Big Blue Van | College Street Brewhouse & Pub

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Big Blue VanBig Blue Van

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College Street Brewhouse & Pub
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GRG1313 on 01-29-2012

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +16.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Auraan
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear straw golden body with one finger of foamy white head. It looks just like an American Pale Wheat should, no complaints here. Scents of blue berries, sweet cream, sugar cookie and hints of tangy wheat. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather sweet ale, very fruity and pleasant. Flavor begins with notes of sour yet sweet blue berries and a nice medium-light touch of vanilla. A light wheat tang is also present. The middle maintains these flavors with the tangy wheat becoming a bit more robust and a nice sugar cookie sweetness appearing. Finish is tangy with a light sweetness and the same flavors as earlier. Aftertaste is of vanilla. A light bitterness is present in the background throughout the sip keeping the beer from being cloying. Overall impression of flavor is of a relatively simple, sweet, straight-forward wheat ale. Not amazing, but not bad or off tasting at all. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a creamy smooth feel and medium-high, pleasantly fizzy carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a straight forward wheat ale. Quite pleasant. Overall this is a relatively good beer. There is nothing wrong with it on most counts, and it is overall quite well put together. It simply isn't an overall profile that I can say I like. Not bad, but lackluster.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexChillton
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden color with slight haze to it. Very small head that fades very fast. It has a prominent smell of blueberry and fruit. The taste is very light and full of blueberry with a little bite on end. The feel is clean, very easy to drink and exceptional nice to sip on a very hot day by the pool. I am not a sweet beer guy but this is a great beer. It is a nice change of pace from the norm and is great for a day out with friends or at the lake, just a nice beer.

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy orange color with a slight transparency about it allowing a fair carbonation to be seen rising at a decent pace. One finger white foamy and bubbly white head dissipated within less than twenty seconds. The aroma had a soft sugary blueberry sweet smell. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. This was fairly sessionable. The carbonation was decent for the style and for me. Overall, seemed to be just another blueberry ale.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An unfiltered wheat made with real blueberry and vanilla.

Pours a hazy medium amber/gold tone with a short white head. A single blueberry is floated in the glass and one might conclude that is the result of the marketing department and not the brewer who would know better and who would not want to alienate real beer drinkers. While I was a bit offended by the floating fruit in my beer, I simply ignored it and went on tasting it.

Nose is very assertive vanilla - almost overpoweringly so with a hint of blueberry undertone. Nose is almost "too much" in that the vanilla is pure and strong; great if you love vanilla - not so great if you don't. Blueberry is lost on this and a better name might just be "Big Van."

Mouthfeel is medium with good balance and nice carbonation although one cares little for the mouthfeel as the nose is strong throughout the drinking/tasting and flavor follows, with a strong vanilla character and flavor profile. Almost synthetic the vanilla is so strong and the juxstaposition of vanilla and "beer" doesn't quite marry for me as does, say, coffee or chocolate.

Finish is simple yeasty with a light bitter character but, again, vanilla carries the day here. Not my thing but some will enjoy.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tommy5
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of a 12oz. can a hazy gold with a bubbly white two fingers of head.
The smell is an assault of berries and vanilla. Not so much blueberry, this seems a bit more hidden in the smell. It is the berry smell and that vanilla that dominate the smell.
The taste is a bit different with a big punch of blueberry with that vanilla pulling in a close second. Actually kind of sweet on the taste. The taste is kind of like a blueberry vanilla oatmeal cereal in a liquid form.
A medium mouth feel that seems a bit chewy and on the finish rinses berry flavors all down the throat.
Overall each drink of this beer puts a smile on the face, it just seems like such a fun beer. May be a bit too sweet to drink more than one at a time but to have one every now and than I say let the fun times roll!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ronniebruner
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light amber color with an excessive amount of carbonation. There is a very faint fruit smell of berries, but you might not notice if you did not read the label. No taste or aroma of vanilla as promised. Beer is relatively smooth for not being very tasty. The quality is very poor as the beer's taste is faint, slightly below average and the labels were sloppily applied, which tells me that these guys are interested more in production than quality.

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Big Blue Van from College Street Brewhouse & Pub
3.54 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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