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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat AleMarin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is a great brew from the start. It poured a hazy golden amber with very little foam on the head. The smell was of hops and malt with a hint of caramel. The taste was of a heavenly nature. A complexity of malts and hops, with a sweetness/bitterness that is well balanced. I highly reccommend this beer and will try to buy up all that is left. This has to be one of my top 25 beers.

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Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a nice thick white head on top that lasts a fair time. Huge malty aromas with some big fruitiness as well. Possibly some grapefruit/oranges and some darker/sweeter fruits with a nice vinous quality. Sweet malty sweetness not unlike what you would get from a barley wine but not as heavy. Complex fruitiness like a BW as well but on the lighter side as well with some lemon/orange/grapefruit flavors as well as some slightly tart grape/vinous quality. The alcohol makes itself known only in its warming qualities. Velvety smooth and very creamy and very easy to drink due to its wheat beer lighness. This "Wheatwine" is a lot like a barley wine but light in color, body, and types of flavors. It still has all the great complexity of flavors but lighter fruits, body, etc. Somewhat like somparing a dubbel and a tripel. Lighter in body and color but equally as complex and flavorful. This is one great brew and I will have to get a few to cellar.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, this was a big surprise and one of the best beers I've tried in while. Enjoyed from a bomber ebmossed with Marin's logo and "Star Brew 2280," it's a 2002 vintage. It's honey-color with a fairly large white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is sweet and candy or bubble-gum like. Hops mingle nicely with the sweet smell. The bottle says it's "sherry-like." Maybe sherry-like flavors are present, but mainly it's a thoroughly enjoyable sweetness that is not the least bit cloying. The mouthfeel is delightful, and this beer gives no clue that it weighs in at 9% abv. This one's a masterpiece that I've left sitting in the cooler on many previous trips to the shop. I won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of marc77
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light orange in hue, covered by an ivory white head that settles into a very tight layer that leaves intricate lace. Citrusy hops hit the nose upfront, then are ensued by spicy alcohol and sweet green fruit esters reminecent of kiwi and white grapes coupled with grainy wheat tartness. Very intriguing aromawise. Caramel malt and butterscotch become discernible as the brew warms and the volatile hop oils dissipate. Flavorwise, smoothly sweet medium caramel malt quickly gives way to nutty and buttery notes, leaving an initial impression of rich peanut brittle. This then yields to a melange of a citric hop flavor, subdued wheat tartness and candy coated apple sweetness. Moderate and clean hop bitterness oddly emerges after hop flavor towards the end of the taste, partially offsetting the assertive caramel malt presence. The combination of fairly low carbonation, ample residual dextrins and wheat protein that escaped fining and/or filtration lend a smooth, viscous and slick mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a bittersweet combo of brown sugar sweetness and light hop bitterness. The myriad of flavors hide the relatively high alcohol content. Star Brew Triple is a rich consortium of buttery malt, light wheat tartness, and signature citrusy west coast hopping. This brew epitomizes American microbrew creativity. Delicious and truly unique.

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Photo of Zorro
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Star Brew 2513 2004 Edition.

Pours a deep golden brew.

Smell is fruity and spicy with a malt scent. Wheat and bran scents are in this too.

Taste is sweet and malty almost like a bock beer. Intense fruitiness and a hops bite are present too. This is a brew that bites your tongue as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A real sipping brew this one. It is like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, having you brains smashed in by a gold brick wrapped in velvet. Tasty stuff that will surprise you with its kick

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. This is my first wheatwine so don't hate.

Appearance: Whoa, check out that head! Looked like I wasn't gonna get much out of it at first, but then the carbonation just snowballed into a big, fluffy, white top. As it slowly (very slowly) decays, it leaves some excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is a bright amber with tons of suspended sediment within. This looks gorgeous!

Smell: God, this smells awesome! After the first whiff, I had to get a taste. (Normally, I wait to taste it until I've finished reviewing the smell.) Sweet moist pine, juicy oranges, candied fruits, wheat, caramel, herbs, flowers, and love. Lots of sweetness with an oily hop bitterness in the finish that brings you back down to earth. I'm really digging this style so far.

