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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 91
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 largadeer
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from bgramer as an extra, thanks!

Appearance: The very impressive silkscreened bottle should be mentioned here; it's awesome. The beer itself pours a semi-hazy pale amber. Even with a somewhat vigorous pour I couldn't get much of a head out of this one; maybe half an inch at most.

Smell: Graham crackers. Honestly, that's the first thing that comes to mind. The aroma hints at citrus, but maybe I'm trying too hard to pick out subtleties.

Taste & mouthfeel: Malty and dry. There's the subtlest suggestion of fruit as well, but it really is subtle. Hops come through in the middle, providing a decent bit of grapefruit flavor in the semi-bitter finish. Honestly though, this is somewhat bland. I've had better examples of this style in recent memory, most notably from Troegs. That's not to say that this is a bad beer, it's just not a stellar one.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Onto Blind BIF #10 from Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly.

s - Smells of floral hops, earthy malts, light fruit, and citrus hops. Thinking this is a very light flowery saison.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, wheat, earthy notes, very light floral notes. Not too hoppy, lots of bland malts. Not bad at all, but a little bland. Maybe a light APA?

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little too carbonated, but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer with a nice nose. A little bland in the taste and over carbonated, but decent none the less. I'm guessing some sort of saison or APA?

And the beer is...Flossmoor Station Station Master Wheat Ale. An American pale wheat ale; definitely makes sense given the taste. A pretty average beer overall but a brewery I'm always interested in trying new beers from. Thanks Kyle.

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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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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 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 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 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 jzlyo
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is yeast, light bubble gum, citrus and a hint of wheat malt. The flavor is citrus, an undercurrent of berries, malts, wheat notes and a mix of tart and mild bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub...Pours a dark cloudy honey gold with disappointing retention and lacing...A very light aroma of lots of honey, wheat and clove. Nice, refreshing, but light...The taste is light wheat with a huge spicey kick, not really expecting it after the aroma and its slightly offputting. Evern if I was aware of the spice I don't think i'd like it the way it is used in this honey wheat beer. There is a weird metallic finish which is not good.

This is a decent wheat beer with a kick, great aroma, but a taste that has two disappointments that drags it down a bit.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite a vigorous pour, I only get a marginal head on top of this hazy orange-amber beer. From the nose, there's a moderate amount of grainy wheat malt, but not much more. Taste pretty follows: very grainy malt, with only mild hoppiness to make things more interesting. Yeast character offers a little bit of fruitiness, but nothing else.

Disappointing beer.

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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 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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Station Master Wheat Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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