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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Photo of demcorhip
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice looking hybrid hefe from NG. A reddish gold tinted amber brew that pours nice and hazy, with a good swirl or two to get the yeast out of the bottle and into my glass. A big whipped and almost rocky head with excellent retention smothers the top of the brew. Sticky globs of lace already evident as the head slowly subsides. This is a great looking brew.

Huge nose on this brew. Banana and more clove meets a bitter dose of amarillo with its aroma of white grapefruit. Some lemon zest also present, and this all makes the doughy wheat and malt smell much more interesting.

Taste is much like the nose, but it is surprising how the clean flavour of wheat lies underneath this tasty brew. Much like the flavour experienced as a child eating a handfull of HRSW straight from the combine.

This is a very smooth and creamy brew. Nice phenols from the hefe yeast, and a very interesting complimentary flavour of white grapefruit from the amarillo. The finish is dry yet slightly watery. Go figure.

The finish really adds to the drinkablility of this brew. It keeps inviting the drinker back for more. An interesting spring seasonal, this wold be a killer summer brew. A must try for fans of hefe's from NG, as well as anyone looking to try something that is pretty unique. Think ill be buying more before this one disappears.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pretty; like liquid sunshine...a hazy yellow topped with sugar spun fluffy, rocky foam. The delicate head falls fairly quick leaving sticky bits of foam down the sides of the glass (not quite lace.) Very citrusy in the nose; not just from hops, but a yeasty bit of citrus, more like lemongrass. This would be good with Pad Thai. Tastes of a touch of lemon, ensconced in vanilla-wheatiness. Hops aren't quite as assertive as I'd thought they'd be, but this is still hopped a little more than your typical American Wheat. It's not Gumballhead, but that's okay. The flavors are more subtle and delicate. There's a pilsner malt crispness countered with lots wheat; slick and full, but not too much -- still very drinkable. The hops are citrusy up front, but peppery in the finish. All of this makes for a delicious wheat and one of the most delicious I've ever had. This will be an absolutely spectacular beer for the summer.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a huge creamy white head that sits atop the brew forever and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is fantastic with tons of bananas and bubblegum sweetness and hints of clove in the background though not too prominent. Hints of citrus hops in the nose as well.

The taste follows the aroma with a bit more citrus hops than the aroma. The lemony hops up front give way to the massive yeasty sweetness with the bananas coming through. The finish is a mix of clove spiciness and a bit of the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is so creamy with soft carbonation that just tickles the palate.

This is a wonderful wheat beer, one of the best I've had in a long while. It's got all the sweetness of a hefe but with an extra citrus layer that adds to the complexity. Off the charts drinkability. Fantastic.

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

12oz bottle acquired in trade with NobleSquirrel (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy yeloow color with a large sized white head. Aromas of citrus, wheat, cloves and other spices, and bananas. Tastes of wheat, citrus, spices, bananas, and a little bready. Light tart finish.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass - picked up some of these on a recent Kenosha beer run.

A - Five(!) fingers of persistent creamy white foam over a slightly hazy pale straw yellow brew. Lots of tiny bubbles race to upwards to join their foamy brethren. Leaves some pretty impressive lacing. When the foam....finally....recedes there is a ton of spongy lacing. If the color were a bit nicer it'd be perfect.

S - Tons of wheat, bubblegum, yeast, banana, and spicy cloves. This is on par with Live Oak Hefe in terms of smell. There's a hint of citrus-y hoppiness that adds another level of richness to an already powerful bouquet. I can smell this a good six inches away from the glass and I'm a little congested right now - impressive.

T - The taste is a little more mono-dimensional. I get tons of bubblegum and banana, a touch of orange citrus, but substantially less of the spices and yeastiness. Still, it's significantly more interesting than most hefes.

M - Way too watery for my liking, although the carbonation is handled quite well. Even though it looks really CO2 heavy it's surprisingly not bloaty, and had a nice little tingle on the upper lip. I don't mind lighter body in this style, but this tasted thinner than water.