Taste: Wheat is felt initially, but it quickly takes a backseat to juicy citrus (orange, grapefruit) and resinous hops. Candied apples and red berry pie filling join the party. Wheat steps up toward the finish, and really helps smooth things out. Finally, pine and oily hops (and a touch of alcohol) reassert themselves in the aftertaste. A very fun ride.

Mouthfeel: Again, this is my first wheatwine. I can feel the wheatiness, but I can especially feel the hop oiliness/stickiness. I don't think I've ever had such a complex mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low (I guess - I don't really know the style), and body is a bit on the heavy side. Coats the mouth extremely well and produces some nice warming effects.

Drinkability: I'm going to buy more of this. ISO: Wheatwines (half kidding - I need to give up trading for a bit). I could easily imagine myself drinking this until I passed out. Sweetness and bitterness battle back and forth throughout the sesh, neither one giving up any ground. Great balance. This totally exceeded expectations! (...which were high anyway)

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage

A - Poured from a silkscreened olde-school looking 22oz bomber into a snifter. Nice looking - frothy white head without a ton of staying power but left a decent collar. Golden in color, quite transparant with a good deal of carbonation.

S- Whoa - this is where this beer starts to shine. Incredibly robust smell that hits you as soon as the crown is pryed off the bottle. Very fruity smelling, hints of alcohol hide under the acidic hops.

T- Amazingly complex - the fruitiness is definitely there, and so is the acidic hop-twang, but there's a sufficient malt backbone to keep this one balanced and to mask that 10%. Almost tastes like a particularly luxurious DIPA.

M- Leaves the palate quite dry but the persistent flavor leaves you wanting more.

Overall- Didn't expect much from this beer so I really had quite a treat. Never having had a wheat wine, I can't compare to other beers in the style, but I can say that I will be trying more within this style when I get the chace. Really a delicious brew that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Star Brew 2450, 2003 release. Poured a thick sparkly honey/orange color. You could see the thickness in this one. Tiny, quickly dissapating head. Big aromas. Grainy and sweet. Definite smells of orange and perhaps a bit of almond. The alcohol was also present.
Huge, rich malty taste. Sticky orange fruit and an almost tea-like flavor that bordered on cloying but pulled up just short. Nice hop bitterness balances it all very well. Alcohol was present in the finish but well integrated into the whole. There was some spiciness as well. Great job!
Thick, viscous mouthfeel letting you now this is a serious beer! Good carbonation lightens it up a little. The superb balance of this beer makes for great drinkability. Certainly a tummy warmer but beware the 10%, it's hidden well.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition *Star Brew 2810*

Ohh, it's a wheatwine. I'd been wondering about this "triple-wheat" thing. Cool. Burnt orange colored, head retains well for a bit before fading to a thin lace. I was catching whiffs of the aroma before I even poured it, and it is indeed a complex and beautiful thing. Strong notes of white grapes blending with an overload of exotic fruits in the vein of kiwi and watermelon, all coming together with sugary vanilla notes and bubblegum. Wow. Did beer just make me say that?

Flavor is not as strikingly complex, yet yields more and more nuances as it warms. Mild sherry comes through, and the hops bite more and more as it sits, which better balances the esters, and yes, the booze. It's like an impatient kid playing hide-and-seek. He hides well, but after you let him sit long enough he starts looking for YOU. Spices interplay well with the serious wheat bill this brew is packing, all making for a very enjoyable experience. Carbonation is light. This pup's delicious. More and more impressed with this brewery (and Moylan's) every time I try a new one. Big ups to RedwoodGeorge for sending this gem East. .

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BigB415
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy straw colored body, head is moderate and fast fading. OK lacing.

Smell: Sweet wheat, earthy fruit smell, slightly spicy.

