Kennebunkport Wheat Beer | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport Wheat BeerKennebunkport Wheat Beer
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Kennebunkport Wheat BeerKennebunkport Wheat Beer

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by yourefragile on 01-24-2008

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Photo of alesaram
3.75/5  rDev +51.8%

Photo of asabreed
2.1/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter hay-colored w/ little carbonation and pretty much nonexistent head retention

Smell: Sweetness, with some lemon and maybe herbal flavors, and that's about it. No wheat really, from what I can tell.

Taste: Again, sweetness, and a mild herbal hop flavor. Little wheat presence again, and little explanation for this being a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: A little too cloying and not enough carbonation, makes it feel heavy-bodied when it should be a shade lighter than that.

Drinkability: Had no problems with the consumption, but little evidence that it's what it says it is. That's a problem for most I imagine, including me.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of HalfFull
2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single 12 oz. bottle obtained from Trader Joe's. Pours a brilliantly clear golden straw with half an inch of white foam. Offers decent retention given a steady carbonation boil. Yet oddly clear and filtered.

Nose of neutral grain and a bit of lemon. Hint of wheat after some agitation.

Surprisingly bready texture given the nose. Bit of pepper spice and thin lemon bread. Touch of chewy sweet lemon oil on the finish. Tends towards additives yet holds the line as for legitimacy.

Feel is lightly sweet and offers a touch of lemon once again. Smooth and crisp per se, yet a bit too clean. Bit cider like in the end given the filtered lemon nature of the beer. Not too bad, but not much in the wheat department either.

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Photo of wedge
2.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a gold color with very slight haze and a thin, quickly diminishing head. Clean citrus and subtle wheat aroma with a pinch of diacetyl. Sweet grainy flavor over a lemon peel and hay bitterness. Something that might be perceived as a wheaty "twang" makes an appearance, but otherwise there is nothing "wheat beer" about this. Medium-light, crisp, and effervescent. Not wretchedly horrible or anything, it's just not good at all.

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Photo of JohnQVD
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of MTNboy
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- It has a brass colored body with a couple fingers of head. The lace is better than average too and has a lot of retention. There is also a lot of fizz to the body aswell which I have found to be the norm for the Kennbunkport brand.

Smell- It has a weak smell altogether but I would have to say the strongest aroma would be a bean like tone and then some wheat malt.

Taste-The flavor is mainly beany and there is a sour taste as well bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and over fizzed.

Drinkability- Not the greatest wheat I do not think I would buy it again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.16/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another purchase from Trader Joe's.

Clear gold colored beer with a very short lived white head.

Smells of malt and saltine crackers. And that's it, a little sweet but it basically smells like crackers.

Starts out tasting like not much of anything except a cracker. Little bit of herbal hop flavor and crackers is what I taste next. Seriously, this is so bland it could be called Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty freaking BLAND. Doesn't taste bad, more like it doesn't taste at all. I can't recommend that you buy this.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've tried all the Kennebunkport beers at Trader Joe's and they've all been between mediocre and terrible. But, they're a buck and TJ's lets you mix and match so you really can't complain. It's May here in Carolina, which means it's hot. A dollar wheat beer seems like a good idea.

Pours a dark golden color with a finger of tight bubbled, snow white head. Nose is surprisingly malty without any real wheat characteristics.

The taste is heavy on the chemical additives and astringency. Some yeast and freshness far in the aftertaste but this isn't really a wheat beer. Too much carbonation and no real flavor to speak of.

This is maybe the worst of Kennebunkport's stable. Not so good.

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Photo of tmitch75
2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a gift from my mom saw it at Trader Joe's and felt obligated to buy it for me.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a slight orange tinge. Light head and lacing.

Smells of wheat, grass, citrus - mostly lemon with a little orange.

Taste is the same as the smell, but completely overwhelmed by the carbonation. Way too crisp, definitely a big detraction.

This is a passable beer that might have fared better on a warm summer day (as opposed to January in Chicago). I may give this one another shot when it's warm.

Tasted on 1/21/08

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Photo of dradair
3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of CHL
2.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from Trader Joe's for $5.99, with no alcohol concentration. Best if before March 10. Thin light colored beer with poor head retention.

Smell is very fruity and strange, not what I would expect from a wheat beer. This is only slightly reflected in the taste. It seems like there's a lot going on in this beer, but it's all very subdued. Has a bit of malt in it, which I like, but the fruity flavors and floral hops are not going together well at all.

Overall thin and refreshing. Seems over-carbonated. Not a bad beer for the price, but I probably woulnd't buy it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Another random TJ's beer bein' rocked with Sweetness. Right on. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, dusty biscuits, and flowers. The taste hols notes of old orange rind, light vinyl, light lemon peel, bad dark greens, and a touch of mild honey. It does not come together well at all, instead providing a rather unpleasant jolt to the 'buds. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one I don't think I'll ever have again.

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Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +51.8%

Photo of Tone
2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with hardly any head at all, therefore no retention. Lacing is non-existent. Low carbonation and little head makes the smell very weak; a hint of sweet malt. Not a real good example of the style (weak head, not long lasting, low carbonation). A weaker body and smoother feel make it easy to drink, but not what I wanted from a Wheat. A grassy flavor along with a lager background. Not any hops that I noticed. Overall, not a great wheat at all. Maybe a good starter beer for a beginner only used to american adjuncts, but otherwise bland.