D - This looks to be an incredible summer session brew. Low ABV, moderate carbonation, great taste and smell - how could you go wrong?

I can't believe this is in New Glarus' regular lineup - it's a superb addition.

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Photo of Greggy
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a massive billowy white head, 2 fingers in height into my aventinus weizen-glass. The head has a massive retention and after about 5 minutes, it recedes a tiny amount leaving ample sticky lacing. The body is a hazy golden yellow color.

S- Perfect is all I can say. Great banana and clove aroma ala weihenstephaner, along with a nice massive hop backbone from the Amarillo dry hopping. I could smell this beautiful boquet of banana, citrus hops, clove, and bubblegum for a lifetime and be content. KeefD mentioned Hopfen weisse and I couldn't agree more to that thought on this nose.

T- Starts out with a nice wheaty note with a bit of banana but the banana clove notes are slightly held back from a big hopiness which gives it a very nice citrus lime note. After that sharp note, the maltiness comes back through with notes of banana, clove, some breadiness while transitioning to a finish filled with a dry hopiness, some graphite, and a slight astringency. Well done.

M- Medium carbonation feels a tiny bit much but that's just nitpicky. The body, I feel with less carbonation would feel a bit fuller. It's good nonethe less, but given the rest of this beers attributes I demand a little more.

D- The drinkability on this is extremely high and given the fact that this is year round, I will be one massively happy camper. This is one you need to seek out.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale banana yellow color and a slightly foggy body. Big melty marshmellowy foam grows up quickly to tower over the yellow like the crown of some exhuberant king. Patterns of perfectly placed patches stream across the glass with might. Wow, what a gorgeuos sight!

Big booming nose of peppery yeasty weizen stuff of dryer then dry citrus peels in lemon and lime spritz, some clove, and a ton of dried wheat. Pale bubblegum and banana notes grab some sweeter undertones and theres lots of flowery phenols in big wiffs. This stuff will clear your sinuses right quick.

Taste is remarkably tamer given its punch in the nose, ahhh but alas, this stuff is all yum and has a ton of drinking power behind it. Crispy and dried wheat forefront, crazy pep of palate busting citrusy peels, clove, and yeasty things popping all over the place. This has some zip, but is backed by a mellow bubblegummy, paled banana sweetness and creamyness that makes for a fantasticly balanced treat of Weizen-like quality.

Feel is just above medium but has alot of zip, zazz, pep, and perk; backed by a favorable taming aspect of creamyness.
Dryish? Not really, kind of I guess.
Yeasty? Yes, quite so.
Overwhelming? Not in the least, its balance is its key to some very remarkable drinking capacity.
So crack a couple of these Crack'd Wheat's and enjoy! This stuff will have to be hugely stocked in my fridge come summer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, last of my first 6-pack - luckily theres another sixer waiting as this serves as a nice everyday beer that the lady and i both enjoy

appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass, active carbonation and strong wavy cap is immediately evident...hazy apricot body, cloudy with a fluffy white crest

smell: immediate similarities to the imperial weizen, punchy orange-citrus, crisp hops, white pepper, clove, nice and tropical

taste: blurs the lines between IPA and pale wheat, lovely fresh citrus flavors dominated by orange, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit...light pine, crisp wheat, strongly spiced with corriander, white pepper, and clove, bubblegum, yeast, banana...just a mashup of good things that would be a welcome addition to the regular lineup. It might not measure up to Dancing Man or Imperial Weizen to a lot of people (myself included), but nothing else can either (by any US brewery)

mouthfeel: full of CO2, fluffy

drinkability: high

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with younger35 (thanks to eyncognito for a bottle, too).

A: The ale has an explosive head, filling over a third of the glass with billowy white foam that laces as it recedes. The ale is a hazy straw color, clearly unfiltered.

