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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #3 released in 22oz bottles, now the summer seasonal on Terrapin's Monster beer tour and available in 12 oz bottles by the 4 pack.

Added by Georgiabeer on 10-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle:

This was my first Wheatwine, so I was a little unsure of what to expect and I may try again, just to make sure that it was not just that bottle, but...

A: The beer gave off a good appearance, looked like apple juice but with a slight haze to it. I could not get much more than a one finger head and it dissipated very quickly. The head was an off-whitish color, but not much carbonation.

S: The aroma was good, with it mostly being wheat, with some sweetness from the honey and the alcohol was present.

T: Again, not really know what to expect, but the taste was almost like a double hefe, very strong wheat flavor with some sweetness from the honey and some alcohol, which got stronger as the beer got a little warmer. It may have been a little too sweet.

M/D: This is where this beer really fell down, it was way under carbonated and it felt like I was drinking something from concentrate that did not have the right amount of water added. Again, little to no carbonation, so it made the beer feel very heavy and thick. The drinkability suffered due to above mouthfeel characteristics. I did finish the 22oz but it did take some time.

I may give this another shot simply because this was my first Wheatwine and I really like the Terrapin Beer Company.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass goblet and noticed a nice cloudy golden color with a thin white head. The smell is rather light, maybe a honey hint at most. I feel the appearance and smell defy the taste of this beer. This beer does not overwhelm in either of those categories, but I personally, love the taste. The taste of clove and barely bite are nicely balanced by the wheat and honey additions. The combination is absolutely delicious, and makes for the most drinkable 11% ABV beer I can think of. I seem to be in the minority with this opinion, but I really feel this beer is unique, but tasty.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice golden yellow, slight haze, with a decent just off white head that quickly fades to a ring
S - light wheat, honey and medicinal alcohol
T - nice honey and sweet wheat notes with a hint of clove and more alcohol warmth
M - medium light bodied, light to medium carbonation, warming but almost too light in body
D - an interesting beer, one lacking in depth of body for what I'd like for this style.

nice in many ways, a bit light in body and hot. I'll cellar this for a while and see if the heat dies down.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glas a hazy auburn color with a well formed one finger white head that left patchy lace behind as it settled.A complex mix of phenolic spice and smoke to go along with notes of raisin and sweet alcohol,alomost like a spiced rum.Quite sweet on the palate,the mass quantity of honey shows itself, it gets a bit sticky after awhile, brown sugar and raisin mixed with stinging alcohol hits with a leather-like finish.Silky smooth mouthfeel to this beer but the alcohol can get to ya no doubt,still a good nitecap brew.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle bought for me by a friend from Green's poured into a Terrapin snifter

A: Pours a nice orangish brown color. There was no head to speak of at all and no lacing at all. The color is nice, but I would like at least a bit of head and lace.

S: A very sweet aroma. A bit of the honey does come through along with a bit of banana. Quite a bit of booze aroma comes through which is no surprise with the ABV. It has an interesting aroma, but nothing really stands out for me.

T: The taste is quite sweet as expected by the aroma. I like the initial sweet honey flavor, I do not even mind the large alcohol kick, but the after taste does not agree with me. It reminds me of after taste of a thick cough syrup or medicine.

M: A very thick syrupy mouthfeel. There is quite a bit of alcohol burn with this one.

D: Not very drinkable in general, but based on the style, I gave it an average score.

I tend to really like Terrapin's lineup. In fact, I would easily claim they are the best of the local microbreweries by far. This one just didn't do it for me. Its not terrible, but I wish I had only got one bottle instead of two.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is, I believe, my first wheatwine - and me likes!

Aroma is strong and wheaty and has the "rubbery" undertone I associate with good wheat beers; there is just a whisper of sweetness, probably from the honey. Flavor is crisp and smooth, strongly wheaty with more than a hint of sweetness and just a teeny bit of hop bite. Texture is pleasingly smooth, and aftertaste is satisfying. Too bad this is a one-time-only release.

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Photo of wescj
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, golden amnber. Looks thick coming out of the bottle. Starts off with a half inch of white head which goes to nothing pretty quickly. Only a small ring around the glass which leaves light lace.

Smell of honey hits the nose first, followed by sweet, syrupy candy and bananas.

Taste works with the smell. Sweet and banana flavors. Very warming. Almost like a mix between hefes and belgians. Something funky in the aftertaste.

Moouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. Stays on the tongue for a while.

Drinkable enough. Wouldn't want more than one bomber, though.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of edelweiss - thanks!!! Poured, appropriately enough, into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A hazy golden, orange-amber colored beer with a fluffy, white head with average retention that fades into a thin sheen of foam and a ring of sticky lace. Lacing is actually fairly attractive on this one, at least initially. Looks very similar to an amped-up hefeweizen - slightly more hazy, slightly stickier lacing (due to the wheat proteins, I'd assume).

