Wheat Wine Ale | The Fort Collins Brewery

Wheat Wine AleWheat Wine Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beaver13 on 04-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 57
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 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 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 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 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 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 TheWhiskerReview
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Erish
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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 homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep red/gold with thin white head, good lacing, nice clarity

S: rich caramel tones with considerable hop bitterness. Also getting some vanilla in there with some pine in the end.

T: taste is much less flavorful than the nose suggests. Mellow sweet caramel malts along with bready grains met with a quick bitter and earthy hop bite. Well balanced, just a little lacking in the flavor. There is a ever so slight burn from the alcohol presence on the finish as well.

MF: light bodied for style, medium carbonation

O: This is an easy drinking Wheat Wine and it has a great aroma. Missing a little bit in the taste department, otherwise a nice example of the style.

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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 claytong
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
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 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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 beeragent
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep copper, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Strong sweet barley-wine like malt aroma dominates the nose. Noticeable alcohol presence.

T - Strong malty profile, very sweet, with a clean caramel finish. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

M - Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Clean finish.

D - This is the first wheatwine that I've been able to try. I thought there would be a large difference between a wheatwine and a barelywine, but there doesnt appear to be much aside from the mouthfeel. I'll have to try some other wheatwine style beers before I can fully grade this beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with some reddish highlights. Head is light tan with good stick. Nose is full of phenols, with dark fruit sweetness and a touch of alcohol and white pepper - malty. Pretty nice, but a bit boozy at room.

Same goes for the flavor, which is "decent barleywine" most of the way but eventually too thin to sustain itself. Hoppy up front, with northwestern citrics and some caramel sweetness. Malts come in fruity, with notes of cherry.

Mouthfeel is okay, but in my opinion too thin for the size of the malt bill and alcohol. I'd prefer a real barleywine, and for the most part, think I can say I don't need this again. But it's an interesting take on an unusual style, and it turns out pretty well.

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Photo of seeswo
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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 -14.2%
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 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 LittleDon
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is clear reddish amber with noticeable carbonation. Fair head retention. Sweet aroma of apples and caramel. Very, very soft up front. Almost no carbonation evident. Alcohol in the middle, but not as hot as a barley wine. Very sweet, almost Scottish ale like. Smooth finish. Bitterness builds after the finish. Very rich body. Definitely a winter drink.

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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 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 SFLpunk
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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 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 codewarrior
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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 daledeee
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber.

Poured a bright clear medium brown with a medium head that went away rather quickly. A small amount of lacing was noted.

Aroma is grapes, syrup and rum.

Taste is rather sweet, malty with hops very strong in the finish or like citrus rind. Taste is much like a barleywine. It could use a little more balance.

Mouth feel is not that carbonated and slightly drying. Alcohol is warming. This beer might benefit from aging.

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Wheat Wine Ale from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 51.2% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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