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Friday, August 16th 2013

Bottom Up Wit
(Revolution Brewing Company)

Born in February 2010, Revolution Brewing Company is part of the burgeoning craft beer scene in and around Chicago. As this review goes to press, seven of Revolution’s 18 distributed creations are available in craft cans, of which four are seasonal/specialties and three are year-round offerings.  Their cans are currently available in Illinois and Ohio, though additional distributors in other states are being considered as their brewing capacity allows (special thanks go out to our Illinois beer bud Bobby T for hooking us up with several cans). This year-round offering took gold in the Wheat, Hefeweizen, and Wit category at the 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, so we’re super excited to give this one a run!

From the Revolution site:

"Our interpretation of this classic and refreshing Belgian style ale is brewed with organic pilsner and wheat malts from Canada.  Freshly ground coriander and Curacao orange peel, along with a special Wit yeast strain, contribute wonderful orange and citrus aromas and a crisp, yet silky, mouthfeel." 

Here we go...

Pour – cloudy, orange, with a large wet head that receded very quickly.  Spots and curtains of very thin lacing.

Aroma – crisp, clean wheat, citrus and just the right amount of yeast spice.  If you were to go into this beer blind the aroma would give it away in a split second.  Perfect.

Taste – medium-soft mouthfeel; light banana, solid orange, a touch of wheat and yeast spice.  Finishes very, very clean compared to several other wits we’ve tried.  Good carbonation assists in the clean finish and makes this very easy and pleasant drinking. 

Overall – a straightforward, super clean wit that is deserving of its medal at this year’s AmeriCAN fest.  We found it to be perfectly suited for porch/patio/deck drinking on cool spring and summer nights (or mornings, if that’s how you roll.  This reviewer admits he rolled that way while putting the finishing touches on this post).

NOTES: 

Managing partner Josh Deth was kind enough to share his thoughts on canning Revolution's beers with us back in 2011. And his beer story is a great example of how a little luck and a lot of persistence can result in something awesome. Check ‘em out!  


Bottom Up Wit
Style: Witbier
Brewery: Revolution Brewing Company
City: 
Chicago, Illinois  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 14
Date: August 16th, 2013

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Friday, April 26th 2013

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
(Boston Beer Company)

 

Well, I never thought we'd see the day when we'd be able to get Samuel Adams Summer Ale in cans. This is actually one of the first summer ales that I can remember truly enjoying, back when there wasn't a million different summer ales available. It's also one of those beers that lots of people can agree on, especially on a hot day. Cans are starting to hit shelves this coming week all over the country so be on the look out. Just in time for the warmer weather!

 


the "Sam Can" from above

From the Samuel Adams site:

"Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise. Golden, hazy, & thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day."

Here we go...


Pour - bright golden in appearance, like a glass of sunshine, with a stark white foamy head on top that slowly sinks away. A tad bit hazy as it settles. 


Aroma - a little malty with some hints of lemons and limes. A few more whiffs and the citrus really comes out. There is some graininess to this as well, almost biscuity or like cereal. 


Taste - slightly sweet on the lips followed by solid amount of lemon zest and other citrus. Light and efferevescent on the tongue and very smooth going down. A familiar beer to the palate and likely to many others out there. Finishes clean, crisp, and refreshing. 

 

Overall - you can't go wrong with this as a summer beer option. Its a great beer to stock a cooler for the beach or to bring to a backyard barbecue. Its very easy drinking and non-offensive to the masses, regardless of what they like to drink. Thirst-quenching and refreshing. Happy to finally be able to get this beer in cans!

 

Note - Samuel Adams first released their Summer Ale in 1995. According to the brewery:

"Our summer brew is a spiced American wheat ale with its roots in Belgian witbiers.  These “white beers” first appeared in the 14th century in a wheat growing region near Brussels. The style got its name from its lighter color and cloudiness, or veil - the result of suspended wheat proteins in the beer. Instead of using the traditional orange peel  and coriander, we use lemon peel and Grains of Paradise to create our distinctive and refreshing summer quencher."


Samuel Adams Summer Beer
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Boston Beer Company
City: 
Boston, Massachusetts  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, and malted wheat
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh
ABV: 5.3%
IBUs: 7
Date: April 26th, 2013

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Tuesday, April 2nd 2013

Mr. Pineapple
(SanTan Brewing Company)

Mr. Pineapple is SanTan Brewing Company's most recent canned seasonal release. Just in time for the long hot days of summer in Arizona is a beer which was built to quench your thirst. Although there are still a few small patches of snow on the ground where we are we're excited to crack open our first can of Mr. Pineapple and think of the warmer days ahead.

