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 Zorro
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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 jonnylieberman
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a deceitful beer! No beer with an alcohol centent of 9.1% has any business tasting like this!

It poured out of the bottle and into my snifter a gorgeous shade of orange/brown. Quite 70s. The head is immaculate. Teeny, tiny little bubbles that produce an almost archetypal lace.

It smells of raspberries or some such fruit. Zero hoppiness. No alcohol is apparent.

The taste is light and refreshing. Yes, this is a Californian wheat beer. A minute amount of yeast tang is present. Absent is any hop character--not necessarily a bad thing, but weird coming from a Nor-Cal brew. Sweet, but not too sweet, and the faintness of it all belies the big alcohol backbone.

Mouthfeel is light until it hits the back of your tongue, and then BLAMO!! You realize this is a warmer, an Olde Ale, Barleywine type of affair. So that's where all the booze has been hiding...

Man, I can't believe how drinkable this stuff is. Problem is after a 22 ounce bottle or two, you're toast. Or at least horizontal.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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 RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage here. Appearance: Deep orange slight cloudiness with a massive cream colored head that is quite resilient. lacing stays in thick patches appearance is all bueno here. Aroma: Doughy from the yeast, has nutty tones around the edges, with a massive wheat malt driven alcohol nose very full. Taste: Nuts, cream, fruit undertones, hop bitterness leaving it's mark in full, a massive wave of flavors that have to be picked apart this is a tough one here. I found this beer while living in SoCal but never gave it a shot, so here I am well over a year trying it a gain I thought a triple wheat sounded interesting and boy was I right, with a bready belgian yeast sharp tones of wheat malt this beer is incredible still after the aging process I am currently searching for a fresh sample to compare so send it my way. Overall Mouthfeel: Syrupy oily resins line the palate but there is still a smooth crispness that can be enjoyed in the winter or summer awesome. Drinkability: I must say so much flavor makes this a bit overwhelming so send me another bottle so I can have two.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2002 vintage. Light orange color, large head. Full bodied triple wit style ale. Sherry-like character. Malts are bold and somewhat sweet. Not very hoppy. Interesting flavor, some banana and clove, citrus and orange. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. Some alcohol bite in aftertaste despite a 9.2% alcohol content. Etched beer bottle.

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Photo of bog
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of mickeymac
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 BeerManDan
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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%
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 marc77
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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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