Weathertop Wheat
Valkyrie Brewing

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Wheat Beer - American Dark
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2.74 | pDev: 20.44%
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Weathertop WheatWeathertop Wheat
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.39/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, the brass crown is sealed with a red, gold, black and silver tapered foil. The main label lists the brew as Viking Weathertop Wheat, a Dark Wheat Beer. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Murky muddied brown body with some coppery tones when backlit. Pasty off-white head forms quickly and rises fast, but it soon controls its own over exuberance to relax and reveal a thin but resilient 1/8” cap covering. Above average conditioning.

Nose: Rather staid and low key, this has an old musty presence. Mild malts with a little nuttiness in the back end. Finishes with a wet cardboard aroma.

Taste: Low key ‘flat’ malts with very little definition. Sweaty bread with a cold Tea middle. Splashes of dark chocolate orange but it is feint. The ending has a vinous character. Rather average and a little boring.

Mouthfeel: The feel was actually quite good, smooth conditioning with a velvety palate. But it is not enough to rescue this from a hum-drum presentation.

Drinkability: Not that enticing to be really honest. I finished the bottle, and whilst it wasn’t terrible, the nose becomes a little off-putting, the tastes ultimately get a tad boring too, the mouthfeel helped me get through this one.

Overall: Looks good and has a decent mouthfeel, but the dank nose and flat taste profile let this one down I feel. Seems a little one-dimensional. Not that bad, but not one that I would go for again.

Thanks to BigHuge for the chance to try another Viking.

Nov 05, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

2.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Hazed ruby/crimson. Thin off white head. Lacing is minimal. No evidence of carbonation from viewing the body of the beer.

Aroma: Chocolate syrup, banana pudding, sweet malts, vanilla.

Taste: Stale malts. Bread pudding. Light cocoa. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Syrupy feel to it. Body is medium-full+.

Drinkability: Very unenjoyable. I'm glad I prefaced this with the Black Wheat from New Glarus for comparison sake. It is really like going from one end of the spectrum to the other.

And my opinion of Viking keeps continues its downward slide...

Apr 06, 2005
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brownish bronze color, clearish and seemingly filtered. Yellow-tinged head lasts under half a minute and then is mostly gone. Broad horizontal lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, strong hints of caramel. Mouthfeel is about medium but the carbonation is verging on extinction, even early after the pour. The taste seems too laden with diacetyl, quite buttery with some starch and raw yeast elements. Very similar beginning to end with plenty of aftertaste. For me, a beer that has too much butterscotch without body or a counter impression and the carbonation -- like many Viking brews -- ranges dangerously close to flat.

Apr 03, 2005
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Censored scarlet copper with a pillar of fast-rising yellow suds.
Smells of cocoa powder and decaying forest floor.
Processed cocoa is the flavor du jour. Like Swiss Miss, this is all powdered fact, there are even some marshmallow flavors present. The yeast is Viking's hallmark and bugaboo, and sits proundly and akwardly, full of damp moss, pasty mushrooms, and rotten bark. It ends with a quavering hit of bananas and lemons, and a fuller and more green woody expression.
Light bodied, with a modest carbonation, but Vike's yeast slickness gives it a fatter impression.
Not awful, but this comes off as more a hackjob homebrew than something publically available.

Jun 20, 2005
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark maroon/orange/red color body, hazy yet translucent. Head is off-white foam, about 3/4" and fading slowly to a small layer. Smell is dominated by chocolate, with a slight banana note. Taste is smooth, and has a very rounded feel to it. Nice chocolate tones give way to a nice wheat presence, some banana, and a hops finish that is adequate. Nice carbonation level, and a medium mouthfeel. Has the feel of the others in the Viking lineup. Good, but not excellent.

Apr 02, 2005
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a brownish color with a bit of golden hues. No head, with just a ring of white around the rim. Has spotty lacing. Very low carbonation.

The aroma is malty, with a bit of chocolate and banana. I get a butteriness as well

The flavor is light in malt and chocolate. It is very buttery too.

It has a kinda greasy, syrupy mouthfeel and the low carbonation doesn't help at all.


