Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
West Coast Wheat Wine is a huge beer in terms of alcohol strength. 60 percent of the fermentable extract is derived from malted wheat and this lends a quenching drinkability rare to beers of this strength. The hops are 100% American west coast types that are bold and citrusy in character. In the glass, Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is a deep copper-gold color and sports a very tight, creamy-white head. The nose is piquantly complex -? we detect notes of pears, plums, raisins and the ominous foreboding of alcohol. In the mouth, you will experience a panoply of sweetish honeyed-fruit flavors that are washed clean by a robust hop bitterness and a hot alcohol finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (17172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Flat, murky, dull amber...looks terrible. Thick malty nose with light alcohol and yeast. Yeah, this is a problem Ive had with a few wheat wines - too nondescript in the aroma, like they didnt really have a plan. Strawberry notes are surprisingly pronounced here, followed by something similar to soy sauce and treacle mixed together. This isnt bad, its just not good...different for the sake of being different might be a good way to put it. The body, not surprisingly, is a bit oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
On tap @ Beachwood Brewing. Hazed amber pour with a small white head. Fairly fruity aroma of stone fruit, golden raisin, and orange peels. Lots of sweet caramel and some brown sugar. Slight booze and grassy hops. Flavor has a rather mild bitterness. Kind of dominated by the fruit character and grainy brown sugar. A bunch of caramel malts and some wet grass. Mild citrus rind. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (15826) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Tap (Pudel, Tallinn)
Nice orange, served and swirls with quite a large head but brief head. Cold, very little aroma here, and the palate was fizzy. Given ten minutes to warm, and a few swirls, I get a lot of sweet stodginess, I think I preferred less rather than more. Stodgy malty body, carbonation still harsh. Finish is like some citrussy zesty desserts that Ive had. Hops a bit aggressive, but thats not the problem, the stodginess is. Does cover the alcohol behind its flaws. An odd one. Not for me. Prefered yesterdays Saku lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14833) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft - Wheat, sweet pale malt, plum and yeast. Cloudy yellow gold with a rich beige head. Plum, apricot, raisin, marzipan and a bit of booze. Never like this style but this is a nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (14082) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Yancheng. Pours a cloudy gold with no head. The aroma is booze, wheat, caramel. Thin mouth with nice candy sugar malt, booze, caramel, wheat, sweet finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11978) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Bomber from Presario. Spot on wheat wine, tasty, fuller mouthfeel, lacey. Cloudy golden body.Fresh aromas. Very good drinkability, like a strong ale with its hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Bright deep golden with an orange hue and a short-lived low head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, bringing to mind pears-in-syrup, soft mango, and whit grapes. Very aromatic, interesting. Sweet entry of pears, peaches, soft citrus, and something tart and green, starfruit maybe? I dont know, very unique though. Quenching palate as opposed to cloying, which this could easily be but isnt . Nice hoppy bite in the end, grapefruit rind bitterness. I cant classify this brew into a style that matches it perfectly, but who cares! Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (10126) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle from the brewery. Medium amber color, a low, fine, off-white head. Slightly port-like aroma, hoppy, some fruit and malt, but not very strong. Very sweet, rich flavor with a good alcohol bite. Lots of dark fruits, honey, caramel, some hops. Very rich and thick and complex. Lots of cherry and other dark fruits. Finish of alcohol, port, fruits, caramel. Very interesting. Not a whole lot of wheat flavor to me. Not much like the Belgian tripel it speaks of on the label, but a rich and flavorful strong beer, more like a barley wine. A bit of wheat taste, I suppose Very well done, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (10065) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2016
33 cl bottle (10% abv). Bottled on 30.06.2016.
Pours clear golden color with a small rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is quite unorthodox, marmalade, ripe fruits and some caramel. Flavor is sweet ripe fruity, marmalade, faint wheat, earthy, very distant glue-ish alcohol on the finish. Quite interesting sweet concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Thanks to daijokey for bringing this one out. Amber colour with a thin white head. Some lovely spicy wheat behind an orange/grapefruit citrus and toasted sweetmalts. Light fruitiness throughout. Full bodied with a lemony finish. Really nice beer.

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