Civil Society Brewing

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #1
Ranked #670
4.38 | pDev: 8.22%
Civil Society Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: American Wheat Ale hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops.
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 275 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Very pale hazy yellow that has some transparency. Spice and flower blossoms in the aroma. Some spice and herbal hoppiness in the taste.

Lacking depth in the taste and mouthfeel. Not thin or without taste but one dimensional.

Overrated. Gumball Head puts this beer to shame.

Aug 12, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can. Drank from the can so no comment on appearance.

This drinks like an ipa. Hops seem to be a lot of citra. How is this a wheat ale? So juicy and fruity. Drinks incredibly easy. Orange, orange peel, and orange citrus for days. Soft. Has some hops showing, but not bitter. This was great.

Jun 05, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: 16 oz. can poured into a weizen glass. A hazy yellow with a 3 finger white head. Great retention and lacing.
S: Orange and citrus are present
T: Grapefruit pith
F: Heavier than expected
O: Good, but not really my thing. I’m unsure how I feel about the style and strongly prefer Hefeweizens and Belgian Wits so I’m probably rating this too low.

May 25, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

16oz can poured into pint

A- pours a hazy yellow orange color with a one finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring

S- smells of orange juice, pith, grapefruit zest, mangoes, melon and a hint of toasted wheat

T- zesty grapefruit and pithy tangerine up front, followed by a slight sweetness that gives notes of mango & pineapple. The finish gives more zesty citrus with juicy finish that lasts into the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- juicy, pithy, zesty and extremely quaffable, outstanding

Apr 17, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a curved pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 3 fingers of soapy white head. The head leaves some clingy cobweb lacing. Good retention.

Aroma brings strong notes of orange, with a bit of mango and wheat.

Taste follows the nose: Fresh oranges, mango, peach, with a little grapefruit and wheat on the finish.

Feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Very soft and creamy.

Overall, a very good wheat beer. It's basically a straight up pale ale, but the wheat does add a bit of body and flavor on the finish.

Apr 07, 2021
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A finger and a half of late developing bone white froth... Excellent retention... Color is a slightly hazy medium gold... Big nose of sweet oranges... Simple but intriguing palate... The oranges turn slightly bitter... Strong malt base... Good balance and complexity... Medium bodied... Sleek but with a good bite... Outstanding well rounded beer that more hops and higher ABVs aren't always the answer...

Mar 06, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color. 2 finger frothy, fluffy white head. The retention is very good, and there's nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is full of orange, I'm also getting a faint hint of "wheat" - a bit of banana, and clove.
Taste - Up front tons of orange, that mellows out on the backside, and the wheat flavors kick in.
Somewhat crisp feeling. Maybe a bit light in the body department.
Tasty and refreshing. Delicious.

Feb 28, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazy pale yellow. A bit over 1 finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Very juicy mango and guava.

Taste: The same POG juice flavor, but thinner than on the nose. Mild bitter hops with a tropical fruit flavor. Bitterness lingers briefly on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with decent carbonation.

Overall: A nice blend of juicy fruit flavors and hops. I only wish the fruitiness was higher.

Feb 21, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. No dating information found.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Sort of looks like a mix of apple and apricot juice. Firm, but thin white foam cap. Some spots and film of lacing.
Aroma is fruity and dank, with mango and grapefruit.
Taste has fruits from the hops that have flavors of mango, orange, and grapefruit. Has the pulp resin that has a bitter edge. Dry finish. Aftertaste is the less sweet pulp from the fruit. Mixed in is the wheat tang
Full mouth feel, and each sip can be swirled in the mouth for a coating effect. Very good carbonation.
The wheat base becomes apparent after a few sips, and blends well with the fruity hops. The dryness could be from the yeast or the wheat malt. I have not had a comparable wheat beer with this taste profile, which is a stretch between the wheat and a fruity IPA, with some dankness.

Feb 21, 2021
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KensWorld from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

“Contains No Fruit” printed on can. How do they do it? Amazing fruity flavor all produced by hops, wheat and possibly yeast. A masterpiece of this style. No lemon wedge needed here.

Jan 26, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 +8.4%
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 -11.9%
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 +9.4%
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%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.1%
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 -7.5%
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 -8.7%
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 +7.1%
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 -2.7%
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 -10.7%
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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