Pier American Wheat Ale
Trillium Brewing Company

Pier American Wheat AlePier American Wheat Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #2
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,148
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.78%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
479
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Trillium Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  45
Gots
  80
SCORE
94
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Pier American Wheat AlePier American Wheat Ale
Notes: Brewed with 30% wheat, this hoppy, golden American ale features Galaxy and Citra in the dry hop. Bright aromatics of overripe peach, orange rind, and green, herbal hops flood the nose while balanced flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and creamy wheat excite the palate. Refreshingly light bodied with a soft, fluffy mouthfeel, Pier finishes dry with a slightly mineral bitterness.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine

HOPS: Galaxy, Citra, Columbu
Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 479 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this recently as a friend of mine made a run up to Trillium this past weekend. Never had this before and it's nice to have a beer from them that's different than what I'm accustomed to. It might have poured and looked like one of their more famous IPA's, but this was an great example of a Wheat Beer that felt familiar throughout my session.

Of course, this poured like juice and was cloudy as all heck with plenty of head topping it off. That slowly settled but didn't leave behind much lacing as I sipped this as only a faint ring remained about a quarter of the way down the side of my pint glass. Lots of wheat and Pilsner Malt in the nose with some tangy citrus underneath it as the tangerine and *very* sharp grapefruit burst forth in the taste once this fully warmed up. Slick, full, and a bit dry in the aftertaste, there was an undertone of peach here that helped tie everything in together. The soft mouthfeel gave way to a dank presence on my breathe once I finished this off as the Citra quietly gave way to the Galaxy...

Not a lot of booze here but it felt stronger than it was in actuality, because of the strong hop presence. Just a few bits of blond sediment settled at the bottom of the liquid but otherwise, this beer dated 9/8 held up well as it tasted as fresh as could be and true to it's description. Enjoyed this take on the style as it was on par with Trilllium's other offerings as the onion and garlic spice that stuck with me left me wanting a chaser of water and ultimately, another one of these!

Nov 04, 2020
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DD420 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/8/20
Drank 10/7/20

Held very well, looks fresh like the day it was canned, orange juice color and consistency, a tiny bit of bitterness/carbonation upfront, other than that it would be a top level Trillium beer!!! B+ Trillium beer grade

Oct 08, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale dull cloudy yellow color with a one finger white head.

Aroma is nice soft wheat notes but fruity hops pineapple, mango and mandarin orange with a mingled citrus rind and herbal bitterness. Pretty much an NEIPA with some wheat thrown in the mash, that being said it is pleasant.

Taste is pretty much like the nose, NEIPA nice fruity tropical hops with a little wheat malt actually find that to be a good change up for a tad different flavor for the malty base the hops ride on. Bitterness in the finish is citrus rind and herbal notes like the nose also.

Mouthfeel is medium with little higher then medium carbonation little fizzy but not quite too peppy.

Overall a pretty good hopped up wheat ale, no surprise I guess it is following the hazy kick. Just so you guys are aware not all IPA's have to be the NE style.

Aug 02, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super solid wheat beer. More like a wheat pale ale. It has some wheat/Weiss characteristics, but doesn't have any of the eterery banana notes. Crips with a hoppy bight and a little tropical.
Beautiful orangy/yellow beer with a big white head.

Aug 03, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can stamped 04/25/18

Cloudy dull gold with little flecks dancing around the bottom of the glass and a tall, lumpy head of white foam. Aromas of ripe stone fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, wheat, and a subtle sticky herbal dankness. Juicy tropical fruit flavors - definite heavy Galaxy presence with passion fruit, mango, peach, spruce, and orange juice. Medium-light, creamy, and dry. Essentially an (NE)IPA - as expected - and a tasty one at that.

May 18, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can 10/10/17 opened on 11/27/17

A slightly hazy gold with light amber hues. A tall, fluffy and bubbly white foam rises high with moderate retention abilty. A bit of sticky lace hangs on for good.

The aroma is very interesting, an abundance of fruity hops permeates the nose, sweet mandarin orange, zesty lemmon, minerals and grains with a vanilla-ish creamy sweetness, most likely from the wheat. Sour and zesty notes with a big malt complixty in the aroma. Big hops, excellent light malt and wheat really do make for pleasant aromatics.

The citra and Galaxy hops are just an outstanding combo, bold citrus and sweet tropicals abound in the flavor. A dry, yet juicy mouthfeel has slightly bitter herbs, grainy and earthy wheat tones that range from, dry grasses and creamy vanilla notes. The blend of excellent wheat malt and pilsner malts is just the best. Bold and deep flavor but still allows the hops to shine through. Back to the mouthfeel....dry, juicy, creamy in the finish with a light herbal bite. Soooo goood!!

A wheat IPA , man, its the best of both worlds. Each spectrum in the flavor profille compliment eachother perfectly. Love the balance of flavor's. The hops are deep....earthy, zesty lemmons, citrus fruits and green grasses. Sour and earthy with a nice wheatie tang to end it. Complex, interesting and unique.

