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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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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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 version. Poured golden with a thin head and okay lacing. The smell is slightly sweet with fresh wheat, banana, and wax. Tast is similar. More fresh wheat, somewhat grainy, banana, citrusy hops, waxy fruit- maybe cherry or apple. The mouthfeeel is substantial, slightly slick but creamy. You do't taste the alcohol in this one even though it is quite high in abv. This one is quite big for a wheat beer and definitely worth a try. I'd like to try it fresher and see if its even bolder and spicier.

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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 DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks a lot fartingdog!
This one looked good right off the pour - bright gold with a light haze, a tight white head, good retention, and sticky lacing. The aroma was dominated by citrusy hops, on the orange side, but as it warmed the malt came through with hints of wheat, bready crust and cereal grains. It had a solid bitterness, citrusy hop flavour, some toasted cereal, fruit, and a spicy alcohol finish. The aftertaste brought forward a piney character that wasn't apparent until that point. The carbonation was very fine and quite creamy, lower than expected. Full bodied with a pleasing texture, a bit of stickiness, and mild warmth. Overall, a very well made beer. Easy drinking and quite mellow for a big boy. I'd like to have a few more of these for the cellar so I'd never be without a high quality wheat wine.

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Photo of rallison
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to some lacing on the glass. Smells lemony with some wheat aspects.

Taste is much better than I remember from the first time I had it. Lemon character is nicely present, with a nice general citric character. Wheat is also nicely present but not overwhelming. Alcohol does show itself, but serves to give the body a little boost. A touch of toffee in the background. Seems to finish with some hops on the tongue. Nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and warming, with a relatively rich but not too heavy body.

Drinkability is definitely decent for such a beer.

Highly recommended. A unique style and one I wouldn't mind seeing some more examples of. And to think, I was wary of trying this one again.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellowy gold and very clear with a small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is soft honey sweetness, hints of prunes and ripe fruit. Hints of sweet citrus in the aroma as well. Taste is also fruity, some very subtle citrus, with a nice nutty wheatiness that develops mid taste and lingers into the aftertaste. Medium to heavy in body, decent bitterness and a good sized drying mixes with a slightly sweet and cloying finish. Alcohol is very well balanced but evident in the taste. An easy to sip beer, very subtle aroma and taste wise, nothing reaches out and grabs you. The wheat presence is most evident in the taste and is quite nice.

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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 sulldaddy
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this brew from watermelonman ( I think) I sampled at room temp poured into a tulip glass. the beer pours a bright gold color with thin off white head that fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is mild but some yeasty bread notes and mild white grape comes through. I get a bit of wheat grainyness as well. First sip reveals an average body and very mild spacious carbonation. The texture is slightly syrupy.
Flavor is fairly sweet overall with some white grape and melon mixing with a dash of honey and then rolls to a bit of booziness. Not really hot but more wine like. Finishes with a bit of peppery spice. A sipping beer in my opinion.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a frothy head that dots that chalice

Smell: Almond, honey, grass and lemon aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a blast of candied almond and honey; grassy and pithy flavors develop, mid-palate; after the swallow a boozy and slightly medicinal bitterness overtakes and complements the sweet flavors in to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with modest carbonation; warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Truly unique and worth seeking out; a wonderful sipper on a cold day

Thanks, BeerRun13

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Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

Nice looking beer! Pours a bright gold color, with a very nice white fluffy head.

Smells really sweet and malty with a bit of hop spice. Actually the smells remind me of a well done Pils.

Flavor... alcohol is the first thing I notice. Not overpowering, but it's there. Beer is quite dry, but very full and well rounded... big mouthfeel. This beer just screams malt. A really dry malt flavor, with a bit of sweetness on the palate. Very interesting beer. Kind of reminds me of a malt liquor, but one that is extremely well done.

An interesting and enjoyable sipping brew. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of sunshine with a minimal stark white head.
Very still and pristine.