S: The nose is a wallop of hops and spices. THe amarillo is medicinal, spicy with an herbal bite. Behind the hops, a melange of cinnamon and clove reminds me that this is a weizen-style ale. Great nose, another powerful wheat ale like Imperial Weizen.

T: Bitter hops and spicy cloves again prove to be a match made in heaven. The hops are herbal, medicinal even. They are strong up front and never seem to relax. The weizen profile has both clove and banana along with a cinnamon, orange and lemon. Weizen flavors linger longer than the hops do.

M: The sharpness of the hops contrasts with the sweetness of the wheat. The result is a full flavor that is quite lively.

D: A loaded flavor profile and low abv have created a monster. Another New Glarus wheat beer that that is off the charts.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful looking glowing pineapple color that's very cloudy. Capping this is an amazingly creamy eggshell colored head that retains for ages and leaves a surplus of lacey ropes, specks, and globs in the glass.

S: Interesting. Initially I'm greeted with the typical Hefe aromas. Banana, clove, and bubblegum. A crisp red apple aroma pops up and that leads into a bunch of spicy Amarillo hops. Toasted malt and breadcrust, too.

T: See above. Tastes exactly as it smells with the addition of some oranges/clementines and a tiny hint of lemon zest.

M: Creamy and coating. Hints of pepper and spice along with sweet & tangy fruit and dry, toasty wheat.

D: Drinks really good. Too good, truth be told! Odd time of the year to release something like this. This beer is made for summer.

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Photo of KeefD
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pineapple orange color with an enormous white head that falls slowly, becoming outrageously rocky and leaving chunky lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very interesting. There's typical banana and clove wheat twang but also a citrusy hop aroma that comes through that makes this beer incredibly fresh and tantalizing. Flavor is fantastic. The wheat malts mingle nicely with the bitter American hops, plenty of banana ans spice, with a solid Amarillo hop bitterness lying in the background. This reminds me slightly of Hopfenweizen. This certainly is a nice blend of styles between the hefe and pale ale. Medium body, crisp carbonation. This is extremely drinkable and very tasty. I only wish I had bought more than the single bottle.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy straw yellow with an inch of bubbly white head. Aromas of crisp wheat with clove, banana and big bubblegum tones as well. Citric Amarillo hops battle for supremacy, adding a dash of herbal resin and then taking over the show. Quite in your face with a perplexing melding of hops and hefeweizen yeast.

First sip brings crisp wheat with lots of yeast phenols. Clove, banana and bubblegum are the most noticeable. As it flows down the Amarillo hops blast in bringing along a bold bitterness that ratchets this up to an IPA level of hops. Finishes with a conglomeration of citric hop resins and yeast tones.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the brew goes down easily. Good summer brew here - but I'm not a big fan of the hefe yeast vs. the hoppiness here and the way it clashes on my palate. Worth a try, especially if you never had the Imperial Weizen.

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Photo of cokes
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque honey colored under a monstrous rise of buttermilk cream. The head is as sticky and enduring as any I've seen.
The nose features oranges prominently, with more tart notions of lemons deeper in the blanket of doughy wheat. Clove pops up here and there, as do subtler notions of vanilla, and bananas. In other words, it smells like a Creamsicle.
A touch husky at its onset into the mouth, it sweetens and smooths with lemony, doughy wheat. Pepper and clove keep things prickly, as the creamed tropical fruits slide down. Orange, papaya, apricot, banana. All of this is surrounded by some pudding-like vanilla hues. Hops get a little lost in the fray (though they certainly help produce some of the aforemention fruity tones), as it concludes with a ghostly resinousness and peppery bitterness.
Medium built with a good deal of charging CO2. The body is plush, but carries no undue stickiness or cling. It's just damn drinkable.
This is pretty much as advertised: A Hefeweizen/US Pale Ale cross. It's a bit of a quirky marriage, but it's something I'll get used

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, recently sent by the father of BA GrizzlyAdams (thanks, Matt!), straight from Wisconsin. Towards the end of a Saturday workday, opened and poured to a standard pint.

