Wheat | Abita Brewing Co.

72 Reviews

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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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 140
Photo of acrawf6
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +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 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 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 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 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 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 jettjon
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear with no bubbles. The thick, white head fades slowly. There’s a slightly citrus nose, rather understated. Flavor is rather boring, slightly bitter and flat, reminiscent of a typical (read unimpressive) macro lager. Mouth is watery, and there is no real aftertaste. The only good point is that it is pretty drinkable, a typical “lawn mowing” beer. I wouldn’t recommend this “wheat” beer; it’s more like a typical macro, and not a very good one at that.

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Photo of battlekow
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ridiculously pale gold color, making this beer pretty unattractive. Hold your hand behind the glass, or put it on a dark table, and it looks okay, but on a neutral background it looks like ginger ale. Would be a solid 2, but the head and lacing save it. Tangent--I really don't see how a beer could get a 1 in appearance, unless it had a spider in it (well, maybe that Romulan Ale). Back to the Abita: it smells malty and sour. Tastes cold, primarily. A little sourness and graininess but there's not a whole lot of flavor here. One thing I do like is that the wheat offsets the mouth-smacking, sticky sweetness of malted barley that seems to cling to my mouth long after I've finished an all-malt lager. Abita Wheat has a nice, clean finish in comparison. Overall, it's pretty dull though. At least it tastes better than it looks.

Thanks to BigLove for the bottle.

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Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twist off bottle provided by BigLove, ala BIF20. Thanks for the opportunity! Freshness date is "9" and "2b", consumed in mid-July 2005. Pours a pure white 'soda pop' head of large bubbles that settled quickly to leave a headless yellow liquid. I swirled the bottle to suspend the yeast, but this beer is crystal clear. Smells of wheat, dried hay, and a barely noticable spice. Taste is wheat, with a light bready quality and some fruity esters (pear and a hint of nectarine). There is a bit of bite which I can't decide if it's hop flavor or clove imparted by the yeast. This is a very simple brew that's easy drinking on this warm summer night. Light bodies and heavily carbonated.

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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 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 rajendra82
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From Louisiana via BigLove, this beer came in a brown 12 oz. bottle, and poured out clear, pale yellow and fizzy. The head was very small initially and disappeared shortly after the Pilsner glass reached an upright stance.

The aroma was malty with a little bit of lemony twang to it. The taste was grainy and clean, and indicated a hint of lemon. The aftertaste was somewhat spicy with a touch of hops. Although plain, this was a refreshing and crisp beer that was easy to gulp.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 budgood1
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very clear pale yellow color. a thin head dies pretty quickly and there is no lace. nice clean wheat aromas, bittering hops deteceted in the nose also. the carbonation and crispness are at the forefront in the taste. hop bitterness overwhelms any real malt feel, adding to an oddly thin mouthfeel. finishes crisp and bitterness is evident. best consumed in summer under a hot sun. not much here now to impress me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, none of the haziness I have often noted in wheat beers. Small off-white head with modest lace and lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Wheat malts and spicy hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Taste begins with a flourish of malt sweetness, followed by wheat flavors, finishes with spicy hops, the aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A nice summer beer, quite crisp and refreshing. If you want something a bit more exotic, the Abita Purple Haze (raspberry wheat) is good as well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce short brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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