RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer

“Never under estimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made (fish) taco and a cold bottle of (wheat) beer.” Tom Robbins

Product Specs:
OG = 14P / 1.057SG
FG = 2.5P / 1.010SG
Color = 6 SRM
IBUs = 15
ABV = 6.0%
Appearance = Hazy / Opalescent

Brewing Program:
Multi-step infusion mashing program using wheat to insure a creamy mouth feel
Traditional biological acidification program to insure bright zesty acidity
Warm (free range) farm-house style fermentation to add tropical flavors and spicy aroma
Cold conditioned and blended to soften, mellow and round
Presented unfiltered to retain all flavor, aroma, texture and visual opalescence
Lightly hopped with a unique blend to add spicy balanced drinkability

Recipe Components:
Hops: Yakima Valley Willamette, French Strissel Spalt
Malts: North American 2-Row Malted Barley, North American White Wheat Malt, Toasted Wheat, Munich Malt, Acidulated Malt, German (Weyermann) Cara-Wheat, German (Weyermann) Cara-Foam.

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DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
16 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. Estery banana yeasty nose present that is lightly sweet, Not too much else appreciated in the aroma. Murky, muddy, mostly opaque golden body with a small, virtually non-existent head. Very ugly brew. Starts sweet, sugary, and malty before some fruity banana yeast flavors come through in the middle. More sweetness comes through in the finish. Lightly metallic. Scant carbonation. Not a big fan. I expect more from FW.

brokensail (16670) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a moderate white head on top.

S: There is a slight sourness to the nose which is present in many of these pale wheat ales. A bit of bread and lemon/citrus as well.

T: There is a nice spice character to the beer that I did not expect from the nose. Cloves and a hint of banana make this seem almost hefeweizen-like for a moment. The sweet, bready and caramel malts follow.

M: The body is a bit on the light side with a moderate carbonation.

D: One of the only "meh" offerings I’ve come across from Firestone Walker. This isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t really be interested in having this one again.

larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
On tap at the brewery, cloudy, golden orange with small white head. Nose of citrus, mostly lemon, and the wheat. Tart and bitter to taste, with an edge of sweetness. Very lively, with a clean aftertaste. Very good beer.

can8ianben (1583) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
I thought this beer was excellent. The bartender didn’t know much about it - an unfiltered ale is how he put it. But it is more than that. It has a really interesting and complex wheat beer flavor that is uncommon in most seasonal summer offerings aimed at the large audience. Think about your last Blue Moon, then step it up about ten notches.

mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus and spice with some bready wheat notes. Flavor is tropical and citrusy, slightly spicy and tangy with some wheat. Smooth and light bodied with moderate carbonation.

JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with decent head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is zesty orange peel and tropical spices. Taste is like a spicy hefeweizen on the drier side with a nice crisp aftertaste. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice lacey white head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is wheaty with lemon and slight caramel. Subtle but good.

Flavor is wheat, Munich malt, caramel, lemon, banana, spice, and some grain. Decently tasty, but nothing outstanding.

Clean, crisp, and somewhat dry on the palate. Medium body for the style.

This is pretty drinkable, and definitely a reasonable summer wheat beer. Very enjoyable in the right situation. I heard this one was a flop from one of the first people I knew who had it, but I’d disagree. This one should go over pretty well with Joe Sixpack and shouldn’t offend the serious beer geek.

JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap at Stone Bistro. Hazy yellow orange pour. Sweet malt, banana, wheat, and light spice. Decent wheat beer, could be refreshing during hot summer, but not my thing.

gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2010
This beer pours a hazy golden peach, with a thin off-white head. Stick your nose in and you’ll smell bubblegum, wheat, and spicy clove, just as you should in any decent wheat beer. It tastes of candy sugar, banana, wheat, and some orange peel.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Deep gold pour with a hint of orange color. Small white head. This style is nbutler11’s favorite. So send him all the wheat beers you can find. He will really be happy. Anyway, back to this one. Aroma has some plums, oranges, yeast and maybe a hint of melon. Flavor is more typical of the style than the aroma lead me to believe. Orange peel, wheat, yeast, honey, and some light tropical fruit nuances. Not bad at all.

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