Contact High
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #80
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,098
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
514
From:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  25
Gots
  98
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Contact High is our summer seasonal inspired by the American craft movement. We made this wheat ale exciting by adding pacific northwest hops and dry hopping with orange zest. Contact high pours a bright orange hue with a bit citrus aroma. Citrus zest + hops + wheat = summer.
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maxpower from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper color, aroma of tropical fruit. Nice white head with small bubbles that leaves good lacing in my glass. It's Light, great hot weather session ale.

May 30, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/28/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, orange zest, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, orange zest, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero lingering hop/zest astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice hoppy American pale wheat ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, orange zest, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Great balance of vibrant/dank hops and citrus zest; with a nice pale/wheat malt backbone, and minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Not overly hoppy or bitter.

May 19, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/15/17

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades fairly quickly, pretty hazy lemon yellow color, no real lacing.

Nose plenty of creamy wheat, toasty straw and a little cereal bready notes, a sweet candy aroma as well, with mild citrus orange zest, mild pear like esters, mild perfumey phenols.

Taste brings creamy wheat, a bit toasty again, touch of straw, creamed wheat, a little biscuity and bready, cracker as well, mild perfumey phenols and fruity pear like ester notes, a citrus in the background, like a little candied orange zest and dwarf orange mandarin orange kinda flavor, mild spices from the phenols as well, a little spicy herbal hop in the background with fair to mild bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent creamy carb.

Overall Ok, nothing too special, decent summer beer, not quite hefe or wit style, but it doesn't try to be, it's its own wheat beer with some decent characters.

Jul 07, 2017
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stlfatguy from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice. Bright, hazy yellow. Ample pure white lacing. Great smell has Lots of sweet malty goodness, with a bite that reminds me of so many west coast ipa's. Taste is bitter, but without being tangy on the tongue. Pretty smooth. Light citrus comes through. No heavy sweet malt that was prevalent on the nose. It works really well.

Jan 12, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage; drank 11/25/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a can into a glass.

Semi-opaque bright orange hue.

Bright white head; frothy lace.

Strong orange/tangerine/grapefruit nose...citrus heaven!

Thin mouthfeel.

Bold orange/tangerine flavor; pleasant, dry grapefruit bite on the finish. This would be nigh-perfect on a hot summer day for citrus heads!

Oct 19, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear golden appearance with good carbonation going up the glass. Big zesty citrus aromas are most prevalent with some maltiness as well. Tastes are similar with an easy drinkability. Nice palate that finishes nice and smooth. Overall a good easy drinking wheat with a good hop bite.

Jul 30, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was interesting. It was a strange mix of hops and malt. The wheat really subdued the hops and it almost drank more like a traditional German wheat beer than a pale ale.

Jul 12, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazy orange body, white coarse head, archipelago of lace. Nose is sweet fleshy tropical fruit, light malt. The flavor doubles down on the fruity notes, incorporating a lot of tangerine and passionfruit, and some grapefruit. Moderately sweet, with a nice backdrop of bready wheat malt. Mildly bitter. Body is light, crisp, highly carbonated but not harsh or stinging.
I'm a sucker for fruity, moderately sweet beers, so this hit the spot. Will be returning.

Jun 07, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours clean light golden, thin white head fades to a ring. Wheat bread aroma. Light wheat taste with grassy piney earthy hops, onion character. Thin slick mouthfeel. Clean hoppy wheat ale, not bad.

Jun 04, 2016
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a bright orange with a nice off white head. Lots of citrus, pine and grapefruit in the nose. Flavor is bitter, with medium sweetness. Some citrus, some citrus zest, fair amount of wheat notes. Light, crisp bodied, finishes bitter.

May 13, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold, hazy that clarifies as it settles, extensive head, lots of lacing.

S - Citrus, mango, peach, and soured wheat notes.

T - Follows the nose with the fruit, orange and zest definitely present, with a middle of mild minerality, and a close of moderate bitterness.

