Spinnaker | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by dasenebler on 04-24-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 109
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of banana esters and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little fruity sweetness along with some subtle hints of clove.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable, thirst-quenching and refreshing. It is a perfect beer for a hot summer day and is a good American representation of a German style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good head for a bar pour. Lasting like wheat beer should have. The liquid is appropriately cloudy with a lime green hint to the yellow color.

Lots of semi-sweet wheat smell.

Quite sour for the style. Quick ending finish. Full bodied , yet has an equally high level of carbonation. Simply put a very wheaty beer. Although tart, I detect some berry sweetness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a hazy deep straw color with a decent sized big bubbled white head that dissipates quickly like diet fountain soda. Aromas of lemon, wheat, and a bit of yeasty funk. Not much appetizing about the nose IMHO. The flavor is a little sweet a bit spicy and tart with hints of lemon and yeasty funk. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart almost piercing mouthfeel. I didn't enjoy this one very much.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle stamped BORN: APR 2013. Sampled on May 12, 2013.

The pour is an unfiltered hazy pale yellow with moderate carbonation building up to a huge puffy head that eventually settles back.

The aroma includes a fine array of bread, biscuit, wheat, and citrus zing not unlike pineapple or maybe something less tart like pear.

The body is light to medium with a pleasant creaminess.

The taste also highlights the bread, wheat, and citrus with a low bitterness with no lingering sensation. However the beer on the whole is very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head and high carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: lemon, wheat, and malt

Taste: big banana, wheat, and grain

Mouthfeel: sweet, light in body, medium carbonation

Overall: Of all the Rising Tide beers, this may be my favorite. I found this to be sweet and very clean. I will be getting this again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with almost no head

S: Very wheaty and estery with lots of banana and clove. Lightly spicy phenols give some more depth. Nice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of wheat, banana, and cloves. Get some fruity esters and spicy phenols mid-way through and then finishes with a banana/bubble gum wheatiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly chalky

O: One of the best American-made Hefes I've had to date (appearance aside). Very similar to German versions, relying heavily on the wheat and banana/clove notes. Refreshing and easy to drink at 4.5%. Get some if you can find it, as it's perfect for warm summer days

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yeller with a thin white head. Bubble gum, clove and sour wheat aroma. Taste is fairly tart with mild clove accompaniment. Not much 'nana in this here hef.

Definitely more of an American interpretation that traditional German. Actually tastes more like Hoegaarden that a her at all.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - pours a pale straw until the yeast kicks in. Hazes up a bit with a lot of floaties. Has a lot of energy.

S - typical hefe. Penetrating cloves and banana. Spice-heavy.

T - some lemon, some bubblegum. More of the same in the aroma. Good flavor, but nothing stellar or unique. An "American" hefe: kinda has that plain, hollow, sterile flavor.

F - a bit on a sharp side. Kinda jarring and doesn't jive well with the rest of the beer. Lively, though!

O - an okay beer from an okay brewery.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color, slightly hazy, small fizzy head fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell starts out with a malty front and has a light grassy aroma, slight citrus presence.

Taste has a decent lemon zing to it, sweet malt rounds it out, light bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes fast, carbonation is high and active, finishes slightly sweet but maintains a clean finish.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rising Tide Spinnaker
22oz, no date

Well they got the color right on this one-- cloudy glowing orange-- but the head is pretty lackluster. I swirled heavily to get a lot of yeast in suspension. A head of foamy thickness is a huge part of the Weißbier style, and this beer falls to a pathetic layer of fizz. No lacing. (2.5)

Aroma is nice, with a good balance of 4VG and Isoamyl Acetate, while also having some band-aidy styrene character. Unfortunately, there's also some Diacetyl in the back, and it's only getting stronger as the beer warms. (2.5)

Flavor is complex and dry. Lightly tart and heavily clovey and phenolic. Not too heavy on the fruity, banana esters. Diacetyl not apparent in the flavor. Really dry, quenching finish. Nice medium-high carbonation, despite the utter lack of head. (3.5, 3.5)

Nothing amazing, but an okay stab at the style. If this beer had a better head and were properly Diacetyl-rested, then it would have really impressed me. (3)

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. The color is cloudy straw. There is a small eighth inch head.

