15 Feet
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
3.97 | pDev: 8.31%
Jan 26, 2019
Sep 03, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: We brew this beer with 100% applewood smoked wheat to drink during brew days. Small so we can drink all day, but alluring enough to hold our attention. The only problem is no one makes applewood smoked wheat malt so we have to smoke it ourselves...which lengthens our brew day...so we need more beer. It's a vicious cycle of spicy hops punctuating sweet, ephemeral applewood smoke. And if you don't want to drink it, fine. We'll drink it all ourselves.
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Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Sep 05, 2018
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
8 ounce pour at brewery pale hazy/murky golden, scant dirty white head. Aroma immediately of smoke - campfire. Taste prominent smoky malt, some fruity notes with hints of lemon tartness and some piney hops. Well carbonated and exceptionally refreshing. Delicious - really liked this.
Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 14, 2018
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a cloudy pale yellow body with decent head and lace. The aroma is light, airy, not really smoky but get some wheat/yeast twang. Smooth, light, crisp, do get a slightly smoky, meaty taste with apple-like sweetness and finishes a tad sweet; overall the balance is there and enjoyable.
Jun 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Off Color never stops amazing me by their humor and talent and "Je nais se qua" (That's "indescribable quality" in French.)
With only three rated below the average, I've had 30 of their beers in two years. (Third is Anchor over 4 decades.)
So, I'm a fan.

I also seem to have gotten an old bottle (there were two reviews in 2016 and none since.)
Undeterred by age, I still loved 15 Feet.
It Looks like an average wheat beer. But even a short Sniff changes average to interesting with that smoked wheat stealing the show. Tastes give my tongue an equally interesting treat; except in mid-palate when a off-taste creeps in (let's call it aging wheat, but it probably also is smoking residue getting stronger with age.) My mouth gets plenty of scrubbing bubbles, so I thought "what food in the fridge would make a good pairing?" Answer: a salsa with roasted tomatoes, an amazing complement.

Have this again? You bet. Key question is: will they make it again?
May 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by DbbC from Illinois

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 3.8 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by telescifly from Colorado

May 28, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

May 07, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by festizio from California

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Commandophile from Illinois

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Unknown vintage; drank 10/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque pale yellow appearance.

Nice bright white head; strong lace.

Smoked bacon & sweet apple notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Smoke, bacon & sweet apple flavors up front; pepper bite on the finish. Interesting, but the smoke really dominates this.
Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by gory4d from Texas

Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jan 12, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by LoveStout from New York

Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by acurtis from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2015
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. A new one from Off Color Brewing, this one a self-proclaimed "Polish Style Grodziskie" 3.50% abv listed. 'Applewood smoked weisse beer'. 'Malts: Applewood smoked wheat. Hops: Nugget, Sorachi Ace. Requisite ingredients: Water'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow body, steady streams of slow rising carbonation. A light airy appearance with about two fingers of soft fluffy white head with excellent staying power. Excellent fluffy lacing left behind.

S - Huge liquid smoke aromatics. The Applewood smoked wheat comes through ridiculously well. Soft muddled notes of crisp citrus & wheat in the background. Muted notes of tartness / yeast, but the authentic applewood smoked wheat dominates.

T - Taste follows the nose: soft muddled citrus and crisp wheat, but the authentic liquidy Applewood smoke dominates. As others have noted, incredible depth of flavor for such a low abv beer. Crisp notes of apple / cider & wheat emerge further as the beer warms toward room temp.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied and extremely easy-drinking. Some residual smoke flavor left behind obviously.

Overall, an excellently hand-crafted stab at the style. One of the lightest and most sessionable, flavorful takes on a smoked beer in any style, from any brewery, that I have tried. Highly recommended.

Off Color Brewing 15 Feet -----4/5.
Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Nov 06, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by grue_soda from New York

Nov 01, 2015
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Polish-style Grodziskie.
Pale hazy gold, soapy lacing, patchy surface skim.
Nice applewood smoke aroma as it sits in the glass, not too overpowering. Minerally twang of wheat.

Taste is tart with a hint of smoke and floral lemony tea notes of Sorachi Ace. Carbonation is coarse and rapid, gives it a harsh soda feel momentarily, somewhat overcharged. Scrubs the palate, makes a good pairing with cheese and charcuterie. Overall it's an interesting beer, a successful revival of an obscure style. The high carb level was a little distracting though.

Review #4000
Oct 28, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by imperialking from Illinois

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by StoutItOutLoud from Illinois

Oct 17, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by JoeMans from New York

Oct 15, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by Cath from New York

Oct 15, 2015
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Reviewed by RobinLee from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bit murkish tan/brown. Smells exactly like a kielbasa, which would have been incredibly odd had I not had anything from Aecht Schlenkerla before. Still pretty strange, the flavor was very much like kielbasa without the salt, little bit of wheat base. Probably do pretty well alongside some food.
Oct 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Incredible stuff. Sessionable as hell, with glorious notes of vivid applewood and concomitant mellow smoke. The wheat keeps it light and drinkable, accentuating the beer's impressive subtlety.

Stellar work from Off Color, and a beer I'd buy by the 12 pack if I could. For my money, perhaps in the top 5 of American-brewed smoked beers. A must-try, with mind boggling depth of flavour and nuance at such a modest ABV.

Low B
Oct 09, 2015
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by kidzord from Illinois

Oct 07, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by egrace84 from Illinois

Oct 04, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by Zuidman from Illinois

Oct 02, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by jakea from Wisconsin

Sep 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Duff27 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Big billowy white head on a cloudy dull hay colored body. Spotty lacing throughout.

S- Sweeter smoke, maple.

T- Smoked wheat malts take center stage here. Great taste. Low 3.5% ABV combined with superior flavor makes me what to chug this.

M- Full-bodied mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

D/O- This is something that I would drinking a ton off if always available to me. Well done Off Color!
Sep 28, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Sep 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Drank from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Really refreshing, with a great smoke flavor. Does not taste like a typical wheat beer, and not just because of the smoke. However, it is delicious and I will definitely buy more.
Sep 23, 2015
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