Canebrake | Parish Brewing Company

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Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by utah44 on 02-23-2011

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Photo of Beermanic
1.19/5  rDev -63.9%
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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Photo of flyingpig
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
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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Photo of rudzud
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a good golden hue with a thin wispy head.

S - Aromas of burnt wheat, rubber, malts.

T - Taste is sweet malts, burnt wheat, light sugar cane sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is average, light carbonation.

O - Overall this was average.

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Photo of jlindros
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another thanks but no thanks to rudzud.

Light airy head, mostly clear light honey color.

Nose bad fermented wheat like it sat in the sun, weird rubbery thing to it, weird burnt grassy thing, grainy thing too.

Taste ew, bad fermented hay grass, light rubber again and burnt weeds, almost like chewing on a dandelion, with some weird wheat but not a ton, little skunky like flavor, weird bitterness. Light copper taste. Finish slight dry syrupy, more bad fermented wheat and hay, weird rubbery.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall blech.

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Photo of brewskifan55
2.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden amber with not much of a head, very little retention and very light lacing.

S: Light malts, grainy wheat

T: Watered down wheat with a few malts floating in the bayou. Very little sweetness. Just doesn't deliver.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation (the best part of the sip, sadly).

O: Recommended at Callandro's in Baton Rouge as a sessionable brew. As weak as a drought on a field of wheat. Avoid unless you just want to be bored.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Label says Best By: but then there's nothing after it.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that has a relatively sturdy head for a wheat beer then drops down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a couple small patches of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves jagged streaks behind on the glass.

S- Has that fumey wheat smell you get with a lot of the lower grade APWAs. It's a rotten honey/white grape aroma I'm not a fan of.

T- Faint wheat malt that has stale bread in the aftertaste. Minimal bitterness. Almost tastes like an adjunct lager with a tinge of wheat and spice. Pretty weak overall.

M- Watery and dull with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty lame representation of the style. Will not revisit.

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Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-clear golden amber, lots of small CO2 bubbles-thin white head
S-not very aromatic a bit of sweet malts
T-a unique taste. Sweet and pale malts-tastes like barley with a bit of a spicy hop finish
M-medium bodied with lots of carbonation. A bit of a lingering finish
O-an ok beer-weak on any wheat character and a bit over carbonated and bitter for me

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one while visiting New Orleans for Cantillon Zwanze Day! Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, grain, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, spice, subtle earth, and nutty. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out at all. Just not really a lot going on in this one that was even slightly above an average brew for the style. While it wasn’t terrible it just didn’t leave a lasting impression on my palate. Glad I got to try it, but I doubt I would go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of tone77
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, some hints of wheat. Taste is wheat, lemon, mild, not getting any of the sugar cane advertised on the bottle. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
I smelled the obvious some sugar cane, yeast, grain, lime.
I tasted the obvious sugar cane, wheat, acidic fruit, and some bitter hop notes in the finish.
The mouthfeel was light to medium body. Kind of sweet which makes me thirstier for something else. It is easy stuff to drink with a decent price tag.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of KensWorld
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of Labeorphile
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with vigorous pour. Light copper with a relatively thin fizzy head. Not much lacing.

Not much in the way of a nose. Let it warm and still didn't get much. A little yeast, some breadiness.

Taste is clean and refreshing, more flavor than the nose. Drinkable and pleasant, but a little weak. Mouth is thin, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of utah44
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the Tap Room in Lafayette, Louisiana. Delivered in an Abita pint glass, it had a small head with some lacing on the glass as it receded. Clear golden yellow color. The smell was sweet with notes of honey and wheat. Taste was well balanced between the wheat malt and the hops with a pleasing smooth, crisp feel. A light medium body with average carbonation. A hint of citrus was noted in the after taste.

