White Ox Wheat Ale | James Page Brewing Company

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White Ox Wheat AleWhite Ox Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
James Page Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.65%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 09-24-2005

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy lemon yellow into my sample glass, thick and rich white head appears and has some staying power. The head also leaves behind thin lace rings on the way down. Lots of yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Subtle aromas of wheat malt with tibbits of banana and clove - and I mean way in the background. The malt is the key player here and shows up well in the quaff. Tasty wheat ale, this would work well in the summer heat, and is enjoyable even in the middle of winter. Very good session beer.

Wish the label had a bottling date, so I could see how fresh is this brew.

Don't know why some reviews bash this brew, it's a pale wheat ale and not some hammerhead barley or DIPA. Review to style.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a fluted tasting glass.

Hazy yellow, white head

Nose is faint. Mustiness covering some apple and orange citrus, and a lactic touch and subtle corinander.

Taste is weak and thin, not inspiring in the slightest.

This one might put the fire out on some hot wings, but other than that...

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Photo of ADR
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost definitely a Wit beer, the spices are quite apparent in the aroma, and the color matches in a hazy greenish pale yellow manner. Which takes me to the beer, the appearance is as above, with a flat dishwater head of 1/8 of an inch and leaving scant laces. Aroma is fairly spicey, bits of orange and candied ginger, suggestions of sandalwood. And there is the best part of this beer, the aroma. The flavor is dish rag cottony with fading senses of chalkiness and a little amount of citrus tang, albeit pretty dang sweet and fading to non-descript. By the end, there is not a lot left in the flavor and the mouthfeel registers as more light and poorly carbonated than much of anything else. This one didn't ring too many bells for me.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A really small white head quickly dissipates into a very thin lacing above a clear pale straw golden colored beer.

A light lemony citrus aroma that has a distinct light hops to it.

Light lemony citrus with a slight hops bitterness coming through in a light taste.

A very light bitter tint on a dry aftertaste with this light bodied beer.

A really light tasting beer without the yukky aftertaste of beers like Bud Light, etc.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A simple but tasty wheat. A bit more than the average pale wheat with a bit of citrus and belgian flavor. Very easy drinking and refreshing. No, there isnt much in the neighborhood of flavor, but its pleasant and sweet and goes down easy. Possible crossover beer or a Blue Moon replacement.

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Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a large white head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The smell consists of a light lemon aroma and wheat malt. The flavor is straight on American Wheat Ale. Very boring. Just a hint of citrus is detected besides the malt. No signs of anything coming from the yeast. The body is light and the carbonation is good for the style. With so many better wheat ales and hefe's out there today, this one can easily be bypassed.

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Photo of aswaller
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Ragingbull
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light in color close to white and fluorescent green more than gold. Light prickle and sparkling head. Neutral malt nose. Sour notes to the attack but a clean flavor. The beer gives a poor first impression on the palate. Effervescent type of mouthfeel and a clean finish as far as the flavor is concerned but there is some residual "alka-seltzer" like bubbliness. I would call this a C-.

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Photo of supercolter
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great beer, but not a bad one either. I found its appearance to be too similar to that of a straw yellow macro. And the taste, while quite delightfully smooth, had no backbone and felt a bit watered down. Drinks very easy, almost too easy. On a hot day, worth a try.

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Photo of Gump
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

James Page White Ox Wheat Ale

Average dark yellow and nice cloudiness.
Apricot and peach aroma, with a mild peppery herb essence. Nice and light. Wheat malt.
Easy on the palate. Clean and crisp, peppery aftertaste.
A little watery, but very drinkable.

Pours cloudy blonde with medium size bubbles in the white frothy head.
Sweet, fruity, light orange, light citrus.
Highly drinkable with great carbonation
Flavors are subtle.
Great beer that would pair with just about anything in the spring/summer months.
Incredible value. Local. No change in grade.

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Photo of granger10
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light, cloudy yellow color with a large fizzy white head. Head dwindles, carbonation seems low after the initial rush. Smell is semi lemony but more of a wheat adjunct type aroma. Taste begins adjunct like sweet. Dries out in the middle and a weird metallic type flavor comes. Goes quickly as well. Some off fruit flavors. Too sweet, weird. Finishes citric with a touch of lemon. I really just didn't enjoy this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost clear light gold body, big white hea when poured aggresively. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Grainy, with light wheat and banana evident. Maybe a little metallic.

Taste: A little bland, the flavors are somewhat muted. Metallic and dry, still boring.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with only a little carbonation present.