S: Lemon peel, copper wire and gentle honey suckle

T: Immediate impression is light, unflavored iced tea with honey and lemon. This is nice and not what I expected at all. Very subtle flavors at work here...lets start from the top. Begins slightly, and I mean ever so slight, lemon citrus kiss on the tip of the tongue. A very rounded honey sweetness with placid wheat characteristics work will with the lemon personality. A conspicuous bitterness simmers around the front tip of the tongue. Finishes floral, mellow herbal with a dry, earthy appearance.

M: Medium body, decent mouthfeel but could use a touch of carbonation.

D: This is nice. Lots of subtle flavors at work...I bet this beer would be good with sushi. Alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of BlindPig
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/2" white head on a light cloudy deep orange body.
S- Alcohol comes through. Lots of lighter fruits and yeast smell.This is my first one from the style so it is harder to pick out the different things.
T- Big wheat and yeast taste with the fruits coming through strong too. Can taste the alcohol but not much warming from it and it is well covered. Seems like the wheat flavor is acting like a malt base. Spices come through too. Leaves a nice sweet sugary taste in mouth. Nice dry finish also.
M-Medium to full body. Low carbonation.
D- It is a very good and different (at least for me) brew. I like it a lot and would like to try others from the style. It is a sipper though at 10%.

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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 BeerRun13
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish gold. A small head fades to a nice thick ring, and leaves some decent lacing.
Somewhat subdued in the nose. Kind of a sweet fruity wheat aroma.
Light malty wheat backbone. Citrussy orange and a fruity quality that really comes alive as the beer warms. Nice hop flavor with a slight citrussy bitterness. A bit of alcohol stays relativeley hidden, but shows itself here and there. Definately more of a wine flavor than any beer I've ever tried.
Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Niceley dry.
This is one I may not have found without seeing it on somebody's trading want's list... glad I found it, as I'll revisit this one more often.

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Photo of Iguana
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a clear orange with a nice white head that laced up after awhile.

S: Some citrus hops, and alot of alcohol on the nose, almost burns its so strong.

T: Amazingly smooth and refreshing, cant notice the alcohol at all. Viscously sweet. Nice bitter finish.

M: Sticky, sweet, and bitter. Very similar to barley wine.

D: For 9.2 alcohol it isnt noticeable in the taste but u can feel it. Highly drinkable beer, I could see using this to quench myself on a hot summer afternoon, or to warm up on a cold winter night, a really tasty and versatile beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No prior biases, thanks awaisen from California. Good aroma, left by C hop. Well hopped taste, good white head. Very smooth drink of wheat, not very complex, very present orange citrus. The alcohol was high and hitting you at the end. Good full mouthfeel. Not too sweet, but well malted very drinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

+2006+ Star Brew

Presentation: Whooaaahhh…..what happened to the screen printed bottle!?!? Bummer Dude!!…….No more yellow screen printed bottle with the words ‘Star Brew <insert four digit number> Triple Wheat Ale 2006’, but just a paper label, similar in design to the change of the screen printed Hopsickle to the colorful paper version. This years (2006) offering is simply called “Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale", and is listed as 9.2% ABV, a half percent lower than last years version I noted. Described as “A big, rich and smooth sherry-like WHEATWINE Style Ale inspired by our friend, Phil Moeller, of Rubicon Brewing Co. fame.”

Appearance: Intense yellowy-white tan 3” deep head rises high and has a great looking presence. Dark golden body, crystal clear with an average stream of conditioning that supports the super looking head. Patchy lacing tends to slide back down into the glass when it gets chance, nonetheless, this looks fantastic.

