Michigan Brewing Wheatland | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing WheatlandMichigan Brewing Wheatland

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, one of the better wheat beers available in the USA. A great beer to drink on one of our scorching, 100 degree, humid summer days. Really slakes your thirst!

Part of the Beer of the Month gift club - thank you! :o)

A: cloudy, yeasty golden lemon color. Nice thin head, smallish carbonation.

S: Fresh grass, hops, grainy/wheaty smell.

T: clean, fresh wheat beer! Overwhelming taste of clean water, hops and wheat. VERY, very refreshing. Tastes better than it smells! This is one fine wheat beer!

M: very nice, wet, wheat beer.

O: A fantastic wheaty! Very impressed with this beer and wasn't expecting that - nice to get nice surprises. Only Michigan Brewing and Harpoon seem to have perfected this underapprecaited necessary American summer treat. Rather have this than ice cream in the summer. HIGHLY recommended! Nice job on this beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i expected a basic run of the mill wheat ale but was surprised by the nice hefeweizen like aroma of banana and cloves.

Taste is clearly hefeweizen...nice banana and cloves again but finishes with some lemony spritziness...

Very thirst quenching and easy drinking....flavorful but not over the top. Probably a notch below the German heavy hitters but this is a quality American made hefe I would gladly enjoy many of.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon yellow body. Bubbly snow white head sits on top. Lace is spotty in nature but quite abundant enough in quantity. Great nose of lemony wheat tanginess, banana and bubblegum esters, cardamon and cooked sugar cane. The beer is nicely carbonated and feels pretty full in the mouth. Oh maybe medium to medium-full in body viscosity. Nice bready malt base on the palate. Banana and bubblegum accent mildly. Spice notes are subtle and add complexity, with cardamon a nice addition on the palate as well. This is not a heavy handed hefe-weizen, but it does have some of the characteristics as well as some other nice additions. This is quite drinkable and I'd drink a bit of this in the summer if it were available here.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, with no freshness date.
Purchased at the brewpub, for $8, a mixed sixer.

Pours a hazy, light yellow color, with a nice, bright white half inch thick head. Lots of carbonation, very little to no lacing. Very aromatic, lots of cloves, bananas, yeast. Lot a bad tasting beer, quite sessionable, kinda light, but tasty. Flavors pretty much mimic the smell. Light, fizzy mouthfeel, could drink quite a few of theese in one sitting. I really liked this beer, easy too drink, not filling and very enjoyable. A good brew from Michigan Brewing Company, worthy of a try.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, straw-golden with a thin white head atop large bubbles with OK retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is cloves and bananas with a slight pungency and hint of butterscotch. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is soft with a wet finish and a light body. Tastes nice with a smooth maltiness in the middle. The finish is wet, yet bright. Despite the butterscotch aroma, the beer is fermented cleanly and is easy to drink with no perceptable off-flavors noted on this occasion.

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Photo of Calculat0r
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of westonhood
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of orangemoustache
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy yellow with a nice sized off white head that leaves some patchy lace here and there

S-this has a very nice sweet citrus,bubblegum,semi floral aroma

T-nice bite of lemon right upfront followed by a hawiian bread backbone that mixes with earthy notes of yeast

M-a medium body and nice bubbly carbonation are very refreshing,mildly creamy even,with a slightly dry yeasty finish

D-I was'nt expecting much when I opened this unassuming bottle,but this American Hefeweizen is a sleeper!

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate to give this beer such a high score with three 5's, but it's damn great.

A: A deep golden/brown cloudy color looking alive and attractive.

S: Smells a bit musty with a grassy hop smell.

T: Tastes great, has a bit of a fruity taste but most wheat beers do anyway.

M: Hardly bubbly at all, really smooth.

D: Incredibly smooth and drinkable, not too bubbly making it perfect going down.

Just a great beer, smooth as hell, although not perfect, an exceptional beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a light golden yellow with a large head that has good retention and lacing with medium to high carbonation. The smell is of cloves, spices, yeast, wheat, and lemon. The taste is of yeast and wheat at first and than taste some citrus, spices, followed by some cloves and a banana finish to it. The mouthfeel is a light bodied that doesn't stay in the mouth, but goes goes very very easily. This is a decent beer for people that like a clean, crisp beer with a little bit of a banana, clove, and light citrus taste with no bitterness or aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, wheat and spice with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of wheat, lemon, bananas and coriander spice. The malt character but still keeps the beer on the light side. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that I could drink several of even if it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy straw color with a wimpy head that fell into a lace. the carbonation was a little low.

the aroma is wheat, yeastie, bubblegum, sweet.

the flavor has a spicy almost clove, bubblegum, yeastie, wheat, slightly sweet.

the mouth feel is a little thick for a wheat imo, but the beer is very drinkable, mainly in the hot sun.

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Photo of mikeal1917
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went to Webberville today to try some brews!

Appearance: average Cloudy, Golden color, not too watery looking, not too thick. Nothing special

Smell: Light, airy smell, lots of hops and lots of Cloves

taste: Not a strong bitterness, somewhat tart, but only initially. Bread-like because of the yeast. Went well with Burger

Mouthfeel: thin, but not watery, not a strong aftertaste

Drinkability: excellent, not to much alcohol, right amount of bitterness

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Photo of ypsifly
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz pored into a weizen.

Hazed gold with a nice white head that sticks and stays a while.

