Station Master Wheat Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Station Master Wheat AleStation Master Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed and slightly dry hopped with Jarrylo, fermented with American Ale Yeast, hints of pear and jasmine on the nose, exceptional clean finish.

27 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-26-2003

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Appears a dark golden color with two fingers of white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. A little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma of this beer has a nice Amarillo hop kick. Hints of orange and a little wheat malt. Thankfully some of the hop flavor comes out in the flavor as well. A little orange zest helps an otherwise boring style of beer. Bitterness is still low. The mouthfeel is probably as good as it gets for the style. It is not thin and watery, but has suffecient heft to coat the mouth. Nicely paired carbonation as well. Very easy drinking beer that has a little more of an interesting aroma and flavor than others in the style. Nice low ABV.

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Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear golden amber, reminiscent of a pils. clean almost white big fluffy head on top that built up quickly and actually had pretty decent head on top.

S- smells pretty malty, the wheat is really light, there is also strong pilsner malts. there is a distinct yeast finish with light phenolic character as well

T- malt is the main flavor here as well, pils malt character, light wheat character, and a smooth clean finish.

M- full body and strong carbonation

D- great for this really hot day where im wanting something light and crisp, its kinda outta style if your looking for what even could be an american wheat, but its pretty tasty as a stand alone.

also could be considered like a Krystal weizen, where the wheat has fallen out and given a much more delicate flavor

overall pretty solid but a distinct take and maybe should re-adjust what style they call it since i think that surprizes people

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific tangerine... a color achieved by the use of 'a dab of honey malt' according to the silk-screened label. Sitting atop the liquid is a fantastic looking chunk of alabaster colored foam that is melted marshmallow creamy and gooey. An awesome array of lace is now decorating the sides of the glass.

The aroma is right on for two reasons. First, it's pale wheaty without being grainy or sour. Second, the orange citrusiness of the Amarillo hops is easily appreciated. Even more hops would have been even better, but then that's always the case.

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times... beer of this style needs to do something extra to stand out. That usually means the addition of loads of American hops (see Three Floyds Gumballhead). While Station Master Wheat isn't nearly that hoppy or that delicious, it more than gets the job done with a mini-shot of Amarillo goodness. I'm sure it helps that this bomber is less than one month old.

The base beer tastes pretty good too, in that it's fresh and untoasted wheat bready. As in the aroma, no lemon juice tartness is present, which the downfall of many an APWA. The hops don't add much bitterness (although SMWA is more bitter than sweet), but they do add the classic Amarillo orange zest zestiness... especially on the back end.

I'm not sure what else one could want where mouthfeel is concerned in a beer of this style and ABV. It's at least light-medium, with a mouthfilling creaminess that lasts until beer exit. In fact, the next highest score is within reach. A good mouthfeel is always the mark of a good brewer.

For some reason, I wasn't expecting much from Flossmoor Station Station Master Wheat. Being proven wrong in a positive direction is never a bad thing. This is a highly drinkable summertime quencher that earns a large measure of respect for a style that needs it badly. It's also a beer that just about anyone should enjoy.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a 1pt6oz bottle in Chicago for $4.99. The beer is mostly clear (a little haze) light orange color with a thick lasting head. The smell is subtle, smells like a yeast pack (from my homebrewing memories) with some spicy hops. Actually it's a pretty tasty aroma, and the flavor is just as good (if muted). Nothing offensive in the flavors, just a very easy-drinking wheat beer. I guess I liked this more than most reviewers to date.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice new bottle from Flossmoor for me to give a try. This one made its entrance with lunch today. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 09/05/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it. Nice head of white on top reached a height of around two inches before settling back down with minimal fanfare and some nice side lacing. The aroma was bready, lots of light bread notes, hints of grain, a touch of some apricot like fruit notes perhaps. Super sweet and smooth, a rich concoction of bready notes, a light bittering hop note and a really nicely melded malt profile. Carbonation seemed spot on and the medium body was thick enough to let you get some flavor while not too heavy for the style.

Overall this was very solid. Not the best I have had but not something I would shy away from. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Picked this one up at the brewery a week prior to consuming it.

Pours a clear gold with a finger of foamy eggshell white head. Solid looking thin layer of retention that coats the sides of the glass with some massive lacing. Nice look here. The aroma is VERY fresh smelling to me, being exceedingly floral with a quick snap of bready sweet wheat notes and citrus. Quite the lively and pleasant nose here.

The taste starts with a firm base of citrus, honeyed wheat notes, and the fresh spicy bitterness of Amarillo hops, which really helps set this apart from some other recent Wheat beers. Sweetness fights with lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with an extremely easy going and creamy feeling carbonation that really ramps up the drinkibility.

