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Widmer Brothers W’08 Crimson Wheat

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Our Brewmasters’ Release - The three different red, caramelized, and dark wheat malts give this beer an intense red color that runs as deep as the flavor. The toasted grain flavors blend perfectly with the subtle spiciness of the hops just as the entirety fades to a smooth quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kamish (93) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2008
wow. another wonderful wheat brew from widmer. just as great as hef, but not as heavy. please try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 12 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clear reddish brown with a large beige head. Nose is wheat and floral/citrus hops. Tastes quite nice. A complex wheat and hops profile. Toasty and toffeeish with some subtle fruity notes...Almost ’bock’ like except it also has the hop presence. A nice clean bitterseet finish that carries into a linger aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation moderate. This is tasty and easy to drink. Very sessionable at 4.1% Well-done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W’08 Crimson Wheat Wheat Beer--Brewmasters’ Release 2008 . 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% ABV--20 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Amber--Mild lacy off white head. Clear pretty bright crimson copper color. Mild wheat spice lightly toasted hop front. Mild creamy sweet cloying toasted wheat mild fruit caramel body. Clean rich satisfying cloying malt mild hop tangy wheat spice end. Rich light brew. 1/24/2008. 6-Pack $6.99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Reddish brown with a nice fluff head that leaves lace. Mellow hops and wheat, that drinks down easy. It’s got a slightly sweet middle taste that fades into the clean aftertaste. Makes my mouth happy. I can see this being a great spring or fall beer, possibly even summer. I’m a bit surprised it’s listed as a Winter seasonal, but it’s darn tasty and that’s what matters. Super smooth, easy to drink, session-able beer. It’s nice to have a super tasty lower ABV brew! Thanks Kurt and Rob!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Lovely looking ale, dark amber with a large handsome light tan,thick creamy head. Aroma is quite fruity and full of wheat, Semi-sweet malts dominate, some berry like flavours are blended in, a touch of the hop near the end, getting some slight caramel undertones as well. Very nice on the palate, a great smooth easy to drink mouthfeel to this one. Overall a surprising beer, given the last three"0" beers from Widmer, i hope this is still around in the summer as it would do great then.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Pours a reddish amber color with small, quickly fading off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Very smooth easy drinking beer. Unlike most wheat ales I’ve ever tasted, but in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Clear mahogany with little head and a touch of spotty lacing. Wet wheat aromas with some notes of citrus hops. The flavor flourishes with a larger dose of the citrus hops along with some bitterness. Great malt profile here. Roast and toast blend rather well with the wheat. The carbonation is a little heavy as there is a bite at the tail, but does not detract from the beer at all. It finishes off with a great balance between the hops and malts. A very nice beer, but I want the 07, now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle Date January 2008; Sampled March 2008
Pours with a frothy, almost two-finger thick, full tan colored head that sits on top of a rich, red-hued beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear color and a bit of a full copper note is added to the red. The aroma is a nice mix of malt and hop notes, both being equally noticeable and aromatic. Aromas of caramel malts combine with citrus and berry hop notes. A touch of sharper, almost herbal hop character intermingles with malt notes of toasted grain, bread crust aromatics, and a biscuit like malt character that is noticeable in the finish. The nose of this beer is very nicely balanced between malt and hop and each provides enough character for this beer to be quite interesting.

A sharp hop bite greets my tongue from the get go; the bitterness continues on through to the finish, but its impact seems to be lessened by a touch of sweet malt character that lingers on in the palate after a sip is done with. Caramelized malt sugars and toasted grain notes combine to provide a solid malt character to a brew that is really more dominated by hop notes (at least in the flavor department). Light enough to almost be a session beer, yet it does have a light, but medium fullness to it from the grain character. It also has a fair amount of carbonation (a typical American level) that provides a zippy prickle as it flows across the tongue. The hop flavors contribute spicy tangelo-zest notes, flavors of lychee, a touch of metallic hop character and noticeable pine and herbal / peppery notes through the middle that morphs into the hop bitterness of the finish.

A very nicely quaffable brew that is quite tasty. While certainly not earth shattering or even anything new, this is a beer that is just well constructed and tasty. Straight forward hop character and a bit of malt complexity combine cleanly in this beer to create a beer that I could easily drink for an evening. I have a feeling this beer is going to go down hill pretty quickly as it really relies heavily on the fresh hop character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (831) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 6/27/08. Pours a nice reddish body with a off white cap, good carbonation. Smell was slightly sweet malts, tastes of carmel and malts kind of toasty, fades to mild hops as you finish. I drank this first one lukewarm and it was pretty good, very smooth. Cant wait to try my next one at proper temperature. This beer is worth a try

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Pours a clear mahogany color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is a dusty caramel malt. Flavor is a lightly sweetened toasted caramel malt with a light ester finish. The caramel malt seems to linger on the palate a tad. Light to medium body. A decent beer.

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