The First Squeeze
Raleigh Brewing Company

The First SqueezeThe First Squeeze
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #256
Ranked #37,419
3.67 | pDev: 8.17%
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
The First SqueezeThe First Squeeze
Notes: Formerly known as The Big Squeeze.

Name change because of copyright issue.
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 12/30/20. Served in a Bell's Spiegelau wheat beer glass, the beer pours a somewhat hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice, it mostly smells like blood orange and orange peel, along with some wheat/grainy malt. For the most part the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of clove noticeable too. I think this brew is all about the blood orange! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. Think this would be a nice summer brew, glad I got to try this one!

Mar 12, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this at the brewery, draft poured into a pint glass.
Appears hazy orange, nice lacing, with a nice head that dropped quickly,
Smells bready and citrusy.
Tastes bready citrusy orange.
Mouth feel is medium light.
Overall good for the style, but, I'm not a huge fan of wheat, so I'd probably order something else

Jan 04, 2020
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

COD 8/4/17. Hazy golden pour. Quite outstanding head volume, world class retention and normal lacing.

Very good nose of light orange but lacks the significant spicy characteristics typical of wits imparted by yeast (clove). The base has a light malty sweetness and a touch of grainy wheat.

Light medium body with a nice smooth texture. The carbonation / body balance is normal and lacks the effervescence necessary to open the flavors up. The middle delivers a very mild effervescence while the finish is mildly prickly and somewhat soft.

The flavor profile is good / average, at best. Intensity is adequate, complexity is lacking and balance is very good. Like the nose, orange is the main component and resides over a sweetness even less than indicated by the aroma. Bitterness is extremely subtle to the extent that the grainy huskiness of the wheat is a main flavor component from the middle on. As indicated by the nose, typical wit characteristics are absent. Banana and clove are not to be found, which hurts complexity. The finish lingers.

Sep 13, 2017
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Amedlin18 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank 2 weeks after can date in May '16. Liked it better last year. Getting some grassy soapy notes I don't love. Still a solid summer beer for a hot day

May 25, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep gold wheat beer with a bright white head that leaves some random globs of lacing. Smell is wheat, straw, the faint smell of oranges, yeast and mild sweetness. The taste is mildly sweet with orange and a little spiciness. There is a decent carbonation. This is a nice refreshing wheat beer with a nice 6% kick.

Apr 11, 2016
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KM_Seahawk from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can - pours hazy orange-tan color with a 1 finger white head. Appearance not very appealing to me. The aroma is orangey, some sweetness & yeast, slight honey notes, however the smell is very mild. The taste was honey sweetness upfront, some orange/ citrus favors and some bitterness from the blood orange peel on the end. Medium body with medium carbonation, I thought it has more body than other wheat ales I have tried. Overall tasty beer but slightly sweet for me.

May 12, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy yellow-orange type color with two finger head that quickly dies with minimal lacing. Get some yeast and spices in the aroma but it is very mild. The yeast keeps this beer smooth and fluffy, other than that it has a light body, the orange comes out akin to a bitter citric spice and there does seem to be some clove or peppers as well. Finishes easy, which is a plus, with touches of sweetness. Not much in the beer but what's in there works.

May 01, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-tan coloring with a halo of white head. Nose of toasted grains and subtle citrus notes. You really have to dig for the aromas, though. Flavors are smooth and sweet, with a toasted backbone supporting tangy blood orange and subtle spicing. Smooth bodied, with a clean, smooth finish. The aftertaste is very subtle citrus. Very tasty, but could really use having the volume turned up on everything else.

Apr 05, 2014
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