Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 111
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1.08/5  rDev -73%

Photo of Crosling
2.49/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy tangerine juice in color, assuming tangerine juice is made. Large, creamy white head with good density for such a big beer. Smells of apricots and papayas soaked in diluted vodka. Taste is fruit-filled, strongly alcoholic with notes of banana peels and honey covered apricots. Not very good. Cloying & malt liquorish.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split this 22 oz. bottle with my girlfriend.

Poured a nice clear gold color. Very little head and not much lacing. Didn't expect much from a brew with 9.2% alcohol.

Aroma was sweet, like grapefruit. Couldn't detect any wheat aroma.

Initial flavor was of honey, followed up with a hop bitterness. Surprisingly, I thought it would be much more balanced because of the wheat. Unfortunately, it goes from sickeningly sweet to unpleasantly bitter (a metallic bitterness) very quickly.

Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated with an unpleasant lingering bitterness on the palate.

Easily drinkable because it's not heavy but the flavor didn't impress me at all. My girlfriend actually liked this brew better than I did so after drinking what I could, I gave her the remains of my half.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lets not make this too complicated. its a wheat beer with some fruity alcohol flushing.

Hmmm. Nice.

It is what it is....If your in college and your daddy can afford it this is perfect. High alcohol combined with ummm flavor. I'm not a huge fan of this but it is tasty. Seems to fall short of desireable.. Big bubbles. Cider coloring. Lazy mouthfeel and a Grainy finish.

ehhh no thanks.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of PuckLSHS
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Hollingshead in Orange, CA today.

Appearance - light brown/amber in color. Head did not hold long but it was nice enough to dissipate leaving a pretty little bit of lace in the pint glass.

Smell & Taste - Not overwhelming but it has a bit of sweetness to it. Very much the same feel as a light wine would be. The smell does not overpower the senses and I wish it actually had a bit more to it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability - nice amount of carbonation and left a little bit of bitterness at the end. I am not a giant fan of the brew, but it is good if you want to pack a little bit of punch into your day due to the high alcohol content in the brew. I would get it again and I have had it more than once already.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden and cloudy yellow, good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is wheat, malt and fruits, nothing to appealing. Taste is sweet, malty, wheat and sordove bland. it. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit syrupy, booze, wheat but I did not find it impressive nor very drinkable.

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Photo of Pehlman
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A golden amber with a small white head and little lacing. No visible carbonation..

S: Very wheaty. A definite presence of a fleshy fruit. Maybe plantains, guava or papaya. Very subtle presence of alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell. The fruit flavor is a bit overwhelming for me. Almost a bit too sharp in the taste although the feel is quite smooth.

M: Very smooth! Very nice. Probably the redeeming quality of this beer.

D: Eh... Its a good beer according to style but my personal taste says that its not something I really care for. But overall I wouldn't call this a bad beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Star Brew is a clear dark gold with a large, fluffy white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is sour citrus, like over-ripened limes, almost a bit like some kind of lemon cleaning product. As it warmed from the ~55F serving temp, there was a slightly more pleasant floral perfume aroma, but still more dead flowers then fresh.

Taste is also heavy on the citrus. Not really like a hoppy citrus, and really not like a big hefe, more like it has kafir lime leaf or something, so much so that it's acidic. Not really loving the musty citrus fruit character here, definitely not like a 'double' hefe or anything, more of like a double wit beer, over spiced for my taste. Browsing some of the reviews I mistook the citrus characterization for NW hops and thought I should drink it fresh. This reminds me more of a strong belgian blonde blonde I made with too much fresh lemongrass, and I wish I aged it for a year or more.
Ok, as I work through the last glass of the bomber, I'm liking it a good bit more, the Belgian like character is coming through - or maybe I'm just getting beer goggles (I can't wrap my arms around you but you seem so hot!). Either way, I bump it up a 1/2 point.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, which cuts the dryness, but it's still sticky. Citric acid like feel eating through my enamel.

