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Crack'd Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
322
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beagle75
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with two fingers of lofty but diminishing white foam head. Spotty lacing remains, heavy in localized areas.

S: Mild and yeasty, with bubble gum that stands out amongst lesser banana and wheat that is more grainy than bready.

T: Begins off-dry, with spicy fruit punch and restrained acidity. Phenolics emerge in the middle, curiously medicinal yet appealing. Some tropical fruit-flavored iced tea also develops, providing a smooth transition into the finish. Banana esters are finally detected late, providing interest in an otherwise uninteresting final act.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and insubstantial on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fairly well put-together hefeweizen, this beer boasts a really original and appealing flavor profile that is unexpected. Otherwise, the qualities of this beer are inoffensive but not really remarkable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: With a reasonably aggressive pour, a billowing eggshell head forms on top of a hazy light yellow beer. Although the head subsides somewhat, it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Strong, balanced aroma. Lots of banana here, but it is not overpowering, which for me is key in enjoying a Hefe. Some tropical fruits swirl up as well.

Taste: Up front there is a honey-like sweetness with a firm banana flavor. The wheat is apparent, and the cloves come in with the rest of the yeast's spicy flavor. Some pineapple and orange citrus work to mellow out the banana, which really helps to keep it out of the overly sweet category. A touch of alcohol steps in right at the end, not a pleasant flavor in a beer of this ABV, and the one real knock I have against the flavor.

Mouthfeel: As would be expected, the body is light to medium, with a fizzy, bubbly creaminess that almost gets into the excellent category. After each sip there is a light residual stickiness and oiliness (maybe from the hops?) left on my lips. Toward the end of the sip the feel dries out a little bit after starting fairly sweet.

Overall: I was a little bit surprised by this - I was not expecting a subtle, balanced Hefe when I bought this, but that is what I got. I was torn between 4 and 4.5 for taste, so I make that revision here.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review is not from a fresh bottle, but from one that got lost in the back of my fridge for months.
When I get a fresher one, I'll change this review accordingly.

Dark and hazy yellow in color, giant poofy foam head that recedes rather quickly because my bottle is a bit old, oh well. Body is of medium firmness and cushioney soft to the palate with bubbles (yes it is carbonated still) that tingle on the tongue. I smell light booze notes, banana bread and wheat crackers. I can taste wheatey goodness with just a hint of yeasty twang and light honeyed sweetness, but the cloves and spicing are very much muted from bottle age, sadly.

I can tell (from recently having had a Dancing Man) that this bottle is an age-neutered version of something very similar in quality. The malt which is left behind after the spices have been subtracted is exactly the same sort of stuff I found and enjoyed so much in Dancing Man. It is for this reason that I am waiting with great anticipation for it to be released again, so that I may review it in its fresh form. It should be considered a great recommendation for this beer that even when deadened by shelf age, I consider it just as good as an average hefeweizen.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very unfiltered beer with hazy golden yellow color. Very good carbonation and a nice white head retention.

S- Great aroma from this beer. A nice balance of spice, cloves and banana aromas drift up from the glass. A great balance make this an outstanding hefe.

T- A very balanced hefe with great spiciness followed by cloves and banana. Very complex but all the flavors come through clearly making it a very enjoyable beer.

M- Very nice mouthfeel. Sits nicely on the palate.

O- Very refreshing, crisp, clean, complex and very enjoyable. Easily one of the best American made hefes in the country with only Dancing Man Wheat beating it out.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 3 floyds pint glass.

A- Typical appearance for a wheat beer, hazy, dark yellow straw color, nice carbonation, one finger frothy head.
S- Typical delicious aromas from this style, banana, citrus, clove, spice, slight cinnamon comes out for this beer, nice sweet refreshing aroma, as well as hints of lemon.
T- Taste what you smell in this one, slight hops comes out as well as lemon zest, banana, cloves, spice, and citrus accompanying in the flavors, well carbonated.
M- Light mouthfeel, nice and crisp drinkability, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Solid beer from New Glarus, really easy drinkability, enjoyed with a friend during a nice cool evening on my deck, very refreshing.

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

Good glow from the beer, yellow, lots of haze, massive head. Aroma was very hoppy for style, citrus orange and tangerine feel to it.

