Let There Be Light | Wild Heaven Beer

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Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Who says lighter beers have to be boring? Let There Be Light is Wild Heaven’s first “sessionable” beer, coming in at only 4.7%, yet FULL of flavor. Starting with both barley and wheat, we added two rare hops—Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace—along with a bit of orange peel, to create a complex beer with a citrus note that will change the way you think about “light” beer.

30 IBU

Added by brentk56 on 02-07-2012

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 62
Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy, bright copper with a huge, fluffy head that hangs around. nose; graham cracker, biscuit, fermented yeast, & hay. taste; bready malt, light caramel/cocoa, citrus zest, lemon pith, & grassy hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. decent light beer, nothing i'll seek out again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle.
Foamy off-white head.
Soft, foamy feel that seems just right for this beer.
Well balanced and nicely nutty. Goes down very easy.
Overall: while I have been generally disappointed with this brewery, this one is a winner.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- copper/ orange color with a small white head. very clear with lots of carbonation bubbles
S- mild citrus and straw smell. also bready malts
T- citrus and lemony. grainy crisp and refreshing
F- light, crisp
O- nice and refreshing light( as the name suggests) beer. appropriate for hot summer days. could have a few of these

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled March 2015.
Pours an interestingly lustrous red-orange, slightly hazy. Two fingers of head last forever.
It smells citrusy (obvs) but with an unfortunate metallic character.
This (slight) metal carries over into the taste, which is otherwise crisp and light. This, my second, bottle tastes less obviously orange juicey, but still rather citrus-fruity.
Crisp and juicy are the dominant features. This fruitiness outbalances even the crisp malt base. Great choice for a low ABV pale ale.

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Photo of daddypatstacks
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 6 pick of this looking for a tasty light beer option. I was surprised at how dark it was when I poured it. It was a dark amber, almost brown. Way darker than I was expecting for a "light" beer. The smell was good but unremarkable- bready malts and hint of citrus. It tasted like it smelled which isn't bad, but there wasn't too much going on. It was more toasty and malty than I wanted for light beer, but the it was pretty light-bodied so it was easy to knock back multiple of these. Not too filling either. This beer definitely works as a lighter pale ale but doesn't really evoke the qualities I like in a good pale ale or light beer. Still, it was simple and tasty enough, just not what I was looking for.

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Photo of ordybill
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Citrus and malt, pretty good
Appearance- Pours a clear dark gold color with a small tan head.
Taste- This is where it heads south. I found the whole flavor "empty" up front and then finished with a malt taste, not much there at all, very disappointing.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- it looks good, but the flavor is a real let down. All show and no go. I would not drink this again.

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Photo of lcanova
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear, light brown with a slight red tint, 1/2 finger head immediately after pouring that dissipates quickly
Smell: spicy and fruity
Taste: malty and refreshing, with a hint of citrus on the backend
Feel: smooth with moderate carbonation

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale golden tan head. Aroma has malty, wheaty and fruity tones with a woody hint of hops. Flavor has a malty core plus fruity and wheaty/yeasty notes and a woody hop tone that suggests it was dry-hopped. Texture has good body and fizz. This is definitely a good beer for sipping on a hot day while relaxing on the porch.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Updated 3/12/2015*
"Let There Be Light is a truly sessionable beer, lower in alcohol, yet FULL of flavor. Starting with both barley and wheat, we added a variety of unusually flavorful hops to create a surprisingly complex beer full of notes of orange, lemon and especially grapefruit that may just change the way you think about "light" beer." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale with Orange zest added, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Wild Heaven snifter. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a pale cream color over a copper body with high clarity and ample carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Malt profile of caramel grain, biscuit malts, a pinch of toffee and unmalted wheat meets a potent blend of fruity, citrusy and earthy hops with a moderate bitterness. English yeast generates a soft fruitiness to further enhance the aroma's depth. Delicate notes of orange peel add some slight bitterness and citrusy edge to the hop profile, further enhancing the citrus components. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The modest-bodied malt profile forward, notes of unsweetened caramel bread, biscuity grain, flakes of wheat rounded out on the finish with the crisp note of orange peel which contributes to the hop profile which is less flavorful than the aroma suggests, but substantially bitter, with more than enough bitterness to counter the reserved sweetness of the malt profile. It is notable that the sweetness of this beer has been reserved in favor of a lower gravity profile, but an impressive malt profile shows the potential for this beer to impress without a syrupy and heavy body. Highly sessionable and very flavorful ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is light and clean, softly chewy, very dry. Carbonation is full, generating a moderate frothiness and a brisk crisp finish. Body is moderate for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even, with just enough hop bitterness to counter the malt body of this beer. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Wild Heaven finally brings a packaged version of their first sessionable ale, Let There Be Light in a reasonably priced 12 oz. bottled 6 pack in late 2014, available as a year round. I like the beer more now than I ever had before, with a rapidly increasing local interest in session beers this beer meets the demand and brings lots of malt and hop flavor to a highly drinkable ale. The inclusion of Orange Peel is a nice addition and comes through more subtle than expected but contributes notable flavor to both the depth of the malt profile and the intensity of the hop bitterness. I was impressed with this beer and recommend it. Wild Heaven continues to venture towards more session ale options and is looking towards cans. I think this would be a highly successful beer to repackage in a canned format if they decide to go that route. 3.75

Wild Heaven Craft Beers'
Let There Be Light

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

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, coppery body with a slim, loose, white head. A few smudges of lacing on the descent.

Smell: Mild bread lightly toasted, faintly grainy and with a razor thin edge of implied sweetness atop hops yielding low hints of rough citrus rind and spice.

Taste: A light infusion of lightly bready pale malts with a hint of grain and sweetness. Spicy, pithy hops with a bitterness accentuated by the crisp carbonation. Dry and bubbly at the tail end with a bit of lingering breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: "Who says lighter beers have to be boring?" Well, nobody, I guess, Wild Heaven, but that’s honestly what the vast majority of light beer drinkers want. The ideals of light, cheap beer are deeply ingrained in the population, so changing the average beer drinker’s perception will be a steep, uphill battle. Who knows, maybe they’ll come around. Probably not, but you never know! Me, I’m just happy to have a few low-alcohol brews available.

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Photo of FATC1TY
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap:

A: Amber colored, slighly darker than I'd imagine, with a half finger head on it that dwindles down and leave some small lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity, and heavy smelling. You can smell the citrusy hops to it, but the malts bring it back and make it yeasty and sweet.

T: Sweet fruit to at first, then comes the sweet bread malt flavor to it. Hops come out that weren't strong in the taste and leave a dirt bitterness to it, but they don't sting and clean up nicely on the finish. Beer is pretty complex with a fair amount of clean balanced flavors.

M: Slightly carbonated to lighten up and otherwise medium/ medium heavy mouthfeel to it.

Overall: Good beer, easy to drink, packed with a load of flavor that proves that you can have a lighter, session-able beer that packs in the taste. I've had a few times now and really like it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a foamy cap that covers the clear amber liquid and drapes some lace down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Fruity, with vinous and pithy notes

Taste: Opens very fruity with a bit of bready malt; by mid-palate, the earthy hops assert themselves, adding a touch of pith, Sauvignon Blanc viniferous notes and tobacco; nicely balanced between the malt and the hops through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Packed with flavor and an ABV below 5% - what's not to like?

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Let There Be Light from Wild Heaven Beer
3.71 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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