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.

Added by kbub6f on 04-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of xav33
1/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Abita Wheat
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, guzzled 08/06.
Medium pour in a weizen glass.

Pours light yellow with 1/8 inch quickly dissipating white head.

Smelt of detergent and herbs, barely.

Taste was subtle hints of herbs and floweriness, mostly masked by an overbearing fizziness.

Overall, the taste barely shows through the effervescence, probably for the better. The tamest wheat beer I’ve yet to have.

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Photo of drpimento
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Wonder what the concensus was when the decided to put this on the market. And why. Poured aggressively for a teeny bit of white head. Color is a hazy pale yellow. Aroma is a fruity pale wheat. Flavor's first impression is alka seltzer. Really not a lot else there: a hint of malt, a lot of aspirin, lots of fizz. You can guess the body and carbonation- goes with the above descriptions. Finish is like after AS. Can't finish it.

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Photo of ZAP
2.21/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The first of the Abita sampler I just found on the shelves for the first time.

Interesting idea here....wheat lager....mission accomplished...clean and crisp....looks impressive...clear golden with a pillowy head...nose is ok...some wheatiness is there if you strain...overall thoguh it really lacks flavor and taste...I'm guessing that is what they were after with this...something light and easy drinking....again mission accomplished..spritzy body and carbonation...

This is not for me...rates on a par with Mich Ultra for flavor....seriously I would rather drink a coors light....for what they wanted to do I think they did well. I just like my beer to have at least a little flavor to it....

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Photo of Dizzy
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow, somewhat hazy, but relativly clear for a wheat beer. White head dissipates quickly.Smells grainy, and I smell wheat. Maybe a little hops. No yeast aroma as a wheat beer normally would have. Taste matches aroma with a nice hop bite in the finish. Very crisp and clean, I suppose that comes from them using a lager yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, I guess I could drink a few of these, but I don't think I'd want to. Wish this had a little more of everything, aroma, flavor, mothfeel...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a gold, crystalline body with a small, thin, white head.

Smell: Almost nothing! Simply? Anything?! The tiniest hint of wheat and nothing more.

Taste: Touch of wheat malt, lightly sweet. No real hop flavor or bitterness present. Neutral, exceptionally watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sheesh! I'm stunned at how nearly tasteless, empty, and totally devoid of merit this beer is. Not recommended.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.39/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Big white head three fingers above the beer forms and falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and the bubbles are medium in size.

Almost lagerish in aroma. Not much in the way of classic wheat ales, American or otherwise. No hint of hops or esters. Some malt maybe, its hard to describe. It really smells like a budweiser. Not pleasant or stylistically correct.

This beer tastes slightly acidic, bland, flat. I am really confused, this tastes like a budweiser. This beer is gross. There are so many wonderful flavors that wheat beers can embrace, this misses all the marks. I am really hating on this beer, what are you doing Abita? Second taste there are some more subtle elements, almost a sweetness to it, hard to describe though. Not really saving this beer for me.

Its also a little thin. Its almost like it was never there. Its fine for wheat beers to be thin but the mouthfeel is like water. Drinkability I'm giving it an average, just because. I think its an affront to the American Pale Wheat style but there isn't anything too offensive about it, just doesn't fit. I've ripped on this beer enough. I would say avoid if you are looking for a wheat beer. Truly an awful example. Gross.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale maize with watered-down lemonade trim. The off-white crown was two fingers after a standard pour, falling to one finger in the first several minutes. It's not bad looking, but it's no great shakes either. The same could be said for the amount and quality of the lace.

The aroma is akin to a Euro pale lager. That isn't surprising since Wheat isn't an American pale wheat ale at all, but a wheat *lager*. I can't appreciate any barley or wheat, just a faint German hoppiness and very little else.

I'm not impressed. There isn't much malt present and there's almost no flavor. Can a beer be too clean tasting? Go ask the brewers at Budweiser and get back to me. Actually, Bud isn't that clean; it's adjuncty and nasty. Never mind that... back to the beer at hand.

