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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
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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 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 brewandbbq
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +18.4%
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 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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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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 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 akttr
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of nandemo1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 bigdaddypolite
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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Photo of ummswimmin
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +8.8%
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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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
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