Cottonwood American Wheat | Carolina Beer Company

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Cottonwood American WheatCottonwood American Wheat

Brewed by:
Carolina Beer Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by homersimpson on 05-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a very nice white head. The beer is golden and cloudy.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma coming off of this beer. The smells that are present are slightly sweet and bready.

Taste: This beer has a slightly thin mouthfeel, the flavors are very subtle. The sweetness and breadyness remain, but they're muted in the tastes. There is virtually no hop presence, and no bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and quick.

Notes: This is a very lightweight wheat. There don't seem to be any flaws with this beer, it just doesn't seem to be reaching for the stars. I would love a beer like this when riding on my lawnmower, but most other times I will probably reach for something else.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one doesn't look so exciting, having an orange-tinted yellow color, scattered and almost stationary bubbles (like soda) and barely any head.

Aroma-wise I detected fresh-baked bread with corn and caramel notes. All extremely faint.

The flavor, while not a mindblower, is satisfying. Wheat comes through strong and clean. Where some wheat beers cover the grain with yeast and spices, this offering delivers on its name. You get wheat here, plain and simple. There's also a mild sweetness that you don't get with most wheat beers. A tiny but remarkable accent on the main body of this clean, refreshing, substantial beer.

An excellent summer beer, possibly the ultimate lawn-mower beer?

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Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small creamy head. Aroma is fairly malty for a wheat beer, with notes of grass, brown sugar, and banana. Creamy, slightly foamy mouthfeel for a wheat beer, too. Palate holds notes of light yeast, muted hops, and the roasted malt from the nose. Lightly sweet finish with a touch of berries. This is a decent, interesting beer, but seems kind of uncharacteristic for an American wheat beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First tried this wheat at the Carolina Beer and Beverage brewery right from their in house tap. Enjoyed this with some tortilla soup, which is a great combination of spicy food and drink. Nice, typically hazy looking wheat. Okay head and carbonation. Tastes just as crisp as a Blue Moon Belium wheat. Definitely easy to drink. No mouthfeel to really speak of. One of the wheats I will be purchasing more often

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Photo of PhillyStyle
1.4/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served on-tap at Woods on South in a pint glass.

The beer appeared to be a pale clear yellow with a thin white head. The menu stated that it was unfiltered. Not sure how it appeared to be as clear as an American macro. The first taste was all carbonation, which immediately put me off and the flavor was weak to non-existent. Again, reminding me of like a Miller Lite. The bartender stated that he liked this beer more than Blue Moon, but if that is the case then he does not need to be working there. Overall, I almost could not finish the beer and would not order again.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creates a moderate white head when poured into the glass. The beer is a light amber, golden straw color with just a slight cloudiness.

Smells yeasty with a smattering of light and clean hops. There is something here I have never smelled in a wheat before...pear!? I am not sure if it belongs, but I think I like it. Very strange. Also some notes of citrus.

The beer is generously carbonated, with a refreshing light body.

Tastes initially of wheat with barely any hops present. I feel like I am picking up on some dark yeastiness. I am sure it is not that exactly, but something similar...kind of detracts. Tastes kind of like something the yeast used in a dunkelweizen would put off, dark and banana like. Not much else to it, finish is dry with some yeastiness and just a tiny hint of bitterness.

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Photo of h00dak
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twist off bottle into a pint glass. This brew has a decent appearance to it. Just a small, one finger head, but the color is quite nice, reminding me of hazy honey. The head dissipates quickly, but still the remaining brew is bubbly and refreshing looking.

I put my nose to the head while it lasted and took a deep breath. Aromas are very easy to pick up on this beer. It smells really good. Citrus smell hits you right away mixed with buttery wheat aromas.

The taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the smell. Certainly not overwhelming upon first swig. Citrus in front and butter in the back, wheat all the way through. This would sound to me like an awesome tasting brew accept these flavors are weak and watered down.