M - Hop forward resin crunchy feel, with a definite drying on the close. Brisk, light and drinkable.

O - A good, solid drinker for warmer months, I am glad I picked this one up.

Apr 05, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know.

From the CAN: "Please [recycle]; "Pairings[:] Spicy Food[,] Poultry"; "Ale with Orange Zest".

The Crack! began with a big surprise! I suddenly had unCANtrollable foaming coming through the vent. Fortunately, I have experience with this & gave it some calming time before CANtinuing. Even the gentlest of pours raised up two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a VERY slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) and I am willing to attribute it to chill haze if you are a clarity freak. Nose smelled like Mandarin (CANdarin) Oranges! Or Clementines (CANmentines). Mmmm. Orange Zest = no doubt! Mouthfeel was kind of thin. The taste was kind of a spicy-black peppery orange, probably a creation of the wheat malt. I agree with their food pairings, plus I would add Chinese food in general. Lemon Chicken or Orange Chicken leap to mind, but so does GEN Tso's Chicken. Man, now I got the munchies! That must be the origin of its name. This was incredibly tasty & easy to drink. They are calling it a Summer Seasonal, but I would not want it on its own during the summer. This is one to be CANsumed with food, either at a restaurant or as take-away. The finish was dry, very peppery, actually. I guess that you could drink it on a summer's day, but I would save this one for an acCANpaniment for food.

Jan 30, 2016
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RobH927 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer! Love this stuff! My tattoo artist turned me on to this... it's amazing. Very smooth, tasteful, and as for the look of the can... AWESOME! Must try! Willing to trade for beers I cannot get in Southern Illinois! Must be a specialty beer, or a local craft beer from different area not offered on Southern Illinois.

Oct 19, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- can. spiegelau ipa glass. Best by 07.16.15. Consumed 10.09.15. Only found out about dating on bottom of can after consumption/review so this review is bias free of dating concern.

A: Light peach-orange, generally good clarity revealing a glass consuming display of effervesce. Slight eggshell white head holds only for a moment, leaving a light ring lacing.

S: Apple-plum esters with citrus on the nose, hint of lightly sour fruit (warm pineapple slices) with some warm orange-alcohol glow.

T: Citrusy-orange bright flavor, wet, flavorful, light flowery fruitiness and alcohol. Grapefruit, light bitterness of citrus, dry orange maltiness. Soft citrusy-orange glow of alcohol on the finish.

M: Bready mouthful, medium fullness, decent carbonation, flowery pollen like hop coating on the tongue.

O: Alcohol adds a nice layering of complexity here, feels a bit higher then advertised 5%.Citrusy-orange, bready malting with dry alcohol and orange-grapefruit hopping. Starts off wet and fruity, goes out with a dry grapefruit hopping and alcohol glow that lingers quite a bit after the swallow. Enjoyable still quite fresh, wet.

Oct 16, 2015
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PhillyJ from Illinois

2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh rotten orange beer? Disappointing disappointed stale rotten orange flavor old orange juice maybe rotten tang? Maybe the tang chimpanzee's butt?idk terrible

Oct 04, 2015
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PerHops from California

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can labeled best by 9/1/15 so this review is a couple weeks later than ideal but the beer looks and smells quite fresh still. Really gorgeous wheat beer with a very nice head and straw yellow color. The smell is much better than I expected being two weeks older than ideal. Lots of tropical fruit, big grapefruit some wheat. Taste is also nice if somewhat subdued. Actually one of the better wheat beers I've had an a long while. Great drinkability. I would love to revisit this beer fresh next time!

Sep 15, 2015
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Ben_Swartz from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Having this beer from a can with a best by date of 08/30 (today). Poured into a Weizen Glass.

L: Pale gold and clear. Head is white and foamy, but quickly dissipates.

S: Citrus Hops. Orange. Grapefruit. Floral.

