Wheat Wine Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Wheat Wine AleWheat Wine Ale

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beaver13 on 04-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber bottle to snifter.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color and crimson color with a thiin beige head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - A nice fruity aroma of sweet cherries. Hints of brandy and light hops with a thick malt character.

T/M - I actually tasted bitter hops up front. It immediately melts to a smooth and mellow blend of malt and wheat. Hints of sweet fruit in the middle. Pretty thick complex flavor. Hides the alcohol warmth very well. The wheat really contibutes to a creamy feel. Quite interesting. Decent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Easy to put down for such a big beer.

Overall, I would definately get another brew. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-12-2011 02:29:56

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a reich deep bronze with a large sticky white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled very slowly,grear clarity and definition to the beer.alcohol dipped dark fruit in the nose along with some nuttiness,it has a alcohol dipped fruit cake kind of aroma to it.Sweet alcohol and dark fruit on the palate with a great creamy feel.I like this beer more than most of the others who have reviewed it,it's a bit boozy but it is true to form in my opinion.

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Photo of J2L
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts, vanilla, and some fruity alcohol and some rye.

The flavor is earthy malts and vanilla with some tangy fruit and a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, lots of different notes here, but they don't play well together and aren't much to my liking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

No freshness/bottling info

Pours clear darker amber, minor head, leaves just a thin collar, film and typical yet minor lacing.

Fruity lime and grape fruit infused alcohol sniff.

Pleasant enough sipper, fruit juice again. grape, lime, ginger notes. With moderate alcohol in the mix.

Alcohol here leaves abit of a mouthwash type sting in the mouth/on the teeth.

Not in love with this one, doubtfull I would go for it again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense glowing deep copper body with a red hint to it and a lumpy bubbly light tan head. There is a sea of bubbles that glide up the glass and merge into the head, while it last.
S- The caramel sweetness is soft and has a dry wheatberry note to follow. There is a berry note to the aroma but it is pretty clean.
T- The dry flavor of stale caramel has a slight tangy note to it with a green prick of hops in the finish. As the beer opens there is a bit of a pine note to the hop bitterness.
M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a muted flavor but what is there is pleasant just a bit bland. I was hoping for more depth or more richness in a wheat wine but it just wasn't there.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish red color with an off-white head.

S- Like a good wheatwine, the aroma is big and malty with a lot of wheat, some sweetness, and dark fruits.

T- The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting, in fact this is one of the drier wheatwines I have tried. Dark fruity malts and some warmth from the alcohol make up the nose. 

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I wasn't impressed with this beer. It just seems like it was missing a lot of malt and the alcohol dominated the taste.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jim for sharing this one! Review from written notes.

Into a tulip glass the wheatwine pours a clear reddish copper, with a thin veil of white foam that receded to a thin ring of bubbles. Bright clarity, some frothiness at the edges but not much sticks.

Grainy sweet aroma, some fruity yeast esters.

Smooth wheat, pear and dried apricot, slight perceptible alcohol. Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation, a little tacky or sticky in the finish. Slightly rough around the edges, but tastes decent. Surprised to see the higher ABV listed here. Probably best shared.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear amber carmel with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is huge wheat carmel nutty and some dark fruit malts

taste was a little bit of a let down (kinda thin) - but overall good - very malty carmel nutty some vanilla - reminds me of many old ales

mouthfeel - is a medium body brew with plenty of carbonation and is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good with this being on the lighter side of the style and still packs a punch

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Erish
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 650 ml bottle into a large wine glass. No best by date.

A: murky cider color, the head quickly falls into a clumpy cap with decent lacing.

S: honey, apricot, sweet apple, nuts, sweet bread, fruity yeast, an undercurrent of earthiness and vanilla.

T: the honey and fruit flavors hit up front, the bread-like malt forms a nice core in the middle upon which hangs a pleasant woody, nutty, and earthy finish. [edit] As this beer warmed I found it to be increasingly unpleasant. Not recommended.

M: medium to full bodied, silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: I have to admit I am not familiar with wheat wine, but if this is indicative of the style, I think I will try different ones.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere Brewing wine-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain much before it becomes a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing and very little surface foam.

S- Smells hoppy which is confusing. Yeah, there's a sweetness but no wheat.

