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Kalamazoo American Wheat

 (RETIRED)
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94
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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Wheat Ale
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   ABV: -
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz. bottle from the infamous Binny’s Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pronounced hazy gold with floaties and a moderate white head that dissipates and leaves some lacing. Aromas are largely flaked wheat malt in essence, some light sweetness comes out with a touch of grassy / herbal hops. Taste is fairly bland, cereal and flaked wheat malt dominate with light estery qualities and low hop character. Sessionable, but a bit heavy for mass consumption. Falls behind the pack in the wheat ale category. Cheers.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2008
From the 12 oz bottle it poured a slightly hazed golden body with a modest white head that laced the glass nicely. It had an aroma of buttered wheat flakes, wet grasses, and citrus peel. Tasted much the same although the bitter element seemed a bit confused, first grassy, then lemony, then back again. Pretty decent lawnmower beer.

Bibby’s Beverage Depot, Orland Park, IL

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2008
cloudy dark golden with medium head. Light citrus and honey malt aroma. Nice balance of pronounced wheat, mild bitterness and citrus. Carbonation is on the heavy side. Enjoyable for sure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Batch 8564. Pours a cloudy, glowing, golden-straw color with a huge, foamy, off-white head. The froth settles slowly to a thin film, leaving thick, patchy globs of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is light and crisp, with notes of freshly cut wheat, honey, lemon rind, and a faint hint of cinnamon. Flavors are well balanced and light. The dry wheat grains are sweetened with just a touch of honey, while floral and lemony hops lend countering bitterness. The finish is lightly sweet and clean. Substantial but not overbearing, the body shows balanced carbonation and laid back drinkability. Overall, this is a solid summertime brew, and a great ambassador for and underrepresented style.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange with a solid white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very faint of wheat and citrus. Flavor tastes like fresh squeeze orange juice with a bit of zest in there to bitter mixed with wheat and ends with a quite yeasty flavor. Pretty good beer and glad that Bell’s is back in IL finally.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, orange and sweet malt. Flavor is wheat and citrusy with lemon and orange. A nice light and refreshing wheat beer with a touch of sweetness. Not really my thing but not bad for summer wheat beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle from BeerBunker. Thanks. Pours a nice hazy orange golden color with a decent head. The aroma is that of soft wheat notes, lemon, orange, and pleasant sweetness. The flavor is very similar with sweet, soft wheat, light orange, lemon citrus notes. Very smooth drinking with soft to medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
12oz bottle, Batch 8564--I believe this was a bonus from pantanap, thank you Kan! Hazy golden amber with plenty of chunks and a 1/2 finger creamy eggshell head, slowly fading. Hints of citrus and lighter banana atop a dusty cracker malt background. Tangy wheat and yeasty bread show up in the flavor (sorry for copying you, Colin) and finishes semi-dry with bitterness peaking around a 2. Moderate carbonation with a light smooth body. I thought this was a pretty decent for the style, however nothing earth-shattering.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at Clark St Ale House in Chicago. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Fairly drab aroma of white bread and light citrus. Light bodied and on the dry side with moderate carbonation. Tasted of yeasty bread dough and leather with a squeeze of lemon. Eh. This was overrated, IMO, on the day I rated it at the 72nd percentile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Nice, cloudy yellow golden but not much head and only a few spots of lace. Not only is it unfiltered but there was really a lot of yeast in my bottle. Be careful when pouring. Nose is fresh and fruity, hint of a apples and some citrus. Flavor is light and refreshing w/ a mouthfeel that remains smooth and silky despite vigorous carbonation. I actually find the texture to be far and away the most exception part of this beer--which is a rarity in any style. Well done.


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