From the SanTan Brewing site:

"Winner of a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition, Mr. Pineapple was originally conceived for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau Day. Hazy straw gold in color, we add natural pineapple juice to a traditional wheat beer creating a refreshing tropical flavor. The pineapple is balanced with a firm malt character and a slight hint of clove. Mr. Pineapple is the perfect way to beat the heat on a warm summer day!"

Here we go...

Pour - golden in appearance with a haziness that is expected from the wheat. Very nice looking head on top. This looks soft and inviting in the glass, and also very refreshing. Where is my garnish...


Aroma - a lot of the aroma I get from this beer is from the wheat and the year. Its a little spicy with some clove or cinnamon with a bit of sweetness and tropical aroma after it settles and warms a bit.


Taste - again the yeast seems to stand out at first with the clove and bubble gum flavors which soon combine with the tropical sweetness of the pineapple. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with a slightly dry and tangy finish. What more can we say here? This is a very drinkable wheat beer with the added bonus of sporting a great pineapple flavor. Happy to see this one in cans!

 

Overall - tangy sweet but not too sweet with a refreshing and crisp quality that makes this a great option all summer long. The pineapple flavor really comes out in this beer and tastes delicious...oh,  and the can design makes us smile. 


Can Design - Michal Mason

 

Note - Next month SanTan will once again be playing host to the Ameri"CAN" Canned Craft Beer Festival which will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, May 18th. This is an awesome beer festival in a fantastic location. Tons of great beer and friendly people. Check it out!



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Mr. Pineapple
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
City: 
Chandler, Arizona  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: White Wheat, 2-Row, and Munich malt
Hops: Columbus and CTZ
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
Date: April 2nd, 2013

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Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Black Walnut Wheat
(Piney River Brewing Company)

When it comes to utilizing regional ingredients in a beer, something that makes American craft beer so great, Piney River Brewing Company has really embraced something special. This small brewery located in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri makes good use of the indigenous black walnuts found in the region and has produced a very unique brew with some subtle yet complex flavors. What was once a small batch, draft only brew, is now one of the brewery's most popular beers and one of four beers they currently can.

From the Piney River site:

"Buckets, burlap bags and pickup truck beds are filled with black walnuts each fall in the Ozarks. The rich and lively flavor of the wild, hand-harvested black walnut is a renowned flavor of the region. We're proud to continue celebrating local flavor and tradition with our handcrafted Black Walnut Wheat Ale."

Here we go...

Pour - dark chestnut in color with an espresso like head on top. Some nice ruby reddish highlights when the light hits the glass. Looks like a well put together brew.


Aroma - malty sweet aromas include caramel, molasses, cocoa, and dark roast coffee. There are also some earthy aromas at play here and perhaps a bit of nuttiness.


Taste - as a dark wheat ale this has some great balance between the dark roasted malt flavors and the body that the wheat provides. Plenty of roasty notes along with molasses and a distinctly nutty flavor from the chestnuts. The finish is semi-sweet with a bit of dryness on the tongue - which only forces your face back in the glass for another sip. 

 

Overall - an extremely drinkable, very flavorful, and nicely balanced beer and one that you can enjoy immensely at only 4.5%. The chestnuts provide a very unique flavor to this dark wheat ale and it goes great with the roasty elements of the malt. Its understandable why this became an instant favorite and why it is now available year-round in cans. Well done!

 

Note -  Black walnut wood is used to make furniture, flooring, and rifle stocks, and oil is pressed from the seeds. Nuts are harvested by hand from wild trees. About 65% of the annual wild harvest comes from the U.S. state of Missouri and the largest processing plant is operated by Hammons Products in Stockton, Missouri. The black walnut nutmeats are used as an ingredient in food, while the hard black walnut shell is used commercially in abrasive cleaning, cosmetics, and oil well drilling and water filtration. - Wikipedia



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Black Walnut Wheat
Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
Brewery: Piney River Brewing Company
City: 
Bucryus, Missouri  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 18
Date: January 29th, 2013

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Saturday, January 26th 2013

Orange Wheat
(Hangar 24 Craft Brewery)

Southern California's Hangar 24 Craft Brewery recently began canning their Orange Wheat and Helles Lager beers. Around the same time they expanded their distribution to select parts of the northern part of the Golden State. Their Orange Wheat is a special beer as it is brewed with 100% locally grown oranges that are pureed and added during the brewing process. Despite the snow outside here in New England, I'm looking forward to a taste of a warmer climate.

