Wheat | Abita Brewing Co.

140 Ratings

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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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 Jovian00
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

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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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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 JeffSuttonTX
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Brockpellegrin
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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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Wheat from Abita Brewing Co.
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