Beehive | Bristol Brewing Company

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Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JCBears
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy nice little head. S: punchy sweet kind of nice like it T: easy going can taste the honey. Enjoyable. M: slight night not bad just unexpected. A good dynamic feel. O: I like this brew one of the better ones from this brewery.

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Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly IPA-looking; bubbly, oily head. Lots of lacing. Golden yellow, despite stirring the bottle not very hazy. Nose of some apricots, straw aromas, grains, touch of hoppiness. Taste is mild and refreshing. Sort of bland, faceless. Smooth, not very crisp unfortunately. I like a bit of bite in a wheat.

Mindless-drinking beer. Tasty, but boring.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 17, 2015

Draft, taster

A – Deep gold, very hazy. White to slightly off-white foam.

S – Slightly caramel malt but mostly buttery biscuit (not diacetyl, likely the honey). Mild honey sweetness. Perhaps some floral, mildly spicy hops.

T – Golden biscuit with floral hops. Slight fruitiness. Wheat has some protein-y influence. The honey is light but adds an impression of sweetness.

M – High carbonation creates a very nice feel, sweetness and slight bitterness are very well balanced. Very palate cleansing.

O – Very good, honey provides a nice touch. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Very well-made wheat beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried this in an effort to expand my horizons. Still don't like wheats. The honey in this wheat beer does give it a nice flavor that's a little different than most, but that didn't quite nudge it into look-for-it-again territory.

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Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, solid gold colored body with a foamy, sticky head. Funky aroma; dry and musty scent. Warm malt and wheat grains on the tongue with a soft, subtle bitterness. Medium bodied, dry finish.

A fairly good wheat ale. Good, flavorful, and easy drinking. Nothing exceptional, but a nice, refreshing ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which has yet to make an impression on me.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow. Quite murky; certainly nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Wheat, clean malts, honey, and light citrus hopping; orange character is prominent therein. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat comprises the base, with vague honey and citrusy hop esters. Actually rather simple. Not at all malty. Boring. Inspired but held back by its lack of depth, complexity, or subtlety. Slightly imbalanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit undercarbonated. Too wet, bordering on watery. A touch too heavy on the palate for its lack of diverse flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but dull and boring. I wouldn't get this again. Another underwhelming offering from Bristol.


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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready taste with a whiff of yeast. Faintest hint of honey in the aroma, but I don't taste much on the tongue. Seems pretty dry from first few sips. Slight sweetness does show up in the aftertaste with a light hop touch. Someone mentioned oregano, and it does have some kind of herb tang. A pleasant beer for the light-light side with clean and subtle flavors.

From the mixed twelve-pack. Seems to have been bottled in October 2011.

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Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pulled from a tap into an imperial pint

a: opaque golden hue. pours about a 1 finger foamy white head. settles fairly slowly leaving a small blanket of foam and a beer ring. nice smattering of spiderweb lacing.

s: subtle wheat nose. not much more.

t: wheat, sourdough bread, and a bit of oregano.

m: light and refreshing. a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

d: goes down easy without much resistance.

nice atmosphere. solid golden appearance with a decent head and some really persistent lacing. nose is pretty non descript. just a hint of grain, not much else. flavor a light wheat base with a bit of Italian spice. overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of MsRif
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at their brewery.

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a small white head that mostly dissipated before I began drinking the beer. No lacing. Had an aroma of yeast, hay, funk and spices. Bland...not complex...felt like taking a pass on it but I tried it anyway. Tasted surprisingly sweet. Spicy and bready with some honey but only as an undertone. A bit of citrus. Not great.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. I felt this was just too was actually one of the better brews at the brewery though. Drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one, if that.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a super light wheat beer with a touch of aromatic honey. pours a yellowish hazy color with a lot of carbonation activity. smell the wheat, a little leftover yeast, and a pleasant waft of the nice honey that they add to the brew. mouthfeel is ultralight, possibly too much so, but this is a good slam 'em back summer beer i suppose. too light for my palate, but the flavor of the honey and the wheat combine in a way that most of these beers do not achieve. its delicate for sure, but also complex and memorable. all up, not a bad wheat beer, but just too too light for me

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Photo of Rifugium
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub / tasting room

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Smell of honey, grains, and hay. Taste was pretty nice up front, with pale malts, grains, and sweet honey, but soon faded to a bitter metallic taste, and seemed to have a texture more of a blonde ale or lager than a wheat beer. Not too bad, but I didn't really care for it.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Yard House in Denver, CO.

Pours a very cloudy, very dark golden yellowish orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger creamy white head that settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lace.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of bread yeast.  Picking up sweetness from honey but organic not artificial sweetness.  Hints of coriander, pepper, citrus and faint banana.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of spice, yeast, bread, honey and citrus.  Zesty lemon peper clove up front countered by prominent bread yeast.  Again honey adds fullness but not artificial sweetness.  Faint banana but nice lemon and orange peel presence.  Dry finish.    

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Photo of claytong
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden and hazy, pretty norm for the style

Smell - lots of caramel, honey, really nice

Taste - such a let down after the smell, but still not bad (probably underrated) yeast comes thru more, wheat, malt more than caramel, but somewhat bitter on end

Mouthfeel - light, drinkable, nothing very impressive

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, like sunshine or wheat grass, and hazy. A very light head that laces nicely.

Sweet honey notes backed by a strong yeasty/bready aroma.

Slightly bitter, yeasty and wheaty. Malt and fruity flavors come through strong. Was only bottled 2 weeks ago I guess, so the honey was nice and noticeable. Standard wheat beer aftertaste.

fizzy and light, with a to-be-expected kind of wheat beer feeling.

