Dominion Summer Wheat 2006 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Summer Wheat 2006Dominion Summer Wheat 2006

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by doerickson on 05-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by doerickson:
Photo of doerickson
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shade darker than many wheat beers, with a golden hue. Filtered but not crystal clear. Short, creamy head dissipates quickly.

Smells of yeast, faint banana, and light phenols.

On the dry side with flavors of banana and green apple, a flash of bubblegum, and a dry, short finish. No off flavors, very clean.

Crisp carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is off the hook; goes down like lemonade. I might have to go back for a case of this.

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Photo of weasbri
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orangy-straw color, just a tinge of haze to it, not much froth at all. Fruity aroma, shades of banana perhaps. I loved the taste, very similar to the smell. Crisp finish, and just a slight wheat and hop taste to it.
Very refreshing, extremely drinkable. My current favorite summer beer, I'm going back for more this weekend.

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Photo of asabreed
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Unfiltered, as the style goes, with lots of bubbles floating up and a decent amount clinging to the side of the glass for dear life before being propelled to the top. Not much head in the least, ditto with the lacing. A ring of foam clings around the head of the brew.

Smell: It could be a bit stronger, and maybe once again that's the style, but we have the aromas of wheat malt, banana, slight vanilla, slight clove, and pretty much no hops. Nothing really to speak of, but decent enough.

Taste: The lingering finish of banana and wheat malt boosts this up to my rating as it stands. But everything, once again, is too subdued for me. Clean, yes, but not enough there to make me really keep me wanting to go back. By the finish there seems to be no hops also.

Mouthfeel: Very light, but for the sweetness it makes it a bit fuller. Seems watery until the carbonation adds a bit of creaminess by the finish.

Drinkability: Yes, I could have a good amount of these in a session. It's a fairly flavorful and easy drinking brew. But I don't really understand why one would prefer the filtered style to the unfiltered. Still, not a bad brew, and worth checking out, especially if you're a Kristal fan I suppose.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basic filtered weizen with just a slight haze. Nice yellow-gold body and bright white head. Average lacing. Typical Bavarian yeast aroma and flavor with some green/yellow banana, clovey spice, wheat malt, soft fruit (apple, maybe some light melon), and a delicate spritz of lemon. The flavor is fuller than the nose, of course, and the malt has a nice, bready, wheaty character to it. Well-balanced with a very subtle tartness and low-level bitterness. Medium-light bodied and gently crisp. Great summer beer! Perfect for backyard BBQ's, fishing, camping, sporting events....

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" white head over the cloudy golden brew. Not so "kristal" this time around, probably due to my messy pouring. Head lasts well, with plenty of sticky white lacing. Aroma is wheat and citrus. Taste is also comprised of wheat malt and lemony highlights. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is superb. As advertised, this makes a great summer brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light chill hazed light gold color with a low white head and light carbonation. Subdued Bavarian yeasty aroma with a citrusy (maybe lemon but definitely not banana) fruit aroma; some spiciness and soapiness evident. Similar flavor profile. Medium-light bodied with a light creaminess.

Pass for much nicer Bavarian wheats ... subpar for OD.

Per Bottle: "60% German Wheat, German Pilsner, and Munich Malted Barley" & "German Hallertau Hops"

Bottled: 04/27/06
Tasted: 07/06/06

($6.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 04/27/06. Weizen Glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with minimal head and lacing.
Bubbles of carbonation steadily stream from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Plenty of bananas, bubble gum and spices.

Taste: Starts clean with hints of bananas and spice, the middle transitions quickly without any discernable flavors, the finish is where this beer makes its mark. Bananas and estery flavors linger long on the tongue. Finish is also very dry which makes putting these down pretty quickly.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, somewhat thin. Carbonation is ample.

