Archive for the ‘American Dark Wheat Ale’ Category

Here’s a beer that I bought a sixer of a few weeks ago. The other half actually enjoyed it. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7%

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984. They’ve all been golden summer refreshers instead of dark winter warmers—until now. Anchor Winter Wheat™ is made with a unique blend of malted barley and five wheats from Belgium, Germany, the Midwest, and a family farm just 75 miles away, where we get our soft red winter wheat. Sown in November and harvested in June, it is used in artisanal flatbreads, cakes, and pastries. In 1848, California farmers forsook their amber grain for golden fortune. By 1878, California wheat was back big-time, winning gold at the Paris International Exposition. There was even a wheat beer brewery in North Beach, one mile from our first home. Today, the robust flavor, malty complexity, enticing aroma, ebony color, and thick, creamy head of Anchor Winter Wheat™ reflect this delicious heritage. Anchor Winter Wheat™ is made with a unique blend of 2-row pale barley malt, Belgian roasted wheat malt, German pale spring wheat malt, ‘Midnight’ and hard red wheat malts from the Midwest, and unmalted soft red winter wheat from a local family farm. The result is a smooth, complex, dark brew with a creamy, lacey head; deep, rich mouthfeel; nutty, bread-like, and subtly roasted flavors; and a crisp, clean finish. A special ale yeast provides clean flavors with hints of dark fruit. And a single hop, Northern Brewer, provides earthy, woody, and minty notes with just the right amount of bitterness.”

Random: I spent about 5 hours on the warehouse floor yesterday, walking back and forth. Needless to say, I am in pain today.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly, but didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. Instead, it left a crown on top of the dark brown, almost black body. Because of the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had wheat, fig, cocoa, roasted malt and cherry. The taste was really good. It started with cocoa, nuts and roasted malts. It quickly moved to wheat, cherry, and figs. It was really robust for a winter seasonal. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with cherry and wheat and cocoa. I thought this beer was one of the best I’ve had from Anchor. For $.92 a bottle, this breaks down to $.07 per ounce, which is definitely on the cheaper side. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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This was another beer that we picked up from Half Time in New York. This is the fifth beer that I’ve had from the brewery in the last year. Since it’s not distributed in Jersey, I’ve picked all five up in New York. Let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scratch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark
in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor.”

Random: It is really cold and blustery out. My time of weather!

This brew poured with a thick, one finger head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy dark brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose had toasted bread along with some brown sugar. I didn’t get much else. The taste had a lot of hoppiness to it. The hoppiness quickly went into bready and caramel malt. It had a bit of smokiness to it as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with lots of smoke and bitter hops. There was no wheat to this beer, nor did it have any citrus, which was offputting. It was $2.49 a can, which wasn’t very expensive, but given that I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the great things about the beer community is the emphasis on helping out and giving back. Whenever I see a “charitable” beer on tap or at a bottle store, assuming I haven’t had it, I try to get it to support the charity. And now you have your explanation of why I had to get this beer when I saw it on draft.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The beer is so named because we think cancer sucks – so we are using it to raise money for a local charity. ChemoSabe is what we like to call a Big Black Wheat as it comes in at 8.5% ABV. We added just a touch of Wasabi which just adds some complexity to the beer, not heat. It started because Rob heard about a little girl in the Philadelphia suburbs (Phoenixville) named Gabby who was diagnosed with a rare form of a cancerous brain tumor. We decided to raise money to help her and her family through this troubling time by selling this beer at the taproom in 12oz glasses and donating $2 per glass to her as well as charging an extra $10 for a growler fill which went directly to her as well. You can learn more about her at Get Well Gabby. Sadly, Gabby has since passed away, but ChemoSabe will live on; raising money for local families fighting cancer.”

Random: The Phils won tonight! Totally excited and it was a great game to boot.

This brew poured with a cream-colored, half a finger head. It left huge amounts of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose was overly mild. I got hints of wasabi and wheat. The taste was a bit more complex. I got wasabi with dark wheat notes. Some cocoa and coffee came through as well with a dose of roasted malts. The booze was very well-integrated into the brew with no warming on the end. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long spicy finish. This beer was definitely interesting, if nothing else. It wouldn’t be a beer that I could drink many of, but I’m glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0