Your Favorite American Style Wheat Ales

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  1. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    I know lots of folk get down on these and can't discuss without effortlessly blurting out "Weihenstephaner", "proper German....." etc.

    Anyway, my faves...

    Captain Lawrence Sun Block. Shit name. Gorgeous beer, and perhaps the most refreshing beer I know

    Southern Tier Hop Sun. Former fave, but CL chopped it down

    FFF Gumballhead. I don't expect t an arguement here

    Anchor Summer Beer. The brilliance is so subtle, but that slight tart finish and the everlasting creamy head...

    That's all I got in NY...minus the FFF, which I get when traveling to IL frequnetly
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  2. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    I haven't heard anything about it coming back this year, but NEBCO Alphaweizen is amazing. Fingers crossed for its return!
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  3. Handyandy58

    Handyandy58 Initiate (131) Aug 3, 2011 California

    Oberon. Can't get away from it during a midwest summer, but damn if it's not tasty.
  4. Rileyman

    Rileyman Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 North Carolina

    Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat Ale. Good stuff!
  5. Jeremy_H

    Jeremy_H Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2013 Illinois
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    Its a toss between FFF Gumballhead and Half Acre Akari Shogun!
  6. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    Boulevard Wheat
    Bell's Oberon

    I'm not a fan of the aggressively hopped wheat. I'll pass on Gumball Head & 80 Acre.
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  7. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,130) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Still a big fan of Oberon. Perfect in the summer for me.
  8. thegodfather2701

    thegodfather2701 Crusader (751) Nov 3, 2005 North Carolina

    Mine is Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, its freaking awesome. A delicious beer but you have to be careful because it will creep up on you given its alcohol content. I've never had Gumballhead, but would love to try it. I'm not a big fan of Oberon and I have tried it many times.
  9. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,035) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Gumballhead, and Oberon, with the last of those, IMO, having redefined the style (remember those U.S. "wheats" from the 90s?) to make it one of the more unique U.S. "craft" offerings out there.
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  10. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    I'm an unapologetic fan. Can't believe I forget to mention Oberon. Can't wait to have some when I'm in OBX next week
  11. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (405) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I'd have to say Oberon.
  12. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,034) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Wheat beers don't have enough flavor for me unless it's a wheat IPA. Gotta' have some hops in there. :slight_smile:
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  13. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (535) Jul 13, 2011 Florida
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    Sumpin' Sumpin', although it tastes more like an IPA. It's one of my favorites.

    More in the style, I like Bell's Oberon and Southern Tier Hop Sun.
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  14. garymuchow

    garymuchow Poo-Bah (2,864) Aug 31, 2001 Minnesota
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    several good ones mentioned, but for ease of access around these parts (MN), and a good price, 80 Acre is a good drink.
  15. rboinski

    rboinski Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Gumballhead for wheat, lil sumpin for just an awesomely drinkable beer
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  16. rtrasr

    rtrasr Disciple (321) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    I like Boulevard Wheat.
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  17. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

    I need to give this one a second spin methinks.
  18. shredder83

    shredder83 Devotee (423) Feb 21, 2013 Illinois
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    gumballhead is my favorite wheat ale ever!
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  19. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Boulevard wheat. Orange and lemon slices, optional.
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  20. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (533) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    1) Oberon
    2) Gumball

    I hate Sumpin Sumpin. All the rest I have had, meh
  21. RJLarse

    RJLarse Poo-Bah (1,592) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

  22. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (268) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

  23. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Lil' Sumpin Sumpin. Why have a wheat beer when you could have a wheat IPA? Proceed to defame my uninformed palate.
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  24. tone77

    tone77 Poo-Bah (4,711) May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Maui's Mana Wheat
    Arcadia's Whitsun Ale
    Boulder Beer's Sweaty Betty Blonde
  25. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    True to form: Blue Star from North Coast
    New School: Lil Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas
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  26. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    One of my favorites by the gents at NEBCo
  27. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2011 Illinois

    Sumpin' Sumpin', Oberon, Circus boy.
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  28. Burkbom23

    Burkbom23 Zealot (504) Mar 11, 2013 Connecticut

    Ommegang Witte
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  29. Mshull

    Mshull Devotee (426) Mar 26, 2013 Ohio
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    Sumpin sumpin ale and gumballhead only because they taste like ipas
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  30. Cyrano41

    Cyrano41 Disciple (325) Aug 7, 2009 Virginia

    Oberon, Harpoon's UFO and GI 312
  31. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Gumballhead -- drinks like a light, wheat-y IPA.
    Sumpin' Sumpin' -- ... drinks like an IPA. Still not really convinced it's a wheat beer.
    Oberon -- classic.
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  32. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    My favorite wheat beer is a pilsner.
  33. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Savant (930) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    I'm also a fan of the Sun Block. Since I'm really waspy, and there's no "tan setting" on me, I'll be sure to buy a few cases of it this summer. But seriously refreshing beer.
  34. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    80 acre
    Heavy Seas Riptide
  35. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Year round- Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
    Summer: Bell's Oberon and NG Dancing Man (OK, it's a Hefewiezen)
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  36. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (628) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    New Glarus Dancing Man - just had my first this week and it's the best I've ever had.
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  37. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Aspirant (235) Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    Odell Easy Street Wheat. Was also my gateway beer
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  38. Bosoxfan20

    Bosoxfan20 Savant (971) Feb 6, 2013 Missouri
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    Lil Sumpin Sumpin! One of my favorite beers period. Also, really enjoyed Gumballhead. Not so much on the 80 Acre or Boulevard Wheat
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  39. Stooven

    Stooven Initiate (183) May 23, 2013 Illinois

    We're just starting to see it in Chicago more: Greenbush (Sawyer, MI)'s Sunspot. It's unusual, but still drinkable. Citrus-y without venturing too far into wit land, and a dynamite, dry finish. Some say it's a hefeweizen, I dunno. You say 'porter,' I say 'stout.'
  40. quindog

    quindog Aspirant (250) Mar 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Little Sumpin Sumpin and Boulevard 80 acre.
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