Valencia Wheat | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2003

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by kdoc8:
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2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It was a deep golden-tan color and unfiltered, without much of a head but some lacing. It didn't have too much of an aroma, but that taste had both bitter hops and sweet fruity tones to it. It wasn't very complex, but quite refreshing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sourdog
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Niedzws
3.72/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of baiser
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somehwat cloudy pale yellow body. Some clove and banana in the nose. Good lacing and head retention. Smooth mouthfeel, light and fluffy. Mellow flavours - fruity, some spice and banana. Great on a hot summer day with their chicken. Again, one of their variety of different beers/styles. Pretty impressive for a small brewpub.

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Photo of Bumblebtna
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the cold rainy weather, I was really looking forward to this beer.

This Wit was a hazy darkish yellow no head and a nice bit of lacing.

The smell is slightly spicy with a bit of citrus in the background. Smells fresh and enticing.

The beer is slightly tart and a bit astringent. The spices (clove and black pepper) are a nice counterpoint to the orange/lemon taste. I picked up a smidgen of something like perfume in the aftertaste.

Crisp and solid mouth adds to an easy drinker. I liked it!

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Photo of mattmarka1
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Murky, dull gold. No head by the time i got to it in the sampler.

A: Yeast, orange peel and coriander.

T: Yeast, cloves, coriander and oranges.

Pretty much brewed to style. Enjoyable, but nothing that I haven't experienced before.

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Photo of JDV
2.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky yellowish pour, with almost no smell or taset, really... Decent in that it doesn't have too strong of a spiced taste which I don't like anyway, but it was very bland overall. Some light orange like aroma after it warms a bit, but that didn't save this from mediocrity.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, cloudy, nose is slightly orange and coriander. Light bodied wheat ale, slight taste of coriander and orange as well as banana and clove. Fuller tasting than most wheat beer. Complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.43/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On draft at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow like unfiltered lemonade. Has an inch of creamy, off-white head that recedes over a minute into a donut around the brew. No lacing.

S: Spice, citrus, banana. And lots and lots of yeast. Whew.

T: Incredibly yeasty up front as well. Nice composition of banana, clove, and citrus (lemon) to be found in there as well, but it's like a yeast main event with those as the sideshow. Finish is nearly crisp, with some lingering banana and yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Not as crisp as I'd like. Light-bodied and fairly refreshing in the hot sun.

D: Pretty unremarkable. I can think of several others I enjoy more.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sessycuban
3.16/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco. It pours a very rich tan color. One concern is the visible lack of head, but you do notice some lacing. I didn't get much of an aroma from this beer, which is disappointing given that one usually experiences complex aromas from a witbier. What the beer lacks in aroma it makes up quite well in taste. The fruity flavors come across quite well. The flavors were far from complex, but overall it was a good beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a very pale and rather unpleasant yellow colour with no head. Looks extremely weak, not very appetising, and very insipid overall.

Almost no aroma on the nose. Perhaps just a little sweetness, but not even the generic and unpleasant characters you get on a bad wheat beer. At least it's not offensive, but seriously, it's nothing...

Taste is similar. Certainly no witbier spice characters. Reminds me more of a kristalweizen and a poor one at that. Clean enough in its way, but so is water. This is just pretty flavourless.

Yeah, it's sluggable, but it's not very interesting by any stretch of the imagination. Probably their worst drop on tap.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Wontonst
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bschinelli
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tapered clear weizen-type glass at Thristy Bear Brewing Company.

A: Dishwater gold with thin off-white head with minimal retention and no lacing.

S: Great combination of coriander, wheat tanginess, clove, and orange

T: Solid but not out-of-this world with nice wheat tanginess, coriander, and orange citrus character. Good wheaty esters.

M: Thick wheaty but relatively light-bodied feel with pretty crisp finish.

O: Not bad at all and definitely worth trying if you like witbiers. It's a good indication that they have upped their ante at Thirsty Bear since we were here 3 years ago.

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Photo of Piason
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andy1701
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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Valencia Wheat from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 36 ratings