Silver Wheat Ale | Wellington County Brewery

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Silver Wheat AleSilver Wheat Ale

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Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award-winning, filtered wheat beer is brewed to be light and refreshing. Silver Wheat Ale is lightly hopped, with a sweet and fruity nose, carried on the strength of a crisp wheat body.

Added by cratez on 05-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of IronDjinn
1.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a 473 ml can, part of a sampler 4-pack. Pours out a bright hazed deep straw hue, two fingers of tight rocky white head that slowly settles.

Clean, almost musty dry aroma, faint cereal sweetness in the background.

Sweet, grainy malt up front in the flavour, a bit of veg, faint note of cream corn, if I didn't know any better I'd say this is adjunct laden. Things don't get better moving on to the finish, but continue to slide quality-wise. Has an off-putting apple-juice like character on the finish, then dries out to a musty, dusty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slick texture although has a bit of a chemical burn to it, low carbonation.

Not impressive, I would have assumed this was a defective sample if I didn't go back and check the average ratings for it. This is one to pass by, I had enough after a few sips, and although it wasn't a sink pour, I didn't finish the glass with any relish or any real enjoyment. Tastes adjunct-laden with a chemical presence, and like a macro produced product.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with some perpetually rising bubbles, and two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves a low, bleeding ring of lace around the glass as it hastily settles. It smells of sweet grainy, almost sourdough-esque malt, generic fruit, and grassy, weedy hops. The taste is more bready, pastry-like malt, with very little wheatiness, some tired orchard fruit pith, and mild earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body a surprising low-to-middle weight, a wee bit edgy, but adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the malt exhibiting a more wheaty profile, and the earthy hops still quite sedate.

For a self-proclaimed 'Light Beer', this comes off none too shabbily. It does, unfortunately, fall into that netherworld category that is the American Pale Wheat Ale - no zingy fruit, no zesty spice, just a perfunctory display of wheat grain incarnate, which turns out to be just good enough.

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Photo of paxkey
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got this from the discovery pack. was pleasantly surprised with the crazy canuck out of there, but looking at the scores of this one is bringing me down.

poured in a duvel tulip. pale yellow with a slightly cloudiness. fizzy bubbly white head. soapy bubbles popping on head continuously.

aroma is hard to pull. smells watery if that is possible. some zest in the nose with a hint of malt and some sweetness present.

carbonation is almost acidic. that is all i taste in this beer. finishes metallic with an acid burn all the way down the throat.

the taste isnt terrible what little of it there is but the mouthfeel and overall presence of this drink is most unwelcoming.

nothing going for this beer. skip it.

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Photo of SebD
2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has verry little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy/bready and wheat malts with some grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet wheat, grainy and bready malt character to it with a slight grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with an overall thin body.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a pale yellow with a one finger head and a little lacing

S - a pale wheat malt and some fruit

T - sour apple with a metallic twang, a hint of wheat - sweet - and something I can not put my finger on but is certainly off putting

M - light body with some carbonation, sour, dry, and somewhat bitter

O - by far the worst offering from Wellington - it is unbalanced, uninteresting and simply disappointing

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Photo of andrenaline
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Grassy hops and wheat undertones with a bready finish.

T - Much like the scent with the grassy hops dominating off the top, the sweeter wheat following and the bready malts lingering on the palette.

M - A tad over carbonated and a bit prickly going down.

O - A tasty pale wheat ale, but nothing that will blow your mind. Easing drinking for a hot summer day, but the mouthfeel is a bit of a turnoff.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a completely clear golden yellow, atop which sits one finger of bone white head. Retention is poor; it is gone within a minute leaving behind a thin cap and modest collar. Smell is pretty faint and not at all interesting - pale malts and apples. Not even much wheat.

The taste is pretty similar, actually. Slightly tart apples, pale malts and a bit of sweetness. No hop character, and more strangely for the style, very little wheat flavour. Thin and watery mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation. A little stickiness in the mouth afterward. Easy to throw back despite the bland taste.