Judging from the majority of the reviews for this beer, I must be in the minority, because I really liked this! While not overly complex or anything for the style, the spicy hop profile of this really helped make this stand out. Flavorful, crisp, and refreshing, this bottle seemed ultra fresh to me, which I think really helped this review.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

4.6% abv stated on the bottle.

Listed on this site as a Hefeweizen but I feel it's more like a American Pale Wheat Ale. Heck, it says "American Wheat Ale" right on the label!

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep honey-gold color. Small, bubbly, and frothy off-white head recedes quickly, leaving no lace and some hints of whispy skim and a small ring.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, tart grain, citrus, and toasted breadcrust. The label promised me some Amarillo hops but I had to sniff long and hard to find any.

T: Nice flavors of honey/sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, lemon-y citrus, biscuits, and refreshingly dry and spicy hops.

M: Sweet caramel that's quickly eclipsed by a tart, bready, graininess. That is then followed by some pretty dry hops. Pretty darn refreshing.

D: Drinkability is good. This is no Gumballhead but with some more agressive hopping, this could approach FFF territory. I liked this and think this would be a hit at summer BBQ's.

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Photo of tapman
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A low head of white foam at almost 1 finger that forms a shaky lacing. Color is medium orange and is cloudy. Carbonation appears abundant.

Bready/grainy, pale malt to be exact. There is a low sweet quality to the aroma, though I can not tell if it is the honey malt, the amarillo hops, or both. I hazard at both.

Pretty sweet, I wonder what the F.G. was on this one? Could the honey malt be that sweet? I like sweet beers so this is pretty good. Honey character goes well with the floral amarillo, though I could have used more hops for this American wheat.

A little chewy, but smooth and pleasant.

Pretty decent, this one is best served pretty cold or else it is sooo sweet.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark for the style, very deep amber with a middling head that bubbles up and sizzles down.

Smells faint but pleasant and beery--no spice or citrus gimmicks going on here. Light whealtmalt, white pepper with hints of bananas.

Tastes a little stronger than it smells. It's a straight pale wheat but there's still a bit of weizeniness in there, bananas and peppers and a thick, smooth finish that's more like juice than beer.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sal's Beverage World in Elmhurst on 6-4-08 (the same day my son Jack "Eddie" was born). Enjoyed on the night of 6-6-08 to celebrate the arrival on my new son home from the hospital!

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell - Faint aroma of citrusy lemon and cereal grains. Not bad, but really not much to it.

Taste - Much better than the smell. Crisp citrus, bread, with a dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouth feel - Light bodied with a fair amount of fizz.

Drinkability - Damn good. This one has a nice refreshing (almost pale ale like) quality. Perfect for enjoying during warm summer temps!

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Photo of Deuane
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Foo Faa for hauling this one back from the GToM 2009 trip and sharing.

A-Hazy copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to nothing and left zero lace.

S-Musty spiciness, a bit of citrus and a nice light malt sweetness.

T-Spicy up front--very saison like with a citrus bite in the background and a dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crisp with lingering spicy notes.

D-Good, very un-wheat like with all of the sharp spiciness. This one came off with a saison like kick. Nonetheless it was a pleasant and easy to drink brew.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks deep gold to amber; pours with an ample flourish of a white head, which falls fairly quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Smells a bit hoppy-fruity covered up by an almost unpleasant cereal smell; the aroma is otherwise hard to pin down. Tastes of wheat and toasted malts with a peppery hop spiciness and firm bitter finish which lingers quite a bit. Very nice. This beer definitely has the trademark Flossmoor house character that I'm a fan of, but based on some of the other reviews here it seems this character might be turn off. Overall, a refreshing wheat beer with some interesting toasted malt notes and lingering hop bitterness. Delicious.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very medium tan aber hue with mild bubbling and some flash in the pan head. The aroma is a spicy hop character with somesweet malts with a nuance of honey. The taste has a great hop definition for a wheat beer. The herbal hops blend well with the light honey notes in this wheat beer. The palate blends the bitter with the dry sweetness I love in wheat beers. Good session beer.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a flared pint.

A - Deep, slightly rusty, gold. Pretty clear, little haze. A foamy white head of almost 2 fingers forms and recedes very slowly, leaving a thick layer of lacing behind.

S - Wheat cereal, a little bit of fresh-baked bread, but not enough.

T - Very well-balanced, wheat bread at first, but a nice caramelly-smooth malt backbone emerges and finishes with just a slight hops kick.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation.

D - Pleasant enough for a warm early summer afternoon, very sessionable and refreshing.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear golden light amber color with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing cling. Smells of yeasty wheat, cereal, spicy hops, orange, and pineapple. Tastes of pineapple and orange up front followed by some cereal malts, grass seed, wheat, and spicy hops. Medium to medium lite in body, decent carbonation. Sweet with a nice hoppy kick. Easy to drink and refreshing, seems like it would be good for summer sessioning.

