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Wheat | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Newglarusguy
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
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 JackTheRipper
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BigLove for this tasty little brew!

A: Poured into an appropriately tall glass, the head was initially almost two inches of egg shell white foam. Head dissipated and is now a collar of suds leaving no lacing. Oh so pale golden in color and clear as good glass.

S: Wheaty, raw bread dough smells. Doing that strangely effective "reverse olfaction" thing gives me a nice hop aroma to meld with the up front wheat. Very nice indeed.

T: Initial flash of a sorto-peppery hop taste. I was expecting this to taste similar to the weizens I had, I was surprised at how simple and clean this one is. No clovey/fruity/whatever tastes. This one has just a simple, clean wheat flavor, like taking of bite of home made wheat bread. Could you get more American than this? I'm drinking the fruited plains and loving it.

M: Light in body, crisp and clean feeling. Perfect summer fodder. Carbonation is just high enough to help carry the flavors, and the alcohol feel is very well masked, indeed.

D&N: I've seen Abita beers before but never tried them, what a fool I've been. This beer has a pretty unique taste that is super enjoyable, and is light and refreshing. Recommended? Indeed!

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Photo of usmittymc
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grain, adjunct, light wheat

Taste: grain, adjunct, light wheat--has a little bit of their Restoration Pale Ale taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: In a bizarre world, I have been seeking this beer out for a while and am happy to have found it. This is a sessionable adjunct lager that reminds me of a combination between their gold and restoration pale ale. I could have several of these especially on a warmer day. If I was not grading to style, this would be closer to a 3.5. However, I would turn to this over the BMCs and other adjunct lagers of the world. Of all of Abita's beers, I would not seek this out, but I would not pass on it either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Wheat has a medium, white head, which quickly dissipates, and a clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is low to moderate. The aroma is of bread, with a sharp hop note. I found the taste to be very bready, but the hops balanced it out, and were stronger and more bitter than expected. This beer has lots of body. Mouth-feel is medium, and Abita Wheat finishes refreshing, light, and mild, but not dull. I really liked this and found it better than I expected and better than many other wheat beers I have sampled.


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Photo of Rob6852
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer from Abita brewery.
This beer pours pale yellow, almost a straw color with a thin white head on it. The head dosnt last long and disapates quickly.
This is a real easy beer to drink. Its not harsh in the least and has a real good mouth feel. The taste is great also.
I think that this beer is real good for sitting on the porch, kicking back and having a few with the boys.
It has my vote.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Clear pale golden with a wispy white lace.

Smell: Clean aroma of malt sweetness and a little spicy hop.

Taste: The spicy hop bitterness and flavour rides the tail of the crisp carbonation and grain. Then the malt sweetness and soft wheat flavour kicks in with still more lingering spicy hop flavour. The after taste cleans up with some fading grain and hop.

Notes: This is an awesome American Wheat! It is fermented with a German lager yeast which contributes to this brew being so clean. A better summer seasonal than those lemon zested wheat brews, one of the top picks for a summer time brew.

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Photo of Jarod
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed and bottled with spring water

This beer poured into the glass a straw/hay color that also reminded me of the color of creamed butter. It was crystal clear and decently carbonated. Thin white head was produced and a light lace draped on parts of the inside of the glass. The aromas were of sweet malt, wheat grain, slight citrus and spicy hops. The tastes mirrored the aromas very well; there were no surprises to be had. I tasted sweet malts, spicy hops, citrus lemons (slight) and wheat. The aftertaste was of wheat grains and some light hops, they were very soft on the tongue and left very subtlety. It was a clean, soft and refreshing beer. Not overly done, or complicated, just a really good wheat beer. Simple and to the point. A good summer beer. I enjoyed this one more then others from Abita and would indulge again.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Quick review - almost a light beer, very sessionable, excellent summer option.

I had a keg of this for a party and a boil (CO2 driven - no handpump/oxygen), along with the Abita Doppelbock. Even pouring it my way (the hard way), the head is medium to light (an inch if you really try). The head dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. The beer is just on the god side of yellow.

Smelling it, I get full on wheaty, grainy smell. It's a fresh smell. I can smell no hop in this beer (that's not a problem to me, just a clarification).

The taste is very light. It comes across extremely sessionable. I wish it was a little heavier, but that's probably not what Abita is going for as this is their summer seasonal. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for the flavor, but still at about a medium on my scale with no fizziness.

As I stated, I had this beer for a party and a boil along with a keg of Abita Doppelbock. I picked this up because I think it's a good beer, it is one of my fiancé's favorites, and there's no way in hell I was going with B/M/C light. This was my light alternative. My step-dad who takes the silver bullet intravenously was drinking this beer. My uncle whose taste buds somehow started hating yeast a few years back was drinking this. Obviously it was a hit with some.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice clear beer

Smell - Smells clean organic and fresh like spring rain.

