Whiner Beer Company

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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #89
Ranked #27,413
3.8 | pDev: 6.05%
Whiner Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Wild Biere de Garde, dry-hopped with Hüll Melon hops.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by DrKarl:
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DrKarl from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2016
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 02, 2017
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 19, 2017
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PBRstreetgang from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a heavily clouded rusty-orange with a full fist of dense soap bubble straw colored foam that slowly sinks to a thin frothy cap. An enchantingly Belgian aroma of rough but sweet esters, not so much fruity as boozy and funky. This can is over a year old, but the carbonation is still strong, I guess can-conditioned is acceptable? Seems more developed/attenuated than would be expected for the style anyway. Soft floral hop note, clean and indistinct with a solid amber malt backbone. First sip is remarkably smooth given the aforementioned bouquet; creamy smooth caramel malt sweetness and a gentle but cleansing hop bite. Alcohol is present but doesn't tip the scale like a malt liquor or Belgian strong ale. Carbonation is large and airy but lifts the twang and ester easily enough along with the alcohol for a pleasant mouthfeel. The tang and slight alcohol kick seems appropriate for the style and does not impair drinkability. I may have gotten lucky with a nicely aged can, and would be curious to try this fresh from the tap, but it stands as an interesting quaffable summer beer that stands apart without being over the top with yeast character.

Jun 08, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a few brews in this style, but I really don't remember them that well. This one seems at least an equal. It's good! Whiner comes through with another unique can to stare at while you consume the great contents. I look forward to the last of my Whiner taste - a Belgian wheat.

It pours a pretty, cloudy light brown with a smallish head. The aroma is a nifty slightly roasty malty smell. The taste follows suit with a roasty aftertaste. It totally works. I wish someone would Americanize this style with more hops and malts (alcohol).

Recommended as a great change of pace.

Aug 27, 2017
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enelson from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jul 09, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: refreshing, crisp, fruit notes. semi sweet fermented fruit and bread nose.
Amber color, slight haze, tall foamy head. Medium body. Complex and a bit toothy finish. 26 IBUs

Dec 18, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours copper with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; big chunky light khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice balance of sweet fruits and malts. Yeasts are there. Floral notes are there. Hints of banana and bubblegum. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More hints of banana and bubblegum. Nice fruit flavors. Some apple in the mix. Mild and subtle hints of cocoa, caramel and toffee. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Malts and yeasts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is a nice brew. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. It's fun to drink. Enjoyable stuff.

Oct 10, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 03, 2017
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ystazi from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 28, 2017
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark copper color with a two-finger off-white head. Aroma is slightly musty, barely funky with some toasted malt notes. Not overly funky in taste and also not very tart (I was a bit afraid after having a Le Tub). Seems like this would be a good introductory beer for someone wanting to explore Belgian styles. It has enough malt in the profile to hint at a little upfront sweetness but the backend asserts enough funk/tart to keep it grounded. I like this beer and it seems very representative of the Biere de Garde style.

Jan 25, 2017
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mdaschaf from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 26, 2016
THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whiner Rubriqueabrac

A: This Biere de Garde pours a deep reddish brown, a little darker than copper. It is cloudy but not hazy, and the head gushes out and makes the beer nearly impossible to pour. Retention is surprisingly good, as is lacing. It is a nice-looking example of the style, but the gushing is annoying. 4.25/5

A: Rich malts, fruity and spicy esters, and a twinge of sourness all add up to an overall impression of strawberry marmalade on nicely caramelized toast. Some leathery funk hangs out in the back, and a little vinousness like red grapes mesh with the overall very earthy impression. It is not an overly complex beer, but it is intriguing. If the sourness is kept in check (unlike Whiner's lacto-heavy Le Tub), it could be a great example of the style. 4/5

T: Like the nose, there is not a lot going on, but what is here is quite tasty. Again, it is like strawberry marmalade on perfectly cooked toast, almost a biscuity note at the end with subtle caramel as well. Funk is very light and leathery. That vinousness creeps in again and is very pleasant. Acidity is very low, well within palatabity. There is light spiciness and a little hoppiness, as well as just a hint of melon but only upon searching for it, which is a little disappointing given the advertisement of the very unique Huell Melon hops. Again, it is not overly complex, but this is a very tasty beer. 4.25/5

M: Here, it falters a little, which is surprising given the style and the Brett fermentation. Carbonation is low yet oddly prickly and almost unpleasant. The beer feels heavy and sticky on the tongue. Alcohol heat is slight, which is nice. This area could use some tightening up. 3/5

O: This is a very fine biere de garde, and it is great to see the style in a can. It is even better to see this be a brewery's flagship beer. The Brett fermentation really adds something to the style (even if it loses some of the nice Belgian esters that a different, more typical yeast would bring). This is a really nice local option alongside Off Color's more traditional Le Woof, and it is the best Whiner beer I have had (to be fair, Le Tub is the only other, and that carried a very heavy-handed, imbalanced lactic sourness). Pair with Hail the Sun's "Wake," which has its moments and is pleasant, yet does not reach true, complete greatness. 4/5

Jan 08, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 25, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/11/16; drank 6/30/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE, noisy eggnog head; frothy lace.

Honeyed grain & mild peach notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel. Wheat, mild honeyed grain & faint almond flavors.

Mild & not overly pleasant; quaffable but instantly forgettable.

Feb 15, 2018
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Davit from California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 29, 2016
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j0hnc2468 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 10, 2018
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Inglewood from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 30, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 03, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy copper body with plenty of fine bubbles rising all around, very creamy billowing head with plenty of thick lace- reminds me of an IPA. Smells a bit vinous, like it was aged in red wine barrels, along with just a touch of sourness and a healthy dosage of dusty, bready malt. I really love that. The flavor is almost entirely simple malts; liquid bread, semi-dry. There is a bit of grape skin and sawdust, an outline of bitterness for balance. Body is medium weight, a bit slick, with fine and ample carbonation.
Great nose, really got me excited, but unfortunately the flavor couldn't hang. Which isn't to say it was bad, but the nose set the bar high. It was a good beer overall, in honesty I think I just don't fully understand the style.

Jan 05, 2017
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jgunther71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 18, 2016
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Raziel313 from California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 06, 2016
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lanciloti from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 27, 2016
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