Wheat Wine Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

Wheat Wine AleWheat Wine Ale
86 Ratings
Wheat Wine AleWheat Wine Ale

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep amber color. tan head. crystal clear. fair retention. good lacing.

sweet. malty. some slight floral hop aroma. some yeasty esters. bready. caramel. some slight alcohol aroma. kettle caramelization.

sweet throughout. much caramel malt and kettle caramelization. some floral and citrus hop flavors. some bitterness in the finish. still sweet in the finish.

medium/full mouth feel. soft, very soft.

great, great beer. kinda reminds me of a low IBU barleywine. not alot of the bready wheat flavors i expected, unless much residual sweetness is a definition of wheat ale.

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Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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 foss69lh
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure about the 'wine' labeling, as this full-bodied ale has little to do with either wine or barley wine, but offers exceptional body, balance and flavor from a wheat-based brew, and is the best and most flavorful I have tasted from wheat in a full ale-style. I would highly recommend this both as an ale and for its novelty if you can find it, as I have been informed by my retailer that it is no longer available or being made?

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Photo of Mdog
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Big malt, dark fruit, caramel.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, raisin, soft candy flavor. Sweet, but not over the top.

Overall: Reminds me of an English barleywine with not as heavy of a body. I don't get much in the way of weizenbock/dark wheat fruit flavors, more caramel. Still quite a tasty beer even if it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this while in Denver. I continue to learn that I enjoy Wheat Wines. This one was no exception.

Soapy/tan finger of head forms and fades rather quickly. The color of the beer is a bright brown/amber color with perfect clarity and some light visible carbonation. Some light lacing.

Malt focused aroma with a twinge of the lighter wheat grain present. Some caramel sweetness.

Flavor was fantastic. Deep malt/caramel flavor with a crisp finish due to the wheat. There is also the slightest touch of vanilla within the malty goodness. Very nice and a flavor that is consistent front to back.

There was a wonderful warming sense to drinking this... The alcohol was not hot at all, but it certainly was present and warmed your heart. The body was a bit bold and almost thick. Sticky yet smooth in your mouth..

I loved drinking this and felt it was a great representation of the style. Wish it was locally available in Boston. I will continue my exploration of this style.

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Photo of SamN
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber, into a Odell's tasting glass.

A- Holy shit is this a beautiful beer. Ultra deep ruby/amber/copper tones. Sparkling clarity, very little carbonation visible. Just-tan head of fine soapy bubbles graces the top like a crown. Perfect proportion, perfect color and perfect clarity. Wow.



S- Wow! Huge aromas of buttery nuts, woody breadiness, creamy sweetness and an overall strong aroma that is just beautiful. Heavenly smells and a creamy character that is drool-inducing.

T- Creamy caramel malts up front, followed by vinegary oakiness, finishing on slightly tart hop bitterness. Interesting, never quite tasted a beer like this before, but it is my first wheatwine styled brew. A little sour/vinous in flavor profile, but nothing overwhelming. Very subtle dryness and somewhat tart in the finish. A relatively relaxed brew, honestly, despite it's blue-blood title. Intriguing and unique, to say the least. Has definitely piqued my interest in the wheatwine style.

M- Quite thin for such a high ABV, could use a little more body. Carbonation is subdued, right on point here. Spritzy wouldn't fit here.

D- Good drinkability, perfect style for splitting with friends and sipping on. Not a session brew obviously, too strong ABV wise and too strong a flavor profile for all night drinking. A great food pairing beer, perhaps a savory pork chop or ribeye drenched in A1?

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Photo of Greeneagle
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter glass

A: pours a clear light amber color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of frothy cream colored head that dissipates rather rapidly and leaves a nice amount of lacing 4
S: slight scent of vanilla and spices, definitely has a solid spice note and slight alcohol bite 4
T: begins with a solid woody note similar to scotch, kicks in with a bit of vanilla in the middle 4.5
M: thick, medium carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling thick and sticky 4
O: really drinks nicely, not harsh at all, nice taste notes 4

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid clear copper color with a fair off-white ring on top and reasonable signs of lacing. The aroma brings on a beautiful pine-malt blend with caramel popcorn sweetness. Very nice. The flavor delivers nutty evergreen and caramel malt with a general hemp-like overtone. Grainy and a hint of booziness that doesn't interfere at all. Carbonation is moderate, body is pretty close to full and the feel is pretty heavy and viscous, but "liquid". A very tasty brew and easily recommended!

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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 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 Domingo
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with only a little carbonation. Settles into a really thin sheen that manages to stick around.
HUGE malt, caramel, and berries. Like a very malt forward barleywine, but with just a hint of wheat huskiness on the back of the palate. A hint of brandy, too. Hops are there, but really only as a support role to keep the sweetness from going crazy. Hop lovers should probably look elsewhere :)
Texture is slick and soft, but for something this strong there's minimal heat.
Pretty easy to drink and a malt-lover's beer for sure.
Great beer - probably FCB's finest big brew.
For a beer with a 50% wheat malt bill, it does surprise me that there's a minimal amount of traditionally wheat flavors, though. Still, I like it.

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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 mcallister
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a clear, medium copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Pleasant, full wheat aromas with a bit of bubblegum included.

T: Sweet flavors of light molasses and mild spices, perhaps anise. Light bitterness balances the sweetness and keeps it from being cloying. Flavor is fairly consistent from the start to the end of each sip. As the beer warms, a touch of vinous, port-like flavor enters. Alcohol is totally hidden.

M: Medium body, not a lot of carbonation, but very soft and smooth.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's quite quaffable and uncomplicated. Not something I would go after too frequently, and you need to watch the ABV because it sneaks up on you. But I would definitely buy it again for a change of pace.

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Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nandemo1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky copper and crimson color and 1.5 finger head.

S: candy and cherry aroma

T: bitter dark fruit finish. wheat and molasses notes. Fairly sweet overall.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This beer is hard to judge. Many flavors and everyone seems to perceive them differently. A nice brew.

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