Golden Fraü Honey Wheat
Thunderhead Brewing Company

Golden Fraü Honey WheatGolden Fraü Honey Wheat
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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #497
Ranked #45,142
3.43 | pDev: 16.91%
Thunderhead Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Golden Fraü Honey WheatGolden Fraü Honey Wheat
Notes: A wholesome wheat beer brewed with sweet Nebraska Sand Hills honey.
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 88 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden Frau pours a golden color not much head. Sweet grainy chemically aroma. Flavor is very sweet, lots of honey, cheap grainy body. Sweet rough feel. Overall very sweet, too sweet.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A midwestern Hefeweizen and braggot hybrid ale of sorts.

Golden yellow, a tad hazy, finger and a half thick white head that fades to a thin lace after a few sips. No real legs, alright lacing when it decides to stick. Very pretty when the light hits it just so.
Light aromas of dough, honey, wheat fields, and a little alcohol. Nice and pleasant.
More wheat bread dough, a little tartness, with a drop of honey in each sip. Again, just nice.
Not much to say for the mouthfeel other than it's smooth enough and has a smidgen of chew to it.

Not sticking exactly to the style, neither exactly American nor German, but it does what it does well. Very popular, around here summertime often calls for adding lemonade or ginger ale and turning it into a shandy while grilling, though in the heat I like it on its own. As for wintertime, well, I usually move to other things in this freezing weather.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: light cloudy golden yellow.
S: sweet gain and bread, not much there overall
T: honey Like sweetness has a bit of wheat and cracker fading to a clean or tart finish as the beer warms.
F: thin
O: Not a bad beer but be warned it is sweet. For my money there is better out there in the style but this is still a drinkable option.

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Photo of Ribber
4.76/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I drink beer. I drink a lot of beer. At six bucks, I was reluctant to try this wheat beer.....but I did. Wow!!! What a joy. $3.00 a six pack is usually my limit. This is one fine brew....and it's made in NebrAska. This is no sissy beer. After 9 I could tell the brewers had done their homework. I was feeling good and ready to start drinking more. This is a man's beer. Glad I found it.....even tho it costs six bucks a six pack. I wish they would make it in quarts.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of wet grain and honey
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and thin layer
Lacing good – wide lace curtain rings
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor of plastic and alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl (unfortunately – it would have helped)
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of OneBadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Genuinely like this beer. Gorgeous color, taste is pretty good, good mouth feel as it seems a little more viscous to me than some other beers. Even at 7.5% very very drinkable. But they will catch up to you pretty quick.

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Photo of trcarlson
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beerista talked me into trying this, even tho I'm a bit of a hop head. It's light and refreshing, not sweet or super wheaty as the name suggests. I wouldn't buy a 6 pack but it's a pleasant departure from my usual.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this in a six pack of cans for $5.00. Couldn't pass it up.

Appearance : This beer pours a mostly transparent golden hue with a small haze permeating the body. The head fills about two fingers and recedes to a thick, yet loosely knit ring with minimal lacing.

Aroma : Sweet, honey braided pretzel, threshed wheat, a small hint of faint hop. Overall a pleasing nose.

Taste : Oh yeah. This is a sweet, delicious wheat beer with notes of honey and spice. Initially there's a soft hop bite which moves into a heavily malted wheat body with notes of honey and similar sweetness, and it finishes with slight antiseptic hop and baked grains. Ends slightly yeasty.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, yet light bodied and easy to drink. Popping carbonation makes sure it rides down your palate smoothly. Semi-dry finish compliments the yeasty aftertaste.

Overall : For $5.00 I'll have to go back and get another. This was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend Golden Frau for an easy drinking, sweet Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7/25/14. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a veissber vase glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen as well that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice and is of honey, wheat, corn with a hint of light spice. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight dry finish. Very tasty and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste is noted at all. Overall, a very good honey wheat. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Think I will go right with a solid '4' for this summer brew.

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Photo of Jerryb1961
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To fulfill the webform requirements I rated everything as a 4. I'm not a whatcha calla "connoiseur" with any knowledge of things like lacing and mouthfeel or whatnot. I just plain like this beer. I usually drink it from the can a tad cooler than room temperature. It's flavorful, and the 7.5% ABV doesn't bite (though you will feel it soon). Not cheap, but worth the money IMO.