The aroma is full of banana with a hint of clove. Some malt honey sweetness comes through a bit as well.

The tastes balances the malt, yeast and grassy hops beautifully. With every sip I can choose to focus my pallet on a different area of flavor or I can just casually toss this one back; it's so light and drinkable. The banana-clove yeast is strong in the finish.

This is very tasty and a great American wheat beer.

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Photo of illpass78
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10 oz. on tap at the brewery in proprietary stemware on a sunny, breezy spring day with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a big white, foamy head. Seems fairly well carbonated.

Smell: Smells of clove, wheat bread and some banana.

Taste: Those bananas and cloves are right there. Tasty. Somewhat thin, but plenty of flavor for a summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Definitely a summer wheat beer.

Overall: Good stuff. Could see myself tipping a few of these this summer. Recommended for wheat beer fans.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my new rising tide growler!

This initially poured with a really big head that faded reasonably fast. The color of the beer is a totally opaque yellow-orangish color. There is a good bit of carbonation, but its tough to see the bubbles through the color.

The nose is very clovey, there is some banana, but this is mostly clove, not sure if it is part of the clove or not but there is definitely some sweetness here in the nose.

The taste is a bit bland, not quite as wheaty or yeasty as I might expect with a hefeweizen, its fairly neutral and not at all sweat. There is just a hint of grassiness that lingers on the back of the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good example of a hefeweizen, not quite as much banana as some German styles but more than most American varieties. A definite buy again beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a soft cloudy yellow color with a three finger white foamy head that dissipated at a slow pace yielding a soft fairly thick white foamy lacing running around the glass.
The smell takes in all of the normal aromas of a nice hefeweizen - banana esters, clove and a slight bubblegum aroma.
The taste was balanced between the sweet and the spicy clove. It ran nicely into the aftertaste and allowed a really quick spicy finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a super sessionably sweet and spicy feel laying down on my tongue. Carbonation seems to hit right.
Overall, Rising Tide pulled this one off extremely nice. I'd have again preferably in the Summer or Spring.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a hotel rocks tumbler. All I got!

A: A straw hazy yellow with no head after a few minutes. no lacing. No legs.

S: sewery euro hops with a belgian style yeasty tang.

T: weak tea with coriander and wheat notes that lead to a lemony note.

M: thinner than stuff like Franziskaner, not heavy at all, not full. metallic notes on finish with lemon pepper at ultimate finish.

O: Not bad and on-par with Sebago offerings, the other local in this quality/class of beer.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a full review, as I only had it at a store tasting (but it was a substantial size "sample"). Bottom line, the combination of price and taste did not encourage me to buy it, although I would say that it's representative of its type and is worth trying for those who like it (I generally do not).

The pour had slight head, clarity hard to determine in a dark-green plastic sampling cup but it appeared cloudy. The brewery rep clearly had a long day and did not really want to be there, but this was the item he really wanted to push, as it is new and timely. He repeatedly stated that it should taste like cloves and bananas although there are no cloves or bananas in it. He was half-right. There was a noticeable green-banana nose and a very clear banana note on the tongue. Not so much on the cloves -- no characteristic bitterness or spiciness of any kind. Slight undifferentiated citrus note to go along with typical yeasty goodness. Other than that, fresh but unremarkable. I'm not likely to go back to it, as I have a mixed wit case to deal with and all are substantially lower-priced.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour resembles that of a Budweiser heavy honestly. Straw yellow with a thin tan foam that dissipates almost before your first sip, some lacing. The smell is the best part of the beer, get that banana note from the yeast at first, then a just ripe lemon, some malt, and hints of vanilla as well. The taste is mostly the lemon and bananas though some clove lingers towards the end. Mouthfeel is similar to a Budweiser as well, more watery than other hefes I like (weihestephaner). Overall ok beer, rising tide is along par with a sea dog or sebago, not really anything new or crafty though they portray it to be.


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