Wine Country Wheat | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional German Hefeweizen is a light and refreshing ale served unfiltered and full of flavor.

2001 California State Fair – BRONZE
2000 California State Fair – SILVER

Added by barleypop on 11-04-2003

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at prezo
Light pasty white fizzy fluffy creamy head of 1 finger that fades at a med pace with a touch of lacing, over slight hazy tan honey colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of wheat, toasty wheat, light citrus, some spices from the yeast a clove like but barely, plenty of banana, light orange zest, and a light fruity white wine like vinous aroma. There is some creamy malts, and hint of vanilla, and a weird green tomato like aroma.

Taste starts quite creamy more like a cream ale, then wheat flavors, light toasty wheat. Hefe flavors are very light, touch of banana, very light floral spices, hint of candied orange zest. semi sweet with almost lactose sugar addition. Fruits bring a bit of white wine again, and more olive oil fried green tomatoes, a weird addition. There is also a light earthy almost dusty wood like taste, with a hint of vanilla, and light bitterness. Finish is fairly dry, lingering bitterness and orange zest, more creamy flavors, and it gets slightly bready malts and more toasted earthy wheat.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, creamy, decent carb.

Overall interesting but kinda weird, lots of interesting flavors I wouldn't expect in a beer, and even less so in a hefe. And quite creamy, with very little typical hefe flavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/24/12 notes. Had on tap at The Pony Bar on the UES in New York. Served in a 14 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange-brown color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks ok, kind of dark and murky.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Lots of bananas and Belgian yeast, very nice nose to it.

t - Tastes of bananas, pepper, spices, citrus hops, oranges, wheat, grains, and bready malts. Taste is good but has more pepper than the nose, so a step down for me. More citrus than the nose which is nice though.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good hefeweizen. The nose is nice and full of yeast and bananas, while the taste has more spice and pepper. Worth checking out and another good beer from BR.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at Rattle N' Hum, NYC.

Poured a clear medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat spice and a noble hop spice.

The taste consisted of a light and flavorful wheat malt, a grassy and subtly spicy hop and minimum esters.
A touch of sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an extremely regreshing and easy to drink ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizen from Wine Country. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Extremely cloudy and looking like the color of a yellow-orange crayon. The head on top is creamy and leaves good lacing. The nose says soft banana bread and a little nutmeg. Anf the taste says Bavarian hefeweizen, but perhaps a little softer. Watered down banana, a little clove, malted wheat, all of which seem to get tastier as time rolls along. A snap of carbonation provides a final life for this beer.

This is a refreshing, non-hoppy offering fromm Bear Republic. It's draft only, so taste it when you see it available.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After a long walk through the city I relaxed at the Khyber for some suds and this looked refreshing. In a pint glass.

Wine Country Wheat looked the part with a body consisting of a deep orange shade with some lighter yellows within, kinda unfiltered looking, but it is a hefe. A nice bright white head up above more than an inch, foamy looking, did not leave any stick. The smells were pretty fruity and laden with fresh wheat. A whole lotta bananers and some faint orange zest. Tastes like a true hefe, very authentic, but the banana is killing me. It's almost more banana than wheat. A somewhat sweet middle with soggy cereal taste that I am put off by. After detecting the soggy cereal taste I just drank it quick, cause I hate the sog. The feel is light bodied and a somewhat carbed, this goes down a bit to easy, even though Im kinda gagging doing it. Not the greatest Hefe out there but If your in a bind for some suds, why not knock back one or two of these, it's only 4.5%

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Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-08-21 at the brew pub in Healdsburg, CA

A - Beautiful hazy / unfiltered gold with short white head and good lacing.

S - Sour bubblegum and yeast

T - Apple cider followed quickly by banana, lemon and clove. Some spice and a little, yeasty funk.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Mildly creamy.

D - Good after a long day hiking. Not quite interesting enough though for me to come back for a 2nd. Went to the IPAs instead.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bear Republic- Wine Country Wheat

A- Light hazy orange with a thick billowy white head. heavy lacing head.
S- Light strw/ wheat with a touch of sweet dried tart fruits. Very light on the nose though.
T- Light sugary sweet hay/ straw with a sweet tart orange rind. Dry grass, honey and a light citrus hop flavor come through as well.
M- Light thin sweet malt with sweet citric hops.