Inspecting this can more closely, in addition to a wheat ale it calls itself a "Light Beer" and that it most certainly is. It is hard to distinguish from many light lagers, with only a slight fruity flavour to give away the fact that it is an ale. They may have succeeded at making a hybrid between light beer and wheat ale, but this just has all of the satisfaction of the former with none of the (relatively speaking) interesting flavours of the latter. Worth a try if you're in the market for light beers, but pretty disappointing if you expect anything else.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, corn, wheat, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with malts and a bit of a apple or pear sweetness. I can also pick up on some corn and some wheat. The beer finishes with a breads slightly bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Just another boring beer that I have no reason to ever seek out again. It really doesn't taste much different from a basic adjunct lager. It really reminded me of the Big Rock Grasshopper beer, which is also nothing to write home about.

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Photo of
2.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - very pale golden yellow with a large white head that dissipates almost immediately to a small ring. Lots of visible fine carbonation.

Smell - A little clean for the style. A bit of earthy noble hops, almost resmbling a European pilsner with a little sweetish wheat character, and a bit of apple peel.

Taste - Very thin but pleasant. Crisp with only the slightest hint of fruity esters. Finishes very clean.

This one is kind of odd for the style but not bad.

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Photo of shamus
2.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I only bought this because it was being promoted and I thought hey why not? Okay i tried it and now I know it's no good. I don't know why they even pretend this is a "wheat beer" because it barely is. To be fair they let you know that in the promotional cardboard stand, where it clearly says" it's a light taste that goes great with seafood allowing the subtleties of the meal to come forth", or something like that. Which of course when decoded means" this beer has almost no flavour". What does it taste like? Tin, and watered down wheat beer. It has an earthy top that descends to a citrusy middle and a sour rusty bottom that returns to the earthy muddy flavour it starts with. that is all to evocative however. For the most part it's bland.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a clear light yellow color wheat ale with large pure white foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined wheat malt with some sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of wheat malt with notes unrefined grain and a metallic finish. Body is too thin with good carbonation. Not very interesting with gross unrefined and metallic notes.

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Photo of grub
2.93/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml can. sampled march 8/2011.

pours very pale yellow with just a touch of haze. the small cap of fine white head drops quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. pretty bland, but unoffensive. faint caramel and buttery toffee, lightly sweet. bit of honey. white bread and cracker. faint citrus. touch of alcohol.

taste is okay. the first thing that hits you is the super lively and stingy carbonation, then it has a brief flash of faint citrus and white bread before quickly fading into a lightly fruity finish. low bitterness level. bit of buttery toffee. faint herbal character.

mouthfeel is probably the weakest point. high biting stingy carbonation. light body.

drinkability is okay. that sting really ruins it. no major flaws, just a bit uninteresting.

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Photo of Viggo
2.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 ml can, thanks to grub for sharing this rarity.

Pours a very lightly hazy straw yellow, medium sized white head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is okay but bland, lightly sweet and malty, some grassiness, a bit of honey sweetness, wheat, very faint banana, light floral, a touch of vanilla, alright.

Taste is very weak and watery, lightly sweet, a bit toasty and wafer like, honey, light banana and vanilla, tonic water, light wheat, light floral, weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high, prickly carbonation. Not awful, but really no point to it. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of bylerteck
1.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Two finger, white head. Tons of carbonation. Bright. Sort of a gold colour, close to straw. Crazy head retention with a full finger lasting the whole beer.

S - Almost nothing. Mild hops and some toasted malt. Not inviting.

T - Toasted malt. Some mild hop. More flavour than a macro lager but uninteresting. Not wheaty in any way.

M - Light bodied and lacking significant carbonation.

D - Mild and sort of boring. Not what I was expecting. Wouldn't reach for another.

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Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The can looking OK, and it went all downhill from there. Pours a light yellow body, with a decent white head. Neutral aromas, nothing tempting. Thin mouthfeel, overally dry, no taste. Not drinkable, all but a mouthfeel drain poured. Best I can say is it was not metallic.

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Photo of biegaman
2.26/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It seems obvious to point out, but Wellington's Silver Wheat is actually golden. To the light it appears a bright, school-bus yellow whose luster is diluted, although not entirely spoiled, by a smudgy greasiness. One concerning observation: there is scarcely a bubble to be noted and, as result, not a single fiber of head or lacing is ever produced.

It turns out that wheat beers not either perfumed with citric, floral hops (as the Americans do) or cloaked in a zesty, peppery yeast (which the Germans are known for) are disappointingly boring. And more than a little off-putting too. The beer desperately could have used something to cover up the tarnish that is a cloying, corn syrup-y smell.

It's funny to think this beer was brewed just a couple hours down the road; it tastes like some of the worst beers I've had from some of the most far away countries (whose brewing industries are far less established). This insipid, uninspired offering is near flavourless save for a spot of flaked maize (and, as it warms, a dram of corn syrup too).

Why advertise it as a wheat beer if there's literally not a single indication of its use? This lacks any kind of creamy effervescence and can claim only a canned sardine-like oiliness as its sole texture. Nothing materializes yeast-wise and the only ingredient more spared than malt must have been hops - this has not a trace of bitter, leafy, fruity or floral qualities.

And why, for the love of God, release *this* as your anniversary beer? If all Wellington beers were this bad they never would have made it to 25 years. Anyone who had anything to do with it are wise to hide their faces. A much more befitting anniversary beer would have been something bolder, less conventional and with more flavour and integrity - those are the kinds of beers which Wellington has to thank for its success.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid a visit to the brewery and picked up a few cans of this, Pour is pale yellow with a ton of foam on top. Smell is grainy, malty and definitely characteristic to this style. Taste is very mild at first, a bit of a metallic aroma sets in, but then it finishes with an assertive fresh grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, Easy to drink? definitely is.

This beer isn't all bad. It's flavor is similar to the Rickards/Keiths White minus the synthetic citrus flavors. Good for a hot day.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw with a loose covering of white foam.

S - Nose is metallic with some orange and grapefruit juice.

T - Dry, with a bit of twang, lightly bitter finish but with no balancing sweetness.

M - Light, watery mouthfeel.

D - I don't like this one much. Yeah it's a light beer, but feels more like watered down regular beer than something purposely brewed to be quaffable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.31/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Like the tall can as usual.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1.5 finger foamy head. Not a ton of carbonation.

S: Not a whole lot going on here, some faint citrus as well as some wheat and barley.

T: Relatively plain. Again, a little bit of citrus, but really not much at all. The middle and back are highlighted by some the wheat and barley.

M/D: On the thinner side with weak carbonation. Not much of an aftertaste. Easy to put down, but probably not something I would drink again.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.15/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - pours with a decent amount of white head that dissipates quickly into some nice lacing. Beer is a golden yellow, fairly clear. Carbonation levels appear to be very minimal.

Smell - very faint smell of barley, no alcohol smell present at all. Overall, not offering the nose much of a teaser.

Taste - this is not a taste explosion, actually pretty simple beer. Can taste the barley, slightly, not much in the lines of an aftertaste or even taste during. Like the smell, does not leave much to the desires of wanting more.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation brings the barley taste forward a bit more, possible hint of vanilla. Beer does slightly come to life, but not much taste added.

Drinkability - 3 weeks ago i may have said nice beer, but 20 in and i am learning. This beer if very bland and doesn't bring a lot to the table. I would drink one if offered to me, but would not seek it out across town.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not at all what I would expect from a wheat beer. It's not quite cloudy enough for a hefe or a wit but not clear and filtered enough for a kristalweizen. The body seems to have two colors, a deeper orange top and a gold bottom. The carbonation seems decent in the body, and it did give me two fingers of head, but a lack of sustaining and lacing hurts it's case.

Smell: Even after extensive warming the only two things I'm picking up are fairly plain wheat malt and the occasional note of citrus, and even that too a lot of warming to come out. It has it's charms, but it's a bit lacking.

Taste: I'm honestly completely perplexed at this one. Most people expect some kind of fruity tone in a wheat beer, but in this one the closest thing I'm getting is an infrequent taste of lemon rind. It starts with a fairly rough wheat malt, but smooths out as sweeter barley takes over and ends with a generic bitter kick, although it is not hoppy by any means.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation on this one is poor, the "lemon" taste comes in infrequent bursts and strange transitioning are certainly the downsides. The aftertaste is subdued sweet wheat and barley malt that doesn't linger, but it just doesn't quite sit right.

Drinkability: The only saving grace is that it is refreshing and goes down easy and it's extremely light bodied. I really don't understand why they bothered to add wheat to this one though. I guess the sweetness does favors at the end but doesn't help it's initial startup.

Final Thoughts: This is the first beer from Wellington I've been disappointed with. I honestly wish they named it, Trailhead Wheat Beer. That way it would send flags that this is a guzzler. It certainly is not a high class beer that the Wellington name is known for.

Maybe they are trying to emulate Wellington's career by brewing a poor Belgian style beer. I know the Iron Duke remarked of his time in the Netherlands that "At least I learned what not to do, and that is always a valuable lesson." A lesson I hope the brewery has learned that they should stick to English Ales. Hopefully on their 50th, they brew an IPA which even I would prefer over this stuff.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.2/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a thin and fast dissipating head. Isn't the protein content of wheat supposed to help with head formation and retention? Smells vaguely like wheat crackers with extremely faint floral hops. It tastes grainy. Just grainy. Slightly sweet too. Thirst quenching, cold and wet, bland. Very disappointing.

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Photo of kwjd
2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with fluffy white head. Smell is a bit faint of wheat and mild lemon. Taste has grain and lemon, but not too much else going on. This is certainly dissapointing for a brewery that can do so much better. I commented to friends that I'd rather be drinking a Rickard's White.

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Photo of Mit
2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a clear golden colour with very little head.

s-not much here. Some bready notes, slight apple crispness to it.

t-very slight citrus flavours, not a ton here. Some fizziness almost a hint of champagne type flavour.

m-Very light even for a 4%...watery.

d- Actually if all you are looking for is something to slake your thirst on a hot day this will do. Nothing crazy here just a fizzy light wheat beerl.

It was dissapointing to taste this as Wellington does have several quality beers. I realize they are probably stuck trying to appeal to the masses which is where most beer is sold. Maybe they can be the next Ontario Brewer to make a solid IPA...well a BAer can dream....

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample can picked up at the Wellington Brewery.

Driving out to Guelph the other day, I noticed a sign outside the brewery advertizing their new "Welly Silver Wheat Ale". Needless to say, I made a quick turn to check things out. Released only about two weeks ago, according to the beer rep. It was described to me as a light wheat ale, similar to Grasshopper, which is certainly not among my favorite brews, but I'll always try something new - especially from Welly.

Poured into a lager glass. A very light yellow brew, only slightly opaque. A thin, sprightly head survived for only a few moments before dissolving completely. Looks like a pale wheat or kristalweizen.

Nose is hard to detect; light wheat malt, a bit of citrus, maybe some floral character.

The taste can best be described as "if wellington brewed Big Rock's Grasshopper." Thin, watery, and with only a mild sense of what a wheat beer can be. Lemons, floral notes, a bit of grain Wellington malt. Hardly anything to it. To be very fair, on a humid day like today, I absolutely powered through this brew, but I can't say it was altogether enjoyable either.

Very disappointing effort - surprised Welly went this direction, but then again, that seems to be where the market is going: light, wheatish ales that are "good summer beers" and are best served with citrus. It's not offensive, it's just thin. After seeing the sign on the brewery, I was stoked for another Ontario hefe, or maybe even a well-put-together kristal - something rarely attempted up here, but a brewery like Welly could certainly pull it off.

What I got was hardly worth the stop. (Good thing I grabbed two cans of their RIS, which is superb)

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