oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Color pours cloudy yellow with white head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is wheat heavy with a slight orange bite. bytemesis (8960) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap. Pours cloudy yellow, medium white head, decent lacing. Aroma of wheat, citrus, very mild. Flavor is the same, very light orange, light sweet, no bitterness. Light body, prickly carbonation. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
It seems like every craft brewery makes a fruity wheat beer, most likely to appeal to the non-craft beer drinkers that visit their brewpubs or to have something on the market to appeal to them. I have a feeling Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is intended to attract those who enjoy Blue Moon as it’s a pale wheat ale literally brewed with oranges. A novel concept in theory, but not a good beer in reality.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.
Appearance: Despite the name it’s a bright yellow banana-skin hue. Very cloudy once the yeast is mixed it. Large sediment chunks fall to the bottle of the glass. Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves on trace lacing.
Smell: Authentic orange aroma for sure, but with a noticeable sour tang - like orange juice that has expired. Not very appealing.
Taste: Beer geeks like me tend to mock the "crafty" fruity wheat beers like Shock Top and Blue Moon for tasting too fake and dirty. Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is the real deal, yet it’s not any better. Brewed with oranges to capitalize on the natural citrusy flavors often found in these types of beers gives it a sweet, candy-like flavor. However, it fall apart quickly as there’s a prominent sourness throughout the palate (and not in that good Brettanomyces way).
Immediate sourness as soon as it hits the tongue. Reminds me exactly of expired orange juice. A bit more authentic wheat beer character through the middle, but finishes with even more sourness on the end. I don’t think I got a bad bottle, I think this is how this beer is supposed to taste. It doesn’t appear to be made with Bavarian yeast so it’s lacking the banana and clove components that make beers like this manageable. I could see some people finding this refreshing if drank on a hot summer day, but in the dead of winter it’s just barely tolerable.
Drinkability: Though I’m not a fan of the taste, I will admit that Hangar 24 Orange Wheat is at least an easy beer to drink. Thin, relatively tepid, cold wet body and clean aftertaste would make this an ideal summer beer. And at only 4.6% ABV it’s sessionable as well (if you can tolerate the taste).
A decent wheat beer, with a nice orange character. Not over the top at all. Easy to drink a six pack by yourself Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours a foggy/golden, great taste leaves a mellow taste of sweetness on the palate. Overall, great wheat beer.
joshbeatty (3) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
Good, easy-drinking beer. The orange is not too overpowering, and the beer is a great balance of flavors. bs476 (80) - - OCT 21, 2012
Nice fluffy head, lighter orange/boarderline watery. Orange is of fruit not of zest. Cloudy but expected. Finish is not quite there. cfrancis (3535) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
Thanks to BLG for this. Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a small, quickly disappearing white top. Aroma is wheat, yeast and a small orange peel. Taste is much like a very good wheat with the banana, wheat and yeast, it’s just the orange is just a little more prominent. Not bad. knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Pours a dirty yellow. Has aroma of citrus, orange and wheat. Initial taste is crisp followed by some bitterness. Has notes of oranges, citrus and wheat. Leaves a little dull bitterness on your palte after the swallow. Overall, not a bad beer. Dogbrick (13518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Sample at Heroes Bar & Grill. Hazy, nearly opaque yellow color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is not surprisingly all citrus and wheat. Light-bodied with a zesty citrus character and notes of mild hops, wheat and malt. The finish is fruity with an orange rind aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.