Peach Barrel Wheat Ale | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Peach Barrel Wheat AlePeach Barrel Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 173
Photo of EMV
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a clear light golden color. Thin white head leaves generous lacing.

S: Smells delicious... boozy and peaches. Fruit and oak.

T/F: Taste falls a bit flat. Creamy and buttery... oak and peach, but not as fruity as the nose. Slightly boozy, but the bourbon character is very much in the background. Slightly warming.

O: Smells great, taste is a bit of a letdown but overall enjoyable. Interesting fusion of flavors.

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Photo of LAp
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a full review, simply a log of tasting notes from a 2 oz sample served on tap in a tasting glass. The peach barrel dominates this beer - the most dominant component is a saccharine, overly sweet peach wine note, which gives way to a mediocre wheat beer/lager base. Thoroughly underwhelming - not a beer I'd order a full glass of.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass is a clear gold color floating a whitish head.
Stone fruit aromas are almost peach -like and alchohol reminiscent.
Peach flavor is more obvious than the aroma with a nice malt balance. No booze heat.

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Photo of strohme2
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label says brewed with real peaches. At first smell it seems halfway decent but it screams too sweet, too "perfect" of a peach smell. Jolly rancher taste, odd vanilla and vegetal. Thought I'd give it w try but never again.

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Photo of taters21
4.72/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of rocky white head.
Smells of apple, peach, vanilla(from the bourbon barrel aging), no wheat sadly.
Taste is velvety smooth, with the vanilla hitting full crescendo in the center of the taste, finishing with a hint of citrusy wheat profile, peach on the front but not overpowering, nicely done.
Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy, on par with best cream ales, but still moderate, stellar.
Overall, stunningly smooth, another great Kentucky brew on par or even better than bourbon barrel ale.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear peach color with a 1F head in a snifter.

Mild peach aroma. I was expected a stronger aroma.

Mild peach taste, followed by a mild bitterness.

This beer isn't over the top like some of the other beers from Alltech. It's a good beer, but I l prefer the usual in-you-face defined Bourbon character beers from the brewey

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty clear golden body, white head, good lacing. Front of peach, both in the nose and taste, with a sour wheat hint behind, cracker malt, closing with some brisk acidity. The beer is decent, but a bit over-sweet.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium orange color with a soapy head that fades to a ring. The aroma is that of an orange creamsicle dipped in a cup of bourbon. The taste is similar, lush sweet malt and caramel flavor, bourbon, and peach flavor too. Wheat just blends into the percieved sweetness and is actually kind of nice. There is a mild tartness that is a bit distracting for a beer of this type. Full bodied, somewhat cloying finish with peach notes. Its an interesting fruit beer, and I rated it as such. The peach flavor does surprisingly well with the bourbon.

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Photo of MikeElCervecera
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a dull gold. Peach aroma is immediate. Flavorful but not over sweet if you could even call it sweet at all. Leaves no harsh aftertaste and in fact is pleasant enough. I would drink this again.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this from a limited mix six menu that included a "free" Pliny the Elder. I didn't have high hopes for it. Looks more like a lager than a wheat beer in the glass. Very clean and filtered. It smells of artificial peach flavors though they claim it's natural. The creamy mouthfeel and peach sweetness make it almost yogurt like. Overall it's not as bad as I feared. The 8% ABV is definitely helping it also.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear light gold.

Right away, buttery peach cobbler comes through on the nose and translates directly to the tongue. I'm not sure if it's the wheat combined with the barrel that gives it that buttery flavor but it really is right on there.

Only when we began eating did the bourbon heat become apparent. It took us by complete surprise because we detected none of the until 10 minutes after nursing our beer when we took our first bite of food. Our next sip gave us a good burn we weren't detecting before.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 01/26/2016. Sampled on March 20, 2016.

It pours a nice looking summery yellow with this long lasting and ridiculously foamy white head.

The nose is peach, for certain. And then I get a hint of wheat, a hint of grain, and a little grass.

Light to medium body.

The taste is peachy and sweet with a mild bitterness to finish. This might be better on a day that is hot and humid.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear golden color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. The smell is rather disappointing: a little peach and cracker but not much else. I was expecting a stronger aroma of peach. It has a subtle peach taste with a lot of wheat and cracker. It's rather bland. It's lightly carbonated but the ABV of 8% seems too high for a fruit ale. Overall, I don't think this one works very well. Too much booze for too little smell and taste.

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Photo of Boto
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draught @ Tapped: This one poured a crystal clear golden color. There was really no head or lacing. The aroma is peach and wheat. The peach smells syrupy and a bit fake. The taste is peach, and almost nothing but peach. Not really overdone, but it is about all you get. That said, it actually doesn’t taste that bad. Lighter feel to it, which belies the 8% alcohol.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small head. There is virtually no head retention and minimal lacing. Very peachy aroma. Very sweet. Too much syrup, but there is some booziness involved. Very peachy taste as well. Too sweet. Very syrupy. Somewhat boozy. Just cannot drink this one. It is more light to medium bodied to me with low carbonation. Just not a beer I can drink.

