Monte Carlo Winner's Wheat
Monte Carlo Casino Pub & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
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2.81 | pDev: 24.91%
Monte Carlo Casino Pub & Brewery
Nevada, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Monte Carlo Winner's WheatMonte Carlo Winner's Wheat
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Although this formed part of a Sampler during a recent visit to the Brewpub on 26th October, I never tried it. So I made sure I had one in the mixed 6-Pack of MC brews that I picked up from the Gift Store outside. The slender looking brown glass 12 fl.oz bottle has a simple looking brown papered stretched diamond label. Simply labeled as “Winner’s Wheat – Wheat Ale”. No Freshness Date or Strength listed.

Appearance: Served in a tall slender Ourdaller Glass, the head struggled to form, it whimpered into existence. The body is a very pale, incredibly light straw color that looks like a wishy-washy watered down lager except for the fact that it has a feint semblance of a milky hue, but even that looks forced. Lots of streamers but only a thin covering of broken white bubbles. It looks thin, weak and unappetizing to say the least.

Nose: Sharp cutting lemony nose with the merest trace of some bananas. Light in strength.

Taste: Has a tart beginning and a sharp middle, acidic but with the merest hint of lemons. Some yeasty back-end smoothes out the prickly acidity a little. Not very balanced, the taste profile swings quite a bit. Very weak flavor profile overall that itself is incredibly short-lived, it took me several mouthfuls just to get the flavors written down. Tastes better when you burp it back up. Quite Average.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy on the tongue with a prickly feel at times, once that disappears there is little left to dissect of this offering.

Drinkability: This is undoubtedly refreshing and quite drinkable, if you are very thirsty. But once your thirst is quenched you crave more taste, more body, more aroma, and more of a Wheat Beer – much more than this can deliver sadly.

Described in the Brewpub Menu & on the Bottle Label with the words “Winner's Wheat is an unfiltered American-style wheat ale. This emerging classic contains a mixture of malted wheat and barley providing an extremely quenching ale that is as light as it is refreshing.”

I suspect this does not work in the Bottle, and is probably much better on Tap, at least I remember it that way from my first visit many moons ago.

Winner’s Wheat?? Nah. More of a barely “Breaks Even” Wheat for me. But Worth a Gamble?? Only if you are the sort of person who thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger will win the next Oxford Oratory Competition.

Oct 31, 2003
More User Reviews:
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring leaving hardly any lace. Cloudy amber color. Light bodied. Nose is yeasty. Light carbonation. Starts sweet finishes with some hoppy crispness. And it tastes fresh. Good on a hot day. Sold as part of a 6-pack from their gift shop for $13.92 by the casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Apr 26, 2005
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packetknife from Idaho

2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only slightly better than their Raspberry wheat and their second poorest offering during my trip. Although you can actually smell and taste the wheat here but it's a bit bland still. A bit more texture and at least drinkable. The hazy orange color was broken by unfiltered sediment floating around and the head was broken like swiss cheese but lingered for a while. They should've avoided the lemon or at least asked, I got a second pint just because of that (or in spite of that?)..

Aug 02, 2005
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.22/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a sampler, thankfully not served with a lemon. Cloudy dark yellow with minimal white head. Very little lacing. Weak citrus aroma. Mellow, banal flavor made it hard to pinpoint any specific flavors outside of wheat. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I wouldn't have bothered with this as I have tried the bottled version but they put it in front of me so I drank it.

Oct 18, 2004
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bditty187 from Nebraska

1.84/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Vaguely hazy, thin yellow-gold in hue, the color is boring and it sure doesn’t look unfiltered (as the label states). The head was white in color an only a ½ inch at the apex, it quickly faded to a collar, rather naked in the middle. Unimpressive appearance. There was no subsequent lacing either. The nose is flat-out awful. It repulsed me; the first sniff jerked my head back. I regrettably went back for another whiff. What they hell am I smelling? There is a trace of wheat but a heady aroma of soap, cleaning fluid, and some slight hints of metal. Awful. The bouquet is astonishingly repulsive even with low potency. I am going to force myself to take a sip. The palate is better, of course that doesn’t say much. There is a lemony taste that drowns out much of the secondary flavors aside from a bit of wheat. The finish is quick and clean. Okay, those are the positives. There are still some flavors in the mix that are unpleasant, thankfully the off-flavors are not strong but they are noticeable. As a whole I don’t like the taste, this is a poor example of an American Wheat. The more I sipped the more astringent it became, which is misplaced in this beer. I can’t put my finger on it but there is a vibe I just don’t like. Not enjoyable. Medium-light in body, modest carbonation but fitting for the body, the mouthfeel is ordinary but decent. It could be better… like everything else from this brewpub. It is not drinkable and it is close to being totally appalling. My Dad brought this back as part of a sampler six-pack. Thanks for the effort Dad!

Sep 30, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This "unfiltered American-style wheat ale" pours a cloudy lemon yellow with good white foam. There is a faint fruity smell (banana) with some wheat aroma. The taste is mild but is mostly wheat and bananas but with a touch of grapes and yeast. The mouthfeel is dry and smooth with a trace of hops in the finish. The drinkability is OK, but this ale could stand more body and flavor. It was served standard with a lemon, which made the taste mostly citrus.