Nov 28, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 16 oz can into a conical pint glass; canned 10/10/17.
A: Pours a murky, golden-Brown color with a less than quarter inch head, low retention, and moderate lacing.
S: Aromas of pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind and just a touch of tropical fruit, eg, mango. Slightly marshy.
T: Palate largely follows the nose, although gently roasted malts and biscuit flavors are also evident. Bitterness more noticable at end of consumption.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O: Like the other Trillium offerings I have tried at the edge of the style with leanings toward IPA. In most cases, they have been flavor forward. Here, I would not have been able to identify this as an American Pale Wheat, the flavors are so muddled. Drinkable, but just.

Nov 26, 2017
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keith40 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased at the Canton brewery stamped 10/10/17. A hazy gold color and a wheaty nose. Citrus flavors such as pineapple and orange come through along with some peach sweetness and toasted bread. An excellent creamy mouthfeel.

Oct 30, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I CANsider myself very fortunate to have been the lucky winner of a buncha CANs in a recent lottery on a different social media site. I merely had to pony up the cost of shipping, which was modest, in return for a buncha CANs for The CANQuest (tm)! I had heard of & was certainly aware of Trillium B.C., but I have not been trading in a while & so I did not give them much thought. I am now interested in drinking & reviewing the entire Small Bird Series, especially Pipsqueak Penguin & Stumpy Duck since I have an affinity for the former & a rubber form of the latter who oversees my drinking & will be in an NBS pic later.

Nowt to report from the stark grey & white CAN. 8=(

As I approached the Pier, I readied all lines to go over so that I could moor my ship to this CAN. Sadly, only my last sea CANmand was a refurbished tin CAN (destroyer) & not one of the sleek greyhounds of the high seas. A Crack! of the CAN, an aggro, if not inverted, Glug & I was in port! Liberty call was passed & I headed for Boston's famed Combat Zone, only to find it a bygone memory. Sigh. More turbidity resulted, along with two fingers of foamy, soapy, eggshell-white head. Had the tug that steered us into port stirred things up that mightily? I know that my screws were not turning. Haze in a Wheat Ale is fine, but I am not a fan of outright cloudiness. Nose was strong with a tropical fruit presence of mango, papaya & sweet oranges. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was strong with (especially Galaxy) hops, overwhelming the delicate nature of the wheat malt flavors. The wheat certainly gave it a velvety slickness on the tongue, where I just got the sensation of unrelenting hops. Finish was semi-dry, very fruity, especially in a tropical way. As a hophead, I liked it, but if I had gone into this blind, I would have had a tough time recognizing it as a wheat-based beer. YMMV.

Oct 08, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon-orange color with a tall bubbly head of 3 fingers. Lace is left in clouds on the sides.

Aromas of orange, orange pith, wheat dust, ruby red grapefruit, and faint mango.

Flavor is like a dialed down, but dusty Trillium IPA. Lots of juicy orange, some cantaloupe, mango, and grapefruit, a very faint touch of super glue which is very uncommon for Trillium, and a wheat germ note on the finish. It's still very tasty though.

Creamy, smooth feel with minimal carbonation. A chalky finish.

Overall, a very nice wheat pale ale that is better than 90% of the competition out there. As for Trillium, there are many better choices to be had.

Sep 26, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bready, grapefruit, green herbal notes, hint of floral and also some mellow peach and orange as it warms. very fluffy and soft but also has good balance in terms of fruity, bready, and green hoppy character. solid mouthfeel, overall very enjoyable!

Aug 12, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours hazy, bright yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pineapple, papaya, and grapefruit rind. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and bitter. Makes for a fruity and interesting example of the style. At the top of the style, but somewhere in the middle of the Trillium beers I have tried. Well worth a shot.

Aug 07, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

definite hop bomb from trillium. my only issue with it was a bit of a strong aftertaste that lingers in the back of the tongue for a while. the look is light golden with a think haze.

Jul 27, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-11-04 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can dated 2016-07-30

A - Fairly-hazy golden-orange with a 1.5-finger white head and nice lace. Looks nice; not like gravy.

S - Pineapple, melon, orange, floral and just a hint of cracker malt.

T - Pineapple, melon and orange at first and then some barely-toasted sourdough wheat bread. Then some orange zest, pine and pepper come in near the end. The aftertaste is a bit tart with orange zest and moderate lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Finishes quite dry and moderately prickly.

O - Quite tasty. The sourdough wheat bread flavor and tartness in the finish surprised me but I quite enjoyed this brew.

Nov 04, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with the can.

A - Poured into a standard Duvel tulip a nice lightly hazy straw gold hue with a two finger white head that faded to leave nice lacing and a rather sudsy head.