Aroma: Sweet - the honey really comes through here. It's really complex, at least in that dimension, but overall, dominated by the traditional hefeweizen notes, if that makes sense. You get a lot of cloves and white pepper, banana, honey, faint yeasty earthiness, and other malty notes. Oy.

Taste: The addition of honey here was really genius, because I imagine any beer that tasted like this - largely, like a traditional hefeweizen - but with an 11% abv would be overwhelmingly boozy. But the sweetness really cuts a lot of that out. The spiciness here is INTENSE, and I don't know if it's clove-like, from the yeast, or spicy, from the alcohol, or some combination of both. Either way, that's the one thing that knocks this one down a peg or two. It tastes like an amped up hefe, with lots of extra simple sweetness. To recap, since I just realized I didn't really discuss what this beer tastes like, you get a lot of powdery wheat, tons of simple sweetness, a nice chewy, full body, lots of spice, bananas, a few other light, spicy, fruity esters, and a faint hint of alcohol ... though nowhere near the 11% billed.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, with tons of unfermented sugars, residual sweetness, a mild amount of prickly carbonation (or is that yeasty spiciness? alcohol heat? I don't know!).

Drinkability: Doesn't taste like 11%. Not by any stretch. Though I can "feel" it. This is a damn good beer, though, tastes like an imperial hefe in every possible way. I first tried this at the WBF in Durham, NC. My review notes for that essentially read, for every BA review category, "Tastes like an imperial hefe," "Tastes like an imperial hefe," "Tastes like an imperial hefe." Turns out that review was spot on. This is a good beer, w/ tons of spice, tons of alcohol, and tons of wheat, hefe character. Give this one a try.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I chose a half liter Weizen glass to pour this into, and it looked appropriate partially, as the body was pale gold in color, but there was no haze, and the typical Weizen head was totally absent. The smell was pretty spot on though, with bananas, cloves, and a touch of pear. This started off as a typical wheat beer, with the fruity and sweet bits playing on the tongue up front, then mid palette the gloves came off, and a snappy bitterness and some white pepper and cardamom like spiciness showed up. The finish was warm and boozy. Quite light and slippery on the tongue, so I suspect the honey fermentation resulted in most of the alcoholic strength. Quite a unique and pleasant ride this Wheatwine turned out to be. Wonder if this would age well?

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Photo of Godot
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to see this at my liquor store as they haven't had great luck bringing in any of the one-offs from Terrapin in the past. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. The beer poured a gorgeous ruby straw color with a white head that disappeared almost immediately. The smell is ripe bananas and floral honey. The honey smell definitely gives some depth to nose. The taste is fruity and sweet with a little bite of medicinal herb flavor which adds some complexity. Its a rich beer with honey sweetness which drops the drinkability a bit, but its definitely one of a kind and a beer I look forward to trying again. Keep up the good work Terrapin.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra from a great trader in Athens, Ga.

A-Light copper/amber color, almost looks like a very light pinkish. No head on the pour and no lacing to speak of.

S-Bananas and candy. Alcohol is very present.

T-Tart bananas, candy sugars, good alcohol bite. Warm and soothing.

M-Slightly sticky and the warmth stays around after swallowing.

D-Maybe 2. Bombers of this may get you bombed.

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Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this at Twain's ($12 a bottle).
Pours out a very hazy orange with a tiny head that instantly fades. Nose is dense honey and wheat, with Belgian qualities. Taste is deep intense honey, with tangy grapefruit, a wonderful sweet/sour balance with spicy white pepper and fresh bread mixed in. Alcohol taste is completely absent. Mouthfeel is quality. Drinkability depends on how you handle that ABV. Best side project yet.

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Photo of daryk77
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

220z. bottle

Beer pours easy, not too much head with a deep orange color. settles nicely, leaving a white ring of lace around the glass.

Lets talk about the smell, great stuff here, big banana smell with sweetness, very faint hops if perceptible at all

Taste is exceptional, sweet and banana up front but smooth an warming on the way down, great transition. This resembles an incredibly well crafted tripel.

Mooouth feel is great, exactly where it should be. Thick form the malt but the abv. is subtle adding to the overall body.

drinkability is OUT OF CONTROL. It feels like a sessionable 11% abv. beer which is waaaay too dangerous. So good.

For god's sake get your hands on this beer via trading or whatever it takes, you will thank yourself and so will you tastebuds. At $5.99 bottle it's a steal.

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Photo of chaz410
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I have to say is thank you, specifically Dustin for letting me try this phenominal beer!

I loved this beer. My second favorite beer from Terrapin next to the monster.

The nose on this beer is basically the combination of a wheat based beer, a belgian dubble, and fruity notes.

The taste is really an amplified version of the smell, it's basically like drinking a combination of a high quality banana based wheat beer with a dubble belgian with zings of fruit such as dark grapes.

