Cornstalker Dark Wheat | Thunderhead Brewing Company

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Cornstalker Dark WheatCornstalker Dark Wheat

Brewed by:
Thunderhead Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fantastic Dark Wheat. Clean, roasty, round, and surprisingly dry. Incredibly drinkable.

Added by zdk9 on 06-17-2010

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank straight from the can; no visual cues.

Corn & malt in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

In the flavor, corn & malt with a faint whiff of toffee. Not very interesting.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pilsener glass

Pours a dark ruby brown, two finger brown fizzy foam cap thay quickly settles.

Aroma of wheat grain, roasted malts, whiff of smoke

Taste of roasted malts, light smoky taste

Very low sudsing, fizzy, roasted malt taste lingers

Nice beer

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Photo of jw4free
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a lager glass. L: black opaque. That was a surprise. Head was weak and faded nearly instantly. Zero lace. S: roasted grains. T: coffee. F: fairly thin. A bit of carbonation. O: a nice easy drinking dark beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Big malty wheat and corn notes with a hint of sweet.
Dark Brown in color and semi opaque.
Smokey bready nose.
Medium almost full body.
Some lace to the head.
Complex roasted finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Wow. Pours way darker than I thought it would. Dark chocolate color with 100% opacity. The head starts out 2 fingers and then recedes to a small ring.

Smell : Cocoa malts, karo syrup, barley wort, some slight hop, and a little bit of coca-cola. The semi-sweet aroma is inviting.

Taste : The dark malts come out right away, with lots of toasted flavor, and a delicious french roast coffee taste rushes in. A bitter sting of hop finishes out the tail end of the coffee flavor, giving it the impression of a chewed bean. Impressive.

Feel : Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a slightly pasty semi-dry, roasted finish.

Overall : Creative, interesting, unique. I'd have it again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pitch black with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts and light coffee.

T - The flavor is roasted malts, coffee, and a light fruity sweetness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Thin mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

O - An okay beer. The flavors are light and mellow.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer, dark with a thin tan head.
Aroma is roasty and slightly charred.
The taste was a bit strange to me, it comes off as a bit burnt with a little too much of
the char flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin for a wheat beer.
Overall, not entirely pleasant.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in a Guinness pub-style glass.

A- Well, I selected the right glass for this nearly black pour with a tan head. Light lacing, lasting film. The beer picks up some color from light at the bottom of the glass.

S-Roasted. Dark malts, coffee, hearty fruits, all roasted. A wisp of alcohol. Molasses, cocoa.

T- Just a bit TOO roasted, maybe.

M- Light body and tingly, semi-dry. It's just a bit harsh, slightly over-roasted.

O- Not bad, could be a little smoother with the heat turned down on the malts, perhaps.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled earlier on 8/8/14. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color (or close to it) with a good 1/2+ finger beige head. Decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip. Lots going on with the aroma and is of roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa and wheat. Even more going on with the taste with even a hint of hazelnut and weak coffee as well. Lighter-medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Never had a 'dark' wheat' before and didn't know what to except. Very easy to drink with no bitter of harsh aftertaste. Really liked this one!

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Photo of budgood1
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out of the can a nearly opaque dark brown with mahogany edges. large thick and frothy heads works up quickly and then recedes just as quickly to some wispy lace. delectable aroma of ripe red fruits, cocoa, nuts, figs, and coffee. the taste profile has an interesting combination of dark malts and wheat undertones. i can pick up the adjunct used also. flavours such as faint chocolate, weak coffee, figs and fruitcake. slightly astringent. light bodied. a somewhat watery mouthfeel. nice drinkability. although the roasty/toasty flavours dominate, this seems more of a warm weather drinker for sure.

overall i was pleasantly surprised by this offering. pretty tasty and enough going on to keep a drinker interested. what i didn't like about it was the use of adjunct and the too light mouthfeel. i was hoping for a dunkelweizen light and it's even lighter than that. seems to me that this is a beer to be paired with some snacks or to wash down a spicy sandwhich. recommended, but don't get your hopes up too high.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a small brewery to be canning, but I love the idea and I have enjoyed the brewery in person. Great pretzels and pretty good pizza in Kearney, NE

A- Pours a deep brown out of the can, but settles as more of a black in the glass. Foamy, 2 finger khaki head that hangs around for a while. Soapy lacing. Interesting looking wheat to say the least. A bit dank and funky.

