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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This full, smooth wheat ale is warming and delicious. Itís mildly hopped to let the distinct flavor and aroma of real VT maple syrup take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New Englands most beloved traditions. Brewed with wheat malt, pale malt and caramel malt. The pure maple syrup used in this beer came from two syrup makers in the Green Mountain State. The Baker Family in East Dummerston has been boiling maple sugar since the 1950s. Dave Gavett also provided syrup from his Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield. Johnís recipe, along with top quality syrup from these two Vermont maple sugar operations, resulted in a crisp wheat ale that is warming and delicious. It is mildly hopped to profile the distinct aroma and flavor of real Vermont Maple Syrup. Hopped with Willamette. Brewed by John Baker


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McGarnigle (543) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Light maple taste, definitely sweet. Iím not sure of Iíd want more maple or less. The problem is the sweetness of it means itís not very refreshing. Maybe a maple porter would have worked better, with some dark grains to play against the maple.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2011
Looks like brandy with a thin alcohol head. Dark sugar and maple aroma. Very sweet and potent. Typically not good just like you would expect. Quick, sharp bite and long syrupy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
A - Pours a fairly clear red-brown color wit ha finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind touches of lace. S - Aroma is a blend of some wheat, some breadiness, and some sweet maple. Overall, rather subtle and not too exciting. T - Starts off with a hit of sweet maple flavor with background wheat and bread flavors. There is even a bit of spice in the background. Through the middle, the pure sweetness fades and becomes a bit more well rounded. There is also a bit more wheat coming through. The finish is a lingering maple sweetness with just a hint of bready flavor. M - Feels medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Even with the strong sweetness, it is still crisp and feels rather refreshing. The maple is nice in the finish. D - Very drinkable. Even though the nose is a bit weak and empty, the rest of the beer has a nice blend of the maple flavors mixed in with the more traditional wheat beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bomber poured a clear amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, maple and light wheat. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, maple and light wheat with a crisp lingering maple finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
22oz bottle pours a clear, copper amber with some spitty white head. Nose is watered down maple syrup, light malt. Flavor is sweet, maple, malts. Watery finish. Bland all the way through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left ample spotted lace. Pleasant, sweet aroma with notes of maple. The flavor is initially very sweet, but that quickly subsides. Malt and mild maple present in the flavor. As the beer warms, Granny Smith apple emerges in the aftertaste. Very light bitterness at the finish. No problems.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Smooth! But also a little boring. For what I paid, I expected something with more flavor, especially in the maple syrup realm. Pours a quickly disappearing white head, dark amber body, and pretty soon I wonít have feet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2011
From batch #35 not #26. It purs a handsome amber-copper with a thin head. The maple syrup is the most notable aroma at first with the wheat playing a more subtle role in the background. Also a sweet maltiness on the nose. The taste is slightly bitter but also rather pleasant and mellow. Not too sweet despite the maple syrup.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SandyTom (9) - USA - MAR 22, 2011 does not count
nice pour with red/light brown color. Wheaty with a light sweet aroma. Starts almost sour with maple sweetness kicking in. Likeing the wheat beer taste with the maple overtones. A easy drinking beer, light on the carbonation and tasty. Would def get again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redtechnj (200) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bright, clear amber color with a nice beige head. Malty sweet scent, slight maple scent. Tastes like a malty pancake with very slight hops. Overall a smooth refreshing easy to drink beer.


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