Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale
Marin Brewing Company

Star Brew-Triple Wheat AleStar Brew-Triple Wheat Ale
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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #16
Ranked #6,793
4.05 | pDev: 11.6%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
Star Brew-Triple Wheat AleStar Brew-Triple Wheat Ale
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant amber, 2” pillowy head dissipates to thick film, finely bubbled. S: not a big nose
T: Some baked bread, deep rich malt, light caramel to toffee, some light banana a hint of cardamom.
F: Creamy rich with a triple’s fullness of body, medium to medium low carbonation. The carbonation is very soft
O: For the color the body is surprisingly big – some spice but not extreme. Extraordinarily drinkable and smooth for 9.2% abv.

Jun 09, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Older bottle shared by Mike at the meeting tonight, thanks for the opportunity!
Sweet rich malty fruitiness with hints of spice bread and hints of sherry like oxidation. Nice sipper but headed down the other side of the bell curve.

Nov 15, 2014
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear ruby red. Tall, very tall frothy light tan head. Good head retention as it sticks around quite well. Moderate, fluffy bits of lacing.

S: Wheaty for sure. Loaded with sweet grains. Lightly floral. Touch of pine perhaps?

T: Oh yeah, definitely piney up front with a little floral action too. Instant sweet, sweet graininess that's hard to really describe accurately. Spicy pine again in the finish with a decent wave of bitterness. Herbal and spicy in fact. Lingering herbal spiciness and just a hint of flowers.

M: Medium bodied, sweet up front. Spicy and lightly dry in the finish.

O: Nice spicy, hoppy wheat wine. Hoppiness keeps this one from being too one-note and bland. This really isn't far from a big american barleywine if I'm honest (like Bigfoot). Just extra wheaty I suppose. Tasty.

Jun 19, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Hazed-over straw, epic head retention

SMELL: Nougat, orange pith, boozy alcohol, white cherries, grassy, almonds, white pepper, mandarin oranges, bread crust

TASTE: Smooth, sublimely creamy, full bodied, loaf of bread, Grape Nuts, fermented wheat twang, bitter, boozy, chalky, inner sweetness, lemon peel, husky, melon rind, peppery, rose water, yeast, dried grassy finish

Very bold without getting in our faces too much, this is a massive ale, but that’s expected for this style … a style that is still being defined. Cheers to Marin Brewing Co. for not hopping the crap out of this Wheatwine; the massive malt backbone is the showcase from the first sip to the last drop.

Nov 27, 2013
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lived white head, dull orange body. Thin collar.

Wheat, lemony aromas.

Pretty boozy. Orangey citrus. Drinks above its stated abv.

Full mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Well obviously I suck at reviewing wheatwines because I'm not pulling much out of this guy besides an all encompassing citrus and alcohol. I like it overall. Need more wheatwines apparently. kojevergas...thanks bud!

Jun 14, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Marin Star Brew. 2010 vintage. Tapped at a SoCal beer bar during a barleywine event. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend. Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice cream and thickness, and bad (~30 second) retention. Little lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Body colour is a vibrant copper. Transparent; opaque.

Sm: Clean floral hops, juicy citrus fruit esters, and evocative bright fruit. Clean. I don't get much wheat - at least not in a hefeweizen sense; the filtration might have something to with that. Strawberry fruit notes. A bit of clove. Not much yeast or alcohol comes through. Complex and inviting.

T: Juicy citrus and floral esters, with some light spicy phenols as well. Balanced and refreshing, with a clean wheat and barley build. Pleasant and tasty. I quite like it. Little yeast or alcohol comes through. Clove. Perhaps light strawberry, but maybe hop-emergent. Not real malty at all; the wheat gives it a good body without drawing too much attention to itself. I like that subtlety a lot.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and refreshing. Light in body for a wheatwine. It suits the flavour profile well. Juicy. Perfect carbonation. Good palate presence. Wow.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV; I could easily down a bomber of this. Hides its ABV well. I'd definitely have it again. One of the better beers I've had from Marin. Refreshing and enjoyable. One of the better wheatwines in recent memory.

High B

Mar 01, 2013
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Fairly hazy, golden hue on the pour. About a 1.5 finger head that retains and laces very well. Continuous carbonation trails during the whole drink.

S- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Reminds you of the typical Belgian witbiers, but with more complexity. Hints of a few hops are in there, but nothing too bittering. Some grassy notes even peek in.

T- Light and crisp again like the scent, but a little heavier towards the end. Wheat takes over the middle part of the drink with a lighter flavor profile that lingers on the back of your tongue. Malt presence is also felt towards the end, with some heavier flavor notes and a few hints of hops. Ends fairly dry.

M- Fairly carbonated and a little heavy on the alcohol. Fairly creamy and not too bad to drink for a while.

Overall, this is a good beer, but didn't blow me away. A solid beer if you're looking for something different.

Sep 16, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden, slightly orangish color, with very little head.

S: Banana bread aaand...banana bread.

T: Starts with banana and finishes with some hoppy, nutty touches.

M: Slightly creamy but breaks up with some nice mild carbonation.

O: The banana aspect to it is interesting and well on this side of overwhelming. I'd appreciate a bit more complexity but it's totally satisfying. More of a tripel than a wheat.

Jul 19, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich and tangy strong brew. Clear bright amber in the Affligem chalice. Proper head and nice lacing.

Surprising resemblance to alcoholic apple juice. Quite fruity, but clean and clear. flavors, missing any sort of yeasty nonsense. Fairly sweet, with a winey body. Strong boozy scent with mangoes.

Quite drinkable if you like a strong wheat flavor. Much less sweet and hoppy than typical barley wines. Reminds me of the honey flavor of mead. From the 22 oz bottle.

Apr 20, 2012
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 22 Bomber.
-Clear, deep gold color.
-Light-medium head.
-Aroma was melon? There's definitely an almost tropical fruit smell in there, with some malt and alcohol poking through afterward.
-Taste started sweet fruit and malty and rolled into a more heavy and alcohol finish.
-Mouth feel was interesting in that the carbonation kicks in a bit earlier-than-expected during the half way mark into the taste. Making it a bit crisp in the finish as well.
An interesting beer to drink, not sure if it would be a "go-to" but if it's on the menu and you got the cash, go for it.

Mar 23, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wandering Mule League exile, lurpy1, for bringing this back to the Twin Cities: I've enjoyed a lot of CA goodness out of your suitcase. Now, go somewhere else for work please! 22 oz. bottle poured into two frost-rimmed mugs (OK, not really).

Pour is a burnished oak, I actually held it up to the trim in the house, virtually identical in color. Clear, no bottom-boogers. Nose comes only after fifteen or so minutes of warming, sweet, toffee, slight wheat, but I have to dig my nose into the liquid to get anything; not a strong point.

Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale is like a weizenbock with a mortar. Sweet, sweet, sugar-reduction-drenched bananas skewer the palate. Calling all insulin, calling all insulin. After the shock wears off, this is chock full of subtle niceties. Background wheat, element of molasses/syrup, caramel, & lovely herbal hops touch at the finish. Almost Belgian in feel, but heavier, more serious. Alcohol...yes, I feel you. I feel the ambiance of an after-dinner liqueur, & one that I'd be downing rapidly.

This is one hefty, lovely, sweet, complex mofo of a brew, & just how a wheatwine should taste. A standard-bearer for the style, this is one of the best examples I've had to date & an excellent all-around beer.

Mar 01, 2012
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Pellinore1 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ULCABrewN84 for sending this one.

Pours pale orange and slightly hazy into a tulip. Two fingers of white head settle slowly, and leave a thin cap of lacing.

This is a sweet smelling beer, with caramel, honey, citrus, and just a bit of spice.

Honey, citrus, and banana hit the tongue first, while some spice shows in the back end.

A bit sticky, with light carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, but it's pretty subtle.

Overall a good beer, and certainly the best of the few examples I've had of the style.

Oct 15, 2011
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brotherloco from California

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear orangish gold with a finger of off-white foam. Continuing cascading bubbles.

Strong aroma of fruit and bread. Notes of figs, plums, bananas, and apples. Slight vinous note. Touch of booze.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Stars off with real nice sweet fruit, apple comes out stronger here. The booze makes an appearance in the middle and lingers through the finish. Nicely integrated with sweet and bitter flavors. Heat comes on quickly after a few sips.