Good banana and clove aromas, the malted wheat is in the background but not off balance.

Sweet with a little lemon, then some yeasty bananas, a little spicy. I like the taste, but the mouth is a little weak. Does have a nice crispness from the carbonation. Quite drinkable during this early Autumn heat wave. A nice wheat from a local brewery.

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Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurboBrew
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of pBRale
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Hazy straw pour with a very foamy white head that settles surprisingly slowly and leaves a delicate but full lacing behind.

Smell: Very fresh citrus immediately hits the nose smelling of fresh lemons and orange zest. There is a bit of a wheat aroma, some pine, and more fresh squeezed lemons. Absolutely inviting.

Taste: The taste was not as vibrant as the nose, but it was still a nice blend of wheat, citrus (especially lemon), and yeast. Definitely better than the average run of the mill wheat beer, but certainly nothing mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium to high carbonation, very crisp and a nice, refreshing finish. Again, nothing too impressive--about average for a wheat beer in my book.

Overall: This was a nice wheat beer on the whole, and although there are certainly better ones our there, this is still a good brew worthy of a try.

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Photo of Derek
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

A: Slightly cloudy, zero head. With the added protein from the wheat, there should really be some head here?

S: Wheaty, bready malt, slight fruit and citrus.

T: Wheat malt, with citrus and bubble gum.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: An easy drinker you could session.

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Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Light and fluffy head.

Nose is banana and some clover. Slight rubber/plastic.

This rolls on to the palate very well. Smooth feel, rather full for style, then a citric bite that is quite pleasing. Banana flavors shine through. Just a hint of clove late. Finish is fairly long, leaves a sweet banana flavor and a bit of the citrus.

A pretty solid hefe, easy to drink, decent flavor profile.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy kumquat with a great deal of carbonation feeding a soft, creamy cap of beige foam. Thanks to all the bubbles, the head has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour and a short collar is the only lace that's had a chance to form. Although it's much more orange than the typical hefe and the cap could be more feature-packed, it isn't a bad looking beer.

It's obvious from the nose that Wheatland is a hefe weizen and not an American pale wheat like I thought it was when I bought it. That said, the aroma isn't all that wonderful. The usual scents of banana and clove are present, but they aren't very aromatic and don't add up to anything that would put a scare into the best versions from Germany.

Better on the palate, but the last sentence of the previous paragraph still applies. This is a solidly malty, tending toward sweet hefe, as opposed to a crisp, clean and dry one. Nothing wrong with that, it's an equally valid take on the style. Clove is perhaps a bit more aggressive on the palate, yet banana esters are still fairly abundant. Hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of... 3.0/5.0.

I can't quite put my finger on the reason, but there are multiple hefe weizens out there that contain all of the component parts of great beer, yet don't arrange them in a way that achieves greatness. Wheatland is a classic example. Although there's nothing really wrong with it, the versions from Brauerei Weihenstephan and Brauerei Aying are in a whole 'nother league.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full for the style thanks to a generous quantity of malt (pale, wheat and Munich). It's also lightly creamy, as smooth as the day is long and perfectly carbonated. When they're this adept at mouthfeel, I always have high hopes for any given brewery.

Wheatland is a better than average effort at a style that I've rarely found done stunningly well on this side of the Atlantic. It may be unfair to compare it to the best versions in the world, but I tend to do that since the best versions in the world are available a mere five minutes from my door; something that's true for no other style that I can think of. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Michigan Brewing Company has up its sleeve.

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Photo of bark
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow - green. The liquid is a bit hazy with lots of bubbles. The finger thick head is white and compact. Good lacing.

The smell is sourish with a distinct wheat flavour. Some perfumed notes of green apples and kiwi fruits. There are some notes of wheat dough and yeast, too.

The taste is fresh with lots of green apples. It is not as sour as I expected. Some dough and yeast, some sour exotic fruits. The aftertaste is fruity and a bit sour with notes of wheat bread/dough and a very mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium; the bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth, almost thick.

An OK hefeweizen... I would have liked some more sourness. The style is more American than German.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out slightly cloudy with a decent head that settles, but is fairly well retained. It has a golden straw-like color. The aroma has a slight banana character with wheat malt in the background. The flavor is mostly wheaty malt accented by a faint banana character with a nice dry hop finish. It has a creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent American-style wheat beer. It's light and creamy and very smooth and dry - good for a late summer's day.

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Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice with the thickest head I've ever seen.

Lots of spices in the nose...clove, all-spice; would think I was drinking something from Belgium.

Major head retention and lots of goodness at the bottom of the bottle. Has a nice flavor from the spices, evened out by the wheat.

Extremely cleansing mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

Not sure I could drink this in the cold, but a good beer for the summer months.

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Photo of association330
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden color that is hazy and thick with yeast in suspension. A half-finger of eggshell white head quickly drops to a thin cap. A few spots of lacing linger.

S - Lemon/orange zest, 'old barn' wheat character, a note of bananas and spices.

T - Wheat, bread, bubblegum notes, and subtle spices (pepper and cardamom being the most recognizable). Finishes a bit yeasty, with a strong emphasis on lemon zest. The citrus is a little heavy-handed, and the brew is rather sour.

M - Carbonation is between moderate and aggressive, about right for the style. Light to medium-bodied, and easy-drinking.

D - A decent stab at the style, but this could never hold a candle to a truly great hefe. It'd be more enjoyable if they could corral the overly aggressive lemon finish.

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