Station Master Wheat Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

91 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 59
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.

 762 characters

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

thanks to Khazadum, I'm opening
Blind Beer #5
Poured into my EVO Weizen glass
Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with very little foam
aroma is light wheat with some lemon with just a hint of spice, not alot going on.
wheat and lemon mostly with a slightly bitter finish.
light bodied, slightly watered down with crisp carbonation, easy to drink but not alot going on in terms of flavor, it just seems a bit weak.
pull back the cover to reveal...

Flossmoor Station Station Master Wheat Ale


 509 characters

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.

 365 characters

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.

 578 characters

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.

 523 characters

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.

 735 characters

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.

 747 characters

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.

 376 characters

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.

 551 characters

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.

 822 characters

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.

 389 characters

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.

 592 characters

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.

 430 characters

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.

 345 characters

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

 682 characters

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.

 551 characters

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.

 902 characters

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.

 1,916 characters

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.

 1,393 characters

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.

 686 characters

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.

 1,165 characters

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.

 505 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Pours with a medium white foamy head. Moderately carbonated. Slightly cloudy orange yellow color. Smells sweet, wheaty, bubblegum. Starts light and refreshing, sweet bananas and bubblegum with a tart aftertaste. Light body. Finishes drier with a slightly bitter finish.

 284 characters

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.

 438 characters

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.

 790 characters

Station Master Wheat Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3.36 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.