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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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West Coast Wheat Wine is a huge beer in terms of alcohol strength. 60 percent of the fermentable extract is derived from malted wheat and this lends a quenching drinkability rare to beers of this strength. The hops are 100% American west coast types that are bold and citrusy in character. In the glass, Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is a deep copper-gold color and sports a very tight, creamy-white head. The nose is piquantly complex -? we detect notes of pears, plums, raisins and the ominous foreboding of alcohol. In the mouth, you will experience a panoply of sweetish honeyed-fruit flavors that are washed clean by a robust hop bitterness and a hot alcohol finish.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Flat, murky, dull amber...looks terrible. Thick malty nose with light alcohol and yeast. Yeah, this is a problem I’ve had with a few wheat wines - too nondescript in the aroma, like they didn’t really have a plan. Strawberry notes are surprisingly pronounced here, followed by something similar to soy sauce and treacle mixed together. This isn’t bad, it’s just not good...different for the sake of being different might be a good way to put it. The body, not surprisingly, is a bit oily.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
On tap @ Beachwood Brewing. Hazed amber pour with a small white head. Fairly fruity aroma of stone fruit, golden raisin, and orange peels. Lots of sweet caramel and some brown sugar. Slight booze and grassy hops. Flavor has a rather mild bitterness. Kind of dominated by the fruit character and grainy brown sugar. A bunch of caramel malts and some wet grass. Mild citrus rind. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8911) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Bomber from Presario. Spot on wheat wine, tasty, fuller mouthfeel, lacey. Cloudy golden body.Fresh aromas. Very good drinkability, like a strong ale with its hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Thanks to daijokey for bringing this one out. Amber colour with a thin white head. Some lovely spicy wheat behind an orange/grapefruit citrus and toasted sweetmalts. Light fruitiness throughout. Full bodied with a lemony finish. Really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle sampled on 9/15/07: Pours a transparent copper with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet complex caramel malt and nice fruity esters. Body starts with good sweet wheat and pale malty complexity along with light fruity notes toward a slightly warming, caramely sweet finish. A very nice wheatwine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Bright deep golden with an orange hue and a short-lived low head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, bringing to mind pears-in-syrup, soft mango, and whit grapes. Very aromatic, interesting. Sweet entry of pears, peaches, soft citrus, and something tart and green, starfruit maybe? I don’t know, very unique though. Quenching palate as opposed to cloying, which this could easily be but isn’t . Nice hoppy bite in the end, grapefruit rind bitterness. I can’t classify this brew into a style that matches it perfectly, but who cares! Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6695) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle from the brewery. Medium amber color, a low, fine, off-white head. Slightly port-like aroma, hoppy, some fruit and malt, but not very strong. Very sweet, rich flavor with a good alcohol bite. Lots of dark fruits, honey, caramel, some hops. Very rich and thick and complex. Lots of cherry and other dark fruits. Finish of alcohol, port, fruits, caramel. Very interesting. Not a whole lot of wheat flavor to me. Not much like the Belgian tripel it speaks of on the label, but a rich and flavorful strong beer, more like a barley wine. A bit of wheat taste, I suppose… Very well done, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2006 bottle shared by daijokey at JoeMcphee’s place (thanks!) - hazy copper beer - aroma of grape, cherries, wheat, and strong, warming alcohol - light wheat character with a lot of bright, fruity notes (berries at first, then some earthy grape and apple notes) - the alcohol becomes a bit strong at times, but it’s warming without becoming overpowering or astringent, so I can forgive it for that.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4968) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft - Wheat, sweet pale malt, plum and yeast. Cloudy yellow gold with a rich beige head. Plum, apricot, raisin, marzipan and a bit of booze. Never like this style but this is a nice job.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
On tap at Ushi-Tora I. Amber with a stable head. Alcoholic fruit with cigarette smoke aroma.The smoked hints continue in the mouth before peachy fruitiness takes over. Disappointing due to high expectations.


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