Cornstalker Dark Wheat
Thunderhead Brewing Company

Cornstalker Dark WheatCornstalker Dark Wheat
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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #36,031
3.68 | pDev: 13.04%
Thunderhead Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
Cornstalker Dark WheatCornstalker Dark Wheat
Notes: A fantastic Dark Wheat. Clean, roasty, round, and surprisingly dry. Incredibly drinkable.
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 110
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cornstalker pours an almost blackish color, with no head, lots of bubbles. Rich sweet smell. Flavor is full of molasses, and creamy wheat, really fits together. Good body and feel. Overall, I really enjoyed this one, great flavors and feel.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours surprisingly dark--essentially opaque, showing a brown hue when held to the light. This is more like what I might expect from a stout. Creamy, sandy brown head with decent retention.

S + T: The hallmark banana scent is present, though I feel like I detect a coffee aroma, as well. A little bit of a sweet, bubblegum like follow through. It's somewhat confusing with each smell. The taste makes more sense with the banana and bubblegum tastes like other wheat beers, along with a little bit of roastiness.

M + O: Medium bodied, and maybe just a tad more carbonation than necessary. It leaves a bit of residual flavour on the finish that is a little bitter. A decent offering.

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Photo of superwho24
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a light brown colored head. Smell of dark chocolate maybe a bit of coffee. Flavor has mildly spicy, malty, Irish cream, chocolaty taste. Might sound strange, but the aftertaste reminds me a little of eggnog. Mouthfeel is creamy and soothing.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't check the date on the can before it was tossed, but I don't think it was very old.

Nearly black body with tiny chestnut highlights, pretty clear compared to very opaque pints I've had in the past. Finger of tan head, some lacing around the weizen glass which seems to help the head stay longer.
Mostly roasty aroma with some malted corn. Faint fresh bread and toasted wheat bread, a pinch of pumpernickel. No alcohol nor a big German yeast character as per the American style.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a little caramel sweetness, chocolate, and a dry finish. Very light bitterness at the end.
Surprisingly crisp and dry with a little chew or fluff to it in the middle. Very drinkable.

While not mind-blowing, it's a very good American Dark Wheat. Good in the winter, good in the summer, just good all around.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Surprisingly dark envisioned more transparency. Looks like a porter
S: Not all that much some roasted malt and faint corn.
T: Tastes like an average porter to me. I really didn't expect so much roast. I really dont care for strange corn taste coming thru.
F: Nothing special on the full side.
O: Average if you dont mind the weird corn/adjunct taste in the background it ruins it for me so I am glad I got a sample pack.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -1.9%
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 +8.2%
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 -4.3%
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 -15.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +21.2%
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 -8.7%
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 -3.5%
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 +9.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -8.2%
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 -18.8%
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 zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured a somewhat murky brown color with a foamy, off-white head. It smelled fairly roasty with some mild wheat notes. Strong malty flavor with a good cracked wheat flavor. Some yeasty spiciness.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -3.5%
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 +2.4%
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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Cornstalker Dark Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 110 ratings