Crack'd Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Spring

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Added by cokes on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 263
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated "2439" guessing 243rd day of 2009, making this about 5 months old or so. Single from Badger Spirits in Beloit, WI.

Floral, citrus, and wheat notes emerge when the bottle is poured. Foggy orange-yellow body, with plenty of ascending streams of tiny bubbles. A collar of lace sticks to the edges of the glass, the retention is great, lasting the entire duration.

Some spiciness, a tiny bit phenolic in the nose, but more soft and citrusy. Not as much orange or citrusy hops as I remember the last time I had it. The body was fairly full and unfiltered as a hefe should be, but there was some tart astringency that seemed out of place. Some drying orange peel and smooth wheat in the finish. Very easy to session, and I typically do just that in the summer months.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with the kind of head you would expect from a hefe and a drapery pattern of lace

Smell: Plenty of the anticipated banana and clove aromatics, but also a nice dash of citrusy hops

Taste: Opens like a hefe and lingers on the tongue like an APA; after the swallow, the flavor profile blends the best elements of both styles - lemon/banana tartness, clove and white pepper spice, and citrusy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, very creamy, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Expecting a run of the mill American Wheat, I am flabbergasted by how good this tastes; looking forward to my next trip to Wisconsin to pick up some more

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger fizzy light yellow white head. Fizzles down quickly. No lace. Color is a dark golden orange.

Aroma: Very sweet and fruity. It is interesting and I have never smelt a beer like this. There seems to be a mix of berries with citrus fruit. I do get some cinnamon here which I hadn't expected.

Taste: Cinnamon spiced with a lot of fruit. Citrus fruits with sweet fruits mixed in, such as bananas. A very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, a little crisp. Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated. Ends with a fairly clean aftertaste.

Overall, this was a neat beer. As it warms, the taste isn't as good, so keep it somewhat cold. I could drink a few of these. Another solid beer from New Glarus.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crack'd Wheat pours a deeply hazy, but not quite cloudy, orange-gold body beneath a full head of creamy white foam. Average retention and lacing. The aroma expresses banana, sweetish bread dough, a touch of vanilla, some candyish clove, pine, and a hint of citrusy fruitiness. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body, and crisp with a firm carbonation. The flavor delivers more of the citrusy fruitiness, and it's a bit chalky like citrus rind, and a bit raspy. In your initial sips you taste the banana and the clove, but the further you get into it, the more the citrus appears as it builds on the palate. It even starts to become a touch piney. The wheaty malt makes a great platform for it, and a firm bitterness anchors it. By the time you're done, there's lots of pine, and it finishes dry with a flicker of citrus, a pinch of raspy pine, and some dull spiciness reminiscent of coriander. Unusual.

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 1000 wahoo I'm a loser

Shared by bring a couple of months back. Thanks, Barry. Cloudy, turbid, yeasty pale blond with a huge three-finger head that settles to a cap that leaves thick rings of lacing.

Massive bubblegum and clove aroma. Very yeasty and phenolic with a white pepper kick. Citrusy hops are faintly noticeable.

On the palate it's hearty and bready with banana, spicy phenols, white pepper and clove. Dry, moderately bitter mouthfeel. Medium bodied, yeasty and peppery. Bubblegum-like mid-palate. Spicy, dry, bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. This was quite good, though I believe the bottle was a bit old and some of the fresh hop character had faded, leaving it tasting more like a traditional hefeweizen. Very good all the same, and I look forward to trying a fresher bottle.  

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from hawks10, 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 yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of lemon and bananas that are followed by a mild wheat breadiness. Then there's a hops bitterness that is stronger than average for the style comes in next. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer that is worth drinking for an entire evening.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a hazy, pale golden color with a big bubbly and fluffy white head to it. The head settled but still left a decent covering to the beer, and also left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a touch of a peppery, spiciness to it along wit ha nice bright lemon and orange citrus coming through. A moderate banana bread flavor comes through as well.

The taste starts with some of the yeasty, sligtly peppery spice but the lemon and orange citrus takes over pretty quickly. It gets more bready with some banana and apple flavors towards the finish. Very bright and citrusy overall.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is a bit above average but pretty normal for the style. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice beer overall. I really liked how the citrus seemed to be the star of the show and the spice played more of a supporting role. Very nice beer and fit my tastes very nicely for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a very hazy moderate golden orange color with a nice white head. The nose is instantly interesting and very noticeable with a fairly strong citrus presence in addition to a good deal of light clove and banana. This follows through on the taste, where it is exactly as advertised--a hefeweizen with some nice American citrus hops. The feel is a bit creamy and slightly bitter, though the hops come out more in the nose and taste. Just absolutely, undeniably an uber-sessionable beer. Amazing stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Beertracker during our sort of local trade, cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent gold with 4+ fingers of sand colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Fruittyness, bananas, cloves

T: Bananas, cloves, grapefruit & some astringency up front. Bananas, cloves & grainyness as this warms. Finishes crisp & fruitty. Could have pulled a 4.5 if there was a bit more hefe characteristics in play here

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation

Drinks easy, but I was expecting more from this one, would happily have again, but behind the flavor curve as far as NG products go IMO

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. Big ups to joe1510 for hooking me up with this New Glarus gem.

