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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Added by Beaver13 on 04-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 57
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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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rt Collins Brewery Wheat Wine Ale,
Darkened amber/crimson, slim, beige head.

Aroma: deep, white, and ripe. Cherries, brandy, leather. Hops, yes, but meatier malt. Elegant, lovely.

Taste: High hops up top, fierce, bitter, fruity, ...then smooth and mellow. I can feel the wheaten texture underneath, but underneath it remains. Major mouthfeel is bittersweet hop attack and beefy, fruity malt. (Beefy AND fruity? It's an omnivorous ale.)

Further and further into the bottle, it's a smoother and slicker affair. Way too easy to drink for a brew this big, (Why is it "preposterous" that the wheat content is 50% of the malt bill, as the label decries? It doesn't create a "pillowy" mouthfeel, ...but that's not too far from the fact.)

I like wheat wines, but...I don't love them. Rather have a real barley-wine, thank you very much, but this is a welcome twist. Easy on the palate, plump with palpable flavor. Rich and rewarding. Mmmm, mmm.

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Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 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 champ103
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jera1350
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruity and a little yeasty/wheaty, not strong but still appealing. It pours a beautiful dark golden amber with a substantial, fluffy white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor - WOO HOO, has it got an alcohol bite to it! Other than that, it tastes more like an ale than a wheat beer, fruity, malty and a little bit yeasty. Texture is smooth as soy milk with a subtle but long-lasting tingle.

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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 laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 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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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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