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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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of JordonHoltzman
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
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 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 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 TeeCee
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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 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 CityBoy1986
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
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 cvfish
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a light golden with usual Abita staple, a soapy white head that quickly disappears and did not lace the glass, the view was dominated with many quickly rising small bubbles

S - The aroma of wheat, with some citrus background

T - The taste of a typical wheat beer, nothing bad, not a complex beer, but light and refreshing

M - The body of this beer was very light and was paired with a lot of carbonation

D - While this was a very light and refreshing Wheat Beer, the carbonation in this stops me from enjoying this beer as much as want to

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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 MrHassellYaHurd
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
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 grs8313
2.78/5  rDev -16%
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 theghost3
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -32.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -24.2%
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 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 ZAP
2.21/5  rDev -33.2%
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 goochpunch
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear golden with some lively carbonation rising up the glass and a thin ring of settled white head. Nose is really faint and light. Some soft malts and spicy hops are present. Taste, again, is rather tame, but is certainly stronger than the smell. Light, crackery wheat mixes with pale malts and some grassy, earthy hops. I wish the flavors would be slightly stronger, but I really like the idea of a wheat lager. Reminds me of a tame pilsner that is lightened up with some wheat. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with tingling bubbles. This is nice on a hot and muggy day in Louisiana.

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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 acrawf6
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours out a clear golden with a decent white foamy head.

Smell. A bit grainy and a little raw. Seems close to a malty euro lager.

Taste. A little bit of wheat and spiced-characteristics come through, but not too much. Malts dominate with a grainy taste. Aftertaste is dry.

Mouthfeel. Body is at a nice level- medium with a crispness. Carbonation is also at a good level and gives it a liveliness to it.

Overall. A simple beer that is easy to drink. But the characteristics remind me of many euro macro lagers. But remember, this is a lager with wheat....not an american pale wheat ale.I enjoy this one, but i do not think too much about it. But i'm sure many bmc drinkers will find this one to be very nice. For me, one that could be nice and refreshing cutting the grass, but i'd choose many others before this one.

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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 xav33
1/5  rDev -69.8%
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 Dizzy
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
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 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 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 mgdeth
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Wheat from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 27.1% out of 100 with 140 ratings
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