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Photo of jsulko
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a shaker

Batch 333

Pale straw slightly cloudy with a small head that does not linger.

Smell has hints of spice and lemon.

Drinkable wheat beer with a bit more hops finish than a typical wheat ale.

Decent beer from a favorite brewery.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor.

A- Came to me with a one and a half finger creamy white head. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass and stayed there the entire beer. Golden yellow with a hint of amber color that looked rather bland to be honest. I was expecting some haze to it but it had none.

S- This had of course a very wheaty smell to it. Earthy undetones with this as well....grassy or hay maybe? It doesn't smell like other American Wheats don't know if that's a good thing or not. Hops are faint and hard to pick up on with this beer I got.

T- This tastes kind of bland to me. It's good don't get me wrong. Big upfront wheat taste with a some malt to it. The malts pick up through the middle of the beer and carry it to the finish line where a small bitter hop taste finishes it off. Nothing good and nothing bad...a little more to the nothing bad though.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel to this. The carbonation in mine felt a little off and the beer had a little trouble passing through my palate. It kind of sat on my tounge and left its wheaty footprints there. Pretty good mouthfeel I suppose. Had everything I was looking for for the most part.

D- I really would only drink one of these. They have much better beers in my opinion and you should seek those out before this one. It's like the loser in highschool that never got picked for a basketball game. It will still be there.

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Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured kind of an odd dull amberish brown color. The color reminded me of a dark ginger ale actually. It started with a thin white head that retreated to the edges of the glass quickly.

The aroma has a sweeter grain and wheat flavor. A little bit of citrus comes through as well. The taste has a slightly sweet, grainy and wheat flavor to it. Some moderate citrus and bitterness comes through towards the finish to balance it out a bit.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is OK, it was a light and easy drinking beer that would go down easy on a hot day. A little light in flavor though compared to some of my favorite wheat beers, but not bad overall.

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Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by chswimmer on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Craig!

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is somewhat mild and wheaty. Nice, but not much to it.

Flavor is also mild and wheaty. Some pale malt and grain, slightly sweet. Some mild hop bitterness.

Medium-light on the palate with a pretty standard mouthfeel for the style.

This is very drinkable, but overall, it's a pretty boring beer. There's just not that much to it. I'd call it a low ABV, average-plus wheat ale, and I think most others at the tasting agreed with that assessment more or less.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for providing this beer. Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a hazy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and lemon. Taste is similar, lemon, spices, some wheat, a bit of hops kicking in towards the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with very small white head. Smell has a slight lemon scent with some wheat. Taste has the wheat you'd expect, but I'm not getting too much else. Mild hop bitterness. This is a good summer beer, but I wouldn't try to seek it out again. This was my 3rd beer from Flossmoor and I loved the other two so this was a bit of a letdown by comparison.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quaffable, fresh as on tap wheat ale, obtained a couple of months ago on Chicago trip. Brilliant yellow with a small head, and lace. Appropriately carbonated. Neutral aroma, average and smooth mouthfeel. Mid mouthfeel cheese buffeted by understated bitterness on finish.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bonber bottle. Beer pours with a great deal of carbonation, and a dense off white head that eventually settles down to a nice, thick layer of foam. This beer has a much darker complexion than i would expect of the style, very reminiscent of a dunkelweizen in fact. There is also a steady stream of nice, tight carbonation releasing toward the head that looks very inviting. The aroma is pleasant, but lacking the banan ester punch I look for in a weizen. Taste is also pleasantly malty, though it does have a pleasant hops bitterness sneaking up in the aftertatste. It does lack the classic banana bubblegum character of the style though. Mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, with a pleasing level of nice, tight carbonation in evidence. Overall, a nice brew, but somewhat lacking in classic hefeweizen character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This pours a slightly hazy honey gold with the usual excellent head of foam that Flossmoor does so well with. Nice bits of lacing. Excellent looking brew!

The smell is lightish but there's some honey sweetness and wheat and light citrus coming through.

The taste has the same as what I noted in the nose, all be it they come across as somewhat muted. The Amarillo hops seem to take center stage and add quite a bit of bitterness. Maybe too much as the malt just can't keep up and I get an atypical overall flavour for the style. Still, this is 4.6%abv and though the complexity in the taste could be broader, I find it pretty easy to drink and it does have a silky smooth medium mouthfeel. I'd say...try it and see what you think.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

If the station master here (if the position still exists) is as cool as the rest of the staff, they've got quite a station down here in Flossmoor. Anyway, this guy pours a clear pale straw topped by a bit less than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises a good amount of lemon zest, flowers, mandarin orange syrup, and a very light twinge of caramel. The taste doesn't deviate too far from this path, though the flowers are amped up a bit and some wheat and rice join the party. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent little brew, but a bit too light and watery for me to really think all that highly of it. Pretty drinkable beyond that, though.

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