From the Hangar 24 site:

"Crisp, Tangy, and Refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel, and tangy finish are this unfiltered beer’s trademarks. This is accomplished by adding whole locally grown oranges throughout the brewing process, which perfectly coalesce with the wheat and barley base."

Here we go...

Pour - hazy, light straw or golden in appearance with a half inch or so of snow white head on top. 


Aroma - sweet citrus with a definite aroma of oranges combined with a yeasty, zesty, spiciness. Subtle yet aromatic. Smells refreshing, if that is possible.


Taste - one sip of this orange infused wheat beer will make you realize just how easy drinking it is. Light orange flavors combine very well with the tanginess of the wheat and the spicy yeast notes. Clean and extremely smooth. Slightly effervescent on the palate with a very crisp finish. 

 

Overall - an absolute great candidate for year-round drinking in the warmer climes of the US. As for us in the snow-covered areas, this is a beer that has all the flavors of summer. A tangy, citrusy, light-bodied brew that is easy on the palate and very refreshing. 

 

Note - Hangar 24 Craft Brewery takes its name from the location that Master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet "after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home." Many of Hangar 24's labels have aviation-based images and/or names including both of their recently relased cans.


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Orange Wheat
Style: Fruit Beer
Brewery: Hangar 24 Brewing Company
City: 
Redlands, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.6%
IBUs: 17
Date: January 26th, 2013

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Tuesday, January 31st 2012

TailGate Hefeweizen
(TailGate Beer)

TailGate Hefeweizen is the second canned release from San Diego-based TailGate Beer following their debut with their Blacktop Blonde. This is another beer from TailGate aimed at raising the bar when it comes to session-able style beers. Cheers!


From the TailGate site:


"TailGate Beer does an American take on the German classic. This hard-to-pronounce cloudy ale has hints of citrus complemented by sprinkles of spice. Proud of the name’s “weizen” (wheat) base ingredient, TGB draws most of its flavor from the famed grass plant. This Hefe is one truly crisp and refreshingly unfiltered ale that garnishes well with a lemon or an orange! Be sure to impress your friends with your fine tuned palate and cultured vocabulary next time you belly up to your TailGate Beer “HEH-feh-vite-zehn."


Here we go...


Pour - pale straw color with a thin white head, solid carbonation. No cloudiness as you might see in other hefeweizens. This one appears filtered, clean and clear.


Aroma - a big whiff of stewed cereal grains, light citrus notes, an essence of apples and floralness. 


Taste - first sip brings about some nice honey and light caramel flavors along with a little lemon peel. Some light cider flavors and nice floral notes. Carbonation levels make this dance on the palate and go down smoothly. A little dry in the finish.


Overall - very refreshing. Hits the marks as a session-able hefe that is light on the palate with some nice malt sweetness and hints of citrus. Great option for folks who like a lighter beer and aren't looking for a bland yellow light lager. Ths is an Americanized and session-ized version of the style that has some drinkability qualities that might be hard to beat.


Note - TailGate Beer is also releasing their Hefeweizen in cans now. They plan on releasing two cans a year and word is that they're planning something hoppy for next year. They've also just released 24 oz. cans of the styles you see below. Cheers!

 

        


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TailGate Hefeweizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: TailGate Beer
City: 
San Diego, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 28
Date: January 31st, 2012

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Friday, January 6th 2012

Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
(Paulaner Brauerei)

Quite a few German beers end up in cans in their home country but only a handful actually make it to the US. Paulaner began selling cans of their Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat here during the summer of 2011 and did a lot to promote the sale of this beer to golfers. The beer itself is brewed and canned in Germany and shipped to the US for distribution. If you've had this beer on-tap or from a bottle you know the reputation that precedes it. Prosit!

From the Paulaner site:

"The Paulaner Hefe-Weizen natural cloudy beer is our brewery’s best-selling product. Specifically cultivated, top-fermented yeast give it its unmistakable character: sparklingly mild and fruity with a delicate yeast flavour. The eye is immediately drawn to its gleaming orange colour, its uniform cloudiness and the large head. The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements."

Here we go...

Pour - brilliant straw color with some golden hues and a perfect inch of stark white head on top. Clean in appearance without only slight cloudiness. 

 

Aroma - wow. This is where this style really shines and this is a great example of it. Lots of bubblegum, cloves and ripe bananas. All spot on when it comes to aromas for this style. Sweet and tangy and very fragrant.


