Dominion Summer Wheat 2003 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RBorsato on 05-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on the recommendation of the beer section manager at at local packy. Here goes...

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with the typical Dominion label on it. Born on date of 03-Apr-03.

Appearance: Poured a vibrant orange with all sorts of yeaty sediment floating around. Very fizzy white head quickly disappears into nothing.

Smell: The first thing I thought when I smelled this was "Allagash White". Very spicy, with some fruity esters poking through.

Taste: Very much like the Allagash, but not quite as tasty. Flavor definitely has zip to it. Banana flavor really comes out, mixed with a certain bready flavor. Finishes pretty crisp and slightly puckering.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, medium-high body.

Drinkability: Aftertaste is a little funky for me. I think this would be a good post-hot-summer's-day lawn mowing session beer. Another solid offering from the folks from Dominion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hazy, golden orange body is capped by a short head of bright white foam that drops shortly. The head retention could be better. The aroma delivers the typical Bavarian weizen aroma with sweet banana, a touch of vanilla, and some slight bubblegum. The body is medium/light and its just slightly elevated carbonation leaves it just lightly crisp and then subtly creamy in the mouth. The flavor also follows that of a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen with some sweet banana creme pie up-front over bready malt before the clove arises towards the swallow. The finish leaves a gently lingering malt sweetness with a bit of banana & clove, and a little spice on the tongue. A refreshing and enjoyable example of a classic summer quenching style!

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Photo of avylover
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great local brewery. The best around here anyway. The bottle has the back label on upside down in order to get you to stir up the yeast. Apparently it's desirable in this brew (I always liked to let mine settle) Good idea, and looking at my empty bottle (I poured it before I read the label) there is a ton of yeast in there. On with the review.

Pours yellow & hazy as the style should, with a small white head. Smell is very close to the style, with a nice cloves & tropical fruit yeasty aroma.This is a great american interpretation of a hefeweizen. It starts off pure german hefe with a nice acidic citrousy taste, then sort of shows it's red white & blue towards the end, with a nice grainy taste and some mild bitterness. Very silky mouthfeel & easy to drink. One of the best light hefes i've had from either side of the atlantic. A great summer brew.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this from a 05 June 2003 bottling
This is a nice german style hefeweizen. Lots of banana in the nose, slightly sweet & spicey palate. very enjoyable and a good example of the style. I found that it paired pretty well with the thai green curry that I was eating.

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Photo of marc77
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Murky light peach. Creamy, dense head leaves lace. Smooth clove along with a sweet banana bread like malt and ester combination in aroma. Slight bubblegum along with mellow toasted malt as well. Well rounded aromawise. Ripe banana sweetness upfront, leading into mild honeyish sweetness. Abounds in herbal clove laced bready malt. Fringe of bubblegum, grainy wheat tartness in the middle. Drys out in the lightly musty, but otherwise clean finish. A hair thin in mouthfeel, but still smooth and proteinaceous from the wheat. An excellent, superbly balanced and quaffable hefeweizen. Very true to style and outstanding.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Preferred the Draft version over Bottled version:

Cloudy dark golden-orange color with a big ivory head and good carbonation. More subdued banana-clove aroma and taste when compared to the draft version. Light sulferish (?) notes. Light bodied and creamy like it is supposed to be for a hefeweizen.

Upside Down Label states: "Weihenstephen-68 yeast" & "Equal portions of malted Wheat and 2-row malted Barley" & "German Hallertau Hops"

Bottled: 05/27/03
Tasted: 06/09/03

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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a foamy white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, clove and banana. The flavor was of hops, clove and banana. The finish was light and refreshing with a hint of the clove. Not a bad little summer beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, lemony and sweet. A medium bodied wit/wheat. Tastes more like a cross between a wit and a German Hefeweizen. Malts are fruity and sweet. with touches of banana and clove flavors as well as a lemony taste that sort of dominates everything else. Hops are slightly spicy. This is a nice light and refreshing, spicy and spritzy summer beer. Its interesting to note that the brewery printed the back label upside-down (on-purpose) so that you will turn the bottle over to get the yeasts back in suspension. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 13, 2003

Pours a pale orange in color with a highly carbonated eggshell colored head. It fades to a thin solid layer--no lace. Some yeasties noted and lots of small bubbles.
Clean earthy aroma. Wheat, yeast, banana, and lots of spicy clove notes.
Bready taste. The clove taste is much milder than the aroma leads on and there is just a hint of banana. A Juicy Fruit taste is definitly present too.
A light body with vigorous carbonation.
Overall and easy drinker, very refreshing too. A good example of a "traditional" wheat beer.
Thanks to PintofAle for the trade. Cheers!

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Dominion Summer Wheat 2003 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 9 ratings