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RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like the digits suggest, it’s a beer that’s densely populated with flavor and loaded with character. We don’t filter it, so none of its life and soul is stripped away. The first thing you notice is the hazy, cloudy appearance. That’s how you know it’s unfiltered. What hits you next is the spicy aroma of Cascade hops, followed by the crispy, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body, the result of blending barley malt with torrified wheat. It’s not like any other Goose Island Beer, but no less that you’d expect.

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2.6
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
well, the only reason I actually had this was a tour. I’m not a fan of wheats in general, and this wasn’t an exception. Hazy banana color, little head. Smelled of corn? some beer smells. Nothing extraordinary. I suppose if you’re a fan of this style, it would be very easy to drink, but I didn’t like the flavortaste...

3.3
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
on tap at GI clyborn. nice white head that left behind some lace. clean taste. some wheat. a little hops. good beer, but many better choices from goose island exist.

2.3
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Light hazy lemon color. No nose presence or anything. Flat, nearly tasteless experience. Some hops and bitterness, but no yeast, no citric flavors. Watery texture made it easy to drink.

2.7
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Pilsnery color, light golden, hazy. Not much carbonation. Fuzzy mouthfeel. Light hoppiness. Malt apparent. Fairly unimpressive.

2.7
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Hazy, pale hay with a small, but retentive white head. The aroma is nothing spectacular with all elements being rather subdued. Banana, clove, yeasty esters, citrus fruit and lactic acid all make an appearance without much contribution from any hops. The light and airy mouthfeel definitely screams of summer beer that goes down without making any impact. The flavors are also light and bland, just like the aroma. While I said in my rating of the Willow Street Wheat that I thought it was a close match to Oberon, all signs point to this being the actual market competitor. It’s just too damn boring to be something I would ever buy again. I would rather see them scrap this one and bottle the Willow St. Wheat. Actually, perhaps something to compete with Victory Whirlwind and just forget about Oberon...

2.9
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 Sampled again in the bottle. Poured a light and cloudy yellow. Aroma is sharp with lemons and some floral hops citrus. The taste has light lemons and flowers. Surprisingly hoppy for an American Wheat. Nice grassy taste with a refreshing lemon note in the background. Not nearly as openly sour as some in the style.

2.9
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Aroma: slight tropical fruit and grainy aromas
Appearance: light yellow, small head
Flavor: tropical fruit flavors, slight hoppy with strong grainy aftertaste followed by mild fruitness like an apple cider
Palate: very smooth and carbonated--like Sprite or Ginger Ale sodas

2.7
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Smell of LME and light melon fruitiness. Bland and slightly bready flavor. Some light lemon is all I get. Clear yellow and fizzy.

2.4
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Chicago Real Ale Fest draft inside the brewery. The glass I was served in contained a large head of white colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a minimal lace. The body was straw yellow in color and softly carbonated. The aroma was floral wheaty and mold in the nose. The mouth feel was tingly and smooth with a mild wheat finish that was somewhat flat. It had a mild thin malty wheat flavor.

2.3
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Crystal yellow huw with small white head. Faint citrus and noble hops aroma with additional buttered biscuit and vegetable esters. The taste hasa a citric twang with a mild malt base. Chalky and lightly bitter upon the finish. Thin-bodied, clean and crisp. Another ho-hum American krystal wheat but without any true yeast characteristics.


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