American pale lagers are behind the eightball from the start because the ingredients have almost no flavor. Wheat is fairly bland, hops aren't present to any significant degree and lager yeast is practically ester-free. It's no surprise that Wheat tastes like beer-flavored water. More hops or a hefeweizen yeast strain would be a good place to start.

The bubbles are acceptable. The problem is that the body/mouthfeel is too light, reaching frankly watery on the finish. Let's make that 'long before the finish'. Good for rehydration on a hot Louisiana summer day, but not very pleasurable otherwise.

Wheat is one of those 'why bother?' beers. I can think of any number of similar offerings (that should be widely available in all parts of the country) that I would rather drink. No thanks.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark gold with a thin bone white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is appropriately wheaty. Light-bodied and somewhat crisp, and the wheat flavor is not very pronounced which made it more palatable for me since I do not like Wheats, but doesn't suit what the brewer should be aiming for. This is definitely leaning toward a Lager to me. Finish is light and crisp, and overall this beer is very simple.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A very light yellow color with a fizzy head that is barely there.

S: There’s light lemon citrus scent which is pretty nice. Otherwise, it smells malty and grainy.

T/M: Tastes pretty much the same; light lemon citrus and some subtle grains and maltiness. There’s not much else.

It’s light, I’ll give it that, but there are better “light” options out there. I’m sure this is just another brewery’s attempt to capitalize on the wheat beer craze.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as part of BotM shipment.

Poured into a wheat vase: Two fingers of spongy, just off-white head over pale golden-yellow body, transparent, with moderate nucleation. Head drops to a thick coating.

Smell is not so great: Weak sugars like synthetic cake icing, with a little lemon "flavor." A little musty, "damp" smell. Just a notch up from macro adjunct lager, really. Not digging it.

Taste is no better, unfortunately. Lightly sweet, lightly mineral, lightly citric, heavily watery. It's hard to pinpoint any specific flavors because they all taste so watered down that nothing really develops.

Thin, but fairly crisp & ends with a little snap.

Nothing overtly offensive or off, just very weak & watery. Have no desire to seek this out, & it would only be an alternative to...well, other beers that are even worse, I guess.

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Photo of charlzm
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at The Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, LA.

This beer is an extremely clear pale yellow with no head to speak of.

No aroma to note.

The flavor is slightly bitter water; no real wheat character or barley in evidence. Appropriate to the style, perhaps, but yuck. Even though I give it average for the style above, know that I would not drink this beer again.

Mouthfeel is at least a little lively.

Just awful. Why make a beer with no flavor?

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Photo of grs8313
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle with a freshness date that was not marked. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very little head and what did appear started to dissolve instantly.

Smell: Malt smell dominates the nose. The earthy malt smell was really all that was detected.

Taste: Watery wheat/ malt flavors with a watered down malt aftertaste follows.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and thin feeling in the mouth. You could almost be fooled into thinking you are not drinking beer.

Drinkability: This beer could be used as a session beer well, but it was disappointing, and would be hard to distinguish from a macro unless you were told.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.78/5  rDev -15%
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 JordonHoltzman
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

abita's summer seasonal.
pours a crystal clear yellow with a fizzy head?! what is this, miller high life made in the wrong bottling facility? not to bash MHL, but yea, this looks like your regular macro brew. surprised and disappointed at the gun.
the aroma smells just the same, alcohol in the nose included.
the taste is light, i guess i understand that a wheat ale that is a summer seasonal is supposed to be light, but it still just reminds me of a macro beer. it tastes of malt and wheat, and a little alcohol. american adjunct lager comes to mind. and i checked the website, it says it is a lager, not an american pale wheat ale! that should be changed.
pretty high in carbonation for my liking, but then again i havent found anything really to like about this beer.
overall, i'm just so disappointed. i hate having to bash abita, i really enjoy abita. but this is just something they should have erased from the drawing board before pursuing. its not an F, but its something i won't buy another six pack of.