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Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

pours out of the can a slightly hazed straw colour. rocky bone white head is supported by some active carbonation. wispy lace. corn and honey aroma accented by some grass and wheat. taste is a combination of grassy honey, pale malts, a bit of wheat and adjunct. definitely an american wheat concoction, no true weizen or hefe characteristics. any spiciness is mostly due to the rather well hidden, higher than average ABV. finishes on the dry side with a slight dirty hop bitterness. well rounded body for the style with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. no residual sweetness here. drinkability is nice. i could see this being a nice summer drinker.

overall i'm a bit confused by this offering. beers of this sort are usually lower in ABV than this to make them reasonably sessionable. one can obviously taste the honey and adjunct, well attentuated to a fault, giving it a malt liquor feel that does it no favours. i'd ratchet up the wheat, get rid of the corn and use a yeast that imparts some hefe characteristics.

this would be a nice ale to pair with a hearty steak, some ribs or some sausage and sauerkraut.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to beersndrums for this one! Another beer from a brewery new to me!

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass. Relatively clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of honey, peppery and citrus hops and yeast, a touch of wheat, and maybe some slight banana esters.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat and a good amount of honey. As the taste progresses, some mildly bitter citrus hops come in at the very, very finish. This is mostly wheat and honey, though, just as the name says.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a semi-creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet and mildly dry finish. Sweet honey and wheat flavors linger.

O – This is a pretty good wheat beer. It comes exactly as advertised with lots of wheat and honey with some additional aromas (and some flavors) coming along for the ride. It is definitely tasty and very drinkable. I could definitely see myself crushing a bunch of these on a hot summer day. Thanks for the experience, Jared!

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Photo of zeff80
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemon and cracked wheat. It tasted of wheat, spices and some honey.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a very hazy peachy orange? A white head recedes to a wisp and a lot of webby lacing remains on the glass. The aroma is of cereal grains, wheat, and of course honey. The taste is sweet up front but not cloying. Barley and wheat grains carry through the body with a nice honey glaze. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. The 7.5% ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dont care what anyone says, this beer is awesome. its unique in so many ways. the honey is fresh and local and floral and really flavorful in the beer without being sweet. the abv is huge for the style, and it makes this a wonderful 6pack for the price under 8 bucks. its also got a really smooth and creamy body for a wheat beer, bigger and bolder, more round, and all without sacrificing drinkability because the carbonation level is large and bright. the finish is crisp, with the clover honey profile lingering on for just a second. its like a honey wheat milkshake in some sense, and to me this was an unexpected treasure from a state that i didnt think did much clever beer. i like everything about this, and i encourage all who have never tried it to seek it out, and i suggest those who didnt think it was all that, to give it another shot with an open mind. i was just really impressed by this beer for so many reasons.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thunderhead Golden Frau Honey Wheat
Can from Whole Foods Omaha, $1.69
No apparent freshness dating

Notes: Golden. OK head & retention. Minimal aroma: sweetish malt & weizen character. Flavor: sweetish but not overdone. Distinct wheat but not honey. OK. Some actual yeast flavor (not much) and mild Bavarian yeast character. Balanced. Nice. Easy to drink with some character.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you n8dietz for picking this beer up for me on your last beer excursion.

Very little head and no foam after the pour and one sip. Good bubbling for this pale, light amber hued brew.

Very soft honey sweetness with equally light toasted malt aroma.

Bubbly upfront with toasty pilsner like malt and maybe some unmalted wheat. Add a drop or two of honey and thats what makes up most of this beer/braggot's flavor profile. The finish is an earthy, musty toasted malt finish. Overall pretty restrained flavors is putting it nicely. Not bad, just not worth having again or recommending.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz can into pint glass

A-poured a light amber with a 1 finger head that faded quickly

S-a little bit of straw type smell followed by a faint honey

T-not much taste but there is a light sweet honey taste and a grainy aftertaste

M-well carbonated could have a little more body to go with the sweetness

O-ok, definately not the worst thing I've ever had, but not something to go out of the way for.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves descent lacing.

The aroma is of wet hay, fresh straw, sweet wheat and honey. Hints of apple and citrus lemon.

Average wheat beer. Wheat, fresh hay, coriander, lemon and apple. Follows the nose. Its ok.