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Photo of tlema1
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: gold, clear, thin white head, lots of bubbles
S: peaches and booze
T: peach stands out
F: booze on the finish, sticky mouthfeel
O: wouldn't re-visit

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes truncated given the low quality of this one:

Artificial peach runs rampant here - peach flavouring at worst, peach puree at best. In any case its booziness shows through plainly, but not because of the bourbon barrel. In fact, while drinking this, I find myself asking - "What bourbon barrel?" There's some reticent oak, but no toastiness, barrel sugars, vanilla, bourbony booze, etc. The wheat malt was an odd choice for this brew, and helps the booze show through. Needs a more robust malt body.

Not a gestalt or balanced beer, but it does have some limited cohesion. Pretty plain and simple.

At the heart of this beer is a clash between more refreshing notes of peach and wheat, and boozy heavier notes of a sad attempt at barrel aging. Strange yeast attenuation leaves this too sweet, and the mouthfeel too syrupy. Not so much bad-tasting as insipid.

Low C-

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - Once the one of white head dissipates it looks like kind of like a chardonnay. I'd call it a pear color and crystal clear.

S - I get the obvious peach right away. I also smell some caramel from the bourbon barrel.

T - It starts out sweet. The peach again comes through easily along with some caramel. Then it gets dry through the middle with an oak finish.

M - Moderate to thin

O - I originally had this on tap back in February and thought is was a sweet mess. This is sweet, but the dry finish helps it from being too sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 12 oz bottle.

A modicum of sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle after a full pour into my glass. The golden amber body was topped by a weak off-white head that soon reduced to a thin ring.

Quite peachy in both the aroma and the flavor, with a natural and somewhat freash peach taste. The BBL aging is less obvious, in part due to the strong peach flavor. Some biscuity malt base shows through it all. Still, the peach is a bit too dominant.

Feel: medium body with medium+ carbonation.

O: plenty to like about this ale IF a peachy ale is appealing,

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Photo of Shadar
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Amazing wheat beer. This has such amazing flavor and more alcohol than any wheat beer should have and I love it! The crazy part is that despite all of this it is also incredibly light! Almost like drinking peach juice. This stuff is what bad decisions and hangovers are made from. You could drink this all day and night without even thinking about it until you realized you were passed out on the grass at the park with no clue how you got there.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick mobile review...
Not much head here... Very peachy smelling..
Pretty smooth.. Not much peach up top.. Lingers around the nose.. Pretty high ABV for a wheat beer... Caught me by surprise.. So not much of a session beer.. Overall a descent fruit beer. Worth looking for if you are looking for peaches.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-from notes

This ale is a lovely orange/peach color with an off-white and creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is peaches with bourbon notes below.

The taste is peach and big whiskey barrel notes. To me, the flavors just didn't quite mesh and
there was an unpleasant medicinal note I just couldn't shake.

Mouthfeel is decent with a bit of creaminess.

Overall, this just didn't quite work for me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Bright golden and complimented by clarity, the beer's cap of white foam sinks slowly, dotting the snifter in specks of lace.

S - Freshly sliced peaches bask in a shallow end of the bourbon barrel, barely soaking up any of the alcohol but taking in as much oak as they can. Soft wheat tickles the nostrils while a kiss of sweet pilsner malt puts the finishing touches on this surprisingly light-smelling fruit beer.

T - Grainy pale malt is quickly overcome by sweet pilsner notes and an oat-like flavor before returning to a cereal state of taste that provides a base for the developing oak stave and light peach kiss.

M - The incessant wheat in Peach Barrel makes for not only a delicious flavor but an incredibly smooth body that goes down beautifully, finishing with a touch of lingering peaches and dryness on the tongue.

O - I'll admit, I was incredibly hesitant to purchase this 4-pack at its price point but my love for well-done peach beers won and here we are; a decision I don't regret. The delicious peach flavor doesn't recall syrup or artificial sweetener which is great, as is the very light undertone of barrel aging which imparts just a subtle hint of vanilla within the oak but bourbon is completely missing. The ultimate achievement of Kentucky's Peach Barrel is the profound wheat profile that is smooth and soft throughout, giving the beer a wonderful body and finish that drinks far easier than it should!

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: lots of sweet peaches

Taste: Like a bushel full of sweet peaches with some cream, light wood towards the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, light in body, high carbonation

Overall: I barely got any barrel aged taste from this beer. If that is what you are expecting then pass on this. What I got was an impressive fruit beer that managed to taste like beer and had the fruit pop in such a clean way that I usually associate with Belgian style fruit beers. If the price were a bit lower, this would be a staple in my fridge. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bright and bubbly golden orange sort of color. The off-white head is fairly tall but sparsely held together, so that retention is in moderation but not bad, and lacing fares similarly.
The wheat makes a substantial foundation, and the peach smells fresh. There's a bit of biscuit and just a hint of bitterness to it, which gives it just a ghost of sourness that's offset by vanilla and honey-like sweetnesses. It thins out slightly and gets a little dusty, but it's a pretty enticing aroma.
The taste isn't as desirable as the smell, only because the sweetness that holds off the stemmy bitterness isn't so present, making it much more like peach pit than the fruit itself.
The crispness is just minutely overstated in a medium body, which thins at the very end of every sip but is pretty consistent otherwise.

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