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: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 85
Photo of Phocion
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Older bottle, purchased in 2012 if I recall correctly, but stored in cellar conditions since. Dark mahogony colored hazy body with a modest beige head that quickly retreats into a thin cap. Not much lacing left behind, but good legs.

Aroma is not as cloyingly sweet as many barleywines I've tried (I know, it's a wheatwine, but close enough.) Big, rich maltiness. Generic malts along with a treacle/molasses aroma. Light grainy and slightly roasted malts. Dark fruity esters.

Flavor follows the nose. Roasty with an assertive but not overpowering treacle character. Wheaty graininess and a still reasonably potent bitter hoppiness which cuts through the sweet malts. Light fusel character. Balanced finish.

Full-bodied and fairly low carbonation. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a softness from the wheat and an intense alcohol warmness.

This is my first wheatwine, so I've rated it fairly similarly to a barleywine. Age has treated this well, with the flavors much less harsh and no signs of oxidation. It must have been reasonably hopped when freshed considering the amount of bitterness present, but no aroma/flavor carried through. Fairly well-balanced for such a big beer. I really wish I didn't forget about this one for so long and got to try it earlier (or even better, bought more!)

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.77/5  rDev +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 SportsandJorts
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep brown. with some reddish hues. mostly clear but trending towards some opaqueness. about a finger or so of tannish head that slowly fades but doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: nutty, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, some alcohol. the smell is very sweet. the caramel, fruits and nuts combine in a weird way that is slightly off putting. its also slightly weaker so you really have to get in on it to figure things out

Taste: very close to the nose. opens up with fruit but not quite as dark as the nose. some citrus along with plums. followed by a nuttiness with a slight wheat backbone coming in. alcohol makes it self present in the back end. I think this beer could cut back a bit on the complexity and build more on the wheat back bone. the complexity gets too muddled up

Mouthfeel: definitely wheat in the feel. not too heavy. slightly warm from the alcohol

Overall: Not overly impressed with this one. it has some very good qualities but i think it bit off more than it can chew

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Durge
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 FreshHawk
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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 laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant red colour, slight amber tinge. Head is white, quite sparse lacing with just a cloud on the top. Lace is unimpressive. Colour's nice, but beer is not quite so impressive in general.

Smell is lovely, malty and nutty, with a touch of chestnut, macadamia and honey, with some mild fresh hop notes - just some earthy citrus character to cut off the sweetness. Still, very sweet and nutty, desserty even. Clean enough.

Taste retains those sweet, nutty characters, but not to their full potential. Quite malty/sweet but gets mildly stale towards the end, with the flavour of old nuts coming through, slightly diminished. Hints of apricot, chestnut and maybe some rye spice in there but it's ultimately a little bit naff, like it doesn't quite fulfill its big potential. Decent flavours but a bit subdued.

Bit thin on the feel, but a nice kind of brassy presence late - still, quite a thin body overall.

A typical kind of US beer - some nice flavours but not quite big and impressive and idiosyncratic enough. Almost as if the flavours are thrown together without them quite knowing what to do with them.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear red with an amber hue and a trace of white head. A placid surface quickly reveals itself amid a fine bead around the edges. A few elongated dots of lacing beyond that.

Sweet crystalized malt, caramel, candied apple, and a hint of Werther's candys fill the aromatics.

On the sticky, fuller side of medium bodied, with a tacky, almost syrupy mouthfeel.

Plump, sweet malt with ripe, red fruits start the palate. Mild hops only to add some light bitterness, but fall short to take the edge off the sweet, sticky malt.

Finishes with red candies, syrupy malt, and some warmth on the throat.

This beer is too sweet and could use some more hops. Akin to an imperial red less the hops.

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Photo of Mdog
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerandnottobe.

Pours a pleasant clear reddish amber colour, with a pocked and inconsistent head of pure white. Body is quite thick and heavy, but the carbonation scapes from it with relative ease. Overall, a decent, but not exceptional looking brew.

Nose is pleasantly sweet and spiked with an interesting grassy hoppiness that leavens and skewers the aroma. There are some spicy estery characters as well, giving a sense of tropical sharpness. It's like it's coming to that spicy, fresh and bright aroma from two different angles: the hops and the yeast. It's really quite fascinating.

Really exceptionally disappointing on the palate, however, with a light, mild wheaty porridge character forming the basis, with some hints of spice trying vainly to spark it up. Rather flat and unappealing overal, which is a real shame.

Feel is actually very light, but lengthened and stretched by that adhesive grain starch character, which seems to hold on to the palate for longer than it's welcome.

Eh. It's ok, but it really needs some sort of purpose, and it doesn't have it. It makes me wonder why I'm drinking it, and that's never a really good sign.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 BigPlay1824
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 foss69lh
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 hopfacebrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 spitInTheOcean
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip.

Appearance- There is a half-finger of airy, light brown foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles are crackling on the lid. The body is a dark, ruby-auburn.

Smell- There is a sweet, candied cherry like flavor that mingles with raisin. You also really have to get your nose in it to pick up the smells.

Taste- Raisin mixes with a grassy hop that was not any where on the nose. Earthy hop notes and toasted malt come out strongly in the finish. I am surprised that wheat or a cereal like quality is not coming out.

As it stands, the flavors mix quite well, maybe a little too hoppy.

Mouth feel- A solid medium body. It is pretty creamy, but a little too fizzy and too much tingle from the hops. It would be better if it could be smoothed out a little.

Overall- This one has the nose of a decent doppelbock and the flavors of a toasted malt and dark fruit barleywine with bittering hops getting in the way just a little bit. Small things stand in the way of this affordable wheatwine ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first wheat wine, but I really enjoy barley wines. So this should be right up my alley.

I opened a bomber and poured it into a snifter glass. I wanted to hold in the aroma as much as possible.

On the pour I got minimal head. After that, the head dies down to a halo. I could smell a lot of malt without putting my head close to the glass. I also see some feet on the glass, which isn't a surprise considering the alcohol content.

After settling, I smelled the glass again. I still get a lot of malty smell. There is a lot of sweetness on this. I also get some caramel.

I get the malt in each drink of this moderately heavy beer. There is more caramel in each drink.
I also get a lot of venous flavor in this (not a surprise).

This was a pretty good experience. I'm glad to try this new style. Thank you FCB.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- slight ambery profile, with not much of a head

S- smells of hops and a light smell of wheat and grain

T- Nice and wheaty, but has a nice bite duh to the the high alcohol content. Slight oak taste, hint of carmel. Even has a bit of a fruit hint in there

M- Nice thick wine consistency and nice carbonation profile

O- Nice wheat beer, not too intense, and has a great all around flavor that is slightly unique

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 jera1350
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery color with a thin layer of creamy tan foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass. Some nice lacing.

Very sweet smelling. Caramel and maple syrup comes to mind.

Yum. Big sweetness with caramel and maple syrup heading the pack. Big hop presence as well with some warm alcohol coming in at the end. Really, some good flavor and pretty complex. Maybe just a bit watered down however.

Very smooth, medium bodied, but lacks in carbonation. Not a lot, but enough to notice it.

I rather like this one. I think its taste is right on for the style. Could use some refining in other areas, but this is a nice wheatwine.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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