Taste - soft on the palate with some sweet flavors of caramalized bananas, brown sugar, cloves, honey and other subtle spices. Such a great combination of flavors without being watery or too complex. Hundreds of brewing know-how are evidently at work here. 


Overall - excellent example of the style and one that many breweries the world round are aiming to replicate. The aroma is enticing and the flavors are so pronounced for such an uncomplicated beer. Extremely enjoyable and very easy drinking. We're looking forward to seeing these on shelves again in the summertime.


Note - Paulaner is one of very few breweries that packages their cans in 8-packs. They've also released 1-liter cans of their Oktoberfest beer and limited edition 1-liter size cans of their "Oktoberfest Wiesn" so you can celebrate Oktoberfest with a proper pour! They've also canned their Original Munich Lager. 

  


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Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei
City: 
Munich
Country: 
Germany  
Container: 11.2 oz. can
Malts: 60 percent Dark and Caramel Wheat, 40 percent Pilsner Barley and Munich Malt
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 10
Date: January 6th, 2012

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Friday, January 6th 2012

White Thai
(Westbrook Brewing Company)

Westbrook Brewing Company did a great job desiging both the artwork for this can but also the beer itself. We love that they put their own spin on this style by adding ginger root and Sorachi Ace hops. Very cool! We loved their IPA so we can't wait to try this one and see what's next from this South Carolina brewery! Cheers!


From the Westbrook Brewing site:


"This beer, inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, is a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel spicing regimen, we add fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a wonderfully refreshing ale with notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger. Best served at 45˚F in a tulip or wine glass."


Here we go...


Pour - hazy yellow to gold in color with a not too thick wispy head on top. Sort of soft and opaque in appearance with a good deal of yeasty cloudiness.

 

Aroma - spicy and sweet, lots of great aromas coming from the glass. Some nice citrus notes along with some hints of ginger and coriander. Very spicy, warm and inviting.


Taste - that first sip is all we need to know that this is a very well put together witbier. Lots of those traditional flavors are present such as the coriander and the citrus notes but the ginger and the lemongrass really bring this beer to another level. Very spicy and refreshing and we can't really say enough about what the addition of ginger does for a beer like this. 


Overall - one of the best witbiers we've ever had. If only we had some of this in 2011, it would have certainly got some acclomation in the "Best of 2011" polling. Absolutely great beer with such well measured spice flavor and a nice crisp finish. Altogether fantastic. Very well done and cheers to everyone at Westbrook Brewing Company. 


Note - we can't help but wish that Westbrook Brewing and Uncommon Brewers would get together and do some sort of East Coast/West Coast collaboration. Both have really mastered the art of brewing with spices and have an apprecaition for what they can do for a beer. Perhaps we can persuade them to share some pints and talk it over. Cheers!


          



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White Thai
Style: Witbier
Brewery: Westbrook Brewing Company
City: 
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Sorachi Ace
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 16
Date: January 6th, 2012

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Tuesday, December 13th 2011

HefeWeizen Wheat
(SanTan Brewing Company)


SanTan's HefeWeizen Wheat was the gold winning beer in the "Other Ales" category at this year's 3rd Annual CANFEST held in Reno, Nevada. SanTan's Epicenter Amber also won a silver in the Pale/Amber Ales category. I can imagine that this is a beer that sells very well in the desert! Cheers!


From the SanTan Brewing site:


"SanTan Hefeweizen is an unfiltered Bavarian wheat bear, effervescent and sweet, with an unmistakable banana-clove character. Often paired with a lemon or an orange, SanTan embraces this American enhancement of the beer however we still believe it is the best the way it is brewed."


Here we go...


Pour - hazy golden to straw-colored with about a half inch of stark white foam on top that quickly fades. Looks fairly clean and pretty well filtered until I dump the remains of the can into the glass and all of a sudden all that yeasty goodness appears and this looks more the part.


Aroma - bananas, cloves, bubble gum. The usual suspects are present and accounted for upon first whiff. Some sweet and spicy notes are there as well as some biscuity aromas. Definitely smells like a well put together hefeweizen.


Taste - one sip and the subtle flavor of cloves and bananas are right there. It's truly amazing what yeast can do for a beer. Super clean and crisp with a touch of honey-like sweetness, a bit of citrus zip and a semi-dry finish that prevents the bottom of the glass from making contact with the table. 


Overall - excellent wheat beer and just about perfect for the summer months or any month in the Arizona desert. Flavorful, easy drinking and low ABV. Sometimes those things come together perfectly. Well done SanTan! 


