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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   ABV: -
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This deep golden wheat is spiced with hops, coriander, and bitter orange peel. Deep and rich.


1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
jbuskirk (433) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 14, 2014
I hate to rag on a brewery from my home state but I think Thunderhead missed the mark on this one. The body felt far too thin (even by wheat ale standards) and the head was basically nonexistent. I will say that the color was nice, though. Aroma wasn’t the worst but I think it reveals some of the issues I had with the taste. The notes of spice were heavy while the fruit notes were just strange. Call me a minimalist, but I just didn’t think this wheat ale needed so many competing flavors - especially when those flavors were somewhat unrefined.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (2115) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pale golden, light hazy appearance with a lacy white head. Aroma of spices, herbs, hops, coriander and orange peel. Similar flavor, adding wheat malts, fruity zest and light bitterness. Average body. My favorite of the 10 I tried.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Draft. A- Herbs, spices, oranges, citrus. A- Yellow color, hazy liquid, minimal head. A- Herbs, coriander, oranges, slightly bitter, grassy. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, spiced finish. O- A good beer. Reminds me a lot of a witbier such as Hoegaarden. Lots of coriander and nice orange tones. Very refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1894) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Part of a flight at the brewery. Pours a hazy orange with a bit of a head that doesn’t stick around very long. Lots and lots of orange peel on the nose. Flavor is incredibly sweet, with no hint of the abv however. A little sticky, a little cloying. The 4 oz sample was enough for me.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Tap @ Thunderhead. Pours a slightly hazy orange appearance with a white head. Herbal, potpourri, spicy, floral orange aroma. Kind of a weird spicy, big floral, grassy, light cleanser, a little bitter flavor. Sort of weird beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Sampled at the 2009 Great Nebraska Beer Festival. Pours a hazy dark gold with a white head. Has a bubblegum and juicy fruit aroma. This beer is sweet and fruity with notes of pears and apples. It has a mild tart finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Fruity aroma. White head. Golden coloured hazy in appearance and fruity with a little spiced orange flavour. Crisp and slightly dry malt finish.


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