S - Aromas of big citrus notes, mostly oranges, very very faint tropical notes. Smells like an IPA though, not getting much wheat whatsoever.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Big citrus notes, good oranges, the tropical notes are rather faint. Very light bitterness on the finish. There is a little bit of wheat presence going on which is a shame. Again, tastes like a galaxy forward IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, some faint fluffiness. Maybe a bit on the thin side.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, from a hop standpoint. That being said, as far as a 'wheat ale' goes this is waaay too aggressively hopped.

Serving Type: can

Oct 19, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can dated 8/8/16.

Gold in color and hazy with a creamy white head and hop particles floating around. Peach, orange, apricot, and fresh hops in the aroma. Medium bodied and very bitter. Hops overshadow any wheat malt and make it impossible to tell that it's even there. Hard to tell the difference between this and any of the Trillium IPAs. They all have extremely similar flavor profiles. The lack of originality and distinctness is concerning. Still not impressed by any of the Trillium beers I've had.

Oct 19, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Trillium snifter glass. Enjoyed on 8.25.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, hazy without being quite so turbid, a finger of white head sits atop the beer with little retention but plenty of nice white lace swatches cling to the glass. The aroma is great, citrusy hops burst from the glass, tropical fruits follow nicely with crusty wheat malt, cereal grains and some piney and resinous hop spice. The flavors are very good as well, loads of juicy tropical hops, citrus, pineapple, mango and rindy bitterness, light pine and spice, wheat and cereal grains offer some hearty malt character to balance this out. The mouthfeel is good, medium body with lively carbonation, zippy and crisp, coats well with a soft but dry finish.

Verdict: A great hoppy wheat ale from Trillium and certainly one of the better beers I've been able to try. Excellent tropical hop expressions with a nice malt backbone that isn't too distracting. Very refreshing with nice balance and complexity.

Oct 09, 2016
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11-52_4hops from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered pale gold look, nicely carbonated. Not much nose but I get some very subtle hints of pineapple and orange. I am a little surprised that the dry hopped galaxy isn't giving more nose, but I have a lousy sense of smell anyway. Carbonation leads and finishes -- in between are non-sweet pineapple with subtle orange and some soft tropicals. Very dry. Finishes with a nice bitter bite which is quickly washed away by the carbonation. Mouth feel is a very nice mix of carbonation and soft feel. I think the dryness is the defining characteristic and it is a good one. Everything has its place in a nice in this nicely balanced and uniquely dry brew. Big thumbs up.

Sep 16, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can.

Pours turbid yellowish-gold with plenty of retention and tattered lacing.

Aromatics are pungent, fruity, and lush. Grapefruit pith, peach fuzz, and mango. Light bodied and crisp. Grapefruit and tropical fruit on the palate. Moderate bitterness with fresh hops and super dry.

Finishes with lingering tropical fruit and plenty of fresh hops.

Great beer and probably the tastiest hopped-up wheat beer I've had.

Sep 15, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a pint glass appears a clouded pale light golden yellow color with white froth resting atop a finger strong.

Aroma is strong with pleasant citrus and fruity tropical hops. Slight grass and cereal grain freshness.

Taste has just enough grassy bitterness to contrast the fresh cereal grain character. Fruity pulp and pith hop flavors linger.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking, I could toss a bunch of this back.

Sep 13, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid straw yellow color. Aroma very fruity with citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is big citrus. This is super juicy and easy drinking. Has a soft smooth feel and overall very delicious.

Sep 13, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 8/16 I think. Pours a very dark and murky yellow with a two inch sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is guava, mango, papaya, bread, cove, and Fruity Pebbles.

Taste follows loads of tropical fruit from start to finish, with some clove, banana, and a hit of grapefruit I wasn't expecting.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, mild carbonation, not dry at all, and drinks very easy.

Overall this drinks more like a North East IPA than a wheat ale. I taste unfiltered hoppy goodness, but I like this a lot. Thanks @jzeilinger for this excellent surprise.

Sep 12, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned just a few days ago, purchased at the brewery just south of Boston

typical Trillium clouded look, nice looking off white froth, film and fine lace left on the glass.

heavy pineapple on the nose

ripe tropical fruit al over this one...do all Trillium beers get the pineapple overload treatment? Tasty, fresh, complex and thoroughly enjoyable

Sep 06, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh cans purchased from the brewery. Hazy, light yellow body with a thin white collar. Lovely aroma including peach, orange, fresh hops galore. The taste follows suit. Intense fruit and hop flavor with crushable drinkability.

Sep 05, 2016
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in trade.

Pours pale orange with nice carbonation very little lacing

Smell- despite use of two very aromatic hops, not the pungent burst of citrus I expected.

Taste- this really surprised me. Not huge fan of most wheat beers but this is really good. I def get the citrus in the taste. Melds perfectly with the wheat malt.

Feel very bubbly and crisp. Solid

Overall- very quality beer from trillium. Not my fav from trillium but this might b the best wheat pale ale I ever had

Sep 05, 2016
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