Feb 06, 2003
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LarryKemp from Texas

3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy light yellow with only a fair head. The aroma was mostly wheat. The fruity esters was not in my nose. The flavor also was dominated by the wheat. Here the fruitiness did come out but not as strong as othersI have drank. I did not detect any banana in either the nose or the tongue. The mouthfeel was medium and has a slight carbonation tingle. This would be a good beer particularly for someone trying a wheat/hefe for the first time. It would not overpower a Bud Light guy while still being good.

Feb 20, 2003
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Kwak from New Jersey

1.35/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

this was one unplesent beer it had know head and was a clear yello tint almost know carbonation.they floted a lemon in it insted of giving it on the side. it tasted like shafer with lemon.i did not have the time or the desire to try any other beers their.

Sep 13, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange appearance, with a vast squad of floating whatsits gradually settling on the bottom, and unsettling me...this is a newly purchased bottle, who knows what caused these chunks? Should I have shaken it up first? Poured it out more slowly?...head is slim to none...
aroma is yeast and orange, with a twist of lemon. A bit on the sour side, more so than I expect out of a wheat.
On the tongue, smooth and sweet, lacking in body and character.
Very fruity, with a meek mouthfeel. Strictly for the alcopop crowd... not enough like a weizen, far from an American wheat, not like any wheat of substance. simpering, flat, and an overly-sweet, utter bore.
This drains down easily enough, but provides little pleasure. Skip it if you see it.

Feb 23, 2005
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Dmann from California

3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers I tried on my recent to Vegas. It poured a hazy yellow color with a nice white head that stuck around awhile. The smell was very lemon-y and appealing. The taste was very refreshing with a good banana and citrus flavor. This one is a thirst quencher for sure but not the most complex wheat out there.

Apr 09, 2004
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Gavage from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold color with a small head. The aroma was mellow as some sweetness was detected. The flavor was also average, as this seemed sweeter than other hefeweizens. Some spiciness was also detected on the tongue, but I could not describe it. Very light body and acceptable carbonation level. The slight tartness (probably from the lemon before I could remove it) brought down the drinkability to average.

Dec 03, 2003
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beertaster13 from Washington

1.44/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was the worst of the selections at MC Brewery. Pours a pleasant hazy orange/yellow with white head, lacing was quite nice, to bad the smell was of funky grain and raw meat. The taste was overly gross, so much wheat and grain it was like sucking on hay, I asked the bartender is she thought this was a bad batch and she said "No it is always a bad one, I hate it too" I couldn't even finish this one, light to medium bodied with the funky taste just to much to handle.

Aug 27, 2004
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy yellow color beer with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of wheat is a bit weak but still enjoyable. Taste of wheat is enjoyable but a bit too weak for my taste and lacking a bit of the banana feel I usually like. No hops were discernable and body is a bit watery with too much carbonation.

Oct 16, 2006
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a mixed six-pack my brother (Carlsbadbeer) brought back from a recent jaunt to Las Vegas. Winners Wheat had a hazy dark yellow color and only the most minimal of head briefly flaring before withering to a tiny ring.
The nose was very mild and light; crushed wheat heads and some light lemon citrus notes. The taste had a whole grain flavor throughout with some modest citric acidity in the finish. In keeping with the American wheat ale style - this is NOT a hefeweizen - there were no indicators of banana or clove found in German hefeweizens. Yes, it has yeast in it but that's where any similarities between this brew and a true hefeweizen part company. The feel was light and crisp and refreshing.
All in all, Winners Wheat wasn't a bad beer. It was refreshing on a hot day and had no glaring problems. Well, only one; it's not a hefeweizen. It says so on the bottle.

Jul 28, 2004
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BrewMaster from California

3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy lemonade-yellow looking with little to no head.

Smell: Light wheaty aroma with faint hint of fruit.

Taste: Big malty and sweet wheat taste with notes of banana. The flavor fades fast though and one is left with a watery end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a chewy feel.

Drinkability: Tasty but another not-so-memorable beer from Monte Carlo.

May 04, 2005
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold in colour with a bit of haze with aromas of honeyed malt and white grapefruit. It has some minor grassy hop flavors along with a citric / astringent bite. Watery with low (as in not nearly enough for this style) carbonation. Dispite its many flaws, this beer was still quite drinkable. Perhaps a draft sample with more carbonation would have shown a bit better... again, the bottle might have suffered a bit in transit.

Apr 18, 2006
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JayQue from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winner Wheat is far from a winner. This is a middle of the road summer beer and has none of the citrus/astringent stand out flavors of a Hefe Weizen. Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a head that fades rapidly. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The taste is disappointing. There are no outstanding or memorable qualities. This is just a slightly sweet, slightly citrusy (mostly lemon) beer, suitable for having a few on a hot day. This is not a beer to be savored. Mouthfeel is about right for the type, drinkability is ok, certainly nothing offensive tasting. For a mild tasting hefe, Saranac is much better and available in many more places as part of the summer sampler.

Jun 14, 2006
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supercolter from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy golden color, small head, some lacing, but not a real lot

S- Not too much here some malt, and possibly a bit of hops

T- tastes a lot like a macro, but heavier, good crisp flavor

M- a bit heavier with a decent amount of carbonation, but finishes smooth

D- Pour me another

Jun 15, 2006
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