Taste - Crisp and light with little to no after taste.
You pick up the subtle wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - Has that clean mouth feel of most American lagers.

Drinkability - Very drinkable goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of Prideinnola
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color. Not much of a head. Head develops but goes away quickly.

S: Mild aroma of malt and wheat. Plenty of citrus.

T: Crisp, Wheaty. Mild flavor of hops with a wheat and citrus finish that is subtle but very pleasant and noticeable.

M: Very clean.

D: Goes down easy and is easy on the stomach. I could drink this all day if I had to.

I've had better wheat beers but this is a solid choice from a solid brewery.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.91/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got a 6 pack of this, along with Jockamo IPA, Golden, Turbodog, and Purple Haze (what can i say, i was in the mood for local ^_^)

Poured a perfectly clear straw yellow into a pint glass, thin white head gently lacing the sides of the glass. Seemingly endless streams of bubbles darting quickly to the surface.

The beer smells softly of lemons, and a bit of orange peel. Just a bit of alcoholic sweetness.

Drawing quickly into the mouth, i taste gently bitter hops, as well as a strong grain/malt presence. Alcohol is only present in the aftertaste.

Feels a little thin, but very crisp due to the carbonation, and very VERY easy to drink. This is perfect hot, humid weather beer. Without a doubt.

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Photo of rowew
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Best by date notched on the back, with a description of the brewery.

Appearance: Poured in to my Stone Levitation glass (closest I have to a weizen out here). Poured yellow with lots of effervescence, and a great head of tiny bubbles. Head fades very slowly.

Smell: Aroma is wheat and just a bit of spice - like a mild hefe.

Taste: Mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice crispness from a good level of carbonation. Taste is very smooth and drinkable - lots of wheat profile with enough hops to provide a nice bitterness in the finish.

Overall impression: Thanks to BigLove for the chance to try this one. Only the big 3 from Abita make it out this far. Nice clean example of an American wheat - very drinkable - pick some up for your next summer gathering!

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Photo of Abita45
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
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 colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: The white head pours with an eruption and holds a nice head, body is a bit on the light lemon, yellow side and missing the needed haze for a perfect representation for this style.
S: A bit on the back burner, but these flavors are all there for this APW. A nice nose of clove and banana, with hints of summertime citrus.
T/M: A short mouthfeel of a clean, German style Hefe. Just as the nose suggests, a clean, clove and banana notes, with a hint of wheat. Still sitting on the back burner, these subtle flavors do represent a good rendition of the style.
D: Good brew, maybe the best of the Abita brew I have had thus far. I still do think that I would seek another APW out than this, but none the less a quality brew.

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Photo of biggmike
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bnes09
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent, lemon yellow brew. Pours a white head with poor retention and moderate lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Smell of corn meal and faint lemon.

Lemon tartness carries into the flavor. Mild honey sweetness. Touch of banana and a smooth yeasty character. Minimal hops, fitting for the style. Lots of interesting flavors but once you taste the biscuity grains it fades quickly to a flavor so clean, you will think you just drank water.

Light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation and a dull, wet texture.

Drinkability is high with this one due to the lightness and lack of aftertaste. However, drinkability is usually one of the last things I look for in a beer. This beer definitely has some things going for it but it would be much better with a more flavorful finish and substantial texture on the palate.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 HoustonTX
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Bourbon House. Surprise, surprise, they did not automatically serve it with a lemon. The beer was a very light yellow, no haze, actually looked more like a kyrstal Heffe. Good head and some lacing.

Nose was of spice and banana,. Taste was similar, with more clove taste pushing through. Nice malt sweetness that rounded out the taste and balance. Good carbonation and silky smooth mouthfeel made this an easy drinking choice. Went great with raw seafood and gumbo. Well worth a try and one of the best beers I had in the quarter.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Abita Brewpub. Wheat pours a nice golden wheat color. Head is about average for this type of beer. Smell is nice and clean, typical wheat beer smell, with a hint of hops. Taste is flavorful with a mildy sweet finish that has a hint of lemon. Quite refreshing! This is a really good brew to pick up on a hot August day, but not an overly exciting beer overall.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A small, white, spritzy, noisy head dies to nothing quickly. The beer is an extremely clear, rich gold. Abita peanuts and sweet fruit juice in the nose. Front is fresh, light, nutty, roasty crackers. Medium body. Fruity, dusty middle. Disappearing, grainsy finish gets a little sick. It's an ok nutty American wheat. Nicely fresh, but nothing special.

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