T: Bitter hop flavor with orange zest cutting through. Not overly malty.

F: Medium mouth feel, crisp

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's refreshing and clocks in at 5% ABV. It's has some bitter notes, but I don't think it is too bitter to scare away non hop-heads. Good for a BBQ, relaxing on a Summer day, or enjoying on your porch at night.

Aug 30, 2015
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ahh... love having beer at the office. Received this as an extra in a trade. 12 oz. can into a Stone IRS snifter (it's the glass I keep at the office).

A - Looks like a fairly standard wheat. A slightly hazy straw yellow with a bright white head. It's sticking around for a while at 5% ABV. It's a firm "meh" for me.

N - A crazy amount of citrus. Let me check this description again... orange zest! There it is. It smells like fresh-squeezed OJ.

T - I definitely get more orange zest here, but not much else. It's a very light wheat flavor after the citrus. Not unpleasant for what it is.

M - Actually not much carbonation here, but it's filling up my mouth. Surprisingly dry on the finish; it's making me want some more. Very decent.

O - A fine wheat ale. I would down several of these by the pool.

Aug 12, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This style kind of falls flat for me some times. Fluffy off white head reaches a solid inch with a strong pour. Body is an orange gold in tone. Nose is almost like you just ripped open a fresh orange. Very appealing nose. With first sip you get up front citrus that quickly lends way to prickly hops. The wheat plays to add a bready feel to the body of this beer. A bit of spice rears its head towards the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in the flavor of this beer for the style. It is a impressive beer overall.

Jul 27, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is wheat, tangerine/fruit and light citrus. The flavor is orange/tangerine, wheat, very light hop resin and mild sweetness/slight heat in the finish.

Jun 28, 2015
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale straw with a one finger white head. Aroma is grassy, hoppy and some earth. Taste is grass, bitterness, bread and earth. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall a refreshing wheat spring seasonal.

May 30, 2015
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light and clean golden with minimal suds and lace in pint glass at 4 Hands Brewery.

Aroma: Sweet, sweet tropical fruit. Just perfect, fresh and light, and I expect a delicious taste next…

Taste: Hoppy tropical fruit. Clean mango and pineapple notes. Very enjoyable, and a top-shelf hopped-up wheat beer, both refreshing and intensely complex in flavor. Wonderful!

May 27, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly carbonated, honey color with a thin beige colored head. Average head retention & lacing at best

S: Sweet wheat malt notes,oranges, grassyness

T: Follows the nose, a fairly bitter citrus note to this up front. A little dryness, mixes with orange zest & a fainter orange sweetness, plus a little grassyness once warm, some Kaffir as well. Finishes crisp & refreshing with just the right amount of sweet & bitter

MF: Light/medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Drinks easy, I like the orange component on this one. I would take this over Oberon, all day. The bitterness is what makes this for me. Paired great with tacos the other day

May 07, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear and golden, this is a malty wheat ale. Lots of aroma. A backbone of malt, some wheat scents, and a nice fruit and hop balance. Spicy taste, with a restrained wheat twang. Full in body and enjoyable.

May 03, 2015
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Clockwork420 from Missouri

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned poured into glass.

Straw yellow, with slight orange hue. Initially a nice head, recedes to light ring. Could pass for much cheaper beer if just judging on sight alone. Nothing spectacular.

Smell is similar to an IPA at first. Slight citrus. Malt is in there too.

Taste is sweet on the front. Changes to slightly bitter from hops and finishes rather clean. Hops leave a bitter after taste but its not very noticeable. Grapefruit pith. Fresh and almost grassy, earthy.

Mouthfeel is thinner. Slick and clean.

Overall this beer is great. I would just about say that this beer is a sleeper. It looks like any regular fizzy yellow draft but thats a myth. Very high drinkability. Clean and refreshing. Very awesome Summer time drink. I would share it with my friends but I am gonna drink them all I think.

Apr 29, 2015
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