Note - SanTan now cans four of their beers. They also play host to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. This year the event, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona will be on May 19th - we're going to do our very best to make an appearance!


      



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Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: SanTan Brewing Company
City: 
Chandler, Arizona  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row Barley, White Wheat
Hops: Hallertau
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 15
Date: December 13th, 2011

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Tuesday, December 6th 2011

Morning Wood Wheat
(Pug Ryan's Brewery)

One of two canned brews by the folks at Pug Ryan’s Brewery in Colorado. With a name like Morning Wood Wheat, it’s no surprise that we could count on our good friend and fellow can fan to help us secure a can of this limited distribution brew. Thanks Woody!

From the Pug Ryan's site:

"A local favorite for years now is becoming a favorite everywhere. This lightly filtered unique recipe produces an easy to drink light beer."

From the Can:

"Nothing quite compares to a Morning Wood*. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Brewed and canned at 9,156 above sea level in Dillon, Colorado, it is no wonder that Morning Wood Wheat is an award winner. Each can is filled at high altitude and with the attitude of our brewers."

(*CraftCans note: using the can graphics as context, “morning wood” appears to be a euphemism for a pre-noon lake cruise aboard a wooden vessel.)

Here we go...

Pour – Bright yellow in our pint glass with a big white head that diminished quickly and left only a few spots of loose drips of lacing around the glass. Cloudiness suggests this will be a bigger-bodied pale wheat.

Aroma – Heavy, wet bread dough with distinct lemon and orange citrus notes.

Taste – Orange sweetness at the start, a yeasty middle, and some drying orange citrus tartness at the finish. Medium body and mouthfeel that has a watery feel about it, perhaps the result of the big carbonation release at the pour.

Overall – Another well-crafted, tasty, and very drinkable American Pale Wheat that is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on some. This is our tenth canned APW review, and we’ve yet to find two that were close enough in flavor profile and mouthfeel to suggest that any one of them is like another. Try all of them and find your favorite!

NOTES: The brewery at Pug Ryan’s is an adjunct to their steakhouse, and their Tiki bar offers gorgeous views of Lake Dillon. Check out their website for pictures, more information about their beers, and visual treats for foodies (check out their crab filet in the video– wow!).

       


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Morning Wood Wheat
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Pug Ryan's Brewery
City: 
Dillon, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: December 6th, 2011

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Monday, July 25th 2011

Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)

The newest canned offering from Tallgrass is also their only seasonal release and the only one that comes in a 12 oz. package, as opposed the 16 oz. cans they use for their four others. The name Halcyon has a bit of a mixed history and from what I can find out it seems to apply to a mythical bird that calmed the winter weather at sea but also can be used to refer to any idyllic, or calm, period of weather. I'm going to assume in this case it applies to those warm, but not too warm, sunny days during the summer that you wish would never go away. Cheers!

From the Tallgrass site:

"We are in “the wheat state” after all, so the pressure was on us to make a wheat beer, but we knew it had to be great. Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat is the result of that Midwestern angst, an all-American wheat with real Kansas-grown grain in the brew.

We start with raw Kansas white wheat in the mix to give it a nice edge, but what really makes it shine is the hops. We use “hop-bursting” late in the brewing process and this gives Halcyon its palate of tropical fruit flavors & aromas with a bright and refreshing taste like the best days of summer.

This is a seasonal beer, so if you don’t drink it this summer, don’t come whining to us.
Please harvest Halcyon responsibly."

Here we go...

Pour - the color of a very hazy, sunny summer day. Leaning towards golden orange with some straw-colored highlights and a very nice looking, fluffy, white head on top. Looks cool and refreshing which is certainly something to look forward to on a day like this - temps pushing 95 right now.

 

Aroma - some citrus, lemons and oranges along with some cut grass and an earthy aroma perhaps from the wheat or the yeast. Nothing too overpowering as far as aroma goes which is how I like my session beers. 

 

Taste - first sip really hits the spot. Lots of solid malt flavor, almost reminiscent of a brown ale in some ways, a bit toasty and biscuity. That quickly thins out and a citrusy, hop finish develops. This is not your average American Pale Wheat Ale - which has become the staple style for summer beers, most of which lack a decent flavor profile. Halcyon has a very nice malt backbone and a crisp, citrus-esque flavor that quenches your thirst on a warm day. I really, really like this beer. 

 

Overall - If you want the perfect beer to drink outside on a warm, sunny day you certainly couldn't do much better than this. Easy drinking with plenty of flavor and yet thirst quenching and refreshing to boot. Super summer session brew!

