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Tailwagger Wheat | Big Dog's Draft House

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Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House
Nevada, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Authentic Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, possessing characteristic banana & clove aromas produced by the unique German yeast. Served with a lemon wedge upon request.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2004

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 12
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All styles have a certain, well, "style", but few have a more distinctive look than Hefeweizens; Tailwagger, like the Bavarian brands it's modeled after, is an incredibly murky beer that pours with a luscious, tall mound of white foam. While some are sunny, this one is dull; it has the colour and complexion of pineapple juice.

There's such a bright citrus presence in the aroma that you'd think the glass was rimmed with lemon - the brewery does suggest serving it with a lemon wedge (as is often the custom) but I'm getting the sense there's no need. There's also general a straw/damp grain note as well as a strong perfume of fresh-baked banana bread.

Those two principle flavours - lemon and banana bread - make up the bulk of the taste. Surprisingly absent is the clove-like spice that is so common in weissbier. There's only a minor presence of bubblegum-like fruit - it's pretty much all banana - but there is a quiet sweetness of some sort that makes it all the more delightful.

As mentioned, this sample doesn't flash much clove spice, but it does make up for it with an unusually appreciable amount of citrusy tartness. The lemon-like notes only add to the beer's refreshment and drinkability; novice or warm-weather drinkers will find its zest, gentle spritz, and fluffy light mouthfeel to be right up their alley.

Anyone who's had a puppy and had to work late and leave the dog alone a little longer than it's used to knows just how excited it gets when you finally come home - that's nowhere near the kind of elation or hysteria Tailwagger generates. Nonetheless, a beer this refreshing, delectable and well-brewed can definitely be a man's best friend.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a Tailwagger over lunch in the restaurant at the draft house. $5.25 served in a 20 oz pilsner (small weizen) glass.

Appearance is a dirty yellow color and cloudy. Bubbly white head.

Smell is an authentic soft fruit and melon aroma.

Taste is an authentic bananna and clove flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

A nice authentic Bavarian style Hefe. Not as aweet as it could be but pretty good.

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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draft House, poured into a pint glass.

A - Glad to see it isn't clear, I've always enjoyed my hefeweizens cloudy. Thick bit of froth, nice lacing.

S - Banana and cake mostly make up the aroma. Very sweet to the nose.

T - Unfortunately it doesn't taste quite as good as it looks and smells, but it is still pretty tasty. Some mild citrus notes under the somewhat artificial tasting banana flavor.

M - Thin and sharply carbonated. Finishes a little sweeter than I would have liked.

D - Pretty good, the sweetness mellows out a bit about halfway down. I had a few of these, but it wouldn't be my first choice from Big Dog's or even for a hefe. Still definitely worth trying though.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Ale House in a pint glass. The beer has a very cloudy but surprisingly light coloring. The head was thick and light, very bubbly. The beer has smells of spices and citrus, as do most Hefs. The tastes are that of a citrusy-acid tang, as well as heavy spices (coriander and nutmeg). The spices are also extremely heavy in the aftertaste. The body of the beer is light, and the feel of the beer is smooth in mouth. The heavy spice does make it a beer that is consumed in low quantities.

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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler from the bar and brought it back to our hotel room where we poured it into pint glasses.

A: Pours an extremely thick and cloudy strawlike hue with a thick white head and a ton of lacing from start to finish.

S: Ton of sweet malt, pleasant yeast with strong banana and tropical fruit, as well as wheat and other grains.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but with a major biscuit flavor and a bit of citrus and spice that I didn't pick up in the smell.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, real chewy and sticky.

D: Good drinkability for such a hearty beer, but man I felt bloated after a couple.

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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one to share with my buddy Dave from LV, always hooking me up when we go canyoneering.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger white creamy head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, bannanas, grassy notes. The taste is malty, yeast, with some slight citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one hits the spot after a long day of canyoneering in Zion.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Rancho Dr brewpub. Served with a lemon, pours a cloudy yellow color that looks like a melted banana popsicle. Thin bone white head that diminishes quickly, and thin stringy lacing. Aroma of wheat and yeast with a touch of banana. Light body with flavors of wheat and banana primarily, plus some yeast in the background. The finish is wheat and fruit, with some sweet malt lingering. Average overall.

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2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sickly lemonade color. Really a strange looking hefeweizen and more like a light witbier... Pale and cloudy with white lasting head. Very banana dominated nose and somewhat flavorwise, along with strong notes of clove. Typical taste for the style. Decent overall, but looks awful.

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the draft house in Las Vegas, NV. It poured a golden yellow color and was unfiiltered and very cloudy with a yellowish-white head. It had a strong strong lemon-citrus aroma to it and a bitter citrus flavor with a nice lingering lemon aftertaste.

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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow in color with a 1" head. No lemon wedge in this brew. No lacing developed during the session. Aroma was of citrus and wheat. Flavor had citrus, banana, and a mild grainy wheat tone. Light bitterness rounded it out with just a whisper of tartness.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. Light / medium in body. Extremely drinkable, a good choice when coming in from the warm Vegas sun.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this came in a tall hefe glass, a very nice orange tinted gold, hazy and with a thick fluffy white head. aroma is pleasant, bready and with a good dose of banana. mmm. flavor is all traditional hefe, good focus on the wheat/yeast, some banana and ligh citrus, touch of spiciness. hyped. slightly creamy in the mouth, very smooth and goes down like a champ. this is def. a solid hefe, one that i will drink often...and smile while doing so.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Draft House).

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice, mild banana, citrus, and wheat malt aroma. The taste was very citrusy with banana, wheat, and yeast flavors as well. A rather nice flavor. The mouthfeel was tart and tangy with medium body and low carbonation. The aftertaste was a pleasant lingering citrus and yeast flavor. This was a good, refreshing and easy-drinking hefeweizen.

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Tailwagger Wheat from Big Dog's Draft House
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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