DedicatedToFun (3557) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazed yellow with white head and lace. Wheaty, sour malt aroma. Flavor mirrors the aroma. A tad thin and watery.
rick_91709 (213) - USA - MAR 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pale yellow with a fizzy head. Almost no aroma. Citrusy taste as the name implies. A good light summer type beer.
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wheresyourball (529) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brodyís in Jamul. Pours yellowish orange, and served with an orange slice sitting in the white head. Nose and flavor are all citrus and wheat. Interesting but not really my style.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Tiger! Tiger!... Poured hazy, pale golden/yellow with a nice forming, fizzy white head. Good wheated flavor here. Clean and refreshing. Definitely on the Amercanized style with low yeast presence and esters and noticeable citrus fruits and orange skins. Some malt sweetness.
thetmaxx (768) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle. Aroma is not overwhelmingly orange, neither as the flavour. This is actually nice!. Some orange citrus in the flavor, but not too much. Palate didnít finish to sweet. Really nice.
anders37 (18541) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ City Beer, San Francisco, CA. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Has a fruity wheat malty orange aroma. Fruity wheat malty spicy orange flavor. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy orange finish.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey I like this stuff, It is a little to prickly. Nice wheat with light fruit. More hearty would be nice.Creamy. A little bit German. 2.99 a bomber. I wish I would have bought a couple more. It makes me want Thai food.
oRos (1285) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at capitol beer. Color pours cloudy yellow with white head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is wheat heavy with a slight orange bite.
bytemesis (4071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours cloudy yellow, medium white head, decent lacing. Aroma of wheat, citrus, very mild. Flavor is the same, very light orange, light sweet, no bitterness. Light body, prickly carbonation.
Chad9976 (1328) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It seems like every craft brewery makes a fruity wheat beer, most likely to appeal to the non-craft beer drinkers that visit their brewpubs or to have something on the market to appeal to them. I have a feeling Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is intended to attract those who enjoy Blue Moon as itís a pale wheat ale literally brewed with oranges. A novel concept in theory, but not a good beer in reality.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.
Appearance: Despite the name itís a bright yellow banana-skin hue. Very cloudy once the yeast is mixed it. Large sediment chunks fall to the bottle of the glass. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves on trace lacing.
Smell: Authentic orange aroma for sure, but with a noticeable sour tang - like orange juice that has expired. Not very appealing.
Taste: Beer geeks like me tend to mock the "crafty" fruity wheat beers like Shock Top and Blue Moon for tasting too fake and dirty. Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is the real deal, yet itís not any better. Brewed with oranges to capitalize on the natural citrusy flavors often found in these types of beers gives it a sweet, candy-like flavor. However, it fall apart quickly as thereís a prominent sourness throughout the palate (and not in that good Brettanomyces way).
Immediate sourness as soon as it hits the tongue. Reminds me exactly of expired orange juice. A bit more authentic wheat beer character through the middle, but finishes with even more sourness on the end. I donít think I got a bad bottle, I think this is how this beer is supposed to taste. It doesnít appear to be made with Bavarian yeast so itís lacking the banana and clove components that make beers like this manageable. I could see some people finding this refreshing if drank on a hot summer day, but in the dead of winter itís just barely tolerable.
Drinkability: Though Iím not a fan of the taste, I will admit that Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is at least an easy beer to drink. Thin, relatively tepid, cold wet body and clean aftertaste would make this an ideal summer beer. And at only 4.6% ABV itís sessionable as well (if you can tolerate the taste).