 

Would I buy more of it? - yes, definitely. I could go back and forth with this and Tallgrass' Oasis and be very happy all summer long.

 

Disclaimer - thank you very much to Barb at Tallgrass Brewing Company for giving us the opportunity to try this beer. We truly appreciate it!

 

Note - Tallgrass currently cans five different beers. These include their Tallgrass IPA, Tallgrass Ale, Oasis, Buffalo Sweat and Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat. They may no longer be canning their Kold Lager, but Halcyon is certainly a nice replacement!

 

 

 


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Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Tallgrass Brewing Company
City: 
Manhattan, Kansas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 20
Date: July 25th, 2011

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Thursday, June 16th 2011

Pyramid Hefeweizen
(Pyramid Breweries)

Pyramid began brewing under the name Hart Brewing. The name was changed in 1996 as the Pyramid brand they were brewing had become very popular. The brewery was recently purchased by Magic Hat for the price of $25.2 million dollars. They still maintain their brand and operations on the West Coast but have now seen some packaging out East. This is actually one of four different wheat beers they currently offer. Cheers!

 

From the Pyramid site:

 

"The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our deliciously deranged American-Style Hefeweizen is an award winning take on this Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth sharing with friends."

 

Here we go...


Pour - a nice peachy, orange and yellow color with a bit of cloudiness. Not too much really once things settle down. The head is rather thin, perhaps a quarter of an inch or so and that is quick to fade away. 


Aroma - first sniff brings about some of those usual suspects when it comes to Hefeweizens. I smell some bubble gum, some ripe banana and some hints of cloves. It's also got hints of bread dough and citrus (both lemon and orange).

 

Taste - a little spicy going down with some clove and pepper flavors. These are joined by some citrus flavors and even some light hoppiness. There is a dryness to this beer in the finish. It's almost like a musty sort of taste, not as bad as that sounds though. Its more like bready and tangy. Hard to describe with words I guess. 

 

Overall - solid Hefe. Personally, I really enjoyed. I mowed my lawn earlier this evening and then cracked this open. It was refreshing and light and did the trick. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - I actually don't see too many actual Hefeweizens in cans in my area so I would potentially get some more of these if they were available here. I have the folks at the brewery to thank for sending us some samples to review. Cheers!

 

Note - last summer Pyramid put out a batch of 16 oz. cans of this beer with the name Haywire Hefeweizen. I'm not entirely sure why they dropped the name "Haywire" with these new 12 oz. cans. Anyways, it will be interesting to see if they move forward with canning other beers from their lineup now that they're part of North American Breweries which is based in Rochester, NY and cans quite a few other beers. Thanks goes out to the folks at Pyramid for sending us some samples of this beer. Cheers!


Pyramid brewhouse in Seattle


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Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Pyramid Breweries
City: 
Seattle, Washington  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 39% 2 Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat, 1% Caramel
Hops: Nugget and Liberty
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 18
Date: June 16th, 2011

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Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Dundee Summer Wheat Beer
(Dundee Brewing Company)

New to cans this summer is Dundee's Summer Wheat beer. Previously the only beer they had canned was their ubiquitous Honey Brown. The brand, which is brewed by Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester, New York, has been around since 1994 and has been going through a re-branding of sorts in the past few years. They now brew 6-7 different styles of craft beer. 

From the Dundee site:

"An American-style wheat beer. Brewing with 40% wheat and a touch of rye malt to produce a refreshingly unique taste. Aroma hops, fruity esters and a  thick, creamy white head top off this summer classic."

Here we go...

Pour - straw-colored with some hints of orange. Not all that cloudy actually. This is just a bit opaque with a nice inch of pure white foam on top.

Aroma - hints of orange, lemon and tangerine along with some tangy, sweet and sour smells that might be the malt or the yeast. Not entirely sure. Mostly I'm getting citrus, which is quite nice in a summer brew.

 

Taste - first sip actually brings about the flavor of pears and lemons. Not all that sweet, more tangy and light on the tongue. Some mellow malt sweetness comes out but even that is pretty subtle. Nothing overpowering whatsoever in this beer, it's low ABV and lighter malt bill make this very palate friendly. The finish is very crisp and with that comes the sense of refreshment. 

 

Overall - I really enjoyed the subtleness of this summer beer. The pear and citrus flavors were quite nice and the finish of this beer really makes it enjoyable on a warm summer day. This is a style that does well in a can as its great for just relaxing while the sun is out and it's not going to put you to sleep. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - if I was in the market for a 12-pack to bring to a barbecue or day of playing yard games I think this would do quite nicely. I'm also guessing the price point on this is very reasonable. 