I loved it, get it, you'll thank me, and terrapin

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky golden color with not much of a head. Smell is very sweet with alot of cloves. Taste is sweeter than the taste. The honey is very pronounced in the taste with wheat, cloves, and a bready taste. Moderate, fluffy carbonation in the mouth. ABV is very well-masked in this one. Good brew from Terrapin.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted from the bomber in my 22oz Terrapin snifter.

The beer pours a hazy deep orange with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. The aroma is intensely sweet with aromas of honey, banana and clove. The flavor is also intensely sweet with from the honey. Additionally there is the flavor of bananas, cloves, spices, and caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a decent beer. Very sweet, might have been better to share with someone else. But overall I like that they are trying something new.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woo #3. Out of my Duvel tulip, as I let a friend use my Terrapin snifter last night and haven't washed it

A - pours an incredibly hazy golden amber body with a thin film of white head. The initial head was quite small before subsiding to that

S - tons of honey fills the nostrils while aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and peppery spices show up along with some bready malt. This beer has a powerful aroma, you can totally smell it while it sits on the table next to you

T - again, the honey really jumps out. As I roll around the palate the banana starts to come out as well. Swallowing reveals the rest of the nose as listed above, and it's actually pretty awesome. This is really complex; I quite like it

M - medium bodied and incredibly creamy. Goes down very smoothly

D - well, this may have just topped Hop Shortage as my favorite Side Project so far. Terrapin has done something pretty awesome here, and I'm glad I bought multiples while at Green's. 11% ABV? Really!? You really can't tell from the nose or the taste, and this beer drinks quite well. I will definitely enjoy the rest of my stash of this, and I might pick up some more if I can. Highly recommended, and I can't wait to see what Terrapin comes up with next

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle - Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange. Not the prettiest beer to look at. No carbonation, no lacing . Smells of wheat, honey, and light malt. First sip is creamy with spices and honey complimenting the wheat. Tons of complexity here. There is a lot going on, but the honey really dominates. The 11% ABV is super well hidden.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this one for a while. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright, cloudy golden amber with a small bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly to a ring leaving little lacing.

S: Wow, there is no doubt about the honey in this one. Super sweet aroma with the banana and hint of spices I expected but it was eclipsed by the huge fruity sweetness of the honey. Smells like a dessert.

T: The taste doesn't venture far away from the honey sweetness either. The bananas are present up front with a little bit of clove kick. Then the earthy honey presence starts to dominate and leaves a sweet aftertaste that lingers forever.

M: The carbonation is minimal with a sugary sweet mouthfeel that coats the mouth completely with the honey. The alcohol definitely makes it's presence felt with a slight burn on the back of the tongue.

D: This is the best of the Side Project series for me so far. It's really, really sweet but the abundance of honey really makes it distinctive. Recommended.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a sample from Terrapin. Pours a yellow/golden that's fairly cloudy. Ample white head drops very quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is of tons of honey, a hint of spice (pepperish) faint hop character, banana, clove, and almost belgian yeast.

Flavor is very sweet. Honey is quite evident, and the clove and yeast notes overpower almost everything except the sweetness. As with many wheatwines, it's too sweet for my taste. Tons of banana flavor in the finish, and a lingering sweetness that reeks of alcohol.

Medium carbonation with so much alcohol it's thin and warming, and a long, alcoholic finish with the honey-sweetness lingering in the back of the throat.

Not super drinkable, honestly. The sweetness, alcohol, and almost overpowering banana flavoring notes in the finish... It's a bit too much. It's a well made beer, but as with hop shortage, it's not super balanced.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally this beer is out! Thanks much to Brickstoredave and pghlee for sharing. This is number 3 in the Terrapin Side Project series. The bottle says Wheatwine Ale Brewed with Honey, and more specifically that it is brewed with obscene amounts of locally grown Tupelo and Sourwood Honeys from Savannah Bee Company. I like these honey's from Savannah Bee a lot. Very interesting honeys with a lot of character from one of the better honey producers in the country. It shows in the beer. This beer is pretty sweet, which means it didn't all ferment out and they must have added some pretty late in the process or so much that it couldn't all be converted. You can really taste the honey. I don't just mean sweetness either, you can taste a delicious fruitiness and earthiness from the honey itself.

The beer pours a beautiful honeyed golden that almost glows, but there is almost no head. Very nice aromas that are slightly waxy and have elements of pear, banana, cardamom, and sweet, fruity and floral honey. The taste is long and complex with a nuttiness, honey, wax, bitter herbs, pine, banana, and cardamom. The haunting woodsy taste of the honey with fruit, earth, and forest is in there as part and parcel of those flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth, perhaps a bit waxy, creamy, and sweet. Just delightful. I warn you though- this is a sweet beer, if complex as well. I happen to love that. Anyone who likes artisinal honeys should really like this beer as well. As a wheatwine it is on the sweeter side but not at all out of whack with others I've had. By far my favorite sideproject yet.

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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 471 ratings