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Photo of climax
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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 superspak
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 9/27/2012. Pours lightly cloudy pale straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, biscuit, wheat, pepper, grass, herbal, floral, grape, and light earthiness. Pretty good aromas here actually; fairly weak, but they have a typical well balanced German lager feel to them. Taste of grass, bread, wheat, herbal, earth, pear, and pepper. Lingering notes of light grass and bread on the finish for a short bit. Extremely bland in the flavor department, almost like carbonated water for real. Extremely dry on the finish as expected for the lack of flavors. Medium carbonation and light body; with an extremely crisp and dry mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed as expected for 4.2%. Overall a pretty mediocre wheat lager. The aromas were pretty good, but the lack of flavor was a let down. It is certainly crisp, clean, and drinkable though.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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 alleykatking
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a light hazed golden yellow color...almost a light apple juice color. Half finger white head shows no retention and dies quickly. No lacing at all.

S- Light wheat notes in the front. Tons of cereal grainy scents...sweet alcohol in the backing. Some light earthy hops in the backing as well.

T- Grassy hops come into play first with some grainy cereal bill showing through. The middle has light bready malts that hint for a second. The wheat comes through in the end but only for a second and in a very light tone. The cereal grains and light hops dominate most of the flavor profile.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style but not the beer. This beer has a ton of cereal grains left on the palate with a stale grassy hops in the aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. Flavors are crisp and clean. No alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is drinkable but not to the style I think. This reminds me of a slightly better adjunct lager more so than a wheat beer. Abita is a hit and miss with me. I could have no problem drinking a sixer of this as the ABV is low but wouldn't want to.

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Photo of theghost3
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had the Abita Wheat served from the tap and poured into a goblet at Deanie's Seafood in the French Quarter. It was served too cold. The appearance is light golden with a thin white head. There's almost no smell, just a hint of yeast. It tastes of wheat & yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, but it's a little watery. This is a so-so beer that is refreshing but needs to be served at an appropriate temperature.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(From notes dated 12 Sep. 2008).

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour looks much like expected, a pale straw colour with a white head. Unexpectedly, the head was huge, though looking back, that might have been from my pour. The head stayed high for a few minutes before settling into a thin film. Lacing was decent.

The nose is mostly wheat with a hint of citrus. The taste is more of the same with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is average; it goes down easily, and the dry finish leaves my mouth wanting more.

Overall, it's an average example of the style. I doubt I will be revisiting since there are better examples out there.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell featured adjunct grain, sour notes and grassy hop.

The taste offered a trace amount of wheat malt, with sweet corn, sour lemon and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit raw.

Overall an all around weak wheat beer.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer basically tastes like Bud Miller or Coors with maybe a little better taste and only a slight hint of wheat. I expect it from those companies but not from a craft brewery. It's definitely light and drinkable, but not anything special, even compared to big breweries.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale golden color. Light carbonation with decent head retention.

Smell - Very clean and moderately strong grainy smell. Not much else to speak of - stylistically this is probably okay.

Taste - Light flavored. According to the bottle, this beer is a lager, so any taste that might have been left in the beer has been stripped out (hidden? eaten?) by the lager yeast. I don't care much for the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied - too light, but not quite watery. There is not a lot of substance to the beer, which would make it a good summer beer.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable, mainly because it is so inoffensive and unchallenging. I will not seek this beer out again, mainly because of the flavor.

Comments - The bottle suggests serving the beer over ice to try something different. I think I'll pass on that.

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Photo of Mojo
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ounce bottle-> World Market Tulip

This beer pours up a clear pale straw with a nice three finger white head. The nose is very mild, just some grain and banana. Taste is weak and relatively one dimensional. At least there isn't much of a metallic taste. Mouthfeel is pretty average and non distinct. An average beer, to take or leave.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Really quick review: Pours crystal clear yellow with some fizzy white head that fades quickly. Palate is crisp and super clean with some faint fruity notes and some light wheat suggestions. Maybe a hint of banana, but very simple. Finish is clean.

I could see some people drinking a 12pk of this. Not for me though. It's basically a Krystalweisse, and not a great one. Will not seek out again, but didn't have any problem finishing it on the hot day I tried it.

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Wheat from Abita Brewing Co.
3.27 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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