Sandy Wheat | Mother's Brewing Company

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Sandy WheatSandy Wheat

Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hopped-up unfiltered wheat pays tribute to our founder's mothers, Sandy. The spirit and malt bill of a Belgian Witbier fused with the hop and soul of an American Pale Ale, with just a touch of grapefruit zest, make Sandy subtly complex yet refreshingly crisp.

33 IBU

Added by MarzenMan on 05-22-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, lemon, wheat, floral, slight sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, wheat, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and feel. Tastes very similar to Bell's Oberon.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a stubby brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a classic weizen glass. The bottom of the label says "ale brewed with grapefruit peel", which is something new to me.

Appearance - It certainly looks the part of a hefeweizen, with a big bone-white rocky four-finger head that slowly starts to break apart, forming thick webbing after a long retention. Lacing is sticky, but spotty. Body is a sunny golden hue with a haze from the yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Shades of peach flesh and yellow.

Smell - Initially, an aromatic citrusy fruit element, with a nice sharp acidic element to it. That smell soon gives way to the rounder tones from the wheat and bready yeast characteristic. It's really nice how much the aroma balances the two contrapuntal flavor profiles. Very promising.

Taste - Unfortunately, the floral, citric hops that the aroma suggested are not nearly as present in the taste. Instead, we have a more classic APWA flavor profile with the bready wheat along with some notes of lemon peel and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body and high carbonation provide for a filling but refreshing feel. Finish is mostly dry with a faint lingering bit of sweetness.

Overall, a wonderful smelling, but slightly less inspired tasting take on the American Pale Wheat Ale. I will say that the "hopped up wheat" label might be a bit of a misnomer, especially compared to other so-called "hoppy wheats" I've had. The hops are present in the smell, but not very much in the taste. Still a very solid beer that I would gladly drink again on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Quentin33
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Beer Kitchen in the Westport area of K. City and it was wholly superb, so good I made a major detour the next day to have it again. Perhaps the best beer I've had in the "American Pale Wheat Ale" category, which is such a great American innovation on the regular weiss category. Anyway, superb, and if you can find it on tap make a pilgrimage - by reading the other reviews, it sounds like it's not as impressive in the bottle form.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very hazy honey with a one finger white head and excellent retention

S - Definately grapefruit to start. There are hints of lemon and other citrus as well. There is a biscuity/bready aroma in the background as well.

T - Very similar to the aromas. Starts off with grapefuit and other citrus with a nice maltiness in the back. Quite tasty

M - A lgiht bodied beer with a slick feel. Nice carbonation

O - Great beer that is differentfrom most wheats. I love the use of hops in it. They arent so overpowering that you dont realize its a wheat but there is enough there to make thier presence known. I'll be picking this beer up again.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Rose and Crown pub imperial pint glass.

Very hazy golden yellow with a lot of large particles in the murk topped by two fingers of white dense foam that laces scantily.

Huge bold earthy grain and green leafy matter with lemon/orange zest rounds out the nose.

Don't think I've experienced this much wheatiness in a beer - giant wheat grain, talkin' a grain silo here. The lemon/orange sweetness is a bit shape shifting - it's there and then gone and back again. There is a wet grassy hop in the finish, but it's outdone by the wheat monster in the end.

Feels medium light and average for a witbier.

This is a bit of an odd duck in a good way. Not your average witbier. It's billed as a "hopped up wheat." At 33 IBU it's not all that hopped up with the colossal wheat circus stealing the show. I like it and shall require another.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a much hazed orange-tinted gold color with a quick fading, off-white head. Not much lacing or retention.

Snappy wheat and grassy-citric hops. Nice, clean and fairly unique nose. I like it. The hop-fruitiness of the nose is astonishing and shifty. One sniff it is tangerine, the next lime peel and then maybe even cantaloupe.

