Brewed by Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Newton St Cyres, England


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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Regular.
Ingredients: Pale malt, Wheat and Caramalt; Challenger, Cascade and First Gold hops.
Also known as Double Champion Wheat Beer and OíHanlonís Wheat Beer.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6553) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Poured from the bottle with a massive head, a virtual castle of tiny white bubbles that took seemingly decades to recede. Inviting lemonade aroma draws you in. The flavor is yeasty at first, but is predominately lemon and then spices after that. It is a bit thin, but otherwise an extremely drinkable summertime wheat ale. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
A very nice American Wheat - just perfectly cloudy in appearance, along with, as expected, super yeastiness - peach, lemon? Nicely bittered, IMO, and very refreshing. I was very surprised. Body a hair thinner than one might think by looking at it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6264) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Called "Double Champion Wheat" on the bottle I drank. Big citrus aroma, not quite lemon - maybe kumquat? Maybe not. Maybe I just like to say "kumquat". Dark Gold, cloudy with a thin head Crisp assertive hops, kind of flowery and a little chalky. Not much traditional "wheat" flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Malty and spicey - this is a pretty good wheat; some lemon tartness (just a little), some yeastyness. Dry finish. Very cloudy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
obfuscatex (9) - USA - MAY 22, 2003 does not count
I'm not a big fan of wheat beer but this was one of the best I've had, no overpowering yeast flavors, nice complex flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5668) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 April, 2003 Bottle. Delightful. Good malt body and lots of zingy flavours whizzing around on top. Finishes long, zippy and dry. A triumph. [3.6]
January, 2008 500ml bottle from Sainsburyís. Bottle conditioned. Works well. The balance of wheat and barley malt is well done to give this a refreshing edge with the zippy grapefruit tang of the Cascade hops. The bottle conditioning is appropriate for a wheat and holds together well. The beer doesnít soar or go into unexpected and interesting places - yet the beer is not altogether familiar, thereís a blanket of familiarity, and a edge of difference that is attractive. The whole is drinkable, so it certainly gets marks for doing things well, and for having the little edge of difference. A clean, sharp refreshing bite. Nicely done. Doesnít make me whoop. But itís nicely done. [3.4]
Oct, 2008 Cask - JDW, Gravesend A clean largerish blonde ale. Some soft toffee notes in the malt followed by a light citric touch. Nice enough, but unremarkable. [2.7]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (14038) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Bottle Conditioned. Mine was as clear as a bell. sticky yeast clung to the bottom of the bottle and refused to budge. Nice spicey and rounded flavour, dry clear flavour with great zingy hops. A very good British version of wheat beer. Re Rated 11.1.04 Even better than last time, for a low abv beer this packs a surprising amount of flavour. Beautiful light hoppiness with a full spicey malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichardGretton (4733) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2003
Looks like a pale bitter with a lightly citric and well hopped nose. The flavour is lightly hopped and citric as well. A different sytle of wheat beer, not on a par with the Belgium or German efforts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3856) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Orange gold with a poor head and low natural condition. Intimidating gangs of yeast cells float around, picking on the odd bubble of co2. Very good hoppy aromas with a hint of spices (corriander?), which is also noticable in the mouth. Dry and chalky in the finish but still noticably hoppy. Certainly one of the best UK wheat beers, and worth the awards it has won.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (10305) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2002
Fantastic aroma - lemonade and as fresh as cut grass. This British wheat has a great citric bite and a refreshing character. Very nice.

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