Civil Society Brewing

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #1
Ranked #618
4.39 | pDev: 7.97%
Civil Society Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: American Wheat Ale hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops.
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 261 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, near opaque light orange from the can, robust 3" head with excellent lacing. Nose is tropical fruit (papaya and mango figure most) with a small bit of spice; there's a hint of wheaty sweetness, but this plays like a juicier "pale ale" than even an American wheat. Flavors follow - hop juiciness and sweetness, but there's a balanced bitterness as well (pithy grapefruit). Mouthfeel is full with strong carbonation. The "wheat" aspect only shows up on the finish and a touch of spice, so don't see this one as truly emblematic of the style.

Nov 23, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a short white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and grapefruit and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has upfront flavors of mangos and citrus along with underlying hints of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a bit "chewy" and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this wheat ale to be quite flavorful for a single hop beer. It had the type of aromas and flavors you would expect from an IPA with the easy drinkability of a wheat ale.

Serving type: can

Jul 01, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. A hazy bright yellow color with a medium white head. Great retention and lacing in the glass. Nice fruity aroma with berries and citrus. This was a great drinking wheat ale with a perfect mix of flavor from the Mosaic hops and wheat. Bright blueberry, orange, and resin, along with bready malt. Medium bodied. Delicious and highly recommended.

Feb 19, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cloudy and honey colored with a thin cap that leaves a few shards

Smell: Dank, with lemon, orange and passion fruit tones

Taste: Lemon forward, with a building dank passion fruit element; orange pith, through the middle, with the dankness lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I would never have guessed that this was a wheat beer; tastes more like a West Coast IPA with a NE look

Jan 14, 2018
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Nedry from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite Civil beer for sure. Hazy orange appearance. Loads of citrus on the nose. Hits with a ton of orange and dank flavor. No bitter to speak of. Super drinkable. Great NE style wheat beer.

Jul 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque muddy yellow-tan with a fluffy white froth that dies to a thin ring.

Smell is orange, peach, slightly dank green onion and softening wheat.

The wheat gives this beer more of a body and taste that, after 3 other hardcore IPAs, is definitely welcome. Also exhibited here are notes of pine, lemon, orange, red apple and grapefruit.

Medium body, frothy, with a semi-dry finish.

Jul 20, 2017
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is yellow orange mango juice with one finger thick white head (relatively low retention). Smell is citrus (orange and tangerine), wheat, sweet resin, and hop puree. There is a very distinct citrus/bitter note. Taste follows the nose with a smooth medium to full body. Bitterness is there but held in check. There is some sweetness, but this drinks fairly dry. There is a ton of juice reminiscent of NE style IPAs. Overall, just a really well done hoppy wheat ale that is extremely drinkable.

Jul 19, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can
No date

Pale gold in color and cloudy with very little residual head.

Nose is malty, sweet, and tropical - mango, tropical, grapefruit, and the slightest bit of pine.

Taste is similar to the nose with malt, subtle sweetness, tropical fruit throughout and a much stronger hop note.

Mouthful is medium to light and almost a touch acidic. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry.

Really enjoyable NE style IPA. Not too heavy, not too light. Could be a stronger fruit presence but very drinkable just the same.

Jul 15, 2017
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unclejazz from New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As advertised, hard to find any major faults if any, great body excellent nose and drinks clean and had a wonderful dry minerality that ties it all together.

Feb 26, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not getting why there's so much hate for this beer out there - it's fantastic. In a blind taste test I doubt you could pick this out as a wheat beer, the hops are delicious and it's extremely drinkable. I look forward to the day when CS distributes to all of Florida.

Feb 06, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a clearish yellow that hints towards amber in the glass. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing. Unfortunately it does not have that turbid depth that gets you excited about what is hiding within. You can't technically see through the beer but you can see from side to side of the glass. Smell is juicy citrus with slight notes of mango and even a bit of pear. Definitely the stand out quality of this beer is the nose; very reminiscent of the NE IPA's. The taste follows the smell but the citrus predominates. Tastes a little sweet with a pleasant bitter finish on the back end. Ready back end taste as well. Medium heavy carbonation for the style with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Overall this beer is really good and I would love it if this brewery was closer. I could totally enjoy a few of these on a hot day.

