Black Walnut Wheat
Piney River Brewing Co.

Black Walnut WheatBlack Walnut Wheat
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Style:
American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #18
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #39,081
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 14.79%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
106
From:
Piney River Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
82
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Black Walnut WheatBlack Walnut Wheat
Notes: 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
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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A Labor Day shout-out & thank-you to my local, in-person trader, @tone77 who brought this for The CANQuest (tm) from one of his many adventures!

From the CAN: "Pack it in. Pack it out. Enjoy nature."; "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."

I did as the CAN directed & kept it refrigerated since its arrival & in Crack!ing open the vent, nothing untoward occurred so I CANtinued with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. I was both pleasantly surprised & mildly elated to see it forming a pseudo-cascade as it foamed upwards. It resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. I guess that the walnuts were black, not the beer. No matter as it was still well within Style specs. Nose was quite sweet, very malty & reminiscent of syrup on buckwheat pancakes. It had a pleasant nuttiness to acCANpony the syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much past it, either. The taste was less sweet than the nose had led me to gird myself for, presenting a solid nuttiness with the counterbalance of treacle, vice syrup. This suddenly made me wish that I had pancakes or waffles to go with it. Mmm. Finish was semi-sweet, but a case could be made for semi-dry. It definitely was the sum of its parts! Mmm. YMMV.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a clearbrown with a nice full light tan head that slowly diminishes as you enjoy it. Scent in the nose of bread and something else, possibly nuts. Taste is the same, with a nutty background to the malty flavor.

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Photo of soju6
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Shamrocks. Served a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma of Malt, wheat and nuts. Taste of malt, nice nuttiness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and quite flavorful. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of superwho24
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: chocolate, black cherry, nutty
Taste: unique sweetness, malts, nuts.

I had to pour aggressively out of the can to get head and lacing. Really enjoyed. Thanks. Oh yeah, the Ozarks kick ass.

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Photo of Meherat
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown but transparent next to a light. A nice mild nutty aroma. My first sip I was hit with a great deal of delicious wheaty nutty flavor. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown color - slightly cloudy, but see through when held to the light. Thin off-shite head dissipates quickly leaving no residual had or lacing. Smell has notes of wheat, malts, with a bit of a nutty overtone. Very mild aroma. Taste has notes of wheat, nuts, hint of bitter earthy hops on the back end. This would be pretty good except for the fact that the flavors taste so watered down. Feel is very light and easy drinking. Medium carbonation. Lacks the full mouthfeel identify expect from a wheat based malt bill. Overall this beer is just okay - it needs to be reworked to have the aromas and flavors pop more. As it is, its just too watered down to be good.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Thin, bubbly, short off white head that fades fast.

Smells malt, nutty, earthy, fresh peeled walnuts.

Tastes bready malt, black walnut and some earthy bitterness. Finish is dry with a light bitter earthy linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Riff
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +23.6%
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 +8.5%
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 -48.8%
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 -18.4%
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 -15.3%
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 -15.3%
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 grain...at 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 -11.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.2%
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 +16.4%

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 +2.7%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -6.8%
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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Black Walnut Wheat from Piney River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 106 ratings