Pours a (surprisingly) fairly clear orange gold, with several billowing fingers of brite-white foamy head. A finger of frothy retention just coats the side of this with patchy lace. Hefe notes jump out immediately to me in the nose, with tones of wheat, oranges, light clove, and then as this warms, some yeasty overripe banana. What really makes this though, is the pleasant and pervasive scent of the floral and spicy Amarillo hops. They do a nice job of being noticed, yet still are nice enough to allow the Hefe character to come out and play as well.

The taste starts out with a firm base of bready malty wheat sweetness and tart citrus flavors, before layering on notes of spicy clove and less pronounced banana and bubblegum. Finishes with a spicy smack of hops, that seem to hang out on the outer edges of the profile, ending things with a dry feel from the hops and clove. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp feel to the carbonation but it's not overly prickly. This flows very nicely across the palate.

I liked the use of the hops in this, being a bit more aggressive in the aroma, yet knowing their role in the taste. It was good that they didn't overshadow the Hefe character and kept the spice in check, keeping this tasty and quaffable. This would be a summertime go-to if I had easier access to it.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orangey-yellow body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Lightly tangy wheat aroma with a sharp citrus and ripened banana scent seasoned with very aromatic, peppery spice notes.

Taste: Sweet, creamy wheat malt surrounded by tastes of lemon meringue and sliced bananas. Large floral and citrus hop flavors with a pop of citric acid and a medium-plus bitterness. Spicy yeast character with a huge taste of freshly-ground cloves. Finishes dry and astonishingly crisp with a lasting taste of wheat cracker crumbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Recommended. There's a little something for everyone in here. As it's packed with flavor yet still maintains a reasonable amount of alcohol it's hard not to gulp this one down greedily.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barely blurry tangerine-banana with a generous number of rapidly rising bubbles. The end result is four full fingers of foam after a pour that was increasingly slow and gentle. The yellowed ivory colored crown is nice and sticky, which translates into a good bit of glass decoration.

Never mind sniffing, I could smell the bursting banana nature of the Bavarian hefeweizen yeast strain as soon as beer began splashing into glass. Dry-hopping with Amarillo (and using American hops in general) puts an intriguing APA spin on this brew that should be fantastic, if previous efforts along these lines are anything to go by (see below).

New Glarus Crack'd Wheat is very good beer that doesn't quite reach the heights achieved by Unplugged Imperial Weizen and Dancing Man Wheat. It's unfortunate that the Careys decided to make this beer a year-round release and Dancing Man a seasonal. Don't get me wrong, I'll take what I can get. Too bad I can't get any New Glarus in a state that borders Wisconsin.

The beer is a roughly equal blend of hefe and APA, perhaps favoring the former. Yeast esters come close to dominating the tropical fruitiness of the Amarillo hops. Let's go with a hefeweizen banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. More than a smidgen of clove is present as well; especially on the finish.

Purists won't be happy with this much hoppy bitterness in a beer of this style. I think it's a wonderful combination, but would rather see something other than Amarillo. First choice: Simcoe. Second choice: Cascade or Centennial. The Amarillo hops give off a bit too much of that orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin vibe. The flavor score is a very tough call, but the lower number must be chosen in the end.

The body/mouthfeel survives slightly too much biting carbonation. It's light-medium in heft and is frothy smooth, especially as the bubbles begin to fade in the bottom half of the bottle.

Wheat, hefeweizen yeast and American hops is such a great idea that I'm surprised more craft brewers aren't doing it. Even if they did, they'd have a hard time topping what Dan Carey has managed to accomplish with what is now a terrific trio of wheat beers. Even if Crack'd Wheat isn't a gobsmacker, it's damn good beer that I'll be sure to buy whenever I'm up in Badger Country.

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4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to beerbeagle for hooking me up with this one. Another gem from New Glarus that is simply phenomenal. Served cold wit my lunch this afternoon, this one was consumed on 03/07/2009.

The pour was honestly one of the best I have ever scene for the style. Huge white billowing head on top with a lot of carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. Nice clouded light amber color with a definite full look to it. The aroma was very nice. Lots of wheat and grain, light apricot and peach like aromas and a touch of a grass like vibe from the hops. The flavor was tight, crisp, clean. Wonderful body here with nearly perfect carbonation and a rich, sublte, creamy feel as it goes down. Loads of flavor here, nice light fruit notes from the yeast melding well with a banana like taste and a hint of light hops. A zesty, almost spicy note as it goes down, this was about as tight of a wheat beer as I have had and super drinkable. Overall one of the best I have had in a long time for sure, no doubt I would want to try this one again.

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Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight hops, sweet malt, yeast, spice, slight alcohol, and citrus (banana). Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight citrus, bread, and slight hop. Overall, great blend, body, aroma, and complexity.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/17/09- Generously shared with BA Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date noted.

Appearance- Medium and lightly clouded golden colored pour. Larger one inch plus head with some small chunks and streaks of lace left behind.

Smell- Fresh wheat, some grassy notes, some minor hops and some tropical fruit notes.

Taste- Quite sweet and fruity. Very light banana and clove flavors, more American Wheat rather than Hefe. Fresh and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, not as heavy as most wheat beers. Quite crisp.

Drinkability- Reminds me much of Gumballhead. Great flavors and super easy to drink. Would be a regualr in the fridge if they had it out here.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice yeasty/grass note, with some spice's. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, yeasty/grassy, nice touch of spice's. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, yellow appearance. Small white head.

Sweet, bubblegum and banana nose...light spice. Soft, fresh, vivacious.

Zesty citric entry on the palate...light bodied, fresh and lively. zippy, hoppy, ...quite nice, but hardly the aggressive, fierce bold offering the label promises.

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