Station Master Wheat Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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 Mick-e-d
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Beejay
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Much thanks for this bottle to my buddy Richard.

A: Hazy apricot as it pours. a somewhat subdued white head eventually comes from the body of the beer. In the glass it is a hazy dirty orange amber.

S: The first smell has a lot of caramel in it. As well as some sweet fruity noted. I am almost picking up a hint of pineapple juice. Not like fresh pineapple, but the canned juice. Almost a hint of grapefruit. Perhaps some berry notes, and a little of a wine like smell. Crackers round out the finish.

T: Some like bread notes. There is a little herbal bitterness in the finish. Perhaps a little light citrus. Not a lot happening here.

M: Very light and crisp feeling. Carbonation is heavy, and there is a slight oily residue in the finish.

O: I'm not really impressed. Most the malt flavors seem muted, not a lot of hop flavor is coming through, and the bitterness seems unbalanced. Overall it seems a bit boring. I suppose it could be a decent summer beer, but still plenty of other brews in the world with similar style but more character.

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Photo of Willywong1962
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattsbeerlist
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of birchholz
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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 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 FanofHefe
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip; no dating on the bottle, but lists it as recipe 333. Very hazy dark yellow body, with about a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus, featuring more lemon than orange. Fairly characteristic wheat aroma for the grain, and just a hint of hops.

The flavors do not blend quite as well in the flavor as they did in the aroma. Still, characteristic for the style with the wheat and citrus flavors, but the hops do not compliment as well as I would have liked. Not bad, but not impressive either.

Very thin mouthfeel overall, which does detract a bit. Not a bad effort. Probably need to work on this recipe a bit for bottling to take it up a notch or two.

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Photo of beagle75
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bready wheat and yeast are featured at the center of the smell, with some vacuous carbon dioxide. Other than a whiff of hay there is very little in the way of hop or other spice detected.

T: Begins dry, with thin malt and bright citrus that reminds of lemon-lime soda. There is an early spike of bitterness in the very first beat of the flavor, but that departs by the middle where a more substantial backbone of wheat is revealed. Acidity is moderate, with carbonic acid contributing significantly to the flavor due only to the lack of other substantial flavors to mask it. Mild and yeasty bitterness returns in the finish, leaving the palate clean, other than some uncharacteristic almond nuttiness after a short time.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and fairly smooth on the palate yet burdensome, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Sometimes the choices made by brewpubs regarding what beers of theirs to commit to the bottle can mystify even the most supportive and optimistic of fans. For a small operation like Flossmoor Station, it seems like they would want to make every choice count--yet this unremarkable bottled wheat ale defies that logic. While alright, it presents nothing that could be considered new or original for the style, nor does it exemplify refreshment. This is an example of why a small brewery's line-up shouldn't try to be all things to all potential customers. That is what guest taps are for at the bar, and other brands of wheat beers are for at the bottle shop.

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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 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 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 EORS
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my local. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very nice hazy orange color with a pale white head. Head retention very poor, with low to medium carbonation.

Smell: Not much here, a little bit of hop aroma perhaps.

Taste: Light malty body with a small bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to almost watery, very little carbonation apparent in the beer.

Overall: Not terribly thrilled with this one. The haziness was the best part of the beer, and it was mild and easy to drink, but in the end it was something that looked like a hefeweizen, but had had all the other good parts of a hefeweizen removed.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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Station Master Wheat Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 27.5% out of 100 with 91 ratings
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