Taste, layers of hops, wheat, pepper and banana produce one of the most unique flavor profiles in a beer I've ever had. Should call it cracked weird. Relies on citrus hop flavor more than the marginal amount of banana clove yeast flavors. Like a west coast wheat. Not as good as sumpinx2, but more unique I'd say, and not all that distant of a second to it or Gumballhead. Wheat flavor is grassy and dry. Carbonation remains on point throughout, wish this one was a little more widely available when I make it back to Wisconsin.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass. Cloudy orange-yellow typical of the style with a good head that retains well. Smell has some good yeast funk and wheat sharpness. I'd be interested to know what quantity of wheat New Glarus uses in their mash for this one. One of the better tasting American made wheat beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel doesn't disappoint for the style, crisp with nothing objectionable at all. If you can find it in your area, buy it and try it. I wish they sold this in Chicago, I only can buy it in season when I go visit family in WI. This brew's a winner.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a 12-oz. bottle on March 15. I had it in a New Glarus Spotted Cow pint glass.

A - Dark yellow, very typical of a wheat beer. Heavy head with exceptional lacing.

S - An awesome melody of clove, cinnamon and citrus nose. The yeast smell almost jumps out of the glass. Everything smells complex and interesting.

T - It has a great Bavarian-style hefeweizen taste with an interesting pale ale hoppy note to it. It isn't overboard with the secondary spice flavors like some hefes are. I love the taste. World class.

M - Superior. A bold, sharp aftertaste that tells you there's a greater hop character than in a lot of hefes.

O - Give me more. Now. Too bad it's only a seasonal and it's sold only in Wisconsin. This and Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat would probably be my go-to beers. For now, it's just a treat.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade I seem to forget from who sometimes, sorry, but whoever it was thanks. Went a little something like this...

A- Wow talk about unfiltered, a crazy looking golden yellow color, extremely hazy and yeast swirling around all over the place. A great level or carb that I can hear hissing to the top to try and dissipate the thick and fluffy white head.

S- All of the usuals from a well done hefe. A burst of spice, cloves and that subtle and sweet banana aroma that good hefes put out. Some allowed warming and not much has changed the bananas linger on and have let the cloves and spice from the yeast come out to a more prominent role.

T- A ridiculous impact of spicy delight has just consumed my taste buds. It's all the spiciness of the yeast, cloves, nutmeg and possible a pinch or touch of cinnamon. Extremely well integrated and very enjoyable.

M- Very effervescent, a nice coating, great tingle and prickle and a nice crisp, clean finish. A very refreshing experience that is taking me back to the original world class hefe that we all know and love so dearly.

D- Hell yes! Awesomely refreshing, crisp, clean and enough spice to satisfy even the most fickle palates. Not my favorite style, but damn this is a tasty one. One more please!

Another solid offering from New Glarus. Please stop being so stingy and distribute to other states!

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to StormKing47 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma is basic hefeweizen with some banana, wheat and vanilla notes. I get a little clove, but not too much.

The flavor is wheat, banana, cloves and some orange citrus notes. As the beer warms, I start to get some grassy hops and a low amount of bitterness. A very interesting flavor combination that makes this a unique beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of boralyl
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours 2 1/2 fingers of creamy white head. The retention is great and creates a mountain of foam as the sides settle into the glass. The beer is very a very hazy pale yellow color. There is active carbonation present.

S - Fruity esters from the yeast stand out the most in the aroma. There is also cinnamon and faint citrus present.

M - Light to medium in body with prickly carbonation.

T - Lemon and citrus present themselves first followed by the fruity yeast character. Clove and hints of cinnamon round out the finish.

I tend to not enjoy hefeweizens, but I can say this is the best one I've had thus far. I like the combination of assertive American hop character with the classic hefe with local ingredients used. Well worth trying.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shipped from west coast to east coast, poured into a pint glass

Pours mostly yellow, cloudy, with a nice frothy head. Lots of active, fast moving, fine carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity, lots of citrus with a fair amount of hay smell -- this really smells great.

Taste is also bright and fruity, more of the citrus, lemony and orangey mostly. Very bready, very wheaty. A little sourness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick but not sticky. This is seriously one of the best hefs I've ever had.

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Photo of keytown
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance Hazy golden yellow with a huge white frothy head.
Very little lacing.

Smell Got an onslaught of citrus and spice, particularly
clove.

Taste Follows the nose closely. Getting an abundance of
clove, cinnamon and citrus.

Mouthful Mouthful is okay. Has decent carbonation, but i've
had better as far as carbonation goes.

Drinkability Very drinkable beer. Got this from a New Glarus
Sampler Pack that a friend bought me from
Wisconsin. Sad that I will not be able to enjoy this
beer on a regular basis.

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