Drinkability: OD's Summer Wheat 2006 is an easy drinker. Crisp and dry with ample flavors of banana. My first Kristal Weizen so I can't compare with others in the style but my 1st impression is pretty high. A thrist quencher for a scorching 95 degree day here in the burbs of our nations capital. Definitely worth a try, would make an easy session beer.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After looking into my notebook I forgot to submit this review! Oh lords of BA please forgive my dishonour to the BA doctrine.

Bottle into a pint glass.

Golden color. Lots of carbonation and the head hugs the glass and stays all the way down.

Everything and more you would expect. Banana, malts, cloves, and floral notes. Good sniffer.

Light, sweet and very smooth. Banana is very present and the malts are excellent. Not over or underdone. A no hops finish, unusal but nice. It looks like it is going to be watery but the carbonation doesn’t let that happen. Good flavoring and easy to drink. But not my style.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass at 40 degrees. Glad to make this the 10th review and give it an official score!

A - Cloudy golden (more on the orangish side) with little head. Looked highly carbonated.

S - Banana-wheat dominates the aroma with hints of cloves and some citrus.

T - Light-bodied and full of banana flavor accompanied by spice and a lingering aftertaste of apple cider.

M - Again, a light feel with medium really feels like a lighter apple cider. Finishes dry on the tongue, but leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

D - I enjoyed this more as I drank it. Not your typical summer wheat...the apple-banana combination plus the lack of grassy flavor makes for a very good brew.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz., bottled on 5/11/06 - served in a weizen glass. It pours a mildly hazed gold/orange with medium carbonation and a finger of white head that leaves light lacing. Smells of pleasant banana and spice, wheat, fruit (apples or pears), dough, and hops that appear halfway through. It is pretty smooth with a medium body, medium carbonation, a short finish and tastes of wheat, spice, dough, light fruits, some citric zest, and a mild bitterness. Overall a good, thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kristal clear bold gold with a hint of peach. Slow fine bubbles and fast large ones make their way up to a good looking two finger cap that is yellowed bone in color. Despite looking more soft than sticky, it manages to deposit a respectable amount of sudsy lace.

Given the near complete lack of yeastiness, it's hard to put my finger on the reason that I like the nose as much as I do. I think it's because it's nicely aromatic, it's fresh and bright and it has just enough lemon and banana to provide character and olfactory interest.

Those same qualities are present on the palate as well (substitute flavorful for aromatic), but for some reason it doesn't hit me in quite the same way. Kristal weizens, in my opinion at least, have to be exceptionally well-constructed to be good because they filter out the best part a hefe weizen. This one just doesn't have to chops to overcome that handicap.

The malt bill is slanted 60/40 toward wheat, resulting in a malt backbone that is too insubstantial. I know that lightness is valued in a 'summer' beer, but more girth would improve this one a great deal. There's plenty of tangy sourness that tastes like a combination of wheat and lemon juice.

It isn't entirely fair, but I'll assign a (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score just for the hell of it: 1.0/5.0. No clove. With little fruit, no spice and a weak hoppiness, does anyone really *love* kristal weizens? They are superior to the vast majority of macro lagers though, I'll give them that.

As noted, the body is lighter than light, but it holds together quite well throughout each mouthful and all the way to the bottom of the slowly warming bottle. An understated amount of carbonation is usually a positive--and it is here as well--but a few more bubbles would perk up a mouthfeel that could use a little perking.

Old Dominion is incapable of brewing bad beer. In tackling such a difficult to nail style though, they set themselves up to fall short of their usual excellence. Summer Wheat 2006 is a pleasant, drinkable beer, but I hope the brewery isn't tempted to use this particular recipe again.

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Photo of sleazo
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear straw colour. Not much head or lacing.

S-Slight clove smell. Not much else.

T-Highly cloved, which dominates the subtle banana taste. i like cloves so it was not too bad for me but it became cloying afterawhile.

M-Medium bodied with a good kick of carbonation.

D-Average at best. i had this yesterday but was not sure which one i had but it clearly was a kristalweizen and not a witbier. The overload on the cloves prevented me from having more than one.

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Dominion Summer Wheat 2006 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 12 ratings