Chad9976 (1504) - 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).
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent wheat beer, with a nice orange character. Not over the top at all. Easy to drink a six pack by yourself
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a foggy/golden, great taste leaves a mellow taste of sweetness on the palate. Overall, great wheat beer.
joshbeatty (3) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good, easy-drinking beer. The orange is not too overpowering, and the beer is a great balance of flavors.
bs476 (80) - - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice fluffy head, lighter orange/boarderline watery. Orange is of fruit not of zest. Cloudy but expected. Finish is not quite there.
cfrancis (2790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to BLG for this. Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a small, quickly disappearing white top. Aroma is wheat, yeast and a small orange peel. Taste is much like a very good wheat with the banana, wheat and yeast, itís just the orange is just a little more prominent. Not bad.
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dirty yellow. Has aroma of citrus, orange and wheat. Initial taste is crisp followed by some bitterness. Has notes of oranges, citrus and wheat. Leaves a little dull bitterness on your palte after the swallow. Overall, not a bad beer.
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Heroes Bar & Grill. Hazy, nearly opaque yellow color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is not surprisingly all citrus and wheat. Light-bodied with a zesty citrus character and notes of mild hops, wheat and malt. The finish is fruity with an orange rind aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Iíd heard good things about this. NOPE. Aroma is skunk and bread almost no orange. Appearance is yellowish with almost no head (from tap) cloudy. Taste is aroma but a sharp sourness that I can only assume is supposed to be citrus? Doesnít taste like citrus and doesnít taste like a lacto sourness, not refreshing at all. Palate is one of the better points here and it might actually have to do with that weird sourness. Quite dry for a wheat beer which I appreciated. Other than that though I am definitely not going tobe drinking this again.
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours hazy lite orange dark yellow with a fizzy white head-looks like a wit beer really. nose is big orange, corriander, grains and lite cereal aspect. very crisp and refreshing nose. flavors follow suit with lots of orange zest, lite cereal and lite mineral character. a very refreshing beer on a hot day thats for sure. next time in SB county CA, im definately picking up more of this brew. a very simple yet freshing lite beer that has alot of character. winner in my book!