27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Wheatwine

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.

Added by jhartley on 07-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of TBoneJones
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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 BeerBuzzGuy
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 bundy462
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBender
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 jpjpjp
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BoljaBoy52
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach122
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Please note my review is for a bottle with over 6 months of age. The body and feel of this beer is nice, alcohol is very well
Hidden with a nice soft wheat bread and spice character. Can't help but feel like there is a hop presence that I am missing with this older bottle. I may have gotten to this guy before the hops had full faded but all hop 'pop' is gone and it definitely leaves you wanting something. Wish I had tried this fresher.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear ruby red color, poured with almost no head.

Smell: Some citrus, toffee, caramel, sweetness and some dark fruits

Taste: Very similar to smell, a nice bitterness at the end.

Feel: Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy but but smooth.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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 Rootscipio
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick4444
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briken
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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27th Anniversary Wheatwine Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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