Note - The "American Pale Wheat Ale" is a very popular style associated with craft-brewed summer beers. The style is similar to a German Hefeweizen in appearance and grain bill but without the pronounced banana and clove aroma/flavors. Wheat is the dominant grain and the ABV tends to be fairly low. Also, thanks to the folks at Dundee for sending samples of this beer to us here at CraftCans.com. Cheers!


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Dundee Summer Wheat Beer
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Dundee Brewing Company
City: 
Rochester, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale Malt, Wheat and Rye
Hops: Galena, Centennial and Cascade
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 18
Date: June 14th, 2011

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Saturday, August 21 2010

Nude Beach Summer Wheat
(Stevens Point Brewery)

As summer seems begins to wind down I thought I'd take advantage while I still CAN and review this seasonal release. Nude Beach Summer Wheat is a brand new canned release from the folks at Stevens Point Brewery hitting the shelves at the beginning of the summer.

From the Stevens Point Brewing site:

 

"Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure. Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops. With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends. Clothing optional."

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - soft golden straw-color with a wispy head on top. A little cloudy at first but this one settles clean and clear, even if it is unfiltered.

 

Aroma - grainy, lemony, some sweet orange peel and a little fresh cut grass. Not a whole lot of aroma but that is par for the style.

 

Taste - light and tangy. This has a great citrusy bite to it and a nice malt profile. Its nothing complex but I think that is it's strong point. Goes down way too easy. Put a cooler of these near me on a warm day and I'd be all set.

 

Overall - ridiculously easy to drink! I had my hesitations but Nude Beach surprised me. This was a solid brew with great flavor and a stand out for the style in my opinion.

 

Would I buy more of it? - I really dig this beer. It's very easy drinking and a great canned alternative to other light summer wheat beers (a la Sam Adams Summer).

 

Availability - May-July

 

Note - Stevens Point Brewery also canned summer-release beers for Schlafly Brewing and O'Fallon Brewing in neighboring Illinois this year.

 


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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Stevens Point Brewery
City: 
Stevens Point, Wisconsin  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-row, 6-row, Vienna, Crystal, Red Wheat Malt and White Raw Wheat
Hops: Mt. Hood and Yakima
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 7
Date: August 21st, 2010

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Monday, August 2nd 2010

Mana Wheat
(Maui Brewing Company)

Brand new to the Maui canned lineup, Mana Wheat has just been released and is pretty much the perfect brew for a warm summer day wherever you may be. I loved their CoCoNut Porter so I am pretty excited about what they've done with pineapple juice in this brew. Aloha!

From the Maui Brewing site:

"Mana Wheat is a fresh handcrafted American hefeweizen brewed with organic wheat, malted barley and fresh local Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine."


Here we go...

 

Pour - pours a slightly cloudy orangish, reddish color with about an inch of white foam that is gone almost before I can grab the camera. It quickly fades away completely leaving what looks like tropical fruit juice in my glass. 

 

Aroma - slightly sweet and sour initially. Some wheat and malt is accompanied by a rather unique smell of pineapple juice and caramel. Its not overly sweet and actually has some citrus notes along with an unmistakeable Belgian yeastiness. Quite intriguing...

 

Taste - one gulp and swish around the tongue and I am sort of stunned by how well the idea of pineapple and wheat beer come together. Mana Wheat has a spiciness from the yeast that really comes out but its backed up nicely by the sweetness from the pineapple juice in a perfect way. Nothing really dominates and that acrid taste I am left with from some wheat ales is not present whatsoever. Pineapple does to this beer what it does for pork. It just makes it awesome. This is soft on the palate, sweet, spicy and extremely refreshing. Hells yeah. I want more.

 

Overall - Mana Wheat definitely lived up to my expectations. Another extremely solid and Hawaii-rific offering from the folks at Maui. Unique, flavorful and thirst quenching on a whole new level! Thanks goes out to Cambria at Drink Eat Travel for sharing this with me. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - if only I could! I'd be stocking up on this and the other Maui cans on a regular basis.

 

Note - Maui now cans four of their beers. You can find their CoCoNut Porter, Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA as well as Mana Wheat canned and available for purchase in Hawaii, California, Washington, Idaho and Japan. 