T- The hops continue in the flavor but are subtle enough to pass for not being a full-on barleywine. Has plenty of the "caramel-like flavors" that the label admits to, but I'm not sure if that's appropriate for this new style hybrid. Alcohol presence is quite diminished for even a 9.3% ABV. I think the bottle has been sitting a while considering I picked it up in Total Wine's clearance section a few months ago. Perfect.

M- A bit of sting from the alcohol. Not the "pillowy" mouthfeel that's intended. Medium carbonation.

O- This beer is delicious but, honestly, it's closer to an IPA or barleywine due to the high bitterness and lack of wheat flavor, so points are lost as a result.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away, leaving some delicate lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are sweet aromas of apples, brown sugar, caramel and wheat in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of malty sweetness. Hints of alcohol become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium bodied and smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. A light to moderate amount of warming from the alcohol is present in the finish. The mouthfeel starts to become a bit more heavier as the beer warms up.
O: The beer isn’t overly difficult to drink considering its strength; however the taste seems rather bland and isn’t that interesting.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz pour at Taco Mac (Woodstock, GA). 5.00. Served in a goblet.

Arrives deep chestnut red all the way up to the edges of the goblet with a small ring of off white bubbles. Nothing I'd call lacing.

Sweet slightly phenolic nose. Not much going on.

Taste is sweet and fruity with some big booze right out of the gates. Slight hops, biscuit and hay. The alcohol is pretty up front the whole time but never overly distracting. A nice mix overall.

Creamy medium feel with light carbonation. Nice sweet finish with some residual alcohol.

Hands down the best best brew I've had from Ft Collins and a tasty wheatwine in its own right. A sweet fruity boozy treat that I think would only get better over time.

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Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark copper color. Off-white, foamy, light, bubbly, soapy head that foams up quick and then disappears quick. Leaves only slight traces of lace.

S - Sweet caramel along with a good amount of sweet fruit (especially cherries). Good amount of alcohol with a brandy-ish flavor.

T - Like the nose, the dominant flavors are caramel, alcohol and fruit (cherry, apricot, some stone fruits). Touch of brown sugar sweetness and a breadiness. Sticky, sweet, and alcoholic.

M - Light and slightly thin body. Average carbonation with a slight stickiness.

D - Flavors don't quite meld well together. Sweet and alcoholic flavors are a bit much making this a definite sipper.

Notes: I wasn't blown away by this beer. Flavors fell flat for me and didn't inspire me to drink more. Not exactly cloying, but sweet, sticky, and alcoholic. I would recommend treating this like a brandy and have someone (or someones) to share this with for a dessert/nightcap/etc.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle

Fort Collins Wheat Wine filled my snifter with a cloudy dark amber body and formed a 1- 1/2 - finger tan bubbly head that dissipated quickly to a ring of bubbly foam and hit and miss lacing. The nose was wheat dominated with some caramel aromas. The flavor is like the nose. The caramel malt is dominant with fruit notes and a light balancing bitterness and pleasant alcohol warming at the finish. Mouth feel is light medium, a little prickly carbonation, and little sticky.

Fort Collins Wheat Wine is a wheat wine that reminds me of a lighter English Barley wine - not being a hop head I like that. The ale is an easy drinker for the style. Goes well with BBQ potato chips.

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Photo of aranton
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of samie85
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a ruby tinged amber with a downy light tan, two finger head

S-Smells of dark fruit vanilla and sweet caramel candy.

T- Deep dark fruit and caramel with a bourbon-like finish. It reminds me of a light version of a barleywine.

M-Really smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation and medium to heavy body

D-Pretty easy drinking for a higher ABV beer. I really like the fact that it's it got that distinct barleywine flavor profile but it's a lighter, toned down version.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured about 5oz into a tulip glass, and FBC's Wheat Wine made about a finger of bright white head, and had a pretty clear dark copper colored body.

The bouquet is intensely sweet and boozy. There are hints of cherry and vanilla along with a woody starkness.

Taste wise I am getting a bourbon feel. There is a woodiness and the vanilla/cherry flavor, along with a hint of caramel.

This is full in body and taste. Definitely a good sipper and one to appreciate.

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Photo of tikk
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 86 ratings