Taste: Rich and sweet, fruity at first, then strong alcohol and big malt. The flavor ends with puckering grapefruit hops. Complete and what you would expect from a West Coast Wheat Wine.

Drinkability: More hoppy, but as strong as i am used to. Very good. Thanks Zorro.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thick but bright honey with a head that settles soon, but leaves a pretty wallpaper. Upon swirling and pouring the last of the bottle, the brew takes on a really nice, golden-brown with an impressive dense head. My bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Big barleywine smells of dates and rye bread on top of lighter, banana and citrus fruit. A little boozy but mostly inticingly rich malt-bomb goodness. Some hints of butter and cashews. Taste is glorious. Full-bodied with a big hoppy kick. As this is the first wheatwine I've tried, I don't know how it compares to others. But it reminds me of a good barleywine or a strong American ale. Definitely pick this one up if you see it!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage purchased from Holiday Wine Cellar in SD.
A- Wow, this ale pours a translucent gold/orange hue with a huge soapy head that hangs around FOREVER and also has some amazing cascades that is usually only seen in stouts, the lacing is also big and sticky and all over the glass. . . amazing!
S- Aroma is dominated by . . . pineapple and and lemon citrus, some sweet honey and wheat/bread/yeasty malts, molasses and a touch of grassy hops round out the profile, very unique
T- Initial taste is mostly sweet malts soon followed by that screaming citrus hops and honey-wheat-molasses tones that are quite thick and syrupy, finishes with an alcohol warming presence and a bit of dryness
M- Medium-to-full bodied beer, texture is thick and creamy with full carbonation
D- You definitely get a "fortified" feel from this beer and the 10%abv is well-masked (but not surprising), I am not a huge fan of this style, but I really like this Super Wheat Ale and would definitely pick this up again in the future for a post-dinner/cold evening/barleywine-esque situation. I do not have much experience with Marin's selection, but this beer makes me want to go try more of their lineup, a truly unique and complex ale that breaks all the molds for this style. . . .

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Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/12/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber. No freshness dating, but I'm pretty sure it's a 2005 release or maybe a late 2004. Poured into my Anderson Valley tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden in color. Just a tiny bit cloudy...can see my hand through the glass, but just the outline. 1/2 inch head which leaves a skin frothy head in the remains. Streaks of lace to and fro.

Smell- Sugary sweet, alcoholic esters, a touch of banana and a touch of cookie dough sweetness.

Taste- Sweet at first, which turns even more sweet over the consumption. Light banana and clove flavors with some peppery spices. Maybe a touch a vanilla as well. Heavy on the wheat texture and flavor. A larger dose of hops than imagined. Wonderful conrucopia of flavors.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher than average for the carbonation level. ABV sneaks up on you fast. Medium to heavier mouthcoating mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Because of it's sweetness, it's not an everyday beer or even close to any kind of session beer. Probably a really good beer to have every once and a while though. Went particularly well with my homemade spicy basil beef and vegatable samosas.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. Equal parts mandarin orange and lemon with a stained glass look when backlit with sunshine. Given the ABV, it's amazing that such a wonderful looking head has formed. It's pale gold with a tight-bubbled firmness that promotes longevity. Not only that, but a solid sheet of fine lace is beginning to appear at the top edge of the glass (and an incredible amount sticks in the end).

I wish the nose was more powerful, but I do like what I smell. Surprisingly, alcohol isn't a major contributor. This Marin BC offering smells like a pale-malt dominant strong ale with a citric hop twist. My hope is that more will reach my nose once the foam slowly melts and once the beer warms a bit more.

Star Brew is a delicious, amazingly composed wheat wine given its lack of age. If I didn't know better, I'd have guessed that several years had passed since bottling. Believe me, it takes skill to brew a 10.0% ale (that doesn't have the benefit of roasted malt, a barrage of hops or an estery yeast) that buries its alcohol this well.

