Station Master Wheat Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Station Master Wheat AleStation Master Wheat Ale
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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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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of TheDM
2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a small head of off-white colored bubbles that left a fair lacing and an orange colored body. It had a very smooth light hop flavor with little discernable aroma. This was the least enjoyable brew from my visit at Flossmoor Station, a brewpub everyone should try and visit.

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Photo of JDV
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Definitely one to try in the sampler, rather than a full pint. Pours a murky golden orange. Smell is bland, bland, bland. Is that a hop in there? Taste is equally bland with a faint wheaty flavor, but this was remarkably mild. Possibly my least favorite of the sampler even though it wasn't offensive at all.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly burnt hazy orangish color with pretty much zero head that was kind of surprising.

S - I think I was expecting more of a wheat or hefe beer type of smell, but this smells pilsnerish a little bit. Slightly hoppy but mostly malts, although not particularly sweet.

T - It's mostly malty with a touch of alcohol slickness but no burn. Not what I was expecting out of a wheat, still seems more like a pilsner to me. Gets rather sour on the end, kind of unpleasant.

M - Feels too thin, finishes dry, some moderate carbonation.

D - This one ended up a drain pour for me after about 1/4 of the bomber, just didn't feel like getting it down. Kind of surprised, I picked up the Pullman Brown and Flossmoor's IPA randomly and really liked both of them. I had high expectations for this but this is not a beer I liked.

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Photo of pathead
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of NeutroMan
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy honey color with a minimal thin white head.

S: Grainy wheat with some orange zest. Minimal hops.

T: Light grainy wheat flavor. Not much in terms of malt sweetness or any of the orange zest detected in the nose. No hop bitterness.

M&D: Light bodied and watery with high carbonation. Not very refreshing on this hot summer day.

Overall: A rare miss for Flossmoor Station. After enjoying their many flavors of IPAs and their Pullman Brown Ale, Station Master is a real letdown.

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Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a curious beer. It is oddly hoppy for a wheat, but this is the same impression I got from many of the Flossmoor beers that I've tried. It's not cloudy enough to be a traditional hefe but its definitely not a kristalweisen. It was also a bit on the flat side and wasn't spiced either. All in all it was pleasant but unremarkable beverage.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color, bright and light. Little head, but a decent ring of foam stick around, and there's some solid lacing.

Smell is barely detectable. Some very faint light wheat, a bit of grassy hops, and yeast. But not much there at all, and what is there isn't impressive.

Taste is a little better, with some vegetable hops. Finish turns to an unpleasant watery bitterness. I don't pick up much wheat.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, medium carbonation. Could use some more bubbles, but not bad. Finish is watery and thin.

Meh. Everything about this beer is pretty blah. Okay, it's a pale wheat ale, so my expectations aren't real high, but this one still fails to meet them.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a straw yellow clear body with a bright white head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smooth light smell of pale malt had a faint spice quality that was probably from the hops.

T- The pale soft malt notes had a tartness to it and was followed by a spicy hops that had a faint lemon zest note to them. Overall the flavor was pretty light.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer was very light with a nice spice finish, however not much was in between. Perhaps the fruit would have really helped.

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Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy orange with a light and sticky white head.

The Smell was very light and non descript with just a hint of light citrusy hops.

The flavor was very mild with a hint of light wheat and malt with a touch of breadyness and a light citrusy hop finish. Balanced, but very light.

The mouthfeel was very light with a bit of carbonation.

After drinking Flossmoor's spectacular brown ale, this was a real let down even for an american wheat this is a bit on the bland side with not much of anything going on, especially lacking for the incredibly high price tag on the bomber.

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Photo of happilysurly
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazey orange. One finger of head dissipates quickly.

S: Slight lager aroma. Sour, a bit metallic.

T: WICKED sour. Did I get a bad bottle? The taste doesn't go much beyond this very sour flavor. Wheat ale? Don't think I've had a wheat ale like this before. This tastes like a lambic to me.

M: Again, the sour taste is hard to get past.

D: Would not drink this again.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Amazing lacing, fantastic creamy cap above a very very carbonated honey body. If insanity was a value, it would be the number of bubbles rising from the base of my pint glass. The retention on the froth, on the lacing, on the carbonation are top notch. I'd argue almost perfect.

S- Very faint nose on here. It has a dry paper aroma with some hints of lemon. The majority of the aroma is sharp, off-bitterness flavors. Some hops come through with minor bittering. Its a collection of weak powers with some rollover and blending.

