Wheat Wacker | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States
bdbrewing.com

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by GRG1313 on 07-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
11.24%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was billed as a Wheat IPA at Collins Pub in Seattle. On-tap.

Light golden hue (I don't know who classified this as a dark wheat), with a fine white head. Some patchy lace, forming fine, but insubstantial patterns on the glass. Very light body. Looks quite insipid.

Nose is weak, with a faintly foul orange character like fermented bin juice. Seedy, weedy grain gives a vegetative apology. Grassy, reedy and pointless.

Taste is light and peppery, but ultimately without merit. No wheat body or sweetness, and no fragrance or flavour from the hops. It tastes thin and struck with booze, even though it's relatively weak. A light lemon character comes through pretending to be crisp drinkability. Meh. Meh meh meh. Feel appallingly light.

I don't like this at all. It has a bitterness to it, but nothing else from the IPA style. It has a wheat thinness, but none of the good wheat beer characters. It's like an amalgam of everything that could go wrong in either style, creating a synergy of badness. Very poor indeed.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of JAFoley
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale clear yellow body with three fingers of white head. Very good retention but no lacing.

S - citrus and pine

T - Mildly citrus hops and citrus from the Belgian yeast.

M - Medium/light body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky

O - Kind of a one note beer and drinks kinda like soda. Not bad and very drinkable, but won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear medium amber orange with a very short pure white head that quickly fades.

Smell is similiar to Belgian fruit esters; very fruity and floral and somewhat assertive. Some spice and some and some "carnuba wax" character (esters). Smells very Belgian and is a bit simplistic in the nose, although pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium full and with nice character. Initial impression is a bit high on the carbonation but it seems to "settle down" and is welcoming and friendly. Very "fresh" in the mouth and inviting.

Flavors, while initial impression is thin and simple, really develop and get complex with a couple of sips and in the mid-palate and finish.
There is some green stone fruit character, green apricots and a bit of green grass and peppers. Nice bitter hop character but not citrus or citric; more of a bitter "green" quality. A good food beer and a good flavor profile for food. Complex "green" and toasty flavors.

Finish is the biggest appeal to me. Long lasting and bold. Big green pepper, light grass, hints of unripe stone fruit and bitter lemon skin and pine. Finish is complex and the strength of this one. Not great but a nice effort.

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Photo of Docer
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Nice rather clear bright copper and straw yellow session-looking brew. Fluffy quick bright white head settled to a bubbly ring and thin layer over the brew. Solid.

Smell: (3.0)

- Kind of a roasted, caramel, wheat smacked madness with a touch of butter. Not so sure this is as it was meant to be. Certainly some diacetyl at play here. Which also doesn't usually occur if a bottle is even slightly old on the shelf, but rather pulled from the fermenter or bright tank too soon. Grassy and herbal hop notes, and a citrus finish.

Taste: (3.0)

- Nice wheat malts, and light caramel sweetness. Little bready with a tangy wheat roast. Nice resinous bittering hop, earthy, grassy, but overall a toss up. Some slight issues with this one. Not so much butter in the taste, but more astringent. Light citrus in the hop.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This brew is well carbonated, and drinks well. It's a touch dry, and chewy. Medium body, slight creaminess, and is overall quite good as far as the feel goes.

Overall: (3.5)

- If this brew was as clean and perfected as it was meant to be, it may have some super high marks. The early boil hopping is nice, and the wheat bill is heavy and well played, but just some slight imperfections kind of drew this beer down a notch or two. I can see where it's going though.

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Photo of MeganPhillips
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Talisker
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kchannel9
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of EROCK75
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: somewhat cloudy; honey colored; 2 finger white head that receded slowly and had nice lacing;

S: an interesting combination of wheat and grassy, piney hops:

T: exactly as advertised; a hoppy wheat beer; that profile stayed consistent from start to finish;

M: light to medium bodied; slightly over carbonated;

O: I had low expectations and while this isn't a beer I would seek out, I was pleasantly surprised;

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a decently sized, off-white head. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is solid and sticky. For a dark wheat it doesn't seem any darker than any other wheat.
Smell is a bit weak, with sweet grainy note, a bit of tartness/sour citrus, wheat and malt.
Taste is grassy, malt, light citrus, wheat and a not unsubstantial alcohol warmth. Balance is pretty good.
Medium bodied, reasonably smooth and with a solid warming aspect. Effervescence is restrained. It drinks like an Imperial wheat - which I've never heard of - and in that mindset this is a really good beer. As a standard wheat, it's ok. Either way, the nose is a bit off so don't take a deep whiff before you sip and it'll be good.

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Photo of Burkbom23
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Drank straight from the bomber. Cannot perform a full review on looks.

S - The smell was much better directly after the beer was opened than 15 minutes afterwards. Simcoe/Citra hops. Citrousy. Very faint Belgian yeast.

T - Completely agree with the grassy reviews. Slight, but certainly not predominant Belgian funk. Citrousy orange/lemon. Barely bready. Not a fan of the thin wheat malt taste. I find it a little insufficient for this beer.

M - Well carbonated. Quite bubbly. Lingering bitterness. Not all that great, but can't complain too much about the mouthfeel.

O - At $2.99 a bomber, it's a "good price for a good beer". Not a spectacular beer, but well worth the investment. Personally, I would still spend the extra $1 for my fall-back SNPA as a replacement for this... Worth a try, but it won't become a regular in my lineup.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was gold in color. It had a fairly good-sized white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a scant amount of lace.

Grassy, outdoors aroma. Some peppery spice.

Clove taste, some citrus. A bit of Belgian funkiness.

A lot going on in this beer. Not sure how well it succeeded.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of johntfox
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first stab at an American dark wheat ale. Pours an orange/brown color, nice fluffy head to it that stays consistent all the way down. Nice maltiness in the flavor, hints of lemon and fruitiness, good hop character as well. Reminds of me a dunkelweizen, as it should, and is pretty drinkable and smooth going down. Not the most adventurous beer, but solid and worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, wheat, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly tart citrus flavor. Then a bit of caramel sweetness comes in. Next there’s a strong hops bitterness for the style and some wheat breadiness although there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of mschind
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from a bomber producing a fluffy, off white three finger head that quickly faded to a foamy cap. Decent lacing on the way down. Color is a hazy medium gold, dark for a wheat beer.

S- Lots going on here. There's a Belgian yeast at work giving it a fruity and spicy aroma with some grassy hops.

T- The fruity esters (peach/apricot) dominate up front along with light malt sweetness. The finish is peppery with mild hop bitterness.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

O- An interesting combination of flavors and styles. A bit too strong to be a seesion beer. It paired well with some jalapno salami and dark pretzels. Not something I would seek out by itself.

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Wheat Wacker from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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