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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #438
Ranked #44,900
3.52 | pDev: 13.64%
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Notes: Canebrake is crisp and smooth with a beautiful golden honey color. This refreshing American wheat style brew highlights sweet remnants of sugarcane with notes of honey, spice, and citrus on the finish. A new Louisiana tradition, Canebrake was the first commerical beer in the world brewed with local sugarcane syrup!

16 IBU
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 275 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear and bright, golden hue with a quickly receding, foamy white head. In a word, this one is rather lager-like in appearance.

Very mild aromas of perfumy malt and faint butter.

Tastes quite a lot like a lager with a cracker-like quality and husky wheat. I may detect some faint syrup from the sugarcane, but the overall flavor profile is sweet yet somehow remains crisp and refreshing. A slight correction on the appearance - there is some sediment that poured from the bottom of the bottle that gave the ale a very slight haze.

Another quaffable and enjoyable (though not great) offering from Parish. My favorite so far has been their pale ale, Envie.

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jkrich from Florida, Apr 12, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear apple juice color
Smell: honey, wheat
Taste: classic wheat beer that is really crsip and clean tasting
Feel: medium to light feel
Overall: a really well done classic beer. A really crisp, clean draught

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 12/11/19 (I love these fresh bottles!)
Smokestack snifter

Hazy semi-transparent gold with a creamy fuzzy head of 1 finger, receding to a ring with lots of lace sticking to the sides. A wonderful look for a wheat ale.

Aroma of field wheat, honey, slight brown sugar, and straw/hay hops. Hints of semi-sweet wheat thins.

Flavor brings a massive wheat malt presence, dusty and semi-sweet; almost like a mix between wheat thins and dusty wheat malt kernels; hints of clove and orange peels, with a wonderful touch of honey and plant matter at the end. Really sweetens up as it warms.

Feel is crisp and carbonated, semi-creamy, and has a nice slickness and smoothness towards the end.

Overall, a very well-executed wheat ale, nothing I'd order on the regular due to my style preferences and palate but this is a wonderful example and a unique world class wheat.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Jan 13, 2020
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Red pry-off cap. Ran me $1.67 for a single at Trader Joe's in Metairie, LA.

"Louisiana Wheat Ale." 4.9% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Copper body. Off-white head dies within 2 minutes.

AROMA: Wheat. Pale malt/2-row. Fruit juice. Berries. Ale yeast esters (fruitiness). I'm surprised how fruity this is - almost like sticky fruit puree was used.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with more 2-row malt sweetness than I was expecting (to its detriment). Flirts with a saccharine flavour, and looking at its ingredients I guess that's coming from the sugarcane they used. I don't taste any rum-like notes, but I do get fruit cake.

I find it tough to get past its imbalance/sweetness, but it's enjoyable if you can overlook it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, slightly syrupy/overly thick, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Doesn't accentuate specific notes, though its syrupy feel does emphasize the troublesome sweet sugarcane, working against the beer's balance.

OVERALL: It's an interesting beer, and more inspired than most I've had in Louisiana (and in the style). But I can't say it's worth recommending given its imbalance and I wouldn't buy a sixer myself. Alluring in terms of its inspired ingredient choices, but not as well executed as it needs to be to make it a beer I'd recommend over something like Lagunitas' expressions of the style.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Aug 13, 2019
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the can artwork, it has a great use of color. There is a canned on the date on the bottom of the can. The pour is light orange with a small amount of head. The aroma is faint citrus & hops. The taste is predominantly wheat with a slight citrus note on the finish, not bad at all considering that I'm quite the fan of a well made wheat ale. Additionally, I don't like how that sugarcane syrup is sticking to my teeth, it's a bit much for me. Cheers! B -

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Nass from Florida, Jun 30, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap locally. A moderately hazy golden color with a fluffy and thick white head. Aroma was quite bready along with some honey. The taste followed with the wheat and bready notes but punctuated with the honey and also a slightly floral note. I didn't get much citrus. Overall a refreshing wheat beer.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Mar 18, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber with an off colored head.