Medium-full bodied with a bit below medium carbonation. Soft on the palate and drinkable in a sipping way. The sweetness makes you drink this slower anyway, much like a wine.

Boozy, but also quite sweet and tasty.

Sep 24, 2011
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kaseydad from California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this up at the Novato, CA Bevmo as I cannot get it across the Bay. Snifter pour and I am met with a hazy apricot colored ale and a nice fluffy cream colored foamy head. The aroma consists of butterscotch, dried apricots, slight orange and a hint of alcohol in each whiff. The taste is fruity...almost like biting into a juicy fruit. A blast of bitterness and sweetness are produced together. The label states it is "sherry-like" and I do not disagree. There are some wheat-ish characteristics (which is to be expected) but very subdued. There is also a dull grapefruit aftertaste that stays on the tongue. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Overall I wish I could get this closer to home but it is definitely worth the scenic drive to bring a few bottles home. This may be a little too sweet for some, but it is a refreshing change to the mass of beers produced. Great beer.

Aug 07, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits (especially oranges), orange juice, and some honey notes. Taste is of citrus zest, orange juice, and honey flavors. Very nice smells and tastes with this one. There is a slightly acidic quality that hits in the back of the throat. This beer is crisp and smooth with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and the first wheatwine I have ever had. I think this is a really tasty beer and I will definitely get more of these going forward.

Jul 30, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy colored golden beer with a bit of a white head that leaves some spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Pretty sweet with some mild citrus. Some sweet pale malts and a bit of yeast. There's some honey in there as well.

T - Yeast, citrus hops, some spice. It's sweet like a wheatwine but has a bit more character than most that I have had. Not really the taste I was expecting when I heard "triple wheat ale."

M - Medium bodied, a little sticky, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, probably one of the better wheatwine's I've had, but the bar really wasn't set that high. Glad I got to try this one.

Jul 19, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma is earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

Jul 08, 2011
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of FunkyMacGroovin. This one was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale pours an absolutely pristine clear orange. A hard pour results in about four fingers of bone colored head. Retention is alright, but lacing is practically nonexistent. The beer smells exactly like candied orange peel. There's a nonspecific sweetness that plays nicely against the zesty citrus hop notes. The flavor takes that basic profile and just refines it. What was a general sugary sweetness can now be described as a healthy dose of honey, with just a swirl of caramel to keep things interesting. It's enough to take the bite off of any bitterness from the hops and leave things open for the finish. Orange is joined by suggestions of grapefruit and lemon, as well as some pale fruits that. There's also a subtle, but definite heat from alcohol on the back end. It's not loud enough to ruin my enjoyment the beer, but is enough to keep it from being truly great. The body is nice and middle of the road, neither especially rich nor thin. The carbonation though barely registers, and results in the beer coming across as a bit syrupy. Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale is a slightly different drinking experience, and one that's somewhat enjoyable despite its slight flaws.

Jun 19, 2011
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SFGuy187 from California

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass. Picked it up for $5.99 at New Star Ell on Fell & Divisadero in Nopa, San Francisco.

A - Pours an orange-amber with ample fluffy head. Definitely well-carbonated. Plenty of lacing as the brew recedes.

S - Muted clove, banana, honey & strawberry jam. A bit cloying.

T - Very clean, but a little one-note. The smell is definitely more complex than the taste. However, the 9.2% abv is masked very well, which I appreciate.

M - A bit overly sticky-sweet at first, but surprisingly improves as it warms. Still, a bit unbalanced on the sweet end for me.

O - A solid brew and I would be happy to have it again. However, I feel it is a few notches below a "world-class" beer.

Jun 09, 2011
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trappistlover from Arizona

3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy with a pillow-top off-white foam. Nice carbonation. Aroma has some cardboard, grape? or something fruity, grass and something that smells like horseradish. Taste is sweet with some light hop bitterness. The beer is a bit hot-I think that’s where the horseradish or whatever it is is coming from. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth, but hot. A decent beer with some nice flavors going on.