Drinkability is ok. My second 'wheatwine', drastically different then the smutty, which to me was really no different then a barelywine. This one is like BW mixed with lemon juice, but not in a nice and funky lambic way. Might age well but not digging it now, although it certainly is unique!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. A darker golden body is topped by about an inch of sturdy, creamy white head that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Not a whole lot of aroma - light caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit, some grassy hops, and a generous whiff of alcohol. Palate is light mellow wheat and malt, becoming sweeter towards the finish. A moderate hop profile holds notes of sweet plum, grass, and a touch of pine. Body is velvety smooth, with very light, mellow carbonation - just beautiful. Although the high alcohol content makes it a tricky proposition to tackle an entire bottle, this is a highly enjoyable beer. Find a friend to share it with.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a generic tulip glass. Rosy, tangerine body with a dense but small off-white head, receding to a thin but persistent band ringing a film of pinhole-bubbles. Sharp angled lacing with thin but sticky legs. Clarity is adequate, yet slightly foggy...

Aroma is surprisingly restrained (at any temperature) - floral, grainy, and sweet with a bit of nail polish scent from the alcohol.

The flavor is much stronger - rich malt liquor, vinuousness, dark wheat, flour, and raw sugar on the palate - bleeding together and proceeded quickly by a wave of bitterness and (moreso) ester-laden alcohol notes (hints of scotch, sherry, and prunes). The finish is sweet and pungent with another wave of grain. Potent, but a bit rough. Somewhat syrupy in flavor. A touch of spice too...

Medium-bodied, very lightly tannic and/or astringent; a bit prickly from the synthesis of alcohol, carbonation, and phenols.

Rather sweet and "raw" tasting. My first example of the style - but if this is indicative I would recommend sticking to barleywine...

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Photo of bog
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This refers to the 2002 edition. The beer tastes more like a triple than a wheat to me. The head is non-existent, and there is almost no carbonation which makes me think this may be an oddity compared to the other reviews. The beer is stunningly orange, and smells of apricot and alcohol.

The taste is sweet with slight hops. It reminds me of other triples, but maybe not quite as strong (which may be where the wheat comes in).

Overall, a decent beer, but not great. It's certainly worth having once.

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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22 oz. bomber

A: The color is nice, a slight orange hue. I expected a lighter color. The head is very thin and dissipates quickly leaving very little lace.

S: The smell is pleasant, though fruitier than I would expect from a tripel wheat.

T: The taste was a bit of a let down. Initially it hits the palate nice and bright but there is a bitter sort of citrus rind finish that I don't care for. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until it hits the back of the palate.

MF: The beer is smooth and has an oily silkyness to it. It feels good rolling over the tongue.

D: It is definitely drinkable, though if not for the high alcohol content I would not likely waste my time on it. It is a good beer to get your grilfriend started on appreciating stronger beers though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An initially three-finger thick, dirty, tan colored head sits atop a somewhat hazy, copper colored brew. The head leaves lots of frothy lacing on the surface of my tulip glass as it slowly recedes. This is definitely a bit thick as the carbonation bubbles are noticeably slowed as they work they way up through the body of the beer. Dusty grain notes greet my nose at first, but then a distinct tropical fruit note of kiwis and juicy-fruit is noticed. This last, unfortunately, fades pretty quickly and I am left with notes of caramelized malt, chewy bread aromas and biscuit like aromas. The aroma is fairly simplistic, focusing most on clean grain notes.

Sweet tasting up front, and quite a bit hoppier than the aroma suggested. A substantial bitterness (noticeable from beginning to end) as well as a nice herbal hop flavor and a touch of menthol. The flavor is actually dominated by the hop character, but there is still a significant malt (both wheat & barley) presence here; flavors of honey, stale bread crust, toffee, some lemon like notes from the wheat (though the hop notes likely influence this as well). The finish is a mix of dusty malt / toasty grain notes and a malt sweetness that doesn't quite beat back the lingering, slightly astringent bitterness.

The aroma of this brew was pretty drab and I wish that the ample hop character from the flavor had shown up some in the nose. An enjoyable brew; I want to say that this is overly simplistic, but that is what a wheat-wine is; clean wheat and malt flavors with a varying level of hop character. Still this is definitely lacking something; it needs a bit more character before I could really, really enjoy it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden bright honey, small head and not much lace.

S - Honey, dough, and caramel.

T - Taste similar to smell. HEAVY caramel flavor, almost syrupy, with notes of honey and bread.

M - Light body, not very coating, carb ok.

D - Easy to drink but might get a little cloying as the night goes on.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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