White Ox Wheat Ale
James Page Brewing Company

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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.04 | pDev: 16.45%
James Page Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
White Ox Wheat AleWhite Ox Wheat Ale
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Reviews by brownbeer:
Photo of brownbeer
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ADR
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 TastyTaste
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The James Page Brewing Company, formerly of Minneapolis, MN, is now being produced at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, though it's ties to Minnesota traditions and lore remain. This beer, for instance, is named for the hitherto un-heard-of albino cousin of Paul Bunyan's pal, Babe the Blue Ox. Learn something new every day.

First glance at the label and package suggested a witbier, but after tasting and reading the label ("Brewed with a special blend of select barley malts, white wheat, and a hint of citrus, this American Frontier unfiltered wheat ale is spirited and refreshing, embracing the passion of the American pioneer."), it seems not exactly what they were creating. So, American pale wheat ale it is.

Pale, faded yellow appearance, nearly... white?, with a sturdy, but surely diminishing layer of puffy foam above.

Aroma is thick with yeast, citrus-y esters, yet a slightly sour, and peppery turn. A little funky. (The turntable is spinning '70's Herbie Hancock, so I'm kept in the proper mood.)

Taste: light on the palate, quenching, easily swallowed, with a decent enough twang. There's an unpleasant sourness that shouldn't belong in this if they are trying to get a classic witbier, a particular peculiarity that takes away from full enjoyment. Less crisp and tangy, more murky and dissonant.

Not bad, though. Drinks ever so nice, despite those quibbles. Light bodied, with a light, fruity finish. Moderate hops, smooth malt. A very passable pale wheat ale.
I can drink it, and so can you.

Reminds me a bit of Oberon, actually. Not bad at all.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Gump
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
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 alexgash
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light lemon/wit body with slight haze and a finger of fluffy white head. Timid wheat malt, with a bit of bread. Mild noble-ish hops. Cardboard cereal malt-like. Not much sweetness or anything else. Gets slightly more wheaty with a little dry, bready graininess. Maybe a hint of vanilla before a vague hop spice finish. Dry and light. Light-bodied lacking that wheaty protein feel. Dry finish. Not terrible, just innocuous and bland and hardly a wheat beer.

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Photo of granger10
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mentor
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pulled from a mixed package of beers given to me as a reward for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pours a half finger white head that settles quickly. Appears super-cloudy straw colored...with a gentle greenish hue as a kind of edgings. Ee-esh, I don't know about this one. Could be river water. Smells are mild, but sweet malty with wheat and a hint of orange esters. Taste is mildly sweet, but dry. Some clove, but certainly not a major componenet of the flavor profile. Large carbonation bubbles contribute to the dryness. Light and playful are some sunny fruity esters up front before a dry tang-flavored malt character steps in at the end. Is it metallic...not quite...tannic...not quite...soapy...not quite (...enjoyable... not quite...). It's almost got a raspberry character about it, like a wild raspberry that's got only a little bit of red flesh over the seeds. Tastes more woody than raspberry. Light body and moderately carbonated. No need for me to return to this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sparkling banana with waxy lemon trim. Atop the beer sits a good-sized eggshell white cap that delivers a quality look. It's rumpled rather than rocky and leaves a good bit of delicate, although somewhat watery, lace. I'm not sure what else one could expect from an APWA.

The nose is certainly nothing to write home about. In fact, it's the very definition of bland. I was a little confused about the style prior to smelling White Ox, but no longer. The name and the 'hint of citrus' description leads one to think witbier. However, the lack of orange peel and/or coriander puts it squarely in the pale wheat ale camp.

I like the addition of what I'm guessing is lemon peel since it adds something of value to the white wheatiness. Unfortunately, the rest of the flavor profile needs a little help. It's generic, uninteresting and in need of a major injection of pizzaz. While bitterness is (slightly) favored over sweetness, there isn't much hop flavor to be had.

The mouthfeel is apppropriately light. That doesn't mean that more girth wouldn't be welcome. Rather than soft, though, the beer feels a little harsh in the mouth. It could be the carbonation I guess, but it doesn't strike me as overly bubbled. The average train just keeps rollin' along.

Iron Range Amber Lager has been the only James Page beer that has come anywhere close to impressing me. White Ox Wheat Ale is just another dull plodder in a style that is hardly full of thoroughbreds. This beast wasn't quite a burden to get down, but I have no desire to drink it again.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of thaichile
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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 matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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 1fastz28
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pale lemonade color with hardly any head whatsoever, smell is kinda weak, not alot going on, weak citrus smell. taste is not good, and gets worse as i drink it, blah i really dont want to drink anymore, or write anymore, i'd avoid it entirely, i dont like to slam a beer, so i guess give it a shot if you are bored

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
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 zenwatts
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of hanco005
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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 zeff80
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
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 supercolter
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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 terrabyte
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
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 cdkrenz
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5.99/Six Pack
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - A hazy yellow pour with nearly no head. Once the bottle emptied it offered a hint of head but it lasted only a few seconds. It doesn't have that glow that I like to accompany my wheats. It looks watery with a dirty haze. It doesn't look very inviting.

Smell - It smells better than it looks. A deep citrus aroma that is hard to pick up. The issue limiting the scent is the faintness and difficulty to recognize.

Taste - The citrus comes through but doesn't overwhelm the overall flavor. There is a subtle hoppy finish that really begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - There's a thickness I didn't expect but do enjoy. The carbonation hits the back sides of my tongue in a slightly abrasive manner.

~ While I have enjoyed better wheat beers this isn't bad. For the price I'd happily bring a sixer to share with a group after a bike ride or just sittin' around the campfire. It is a good summer beverage as it does have a refreshing characteristic to it.

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White Ox Wheat Ale from James Page Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 38 ratings