Henry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat Ale | Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat AleHenry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat Ale
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Henry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat AleHenry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Roasted Caramel Malts
Hops: Pacific Northwest Cascade Hops
Calories/12 oz: 155
Carbohydrates (g): 13.3
% Alcohol by Vol: 4.9
Bitterness Units: 15.8

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by jesseejames:
Photo of jesseejames
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Henry's wheat ale is a wonderful tasting wheat ale. I really like this beer. With a nice hearty wheat aroma it just begs you to taste it. For an American wheat ale it is one of the best I have tried. Its appearance in the glass is nice and it seems to come with a nice head that seems to last awhile. I think Americans do a good job of brewing with wheat and am impressed with this beer being among those.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cliff1066
3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Spikester
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a modest white head which beats a rapid retreat and leaves just a ring. Little lacing. Aroma is light orange. Taste is slightly better than a macro lager with a determined orange peel presence. Maybe a hint of coriander. A fair amount of wheat helps the drinkability. A slight bitterness in the finish. Not bad summer substitute for macro brews.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of timhoth
4.05/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite light beer overall. There is a slight orange taste to the beer throughout your experience, and i find it helpful to pour the beer into a glass with an orange slice. This just makes the orange flavor explode out of the beer, and i could just drink it all day. Great for casual hang out time maybe with a girl who isnt too into drinking beer.

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Photo of jkdrummer
2.31/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours like a lager, very bubbly with a nice white head. But, it dies a quick death and remains flat, no lacing. Strong orange and coriander flavors dominate, kind of like cheap cough syrup. Why it says Belgian on the label is anyone's guess. Not much malt or hops at all - not recommended except maybe for cooking.

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Photo of Huffaroma
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of fosterific
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this beer sucked when I first bought it so I left the rest in the cellar for say 8 months. That extra bit of age really...I mean really helped this beer out.
I poured it into a pint glass and got a whipped cream head. Awfully clear for a wheat beer.
Coriander dominates the smell with a light sweet orange coming through underneath. I would even say the smell is reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles cereal.
The flavor was a tad unbalanced toward the sweet coriander, that is probably something to do with the aging. The first time it was nonexistent.
The mouth feel was more like a wheat beer, a little on the watery but still presentable.
I would say a few months of time for the flavors to come out would do this beer a world of good, that and a little more wheat backbone would be nice as well.

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Photo of ThePortlander
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from green bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: The beer is a pleasant gold-orange, with a small head that dissipates quickly, save for the sides of the glass.

S: The orange and coriander come through quite powerfully, with little to no hints of much else.

T: The taste of this beer quite sweet, overall, and the orange comes through much too strong. The "fruity pebels" comparison is fair.

M: A tad thin, but not too bad.

D: It's drinkable, but not a good example of the style overall. I wouldn't turn one down, but I can't say I'd accept two.

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4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this today.

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a normal lager color with a slightly darker hue. Head developed with large, very visible bubbles and then dissipated quickly.

Smell: Lacking. Nothing really stands out or shines.

Taste: Disappointing. Tastes like a typical lager with no real hint of what makes it a belgian style. Very minimal taste of orange, with a miniscule spice note.

Mouthfeel: A little over carbonated.

Drinkability: If your looking for a beer to have some character, look elsewhere. Stay away from this beer unless you are a huge Henry's fan or it's the best thing available because while it's really drinkable, it's overwhelming lack of a craft beer can leave you regretful

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks good, nice and cloudy, exactly what one would expect when pouring an unfiltered wheat beer.

S- The citrus smell is very much there, and it smells great.

T- The taste wasn't too bad, I would say that this would be a great summer beer. The orange and the coriander are very tasty in this beer. The orange flavor isn't too over powering, but kinda sweet.

M/D- Feels and drinks like a beer of this style would feel.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.09/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A couple bottles were left behind from an after-work meeting a week or two back; twist-capped 12 oz'ers, laser-dated 'APR1210'. Here on Sunday working some OT and with limited options, decided to try something new. Poured to a pint.

A: Vibrant copper-golden, very clear (expected cloudy haze but this is filtered). Huge carbonation, in both girth and quantity - like a soda. 1+ finger dollop of white, fluffy cream crackles and fades in a couple minutes down to a microscopic ring. Not really any lace, a few snowflakes.

