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Wagonparty | Bauhaus Brew Labs

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Brewed by:
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 81
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 +3.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.5%
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 -4.9%
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...kind of an earthy dull citrus. Lager yeast notes but a bit heavy, a little slick and oily.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +16.3%
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 -2.8%
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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +3.6%

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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Wagonparty from Bauhaus Brew Labs
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.
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