S- A rare combination of dark, roasted malts of nuts and toast that combines with some wheat and corn grains. Hints of coffee.

T- Roast and sweetness mesh for an astringent at times, yet unconventionally welcoming flavor profile. The flavor sheds the awkward aroma and steps up a notch or 2. I enjoy the richness of this one as it seem to embrace some of the darker, roasty aspects more than the normal wheat characteristics. Some licorice

M- Probably the highlight for me. I was skeptical of the feel, yet it seems to be quite creamy and sits heavier than most wheat beers. Mid body with complimenting carbonation. Goes down quite smooth.

O- First I have had of the style, so it will be the measuring stick for now. I liked it and would drink again and try more of the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium sized maybe slightly bigger light brown head falls to a decent but thinning lacing above a very dark brown to almost black colored beer.

Light aroma of very dark roasted malts, almost to black licorice or bakers chocolate aspects.

Full roasted taste which borders on a fine light black licorice taste.

Dryish aftertaste with the tastes of dark roastedness of the malts sticking around with this medium to full bodied wheat.

I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I opened this Cornstalker Dark Wheat but I was happy with what I found.

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Photo of weller1js
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a very dark amber-brown, opaque in color, but notably hazy during the pour; tan, small, beady foam leaving slight film of lacing.

S: malts are sweet and mild, essences of toffee, roasted undertones

T: begins with a mild yet notable malty-ness, followed by a dry flavor which continues through the finish.

M: more body to the feel than expected, worth noting

O: very mellow, interesting style, very enjoyable

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife brought some for me in Ogallala Nebraska
Appearance: dark like a porter, small head with little retention, the foam is amber without lacing
Smell: Toasty
Taste: lightly malty, toasty
Mouth feel: medium bodied
Overall: very drinkable, not outstanding but a good beer

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, w/o any freshness dating that I can find.

Pours dark chocolaty amber, basically looks like a typical porter. Dark tan head, that quickly goes away, leaving a fine film, thin collar and just a smidge of lace here and there.

The sniff reveals a hint of milk chocolate

More chocolate on the tongue, with some flat cola and just a hint of wheat malt. Kinda thin and not much intrigue, flavor or complexity.

Dull on the taste buds. Dissappointing as this is a favorite style when done right

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Photo of Bradthoc
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in can. Poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Dark and smoked, with a toasted brown head that diminishes quickly. Lace is minimal to none.

Smell - Malty, roasted with a hint of cocoa. Coffee has a prominent presence.

Taste - Toasted oats with a very mild mix of wheat and earthiness. Finish is a crisp malt with a strong cocoa to coffee finish. Tingling of the carbonation dancing on the tongue, with a slight dryness. Taste doesn't seem to grow or lessen as it sits and comes to room temperature.

Mouthfeel - Light to very low medium mouthfeel.

Overall - It's okay. I get a hint of the wheat at the initial taste, but fades very quickly. I get more of coffee stout feel from this brew than a dark wheat/Dunkel feel. It's delicious, however. I wouldn't turn it down. I wish the beautiful brown toasted head would stick around longer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a dark ruby brown. A cream colored head recedes to a film and lots of foamy lacing remains on the glass.

The aroma is chocolatey, malty, and toasty.

Taste is of toasted grains, malts, and a really good chocolate body.

Mouthfeel is slightly metallic.

Overall, this is a good brew. Something's just slightly off to keep it from being really good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a really vibrant beer, not brewed in the german tradition at all, as i originally expected. the pour is chocolatey brown, with a small tan head and probably a bit of sediment, but its hard to tell through the dark color. the nose is a good mix of wheat and dark roasted barley malt, sort of similar to a porter, but with the wheat in there to round this out and lighten it up a bit. the yeast isnt german either, but it doesnt ass many interesting characterisitics in smell or taste. a flavor of cocoa is in there for just a second in the finish, not sweet, but clever. a little heavy on the mouthfeel, approaching stout body, but the carbonation is lively and in combination with the wheat malt, makes a fun feeling beer. id be happy to drink a 6er of this anyday.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thunderhead Cornstalker Dark Wheat
Can from Whole Foods, Omaha, NE $1.69

Appearance: Black with a tan head. OK retention and lacing.

