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 cjgator3
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
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 claytong
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this might be a really interesting beer. I was wrong. It tasted more like a Miller Lite wanting to be a barleywine. I don't know, I guess I saw what they were aiming for, but they were quite far away. There isn't much to this beer except for a decent abv and a taste similar to some not so well prepared grainy soup served cold. I'm being a bit harsh, but I was let down especially for the money I threw away on it. Do yourself get a 4 pack of uintas barleywine for the same price as 22oz of this crap. Or do yourself a better one if you want something great get jw lees harvest ale. dont try this guy.

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Photo of codewarrior
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into a chalice.

Picked this up as a prelude to the 2009, 2010 Nemesis I just got in a trade. And was severely disappointed by the typically solid Fort Colins Brewery.

A: Pours clear amber. 1 finger head. Looks tasty.

S: Extremely sweet. Grainy. Bits of grass and pollen.

T: Very rich and sweet up front, no depth, falls off into a hollow aspertane-y aftertaste quickly.

F: Way, way too thin for anything that calls itself a wine.

D: meh. couldn't finish a glass.

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Photo of seeswo
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Wheatwine search continues...and will still continue after trying the Fort Collins Wheat Wine Ale. Why? It tastes like nothing. There is a shocking lack of flavor, whether it be off flavors, alcohol, wheat, wheatwine, anything. It is actually somewhat impressive that they have created a smooth, 9.3% ABV brew. Of course, I don't really know anyone who might be interested in a whatwine enough to pick it up who would also prefer one that tastes like nothing.

No need to beat a dead horse.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids in Longmont yesterday. Poured a rich medium amber color, with a little light tan head. Aromas of caramel, candied apples and light brown sugar. Full bodied and syrupy on the palate, way too sweet, with candied apples, caramel and booze. Disappointing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind BIF beer shared by Thorpe, thanks. In the Blind BIF I described this beer as a bad barleywine.

Beer is light in color but has a copperish / slightly red hue to it, thick head with bad retention.

Aroma is sweet and malty like you'd expect a barleywine, there is some other notes in there as well but overall nothing too surprising.

Beer is thin and super dry at the finish. This is where I got confused because this isn't a barleywine. It is sweet at the get go but the midpalate flavors fall flat and flounder a bit, nothing going on in the back except this astringent grainy acidity and cotton mouth. Harsh all around.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5.

Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a clear bright light copper color with a moderately-thick off-white head. Doesn't last long, falling to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is pretty sweet with some light cherry and a bit of caramel. Has a good amount of bitterness from the start in the flavor, as well as some light pit-type fruits and a bit of malty sweetness. Light amount of booze--not too much. Heavy bitterness starts to take over a bit. Really dry finish. Flavor doesn't have enough character and the body isn't big enough, but American Barleywine seems to be the closest fit.

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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 Erish
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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 SFLpunk
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Plaza Liquors in Johnson City, TN (right next to Libation Station). 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a thick crystal clear deep amber with frothy off-white head.

Nose: Sticky sweet smelling with lots of dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins, apricots) and some orchid-like floral notes. Also, toasted bread, some rawhide, and milk-chocolate-covered caramel.

Palate: Medium-bodied which is surprising given the densely-packed nose. Palate is somewhat thin, really. Tanned leather, figs, dried orange peel, potpourri, tangerine and a thin watery finish which is lightly bitter.

Notes: Wow, you know - some beers can surprise you. This one smells great and like a thick chewy monster, but on the palate its really light and mostly a let down. Smuttynose set the bar really high for this style, I think. I've loved just about everything else from FCB, but this is disappointing. Bummer.

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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 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 klewis
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, reddish-copper with a moderate bubbly head. Specks of lacing.

S: Biscuity with light floral esters.

T: Toffee with some residual sweetness before a mild hop bitterness sets in. A bit boozy.

M: Medium-full-bodied. A high level of carbonation negates the smoothness of the wheat giving a somewhat prickly mouthfeel.

D: Enjoyable, but far from the best in the style. Worth a try.

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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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours brilliantly clear copper with off white head. The aroma is light and fruity and just as much fusel like notes as anything else. The taste is pretty sweet with malty and fruitiness coming from plums, cherries and raisins with mild to somehow harsh booziness around the edges. Pretty nice albeit young brew. I think I need to age some.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

French burnt peanut orange with polished copper accents and a wonderful looking crown of pale peanut butter colored mousse. A rounded mound of sticky bubbles on the surface eventually flattens, while leaving loads of shotgun-blasted lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose brings things... well, not quite crashing... back down to earth. Wheatwines often struggle in the olfactory personality department. This big brew is no exception. Other than some caramel-covered toast, a generic ale yeast fruitiness, and (subtle) alcohol, there isn't much of note.

A grain bill that includes upwards of 50% wheat (without other major flavor contributors) is not a recipe for success. That's why ale of this style needs something else to be good, whether it be darker malts or distinctive and generous hops. Looks like Fort Collins went with the former.

What tastes like some smalll percentage of caramel malt pulls the taste score, kicking and screaming, up from average. Earthy-herbal hops add plenty of countering bitterness and less flavor than hoped for. Sufficient alcohol masking is also often difficult in a wheatwine, but it's capably handled here. Not exactly a gushing review, is it?

The mouthfeel is medium-full and has a pillowly plushness that doesn't cross the line into sappy or sticky. Plenty of bubbles (but not too many) cut through the sugars and keep things hopping in mouth and on tongue. Well done.

Fort Collins Wheat Wine Ale is a fairly standard version of the style, circa 2010/2011 America. If you're a fan of high-octane, primarily pale-malted beer, take the plunge. Besides, $6.99 is unlikely to break the bank.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 champ103
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A one finger white head forms with little retention. Light sticky lace is left behind though.
S: Toasted malt, toffee, and light chocolate. Dark fruits, warm alcohol, a light hoppy bitterness.
T: Toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate again. Dark fruits with a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. Medium carbonation that is crisp and smooth. There is some high alcohol that is noticeable. A sipping beer.

Pretty good. More of an American Barleywine. I don't get any wheat character here. Though it is still a good beer. Something that is worth a try.

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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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

And thus comes review #1,000. What a ride, baby, what a ride! I figured this should be better than some random average brew, but shouldn't be some crazily special extravaganza. So my adopted favorite style should work, right? Here goes:

It pours a clear ruby topped by a nice finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, light toffee, earthy hops, flowers, light fusels, coriander, and nutmeg. The taste is a strong dichotomy of peppery toffee and flowery orange peel. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a decently solid wheatwine, though it is lacking in complexity and the two flavor groups seem to clash a bit. Despite that, it keeps me wanting more and coming back for it.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery-caramel with a nice 2-finger off-white head.

Smells fruity and spicy with caramel-soaked pears, apricots and a lot of pepper and clove from both the yeast and the hotter alcohol. Malt is moderate. Hops seem noble with their delicate floral tones.

Palate is medium-bodied with loads of hoppy bitterness and peppery alcohol over a moderate maltiness- more mild caramel and fruit tones. A little estery bubblegum flavor too.

Personally I could use a little more maltiness to balance out the hops and alcohol, but seeing as how wheat isn't nearly as chewy as barley, I suppose that means this is decent for the style. Even still, I enjoyed this and would happily drink it again.

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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 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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