Michigan Brewing Wheatland | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing WheatlandMichigan Brewing Wheatland

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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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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 45
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 nicksta
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a cloudy, golden wheat-yellow. Its appearance reflects the style pretty well. The smell is bananas and clove that are turned sour by the wheat. The taste isn't clean, but it isn't harsh either. It is bubbly and full bodied, but a little sour. There is also some spicy clove and wheat bread taste as well some banana. The drinkability is hampered due to the thickness and sour taste. Alright for warm summer nights, but just another average American Hefe.

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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 brandtr3
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be a very clear gold with a quickly dissipating head. The hints of clove and banana were overpowered by a citrus aroma. Surprisingly, the flavor displayed more spice than citrus, as the cloves became the dominant characteristic. It was fairly light bodied and the finish was nothing exciting, but it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of montageman
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Golden yellow in color with a small white head that dissipates quickly - this is basically transparent. Smells like citrus (lemon) and bread with a bit of alcohol in the background. Taste is sour - way too much citrus, if bars serve this with a lemon wedge, it would be total overkill. I don't necessarily mind the sourness, but balance is lacking here. Because it is high;y carbonated, the mouthfeel is nothing special. All of that said, I could see myself drinking a few of these at the bar, especially sitting outdoors during the summer. The lemon could actually be refreshing. Mild recommendation.

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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 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 Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a freshly capped bottle bought at the brewery. Pours out to a lightly fogged bright gold color with a short lived head of white foam. Traces of lace and medium carbonation. Aromas were light, but notes of grains and malts were present as was a biscuits and honey element. Taste was fair; yeast and malt mix with a sweet bread, bananas and grain element to make for a sweeter than normal experience. Mouthfeel was slightly slick. Fair drinkability. A touch too sweet for me, but still good.

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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 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 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 jsolack
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer has a hazy pale yellow color. Head is light with moderate lacing.

Smell is very mild... sweet cloves, banana and mild wheat smells come through. It is lighter in smell than I would expect.

Tastes good, it lacks some of the wheat bite that other wheats have. Sweet and mildly bitter.

Feels great in mouth... carbonation level is just right. Has a heavy feel in mouth.

I enjoyed this beer but it didn't totally stand out as a great wheat. Easy to drink though.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery taproom. Yes, it's a very German weizen type beer in its banana and spice aspect. The body is typically cloudy and sptritzy, so it's hitting all the right notes. I found its taste to come closer to their Celis White, which ain't a bad thing.

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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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