Whiner Beer Company

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Whiner Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #772
Ranked #20,655
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Aug 15, 2022
Sep 15, 2016
Very Good
Notes: Pronounced Meow!

Belgian Wild Wheat Ale. Aged for 10 months in used Cabernet wine barrels, dry hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops post barrel aging, secondary fermentation with Brett Brux Trois Vrai yeast.
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Rated: 4.09 by stanale from Illinois

Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Beech105 from Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a can. Hazy golden color. Smells suspiciously like an iOS. Hoppy, citrus. Taste is dry, hoppy a bit of wheat in the taste, hard to get barrel aged, but overall an ok beer. Just doesn’t seem like a wheat
Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
i think its amazing these cans have showed up in idaho, i have been a fan since the very beginning, and i hope this means more from these guys will be on the way. this is a cool beer for an affordable can too, a cabernet barrel aged bretty wheat brew, robustly flavored, well refined, and really different. weird looking can, but they have always had a funny aesthetic. this pours a shade or two darker than i thought it might, deep brass to bronze toned beer with some haze, super lively though, over an inch of whipped thick white head and tons of carbonation, definitely has a can conditioned look and feel to it. the aroma here is somewhat subtle compared to the taste, but the wine barrels are obvious both from the tannic element thats on display and from the rich vanilla layer the oak contributes. i do get some subtle berry tang too, raspberry and cranberry maybe from the grapes. the brett is a little medicinal but also kind of minimal, more belgian yeast than brett to me, pears and green apples, a light white pepper aspect, and some more toasted character from the grain than anticipated. the flavor is wine forward, both from the barrel and from the hops, which give a white wine wrinkle to it and a neat fruity freshness that makes this a bit less heavy, nice choice of hops here with the hallertau blanc! the wheat is really fresh and flavorful and is bold enough in the mix to not be lost to the barrel treatment or the complex fermentation profile, it remains grainy and earthy. some nice funk as it warms, very little acidity, smooth and mellow from the wood, with vinous character all through it. i love the mix of belgian yeast and brett here, and overall am impressed with the depth of flavor in a beer that remains so drinkable, its dry and expansive on the palate with awesome carbonation and a pretty quick finish, even some refreshment value here, surprising for what it is. a very cool beer overall, but i love this sort of thing, cannot wait to try the other cans that showed up too! highly recommended!
Mar 30, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Massive funky head. Didn’t realize it was sour...but still drinkable, not overwhelming.
Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by loganburgh from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

May 05, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Apr 27, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by qcghost from North Carolina

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by NewOrder from Illinois

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado

May 20, 2018
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Rated by dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Good overall but,a,little too hoppy
May 18, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by AJmon13 from Ohio

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by XicanoBeerRun from Texas

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a big chunky white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and frothy lacing. The aromas are on the mild side. Some wheat and malts along with some subtle hints of citrus. The flavors are clean and refreshing. The cabernet wine barrels are hard to pick up. Some wheat and fresh grass. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. I guess I expected a little bit more of a wine barrel presence, but it's all good. It's a clean and refreshing beer.
Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 2.54 by WVbeergeek from West Virginia

Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 3.62 by Lukass from Ohio

Sep 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Sep 12, 2017
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another great can (all loaded with felines), another great bier. As of this weekend I am a fan of this brewer.

This one opens as a pretty yellow, cloudy brew, with nice lacing and fine bubbles. The aroma is a hoppy, wheat yeasty smell. Nice.

The taste is a mildly bitter balanced wheat beer taste. The fancy refinements add subtle character. Bitter but not overly so. The aftertaste lingers wheat-like. It completely works and it is very refreshing.

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by DruC4 from Michigan

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 4 by jgoudy from Illinois

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 3.7 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours light gold. Bubbly almost non existent white head that fades immediately.

Smells grapes, fruit, wine, wheat, yeast Funk, Doughy and light oakiness.

Tastes slightly more sweet than nose suggested. Grape, apple, wheat, funky doughy yeast, light hints of wine and oaky. Dry finish with yeast linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation
Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours crystal clear with large carbonation bubbles gently floating upwards. Thin fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving some spotty large copay bubbles on top of the beer. No lacing.

Smell has notes white grapes, apple, a bit of funk, wheat, spices, and some wine notes.

Taste has notes of white grape, green apple, slight sweetness coming from those flavors, overarching wine flavor. The wheat base is just that, a base that really fades into the background with the light bret funk and white wine flavors standing out. Nicely balanced especially on the brett - its just enough to add depth and a touch of funk, but not enough to keep this from being very drinkable. Between the brett, the wine barrel aging, and the overall flavor profile this tastes nothing like a traditional wit. Definitely a wild ale.

Feel is pretty light, but the ABV provides a bit of a coating syrupy note. I almost think the ABV should be toned down to make this a more drinkable beer.

Overall this is a really nicely crafted wild ale. Very approachable and drinkable. This was the first Whiner beer that I've had that I am genuinely impressed with.
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Duff27 from Illinois

May 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by Commandophile from Illinois

Apr 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tasted in a pint glass from draft at the Vine on April 8, 2017. I believe the style here is incorrect. The brewery's web site lists this as a barrel-aged dry-hopped Belgian wheat not a wild ale. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably would not seek it out again.
Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is my second disagreement with the categories for a Whiner beer (Le Tub was the other.)
Miaou is not American Wild. It is a witbier. It has most, if not all, the major characteristics of a wit.
Best yet, it is a good wit. Aromatic, refreshing and subtle on the buds.
Miaou has the wheat sweetness and smoothness and all the spices we associate with wits.
Best yet, it went well with leftovers... the test of a good ale is that it can make a nice meal out of not much for food.
I vote wit.

7/19/21 Finally got around to another can. And upon reading my review above, I also wonder why I didn't call this a nice, gentle tart. But I still think it is closer to wit. And glad I had Miaou again. Counting over at UnTappd.
Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by MostlyNorwegian from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I love the artwork and the annoying blue green color of the can. Inside, you get a beer that I honestly believe wants to be smaller than it's 6.8%, but what are you gonna do? I'll complain here that it should be a smaller beer as I believe the 6.8 abv it weighs in at coats the tongue. That may be the interior joke for why the cats on the can and also its name.
In the meantime however.
For aromatics. I get the wine notes from the hops. The cabernet comes through followed by some herbal hop aroma comes through as well. It's taste is lovely for this sub spring like weather and should make for a good spring to early summer kind of drinker. Some tartness. A bit more grape and wine barrel. A kind of mineralyness on the back of palate comes through as well.
Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Dec 28, 2016
Miaou from Whiner Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 42 ratings