T- Opens clean, low sweetness, that distinguished wheat flavor is carved deep into the center of this beer. Unfortunately, instead of using the wheat as a foundation, its treated like a coat rack. Random articles are thrown on it here and there and not used to accentuate the design of the house. There is a lemon scarf here, a bitter hat there, and a pile... a pile strewn throughout the entire area of a generic plastic like flavor. Its very much so blah on the finish that I find the wheat overwhelmed in the middle and gone before the finish leaving me with a plastic and paper amalgam leftover.

M- Creamy, shockingly so. Full bodied, and a bit too thick and velvety smooth for me to like it. This american pale wheat ale doesn't really feel like one. It has a tendency to becoming cloying rather than refreshingly light. The carbonation is what causes the body to be so fluid and cream like I feel, causing me to wish it was just a bit less carbonated.

Overall, I'm pretty dissappointed after having so many great Flossmoor Station beers. Its got areas it clearly needs to work on. It has the foundation to be great, but until its expanded on and improved this feels... mediocre.

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Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattsbeerlist
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden amber color with a pretty thin white head. Head gone pretty quick and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Picking up some bready malts, wheat, a bit of honey sweetness and a touch of citrus hops.

T- Taste follows the nose pretty well. Wheat, honey, quite a bit of malts going on here and very mild citrus hops. Pretty simple.

M- Lighter side of medium and good carbonation.

O- This one is pretty easy to drink. Its just pretty simple and well kind of boring.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper-gold with a mild soapy head that leaves a thin sheen as it dissipates.

Aroma is light grainy malt with a touch of honey.

Taste is mild grainy caramel malt sweetness and a touch of honey.
Finish has a mildly spicy hop and a slight mineral character.

Mouthfeel is medium in body.

Overall a very mild ale. Flavor is rather muddy and nondescript.

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Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat, lemon and some yeastiness. All aromas with fairly weak.

T - Some cracked wheat flavor with lemon and coriander. But it lacked cohesiveness. The flavors were unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and crackled on the tongue. A very light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - The least impressive brew I tried at Flossmoor. It almost seemed as if it was a bad batch.

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Photo of KBomb
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a glass. Thick soapy white head that dissapaits quickly. A slightly cloudy burnt orange with sizeable bubbles. The first whiff is a little sweet and yeasty with a faint hop smell in the back. The taste is surprisingly bitter for a wheat beer and considering how few hops I smelt at first. I'm also tasting something "off", the familiar metallic taste of some poor quality macros. The feel is dry and light. If I wasn't put off by the flavor this could be fairly drinkable.

This was on sale at Whole Foods a few weeks back and I picked up a bottle but forgot about it till tonight. I'm less than fully impressed. I heard good things about Flossmoor station, but it isn't found in this beer. Bland stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky golden color with a very thin white head and not much in the way of lacing. Both the nose and the taste are pretty much the same in that they really don't have anything besides some white bread and a hint of wheat. No real fruit, yeast, or hops; this is just pretty plain. Fairly light body. This is quaffable, but one is enough.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into Weizen Glass

A: quite clear light golden color with good but not overly apparent carbonation, clean white head

S: a bit of cracker and light cherry tones

T: Fairly bitter, the cherry and cracker come out in the aftertaste. The middle of the beer is a bit of a mess as the hops and the malt don't seem that well balanced. It's not bad but I think they should have decided to go more pale or more wheat rather than make it so balanced.

M: clean carbonation, very slight dryness

D: It isn't a bad beer and I think another round of experimentation would have cleaned it up nicely. The 4.6% makes it very drinkable. However, I don't know if I'd get another bottle

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Photo of koopa
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in the "Good Things Come in 3's" BIF

Appearance: golden corners wrapped around a slightly copper body with a huge 3+ finger foam head. Loads of retention and lacing everywhere.

Smell: Its got a bit of Belgian style yeast in the nose coupled with wheat, fresh cut grass, and a touch of hay.

Taste: muddled and uninspired

Mouthfeel: Absolutely thin and lacking in every way imaginable. One of the worst mouthfeels I've come across.

Drinkability: Low abv, thin, but terrible tasting so why bother.

I'm really happy I enjoyed Flossmoors Ploughman Brown first, otherwise I probably wouldn't give them a second chance if this Pale Wheat Ale had been my first experience.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a big bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light yellow will very good carbonation. The head is nice more then 2 fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is plain wheat, like white bread.

The taste is ok yet I getting an after taste that is common to many brews from this brewer, I'm not sure if I like it. It cold be the yeast or a finishing hops. The beer is a bit avaerage, nothing here that stands out.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is just not what I like.


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Station Master Wheat Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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