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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John Barleycornís cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes.


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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (841) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
This gets great marks for the aroma. Piney and floral with a little sweetness. The color is like ginger ale but with an enormous head. No matter how I tried to pour, I risked overflowing the snifter. This left cool residue on the glass though. The taste was definitely of wheat and stayed true to the style. Hops presence stood out with a good alcohol essence. Interesting variation on one of my favorite styles.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
From Chicago trip 2 years back. American strong characteristics with orange hop flavour, still hoppy flavours in the finish, and to some extent in the nose. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Shared a bottle with some dorks. Aroma is mild with slight oak, toffee, and sweet malt. Pours deep blond with heavy carbonation. Taste is mild with nice grain notes, wheat, caramel, and a mild oak finish. Not very strong tasting but certainly a perfect balance of tastes. Itís the sort of wheat wine you could drink a whole bottle of and not notice the 9.5%. Would try again but would probably be equally underwhelmed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
750 Bottle. Smells of sweet citrus and booze. This is a deliciously complex beer that has big full mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
[Bottle] Light orange in color. Fizzy, but lasting white head. Hazy with suspended floating yeast. Wheat malts, sweet grains and light lemongrass in the nose. Dough, citrus zest, white wine and floral notes in the taste. Yeasty phenols in the finish. There is a lot going on in this one. Tasting notes from 2012.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
Rated on 6-23-2011 (Corked and caged bottle) This beer forms a medium sized fizzy head that mostly diminishes, transparent golden body, floaties, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, oak, wheat, pine, grassy hops, sweet, and tropical fruit. The taste is sweet, oak, bitter, malt, fruity, hops, and a long dry finish. The mouthfeel is spritzy and this beer is medium bodied. This is a sipping beer at 9.1%ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2129) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3/5/2014. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours amber color with a white head. Aromas of sweet fruit, caramel, malt, grapes. Flavors are somewhat sweet at first, but with bitter hops following through. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3508) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Poured a pale orange color with aromas of wheat, booze, light toffee and some more booze. Flavors are the same decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from, dammit, I forget, anyway, good aroma, sweet. Toasted wheat, oak/ vanilla, little citrus, on the orange side. 1st pour clean orange color, bid initial head that faded to a ring, no lace, just a steady ring. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet drying finish. Nice, I wonít say it overwhelms me, but itís good. Getting a fair amount of the wheat, but oak leads the way. Sometimes think Iím getting some yeasty spice, but think Iím crossing up some of the barrel. Worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2014
750 ml bottle: hazy, bright copper color with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma of intense citrus, candy/bubble gum, peach, pineapple with hints of spiciness. Flavors are apple, peach, citrus with Hints of banana, spice, flowers. Lively carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Nice balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (618) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
750 ml bottle dated 2010-01. Aroma is interesting and fairly fruity with light stone fruit, overripe pear and red apple. Some light alcohol spice in the finish and medium light wheat notes. Not really any hop character. Pours a slightly golden orange with a medium small, white head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers a bit. No lacing and medium small legs. Flavor has a moderate sweetness with a lot of fruit character. Tons of light stone fruit, pear and apples. Some medium alcohol spice in the finish. No hop flavor and only low bitterness. Some low honey notes from oxidation, but this has otherwise aged pretty well. A light toasted bread note. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low to medium alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but it really lacks any hop character to balance the sweetness. The malt character is also sweet and a bit one dimensional. Not much in the way of maillard reaction flavors or aromas.


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