The flavor profile consists of sugar cookies soaked in honey, vanilla, apple brandy and more citric hoppiness that I've ever experienced in a beer of this style. No DIPA worth its hops has to worry, but it's still nice to see. The brewery describes Star Brew as 'sherry-like'. I prefer my description, but I can see their point. It's definitely getting me all toasty warm.

The mouthfeel is pure heaven. If humans were able to drink liquid glass, this is what it would feel like. There isn't even the hint of a rough edge anywhere in sight; another characteristic that I'll attribute to the lack of an alcoholic personality in a beer that has every right to display one.

This is only my fifth wheat wine, but Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale is the best that I've had so far. It's a remarkable achievement that newcomers to the style owe it to themselves to try. Don't be surprised if it becomes your new gold standard. One delicious bomber (and counting) tells me that it's mine.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to intriqken for this via trade. I've been intrigued by wheat wines for some time now nad always love hte chance to try another one. Interesting that this one is very similar to the Smuttynose wheat wine. To me that's a great thing.

A - Nice golden yellow color. Nice carbonation and thick white head. A veritable cascade of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pilsner glass.

S - Rich slightly sweet wheat malt, ripe candied fruits and a touch of orange around the edge. Ever so slight on the citrus but nice touch.

T - Rich well balanced malt palate. You can tell it's a wheat wine by the balance but it's a well balanced and fermented out brew. No overwhelming unfermentables hanging in suspension. A potential when using so much wheat. Hops provide a touch of influence, not much but just enough to compliment the ripe fruit / citrus hints curling around my tongue.

M - Medium bodied, very dry in the finish. Very pleasing!

D - very drinkable! A well done example in the growing number of choices in this category. If it's in your local market buy it! This one is a great choice as winter is coming around!

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for supplying this bottle! 22 oz bomber.

Pours a cloudy amber, lots of chunkies floating inside, thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, big bubbles, thin layers, looks pretty good. Smell is sweet, caramel, bread, wheat, grapefruit, floral, tangerine, brown sugar, really nice. Taste is awesome, greats malt, toffee, raisiny, grapefruit, vanilla, wheat, rich caramel flavour in the finish, older bottle so the hops have mellowed, but nice floral and grapefruity, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very good. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of lynx1245
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard good things about this one. Good things.

Appearance: Golden amber with a pillowy white head. Looks great in the snifter and exudes confidence. It's like it is telling me it is good without saying it (I guess it can't talk).

Smell: This is great! Smells like grape juice mixed with hops. I don't know where those smells come from (ok well maybe the hops), but it is delightful.

Taste: Wow I wasn't expecting that at all! I was almost thinking it would taste like an IPA, but no way! It's very sweet; full of malts. Hoppy bite finishes it off. Grapes and grapefruit in one. Unlike any other beers I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: So fluffy and light. It's like naked chicks pillow fighting in my mouth.

Drinkability: It is very pleasant to drink. A bit high in alcohol and I can feel it, but that won't stop me from finishing the whole bomber!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful florescent orange color with a good and all-white head. This looks like a shiny Abbey Tripel with tons of sediment.

Smell – The authentic wheat aroma is balanced by a very significant hop compliment. This is like nothing that I’ve ever smelled before. The yeast is not of the weizen variety; it is more like wheat that you would find growing in a Midwest field.

The luscious fruits are soaked in booze. The green cherries, oranges, big watermelon, and cantaloupe are very fresh and pickled.

Taste – I didn’t taste this until it warmed almost to room temperature. This is a very unique and complex ale.

The wonderful wheat flavors are unabashed, and the hop balance is big enough to get noticed. The fruits calm down a bit from the nose, but they are there as well. There’s also some sugary sweetness to this one, making it one of the most complex beers that I’ve ever had.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and definitely not a German weizen. The alcohol sting was a little much but otherwise this was a mouthful.

Drinkability – The effective balancing made this a rare find: a big, extreme brew that went down easily.

Comments – What a score! I love tasting different and exotic beers, and this one surely fit the bill. This was sent to me by mickeymac, and he couldn’t have picked a better offering.

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 147 ratings