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Cornstalker Dark Wheat | Thunderhead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thunderhead Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
99
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.18%
 
 
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Gots:
11
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by Bradthoc:
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 mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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 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 Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some darker malts. The flavor is very nice with coffee, wheat and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a pretty good beer.

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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 CamuMahubah
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 En29356
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown--really dark with a slight red hue; consistent and thick, light brown head--good retention

S: Grainy; corn and hay; slight malt roastiness but rather subtle and subdued

T: Wheat, grains, and corn sit on top of a pleasant roasted maltiness; a simple but pleasant beer

F: A bit thin but beer sits relatively well on the back of the mouth

D: A very easy drinking and good--yet somewhat simple--beer

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Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Forb
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hawkharvs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of crowsnest
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayS2629
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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 zdk9
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a dark brown color, like a black walnut cabinet. There's a good finger's worth of head, with loads of bubbles bursting through. The head dies off quicker than expected for all the action going on. Not really much lacing.

S- Toasted grains. Hints of coffee, kind of a milky non-acidic coffee.

T- A strong malty base over which the roast asserts itself. I can taste the wheat like soft and chewy generic whole wheat bread. Can I taste the corn? Maybe a bit on the sides of the tongue, like real corn tortilla chips. Not a lot of hops action but there is some really earthy bordering on tea-like notes on the back of the tongue.

M- Surprisingly dry, which lends an interesting character to the beer. Carbonation is strong for a dark beer, but not really for a wheat beer, or a beer of this strength and character so that's OK.

D- I had fairly low expectations for this beer after reading on the side "Brewed with corn and wheat". I thought it was going to be more of a malt liquor, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. A quite nice beer with some unique aspects and good flavors.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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Cornstalker Dark Wheat from Thunderhead Brewing Company
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