Black Walnut Wheat | Piney River Brewing Co.

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Black Walnut WheatBlack Walnut Wheat

Brewed by:
Piney River Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Buckets, burlap bags and pickup truck beds are filled with black walnuts each fall in the Ozarks. The rich and lively flavor of the wild, hand-harvested black walnut is a renowned flavor of the region. We're proud to continue celebrating local flavor and tradition with our handcrafted Black Walnut Wheat Ale.

18 IBU

Added by MTNboy on 01-04-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Riff
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a tiny bit of white head to it that faded quickly away. Smells deeply of nuts and wheat, almost as good as a freshly cracked nut. Taste follows with a rich malty flavor topped with nice tones of walnut and finishing with a wheat flavor. Medium to medium light body. Finishes cleanly. It's nothing mind blowing but a very solid beer that delivers on the promised walnut and wheat flavor. I actually preferred this a little more from the can than poured, I thought the walnut flavor was more pronounced that way.

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Photo of JacobBalt
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I wish more people could try this fresh from their tap room. Incredible. I'm usually an ipa kimd of guy. I like the bitterness of the hops. This one was an unlikely favorite. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Tan head, great flavor, i havent had it from a can, but man on draft, i couldnt get enough. The unique black walnut flavor is what did it for me. Never had a beer quite like this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i find it hard to believe others didnt like this one more. it has one of the more authentic and robust, and also least forced real walnut flavor of any beer i can think of, and whether or not you like the malty sweetness all the way through this, you have to respect the use of the special ingredient, it has yielded a beer that is completely unique, at least to my tastes. deep warm amber in color, clearish, with a short but persistent off white head. smells nutty and toasty, again warming and rich, the walnut seem fresh but not green, and really heavily dosed. wheat malt may be a darker wheat, maybe it takes its color from the walnuts, its tough to tell, and the taste doesnt give it away either, as the flavor of the walnuts has a toasted quality about it, and the wheat is clean and light in comparison, thats how it comes across. woody, nutty, sweet, hints of maple and brown sugar, tree bark, golden raisin, and the wheat, which also has a rawness along with its toast, neat complexity. no doubt this one is sugary, it never really resolves, and just sort of slowly fades in the finish, and i can see that being a turn off for some, and it certainly slowed me down a little but, but i am in awe of the walnut flavor coming through. really neat beer, one of those local gems i wish more people could taste. huge fan of this, and a standing winner in the walnut beer category for me right now!

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Photo of Jblackfish
1.87/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Color dark brown, aroma negligible. Taste is a very light nutty hint - very low carbonation. There could be a hint of coffee flavor altho there is no coffee there. It reminds me of drinking a flat, watered down coke - very disappointing brew as a beer. Still drinkable but I'd never choose it an enjoyable brew with all the other great one around. Life's too short.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - fizzy cola brown. Light brown head. 3.25

S light sweet 2.75

T bitter roasted malts 3

M a touch watery but refreshing and cold 2.75

D not outstanding but acceptable 3.25

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Whole Foods in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dark copper body with a thin, khaki hued head. Aromas include malts, earth, nuts. Sweet with a thin body. Mediocre.

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Photo of Suds
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 1 pint can, this beer is a murky, blackish-brown color with a thin head. The aroma is of first I didn't get any nuts, but, after several sips, there may be a faint scent of walnut. The taste is a bit astringent and dry, with a bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of wheat. The beer is interesting, but didn't really grab me.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can, dated 10/20/15. Pours clear, light brown in color, with a very small amount of beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is light and very one-dimensional: malty. Taste is also one-dimensional: lightly of medium roast malts, like a brown ale, and the wheat comes through. Mouth-feel is thin, I get a bit of the carbonation, and there is not much of a finish.

I got this because wanted to try something from Piney River; and while this beer is easily drinkable (especially with dinner), I don't see anything that stands out about it. Still, it is a decent offering from a new brewery.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty dark brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, molasses, walnuts. Taste is also a bit on the sweet side. Wheat, brown sugar, some walnuts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an underwhelming head for a wheat beer. I'm guessing the fat content of the walnuts killed the head retention. Smell and taste are similar. There is a faint nutty character. Finishes semi sweet and with enough bitterness to keep the balance in check. I t seems that it is primarily malt driven with very little of the walnuts contributing overall. Very smooth carbonation. Light to medium bodied with a slight slickness from the wheat.

