Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale | Marin Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
147 Ratings
Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat AleMarin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
marinbrewing.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -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 litheum94
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Fairly hazy, golden hue on the pour. About a 1.5 finger head that retains and laces very well. Continuous carbonation trails during the whole drink.

S- Light, crisp, and refreshing. Reminds you of the typical Belgian witbiers, but with more complexity. Hints of a few hops are in there, but nothing too bittering. Some grassy notes even peek in.

T- Light and crisp again like the scent, but a little heavier towards the end. Wheat takes over the middle part of the drink with a lighter flavor profile that lingers on the back of your tongue. Malt presence is also felt towards the end, with some heavier flavor notes and a few hints of hops. Ends fairly dry.

M- Fairly carbonated and a little heavy on the alcohol. Fairly creamy and not too bad to drink for a while.

Overall, this is a good beer, but didn't blow me away. A solid beer if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DrFayhee
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden, slightly orangish color, with very little head.

S: Banana bread aaand...banana bread.

T: Starts with banana and finishes with some hoppy, nutty touches.

M: Slightly creamy but breaks up with some nice mild carbonation.

O: The banana aspect to it is interesting and well on this side of overwhelming. I'd appreciate a bit more complexity but it's totally satisfying. More of a tripel than a wheat.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 22 Bomber.
-Clear, deep gold color.
-Light-medium head.
-Aroma was melon? There's definitely an almost tropical fruit smell in there, with some malt and alcohol poking through afterward.
-Taste started sweet fruit and malty and rolled into a more heavy and alcohol finish.
-Mouth feel was interesting in that the carbonation kicks in a bit earlier-than-expected during the half way mark into the taste. Making it a bit crisp in the finish as well.
An interesting beer to drink, not sure if it would be a "go-to" but if it's on the menu and you got the cash, go for it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wandering Mule League exile, lurpy1, for bringing this back to the Twin Cities: I've enjoyed a lot of CA goodness out of your suitcase. Now, go somewhere else for work please! 22 oz. bottle poured into two frost-rimmed mugs (OK, not really).

Pour is a burnished oak, I actually held it up to the trim in the house, virtually identical in color. Clear, no bottom-boogers. Nose comes only after fifteen or so minutes of warming, sweet, toffee, slight wheat, but I have to dig my nose into the liquid to get anything; not a strong point.

Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale is like a weizenbock with a mortar. Sweet, sweet, sugar-reduction-drenched bananas skewer the palate. Calling all insulin, calling all insulin. After the shock wears off, this is chock full of subtle niceties. Background wheat, element of molasses/syrup, caramel, & lovely herbal hops touch at the finish. Almost Belgian in feel, but heavier, more serious. Alcohol...yes, I feel you. I feel the ambiance of an after-dinner liqueur, & one that I'd be downing rapidly.

This is one hefty, lovely, sweet, complex mofo of a brew, & just how a wheatwine should taste. A standard-bearer for the style, this is one of the best examples I've had to date & an excellent all-around beer.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Pellinore1
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ULCABrewN84 for sending this one.

Pours pale orange and slightly hazy into a tulip. Two fingers of white head settle slowly, and leave a thin cap of lacing.

This is a sweet smelling beer, with caramel, honey, citrus, and just a bit of spice.

Honey, citrus, and banana hit the tongue first, while some spice shows in the back end.

A bit sticky, with light carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, but it's pretty subtle.

Overall a good beer, and certainly the best of the few examples I've had of the style.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear orangish gold with a finger of off-white foam. Continuing cascading bubbles.

Strong aroma of fruit and bread. Notes of figs, plums, bananas, and apples. Slight vinous note. Touch of booze.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Stars off with real nice sweet fruit, apple comes out stronger here. The booze makes an appearance in the middle and lingers through the finish. Nicely integrated with sweet and bitter flavors. Heat comes on quickly after a few sips.

Medium-full bodied with a bit below medium carbonation. Soft on the palate and drinkable in a sipping way. The sweetness makes you drink this slower anyway, much like a wine.

Boozy, but also quite sweet and tasty.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this up at the Novato, CA Bevmo as I cannot get it across the Bay. Snifter pour and I am met with a hazy apricot colored ale and a nice fluffy cream colored foamy head. The aroma consists of butterscotch, dried apricots, slight orange and a hint of alcohol in each whiff. The taste is fruity...almost like biting into a juicy fruit. A blast of bitterness and sweetness are produced together. The label states it is "sherry-like" and I do not disagree. There are some wheat-ish characteristics (which is to be expected) but very subdued. There is also a dull grapefruit aftertaste that stays on the tongue. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Overall I wish I could get this closer to home but it is definitely worth the scenic drive to bring a few bottles home. This may be a little too sweet for some, but it is a refreshing change to the mass of beers produced. Great beer.

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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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