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S'Wheat Thang | Wellington County Brewery

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Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of TerryW
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere in between those awesome German wheats and those nasty metallic North American wheats. Looks good, cloudy gentle gold, moderate head, good lace. Fruity, hoppy nose and taste. I generally find the multi hop a little muddled, i think i prefer the distictiveness of single hop varieties (i might have to work on that), but this is certainly drinkable enough.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from the LCBO, included in their Welly Rebooted mixed 4-pack. Best before Apr 2017 and served well-chilled. This batch is listed at an even 5%.

Pours a clouded, translucent pale straw-yellow colour; very effervescent, with streams of bubbles constantly streaming towards the surface, where they reinforce the lofty three fingers of billowing, sparkling white foam. It recedes unevenly over the next five-plus minutes, producing a lumpy, mesa-like formation near the middle which eventually collapses, leaving a generous, messy cap behind. Gobs of lacing are splattered everywhere; this is exactly what I want my pale wheat ales to look like. Citrusy lemon peel and orange zest pop on the nose, with hints of coriander and dill weed, underlain by subtle notes of bready, grainy wheat malts and floral hops. Good mix of fruity and yeasty elements, not unlike a witbier.

A nice, refreshing light ale, with the flavour profile aligning closely with the aroma. Wheaty grain husk and bready sweetness play a supporting role, with hints of apricot and melon soon being overrun by a barrage of relentlessly citrusy hops. Lemon and grapefruit pith, with citrus peel oil imparting a strong bitterness that permeates the latter half of the sip. Finishes quite floral and pithy, with subtly spicy hints of coriander and dill serving as a prelude for the dry, astringent aftertaste. Light-bodied, with assertive carbonation a crisp, lively mouthfeel that suits this beer well. I could see this working well as a session beer, particularly during the sweltering summer months.

Final Grade: 3.91, a worthy B+. Over the past two years or so, I've tried many of Wellington's one-offs and 'reboots' - including each of the other three brews in this sampler - but S'Wheat Thang was something new to try, and I'm quite glad that I've had the opportunity to do so. It's quite bitter compared to most pale wheats, but in a palate-desiccating way that may not appeal to all hop heads. A well-made brew that I'd pick up again - and several orders of magnitude better than that bland Silver Wheat stuff they pulled from the market a few years back.

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Photo of Electros
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the lcbo for around $2.

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Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jesterr44
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not normally a fan of this style, but I got a 4 pack mixer as a gift so here goes:
Pours a very fine cloudy pale straw colour with a huge puffy white head. The bottle tells you it's unfiltered & that is proven out as it cannot be seen through when held up to the light despite its light colour. It definitely smells like a witbier with sour fruit rind odour, and I don't get much of the 4 types of hop promised by the description on the bottle. The taste both is pleasantly surprising and yet disappoints at the same time. As mentioned, I'm not a fan of witbier, & the strong rotty sour taste from the wheat is there but is fairly weak & not unpleasant in this one. I am tasting some grapefruit & orange peel. There is some bready maltiness mid-sip but I'm still not tasting much from the hops, in fact the taste has a wateryness to it which, along with the high carbonation, feels like a blast of tonic water towards the end of the sip. Aftertaste is a remnant of sour with just a touch of pleasant bitterness. I was hoping for a bit more hop flavour, but in the end, this is a pretty refreshing drink, & to me a lot better than a typical witbier.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Part of Wellington's retro pack, where they brought back a number of one-off favorites. Advertised as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance - Hazy golden color, with a finger and change of cloud-like white head. Decent head retention but not much in the lacing department.

Smell - Fruity with hints of apricot and pear with some citrus (stonefruit?) backing.

Taste - Light flavors with apricot pear and citrus. Turns bitter towards the end, but balanced. Hops are the star here.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing with spritzy carbonation and a light body.

Overall - A pretty decent wheat ale. Certainly hop forward as advertised.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BakaGaijin
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of StormAles
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S'Wheat Thang from Wellington County Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 17 ratings