes down nicely. a strange beer, fruity...spicey...smooth....i enjoyed it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was not only the first sample I ever tried of what the Chicago Brewing Co. can do, but was also the first beer I had right after completing the most intense course I'd ever taken in my career, at a dental institution nearby. I seriously needed a beer by this point.

Served with a cloudy ochre body, slight violet tinge to it. Nice white foamy head with decent lacing. Sweet fruity nose, pungent citrus and blueberry, with soft vanilla in the background. Intense! The flavour starts with sweet yeasty wheat, where it is quickly joined by a rounded blueberry presence, with mild spice and discernable vanilla on the finish. Interesting the first couple of sips. But it becomes cloyingly sweet soon enough, and started reminding me of what it would be like to suck on the soaps from The Body Shop. Ironically enough the mouthfeel was rather soapy in texture. Flavour-wise it is an interesting concept, but I found it difficult to finish the mug. Still, had to try this unique seasonal while I had the chance.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don’t know what it is about this beer but I can’t get enough of it. I should say though I am a hef fan and this shares all of the great hef characteristics. Latest serving I'm reviewing off of was from a growler. Took it home and a few hours later I poured my first glass into a Chicago Brewery Pint glass (free w/ any pint there by the way!). Pours very hazy, good amount of head, and an amazing aroma. The standout smell, in my opinion, is the blueberries but the nice thing is they don’t dominate the taste. You can clearly taste them but they're not overwhelming and add an interesting kick to the drink. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable to a point, after two or so I think that’s about enough. Best way to taste this is right from the bar. They'll pour it into an ice cold 14 or 22 oz glass, it’s not bad a little bit warmer but fresh at the bar into a cold glass it’s a real treat.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into a pint glass. The beer looks like a watered down wheat, but the smell is pretty impressive. There is a heavy dose of blueberry front and center on first smelling the beer. It also directly follows-up with the initial tastes, again heavy blueberry, but now combined with a creamy vanilla balance. There is also an undertone of spice (I think coriander) that keeps the sweetness from becoming overbearing. The flavor was well balanced and round, and it actually had an easy finish. I wouldn't be able to drink too much of it due to it's overall sweetness, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with some yellow highlights. Short 1/4" head falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: tons of blueberries and vanilla.

Taste: finally a fruit wheat beer that doesn't taste fake. Blueberries, vanilla beans, wheat, and a mild bitterness make up a very refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The vanilla and blueberries last long on the tongue which is uncharacteristic for the style. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: very drinkable and refreshing. This is a lighter beer you can enjoy for dessert. Worth trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately I had the Hawaiian honey ale before this one, which killed my tastebuds. But I'll try this review anyway.

The beer's profile is a slightly above average wheat beer (hefeweizen), but with complimentary notes of vanilla and blueberries. The weizen character is timid with the bananna, clove, bubblegum, or other phenols; but emphasizing the American malt base of barley and wheat with a lemony, citrus note.

The vanilla gives a creamy, silky taste and feel while contributing an oat-like soothing smoothness. Very pleasant without dominating the weizen character.

Blueberries give a fruity, berry taste along with a tart, acidic note that adds complexity without causing confusion.

There is a lot going on with the flavors of this beer, making it nice, flavorful, and drinkable. The pint was easy to dispose of and I could probably have another if it were not time to hit the casino.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden brownish with a normal wheat look to it. Thin white head rings the top of the glass.

Smell: Strong fruity blueberry smell. It smells like a pie...

Taste: ...and it tastes like a freakin' Marie Callenders pie. Strong blueberry flavor and lots of sweetness around it. I don't taste any vanilla in this beer but it is probably very well hidden by the berry sweetness. There is actually some maltiness at the end as the berry flavor subsides.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit sticky but smooth on the palate. Nothing offensive about this beer.

Drinkability: This is definately a unique beer. But it is unique more in a novelty sense than a well made beer sense. They pulled it off without much problem, but this couldn't be a daily drinker, it's just too damn sweet and fruity.

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Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1st beer I had at this place, and in my opinion their best. Pours an attractive cloudy orange. Smell is as expected of blueberries, vanilla and some wheat. Taste is similar, and actually not too thin like most of their other beers. Creamy blueberry flavor with strong clove flavor and a hefeweizen yeastiness. Still a bit thin overall, but compared to their others, it's good.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub. This is basically a flavored version of their wheat beer.

This beer poured a cloudy, amber brown color with white foam that settled but clung to the inside of the glass. The smell was a very strong blueberry aroma (like blueberry pie) with a hint of malt in the background. The taste was dominated by sweet blueberries with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Perhaps a bit of vanilla was evident in the flavor. From the wheat component of the beer could be tasted some yeast and a touch of citrus in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and fruity with medium body and good carbonation. This was a good fruit beer, though very sweet and fruity. Enjoyable if you are in the mood for blueberry.

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Photo of stevied71
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of timbeer
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a glass on tap and drank it over dinner at the brewpub. Found this to be a really enjoyable beer, and one that I've been craving more of ever since I got home. I should have filled a growler with it.

A nice very cloudy wheat beer, which looked quite seductive to me, as a hefe fan. The blueberry flavor is pretty dominant. I could not detect any vanilla flavor. What impressed me most was the excellent blending of the blueberry flavor with the wheat beer. I often find flavored or spiced beers to be 'forced' - you can taste the beer, you can taste the fruit or the pine needles or whatever, but it's like having two different tastes in the same glass. They don't really mesh very well. With this beer, the flavors mesh.

Someone else described this as like drinking pancakes, but I think that is a bit of an exaggeration.

A good, easy to enjoy beer, and pretty unique. The kind of of beer that could turn novices into brewpub fans.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head and no lacing on a cloudy dull golden body with a copper hue. Aroma as expected with blueberry and vanilla and mild grain and pale malt presence. Flavor is as expected as well with more blueberry and vanilla but I was surprised it wasn't too sweet which I thought would be the case. Light body and moderate carbonation. I saves this one for last because I thought it would be over the top and ruin my palate but it wasn't overdone and was actually well made for what it is.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a hazy yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Mild honey and fruit in the nose. Light-bodied with a flavor similar to blueberry cough syrup. Some sweetness as well, but all around not very tasty. The finish is tart fruit and leaves some berry aftertaste. Overall I would not try this again.

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Blueberry Vanilla Wheat from Chicago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 16 ratings