Apr 06, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Solid brown body, slim layer of grayish head, quickly diminished.
Nothing in the aroma...a plasticine feel I get from their brews sometimes (and from other amateur operations)....smells "dark" but speaks of no specific flavors.
the taste? Jeez, to use a popular Midwestern epithet...cripes, what's wrong with this? doesn't taste like anything! Drinkable, but utterly uninspired...there's wheat involved, and it's dark, yes,...but it's a hollow, lifeless thing...enters the palate with hints of nuts, cocoa...I'm, the mouth is turning down, into a sour frown, and that's not the way beer is supposed to work!
Only six quarters down the drain for this bottle, but tastebuds disappointed, time wasted, mood depressed, opinion of Viking Brewing Company lowered...get it together, guys!

Apr 14, 2005
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Skidz from Wisconsin

2.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a crisp amber brown and sits deep, bright reddish-amber in the glass with a small off-white, light tan head, fading to a light skim.

Smells oddly fruity, mushed crab apples and stewed strawberries. Very funky yeast overtone, also found in other Viking beers, not a winner. Sooty, off-dirty aroma overall.

Tastes crisp and malty up front, smooths out into some nicer wheat flavors and soft toasted malts. Acidic twang bears down moving into an odd blend of hop flavors, quite grassy and laden with unrequested sharpness. Harsh wooden twiginess in the light, bitter finish.

Decent body, medium-light overall with some pleasant qualities. Carbonation is fairly low, not sure if that's a pro or con, but seems to work out.

Can't say I'm enjoying this one too much, it's pretty rough overall. New 12 oz. bottle size has one bonus.... (you don't have to drink 22 oz...).

May 16, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pristine persimmon with orange juice edges. The beer is topped by a compact cap of golden ecru froth that is too soft to display any surface features whatsoever or to leave much of any lace. I love the color of the beer, but the head leaves a lot to be desired.

The nose is toasted malty with a mildly fruity aroma that I want to identify as banana, but that doesn't quite capture it. There's also a musty hoppiness and something sour that I can't place that isn't all that appealing. What the hell is a 'New Zealand-style wheat beer' anyway? I didn't know the Kiwis had their own style.

If anyone doubts that wheat malt provides a tanginess (sourness if you prefer), have them take a slug of Weathertop. Most of the overly tart wheats that I've had have been less than good beer and this one is no exception. There's a glimmer of decent toasted wheatiness in there somewhere, but it's hard to sort out when faced with a lemon juice onslaught of epic proportions. Granny Smith apples covered in watery caramel is another facet of a supremely uninteresting flavor profile.

This is a simple beer at bottom. Each mouthful starts out with a blast of sourness, followed by an attempt to appreciate something of value before the flavor is gone completely, followed by failure to do so... each and every time. Maybe this is why NZ-style wheats have never caught on.

Part of the problem is that the body/mouthfeel is incredibly lackluster. It's thin and borderline watery without any semblance of mouthfillingness. The mouthfeel isn't helped by the fact that the amount of carbonation was stingy to begin with and is decreasing with each mouthful. This is about as unexciting as it gets.

Weathertop Wheat is named after a large hill in the Eriador region of Middle-earth in J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. I'm not sure why I included that completely unrelated fact except to say that the name is the most interesting thing about this ale. WW is another 'miss' from a brewery that specializes in hit-or-miss beer.

Oct 04, 2006
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dirtylou from New York

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle, Woodman's

appearance: poured into a hefe glass...dark amber body, creamy tan head with decent lacing...deep but clear body

smell: like the viking bocks i have sampled, this has a huge buttery biscuit aroma, big wheat aroma, very bready, caramel malt, mild hint of sour fruit, banana....interesting

taste: I dont have much in the american dark wheat style to compare this to but its not as offensive as I was led to believe...very very buttery, flaky biscuit, bready malts, light sourness, defined wheat presence...this is an interesting beer, nothing I need to buy again but its not terrible

mouthfeel: a little tart/sour, medium body, buttery

drinkability: just fine

Jul 28, 2006
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

2.69/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a dark, kind of funny copper, not really cloudy, just sort of opaque, but can see rising bubbles, good half inch head receding to nothing. Aroma is rather musky, vague and undefined malt, pretty bla. Taste is not impressive either. This is a wheat? When I think wheat, i do'nt think tart. Some nice wheat grain comes through in the aftertaste thats nice, but yikes. Mouth is pretty decent, nice body and carbonation. I bought a 4-pack of this... hope I can trade a few away.