Jan 21, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


4 Oz pour on tap

A: murky light yellow straw body sits atop a non existent head.

S: lots of light citrus, tangerines, nectarines

T: Lots of orange tangerine and a light bitter crackery finish.

M: medium bodied fairly carbonation

O: not getting much of a wheat beer taste but it is a great beer

Dec 28, 2016
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MJSFS from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draught at the CSBC taproom. Poured into a 16oz pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a thick head and decent lacing. Aroma is dank oniony hops, sweet tropical notes, and slight grassiness. The taste follows with huge onion dankness, juicy mango, and wheat. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and carbonated. Overall this is an extremely drinkable and satisfying wheat ale with a wonderful balance between juiciness and bitterness.

Sep 29, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks again to the strangers who became friends at a tasting at the beginning of summer, who very generously gave this to me on my way out, without anything in return. I can't wait to try my first Civil Society beer!
Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Hazy gold, lots of visible carbonation, and a finger's worth of white head that fades quickly. No evidence of discoloration (oxidation) in this pour, although it's not exceptionally attractive.

S: Tropical fruits, orange whip, pineapple and mango. Bready malts with a nice gristy kick, though is not husky or grainy or caramelly at all. A pretty nice aroma, though it isn't huge.

T: Juicy tangelo, underripe orange and pith, tropical fruit (mango and kiwi), some peach, melon, and a touch of pineapple juice. Background of resin and dank/herbal hops. A dense bready sweetness from the malts; still no caramel, though there is a mild amount of a toasted/toffee sweetness. Just a hint of a spice/onion hops and minerally quality at the swallow is about my only quibble. Moderate fruity bitterness in the hang.

M: The body is on the heavy side for an IPA, and a creamy mouthfeel for style – like an egg white whip or egg cream. Alcohol presence seems low. Good carbonation sensation, keeping in mind the mouthfeel comment.

O: Very good – juicy with a good malt presence (I don’t get a ton of wheat character, but it’s hefty), and yet the hops are still permitted to star. No caramel malt flavors. Tasty and I enjoyed it...but I went in with sky high expectations that maybe weren’t quite met.

Sep 05, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a murky light bodied orange. Not quite the caliber as an NE style IPA like I see a lot of people comparing this to. Minimal half finger head, settles to a ring pretty quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell is pretty citrus foward, some lemon zest and orange peel for sure. Hints of wheat and sweet malt. Nothing too complex, a little one dimensional.

Taste follows the nose well. Lemon zest and orange peel initially. Sweet malt in the back end which leaves a burnt toast after taste.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, dry finish and a little thin bodied. Overall, I definitely don't understand the TH comparison. People need to quit hyping it like that, definitely makes it even more of a disappointment in that perspective. Still a good beer in its own right, but nothing worth going out the way for.

Jun 22, 2016
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Florida's take on a hazy, NE-style IPA. Don't get the hype on this one. We have better hazy IPA's being made here in CO, guess the FL traders just hyped this one up a bunch and it made it into the top 250 for no reason.

Hazy, murky appearance. Smell and taste is trying to approximate OJ, but it isn't quite there. Julius is like freshly squeezed OJ. This is like the $1.49/gallon OJ you can buy at any grocery store. Mouthfeel is soild and does approximate what Trill and TH do with their IPAs.

Overall, this ain't a top 250 beer. It's solid, but not mind blowing.

Jun 14, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one blew me away. So similar to something like Haze to me.

L: Here's the only bad part about it. It is pretty murky. Not as ugly as Fresh, but definitely gets there towards the bottom of the can.

S: At first, it's just straight pineapple orange juice. Incredible. As it warms, the nose becomes very clean and changes to that light breadiness that TH beers have. Ends up smelling almost exactly like Haze.

T: Taste is really the same. Pineapple orange juice at first which mellows to a light tropical and citrusy breadiness. Hint of that clean, TH style pine on the end.

F: Feel is really similar to TH. It's very appropriate for the abv. Light and creamy with lower carbonation.