Smells of whole grain bread caramel malt and fresh herbs.

Caramel malt, chewy whole grain bread, bitter herb in the finish. A nice balanced full bodied beer.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Dec 24, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in August 2017. Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Grainy aroma with a little bit of honey. Many some slight banana on the end. LIght bodied taste. Kind of watered down. Grainy taste with some honey and sweetness. Maybe some slight citrus and banana on the end. Not a bad beer. Definitely drinkable. It just isn't anything I would go out and buy. Would drink if available.

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3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

made with local sugar cane, far less dramatic in flavor than so many of the other parish beers seem to be, but its tasty and interesting, and this is probably a great macro to craft transition type beer, its drinkable like a lager but has more grain flavor and some easy to like sweetness from the cane sugar, which is an interesting a cool ingredient to use here that can definitely be tastes. its a little concentrated, a little floral, but its good in here, right in the middle. aside from that, its a pretty basic beer, a little tinny thing to mine, maybe the tap line, a little apple and other fruitiness as well in the sweetness, and a very lightly baked element from the wheat malt in here. drinkable though even when its a little sweet, better ice cold than even warmed up a little bit, overall a neat lighter side of parish that i had not experienced before. seems to be one of their most popular too, i saw it just about everywhere we went around new orleans this week! flavorful and not boring.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, rich gold color with white cap and a small amount of lacing.

Mild aroma of honeyed malt with just a bit of citrus.

Flavor of slightly sweet mild malt (honey comes to mind) with a nice rounded presentation. Hops comes across with a touch of citrus that is present without being outspoken. A bit shy really, like a well dressed jeune femme at a social function who is too shy to speak up. The flavors are not complex but they are pleasant, rich and very approachable.

Medium texture bordering on full.

This is a nice beer that should make friends wherever it goes. A mild match for a variety of food styles, the slight sweetness doesn't mar it in any way. Just a friendly face that mingles easily with the crowd without getting in anyone's way.

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Squire from Mississippi, Aug 02, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Soulshine, Ridgeland, Mississippi, on draft into pint mason jar.

Brewed with sugarcane, this mildly spicy wheat ale resembles a Belgian witbier more than the typical American pale wheat ale.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Jul 13, 2018
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3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color to it, and not much more then a skim on head on it and no real lacing to it . Pretty neutral aroma lightly sweet malt notes. Light bodied faintly wheaty malt flavor forward, a bit sweeter tasting then average, not bad but a bit basic Pretty innocuous overall, easy drinking unoffensive if a bit on the sweeter side, clean with a light sweetness and very faint citrus hop note on the finish. Drinkable but a pretty standard American-style wheat beer.

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WanderingRonin from Alberta (Canada), Jun 17, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice deep straw yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly. It did not have much in the way of smell, nice carbonation that is easily visible. The taste is pleasant with a nice sweetness to the wheat. Overall a very good drink, one that I will enjoy again in the future.

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singletary from Mississippi, May 02, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a Mason jar in New Orleans.
Look is a deep yellow, somewhere between a wheat and a pale.
Smell was floral and hoppy.
Taste was light like a wheat, but the slight bitterness of a pale.
Feel was nice and smooth.
Overall not too shabby.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep yellow color with plenty of head and carbonation. The smell is not really hoppy at all. The initial flavor is slightly hoppy with a smooth finish, definitely enjoyable. The feel is pleasant as well. Overall I really enjoy this brew.

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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia, Aug 28, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Voodoo BBQ: This one pours a darker golden color. Some head and lacing. Good nose. Wheat, honey and faint spices. The tste is about the same. Decent.

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Boto from Connecticut, Jul 08, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like American Wheat beers without a strong hops flavor then you likely will like Canebrake. It does not have the bitter taste (strong hops) of some other American Wheat beers.

