Beach Wheat | Short's Brewing Company

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Beach WheatBeach Wheat

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by HopHobo on 08-03-2009

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 142
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a clean, golden body that showed moderate carbonation. It hazed up quite nicely after the yeast pour. The thin, white head didn't stay around too long. Decent sticky spots kind of came and went, eventually falling back into the body.

S- Wow! I was expecting a good ole American Pale Wheat ale and was met with the telltale aromas of a straight up Bavarian Weisse (a well done version at that). Bold lemon melds with distinct banana and clove. Crisp and refreshing.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Very lemony, like sweetened lemon juice (is that just lemonade). It's pretty much a solid hefe that's gone heavy on the lemon flavor.

M- Heavily carbonated, the lemon provides a little bite. Maybe a touch clean for the style.

O- As American wheat's (especially an American interpretation of a hefeweizen) go, this is a winner. Good characteristics all around. This has great drinkability. I could chill all day on a lawn chair or beach towel with a sixer of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one many times on tap at places around time, picked up a six-pack for the first time this year. It pours a bright and shining gold color with a yeast-driven haze that obscures any amount of clarity in the brew, just like any hefeweizen should. The head is pretty thin and fades quickly, much quicker than many other beers of this style.

The aroma reminds me of a thin and slightly watered down hefeweizen; the mild, yeasty esters are there with some lightly rotten banana and hints of clove and mint. Faint apple skins and a light kiss of musky hops finishes things off. Not as full, thick, or robust as you'd expect, sadly. The aromas are there, they're just a little underplayed.

Wheat is revealed a little more as the beer hits the palate; soft wheat background with a light graininess and heaps of pale malt. Yeast abound, with lots of banana and clove-like esters. Mild, tart-apple twinge hits somewhere around half-way, something that was unexpected but not necessarily unwanted. Finish contains a touch of musky hop bitterness, but mostly wheat and fading yeast flavors.

Just like the aroma and flavor profiles, the mouth feel is a bit lacking in girth and just seems like a thinner version of the style. Thin bodied, tight carbonation, and a crispy, wet finish. Far from the top-tier hefeweizens out there, but far from the worst, too. It's simply an easy drinker and nothing else. Don't expect greatness and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of warnerry
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly and doesn't really any lacing.

S - Relatively strong lemon scent. There is some wheat and faint banana. Not sure what to make of this.

T - Intense lemon dominates the taste. Eventually the lemon receptors are saturated, some banana, clove and wheat finally come through. Like an odd Berliner Weiss/Hefe hybrids. Not really enjoying this one.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel.

O - Not really what I look for in a hefeweizen, and not really that enjoyable. Won't be getting this again.

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Photo of sculls65
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCJosh
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of wheat twang. Also present are solid amounts of citrus hops with hints of tropical fruit hops and clove lurking in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of pale malt and robust wheat flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of bright citrus hop flavors and milder amounts of tropical fruit hops. The tropical fruit hops fade midway through the sip, making room for influence from clove. The wheat and citrus hops carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a nicely hopped beer somewhere between an American wheat and a hefeweizen. Nothing special but certainly worth a shot if you see it on, especially in the warmer months.

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Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from splax23, thanks Jason!

A - Pours pale golden hazy yellow. Agressive pour creates good size foamy head with nice lacing but goes rather quickly.

S - Good stuff. Bit of banana, clove, wheat. Very nice.

T - Getting some pinapple i think here, same as taste, slightly sour but its different, I like that.

M - Nice smooth.

O- I think this beer is pretty damn good. Somewhat similar to one of my all time favorite wheat beers (Mana Wheat), not as good but definitely worth a few pints.

Alot of the reviews seem a bit harsh on this one, Im pretty tough critic, or at least try to be and I thought this one is definitely worth several pints.

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Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of king75
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmorley21
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Whafting bannana aroma. Light colour, very lacey. A lighter than medium mouthfeel. Served somehwat cold. Some sugar, sweet. Very drinkable even though not the thickness I would anticipate from the best of this style.
Had it on tap a couple of years later and the aroma was good, decent citrus wheaty taste.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: murky straw body with a finger white head good formation and retention. The lacing is light, along with the carbonation.