Oct 17, 2006
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zeff80 from Missouri

1.56/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Poured out a cloudy amber/burgandy color color with a creamy, tan head that left som soapy lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of an odd fruitiness. There was some wheat taste. It really seemed like a sparkling grape juice from Welch's.

M - It was sharp and very bubbly. A light bodied beer.

D - Wow, was this the weirdest tasting beer I've ever had?? It really did seem like a Welch's sparkling grape juice, except that it tasted bad. I drank about 2/3 of it and then poured the rest down the drain.

Jan 04, 2008
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morimech from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown iwth two inches of white head that had good retention. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Strange smell for a wheat beer. Nutty, caramel, and a little musty.

Has a nutty and caramel flavor. There is a slightly sour fruit twang on the finish. Slightly burnt aftertaste.

Light body with low carbonation. It borders on thin and watery.

I liked it more than other reviewers. A bit unusual but has good flavor.

Oct 15, 2008
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Lordsloth from Wisconsin

2.41/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, picked up in a mixed 4 pack at Chicones, Hudson.

Poured a cloudy orange/amber, a pleasing look. Interesting scent on the nose, a citrus smell, and some wheat. Looked forward to the "dark wheat" flavor the bottle promised. Taste- Huh? Very tart, a lemony taste with hardly any wheat on the tongue. Lots of carbonation. I couln't finish this one- 1/3 of the bottle down the sink.

Viking brewery has some great beers, and some bad ones. Very inconsistent.

Feb 21, 2008
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jebert from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let's tackle the head, first off. It's obvious from previous reviews that anything barely staggering from the bottle immediately douses the apprehension of the taster. This is a common problem with small craft breweries, and I've experienced this on several occasions, with multiple beers from the Viking Brewery. Over the years, this has become less of an issue, but still occurs. The proper way to combat this delivery shortfall is to take matters into one's own hands and receive it "vom fass", or from the barrel. Yes, at times, we are forced to dedicate ourselves to eliminate all obstacles to enjoy a great beer with a unique style.

With a good pour, the beer holds it's off-white, tanned head well, allowing the beer to retain good carbonation as it warms.

Weathertop Wheat has a great semi-dark amber color, yet clear. Although it's named a dark wheat beer, it's actually much lighter than a typical dunkel weiss.

The aroma is toasted malt with undertones of toffee and a very subdued fruit somewhere deep in the back.

The taste of this unique libation recognizes a full malt front to back with a tinge of, almost chalky sensation, but not overbearing.

It finishes ever so sweet with a sense of bitter hops. Given it's light, almost watery feel, the drinkability actually improves and makes one want to grab a lawn chair and a hot summer day.

It's interesting to note that temperature affects this beer (like most of those originating from this brewery) more than one could think possible. Several degrees in either direction lends one to think that this beer mutates over the course of minutes, leaving one to consider someone having possibly switched one beer for another mid-glass. It's quite a unique experience. Pour one, let it rest, then pour another and consume them both, interchanging back and forth to find out what I'm talking about. (The JS Bock is even more radical and a must try.)

Apr 21, 2008
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SykDoc from Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A large frothy tan beige head forms and reduces moderately to a full coverage lacing. It is a hazy amber/red color. Significant visible carbonation and no sediment.

The aroma is primarily a roasted malt and pungent hoppiness with a banana-like fruitiness.

The taste includes a wheaty component, as expected, but a bit light perhaps diminished by the mouthfeel. The malty sweet and sour components do come through. There was a significant metallic taste.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It just seems thin although this helps it go down cleanly leaving a minimal tartness at the finish.

Overall, this beer is reasonable. It is fairly easy to drink but lacks the components that would make me want to come back for more on a regular basis.

Jan 25, 2010
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