Wagon Party
Bauhaus Brew Labs

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California Common / Steam Beer
3.8 | pDev: 9.47%
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of REVZEB
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with a white head that quickly fades. Smells bready with herbal hops, dried bitter berry, and slight toasted toffee. Tasted exactly how it smelled, but with the hops kicking in a good bit in the finish. The toffee and bread carry the load for the most part, though not sweet at all, which is good for this style. Medium bodied, very smooth and light as should be for steam beer, with some hop texture.

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Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured a clear, golden color with a good-sized, off-white head of foam. It smelled of toasted bread, caramel and herbal notes. Sweet caramel with some roastiness. Mild citrusy bitterness.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper. Short, foamy off white head that fades fast.

Smells toasted and caramel malts, citrus peel and earthy.

Tastes lightly fruity, caramel, toasted malts, bready and citrus peel. Finish is dry with light earthiness and citrus. Medium buddy and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can with a date

Interesting beer that, while I didn't enjoy it fully, is interesting and deserves credit for doing something different. This has intense citrus and sour flavor, while remaining a lager and not a sour beer. Not much to sniff at, and the taste is very one dimensional, but you have to admit it's interesting.

Bauhaus continues to impress

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Nice clear copper with a finger of white head. Smells bready and caramelly with a slight sweet maltiness. Taste has an earthy hop profile, heavy caramel notes, and a sweet, biscuit finish. Something is odd as the beer warms, can't quite place it. Definitely meant to be cold. Feel is slightly heavy and bubbly. A nice style among lagers that appeals to my love of stouts.

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Photo of GStone899
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Never had this style before but I'm a fan. This is a very pleasant beer. Has a earthy aroma mixed with caramel. Pours a golden copper color. Taste is very citrusy with notes of pine and caramel. Had a sticky finish. Enjoyable beer that's overall easy to drink.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a better than average Ca Common. Different hopping that traditional. Very earthy aroma and taste and bitterness is less than moderate and really smooth with a rather shorter length. Fuller body, definitely an ale. Darker color too with amber moving towards brown. Full off white head. A nice drinker

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright brown liquid, 2" cream to light tan lacy and sticky foam collar with very good retention.

S: spice and resin with some pine, citrus and light toast.

T: rich and malty seasoned by citrus and stone fruit. An assertive bitterness emerges mid-palate leading to lingering malt and hop flavors in the finish. The hop bitterness is medium high, the hop flavors are medium low, and the malt flavors are medium.

F: Wagonparty has a medium body and carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable and full flavored beer with a nice creamy texture.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wagon Party pours a dark copper color with a small but long lasting lacing head. Weak but a fresh crisp aroma. Taste is fresh and crisp, with a hint of grainy sweetness. Good body and feel. Overall, a full bodied drinkable and tasty beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear copper with a large head. The aroma offers up big caramel notes, with pine, and some floral qualities. The flavor is rich with soft caramel, toffee, fresh pine, orange peel, bubbglegum, and more toffee at the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sticky finish. Overall this is a very drinkable, gulpable eve, beer. The hops are nice and very west coast in style, as is the strong caramel malt body. Not spectacular by any means, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet bready, citrussy aroma. Candied orange peel. Perhaps a touch of diacetyl, but it comes off in a pleasant English way. Toffee. Some minty hops.

Pours clear copper with an off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Candied citrus and apricots upfront leading to toffee and caramel finishing with satisfying bitterness. Juicy. Somewhat herbal hops. Crisp and dry finish.

Medium light body, medium light carbonation. Snappy and juicy on the palate. Very dry with lingering roastiness.

I have had this a number of times and thought it was boring and mediocre. This is my first time having it at home with the purpose of reviewing it, serving it in my Spigelau glass, and am quite surprised how much more I like it. Not quite Anchor Steam, but still quite nice.

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Photo of Ryan_Pollock
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head: Pours a thick, off-white head that dissipated fairly slowly.

Color: Burnt copper, amber color typical of a California Common.

Nose: Noticeable citrus notes with undercurrents of pine and caramel.

Body: Strong initial tangerine taste, followed up by healthy dose of bready malt. Overall, less hoppy than the nose would have suggested.

Finish: Semi viscous mouthfeel, not as crisp as I would have imagined. Each sip ends with lingering maltiness with a hint of hop.

Overall: A very well sorted California Common. I could see myself drinking this one fairly regularly if I lived anywhere close to Minnesota.

