Alpha Weizen | New England Brewing Co.

Alpha WeizenAlpha Weizen
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by naproxen on 07-23-2009

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 16
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 7/23/10.

Growler filled by the hands of Rob himself at the New England brewery. Poured into a SA sensory glass, it appears a light straw yellow color that is quite cloudy. About a finger of white foam appears and retains quite well. Lace clings in sticky patches about the glass. Fair retension before the head receeds to just a thin layer atop the brew.

The aroma is a mixture of grassy and herbal hops with a fairly decent grainy wheat backing, slightly sweet smelling like cereal.

Taste is light and crisp. First though that crosses my mind is summer lawnmower beer but with more taste and a better aroma. This brew is very comparable to three floyds gumballhead. The flavor of wheat mixed with a crisp dryness of herbal and grassy hops leaves a lasting bitter bitey finish mingled with some minor alcohol burn.

Moderately high with the level of carbonation and light in the feel, this brew is all around pretty solid for an american pale wheat. Quite easily drinkable, it would be a go-to summertime brew if it was more readily available in my area.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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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1.71/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 8/17/09. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of dicaetyl, maybe some light wheat but dominated by diacetyl. Flavor of clove upfront and more diacetyl with a minerally finish. This is a big mess for me. There are no redeeming qualities to this beer (I don't even want to drink it on a 90+ degree summer day). I'm very disappointed (the previous ratings tricked me into thinking this was a good beer but I should have known, this coming from New England). This is a flawed beer. Drainpour...

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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Alpha Weizen from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 61 ratings
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