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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Photo of vacax
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from BevMo Cypress at $4.59.

A: Star Brew greets me with two fingers of a thick off-white foam that dissipates at a leisurely rate. Moderately cloudy golden orange goodness inside my glass complements sporadic lacing.

S: Doughy wheat combined with white grape juice and a remote white pepper.

T: The initial taste of this wheatwine is the sweetness and alcohol, but as I work on this glass the bitterness and fruitiness really evens it out well. The combination of flavors here is really quite lovely. Nice mild hops aftertaste. The more I drink the more delicious it becomes.

M: Rich yet fluffy, with just the right level of carbonation to float around my mouth.

D: A big sweet, bready, 10% wheatwine isn't a typical session beer, but the balance between sweet, bitter, and alcohol keeps me coming back to my glass. A beer I would be interested in revisiting in the future.

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Photo of Pehlman
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Tdizzle
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few sheets of lacing after each sip.

S- As expected, the aroma is massively wheaty. There's some tropical fruit and citrus in the background too. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T- The taste is very sweet and fruity. The finish isn't dry at all, and it leaves a lingering flavor of wheat malt.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and a bit syrupy with very little carbonation.

D- The 9.2% ABV is well-hidden, but the taste is so sweet that I couldn't see myself finishing an entire bottle. Thank goodness I shared this bomber with a friend.

Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, almost opaque orange with a big bubbly off-white head that retains surprisingly well for such a big beer.

Smell: Loaded with malted wheat, but not to a cloying degree. Plenty of juicy citrus as well, along with a hint of mango. Not as aromatic as I was expecting, but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and honey-like up front, malt heavy with a clean fruitiness. Moderate viscosity, not terribly heavy on the palate but clearly not thin. Sweetness is actually very much in check; this never approaches cloying. Given the delicacy of this beer, it's surprising that the alcohol isn't more noticeable. Even as this one warms, I can't detect a touch of heat. The finish presents an assertive but unaggressive hop bitterness, just enough to balance the initial sweetness.

Notes: Great stuff here, expertly balanced and surprisingly drinkable for the style. At less than $5 for a 22 oz bottle, it's hard to go wrong here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy orange with a medium off-white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Very wheaty and grainy, full of dark bread, sour cherry and grape.

T: Lots of dark bread, heavy grain flavour, berry flavour goes through the brew as a light undertone, difficult to describe.

M: Full-bodied beer, viscous, somewhat cloying, quite sweet.

D: The only wheatwine I've had, this is the 2nd time I've had this Marin brew. A tasty beer, definitely a barleywine with a wheat perspective, quite good in its style, extremely bready and alcoholic.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the Wine Exchange for $3.99, on to the beer:

Big fluffy texture on the head, which sits on top the orange amber colored beer. Aroma is sweet like syrup, with concentrated fruit juices.

This is a huge beer. Big mouthfeel, big alcohol, big flavor. Very sweet, but not over the top; eisbock-like. Parts of the beer remind me of shredded wheat. Finish is surprinsgly dry with minor wheat leftover.

It's my first wheatwine, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Reminded me of a drier eisbock, so it wasn't totally different from beer I've had before.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, orange-yellow body with a thin, white head on top.

Smell: Tangy, sweetish aroma caramelized wheat malt, honey, fresh wheat-heavy dough, bananas, and a big mug full of peach schnapps.

Taste: All at once, it's floral and fruity, with a strong taste of pureed peaches and bananas. Wheaty dough flavor. Big kick of honeyish sweetness. Touch of caramel. A resounding moderate bitterness scatters the malts but is never overbearing. Fruity finish with a warming schnapps character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite fruity and quite good. Sure, I'd have another!

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

got this one in a trade with fartingdog. thanks dave!

22oz bottle. dave has "3-7 2007" written on the bottle, so it's had about a year in the cellar. sampled april 5/08.

pours orangey amber with just a touch of haze, probably from the pour. a small dense white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving some spotty lace.

aroma is great. big biscuit and bread malt. bit of crackers. grapefruit and light citrus, but fairly mellow from the time in the cellar. light alcohol, but nowhere near 10% abv.

taste is good. big malt again. bread and biscuit. touch of cracker and grain. grapefruit. touch of pine. bit of orange. citrus is fairly mellow. light alcohol. medium carbonation level. great malt depth. nice hop character.

mouthfeel is great. very well integrated medium-low carbonation level. silky smooth. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. really enjoying this one. nice malt depth. excellent balance. smooth and very enjoyable. thanks dave!

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Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for supplying this bottle! 22 oz bomber.

Pours a cloudy amber, lots of chunkies floating inside, thick white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, big bubbles, thin layers, looks pretty good. Smell is sweet, caramel, bread, wheat, grapefruit, floral, tangerine, brown sugar, really nice. Taste is awesome, greats malt, toffee, raisiny, grapefruit, vanilla, wheat, rich caramel flavour in the finish, older bottle so the hops have mellowed, but nice floral and grapefruity, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very good. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of davidchollar
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thick but bright honey with a head that settles soon, but leaves a pretty wallpaper. Upon swirling and pouring the last of the bottle, the brew takes on a really nice, golden-brown with an impressive dense head. My bottle says 9.2% ABV.

Big barleywine smells of dates and rye bread on top of lighter, banana and citrus fruit. A little boozy but mostly inticingly rich malt-bomb goodness. Some hints of butter and cashews. Taste is glorious. Full-bodied with a big hoppy kick. As this is the first wheatwine I've tried, I don't know how it compares to others. But it reminds me of a good barleywine or a strong American ale. Definitely pick this one up if you see it!

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 02/26/08.

Pours a very golden orange color, with just a little white colored head. Smells of wheat and kinda citrusy, like oranges.

Taste is more sweet oranges, combined with grapefruit and banana. Aftertaste is bitter hops. Very flavorful, much more than expected. The citrus, wheat, and hops flavors all work well together. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability is good on this one. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the taste but not too much. This is my first wheat wine, and I definitely wouldn't mind trying another.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one doesn’t have a vintage year or any type of date on the bottle.

Pours a golden color, kind of like a DIPA. Almost no head, maybe I poured this one a bit too cold.

Aroma is of apricots, mangoes, pineapple, oranges, oh like a tropical fruit juice. Then the wheat and yeast comes through in a nice combination of wheat bread and subtle spices.

In the taste I get more wheat upfront with some tripel type of yeast profile and some fruits in the finish. A bit of bitterness in the finish as well, which makes the beer a little more interesting and keeps it from being too sweet from the big wheat malt profile.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy with little carbonation, but works well for the style—it’s a hefty wheat beer.

It reminds me slightly of Bell’s- Batch 8000 but I slightly prefer this offering by Marin. Definitely a beer worth trying and one I wouldn’t mind revisiting again in the summer.

after review: I didn't notice that this was 10%, it drinks incredibly smooth for a ten percent beer, amazing!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Stoneman78
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +10.5%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 -4%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 +5.7%
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%
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%
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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Marin Star Brew-Triple Wheat Ale from Marin Brewing Company
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