Nose: This has a gorgeous fruity nose, candied fruits and full of ripe hop syrups with a wheat laden back end. Orange rind skirts the edge and some sugary sweet alcohol breaks through. Has a Caribbean and rather tropical nose at times.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong orange peel front and centre with a tropical influence at first, but this is soon pushed aside by the hoppy middle which is thick with a viscous texture on the tongue. Smooth and glooping, like a rich treacle pudding it oozes a sweet flavor and fills all the cracks and crannies. Ending is bitter with a wheat hop character, damned I love this brew and I find it hard to explain why at times. The rasping long lived finish on the cheeks with the gentle warmth in the epiglottis makes for a fine beer to finish the evening with, but yet it alerts my drinking buds and begs me to crack another bottle.

Drinkability: As with past years, this is just far too easy to drink down and dangerously quaffable. Damn it, the whole Bomber had gone by this part of my Review…..this one needs to come in Six-Packs of 750ml’s. Libational crack.

Overall: $4.53 a bottle…worth every cent and more. I have grown to *love* the Marin Star Brew <insert number> Triple Wheat Ale, and always pick up a couple of bottles each year. An annual favorite that, despite its reported lower ABV from last year, is still a damned fine and tasty brew - well worth seeking out! I just wish they’d bring back the screen printed bottle….

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber in the glass with a 3 finger head that slowly melts to an impressive sticky lacing.
Aromas of fruits...citrus orange...and sweet malt.
Mouth is met with a sweet orange marmalade and then soft grapefruit hops.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...aftertaste a slow fading of the tastes with only slight drying.
Wow...Triple Wheat?
My first Wheat Wine and I love it.
Oh yeah...while I might not notice the alcohol in the taste so much, I definitely feel it's effects.

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Photo of ElGordo
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 blitheringidiot
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the new darn labeled bottle and not painted. Label states 9.2% ABV. Touts medals. Back states "sherry-like inspired by Phil Moeller of Rubicon Brewing fame.

Pours a vitreous light golden peach hue containing zero bubbles rising to a zero coating of a razor line ring around the edge.

Bright nose of spicy coriander and Belgian candi sugars. Aromatic Earthy floral almost juniper sugestion.

First swigs: Enveloping peach skin soft. Meld of light fruit of peach, fresh banana touch, and dry finish. Fairly judicious swetness creeps in. Not a powerhouse wheat, while still remaining clean and tasty.

Zesty carbonation with a ligering clove dryness. Srprisingly this for a big wheat wine cranking in near 10% ABV. Some sugary rock candy on the lips.

Last swigs: How happy was I to see that a Summer wheat turns out to be a wheat wine upon closr inspection. Wish that this was closer to home because it could be a regular drinker. Worth seeking with an effort for a wheat.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

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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 SacoDeToro
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice crystal clear golden amber. A small white head quickly diminished to a fine lace that stayed throughout the sipping.

The aroma was that of citrusy hops, sweet summer fruits, and alcohol.

The was predominantly malty sweetness with that tangy zing of a healthy dose of wheat. While the beer was 10% ABV, it wasn't overly hot or alcoholic while sipping, but rather, had a nice warmth that helped it finish smooth. The hops were in the correct balance to assert themselves after the malty sweetness rolled past your tongue. The flavor was overall very crisp for a beer of this gravity.

The mouthfeel was medium and creamy with a fine and tight carbonation. I would have preferred just a touch more CO2 to add a little acidic crispness.

This is a very solid beer from a great NorCal brewery. I've only had a few wheat wines in my day, but this one was at the top.

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Photo of beerinator
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from lou91 during XBIF39! Thanks!

Appearance: Golden copper cloudy "wheaty" looking beer. Great off-white lacing left on the glass throughout the drinking of Star Brew.

Aroma: Sweet caramel fruitiness. There are some banana-ish notes. Perhaps the yeast is contributing some spicyness as well.

Taste: The caramel sweetness hits hard and quick. Mouthfeel is spot on, but the finish is a bit sweet and cloying. The spices and fruitiness are pleasant.

Notes: This beer definitely does not taste like it could be 10%. The fruitiness is pleasant, but maybe a little over the top. And I wish it finished a tiny bit dryer. But overall it was nice and easy to drink.

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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 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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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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