Alpha Weizen | New England Brewing Co.

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Alpha WeizenAlpha Weizen

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by naproxen on 07-23-2009

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.87/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Very light straw/hay, reminiscent of the flesh of a lemon. Hazy, non-transparent. Bubbly, cream like head. Ok retention, but nice lacing.

S: This beer has a lot of aroma, especially when considering comps within style. Big fruity, spicy, hops, and malt notes. Pineapple, banana, lemon, coriander, graham cracker.

M: Light and effervescent. Very quaffable. Good mix of wet and dry sensations.

T: I'd put this up there with Captain Lawrence's Birra DeCicco Limone Luppolo as one of the best APWA I've had. This is slightly sweet, tart, hoppy, grainy, fruity at the same time. Superior complexity for such a light beer. Fruity notes come from hopping I believe, which gives the beer a very subtle lemon tartness to back up the flavors of banana, strawberry. Some pine flavor helps carry the flavor where it melds with graham cracker flavored wheat. Tastes like a very good hefeweizen with aggressive American hopping. I feel okay with getting this over a second growler of Gandhi.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed From Notes, Growler Consumed on 07/18/11

A: light yellow-orange body, some hazy, billowy head, and heaps of lacing

S: hoppy! floral, pine, pineapple, some notes of wheat and hints of banana, a glorious nose

T: plenty of hops, but crisp wheat finish, fruity (banana and citrus), but not sweet, a touch of bitterness, supremely palatable

M: adequate carbonation thats important for this rather complex wheat beer

O: really wish they'd bottle this one, its an all growlers on deck event for me...a perfect wheat beer for the hop-heads, but also a great intro beer...

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Hautacam
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright, hazy gold with a white, white,white foamy head.
Smells of banana, clove, fresh bread dough and citrus.
The initial flavor is banana and clove like a good German hefe, and then the hops kick in and it transitions into a nice hoppy,dry easy to drink pale ale....a wheaty pale.
Body is on the light side of medium....nice lively carbonation.
Excellent session brew for the warm weather ! pairs very well with food...especially a sausage plate with sauerkraut....? mmm
Last years version was very good...this ones even better....less bitter, more banana. Nice.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fully hazed light yellow body with two fingers of frothy white foam; good retention and lacing; impressive, especially for a week-old growler.

S: Light, clean, crisp aroma highlighted by floral, piney hops and backed up with wheat spice and banana esters. Highly distinctive take on the APWA style, and one that promises to be very refreshing.

T: Opens with bright floral hops, then turns to the more traditional weizen notes, and finishes with a crazy burst of citrus that's both bitter and surprisingly tart. Supremely clean, complex and crisp. Terrific summer seasonal.

M: Light and clean with understated carbonation.

D: I've just about killed a 2-liter growler of this, and could probably drink another. Awesome.

Notes: Great summer seasonal for a hophead like me - the floral Amarillo goes great with the crisp, tart yeast and twang of wheat. Comparable in flavor to New Glarus' Crack'd Wheat, but not quite as creamy in mouthfeel. Also, the yeast did an awesome job in my homebrewed almost-clone of this beer. Thanks again, Matt!


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Photo of naproxen
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few growlers of NEBC's newest creation, Alpha Weizen, this week....and I am already fiending for more.

This hopped up weizen gives off the most awesome aroma of citrusy hops. It is like a fresh bouquet of grapefruit and lemon peel in my face.

I like my wheats hazy, so the clear lemon blonde pour of this is only slightly disappointing. But hey, some people filter some don't.

Hooray!! The taste of Alpha Weizen indeed lives up to the promise of its nose while maintaining its origins of style. This is definitely a wheat, you get that nice light bread and spice twang but overall the hops really shine through. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon rind, all the major players come out with the generous Cascade and Centennial hops.

Drinkability? You betcha. I would grab a pint of this anyday over Gumballhead or Oberon. I <3 hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jimmy82063
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have never had a chnace to try this until now. I think Matt said this is about 5%

A) Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a very puffy head, nice lacing.

S) A bit lemony, certainly not very strong.

T) You can get a bit of the cloves, but this beer is very nicely slightly hoppy. Wasn't expecting that but the brewer said they were going for something different. It is different and that is a good thing!

M) Nicely carbonated

O) Glad I had a chance to try this. Very nice summer brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler straight from the source. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, yeast, orange peel, and spices. Tastes outstanding. Citrus hops dominates with the yeast, orange peel, spices and some floral notes. Hoppy and tangy. Kind of tastes like if 668 and Gold Stock had a kid. A delicious kid. Great amount of hoppy flavor to this one. Perfect beer for the warm weather. Nice amount of carbonation and medium bodied. Slight amount of bitterness. NebCo does it again. Overall, drink it if you are ever given the chance. Well done.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lemony straw colored brew with a slight haze, a decent white cap and good lacing. The aroma suggests licorice clove and charred oak, very pleasant. The flavor brings a bright, clean lemon clove and bready pear. It's crispy with fine carbonation and pretty light bodied with a very aqueous but refreshing feel. I get evergreen hints and lemon-lime cracker. Very drinkable with a solid Belgian air. This would be a great summer picnic brew to keep it interesting. It's light and cool running. Nice job NEB!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at a Final Friday event at the brewery in a clear plastic cup.

A: Poured a slightly hazy orange and yellow amber color with a good deal of haze and very thin layer of white sediment which settled to nearly any lacing.

S: Smells sweet, citrusy and refreshing. There's a little hint of Belgian yeast and wheaty malt aromas which fill the nose along with citrus hop and fruit aromas.

T: Flavor is clean, light and refreshing from beginning to end. It starts out quite clean and malty, with a slightly spicy malt and German wheat flavor, the funky wheat resins build in the flavor where they subject themselves to the handiwork of trhe sturdy and reliable Northwestern hops used to brew this summer treat.

M: Mouthfeel is clean, light, yet slightly chewy but nature.

D: With a sessionable, refreshing flavor, this weizen earned a growler spot in my fridge. I look forward to uncapping that bottle in optimum conditions amongst friends.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cask Republic about a month ago, served in a shaped pint glass.

Pours a light golden color with a touch of cloudiness. Decent sized white head leaves some lacing behind.

Hmm, nice profuse smell of hops in the aroma, a touch of cracker malt in the background.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer, to be honest. Hops? Hefeweizen? Pale Wheat Ale? Beer??? Just kidding, but I decided to prove for myself what it was and I was slightly surprised by the outcome. It actually starts pretty hoppy, bitter and resinous with a touch of spice. The middle has those cracker like wheat tones and it finishes sweet with a dash of lemon. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is pretty neutral, touch on the wet side, mild carbonation.

Yeah, I dig it. Probably the best APWA I've ever had, actually. While the "weizen" part is deceiving, review this beer as a Pale Wheat Ale and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +1%

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Alpha Weizen from New England Brewing Co.
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