Pachyderm Pale Wheat | Avondale Brewing Co.

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Pachyderm Pale WheatPachyderm Pale Wheat

Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BhamBeerLover on 10-23-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 55
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit cloudy, light golden-orange body in hue with a slim, white head.

Smell: A bready, sugar-edged maltiness with amiable citrus notes of sweet, mild lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: PPW has a nice, characterful maltiness with a vibrant breadiness having itself a toasted sugar element to it. A small pop of citrus that settles down. Low bitterness. A little last-minute sweetness and snap of citrus and carbonation on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While most pale wheat ales fall into a line of vapid, lacking offerings, this one breaks the mold with a surprisingly rich maltiness. Nice beer!

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jim n Nick's. Hazy orange color, no head retention to speak of. Very orangey aroma with the malt laying in the background. Taste is on the orange side of citrus with a nice wheaty backbone. Having been born and raised in Birmingham, it's really nice to see the local guys putting out quality brews, especially in what in my opinion is an underappreciated style.

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Photo of dar482
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer in general had a dry wall, paper, paint thinner flavor. A decent wheaty backbone and low on flavors, towards a less fruity Blue Moon. A crisp beer though.

This may have been an old can for those strange flavors to come up.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub. From notes. Reviewed 23 November 2014.
Hazy, with lots of lace.
Faint and boring nose, with tepid yeast.
Meh, it's a decent wheat-- moderately carbonated, clean, lightly spicy yeast finish.
Poor effort. Look elsewhere at Avondale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap with big bubbles; very little lacing;

S: tropical fruit first, then pale malt;

T: not a lot of flavor; what's there is pretty nondescript; a little floral; a little pale malt; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; needs a flavor jolt;

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can consumed on a party bus to the Alabama - Mississippi state football game

Golden yellow

Nice gentle hop aroma

First sip of wheat quickly followed by hop bitterness. Biscuity and lemon citrus

Lots of sudsing

Nice beer

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Photo of DuffDaddy
1/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Everything I hate about wheat beer...too musty tasting. Taster at the brewery with Bro and Bob, waiting for Tom and Don to join us for beers and supper. Great brewery with cool outdoors area.

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Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It was a hot day in Birmingham so this seemed like a good choice. Pours a cloudy and dark blonde into the pint glass. Head seems not really there at all.

Smell is rather faint. Somewhat sweet and citrusy.

The taste is initially fairly sweet and fruity. A little surprised, definitely sweeter than most beers in the style. Perhaps a note of peach or nectarine with that sweetness?? The wheat character comes out afterwards and on the finish, although restrained and not extremely grainy. Crisp for style, rounds out well with a small bitterness on the back.

Definitely a flavorful and good beer for summer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of bongobeer
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow/orange color, not much head or lacing and has an aroma of mild citrus and sweet malts. Taste is nice sweet maltiness with citrus and mild bitterness. A great B-ham refreshing summer brew!

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Photo of dowen17
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a nice thick white head.

Smells of citrusy fruits and sweet malt. Some bready yeast and malts.

Citrus fruits take the forefront of this beer. A little more hoppy than I expected. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall this is a good local beer. I prefer a darker beer but on hot days this is very refreshing.

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Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Tap from the brewery. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma of hops, bread. Tastes of wheat, bitter hops and a hint of citrus. Extremely tasty and refreshing

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Photo of Adamanton
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick lasting head with nice lacing. Cloudy burnt orange colored. Smells like sweet oranges and Lemon peel. Nice carbonation, crisp with a good weight. Tastes like it smells up front with a slight hoppy grapefruit bitterness. Not the best pale Wheat I've had but still pretty good.

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Photo of pvo
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good; combined the best of both pale ales and wheats to make a great anytime beer.

Appearance: hazy, golden, light head.

Smell: hop aroma, balanced by sweetness.

Mouthfeel: crisp, rather carbonated.

Overall: very good-- I'm not sure if they consider this one of their standard beers, but it's really good, and much better than their other basic beers that I'd imagine many people would order, particularly their IPA.

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Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bright pale orange in color. This beer appears from the outset to have a relatively light body and lingering head.

S - The scent of this beer is wonderful blend of hops in the forefront with wheat and citrus behind. Couldn't ask for a better or cleaner smell to go with the summer heat.

T - As with the smell, the flavor is also hoppy. Hoppier than many other pale wheats I have tried in the past. But this hop profile is still in balance with the wheat malt that forms the backbone of this brew. Everything is followed up with a clean finish.

M - Light and crisp, just as I hoped for this kind of brew.

O - An easy, fresh drink that would be great for the summertime.

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Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like a love child between a blue moon and a pale ale! The perfect beer to sip on at the pool, beach, park, game, ect... A great entry level beer for those that don't like "craft beer".

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Photo of jebwatson
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent brew, on tap at Jim and Nicks BBQ in Birmingham. If you've never tried Avondale, I highly recommend starting here. This is a very approachable beer, especially if you are new to the craft beer scene. Although, I would recommend it to experienced craft beer drinkers just the same.

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Pachyderm Pale Wheat from Avondale Brewing Co.
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