Grainy mixed with creamy. A bit thin. Ok for the style.

Overall, its just ok.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Big thanks to woodychandler for sending this can my way.

A: Pours a golden color with a fizzy white head on top that has very little retention at all and left behind no lacing.

S: On the sweet side, some honey and wheat with a hint of apple. Sort of reminds me of a lager actually.

T: A heavy hand of grain and wheat, some sweetness from the honey, which also comes through a bit. Not a whole lot going on though.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but needs something more to make it work for me. Just seemed to be missing something, compared to some braggots I have had in the past.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden straw yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: honey, wheat,

taste: honey, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a pretty boring beer. glad I got to try this one since It's been a while since I've had a braggot. this beer isn't anything special.


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Photo of tito42
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to an imperial pint. No date on can, but purchased several days ago for me by a friend.

A: Very dense straw color, clearly unfiltered. A slightly off-white head filled the rest of the imperial pint. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Wheat and corn with a touch of honey. I smell adjuncts though I don't believe they are present.

T: Wheat and malt up front with a thinly sweet honey flavor bridging to a bitter hops finish. I tend to not like too much sweetness in beers but it works here and is indicative of the style. The honey and hops does a great job at masking the high ABV. Only slightly spiced if at all.

M: Medium-bodied, not quite as creamy as I expected from this style. Balanced hops bitterness makes its presence known without drying the mouth too much.

O: Extremely drinkable for a 7.5% ABV brew. The wheat, malt, hops, and honey make for an interesting balance in this beer. It is debated whether this is truly a braggot, but it's definitely not your typical wheat beer.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thin and light gold with a snow white head that is gone in about 10 seconds.

Strong whiff of honey right out of the can. On closer inspection I get more honey and some rather stinky corn. There's a little of the wheat beer clove action going on too.

Crisp and sweet on the palate. Honey and sugar sweetness on the back end cover up any alcohol.

Not quite as thin as I had feared and the carbonation is moderate and refreshing.

Not in love with this beer, the sweetness is too cloying for me, but it's different than the usual and pretty interesting. I bet if I got it a little colder the sweetness would dial back a bit.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Frau Honey Wheat
Thunderhead Brewing Company, Kearney Nebraska
can > pint glass
Brought to me as a gift from my Uncle's cross country drive ~6/2010

"Never filtered, never pasteurized, always refridgerate".

Not quite sure if this is truly a Braggot. The can states it to be a Honey Wheat Ale. I think technically a Braggot is 50% honey, and I doubt this one has that much honey in the recipe. The taste is similar to Braggot if you have never had one.

Appearance is gold pale straw in color, excellent clarity, short head and retention, no lace.

Smells of light malts and corn sweetness. Maybe a trace of honey, but more just plain sweet aromas.

Tastes as it smells. Light malt sweetness, some corn, light caramel and maybe a dash of honey comes through. Sweet but not cloying, okay it almost is a bit cloying... it's on the edge as a sweet but still enjoyable brew. Hides the 7.5% abv impressively well.

Mouthfeel is medium+ body, medium carbo and a semi slick mouth feel from the sweetness.

Drinkability is pretty enjoyable overall. Nice sweet beer, sweetness hides the abv well. Excellent example of a strong ABV Honey Wheat Ale. I would prefer it a bit less sweet with a bit more head retention and aroma, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for hooking me up with this one. Is it really a braggot? Hmmm...

Pour - almost milky or cloudy yellowish orange with a seltzer like fizz as the thin white head forms and then quickly fades away.

Aroma - apple cider, wheat germ, lemons and a little sourness. Not a whole to speak of when it comes to the smell. Sweet pretty much sums it up.

Taste - this really reminds me of a sweet cider or a dessert wine. Its smooth going down but has a sweetness that never leaves the tongue and no real hop flavor balancing things out, although I didn't really expect that. The honey really comes out in this brew as the wheat doesn't do much to mask it. If you like a nice sweet dessert-type of beer this would be perfect. Its not the sort of beer that I'd be having more then one of, but that is just me.

Overall - not a bad brew by any means. Its a solid strong wheat beer with a nice sweet honey flavor that drives the alcohol levels up quite a bit compared to a normal pale American wheat ale.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd go for their dark wheat over this one. Its just a tad too sweet for my tastes.

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Golden Fraü Honey Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 88 ratings