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Wheat | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wheat (May – September) German brewers discovered centuries ago that the addition of wheat produces a distinctively light, refreshing beer. Unlike traditional German wheat beers produced by other breweries, Abita Wheat is a lager, not an ale, and contains a generous amount of wheat which produces a clean, simple flavor.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and perfect clarity, as usual with Abita. Head was 3 fingers (thanks to an inverted pour into a hefe glass), bright white and left tons of lace behind

Plenty of bready malts, some musk, light sweetness. It's crisp smelling for sure.

Bready, sweet malts, very light hops. Maybe a hint of yeast spice. Overall a bit on the lighter side.

Nice crisp clean bubbly feel to it, goes does easy and smooth, nicely lighter in body. Rather refreshing on a hot day.

This doesn't wow in any way, and it's pretty run of the mill, but damn if it isn't hella refreshing on a hot day while fishing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, wheat, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then some mild lemon and caramel sweetness come in. The hops presence is also mild as you would expect but it's enough to bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are better ones in the style that I would select first.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with fine effervescent bubbling, little head, no lacing. The aroma is weak, but a noticeable wheaty husk in there. The taste is a similar experience, wheat husk and some bitterness, a lightish body with fine carbonation, in all a rather drinkable beer but also pretty boring and forgettable.

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Photo of Abita45
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice wheat style beer, with a good amount of carbonation. Really refreshing beer, with a nice amount of malt smoothness that makes the mouthfeel a little more substantive than it's pale gold color might indicate otherwise. A slightly spicy/bitter hop taste is especially present in the aftertaste. It adds to the beer, though and gives it an overall good taste and feel. Not much of an aroma.

Very little head out of the bottle, but some light lacing. Really a drinkable beer with some interesting taste for not having too much to recommend it as far as aroma and appearance.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Abita is an excellent brewery, Turbodog is one of my favorites and a big go-to now that it is so readily available. This is a classic style that arrived via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top, I get a very down to earth wheat malt smell. On the pour the brew is a cloudy faded yellow, with a foamy head that recedes quickly and laces nicely. Taste is classic wheat, malts with a wisp of bitterness. Mouthfeel is actually well carbonated and thin, but in line for the style. This is a very light brew, flavorful, with drinkability off the scale.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy unfiltered golden color. Fluffy white head recedes to a thin collar and an oily looking sheen.

Faint nose is mostly of fresh wheat. Perhaps a hint of sweet light malts. Not getting any hops, or much else for that matter.

Taste is pretty much more of the same, cant exactly say the wheat dominates the flavor 'cause there's not much there to dominate. That being said, this beer is fresh and crisp. Very refreshing and downright chugable on a hot summer afternoon and is much tastier than a macro light.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep yellow, amazing carbonation streams. Which are a sight to behold in themselves. Quite impressive, thick and constantly flowing, and moving fast, real fast. Small head, yet decent retention.

S - Wheat and light malt.

T - Light malt and wheat blend together in perfect fashion. Not complex, just refreshing and well balanced. Finishes dry and crisp.

An excellent summer quencher, and one of the better wheat beers I've tried in a while.

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Photo of climax
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita's wheat pours a slightly murky light gold. The head was a modest off-white and left some bubbly residue, no real lace.

Nose was clean and mild. The anticipated lemon zest, cereal grains, and wheat tones were at the forefront.

The flavor was weak, sporting mostly lemon, with a fruit snack sort of sweetness. The finish was chalky with soft wheat tones and honey. A bit, er... lot more flavor would have helped.

The body is on the light side, a chalky smooth mouth-coating character keeps it away from "watery". Not a whole lot of flavor, but it is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Abita Wheat pours a straw color with a white head with average retention.

Its aroma is slight wheat with a hint of citrus.

The taste starts with soft wheat taste which turns into a citrus like tang. On the mid palate a slight hop bitterness appears, which is followed by quick but clean finish.

Its mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium.

Overall I think Abita is a pretty average version of the wheat style. I really like Abita and there brews, but this beer would not be on the top of my list of Abitas to try.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden in color with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to a nice ring.. not much lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet wheat malt with a hint of citrus, more on the lemon side.

T: Sweet malt balanced nicely with a tart lemon finish. Very refreshing with a clean aftertaste.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Pretty average wheat beer here. Pretty good for cooking out and after mowing the lawn... Love ABV makes this a good session beer but it is pretty average.

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Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pale, golden yellow hue. Pretty heavy carbonation, pours into about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly. Bubbly carbonation rises throughout. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat and yeast. Kind of a subtle, but thick in nature, almost malty nose.

T: Quite yeasty... quite wheaty... and again some maltiness. A little lemon citrus and clove.