S: Aroma is light, but with good clove and banana elements.

T/M: Slight spice on the front, with a well rounded wheat body. The overall texture is a bit thin for style, but very refreshing. Hops are light and noble, while the yeast plays a good role and has a spicy finish as well.

O: overall this is a decent wheat brew, very drinkable, while still holding good flavors, not too experimental, like other shorts brews.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beach Wheat is a very hazy straw color. Looks a bit yellow or gold when held to light. It’s topped with a soft, white head that stands just about a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky and lighter in volume.

The nose is pretty good. It’s maybe a little weak. It kicks off with a very earthy, grainy scent that lingers throughout. There’s a spicy element to it. Smells like clove and perhaps a bit of pepper. It has a yeasty scent that’s relatively prominent. Smells like there’s a light banana scent. It’s definitely light though. Tough to tell. Perhaps my nose is playing tricks on me. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. It’s spicy up front. Tastes like a yeasty spiciness. I’m definitely getting clove and pepper. It has a strong earthy and grainy flavor that lingers throughout. I’m not getting much in the banana department. I was hoping for more. There’s a faint hint of it, but that’s about it. It is yeast (and spicy) throughout. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. I’m not getting any. It finishes earthy, grainy, and spicy.

Beach Wheat has a lighter body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel soft. This stuff goes down super easy. It really is a nice, drinkable summer beer. I could handle quite a few of these on a hot day.

Beach Wheat is a pretty good release from Short’s Brewing Company. It’s a relatively straight forward Hefeweizen. It won’t compete with the world’s best, but it’s still a pretty good beer. A little (or a lot) more banana would definitely bump it up a notch or two. Having said that, it is a pretty satisfying, refreshing beer on a hot day. It’s probably even a little more satisfying than the score here reflects.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of zachraymer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flat and hazy yellow. This had barely any carbonation or head to speak of. It almost looked like juice.

The smell supports this is in fact a wheat beer, with hints of banana, clove, and wheat. However, it also has a sharp and pungent sourness to it.

Sometimes I like Short's interesting approach on a style, and sometimes I just don't get it. Tick this one on the side of not getting it. The banana flavor is over ripe, almost spoiled. It has a rotten sour flavor to it like decomposed fruit. There are light spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel has low carbonation and medium bodied.

This just furthers my confusion about Short's. I've had some beers I thought were spectacular, and some that are just flat out gross. There's a part of me wondering if this was an infected or just inconsistent bottle, but I also know they tend to digress from styles and I'm pretty sure what I got is what they intended.

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Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slight golden hazy appearance. Almost no head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Lots of Belgian yeast, spice, clove, bananas, lemon citrus zest, and malt.

Taste – Spot on to the aroma. None of the flavors are overwhelming, but relatively mellow. Banana up front with lots of Belgian yeast, mixed with clove. Slight hoppy flavor, wheat, and lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, bubbly carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – A solid Hefe and pretty enjoyable on a warm summer night.

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Photo of alfie
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acostuhhh
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this one.

A: A hazy light yellow in color. Almost like a pineapple color. A small bit of white head on top, which fades almost immediately.

S: Some spice notes, and a touch of fruit. There is a good bit of clove as well as maybe a touch of sulphur.

T: There is a certain tartness to this, as well as a bit of metallic flavor and a touch sour. Fairly light in flavor and a little bit of clove.

M: Thin and quite a bit of carbonation.

O: Overall I'm not very impressed. Very light in flavor, even for the style, and it has that slightly acidic sour twang that all of Short's beers seem to have. Not horrible, but not great.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler take home from Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI. I am going to try and be brief here. The Beach Wheat pours and looks like a kölsch with lacing, smells like a hefe light on banana, tastes like a saison/hefe hybrid. Wonderfully odd. Had on bottle last year, very nice from the tap as well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden in color and very cloud. Small head of white fades quickly and is replaced by a broken crown of white lace that barely hangs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very light at first but as it warms builds with hints of light grass, loads of wheat and light spicy notes. As I take the first sip there is a pronounced spice, clove maybe that really takes over on the palate. Peppery almost with light grain and a hint of lemon zest that punctuates the clove perfectly

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