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Photo of notchucknorris
1.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this at Trader Joes the other day. I see that there haven't been any reviews of this since '09 so I'm guessing that this is one that Kennebunkport just decided to bring out of retirement.

A: Very pale golden color with a lasting 1/2 inch head. Very clear color, which isn't really what I've come to expect from a wheat beer. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: When I first poured it, it smelled exactly like Pyramid Apricot. Lots of artificial-smelling apricot aromas. As it warms, it takes on a sort of cleaning supply-like smell, almost like you would find when walking down the bleach aisle of a Target.

T: There's really just not much taste here. There's a little bit of a lemon-like sourness that doesn't taste intentional. Other than that, I'm not getting any hint of wheat. I get a grainy flavor and then a really yeasty-bready flavor that's just straight gross. Avoid this.

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Photo of zeff80
2.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, orange/amber color with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus and some fruity notes.

T - It tasted fairly malty for a wheat. There was an odd fruitiness with some wheat taste. It just didn't fit.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This was just a confused beer. It didn't taste like a wheat beer at all.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.03/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much wheat in this there aroma. Seems a little closer to a cream ale (without the corn) and then it just fades away altogether.
Fizzy white cap that leaves before I could get to it. Brilliantly clear golden body. Can't give any credit hear cuz' if it truly had wheat the head would stick around for more than 30 seconds.
Where in the hell is the wheat? There is definitely hops with a mild flavor and a growing bitterness and dryness. Soft grainy barley. A little acidic. Slight tartness. Sharp prickly carbonation and fullness from that too. Body even carries a little heft.
I'm not sure what the heck this is. I'll drink it, cuz' it's not offensive or flawed in any way (and I'm thirsty), but I'm not going back to it again.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Trader Joe’s. Current batch is called "KBC Wheat Beer - Kennebunkport Brewing Co." And on the side is "brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing, Portland, Maine."

Handsome golden color and nice head in the snifter. All downhill from there. Kind of a basement smell with wet newspaper. Tannic taste like cheap weak tea. Well, it does have a hint of wheat maltiness if you use your imagination. More on the grapefruit peel kind of bitterness but it must have a touch of hops. Sparkling mouthfeel like cheap champagne. If only it had a little malty sweetness or body. Not actually bad, just not very beery.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.26/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger soapy head, high visible carbonation. Leaves no lacing.

S- Wheat, nondescript sweetness, some graininess, and yeast

T- Wheat, strong yeast notes, some graininess, but not all that much. Has some sweetness and very mild bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, goes down smooth, and finishes dry

O- This really is not a bad beer, maybe not the most exciting beer. It is pretty simple, not a lot of complexity in the taste or aroma, but it is refreshing and there is nothing offensive or off putting in the taste or aroma either. Just an average beer.

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Photo of mpyle
2.39/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App - Exceptionally foamy with a moussy, long last white head. Pale gold color with good clarity.

Aroma - A bit cidery. Not pleasant.

Taste - A bit medicinal and bitter. Some slight malt grainess, but really not wheat beer flavor. No beer flavor in general.

MF - medium body and high carbonation. High carbonation makes it a bit astringent.

D'ability - Strange tasting beer, cidery and hugely carbonated. Otherwise bland - not worth a drink.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
2.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours clear!(Where's the yeast?) Light amber yellow with a medium white head that is too quickly gone. Does leave some nice lacing though.

Smell is vinous wheat, and a hint of grass.

Taste is even and smooth, not very wheaty/yeasty, more like a pilsner.

The beer is easy to drink and very crisp and refreshing, but it's needs more body.

Overall, a pretty good pilsner, oh, wait, it's supposed to be a wheat beer. Epic fail on the wheat. No yeast particles, none of the wheat tang I want. Very thin. If this was labeled as a pilsner, I would have scored this higher, since it's labeled, and/or brewed wrong, I give the first one in my review history.


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Photo of brewski09
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a light/pale straw color that is surprisingly clear. Very thin head that doesn't stay for too long. maybe 1/2cm and it goes down pretty quickly with no lacing.

S - This smells like a wheat beer with the yeast profile forward for sure. Not something I like too much, so I don't drink too many wheat beers, but I was in the mood and it was inexpensive as a single. A hint of spicyness to it as well.

T - This tastes as I expected it to. A solid, though nondescript, wheat beer. Not bad and worth drinking.

M - This is a light beer that has been well carbonated, maybe even a little overcarbonated. The wheat gives it more body though, so its not too light.

D - I would get this again if I just wanted a wheat beer and didn't care. For the discerning wheat beer drinkers out there, go with something a little nicer.

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Photo of strohme2
1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Hojaminbag
1.15/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle from Trader Joe's, cheap.

Looks like a Macro, slight white head and clear/yellowish body. Slight lacing.

I don't know how to describe this smell. However "Pleasant" does not come to mind.

It tastes bad. Not just bad; really bad. I'm not sure if this is beer, only a slight grain aftertaste. Tastes like an industrial cleaner and some dirty water had offspring with a little bit of stale wheat added in.
I'd rather be drinking natural ice or keystone or something, that's how bad this stuff is.

Has a mouthfeel of the thinnest variety, but it's hard to notice because I am trying to down the stuff so fast and keep it off of my tongue.

I've never tasted piss, but at least piss can be had for free.

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