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Brewer101 from Louisiana, May 18, 2017
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2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a somewhat murky light brown, whole bunch of ground pepper shaped floaties. Aroma is sweet malt, that's just about it. Sweet malt taste, subtle honey. Pretty bland and one dimensional.

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3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft at The Joint in Bywater.

L: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a 1-finger head.

S: Not much going on in the nose. Some malt sweetness, that's about it.

T/F: Fairly clean taste, but not very complex. There are some grain notes and a little sweetness. The carbonation is good, and it has a crisp finish.

O: Not very remarkable. The only other American Pale Wheat Ale I've had is Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. That is a spectacular beer, and this pales (no pun intended) by comparison. I think there are better options when looking for a lighter, crisp beer.

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mklmcgrew from California, Apr 13, 2017
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3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle dated 11/30/16. Thanks Parish for dating your beers. Light, watery, semi sweat. Standard stuff here, nothing special. I do like the addition of sugarcane, this adds a local feel to it.

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KensWorld from Florida, Dec 30, 2016
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2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

355ml bottle from New Orleans:
Really disappointing stuff if I'm honest, easily the worst of the recent beers I've tried from the states; one that was just too plain & unexciting. An early sweetness opened things up but it wasn't anywhere near as strong as expected, some basic malts & corn with a touch of hay & wheat followed but nothing substantial to grabbed your attention. The palate was poor with the beer seeming bland & a touch thin; definitely one to avoid, there's just so much better out there to try first.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Oct 03, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had in Quarter on tap. Review is based on accompaniment to the boiled crawfish and garlic grilled oysters I had at the bar.
Beer was a nice wheat ale that was more Krystal Weizen like in nose and taste. Smooth going down but still crisp on the tongue. Complimented both the light seafood crawfish meat and mustard...while not interfering with the big bolder flavor of the chargrilled oysters.
Not my style for drinking by itself...but worked well with food.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Jan 19, 2016
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3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth sudsy foam head of an off-white color over a moderately hazy standard amber body with light, subtle carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.25

(Smell) Cereal wheat malt and pale malts with a moderate syrupy sweetness, notes of berry fruit, soft citrus. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Sweet cereal wheat malt and pale lightly syrupy malt body, with clean, fruity sugars and faint grassy hops lingering with a limited bitterness. Enjoyable flavor but decidedly one-dimensional and runs moderately sweet, even for a pale wheat ale. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, fluffy, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Canebrake borders on average for American Pale Wheat Ales, easily an accessible beer for those favoring sweet, clean and fruity wheat ales. In favor of good balance, I found the flavor lacking. Clean drinking- yes, but no hop or yeast character nor bitterness to balance it out. 3.5

Parish Brewing Company's
Canebrake Louisiana Wheat Ale

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Jadjunk from Georgia, Oct 18, 2015
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1.19/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

I don't like to give beers a low rating ever but this is like someone took Syrup and water and fermented it out. This is one of the worst beers I have ever had in the world, and I have had Zima.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 1/2 finger of head

S: Cloying sweetness, smells of a overly sweet candle fake smell. Horriable.

T: Light with no body, feels like I am drinking water, not beer. Actually like I am drinking a off cream soda with a sweet nasty off flavor.

M: Over carbonated, makes sense why would I want to taste this nasty thing.

O: Im not impressed. While there isn't a lot of sweet sugar flavor, their is absolutely no wheat character hop character for that matter. This is nothing like a wheat/ pale wheat/ light beer??, I'd go as far as to say it is undrinkable. If you love Coors you may enjoy this watery sweet junk.

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Beermanic from Louisiana, Aug 14, 2015
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3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer suffers from poor marketing as much as anything else. I was expecting to have a beer with some sugarcane taste and sweetness. Sugarcane taste is minimal here. What is left is a beer that tastes like meadow, husk and light sugar. It is an ok representation of the style. I feel like I have had countless others like this and for me this is a pass.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, May 04, 2015
Canebrake from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 275 ratings