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, hoppy California Common. Aroma is mostly citrus and caramel, but the taste is more complex with grapefruit, tangerine and light tropical flourishes over a malt body of toast, biscuit and bread. It has the smoother body of a Lager with a crisp finish. Moderately bitter, with more perceived bitterness than their IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a well made but somewhat bland beer for what it is, malty without being dark or sweet. a radiant brass color with nice clarity and a half an inch of white head with decent retention and spotty rings as i drink down the pint. it smells sort of nutty, like it has a deeper malt that the color lets on, a richness for sure, also some honey sort of sweetness and a grassy hop. the flavor is a lot like the nose, less sweet for sure, but still with the earthy vibe to the grain. bitter more than sweet in the end, doughy like a bagel, sort of english tasting on the hops. i find the mouthfeel a little confusing. this has some serious grain weight to it, even though the beer isnt all that flavorful, definitely a strange feel. its quite well carbonated too, which makes the heaviness all the more awkward. this was filling for a beer thats supposed to be on the lighter side. as simple as this one is, its quality cannot be debated. very well made, i think they all are from these guys, but i would like to see a little more adventurous recipes get put to the test...

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huzZAH Team! Simply a refreshing beer; great golden reddish color and very crisp light feel. This would be great after mowing the lawn or shooting the breeze on a cool spring day. I could easily enjoy a mass in a beer garden and not feel sluggish after. Definitely give this one a go.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bauhaus BrewLabs Wagon Party West Coast Style Lager. {Is that a thing?} Proudly brewed by Bauhaus BrewLabs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 5.4% Alcohol by Volume. 55 IBU.

Appearance: slightly hazy, bright orange coloring, long-lasting creamy head.

Aroma: Lively, floral hop presence. Slightly citric & piney. Nice.

Taste: Coming through a lot fruitier once it enters the mouth, plenty of citrus, tropical, stone fruits. Apricot and orange. Welcome bitterness blazes the palate. Body is on the lean side, and let's the hops show their stuff, without having any malt muck it up. I think that "West Coast Style Lager" is their way of saying "IPL" (or India Pale Lager), without having to say "IPL." And nobody really wants to do that.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color of honey, with a crisp white head.

Smells bready with a hint of pepper and melon fruit.

As usual, the flavor is like the nose. Bready taste with some fruitiness in there.

Slick going down, but doesn't linger.

Nice brew. One for a September afternoon.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from a can into an imperial pint glass. clear light copper color, nose of malty with a little hint of iron, some bread. Taste is nice, lingering light hoppiness but not real bright...breadth, kind of an earthy dull citrus and some nuttiness. Lager yeast notes, and some liveliness, but also a bit heavy, a little slick and oily. Moderate to high carb...substantial body.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date on the can.

Appearance: Pale caramel with good clarity and a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Grain with some caramel and sweet fruity notes.

Taste: Nice light caramel flavor and a hint of spice from the grain. The hop character is a bit subdued apart from a solid amount of bitterness. Some citrus flavor and a bit of an overall sweetness to help balance the IBUs. Crisp finish and a fading bitterness in the aftertaste along with a slight metallic/soapy taste. Good depth of flavor for 5.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with smooth carbonation edging on tepid at times. Good drinkability and a good candidate for a session.

Final Thoughts: Akin to other IPLs that have come out in the past year or so. Would be better if it weren't for the off-flavor in the aftertaste. Would I drink it again? Maybe on tap, but I will be checking out the rest of their offerings.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the can a clear amber color; the head is relatively small but leaves a smattering of dots and streaks

Smell: Bready malts underpin a woodsy and fruity tone

Taste: Bready and fruity, up front, with tones of apricot and toffee; tangerine and pine build in the middle; nicely balanced in the finish, with assertive flavors in both the hop and malt departments

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice twist on the California Common style that verges into pale ale territory

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If their Pils is my favorite offering of Bauhau this is a very close second. An interesting take on a California Common....an enjoyable and tasty take I might add. The hops are evident but there is also a nice biscuity, nutty malt flavor. Hops are flavorful not bitter...notes of peaches and apricots on the taste...aroma gives off some light citrus as well...highly drinkable....full of flavor...a definite winner here.

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Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Mild grassy and citrus aroma.

Taste: Moderate grassy bitterness, dry breadiness.

Overall: Tried a can from this new brewery in Minneapolis. It's a pretty decent beer, nice flavor and easy to drink. Probably a pretty good option for session drinking or to introduce craft beer to BMC folks.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed on 8/9/16 (original score 4.0)
Bauhaus Wagon Party pours a hazy light amber color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of clean caramel malt, bread, toffee, and some fruity hops. The taste is maltier than the aroma. It has a nice breadiness, and a sweetness that runs throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture. The carbonation seems a bit low for the style. Overall, this is a nice beer that pairs well with all types of food.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Dank hints of pine resin along with some floral hints. Solid malt background with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with good juicy notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Good earthy and floral hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Soft bready malt background with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid brew that is described as a California Common but comes off like a citrus forward American Pale Ale. Really good use of hops.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +5.3%

from 12oz can
A=pours a golden light copper slightly hazed color with an off-white head and minimal lacing
S-fruity floral with some malt and lager yeast
T-fruity hops,with some tropical notes a dank garden herbal taste is also present malts tend to out play the hops in the finish
M-medium body/carbonation slight fruity finish
O-liked this twist on a CA Common with its west coast hop influence a very good lager

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Wagon Party from Bauhaus Brew Labs
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 112 ratings