Winter Wheat Wine
Rubicon Brewing Company

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American Wheatwine Ale
4.23 | pDev: 9.93%
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 18
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I think the smell is better than the taste.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, maybe my favorite wheat wine. Poured a nice medium amber color, with a little bit of white foam on top. Big aromas here, with cotton candy, pear, some light hops and caramel. On the palate, this one is big, boozy and syrupy, but in a very good way, with big cotton candy flavors. An excellent interpretation of the style.

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed 01/29/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Dark reddish/caramel hue. No head beyond a few bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Little carbonation evident.

The nose is redolent of Chinese food! I can't place it, exactly: MSG, soy sauce, rice, ginger, pineapple... interesting, anyway!

Flavor sort of splits the difference between a strong hefeweizen and a barleywine: alcohol flavor softened somewhat by the tang of wheat with slight spice and sweet, dark malt of barleywine. Slightly medicinal. Mellow and straightforward.

I easily finished the glass, and at over 10% ABV, that's a scary thing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a relatively clear dark red, with a light smattering of bubbles that cling to the glass, really not expecting much as it is 10%.

S: Heavy wheat malt smell, with a lot of sweet barley juice and booze, prepares you for the first sip.

T: A very sweet brew, a mix of wheat and barley malt flavours, but not really a caramel sweetness. Some cognac character. The ethanol makes it's presence known, but it is not out of place at all, the beer really works because of the ethanol component mixed with the malt.

M: The epitome of smooth. This is just about as good as it gets in a high alcohol brew, something Utopias was going after, but this brew at 40% of that strength reaches. Liquor feel with no burn at all, ethanol is quite prevalent, it takes over going down as the carbon dioxide presence is minimal. Not medicinal at all. Great.

D: The best wheatwine I've had, though I haven't had much of the style. Very drinkable high alcohol brew.

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Photo of Deuane
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark rich copper with a thin off-white head that left minimal lacing.

S-Rich caramel malts and a bit of alcohol burn.

T-Rich, full flavoured sweet caramel, very brandy like. Hints of dark fruit appear every now and then. Alcohol burn sneaks in and builds during the experience.

M-Medium-heavy body and quite viscous. Sweetness lingers on and on. The smoothness rating is off the charts!

D-A sipper for sure, much akin to a brandy like beer. A late night, wintertime, fireside brew!

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Liar's Club in Alpine, CA. I had this not long after they first opened for business and before their grand opening. I also had the Karl Strauss Wheatwine side by side with this one.

Pours a deep clear copper with lasting tan head ring and sheet lacing. The aroma is big with dark fruity esters, caramel and mild alcohol phenols. The taste begins with a welcoming thick viscous sludgy sensation that ushers in loads of fruity esters like cherries, dates, raisins and faint pepper. It also comes across as mildly hot. A boat load of fruity esters really showing up throughout. Could use more age. But at this age it is still yummy.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rubion: Reviewed 2/3/08 (2007 batch)

A - Pours a light brown with minimal head and lacing.

S - Heavy alcohol in the nose, pineapple, and figs.

T - Heavy notes of alcohol, pineapple, very syrupy. Fig flavor disappeared.

M - Too much alcohol. Very warming.

D - Was hoping for something with less alcohol feel.

On tap at Rubicon, tasted 12/19/08

A - Pours a light tan, with a fingernail of head, dissipates fast.

S - Brown sugar, figs, pineapple, and light alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, figs, grassy and slight pineapple hops, and light alcohol.

M - Fairly full mouthfeel for a wheat wine.

D - Pretty good. Much better than last year's version, which tasted medicinal.

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Photo of epearson
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark deep and rich amber color with a decent head and fine lacing that stuck through as I drank it.
Smells thick and deep of rich malts but also a relatively alcoholic fuel that shoots down the nasal cavity.
Taste is extremely rich and filled of caramel. Not an extremely carbonated beer but in I thought very well balanced for the style.
This was an extremely viscous beer. One sip lingers on for a long time. It coats the entire mouth.
I give it a good drinkability because I enjoy a thick beer with tons of flavor, however some wouldn't call this a drinkable beer. It is an absolute sipper and 8oz will do just fine.

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Photo of benito
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a find! This was on tap in June at Rubicon in Sacramento. Never having had a wheat wine before, I was excited to finally get to try one of the 27 (the number in the BA database) currently being brewed in the US!

A dark copper brew with a thin head and no carbonation, WWW's bouquet is a mix of the malty sweetness one would expect from a barley wine and a hint of salt. It's dominated too by typical barley wine flavors--much sweetness up front followed by a light hoppiness and pepperiness on the back of the tongue. Yet this beer's x-factor is its smooth mouthfeel, much softer than a barley wine, this literally seems to melt in the mouth, making it dangerously drinkable.

An excellent brew and an excellent introduction (for me) to this style! Highly recommended.

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Photo of germaniac
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz goblet. Beautiful presentation.

A deep ruby with golden brown highlights, with just a light dusting of head. A strong alcohol aroma and hoppy one-two punch in the nose. The alcohol content's warming effects are noticeable, but there is also flavors not unlike fruit punch, with a slightly grainy kick to it. Goes down easy, but drinking more than one or two in a night seems like too much of a great thing.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, this is a young-ish, robust, sweet (barleywine-type) stong ale.

Color is a reddish-copper. Pours with a limited, light head, and has a thick, alcoholic start, with distinct hop and malt presence, well balanced with warm alcohol. Strong aroma when it warms up (served too cold, as all their beers are), of sweet, strong alcohol and hop-spice. Slightly creamy mouth, alcohol presence, with low-ish carbonation.

The alcohol presence is palpable, and not something they tried to hide. Certainly warms you up, but it is very easy to drink a couple of these ($4.25 for 12 oz. glass).

Very highly recommended, along with Rubicon's other yearly strong ale, the Blonde Bombshell Barleywine.

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Winter Wheat Wine from Rubicon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings