Silver Wheat Ale | Wellington County Brewery

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Silver Wheat AleSilver Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
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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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev +46%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Photo of Swedes21
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
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 biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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 mintjellie
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
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 mdaschaf
2.31/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
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 paxkey
2.85/5  rDev +4%
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 Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -23.7%
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 IronDjinn
1.91/5  rDev -30.3%
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 spinrsx
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tomdavistoronto
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of AWS2111
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of SebD
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
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 thehyperduck
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
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 grub
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3/5  rDev +9.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Mindsquall
3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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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1.75/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Viggo
2.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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 andrenaline
2.64/5  rDev -3.6%
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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