Aroma: generic dark beer with a hint of chocolate and very mild roast. No "wheat" characteristic.

Flavor: Sweet dark chocolate and a very mild roasty edge. The wheat doesn't exactly make it through, but it's there beneath. Not much yeast character, as is usual for the style. Balanced. Rounded.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Medium bodied.

Overall: Surprisingly interesting. A very drinkable, entertaining beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-sized, beige head allowing for a spot (or three) of lace on the descent.

Smell: Dark malted wheat tinged with a hint chocolate, a mild dark fruitiness, even less when it comes to banana, and a little whiff of store-brand cola.

Taste: A lightly sweet chocolate-coated raisin flavor with a bit of easy-going toast washed with cola and a slight suggestion of pulverized banana. No hop character nor any bitterness detected. Sweetish, faintly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's OK, a bit like a watered down dunkelweizen.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE.
No obvious canned-on date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a ~3cm head of small, tan bubbles that quickly collapses to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves modest amounts of lacing. Darkest wheat beer I've ever seen. Ultra-dark brown, essentially black in color. Held to the light, still looks impenetrably black, but with orange-yellow edges.

Blackened and toasted malt aromas, some smokiness, caramel, coffee with cream, and a bit of pepper. Not really detecting any wheat in this one, more like an American black ale. Still, fairly expressive and enticing.

Taste opens with roasted malt sweetness, then transitions to middle of palate. Middle sides of tongue pick up some saltiness, smokiness, old diluted coffee and roasted malt flavors. Slightly bitter and tart from the blackened malt. On back of tongue, I pick up a slight black pepper flavor and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of ghostly roasted malt flavors and slight coffee-with-cream bitterness.

Body is medium to medium light with about mid-range carbonation. This lends to a punctuated opening that fades out to a fairly creamy mouthfeel for the second half of the tasting. Finish is fairly dry.

I'm not particularly familiar with the style, but based on this, it seems like they tried to craft a Black Ale with wheat, or a light porter/stout with wheat. While I don't know if the so-called "American Dark Wheat" genre name is appropriate, I still generally enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like Pepsi pouring...I could have sworn this was a black beer. It reminds me of a homebrewed 1554. It's good. Drinkable. Very easy going. A bit of nut with a bit or roasted chocolate.

The smell of sour grass hops comes to my nose and I can taste them. A Noble hop profile that is quite nice I will say.

I like it. This beer is finishes like a smooth sunset in the Sandhills...I really enjoy that orange coco finish! Very unique beer with a very unique finish...

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Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a thin off white head.

The aroma is porter like, mild bakers chocolate, wheat, touch of carmal and roasted malt.

Nicely balanced earthy hops, sweet wheat, a touch of caramel, and coffee and a good dose of cocoa.

What you would expect of a wheat. Light and crisp, but slightly thicker than a normal wheat.

Overall, a nice chocolaty wheat beer. Smooth, thin and refreshing with grainy feel and sweet dark taste.

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Photo of Forb
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can...

Appearance: Pitch black darkness with noticeable carbonation. Minimal head and medium lacing.

Smell: Smells of stout characteristics with wheat grain elements pairing.

Taste: Surprising based on the pour. Pours dauntingly stout-like but comes across tasting of malted, almost roasted, wheat characteristic. Shocking based on expectation.

Mouthfeel: Minor cola carbonation at first with a quickly flattening body that takes the taste right with it.

Overall: Not the greatest of Dark Wheat beers but by no means anywhere near the worst. Easily unique within it's own right I would drink think again and recommend it to somebody as a deviation from most in the style.

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Photo of KJay1408
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured can into glass. Dark with about two fingers worth of head, diminishes quickly, leaves lacy remnants on top.

S: No hops at all, slight malt and grain smell.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by a grainy and coffee-ish stout like taste, sadly no hops

M: Better than most wheat beers, it feels like an ale should, kinda smooth but not painfully.

O: It's similar to Guinness Draught, in appearance and mouthfeel. The taste is good for a wheat beer, malty upfront, than slightly grainy and stout like at the middle and end. It's a good dark beer, an awesome wheat beer, something I like to keep on hand.

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