Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #14
Ranked #6,847
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly translucent golden copper with a finger and a half of off white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is raisins, figs, citrus, tangerine, caramel, toffee, dark cherry and caramely, toasty, nutty malts. It smells fairly bright with a light sweetness behind. Flavor profile is caramel, figs, toffee, molasses, raisins, chocolate and toasty, caramely malts. A whiff of bourbon adds a little steam to the back, but not enough to heat it beyond control. In fact, it's just enough to bring the initial sweetness to a close. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a moderately sharp effervescence. Overall, sweet with good balance via the booze at the back combines well to create a dynamic and intriguing flavor profile.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Mar 11, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Moderately hazy golden color with a thick white head. The foam stayed around linger than expected.
Prominent bourbon aroma, along with honey, raisin, and caramel. Taste followed suit. Bourbon was front and center but did not detract from other flavors. Nice honey notes and some caramel malt. Warm on the finish as expected but not too boozy. Full bodied and low-medium carbed. Very nice. The malt notes aren't what I would expect from a Barleywine, so it's tough to compare to a Wheatwine.

Nov 24, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazed gold with two fingers of airy, off-white head. Sort of looks like a tripel. Decent lacing.

Musty, woody aroma with hints of vanilla bourbon.

Taste largely follows the nose. The barrel presence is a bit more distinct. There’s a little apple and raisin. Clear alcohol. The beer is fairly bitter and a touch dry for the style, although not over the top.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation.

It’s okay, but is a bit of a let down. Worse than other wheatwines I’ve tried, and not in the same class as the Flying Buffalo stout.

May 19, 2019
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Sammy from Canada

3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

raisiny.not so drinkable. bubble gum in finish. something real sour milk finish.2014 bottle.off flavours for sure thinks, from the beginning.big booze.

Jun 25, 2018
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BWood from California

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to @ecoboostinst for this one.

2015 vintage

Copper orange color with no real head.

Smell is sweet wheatwine with some vanilla and slight slight barrel.

Taste is good. Nothing stands out as exceptional though. The Bruery makes a BA wheat wine that is much better imo. But this is not bad though.

Silky feel. Clean finish. Pretty creamy.

Overall this was good. But I was hoping for more to be honest since I am a fan of the style.

Nov 17, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lazhal for this: I am on a quest to collect & pass through my bladder every wheatwine, everywhere. 22 oz. white-waxed bottle dated 2015 split with my wife.

The wax is both brittle & resistant to most man-made tools; I manage to get it off without shedding any blood. Pour is a fiery orange that I believe Guy Montag would approve of. Smells like birch syrup, vanilla sweetness. No beer. I’m OK with that.

OB.LIV.I.OUS…did I get the periods right? The bottle is all the way across the room. Super sweet malts with a heavy dose of vanilla to the right lung sac, & a soft backing of bourbon. Wood – probably St. Helena Gumwood – mingles socially with sherry, creamed oranges, with the wheat coming in gently on the finish. Appropriately heavy, & I could appropriate this whole bottle. Unfortunately my wife is enjoying her 11 ounces as well (OK, her 10.25 ounces).

My quest so far for the rye version hasn’t borne fruit, nor wheat, but after suckling at this teat, I’ll go at it again. Excellent beer & wonderful example of the style.

Sep 09, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, copper color, with a half inch, quickly dissipating head and little lacing. Smell is lighter malt, bourbon, yeast, vanilla, caramel, a bit of a spicy aroma. The taste starts with the bourbon, then the lighter malt, caramel, vanilla, some orange and oak. Smooth, good body, well carbonated.

Good effort, true to the style, it's really bourbon forward when warm. Enjoyable to drink. The really high price point for this, makes it a little hard to solidly recommend a purchase, though.

Aug 03, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you strohme2 for this
22 oz bottle poured into tulip

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Sweet, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, some toasted wheat, some earth spice.

T- Sweet, caramel malts, toasted sweet bread, vanilla, bourbon, touch of fruit, some nice oak and earthy spice, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- A well balanced and very easy to drink wheat wine, 10% ABV is not noticeable. Nicely done!

Apr 24, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, toffee, golden raisin, plum apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, light herbal, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and cream/silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle at a New Year's Eve "party." $18 for a bottle I believe ... hadn't had a wheatwine for awhile, so decided to take the plunge.

Appearance: A clear orange-brown color with really no head or lacing. Some steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wish I did notes while drinking. I remember a super nice bourbon barrel aroma more than anything, with a clean caramel malt sort of undertone. Not super wheaty, and definitely not how I remember wheatwines tasting ... although I've only had a couple.

Taste/feel: Not very heavy, and there's an unexpected "crispness" to this beer that I wasn't at all expecting. I was looking to see a boozy, warm, lightly carbonated brew, but this actually has a decent bit of carbonation to it. The flavor is like the smell -- not much to it, but very pleasant. Nice bourbon barrel flavors predominately, with some caramel malts and a tiny bit of wheat.

Again, wish I took notes while drinking this beer. What I remember was, "This is really tasty, but not $18 a bottle tasty..." since it lacks depth. Not bitter, not very sweet, not very hot/boozy... just a nice tasting -- albeit overpriced -- beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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Giggy from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color, very little head, but what little there is sticks around. Served in a snifter, very little aroma. Sweet with a bourbon bite at the end of the swallow. Good not great.

Aug 08, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter vintage 2014 . It has a nice gold amber color with a thin head. Smell of oak, cherry, vanilla, dried fruit. Massive taste of fresh fig and other dried fruits, smaller notes of vanilla, cherry, oak, and some floral flavors.

Apr 11, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red wax capped 22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks so much!). Vintage 2014. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a deep, murky, golden amber with about two fingers of frothy white head. A fairly thick collar lingers and leaves some sizeable patches of lace.

Fairly sharp aromas of sweet wheat grain, apple skins, toasted oak and a hint of toffee. Not necessarily what I expect from either wheatwines or bourbon barrel aging but decent nonetheless.

Flavors are bready and boozey. Wheat grains, apple, toasted oak, doughy bread, caramel, cereal, mild toffee, vaguely funky almost Belgian seeming yeasty notes and a healthy kick of alcohol. There is some good stuff going on but it seems like some of the flavors clash instead of harmonize.

Syrupy medium full feel with moderate carbonation. A good bit of boozey heat in the finish with layers of grainy wheat, yeasty apple and caramel.

OB.LIV.I.OUS is certainly on the right path but unfortunately falls a bit short for me. Between the apple, grain and booze heat there are just too many disparate notes that don't mesh well in my opinion.

Jan 06, 2015
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