This is not for me, but could be recommended to others who like this kind of brew. It isn't too complex, but it has all the right stuff for the style. So a think it is a drinkable brew

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Photo of Treyliff
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bulldog's in New Orleans

A- pours clear and golden with a frothy white head, no lace

S- sugary, earthy malt, hay, very little hops

T- sweet sugar, barnyard hay, faint herbal hop, Finsihes malty with a slight wheat linger.

M- spritzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, medium body, goes down smooth.

O- a sweet, yet earthy brew. pretty drinkable but nothing really blew me away.

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Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Room in Lafayette.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color. A two finger forms, but recedes to a ring in a second. Light lace it left behind.
S: The aroma is sweet and fruity. Some husky wheat. The fruity flavors range from citrus, light banana, and sweet cranberries. I like it.
T: Follows the nose. Some sweetness from the sugar, light husky wheat. Fruity citrus, and cranberries again. Not what I was expecting, but very enjoyable.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit watery and thin though. Easy to drink. A good beer for the hot summer.

An easy drinking wheat beer with some nice surprises. I get a lot of cranberries on top of the wheat flavors and sugar cane. This is worth a try.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, rich golden amber with a thin white mousse that dissipates very quickly. Aside from the fact that head retention is sorely lacking, this is a very attractive ale.

S: Very neutral on the nose-it takes quite some time for subtle aromas of wheat toast, lemon, grass, and cane syrup to emerge.

T: Mild notes of cane sugar, minerals, biscuit, wheat toast, grass, herbs, and lemon flit across the palate. The finish is, at least for me, unique among ales of this type, presenting an initial grassy bitterness followed by a kiss of cane syrup sweetness.

M: Fairly light in body, but just a bit heavier than some other familiar wheat ales. A smooth, creamy texture develops in the mouth, though it dries out a little toward the finish. Carbonation is very crisp and a little prickly. At only 4.9% abv, this is incredibly easy to drink.

O: Though I wasn't expecting much going into this one, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. Canebrake is not earth-shattering, even among American pale wheat ales, but it is a very enjoyable, approachable ale that is perfect for hot summer days. I also appreciate the fact that the cane syrup flavor and aroma are not entirely absent, as I get a bit annoyed by beers that use non-traditional ingredients without showcasing them effectively. All in all, I would return to this one in the right setting, and if you are a fan of the style, you can do far worse.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Avenue Pub. Poured a lightly hazed copper-gold color with a light white head.

There are notes of sharp citrusy and herbal hops, as well as a sweet graininess and subtle banana.

The taste is sweet with a little alcoholic dryness. There is a pleasant bitterness from the hops, but the grainy/sweet malts are the backbone here. Overall, a decent brew. Medium-bodied with a relatively high carbonation level.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans, in a pint glass

appears a light copper color, bone white head that fades. Aroma of pale malt, slight sweetness, and herbal spice. Nice light refreshing taste. The description said the beer is wheat based, but I don't really taste it. Slightly yeasty dry aftertaste. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

overall - an interesting beer that is definitely a good summer brew.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours light golden with a thick eggshell colored head that dissipates slowly. There are lots of visible tiny streaming bubbles rising in the beer. There are faint aromas of wheat and barley. The smell is mildly sweet and there's virtually no discernable hop aroma. The beer has flavors of wheat and barley malt and some mild sweetness. There are some mild grassy hops in the flavor. Overall, the flavors are pretty mellow. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the drinkability is high. This is a good beer.

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Photo of CajunCavern
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Burgersmith, Lafayette, LA - yellowish amber with thin white head. Aroma of stale bread, citrus fruit, and spice. Flavors of citurs peel, namely lemon, hay, malted wheat and a good bitter after. Decent wheat brew - the cascade hops give it an APA feel. It went well with my spicy burger.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +21.2%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and no best by date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Light biscuit and malt

Taste: Biscuit malts and some wheat with a little floral hop note towards the end finishes slightly sweet and dry

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Overall: Im impressed. While there isn't a lot of wheat character, this is a great refreshing, crisp, drinkable beer. Im pairing with some Boudin.

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