O: This one exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed Fresh very much and was excited for Pulp, but I didn't expect it to be this good, and nearly identical to a TH beer. These guys are definitely doing some great stuff down in Florida.

Jun 13, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. 5/27/16 package date. Appearance: Cloudy, pale golden, with minimal white foam head. Looks a bit under carbonated. Aroma: Tropical fruit hop bomb. Pineapple, mango, even a touch of strawberry. Also an underlying grassy resin. Wonderful. Taste: Very light wheaty maltiness followed by a grassy, resinous, strawberry hop character that leads into a moderate bitterness. A touch of orange peel pops up on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light body with a low carbonation Finish: Dry, with a nice balance of malt and bitterness, with some residual hop resin on the tongue. Overall: An amazing aroma for an American Wheat, reminiscent of a top notch IPA, but this can was under carbonated and the body of the beer seemed light, even for an American Wheat. I’d definitely consider this the best American Wheat I’ve had, but still has room for improvement.

Edit: As I had the rest of the beers in the 4pk, not only did it become clear that all of these beers were well undercarbonated, but also increasingly oxidized, as the color turned a dirt water brown and the malt profile became papery. Hop aroma mellowed quickly as well.

Jun 13, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky yellow with brownish orange hints and a white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some lacing. Not very appealing, but not terrible.

S- The aroma is citrus and wheat, as expected. It's good, but definitely not the huge juicy citrus bomb that was advertised, not even close.

T- The flavor is more of the same. Some pretty good citrus notes with a notable wheat backbone, but definitely nothing to write home about.

M- The mouth feel is in between thin and medium, with mild carbonation, and a dry, bitter finish.

O- I feel like I got scammed by a used car salesman honestly. This beer is solid, don't get me wrong, but I could very easily pick up MUCH better beer off the shelf any day of the week at my local store. If you're considering trading for this DON'T! I traded away some world class HF hops for this, and the regret is very real!

Jun 10, 2016
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manbearpack from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the first can release. The appearance is exactly what you would expect for Pulp, super hazy orange beer, could be mistaken for orange juice. Smell is loads of citrus and taste is super juicy and smooth. Civil Society can call this a wheat ale all they want, but Pulp is a hazy, juicy IPA and the best thing anyone in the Southeast is doing with hops.

May 30, 2016
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robertjskelton from Florida

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like straight up orange juice. Even looks pulpy, since it's hazy and cloudy. Smells nice and piney, but the taste is unreal, and it's what you came for.

May 17, 2016
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twizzard from New York

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass from a 2 week old crowler. One of the most aromatic beers I've ever had. I inhaled it for 5 minutes befor the first sip. Candied fruit and dank. Thin white head with decent lacing. The taste follows the nose. Although a bit thin it's still an amazing iteration of the juicy New England style. Now I won't have to mule cases of beer on my winter vacation to south Florida! Well done!

Apr 26, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crowler pour.

Hazy golden liquid. Smells like grapefruit juice. With warmth there's some mango.

Taste is all about that mango though. Grapefruit plays the back. Got some zesty bite and prickly feel. Finishes dry as hell.

Apr 16, 2016
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HeartofMiami from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Initially from a Crowler. May 28 on draft and then from their first canning run, opened 5/29. Hazy and juicy, great nose of oranges, grapefruit, mango and nose follows. One of the top IPAs available

Apr 15, 2016
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ELS from Florida

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting to like this beer much more than I did. It looks good with a nice hazy orange color but I wasn't getting any great aroma that I expected from a beer with citrus literally in the name. The taste was slightly underwhelming. A nice hop bite but not really juicy and the malt doesn't do much to compliment the hops. Mouthfeel was descent but doesn't go down better than any other similar beer and a little thin towards the end. I know the first batch of this beer was supposed to be amazing. I'll try it again in the future and maybe I'll see what everyone is raving about.

Second Review - I went to the CS Release and picked up cans of Pulp. Drinking this pale ale at home I had a much better beer than the time I had it on tap at the brewery (better batch?). It had more citrus smell and way more citrus taste! A very well crafted beer that can contend with the best New England IPAs.

Apr 10, 2016
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 261 ratings