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Finch’s Wet Hot American Wheat

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Serve in Shaker, Weizen

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Wet Hot American Wheat is named for it’s particularly “wet” mash and “hot” initial fermentation temperature. It is brewed and dry hopped with Centennial and Columbus hops and utilizes two different kinds of wheat malt, White wheat and Torrified wheat. This beer has an initial sweetness that is balanced by hop additions late in the boil.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tnkw01 (1021) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Can. Gold color. Aroma hoppy, weak and watery. Taste, weak, not a very good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Can. Lemon, wheat malt and orange peel aroma. Pale yellow with moderate head. Sweet lemon, wheat malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Nice standard hoppy wheat.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2014
This is a pretty solid APA like wheat beer from Finch’s. It is a cloudy Pilsener yellow color in the glass and the head is small and soapy but rather long lived. This is definitely a hop centric brew w/ lots of resinous pine notes and a bit of citrus. It also has a fairly strong fruity yeast profile as well, It is a moderately carbonated beer w/ a wheaty thickness that gets a bit heavy by halfway through the glass on a hot day. It is rather dry and finishes w/ just a touch of lingering citrus rind bitterness. This is pretty typical of Finch’s beers in so far as it is pretty good w/ no real off flavors anything wrong w/ it but just doesn’t have anything particularly stellar about it. It is OK across the board.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 ounce can into pint glass; no can dating, but was released recently. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with dank citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dank citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pale wheat ale. Nice juicy citrus/grassy hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1800) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
16oz can at O’donovans. Hazy golden pour with a big white head. Nose of banana, clove and some other fruitiness. Taste is similar. Its good, but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Can. Orange pour with a smaller head. Loads of tangerine in the aroma and taste. Easy drinking wheat with some hop edge. Drinking it on a pontoon, so all is good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home waiting for a repairman. Appearance is a cloudy gold with little head, light bubbling. Aroma is mostly light wheat malt, not much else. Taste is mostly malty, light bread, light wheat. Nothing too exceptional, decent. I like the can.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Hazy straw colored pour. Small layer of white bubbles. Splotches stuck to the side. Lemony hop and malt aroma. Taste is earthy and hoppy. Finishes dry and a bit watered down.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fluffy (1466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2014
dammit, why do american craft brewers feel the need to hop up wheat beers? not a fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (448) - - JUN 10, 2014
Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a hazy yellow-orange color with a one finger head of white foam floating atop. The head fades quite fast leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a wheaty smell along with a tangerine and orange aroma. Some lighter hop smells of a grapefruit and pine nature are there as well along with a light lemon smell rounding out the aroma nicely. Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty bread flavor mixed with a bit of a caramel and light orange sweetness. The orange seems to fade rather fast from the taste being replaced by some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature. Other flavors of grass and a very light pine develop on the tongue more toward the end of the taste and with a little bit of lemon coming to the tongue as well, leaving one with a rather refreshing and decently hopped citrus wheat flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are nice for creating a crisp feel and complement well the citrus and wheat flavors of the beer. Overall – A rather enjoyable wheat brew with a good showing of citrus and hop. A rather nice summer drinker.


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