M: Light with kind of sparkling quality to it. Feels a little diluted. Has a bit of a steely aftertaste.

D: This one won't put up must resistance. Goes down easy, and it's light body makes it a pleasure to drink.

Atmosphere is pretty nondescript, but not bad. Appearance is clean and pure, but nothing exciting. Nose is interesting because of the lager qualities, methinks. Flavor, again is interesting. Nice clean, smooth, wheat and yeast flavor. Overall, this is a pretty nice quaff.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was very good. It couldn't have hurt that it was a hot day in the French Quarter, but the quality of the beer is why it really hit the spot. A much better summer seasonal than those lemon-zested wheat brews. Its light and crisp, not at all tart. As a seasonal there probably isn't very good access to it except around New Orleans, but get it if you can. Perfect beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, citrus hops, and slight rice/corn. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight wheat, citrus hops, and slight rice/corn. Overall, decent appearance, but aroma and body are weakened with adjunct flavors.

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Photo of Robyn
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with not much of a head. Aroma is malty and a little wheaty, no citrus tone. Flavor is refreshing, though, mainly malty and a little wheaty with just a subtle hint of spice. Texture is fizzy and lively so you know this is indeed a good beer.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 12/15/10 on bottle neck. Received as beer club shipment.

A: Clear pale yellow with 1-finger of off-white tightly bubbled head dropping to a thin collar with wispy lace formations all down the glass.

S: Grassy hops are strikingly early in the nose with a soft wheat tartness and plenty of cereal grains to boot. Overall, a very clean aroma profile.

T: A light but easy-drinker with bready malts accentuated by the soft wheat component, which adds an element of sharpness that helps to streamline and clarify the malty grain flavors. Hops add a grassy, herbal component which is a nice balance.

M: The active, light feel fits the style right-on with a lightly citrus, ceral grain aftertaste which is quite clean with only a light cardboard residual.

D: I enjoyed this brew a lot more than expected, mainly because Abita brews haven't always impressed. This one was a simple, straightforward but nicely crafted wheat brew. Their move to use a lager yeast produces a clean yet nicely balanced beer. One of Abita's better offerings along with Restoration Ale.

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Photo of fatbatcat
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold color with a one-finger head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is brimming with wheat and clove that work in tandem to dominate the nose.

Taste is crisp with chewy wheat and clove flavors present. I detect a hint of apricot essence or perhaps something given off by the yeast. Slightly buttery as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat/clove and not much else. Nothing to cheer about but certainly respectable.

Sessionable and easy to drink, you really couldn't go wrong with this beer on a hot day. Otherwise, I'm sure there are better examples out there if you really want something more.

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Photo of Jovian00
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of claybeer
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Wheat drops in the glass with an odd dull yellow. It is surprisingly clear for a wheat beer but still just an ordinary yellow. The head was there, I turned around to throw the bottle away, when I looked back it was gone...huh? The nose is very soft and subtle with just barely a hint of bread. I would call this wheat beer the wonder bread of wheat beers. Everyone likes it but it doesn't compete with Grandma's homemade Sunday loaves. The taste is just plain and kind of boring but it's really, really easy to drink and goes with anything.

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Photo of biggmike
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to come back and re-rate this. Poured an attractive cloudy yellow with white head that didn't last too long. Smell is not real evident up front. Mouthfeel is excellent and carbonation feels just right. Taste is wheaty and very smooth. I could drink the hell out of this on a hot summers day. So much better the second time around. Not much lacing.

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Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a heffe glass at 41 degree.

Appearance: A one finger head that is foamy with okay retention and no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is straw color with light yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some carbonation. The haziness is from the yeast in the beer.

Nose: A light wheat and lemon,and fruity esters. The beer has a hint of yeast and malty with a note of biscuit. There is a slight buttery and grassy aroma.

Taste: A light wheat, grassy, lemon, and fruity esters. The other flavors in the beer is yeast and malty note with biscuit. There are a slight grassy note.

The mouth feel in the beer is light, crisp, clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is lighter. This a good example of a wheat beer. I am not a fan of this style but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of usmittymc
4.04/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle marked 'Best by 10/29/08" into an imperial pint glass.

A: Golden straw color. Slight chill haze. Thin snow white head that disappears as quickly. Minimal, if any lacing.

S: Earthy grain smell. A little presence of sweet malt as well. A clean smelling beer.

T: Clean. The earthy grain smell transfers to the palate. A quick burst of sweetness, with a nice tart finish. Quite refreshing.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing.

D: This is an excellent wheat LAGER (it says so on the bottle), not an Ale, as categorized by ba.com. A no nonsense, no-fluff beer. Great for cutting through the humid heat on a June day in the deep south.

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