I would recommend this to a wheat beer drinker that wants a session beer. Low ABV means that you might not even make a fool of yourself if you drink too many. Great balance in flavors but in my humble opinion, a bit watered down.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another good looking offering from Cottonwood. They don't have any outstanding beers but no subpar ones either and this is definitely Carolina B&B's top line (as opposed to Charleston, Carolina Blonde or any of the others). This one pours tall and golden tan with lots of carbonation and a tightly bubbled head that thins to a cap within a few minutes. Nose is wheaty with a touch of sweet honey.

Taste is malty and full of wheat but lacking the sweet tones and instead turns toward sour. Clean finish with moderate but not severe overcarbonation. A little bitterness in the finish. This is refreshing and drinkable but nothing special, even for the style.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a cloudy wheat color. There was very little head. The smell is wheaty and light with just a hint of banannas. The taste is grainy with no real negative notes. For a wheat beer, this is pretty good. There is a smoothness to the mouthfeel. This beer could really hit the spot on a hot afternoon. For the style, this beer steps forward.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazed gold, with a thin white head.
fresh sweet baked bread, with some grainy wheat flavor, but no spiciness, fainlty citric. has an aroma almost like fresh pasta, in a beery way of course. it has a perfumey quality on occasion. i'm getting cornflakes too.
the taste is sweet with the cornflakes showing up with greater emphasis. grainy wheat qualities, with a non acidic citrus twang. a caramel flavor shows up at the back end.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability with low alcohol, an easy drinker especially if it were a warm day.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow gold with a decent off-white head and decent carbonation. A fairly standard version of an American Wheat with the requisite citric-wheat aroma and flavor. A nice light bodied and refreshing summer session brew that came in handy while working outside. Note: I did not pick up any coriander in aroma or taste as mentioned on the brewery's website (see below)

Per CB&B website: This unfiltered golden beer has a refreshing, crisp taste, and a hint of coriander.

Tasted: 10/26/04

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Photo of ericwilson54
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JISurfer
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from the crew at Carolina Beer, under their Cottonwood line. It's a great pale wheat beer, with a cloudy look to it's body. I would rather classify this one as a Pale Wheat, rather than a a fruit/veggie beer. It has a citrus smell to it, but the citrus is definately evident in the taste. Not much on hops, but a little bit on the malt. It's unbelieveably refreshing and queches your thirst from the get go. Very smooth mouthfeel, as well as a smooth finish. Very impressed with their version of the Wheat Ale. If only the sold this in bottles. Oh, how I would stock up on it.

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Photo of Durge
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle into the pint glass this shows a cloudy tan yellow color with a very whispy white head that disappears to a slight ring and minor to no lacing. The aroma brings a very slight murky wheat and pumpernickel bread. The flavor offers lemony wheat and some cardboard toffee. It's fairly light bodied with tiny carbonation, enough to offer refreshment. It's drinkable but I have little motivation. Pretty whimpy stuff.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold cloudy color and a strangely sweet berry-like malt aroma. Spritzy carbonation brightens the flat wheat dominated flavor of the brew. Fairly intense bitterness for the style. Somewhat clean aftertaste, with just a bit of scratchy grains and sweet wheat. The low alcohol is a bit extreme methinks.

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Photo of DrJay
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow colour topped by a thin, rocky, white head. This settles quickly to a thin lace. Some grainy sweetness in the aroma, as well as a light banana fruitiness and a light bit of hops. Slightly creamy texture and malty base with some sweetness. Yeast flavours are very clean. Restrained bitterness allows the wheat malt and light floral hops to come through. Off-dry finish with a hint of hop spiciness. High carbonation and a medium-light body.

12 oz. brown longneck bottle, no apparent freshness date.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An overall nice easy drinking beer.

Poured a cloudy and/or hazy yellow in color with an ever-so-slight head. Stringy lace tha would slide down the edges of the glass into the beer. Nose is wheaty with just a slight hint of citrus.