Overall- In terms of this being a Black Walnut wheat it is lacking the whole walnut factor. For me, this was an average brown ale. Nothing to crazy and exciting, but highly drinkable. I will have to say that I had this towards the beginning of the year and it was amazing. The aroma and taste just screamed black walnuts. Hopefully, this was just an older can because there is a night and day difference from then to now.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark Brown with underdeveloped head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing, bubbles or film
Smell: lacks significant aroma - some malty smells
Taste: some nutty malt flavors, dry, little bitterness
Feel: light to medium body, fine, soft carbonation

Overall: While the wheat seems to reveal itself somewhat in the mouthfeel at least, it's hard to tell whether the walnuts are contributing to the nutty flavor that is already fairly typical of brown ales. It is a competent, reasonably balanced brown but not remarkable by any standard.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Sampled this past Saturday on 10/4/14 with my buddy. He brought over two 16 ounce cans from a case he bought down in Missouri a couple of months back. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a thumb=print handled glass stein.

Pours a deep mahogany in color with some reddish highlights with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is light but is of dark bread with some malts and nuts. Pretty much the same for the taste with a slightly bitter finish for the black walnuts and much stronger than the aroma suggests. Not your average wheat beer taste. Very smooth and is a good tasting brew. Between lighter and medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piney River Black Walnut Wheat has an extremely thick, beige, fizzy, head, a mostly clear, bubbly, brown appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is full and of sweet bread crust, some brown bread yeast, and possibly walnut. Taste is of sweet, syrupy malt, brown bread, maybe some nut, and no real bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a touch slick, and Piney River Black Walnut Wheat finishes on the wet side and highly drinkable.


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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a reddish amber with one finger fluffy white head. Good retention

S - Lighter aroma. Mainly malts and caramel. Slight nuttiness to it.

T - Great flovar. Much stronger than the aroma. Not a typical wheat. Lts malts coffee, choclate. Slight bitterness perhaps from the walnuts?

M - very very very smooth. No burn whatsoever. Reminds me of drinking a milkshake. Medium bodied

O - A very solid drinkable beer. Love the flavor. My first walnut beer. Was impressed with my first beer from this brewery. Cant wait to try others.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of nut, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and slight mushroom aromas. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of nut, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of mushroom, lol. Overall, weak appearance and lacking complexity, but good aroma and body.

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Photo of Zebus0
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Great coloration. Thick brown/deep amber. Very little head.
S: Almost no smell, slight nut fragrance aptly walnut.
T: Good taste. Earthy start hoppy\bitter nut finish. Very nicely balanced.
M: Average. Bit mealy but complements well to other factors.
Overall: Good solid wheat. Really drinkable on a brisk day like today. Worth a try, would get multiple rounds.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Brown bread & nutty notes

T: Brown bread, walnut shell notes & herbal hop notes slight caramel flavor up front. Dryness, slight astringencey & a bit of nuttyness (more hazel nut sweetness, but a bit of walnut too) as this warms up. Finishes nutty, dry & slightly sweet

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Super drinkability, a whole lot of flavor in a sessionable ale

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Dark, opaque brown color with minimal head.
It smells like walnuts, if only faintly. A little candy smell comes through too.
Wow. It tastes exactly like root beer for the first 2 seconds. Then the flavor "waters" out a bit. Some dry bitterness at the end.
Smooth texture, medium body and moderate carbonation.
If nothing else it is interesting with the walnuts and the taste of root beer.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a shaker at Blackthorn Pizza and Pub in Joplin, Missouri.

New brewery to me, but what an introduction. Pours an old penny copper, quite clear, almost no head.

Nose is sweet, and nutty. Walnut comes through in the nose. No hops that I can detect. Nothing but grain and walnut.

Taste is... Wow, how to describe this. There's no bitterness, no hop presence at all. It tastes like black walnuts. And it works. It's a tad sweet, and subtly nutty. Like liquid walnut pie. It's hard to do this service in words, but it's good. Walnuts, man. Walnuts.

The mouthfeel is sufficiently light to prevent this being cloying. With no discernable hops, that's a good thing.

Okay, I expected this to be a gimmick, sweet, artificial, all sorts of bad. I am happy to be wrong on all counts. This is well done, nutty, well balanced, and just plain good. I have absolutely no idea how readily available this is, but if you see it, try it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a somewhat murky brown color with a foamy head of off-white bubbles. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly nutty with some mild wheat notes.

T - Really tasty. Strong nutty flavor with a good cracked wheat flavor. Some yeasty spiciness.

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

O - This is really good. I was surprised by the use of black walnuts. Nice dark wheat beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a festival at the Public House in Rolla. There were a lot of great beers there but by far this was my favorite. It is not what you expect form the name and that was the intention of the brewer. It was a little bit darker than most American Wheats but I was reluctant to call it a dark wheat. It pours with moderate head and lacing. An awesome aroma of wheat malt and berries are appearent before you even it get it close to your nose. It has peppery and berry like taste produced by the walnuts that is unlike anything I have ever tasted. There are not much for nut esters mainly berries and some clove. It has some bit to the body but is mainly very smooth. It is a great late summer early fall beer.

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Black Walnut Wheat from Piney River Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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