El Toro William Jones Wheat Beer | El Toro Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
El Toro Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
Photo of kmeves
2.34/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear golden with minimal head. Arome is sweet saspirilla (?) and a hint of wheat. Flavor is light clove, wheat and banana. Transparent mouthfeel, light sticky texture. Finishes somewhat more citric. Sort of a strange beer from pour to finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very light, clear yellow body with a decent white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of lemons, wheat, and even less spicy hops.

Taste: Exeptionally faint toasted wheat flavor with a light sweetness. The finish, if you can really call it that, has only the lightest touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty dull and lackluster even for an American Wheat Ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale maize with no yeasty haze that I can detect (quite a bit of yeast is present in the end). The bone colored cap is the best part of the appearance. It fills half the glass after a spirited pour and is melting slooowly. Multiple fragile bubbles leave delicate curlicues of lace as they pop. Thanks to the head and lace, this is one of the better looking APWAs that I've seen recently.

The nose, like the noses on most beer of this style, is on the lackluster side. It's golden malty with a modest hoppiness, neither of which stands out in any way. At least the beer smells fresh and clean, I'll give it that.

I've had better and I've had worse. William Jones Wheat tastes as much like an amber lager lightened by wheat as it does a wheat beer. The focal point is an untoasted pale maltiness that just escapes being considered grain-like. There are also a fraction more hops than was evident after the sniff test.

I like the mild citrusiness since it adds another dimension to what is usually a straightforward, musky, noble hop profile in beer of this style. Those breweries that add American hops (this does, I'll bet) and adds a lot of them (this one doesn't) are ahead of the APWA game as far as I'm concerned. In the end, though, there isn't enough going on to keep me interested for long.

The body/mouthfeel is light, with a firmness that takes the place of the usual softness. Maybe that's why it seems like there's considerably more barley malt present than wheat. It holds up well throughout each mouthful and throughout the bottle, helped along by a semi-boisterous carbonation that doesn't fade much at all.

WJW is the least good beer that I've ever had from these guys. That doesn't make it bad. As I've often said, brewers need to do something different to make APWAs stand out. Since El Toro hasn't, William Jones Wheat doesn't. Stick with their fabulous IPA and their damn good Negro Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy sub-amber topped with a sticky white hat.
Mushy nose-- if there is a nose at all-- with tranparent whiffs of green apple, lemon juice, and flour.
There is no real malt base to speak of here. Usually US Wheat are low on fruit and high on white breadiness. This has little of the latter, and more of the sour fruited aspects of lemon rind, and apple cider. It seems tarter than it is because there is nothing to compete with.
Light bodied and greasy in feel, and not quelled with its moderate carbonation.
I've had a couple solid beers from these guys (Oatmeal Stout and IPA), but this sure doesn't join that list.

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Photo of bditty187
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Largely clear with only a modest haze, tawny-gold in hue, the color isn’t very rich. For a moment a heavy dose of animation raced towards the white head but this didn’t last long and once the sparkle subsided the head faded from a half finger to a soapy collar. When all was said and done this beer looked dead. Insipid. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose has weak potency and only traces of wheat could be easily detected. On succeeding sniffs hints of beady-yeast and traces of a fruity spice was noticed, I assume from the hops. Even for an American Wheat the nose is boring. Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat smells much livelier than this. Not inviting because it is too boring. Dull. The palate is tastier than the nose. I’m a bit surprised at the active taste considering the look and smell. I like pleasant surprises. The wheaty taste is weak and not bready or deep. In fact I’d call it thin but crisp, like a cracker. Apple hints do play nice with it, as does a minor jolt of bitterness. At the finish a kiss of yeast is detected. There isn’t much to say about the palate beyond this. The aftertaste is sweet yet dry. Interesting. The best thing I can say about this beer is it would be okay for a brunch with pancakes and fruit. But so would a really good Hefeweizen, you make that call! Medium-light in body, small but zesty carbonation, the mouthfeel is appropriate I said but there is nothing noteworthy about it. Sure this beer is drinkable but it isn’t tasty enough for me to want to drink it again. I found it lackluster, even for the style. Purchased in Brookfield, WI because I never heard of this brewery before. Skip this offering.

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Photo of Winter
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy golden yellow in color with a bubbly white surface head. Aroma consisted of wheat malt, somewhat spicy hops and yeast. Med-bodied mouthfeel. Initial taste on the front is flat. Later a more hoppy, wheat malt flavor appears. Taste seems a little salty midway through. Turns crisp with a slightly bitter and "bready" finish. Seemingly lackluster overall.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity with a touch of malts. A lighter bodied American Wheat beer. Malts are slightly sweet. Hops are mild and a touch spicy. Mild flavor, smooth taste. Very typical American Wheat. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Finish is dry! Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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El Toro William Jones Wheat Beer from El Toro Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 9 ratings