Flavor is a mild with combined with a slightly more than average lemony potency. Almost as if a lemon was dropped into the glass but was not. Medium body that was rather moist and clingy. Simple beer but a nice and enjoyable choice for a hot summer night.

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Photo of Boto
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ the brewery: This one pours a slightly cloudy, golden color. There was basically no head to it at all. And what was there died out immediately. There wasnÂ’t much of an aroma to it either. The aroma was thin, with some hints of wheat and spices trying to be noticed. The taste is definitely light, with just some wheat, citrus and spice. This was somewhat thin, but still a bit refreshing.

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Photo of finepaws
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was originally presented to me as an Orange Wheat at the establishment I was at. I found out later it was the American Wheat. I jumped the gun a little too fast, and added it as a new beer, hopefully that will get deleted.
It poured a cloudy yellow/orange. Not much head, but it did remain throughout. Had a slight malty smell. Overall it was weak in the smell dept. Had a watery mouthfeel, but good tangy sweet taste. It did have an orange citrus aftertaste. This is a light beer to drink for an evening imo.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Fluffy, one finger head forms. Beer is hazy but not necessarily cloudy like most wheats. Burnt gold in color.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Yeast in the aroma as well. No hops noticeable in the aroma.

Taste is pretty sweet as well. Pear and apple flavor along with some other nice fruit notes. A little sweet for my liking. Tastes like it could have some corn in it as well. A cheap sort of malt liquor flavor is noticeable and detracts from the overall flavor of the beer. No noticeable hops in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and sticky. Not a whole lot of carbonation. An average beer at best but maybe worth a try. The two I have will be enough for me as I will probably not revisit this beer.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wife got me a beer of the month club gift for xmas; this was one of 'em.

Poured into 1950s German glassware; more like a water glass but with a nice emblem. Thin head with a hazy hay color with orange hues. Polka dot lacing when swirled around the glass.

Aroma is lemon hay with faint yeast and corriander. Faint sweet hop pokes through with faint smile. A very mild smelling brew overall.

Flavor is a lemongrass with hints of pepper and a metallic, wheat finish. Creamy mouthfeel that tries to get dry but never quite reaches it. A buttery grain glaze lingers in the mouth.

Quite the warm weather session brew in an ideal situation but is still pleasing at 10' outside following a Hopslam and Nuggest Nectar. Somewhat of a generic craft beer but in the end it's OK for a low-alcohol choice.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a quickly diffusing white head. Reminiscent of a witbier
Smells of sweet malts and citrus.
Quite light, like a krystalklar and decidedly carbonated.
Delicate yet tangy malt initially. Carries a citrus twang over the wheat throughout. Stays with you for a few seconds, then clears in a hurry.
Seems more of a flavored wit than american wheat, somewhat in the same vein as Purple Haze, but lighter. Imminently drinkable on those hot summer days.

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Photo of AlexJ
1.41/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This "wheat beer" pours out medium brownish gold, is modestly cloudy and supports a pale white head w pretty good retention. It looks more like a pale ale than a wheat.

The aromas are all wrong. Metallic minerality, extremely faint citrus, and doughy malty notes. There is no presence of the oranges and coriander that go into the boil.

The flavor is even more disappointing. A complete absense of any type of wheat flavors and a highly overhopped taste remind me more of macro-swill than an American wheat ale. I would venture to say that this is disgusting!

Body is virtually nonexistant and like all Cottonwood brews, it is way overcarbonated. Do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this beer as possible.

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Photo of Luigi
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a dissapointing head. Kind of thin for a wheat beer. The aroma is sweet with malts and fruity yeast by products. The flavor is very fruity up front, A lot of citrus. There is a sweetness that comes from the malts, but it is not over done. The aftertaste has a slight tartness to it. Not bad. A no frills basic American Wheat beer.

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Cottonwood American Wheat from Carolina Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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