Apr 29, 2011
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BigB415 from California

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with bubbles constantly rising so that's a good sign. High lacing with grapefruit aromas. Notes of orange on the tongue after the alcohol burn wears off which is about 2 seconds. If it weren't for the burn I'd swear I was drinking orange soda. At 9.2% this is a good sipper since the fruity aspects hide that.

Feb 22, 2011
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100floods from California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden hue with two finger white head. Sweet, sugar, alcohol aromas. There's some sherry wine aroma in there too. There's some wood aroma, too. Wood soaked in sherry. The sherry flavors dominate this rather smooth concoction. Nice, mild carbonation. Smooth, tropical fruit (melon) flavors as well. The mouthfeel is a little thick, but not as much as previous batches. Unfortunately, there's no bottle date. I've had this beer before and this particular bottle seems rather tame. Usually the sherry/wine flavors are too strong, this is actually pretty damn good. It's not sticky. The malt comes through pretty good, almost like burnt grain, but not smokey. The wine and melon flavors are a really good combination. For such a big beer, this one is really mellow. Good for sipping, I'd like to buy another one and age.

Dec 23, 2010
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this on my last trip to the US, and carried it back to Australia in my luggage to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, but it smashed in transit. As a result, it is a beer I've been looking forward to trying.

Pours a heavy and thick deep amber-gold colour, with a fine bubbled film of yellowish-white head. It is especially golden on the pour, where it looked a little as though it was artificially coloured. Some lacing, but minimal. Body is very thick, however, with some phenomenally still bubbling as the glass is tilted. It's as though the bubbles can't muster the energy to push their way to the surface. Very good look indeed.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with big honey and toffeed sugar characters, soaked raisins, even a whiff of port. Slight grainy and light bread yeast character coming through as well. Very sweet and rich. I'd enjoy seeing a few more genuine wheat characters coming through, but it's pretty good as it stands, a very robust, strong and sweet nose.

Very smooth on the palate, with big sweetness coming through languidly, giving off golden syrup characters, molasses and hint of fine port, welling with a faintly smoky booziness through to the end. There is indeed a hint of the alcohol (how could there not be, at 9.2%?) but it integrated really nicely with the rich and sweet characters throughout. Feel is excellent: a silky but chewy experience which accentuates the depth on the palate.

A very good wheatwine, and one which accentuates the heavy and sweet characters of a high-gravity brew well. It does feel as though it's separating itself from a barleywine, through a slightly lighter flavour profile, and a lighter bitterness, and while there's minimal wheat on the palate, it still feels as though it's a true example of the style.

Heavy and sweet, but very delectable. Recommended.

Oct 31, 2010
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Andy1618 from California

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear honey amber with a fizzy head that fades quickly.

Smell - Very fruity and sweet. Raisins, cherries, and honey. Delicious... smells like dessert.

Taste - A strong boozy kick from the start (but in a good way) with a faint wheat base slowly fades to the exact same fruity/honey sweet flavors found in the nose. These emerge even more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - They aren't kidding when they call it a wheatwine. Thick, almost syrupy. Plenty of alcohol warming with a hint of spiciness from the wheat malt.

Drinkability - This is definitely a sipping beer. I find myself with a good buzz after the first half of my 22oz bomber. The flavors are much more complex than you'd expect from the average wheat beer. Definitely a beer you should try, especially considering the modest price.

Sep 03, 2010
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden apricot color. It poured with a medium sized head that quickly faded to a thin film.

s: Some flowery heat, faint banana esters, and a little citrus all compliment the strong toffee notes. As it warmed honey, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar emerged, making this smell a bit sweeter. Very different than any other wheatwine I've tried. Mellow, a bit musty, and very appealing.

t: Starts off sweet, but not at all cloying. Although this is one of the sweetest wheatwines I recall trying. I tasted caramel, light fruitiness, and some musty bananas. The finish dries out significantly. Some sharp toffee flavors backed by substantial alcoholic warmth cut the sweetness. There is a faint, bitter citrus tingle at the very end.

m: This was medium bodied, not at all syrupy.

d: Frankly I had given up on wheatwines. Looking over my reviews I only seemed to like one example that I've tried. And I didn't like the next years version nearly as well. Thanks to BeerRun13 for restoring my faith, this is a gem.

Jun 17, 2010
Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 147 ratings