S: Strong aroma of 'orange', a Life Savers or Saturday morning cereal type sweetness. Reminds me of both a scented candle and a cheap infused-vodka - in that the scent bears no relation to the underlying wheat beer, nor any beer for that matter.

T: Not quite as bad to imbibe as it is to inhale...but flaws throughout. More of that 'orange' in the flavor, more subdued but still a candy-like artificiality to it. A lurking wheat with a mild spice that vaguely resembles 'Belgian' zest. No 'funk', but a little fruit (soft pear or apple) is nice. Just enough bitterness to snip off the finish.

M: Early sips had a bounty of carbonation fizzling in the mouth. Degradation leads to a finer spritz and eventually ending in a duller, flatter slickness. Light-medium body, finely-filtered so no graininess.

D: A bad representation of the 'Belgian Style' tag... so distant from what I know and love about the beer styles of that fine nation. I've had some very decent brews from Weinhard's/Full Sail over the years, but this isn't among them. Not one I want to have again and not one I'd recommend.

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Photo of SickBrew
1.64/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer basically taste like one of those cheap "Malt Beverages" with a very processed, or artificial fee.

It starts out almost OK, pouring a like a golden lager and just as crystal clear. Head, well there is nothing to speak of and I don't know where the Belgian Style Wheat is.

Nose, this is where is things go down hill, in a big way. This 'beer" actually smells like 7-Up. There is really nothing else there behind that up front citrus sweetness. Flavor, is what you would taste if you poured 7-Up into Cheerios, no kidding. After that you really can't say anymore. I've got another and for the off chance that I just got an off bottle, I'll edit this review accordingly.

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Photo of woemad
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-pk purchased on sale at a grocery store for $9.88. According to the bottle, this is best by December 14, 2009.

Poured a rather clear amber color with lots of bubbles arcing skyward. Good sized light beige head that hung around for a couple of minutes.

Big orange scent in the nose. While there's a vague, musty spicyness way in the background, this smells like an orange soda that somehow managed to get itself crossed with beer. Not bad smelling, really, but way off. There's none of the tart citrus scents one would expect of a witbier.

Taste is much like the smell. Big, sweet orange flavor, with some very mild spicy and tart notes way in the background. Again, not bad but very one dimensional and not at all according to the style.

Somewhere between light and medium in body, with a light yet sticky mouthfeel, if that makes any sense.

Certainly this is drinkable, but it doesn't quite hit the spot on a hot day the way that a standard witbier would. It's also a little too much like sweet orange soda to make it much of a session beer. I'd drink a couple at a sitting, but that would be about it.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a gold color with an orange hue when held up the light. The label says it contains "natural coriander and orange flavor" so orange will be a recurring theme in the review. The beer is filtered and crystal clear. A foamy white head forms on the pour, and dissipates quickly to a quarter inch ring. From there the head is moderately resilient and produces a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong and fruity. A bit one-dimensional. It smells like an orange soda.

The taste is also fruity, orange soda flavor again, with a very mild bitter hop presence. There is also a hint of a malted grain or cereal flavor, but for a wheat beer I think the grain is understated.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing. It is rather heavily carbonated (like an orange soda). This beer is a serious thirst quencher for sure.

This is a very drinkable beer, but I think the fruit (orange) flavor might be a bit much. It almost puts this beer in the category of a fruit beer. However, it will be a great hot weather thirst quencher, and would be great served ice cold with barbecue fare.

NOTE: I belioeve this eer is he Summer Wheat Ale re-packagd as a Belgian Wheat.

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Photo of strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of daveknows
2.15/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a stemmed mini-tulip glass (the taster glass from last year's Cheers for Belgian Beers fest).

Oi, aroma of children's aspirin (seriously).

Mouthfeel is fizzy. Tastes a little sweet, but otherwise insipid; like orange pop watered down with seltzer water.

Aftertaste is fruit loops (seriously).

I do like the nice ambery-orange color though, and pretty foam.

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Henry Weinhard's Belgian Style Wheat Ale from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 19 ratings