Mmmm, taste is refreshing and dry with a nice fruity kick. The hop flavor is pretty unique and is accentuated by the tart wheat. Lime peel and grains...grapefruit and honey, nicely complex for a wheat. This is a wonderful take on the American Wheat style and one of the most distinctive I have had since I first tried Oberon many years ago. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium-full with a plethora of bubbles. Southern Missouri is overflowing with good beer, it is amazing to see some of the quality brews from this region...well done Ozark country...well done indeed.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle kept in fridge, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a slightly hazy solid gold color with 3 fingers of thick, rocky, pillowy white head that has wonderful retention. Looks great.

S- Base smells of a Belgian Wit, with a citrus kick. Interesting.

T- Smoothness and easy drinkablity of a traditional wheat beer, mixed with the refreshing quality of bitter/sour grapefruit. A smooth, refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

M- On the high side of light body. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

O- A nice summer offering from Mother's. The low ABV makes this one easily sessionable.

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

Two fingers of soapy white head accompany a sparkling golden beer, with streams of carbonation rising from beneath.

Smells wheaty, as it should - picking up a hint of astringency and lemony citrus, but little else that could be constued as hoppy.

Lots of lemon rind here, providing a bitter and dry citrus lead, like biting into the yellow fruit itself. It's then accompanied by a strong, but rounded wheat maltiness.

This beer's decent enough, balancing the hops and wheat well, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey color. Nice lacing in my glass.
Really nice citrus with orange and lemon and grapefruit notes. More grapefruit as it warms, some tangerine. Finishes with slight malt sweetness and a little hop bitterness. Clean finish.
Good balance between hops and malt. A super nice hoppy wheat, a lot like a Pale Ale with wheat. A great summer beer. I could drink lots and lots (only 4.8 abv).

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and some citrus fruits.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with a bitter hop bite. Nice cracked wheat flavor.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice wheat ale. Hoppier than most.

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Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a good head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain, some citrus and spice. Bit of sweetness in the background.

T: Flavor of fresh grain, with a bit of spice, spice and light sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker. Nice summer style beer from the brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed honey colored with a thumb of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & bready

T: Grassy, faint lemon & grapefruit notes along with sweet bready notes up front. More grapefruit as this warms, some tangerine notes too, along with more grapefruit. Finihes with malty sweetness & grapefruit bitterness

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation, good balance

This a decent attempt at a hoppy wheat, but not great. I'll stick with a L'il Sumpin Sumpin

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Photo of StLThrash
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some samples @ Mother's last Thursday, and decided to buy a growler of this.

A - Standard yellowish wheat color, but a lot more clear than most wheats. Nice head, stuck around and left a little lacing. Again, a little different than a standard wheat.

S - Reminiscent of more than a pale ale than a wheat. Nicely hopped, with strong wheat / malt backbone.

T & M - Light-bodied, medium carbonation. Nicely balanced combo of a pale ale and wheat.

Overall - very drinkable summer seasonal beer. Not too wheaty at all, and pale ale fans will like this as well.

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Photo of beagley
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at a pre-launch brewery tour, though the beer is now available at local bars on tap, and in growler's at local fine beer stores.

A wheat beer with a pale ale style hopping? Finally something to keep in the fridge for the fruit-in-beer friends, as well as a solid after-work choice.

I was pleasantly surprised that a wheat could make it's way on to my beer-run list. It takes a lot for me to stray from my IPA/imperial stout tastes, and to find a yellow beer so appealing, is simply shocking. There's a lot of skill into this one.

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

From a growler fill at the brewery.

Upon first smell I was surprised because I was expecting an American Wheat. After first taste I def thought it to be a pale I was confused. They explained that it was supposed to be a cross between a Wit and a Pale Ale. I'd say the Pale Ale was more forward.

This turned out to be my favorite of Mother's first round of brews,and one I almost didn't try because I wasn't really interested in another wheat.

I think price may be an issue for them here at what amounts to $9 a six pack ($8 64oz growler).

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Sandy Wheat from Mother's Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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