Easy to drink, I could have one with lunch or several in my hammock on a summer day.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, keg was hand pumped and on ice. Served with a very small wedge of lemon.

Appearance: A nice, glowing pale color. Cloudy with a strong white head.

Smell: Wheat and citrus (blaming the lemon for the last bit).

Taste: The lemon had me fooled, I didn't know what style this was going in and almost thought it was a bland wit beer. Otherwise, a clean beer with a little wheat edge to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, approrpiate for the style.

Drinkability: Pretty clean and refreshing. A good example of an American wheat beer, which isn't usually my cup of tea.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with missing notches on the bottled on portion of the label. Pours an extremely hazy, nearly opaque, dark gold color. Foam is not as voluminous as many wheat beers, but the retention and lacing are about par for the course.

Nose smells like honey, sweet cream, butter and Ritz crackers. There is some snappy wheat aromas to be found in there as well, but certainly bright and fresh do not come to mind with this one. I am surprised at how much the real honey smell comes through.

Wow, this one is quite the sweetie. Honey drizzled whipped cream on top of a caramel shake! Body is very creamy and full, almost leaving a coating on the roof of my mouth. Not much in the way of hops to balance out the sweetness on this brew, but that is probably what Bristol intended here. I won't mind at all finishing this single my pops brought me back from Colorado (Thanks Dad!), but more than a couple of these would be tough with the heavy cream sweetness.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/light gold with a white head that last a couple of minutes, and laces moderately well.

Smell: Light, fresh, bready citrus.

Taste: very slightly bitter and sweet initial "foggy" taste, followed by malts and citrus notes. Fairly sweet, with well hidden alcohol. The fresher the beer is, the more honey you can taste.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than to be expected from such a light wheat beer. On a fullness scale of 1-10, this might be a 5.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. I could enjoy 3 or 4 of these in a row easily.

Overall: I have found that people who like lighter sweeter beers love this beer. It is light and flavorful, and very fresh. Good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-honey color. Cloudy, with a thin white head.

S: Sweet smell of sugars, some yeast. Get some orange in there as well.

T: Dry acidity up front, slighty tangy with some mild orange flavors. Some honey notes in the finish. Very faint grassy hops on the side of the tongue, but otherwise, hops not really there (nor do I expect them to be).

M: Carbonated, fizzy on the tongue.

D: It's tangy acidity takes up a lot of the taste. It gets better as it warms with that tanginess lessening, but no dominant flavors that just pop. It's drinkable, probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it. Pretty standard wheat ale

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Photo of Birmingham
2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty, honey

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow, tall white head highly carbonated

Flavor: Biscuit and yeasty are prominent with light honey flavor notes.

Mouth feel: It has a light body.

Overall Impression: Yeasty/bready flavor is the prominent flavor and not in good way.

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Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled bottle on 4th week of May (making this about 6 months old).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, honey with light citrus. Tastes of wheat, lemons with a light honey sweetness to it.

Notes from: 11/12/05

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Photo of rye726
2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kind of your run of the litter wheat beer. A hazy golen color witrh a foamy white head. Aromas of wheat and subtle honey. Taste is also predominantly wheat with a sweet honey or caramel accent. Medium crisp body leads to a refreshing feel. A good wheat beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a shaker glass, Beehive is a cloudy pale gold with a vanishing white head.

Smell is really sweet honey, that I have to say reminds me of the sweet ass smell of dirty underwear! It's probably not as bad as it sounds (hey it's my underwear it reminds me of, not yours!), but is not at all what I wanted in a wheat beer....fucking American Pale Wheat's, this is probably the lamest style in the states. How about some Barvarian esters already????

Taste is nice and wheaty (slightly sour grain) with only a kiss of honey, less sweet then the nose, but still estery, with a nice crisp, bitter finish. Maybe a tad grainy on the aftertaste.

MF is heavily carbonated, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is good, the inoffensive taste washed down my wings nicely.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow and served with a lemon. Actually the lemon was placed in the beer, usually it comes on the side of the glass so you can use it if thats your thing or take it out which is what I usually do. No carbonation, head or lacing observed. Smells of yeast and lemon of course. Taste is pretty bland I can't really taste much besides the lemon actually.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A murky light orange/golden color. Head was full, but not very dense. Clean residue on the side of glass.
Straw, honey, citrus and rye aromas. Seems to be a bit sweet and grainy, but mostly like a wheat beer with a touch of honey.
The honey doesn't blend well with the wheat or anything else in the brew. Sweet, not sticky, seems a bit stale. Old socks come to mind, old malt.
Finished the pint I was served, but didn't order another. Not refreshing or delicious to me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured, swirled and poured (according to label instructions) and received a huge head on top of a beautifully murky golden color.

Flowery aroma reveals a hint of honey and a touch of hops. Straightforward and fairly simple.

Flavor begins with an unsubtle honey smack, with the wheat detectable and a lowkey spiciness, like coriander, in the background. Has a slightly lemony, grassy finish. The mouthfeel leans a tad on the watery side, it's buttery but a little too thin. Could've used a creamier body.

Reminds me of Magic Hat's Circus Boy. Ultimately the majority of U.S. brewers doing wheat beers either 1) aren't trying to emulate the Germans, or 2) cannot possibly beat the Germans at one of their best games. But I like this and wouldn't ever turn it away. It refreshes and satisfies well enough, much like a good witbier actually. Thanks to mnwags for this bottle.

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