Hooray, I'm the first non-Midwesterner to review!

A: Milky golden-orange with a gargantuan head of rocky white cream: measured in 'hands' it is 1+. Soapsuds fall slowly, disappearing over many minutes to a light film. Bottle-conditioned: a fine sediment hangs in the glass, almost hiding the many streams of fine carbonation. Flecks, like seafoam, stick randomly.

S: Label calls this an 'international marriage of...Bavarian Hefeweiss and...American Pale Ale'. Wow, holds the aroma of both: lovely flowery-sweet Amarillo hops (APA) and a spicy/ester-y banana-clove (weissbier). Very enticing sweetness, toasty grain and mild hops.

T: Leans toward a heavily spiced Pale Ale: full of fruit zest and spicy wheat, cracked pepper. Clove and fruit esters are present and add nice balance to the finish, which could easily skew too far toward crackery dryness. Hops impart some orange pith and a grassy/herbal flavor - hard to categorize as an 'American Pale Wheat Ale', but not quite sure what else to call it. 'Tasty' will do.

M: Seems thin initially, but really grows. A fine, springy carbonation. Light-medium body is helped by those lingering spices and dry bitterness; lingers long after the last sip.

D: Enjoyable, really like the experimentation involved in this 'marriage'. Combination of spices in a Bavarian Weiss and the malty/hoppy balance of an APA is really appealing. 6%-ish ABV makes this a near-sessionable standout. Would love to have more. Well done, New Glarus.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden orange. Streams of CO2 surface at a fairly rapid clip. The head is fluffy and purely white. And this fluffy white cloud that floats on top of the beer leaves big globs of white stuff all over the glass as I drink. I love this smell. Smells just like what I remember the Imperial Weizen smelling like. Rich with aromatics of citrus and spice and weizen yeast phenols. Perfectly great marriage of aromas. This beer tastes great as well. (No surprise as I think New Glarus is the best weizen brewery in the country.) However, I do feel like this one tilts a little more toward the APA side of the spectrum than the hefe-weizen side of the spectrum when compared to Imperial Weizen. This is still great however, and the marriage of the characteristics of these two styles is very harmonious and pleasing. Very pleasing... There's lemon peel blending with cracked black pepper and wheaty doughballs. There's a little bubblegum merging with spicy wheat. There's some cinnamon and clove amalgamating with bavarian yeast phenolics. A good marriage involves some variety, and this is one that cleary has that. Outstanding union.

Move over Dancing Man, you're gonna have some company this summer. Hmmmm.... That makes me wonder...

What would the intercourse of Dancing Man and Crack'd Wheat be like?? Can't wait to try that one.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll start by saying the words "American Pale Wheat Ale" usually fill me with dread and disgust. I feel that this is one of the least exciting American styles, and they usually fall well short of decent beer. The only exception being Gumballhead, which I haven't had in a couple years due to distribution issues, but I remember fondly as being a solid beer. That being said, I'm set to review this beer with an open mind, and give it a fair shake.

Appearance is a hazy orange, slight yeast trails swirl in the mix. Huge head drops slowly, leaving some sticky looking lace. Looks good so far.

Smell is tangy, citrus mostly, with a gentle hop aroma. Good here, but not great.

Taste is equal amounts of apricot, citrus fruits, cinnamon, and clove. A definite grainy wheat flavor comes through, making this a hearty, earthy brew. The bottle reads "...Imperial Weizen ratchets down for the session." I could not put it better than that. The younger brother to the Imp. Weizen. 'Nuff said.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a short and sweet finish.

Overall, a very good beer, and a great choice to session. Full of flavor, and character, this beer will leave you smiling after half a sixer. Cheers!

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Photo of younger35
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up one of these from New Glarus from there pick-a-six. I've actually been excited to try this since I grabbed it. A Bavarian Hef mixed with a American Pale Ale using Berliner Weiss yeast. Sold! Drank from my New Glarus weizen glass.

