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27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale | Full Sail Brewing Company

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27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full Sail’s 27th Anniversary Wheatwine contains no barley malt, instead, it is mashed and brewed with 100% Wheat Malt. The beer has a rich golden hue and is brewed with Wheat and CaraWheat Malts and hopped with a blend of UK and NW hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of TBoneJones
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chalice poured, this is caramel-golden hued, with barely a head. Body seems rich.
Smells sweet and apricot, in a cidery way.
Taste is pretty much like the brewery's description, with caramel and marmalade-like flavor, (apple too) and hops...howjuever there's a dry, mineral-like taste that overpowers those flavors right after I notice them.
Never had a "wheat wine" before, but I hope this isn't the bar for them.
Or maybe I realize I just don't like wheatwines.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark copper-colored body, surmounted by a robust, fairly dense, off-white head. Thick, scattered lacing rings the glass walls. Clarity is better than expected. Streams of fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Sweet, vinous alcohol is notable in the aroma, as well as an abundance of dark caramel. Lots of toasted dark bread notes are present as well. Herbal and grassy hops dominate the aroma as well.

Taste: The taste begins with abundant wheat malt, with a definite toasted character. Soon after, spicy, warming alcohol appears. As the taste progresses, grassy and herbal hops assert themselves. Throughout, the wheat malt backbone remains prominent. Finishes with warming alcohol and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Quite full and soft, very pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A simply excellent example of the style, possibly not the ideal beer for the Fourth of July, but I find no reason to complain

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas for $4.29 plus tax for a twenty-two ounce bottle.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Lifesource in Salem OR $7.99 Pours a gorgeous orange colour with a small white head. Aroma of strong wheat , cream, slight spice and warmig alcohol. Smooth wheat filled taste, then gets some hay and warm cereal. Nice alcohol hints like a light brandy even. Mouth feel is fine quite smooth as befits a sipper. Nice beer for a cold New Years Night

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Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber in mid-July from TW Arrowhead for $6.49. No bottling date but i understand this was available September 2014.

Beer poured amber-orange with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is citrus and sweet fruity malts.

Taste has orange and tropical hops laid over a nice sweet malt base. Hopping is sufficient to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall this beer is a nice surprise, probably the best one i have sampled from Full Sail which in my book has always made quality and mostly unremarkable brews. This is a delicious brew which i may need to track down another bomber!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, amber-hued body with a

Smell: With a honey-caramel vibe, it's got a sweetish nose to it, plump wheatiness throughout, minor stone fruit, even less citrus peel and a subdued alcohol presence.

Taste: Stirred honey and caramel, sweet malt accents atop the rich bready wheat malt base flavor. A little apricot fruitiness enters, as does a bit of light lemony citrus. Restrained bitterness helps to curb the sweetness. Subtle spiciness to it. Smooth, malty finish with some alcohol warmth detected (though not much, really).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: In this day and age, a wheatwine is a rare treat. You won't get bowled over by its complexities, but, I found it fairly likable, for me, not being too too sweet or too too hot or too too heavy.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Picked up at the COOP last week... Not sure how much I paid, but couldn't have been too much. Poured tonight into my Elysian Pumpkin goblet... The brew is fairly clear orange with a surprisingly short lived head and no real lacing.

The nose is so interesting on this one. I am very, VERY happy they didn't use a Hefe yeast like so many "wheatwine" disasters... Instead the wheat malt comes out sorta mild ... almost like a breakfast cereal with a bit of hoppy essence to balance.. I know it isn't spiced, but it smells a little spicy, cinnamon comes to mind.

Wheat is again the only big player on the palate.. crisp and clean.. a little bitterness helps to balance, but the only real hoppiness comes across as a little grassy and perhaps even Noble.

Fairly large body, but not really thick.. Good carbonation helps cut through the slickness on the palate..

Curious to see how this would settle into a rye barrel... hint, hint, hint.

Not too many solid wheatwines made now-a-days... I hope we see more of them.


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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: kind of a hazy honey. Head is a decent sized off white on the pour. Mostly dissipates. Some messy lacing that doesn't stick.
smell: A hint of that buttery thing a Barley can sometime have though a little on the subtle side i suppose in keeping with a Wheat. Some citrus and a bit of spice. Nice nose.
taste: Much like the nose though the flavors aren't as defined. An interesting slightly bitter finish with a bit of a grassy thing happening.
overall: nice brew.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very rich copper hue with no haze and a thin layer of ivory foam which leaves a nice lace upon dissipation. Nice.

Smell: extremely rich and malty; like a barleywine but perhaps a bit less sharp. There's a definite wheat character as well; it's quite good.

Taste: big and rich and malty, with a bready character that really brings out its wheatiness. Not overly complex, but very rich within its flavor palette.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: this is a very tasty and drinkable wheatwine. While it is not especially complex, I feel like it has a lot to offer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches leaving good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, a hint of orange citrus and hops. Flavor is caramel malt, dark dried fruit, buttery toffee, wheat; finishes with well melded malt and fruit with lingering grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely balanced wheatwine with a flavor reminiscent of a dry English style barleywine, except there is a distinct wheat component. Very nicely balanced and moderately complex. The finish has nice long lasting hop flavors and bitterness with distinct wheat notes. Quite well done and enjoyable. This had such a good price, I put off buying it, but will go back for more bottles, because it appears to have good cellaring possibilties and if it develops well will be a great value. I'm fond of Full Sail's full bodied stouts and porters, but have found the other ales to be uneven. This is up there with their barrel aged offerings. Good job.

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Photo of Briken
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Downright excellent! I love wheatwine, but a good wheatwine isn't usually real high on most breweries' to-do list. Amazingly spicy, complex fruit notes, and a good shot of citrus. Hops are plentiful but subtly chosen so as not to overpower the wheat base of the beer. Wheatwine lovers should not pass this one up. Fullsail continues to be a damn solid brewery, keep it coming!

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Minks (Marietta, GA). 6.98. Bottled 10/2014. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a bright copper orange with about two fingers of dense near-white head. The tightly formed bubbles are slow to shrink down to a small halo and some wisps accross the surface. Only a few scattered dots of lace.

Smells bready and sweet. Wheat, caramel, mild yeast, vague cereal and a little earth. There is just a hint of alcohol lurking in the background but the wheat is certainly the star.

Smooth, sweet wheat kicks off the flavors. Berry skins, bread, caramel, cereal, hay, faint burnt sugar and a soft blanket of booze. For a fairly fresh wheatwine this is quite smooth and well rounded with it's wheaty, grainy sweet goodness.

Semi-creamy, full body with supple carbonation. Wheat, bread, caramel and faint fruit linger in the finish.

Full Sail Brewing has always flown under my radar but they sure know how to celebrate 27 years in business! This is a great basic example of the wheatwine style. I plan to procure several more for enjoyment both now and well into the future.

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Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting depth of ratings here, not sure if the last two understood it is a wheat wine and not a barley wine. That said, I’ll side with the earlier reviewers and give this i higher score, Excellent all around characters, from nose, to taste to finish. I concur with JohnGalt1, nice effort.

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Photo of rderedin
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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