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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4730) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
2006 bottle. Good head. hazy gold amber colour. Delicate delicious wheat IIPA flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
(Bottle) Shared at the PNW Christmas 2006 party at Oakes on December 9th. I suspect that my prior encounter with a wheat wine (Bushwakkers) has lead me to interpreting this brew differently from the others at this tasting. Somewhat of the same nose of the Centennial Wheat Wine - thin white foamy head with a cloudy orange-amber body. Good ABV in aroma. Fuzzy peaches, pine hops and perfume. Strong bitter hops meld with a potent cherry malt. I really enjoyed this. Thanks TimE!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4447) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
633ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a small white head leaving only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is cereal grains and citrus with some other fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is big malty sweetness with some lovely citrusy and earthy bitter hop notes and a trace of alcohol. This is quite a bit different than your typical barley wine, but was still quite yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Big thanks to daijokey for this 2006 bottle. Poured a mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. Mild-moderate sweetness with notes of apricots and some fusel alcohol. Semi-sweet flavor with the taste of browned fruits. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3982) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Yancheng. Pours a cloudy gold with no head. The aroma is booze, wheat, caramel. Thin mouth with nice candy sugar malt, booze, caramel, wheat, sweet finish. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3467) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2005
Golden brown color. Vinous nose of oranges and brandy and wheat. Full bodied with cherries, oranges, brandy and a warming brandy like finish. Yum.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3388) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
Small head good carbonation colour is salmon pink mist superb colour aroma grain fruit pine caramel mild alcohol floral note flavour sweet malted goodness wheat malt decent citrus hop bitter good pine taste caramel brandy alcohol finish strong malt flavours good bitter alround leaving a lasting good aftertaste

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2729) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
633ml brown bottle. I see the date 2010 on the label, so I’m guessing that’s the vintage. Dark gold coloured brew, slight haze, medium sized foamy white cap. Displays nice lacing. Nose is full of wheat malt/cereal notes, light sweet notes from malts - caramel, possibly leaning even toward a light butterscotch, some orangey/citrus hops that are well placed. Flavour has caramel malt sweetness that is cut into by citrusy hops. Alcohol seems present but not obtrusive, coming in late. Aftertaste has wheat malts, a bit tangy, lingering hops which are quite grassy and and also citrusy in nature. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, smooth, full bodied. Liking this quite a bit, but not loving it. Not sure why.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2582) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2006 bottle shared by daijokey at JoeMcphee’s place for Captain Cougar comes to NY gathering. Well I was extremely happy to get a chance to try a Japanese Wheat Wine, thanks again Wayne. Pours with an orange color. Aroma is strong with raison alcohol and lightly spiced. Taste is actually rather subdued and light. Starts with cherry and raison alcohol. Finishes with alcohol spiciness and even some light esters. Some raison bread as well in there. A pretty nice beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2531) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from the taproom in Yokohama, 9%, served in a snifter. I am not all that familiar with this style, it poured a rich copper gold with almost no head - it looks quite IPA like. The aroma is a malty fruitiness followed by a bready biscuit like character before finishing with some light citrusy hops & caramel. Smooth silky mouthfeel & very full bodied. The taste is a bit boozy with lots of fruity malty character that reminds me of english ales... too sweet with lots of caramelized fruit notes followed by bitter hops which give me citrus, pine & grapefruit. I liked the body & mouthfeel, the taste is quite solid but a bit on the sweet side for me. The booze is only noticeable in your stomach where you get some warming. Pretty interesting, a big boozy full bodied sipping beer for IPA lovers.


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