Spab (3831) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
473 ml can from LCBO. Pours a clear gold with small white cap. Aroma is quite corny with some honey. Taste is fairly generic grainy with some honeyish sweetness. Mild carbonation. As virtually everyone else has noticed not a lick of wheat character. Would work fine as lawnmower beer but is basically just a step up from Molbatt pale lagers. Disappointing. cfrancis (3441) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2010
This is a wheat? I didn’t detect much wheat in this. Pours a light gold yellow with no head. Aroma is corn/grain and mild malt. Taste is thin, grapefruit and malt. So boring. Wellington is this for real? MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
473 ml can. In a pint glass. Pours... hummmm... Straw. Translucent. Forms quite a whitehead, which disappears as fast as it came. Very grainy aroma, somewhat metallic (not that much), no trace of hop or yeast whatsoever. Then... Euh... kèssé? Strong corn notes, much less grainy at this point. Lacks carbonation. Oily. I don’t exactly know what they were aiming at with this one. Basically, a wheat beer without wheat, hops or yeast. So it’s basically a 471ml of Arkell’s water. Disappointed, as the Iron Duke and the Russian Stout are terrific beers. That one is basically a poor man’s version of the Waterloo Wheat. At least, they haven’t tried to pass this one as a Kristall Weizen. markas101 (2450) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2010
50 cl can, Mulmur, ON, Canada. Medium gold colour, more of a lager aroma than wheat, low carbonation and a mellow flavor, some pepper on the finish with a faint bitterness. Radek Kliber (7345) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 29, 2010
On tap at Volo
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
Aroma grainy with honey , plain straight without much wheat character
Appearance deep golden appearance with fragmental top. Quiet clear for wheat ale.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied , grainy, husky with slight softness of wheat . Plain with out depth and character. Flat finish. Wellington can do much better than this.
Draught at Volo 2010-06-25. This lame offering does not deserve much effort put into the rating - we made absolutely certain it was the right beer, and it was. Clear pale gold, kind of flat-looking, small unimpressive white head (3-) - looks NOTHING like a wheat/wit or hefe (repeat that for everything else about this beer). Aroma of - meh, nothing, generic "we don’t want to scare johnny canuck six-pack" aroma of oily grain/corn and excessive sweetness. Tastes the same - not quite as corny, but it really has no character, canola and sugar maybe, but wheat? no way. Light, slightly oily mouthfeel, under -carbonated and attenuated, finishes quick, leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste ... why did you bother, Welly? You know better than this - right? Or have the past five years without a new beer offering rusted your skills in the "off" position? TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
473 mL can. Golden orange with a white head which quickly fades to almost nothing. It’s an American style wheat, so it’s crystal clear. You can smell some meaty wheat/barley malt in the aroma, but not much else. The flavour is light, but they seem to have hit on a nice proportion of wheat malt, and you can still taste a little yeast. (!Maybe it’s supposed to be a Kristal?) It’s a little sweet, and the hops don’t stick around after the initial taste. But if you take it for what it is, it’s a nice, simple, inoffensive sittin-on-the-dock beer. jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
473 ml can from the LCBO. Pours clear golden in colour with small, bubbly head. Aroma is a little funky, could that be wheat? Seems like a basic golden ale. Not impressed. maybe trying to compete with Waterloo Wheat, which is horrible. Very disappointing for Wellington. Maybe they’re trying to compete with Sleemans/Duff :). I’m sorry I bought two cans. Maybe I can trade the second one. wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
WTF Wellington, seriously, living in Guelph I’ve come to love this brewery, so when I saw they released a wheat ale, I was pretty stoked. . . But this ...THIS!?!?! This isn’t a wheat ale, it’s not even cloudy, it looks like a pale lager, more or less smells and tastes like a pale lager...I mean.......is it horrible, no, it’s not offensive in any way, other then that they are passing it off as a wheat ale. I would say the only time this thing even has any hint of being a wheat beer is in the finish, which is lightly dry, with a hint of bread. Thats about it, no fruit esters, no yeastiness, really just adjuncts. I guess if they set out to make a refreshing beer, with little flavor, that doesn’t taste like total adjuncts crud when it warms up, they succeeded, but other then that, this beer is a fail as a wheat beer and barely a pass as a beer beer. Shame on you Wellington, you hurt my feelings with this, brew more Russian Imperial Stout and market the crap out of it. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2010 On tap at the Kick Off. Poured an almost toally clear straw yellow with a somewhat large white head. First pour from the fresh keg. The aroma let me know immediately that this was not going to be impressive, at all, in any way. Crappy pale grainy malts, maybe some wheat malt but who knows. No esters of any kind. Flavour was decently refreshing on a hot afternoon, but still void of much in the way of a decent wheat beer. It’s basically their Trailhead Lager done with an ale strain of yeast. Minor dryness in the finish which seemed like it could be from wheat malt. No hop presence at any point. Disappointing considering Wellington is completely capable of so much better (ie. their Imperial Stout, Arkell’s Best Bitter, Iron Duke). I think they’re aiming at competing with Big Rock’s Grasshopper Wheat since this is almost a clone, and Big Rock has a strong presence in Ontario, but sheesh, could you choose a less interesting area to expand into? Holy crap, just when I thought Wellington was almost a craft brewery....