Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale | Marin Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of skotster13
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 carln26
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy light copper color topped by a thin white head that receded quickly into the glass. The nose has some bubblegum, a little touch of biscuit, backed by a lemony citrus character. The taste has a quick punch of bubblegum, followed very quickly by herbal hop and mild citrus. Hard candy character on the finish along with a bit of alcohol heat. Mildly sticky mouth feel. OK drinkability. Interesting beer, but I’m not sure how many of these I could drink.

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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 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 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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Photo of mattcrill
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of BIF16

Appearance: Pours a soft orange color with a very thick and sudsy looking white head.

Smell: Baked bread, citrus hops, a touch of alcohol, and a nice floral hop aroma. Very interesting and more toward the citrus hop end on the nose.

Taste: Wheat bread, cloves, a peppery and spicy flavor, a nice blend of bittering and mild citrus hops. Nothing over the top here. A nice balance of all these characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Very fluffy and full mouthfeel. Leaves just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Drinkability: Very interesting and a new style for me. The alcohol presence makes this one a bit heavy handed. Still, this is well crafted and immensely enjoyable. I can really see getting into this style. Strongly recommended.

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

Pours a clear apple juice color with a copper hue, minimal off white head, and some carb action.

Has a sweet banana/caramel malt smell with a slight citrus hops aroma.

Moderately/heavy sweet/acidic/bitter, nutty, and roasted caramel malt taste with resin/orange and some grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium/full bodied, dry and syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic/alcoholic finish.

One of the better products from Marin, the balance is allright from start to finish, and the bottle states 9.7%.

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Photo of lou91
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a classic example of temperature making all the difference. There was nothing especially outstanding about the nose or look on the pour. It was golden, clear with subtle hop and alcohol in the nose. Tasting it cold, there was nothing to write home about. As it warmed it was crisp clean and boozy with some vanilla in the aftertaste. The malts and alcohol dominate – I hate to say like a malt liquor but this is what it reminded me of. A rare beer style that should be experienced- not my cup of tea but a good buzz for trying.

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

2002 Vintage bottle with the number 2280 in big numbers in the middle of the label. This beer poured with a very interesting look to it. The color was pinkish orange with a thin swirling head on top. The pink color in it was like something you'd see in pink lemonade or grapefruit juice. Very good looking beer. The aroma of the beer was wheaty and bready wit ha touch of burned sugar sweetness. The flavor comes on strong like a barleywine. It has a sweet syrupy flavor with hop bitterness at the end and tangy caramel notes in the middle. If there were such a thing as a Wheat-Barley Wine, this would be it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, *2450* from a 22oz bomber. The initial pour delivers a surprisingly clear, deep golden body with the exception that particulate can clearly be seen rising and falling amidst its turbulent, effervescent carbonation. A second pour, however, changes all that and it takes on the haze normally associated with the style. The foamy, bright-white head holds exceptionally well and leaves solid sheets of lace about the glass. The nose is yeasty and fruity with a touch of pepper, citrusy with hops, and backed by a wheatish malt. The body is medium-full (or is it full-medium?) and the natural, effervescent carbonation bristles on the tongue. Its flavor is bold and rich with a slap of lightly-tart fruit and yeast at the outset, followed by a luxurious wheat-based maltiness. A peppery spiciness appears towards the swallow; and it finishes dry but with a note of sweet, sugar-cookie-dough-like malt that lingers amidst a gentle spiciness from the alcohol. It's an impressive brew; yet it may be slightly over-done as the alcohol becomes obvious even within a twelve ounce serving (cutting down on its drinkability). Still, this is an excellent beer to enjoy while relaxing in the backyard on a cool summer evening as the sun sets. Recommended.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, *2513* from a 22oz bomber. Appearance was a see-through amber color with a lot of fine carbonation and a nice compact white head that eventually died down to a lace-less ring.
The aroma was quite wheaty with some honey and sherry notes. As it warmed the alcohol fumes really started coming off in waves. Some light fruitiness, also - maybe raspberries. Zero hops.
The taste of this smooth, full brew was loaded with malts and sported a fruitiness comparable to a doppelbock. Hops presence was decidedly absent but not the alcohol, which lent a serious pop to the finish of this brew. The feel was rather thick and almost syrupy. In a word; slick.
Star Brew Triple Wheat Ale had me thinking of a barleywine minus the hops or a bruising doppelbock. Tasty, but one would do for a night.

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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 jonnylieberman
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +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 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -9.3%
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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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 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 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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