Drinkablility: Nothing terrible about this beer, it's just a little uninspired.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a pale clear yellow with a little initial head, then none, little lacing. Aroma is thin, citrus, slight wheatiness in there, bland. Taste is likewise, citrus and light wheat malting with medium carbonation and body. Very eh, one and done.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

James Page White Ox Wheat Ale pours a big stiff head over a slightly cloudy
yellow brew. Carbonation is active, the nose is wheat and a whiff of citus. The
flavor is slightly sweet wheat and not a whole lot of anything else- maybe a note
of lemon. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth but light. There is a bit of lemon in the after
taste. Pretty much a standard American Wheat Ale. In this case the brewer elected
to use a neutral American Ale yeast strain and it shows- there's none of the bananna,
clove, or bubblegum notes you can get with a Belgian or German yeast strain. I guess
I can understand the rationale- a neutral flavor for American tastes- but there are just so
damn many beers on the market just like this one. James Page, of course, is contract
brewed at the Steven's Point Brewery, who brew a wheat beer of their own. It would be
interesting to have done a comparison, but chances are it's pretty similar. This beer is
refreshing enough, it just doesn't really distinguish itself.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, slight pale hop, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carobnation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, slight hop, slight citrus, and slight spice. Overall, a good body and blend.

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Photo of hanco005
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler pack from James Page. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—cloudy, pale straw like yellow with bright white fluffy 2 inch head that quickly fizzles to about 1/8 inch, leave full lacing around the glass

S—as the name says, wheat, mild malts, a little grapefruit and lemons scents as well, a slight bit of pepper as well.

T—malt and citrus flavors are dominate, I taste a little vanilla also. Taste is pleasant and balanced

M—crispy and clean, but a little too carbonated

D—overall, a very drinkable beer. Could have several more, but, to me, would be better to enjoy during the hot summer months.

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Photo of ThickestHead
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poureed into a chilled pint glass.
It's a cloudy, straw-yellow with a fluffy white head.
She smells of cereal and wheat malt with a touch of spice (orange?cloves?).
Tastes like that too with light and sweet hue that is overall fairly dry.
Wouldn't get this one on purpose again, but if someone offered either this or a glass of wine to me, only then would I go for this brew again, but it is pretty banal and boring.

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Photo of zeff80
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, very bubbly, straw yellow color with a two-finger, white head with a good deal of tiny bubbles. Little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus, wheat and some yeast. Not much else.

T - It tasted of lemon and wheat. Somewhat sweet with no bitterness or any hop presence.

M - This one is pretty thin and a touch watery. A very light bodied brew.

D - This is a work in progress. It was dull and bland.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma shows a nice light touch of fruitiness that is slightly sweet. A bit of pale malt flattens it out. Very light and soft.
1/2 inch head soon fizzles out leaving a smear of bubbles surrounded by a ring. Cloudy pale yellow gold.
Nice wheat flavor is primary. Some yeast towards the finish. Touch of sweetness up front. Subtle dryness. Actually more complex than I anticipated. As it warms I like how the flavors of the barley malt blend with the wheat.
Actually fairly heavy feel that's lightened some by the abundant carbonation.
Based on the reviews I thought this might be bad. It's not For what it is it is certainly a serviceable beer that could hit the spot on a hot summer day.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very very clear yellow with a medium white head. Lacing sticks to the glass like glue. So thick, it doesn't even look like lacing. Active bubbling throughout half the drinking session.

Aroma started out a little stale, with a hint of skunk. After a little while, I was unable to pick up any aroma. Which, in this particular case, was a good thing.

Flavor is a little lacking. For a wheat beer, I'd expect some haze and some... wheat flavor. A very light ale, just a hint of thickness, and a small amount of citrus sweetness.

Mouthful started out a little light and fizzy. I either got used to it, or it settled down. Since the bubbling on the side ended half way through, I'm going to guess this beer just needs some airing due to bottling. It wasn't quite as crisp as I would have expected. I suppose the 'wheat' part of the beer may have thickened it up just a bit.

Drinkability was fine. But so is tap water. Even though I may have complained about this beer, there was nothing particularly unpleasant about it. Just lacking in so many areas, and quite boring.

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Photo of zenwatts
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of hwwty4
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this for the first time in KC, so I decided to pick up a bottle in a mix a six. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a **slightly** hazy straw with a meager 2 inch head that turned into nothing. No lacing, no retention. Kind of ugly. The aroma is, well, watery with a slight bit of wheat malt and just a meager hint of banana. The flavor is mostly the same. Just really average. Nothing particularly overwhelming or underwhelming. Just middle of the road. No hops are discernible in the profile. The mouthfeel is light and finish with just a hint of sweetness. This maybe the most mediocre beer I've ever had. Definitely would be in the top 10.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a cloudy BUD and has a head that is gone in a split second. Somewhat sharp and spicy aroma. Same for the flavor-crisp and clean with a snap. Slight hop bite and a mellow spiciness to it. Somewhat citrusy. Average body. Very macro-ish and thin. Rather average overall. Dont know what this would cost for a six pack but I think I would prefer a BUD or other macro at the price.

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Photo of thaichile
2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light yellow with a matching light head. Color reminded me of many wits I have seen. Citrus predominated which is not hard to do in this very light brew. Some sweetness in the middle. This was not unpleasent just not a whole lot going on. Drink this one cold on a hot summer day. Lawnmower beer. Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

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White Ox Wheat Ale from James Page Brewing Company
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