Red Bud
Greenbush Brewing Company

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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #35,039
3.7 | pDev: 10.27%
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/15/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy dark wheat ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium copper, a little cloudy with a one finger head and some foamy cling. Smell is malt, yeast. some floral hops, caramel, a little musty grain. Taste also leads with malt, then caramel, a more distinct wheat flavor than the nose. Hop bitterness comes through on the back end. Smooth, creamy, good level of carbonation.

This is a very good example of the style. Lots of flavor and enjoyable to drink. Well worth a purchase.

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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Greenbush snifter.

The beer pours a medium amber color, hues of copper and orange when held to the light with about 2 fingers of soft, bone colored head that lingers nicely and leaves a good amount of sticky lace behind. The aroma is of soft, sweet caramel malt, light wheat and pale grain, a bit of spice, like nutmeg or allspice, just a kiss of bitter, earthy hop spice. It's simple, soft, sweet without being sugary and has a nice rustic quality. The flavors are right in line, lots of caramel malt, brown sugar, nutmeg, wheat is nicely integrated, mingles well with the richer malt bill and just a touch of hoppy bitterness and earthy quality. The mouthfeel is nice, coats the mouth well, light carbonation, rich texture, smooth feel with a crisp finish that is just lightly dry.

Verdict: One of the better beers in the wheat/amber ale category I've tried to date. It's soft, smooth, rustic, and more importantly it's very easy to drink. This really hit the spot on a cool fall day.

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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, great lacing, constant, fast, and even carbonation. Foamy white head becomes a ring and light blanket. Penny-copper in color.

Caramely, toasty smell. A sip reveals a nice complexity that the light aroma didn't lead me to expect- nice clean malted wheat and an interesting hoppiness- clean and spicy like a good czech pils. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is nice- full and round but clean, with just a little hoppy linger. It's easy to drink but relatively filling and creamy.

This is a beer outside the boxes, an awesome standby that's always available from this brewery. One of the reasons I'm a true GB fanboy. Wonderful next to a bowl of red chili.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a 16-oz shaker glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep caramel body with a sticky beige bubble head that last for a good bit.

S- The dry caramel malt mixes with smoke and a faint band-aid hit that is not bad. There is a nougat note that grows with each sip and a yeasty apricot fruit ester in the finish.

T- The smoke note mixes with a caramel malt richness that finishes with a pungent flavor that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is interesting. It has a nice smoke flavor but it starts to take over all the other flavors and gets a bit tough to finish the whole glass.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Small Bar-Division 05/03/12.

A: Served an extremely cloudy, dull amber color with one finger of dense white foam on top. Retention was decent with some random ropey lace left behind.

S: Bits of grassy hops and quite a bit of toasty/bready malt. This leaned pretty hard in the malty direction.

T: Pretty much as above with some spicy yeastiness during the middle that managed to keep things a little lively.

M: Drying roasted malt and a little peppery yeast.

O: I was hoping for something a little more "left field", but this was more middle of the road. Not bad in the least, just too safe.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Greenbush.

A- Poured a hazed amberish color. One finger white head shows good retention before dying to nothing. Nice streaks of lace that seem to fall back into the beer less and less as I drink this one down.

S- This beer is more or less malt driven which I expected but in a unique way. Amber malts give off a bready like aroma in the front with some light toasted hints here and there. Some grassy and light citrus hops balance out most aroma. The hops do a good job at not letting this one be over the top in the malt aroma.

T- This beer has a way of layering flavors throughout the drink which I normally don't find in most wheat ales. First off there is a underlying wheat flavor throughout the entire beer almost as if it is its flavor base. The front of the beer is mostly toasted caramel bread. Toward the ending of the front half of the beer some light grassy hops do the trick of counterbalancing most of the malt. Middle of the beer shows off more of the wheat flavor with hints of some spiciness to it. Ending to me is a mix between wheat and light toasted caramel malts with hitns of hops that don't let this one get too sweet at the finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel which was a surprise. Carbonation was good for the style. Toasted caramel malt flavors with hints of wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, wheat and toasted caramel malts, and hint of grassy hops. Flavors were well put together and made everything go smoothly while drinking. No off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a interesting cross between a amber ale and a wheat that came off very well. It seems at times people try to oversimplfy this style and they have shown that you can go in the opposite direction and still have a great outcome. The ABV is low enough and the body is strong. What more could you really want in a hybrid wheat?

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Man, this beer is out there - a hybrid wheat-amber-pale ale. And I'd say it's well made beer at that. It had a strong balance of spicy, Euro-like hops with smooth bready, toasty barley and wheat with a share of caramel. Despite weighing in at 6.1%, but this beer is very drinkable and quite interesting.

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