Appearance- Pretty much looks exactly like the last 5 NG beers I've had! Pours a hazy yellowish with a nice big bright white head that recedes fairly slowly. A bit of spotty is left along with a nice quarter finger head.
Smell- Very bright and fresh and citrusy! You can definitely 100% tell this was dry hopped with Amarillo. Some melon and peach from the start with subtle hints of banana and clove. Softly doughy but a completely unique and perplexing nose. Definitely not anything you'd expect.
Taste- Starts with a nice fruity crispness that is lightly citric and brings peaches to mind. Some orange pith and lemon peel add a bit more fruitiness and some light fleshy bitterness. Light bits of slightly browned banana hang in the background with the mildest of spice (clove). Although the clove is very subtle it seems to hang for quite some time. A light doughy wheat hangs in finish along with a slight citric kick.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite and medium carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely good shit! I'm a little surprised about the other reviews on this one. Think 2/3 Gumballhead and 1/3 Hef. I really enjoyed this quite a bit and even after reading the description on the label, I was pleasantly surprised. Highly highly recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light honey with an impressive cloud that speaks volumes of the beer to be consumed. Impressive head that leaves a pretty amazing lace.

Aroma is of citrus and grain. Crystal malt and weiss yeast give for a nice aroma. Hop aroma isn't present much.

Flavor is of banana and clove. Orange rind and coriander with a nice bready, yeasty flavor. This is pretty damn close to a good hefe weiss, maybe too close. Orange rind and lemon combine with the wheat to make a lemon poppy-seed bread type flavor with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is crisp to moderate with ample carbonation.

Very refreshing beer, pretty damn close to a decent hefe-wiess, but not quite. Right on style actually, since it's classified an American Wheat and not a hefe.

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Photo of jj21
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hops seem to be a bit much killing the Wheatiness (the what?) that makes NG so great. The Banana/clove aromas and flavors are way overshadowed by the bitterness and aromas of the Amarillo hops. If I was drinking this expecting a Pale Ale it might be a different story. But for a Wheat from NG, I have higher expectations. I think this will be a good one for summer- it is refreshing- but first impressions are unimpressed. Good...but not great.

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Photo of Soneast
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Weizen glass. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color with a huge, pillowy, white colored head, with above average retention. Recedes to a 1/8" frothy layer with pretty intricate lace.

The aroma consists primarily of fruity esters, mostly bananas and citrus scents, some clove and a slight graininess in addition to a light phenol spiciness as well.

The flavor is heavy up front with sweet bananas and apricots, backed up well by a nice lemon citrus flavor as well as some vanilla notes, and wheat graininess. Creamy mouthfeel with a relatively dry and somewhat bitter finish.

Light to medium-light bodied, pretty good amount of carbonation, which adds to the overall refreshing quality. All in all I found this to be a great pairing of flavors. Great drinkability.

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Photo of INTENSEdan
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

New Glarus' own description fits well, but is perhaps too enthusiastic.

In the glass this beer has a golden/lemon hue with a tall frothy white head that retains quite well. Typical wheaty cloudiness.

The nose is a smack to the face with cloves, citrus, banana, all that stuff. It's piercing, almost.

The nose lands itself squarely on the tongue, unadulterated. The flavor busts down the front door and barrels straight on through, exiting just as suddenly. What you are left with is a diminished, pale, watery finish.

This, fortunately, leads to high quaffability.

Overall I'm somewhat let down, but at least it doesn't taste artificial

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Photo of beeronesse
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Disappointing! I was expecting more, especially coming from the creators of Dancing Man wheat. The appearance, a very cloudy gold and beautiful head promised more than I got. The nose was pretty much the same... promised more than delivered. Soft bananas, citrus and some spice on the first taste and a dismal, flat finish. Maybe this would be great on a hot, sizzling summer day but not in February in Wisconsin. Good mouth-feel; creamy and easy but otherwise falls short of what I expect from a wheat beer.

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Crack'd Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 322 ratings