Overall- Lighter on the flavors and palatte then expecting but tasty and quaffable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm Pretty sure this beer is not retired, as it is currently on tap at Fat Heads in the south side of Pittsburgh, PA.

A typical hazy yellow body, almost no head. No lacing.

Smell is wheaty with bannana. There is a slight aroma of wine.

This is an interesting beer. The flavors expected from a hefeweizen are present; bannana and wheat. However, a fairly strong flavor of white wine is also noticeable. Pretty enjoyable with a slightly creamy, low carbonated mouthfeel.

Drinkability would be higher for a white wine fan, but as it is this beer is fair.

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Photo of atsprings
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint-glass a crisp dark yellow with a decent off-white head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma is a bit of sweet fruits, banana and bubblegum. The taste is a bit of sweet malts with slight fruit and very subtle hops. The beer is quite light and refreshing. This is a decent hefeweizen, but not likely one I'd bother with again.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a weizen glass with no lemon wedge at the Bear Republic Brewpub

A- Poured a bright hazy orange with one finger of creamy white head

S- Very faint aroma, some banana and spice

T- Strong banana, clove, and spice notes, with some citrus, bubblegum, and yeasty notes

M- Crisp and refreshing, finishes dry

O- This is the spiciest hefeweizen I have ever had. Great balance and absolutely delicious. This is the best tasting hefeweizen I have had. I just wish this had more of an aroma, I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get anything.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of JizackFH
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, Queens on 5/22/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, banana, and clove up front. There are also some other fruity notes present, and well as some yeast. It doesn't smell as full as I'd like it to.

T - The taste starts off with wheat and banana. I am also getting clove, pear, and even some white wine. The finish leaves a lingering spiciness. The flavor seems a tad watered down.

M - This has a light to medium body and lower carbonation. It goes down pretty easy. There is some lingering spiciness left on the palate.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and I think it would be very nice on a hot summer day. Overall, I thought it was a nice hefe, i just wish the flavor was a little fuller. It's definitely worth checking out though.

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Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mjl21
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not retired. Tried on tap at the BR brewpub on 5/3/09. Poured into their wheat glass. Comes in at 4.3% Described as a Pacific Northwest style wheat.

A-Pours a cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a minimal white ring that sticks around.

S-This was served with a lemon on the side of the glass which masked a lot of the nose. Smells of yeast and wheat.

T-Getting a lot of wheat and yeast flavor with a quite minor level of bitterness. There is some citrus zing in it.

M-Lighter bodied and smooth.

D-Very thirst quenching. Light and goes down easily.

Not a bad beer to have on a nice Healdsburg day. Missing a lot of the usual banana/clove notes of a hefe, but wasn't a bad beer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a retired beer, as mjl21 also preached in his review. Just had it ontap at the pub in Healdsburg last week.

Poured clear (filtered) with a pure white head that died even as the waitress plopped it down on our table. Enjoyed this one sitting out back on their deck. It was probably 95 or so, unbearably hot without the soothing cover of a large umbrella and nearby trees...and the cold beer in front of me.

Powdery yeast up front, with some minor hop twang and some cereal graininess.

Taste is clean and a bit starchy. Powdery yeast and some chewy grain in the finish. Overall nowhere near the top of the Bear Republic portfolio, but a bottleable brew for sure, it's clean tasting and the recipe is good.

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Photo of Nickls
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a thinner, but frothy pure white head; very light greenish yellow color; clear with a little rising carbonation

S - Lightly yeasty; lemons; and a bit grassy

T - Cereal grain; yeastiness; light hop kiss at the end

M - Thinner to medium MF; soft and subtle carbonation; little chalky

D - Good enough, and easy to drink and would be a lawnmower brew for me

Overall, not the best example of the style and seemed more like an American Wheat to me, worth a look for the novelty from BR.

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Photo of coldriver
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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