 


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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Maui Brewing Company
City: 
Lahaina, Hawaii  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Organic wheat and malted barley
Hops: Tettnanger and Liberty
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 18
Date: August 2nd, 2010

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Monday, May 17th 2010

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer
(21st Amendment Brewery)

I hate reading reviews where the person dismisses the beer before they try it. I really do. However, I must admit that I am not a fan of watermelon and the idea of a wheat ale brewed with watermelon does not get me as excited as say...a ridiculous amount of hops or some sort of barrel-aging. However, for the sake of diplomacy, I am keeping an open mind.

From the 21st Amendment site:

"We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor."

Here we go...

 

Pour - well, its not pink. Its a tannish-golden color with some suspended (and not so suspended) yeast sediment. Head is a rather thin and this is all a bit cloudy.

 

Aroma - what I smell most is a sour malt aroma along with some sweetness that sort of reminds me of watermelon as well as honey and powdered sugar. So, not a lot of watermelon-y stuff going on in either the pour or the aroma. Let's move on...

 

Taste - when I really get my face in the glass and take the first sip I finally get some watermelon flavor and aroma. Its faint and it won't overwhelm you even if you hate watermelon. Its a slightly sour fruity flavor that isn't at all off-putting and it actually kind of works well, in a refreshing sort of way. Nice wheat beer with just enough watermelon flavor to give this a very subtle sour bit. 

 

Overall - The more I drink of this, the more I am enjoying it. I'll admit, its a lot better than I thought. The watermelon flavor is subtle and like I previously mentioned, this is very refreshing. If you are like me and figure you'd probably not like this beer you might be surprised. Pop open a can and remember to be open-minded.

 

Would I buy more of it? - I wouldn't totally dismiss this beer as it is exactly what it is supposed to be. However, its not a beer that I'd find myself drinking a lot of the time. It does sort of scream to be bought the night before a day of yard work.

 

Note - 21st Amendment is one of the better known, and more widely distributed, breweries that only can their beers. They also can their Brew Free! or Die IPA and recently had a limited release brew called Monk's Blood that was also canned. Look for another limited release canned offering in the near future.

 


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Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
City: 
San Francisco, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two Row Pale and American Wheat
Hops: Magnum
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 17
Date: May 17th, 2010

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Monday, May 17th 2010

Golden Frau Honey Wheat
(Thunderhead Brewing Company)

Several firsts with this can of beer from Thunderhead Brewing. Its my first ever beer from the state of Nebraska and its also the first braggot-style beer that I've had in a can. At least that is the style in which this beer is categorized on BeerAdvocate (on Rate Beer its just called a wheat ale). A braggot is a "beer" fermented with both malt and honey. Not to be confused with mead - which is just honey. Technically half of the fermentable sugars need to come from honey to be a braggot since Golden Frau is brewed with a decent amount of honey and weighs in at 7.5%, I'd say that could be possible. 

From the Thunderhead site:

"A wholesome wheat beer brewed with sweet Nebraska Sand Hills honey...Some breweries use honey in their wheat beer to allow them to use less malt and therefore create a much lighter beer. We think that’s a waste of good ingredients. We start with a standard American Style Wheat Beer (wheat malt flavor, low bitterness) and then add 1.2 gallons of honey per barrel to the kettle at the end of the boil. The result is a full malty flavor accompanied by cinnamon notes from the honey and the complex flavors that come from fermenting that much honey. This is far and away our best selling beer.

Here we go...

 

Pour - almost milky or cloudy yellowish orange with a seltzer like fizz as the thin white head forms and then quickly fades away.

 

Aroma - apple cider, wheat germ, lemons and a little sourness. Not a whole to speak of when it comes to the smell. Sweet pretty much sums it up.

 

Taste - this really reminds me of a sweet cider or a dessert wine. Its smooth going down but has a sweetness that never leaves the tongue and no real hop flavor balancing things out, although I didn't really expect that. The honey really comes out in this brew as the wheat doesn't do much to mask it. If you like a nice sweet dessert-type of beer this would be perfect. Its not the sort of beer that I'd be having more then one of, but that is just me.

 

Overall - not a bad brew by any means. Its a solid strong wheat beer with a nice sweet honey flavor that drives the alcohol levels up quite a bit compared to a normal pale American wheat ale. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - I'd go for their dark wheat over this one. Its just a tad too sweet for my tastes.

 

Note - Thunderhead Brewing has just released their second canned offering which is called Cornstalker Dark Wheat. The website says it is available at the brewery in six-packs. 

 


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Style: Braggot
Brewery: Thunderhead Brewing Company
City: 
Kearney, Nebraska  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Wheat
Hops: ???
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: May 17th, 2010

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Thursday, April 29th 2010

Montana Trout Slayer Ale
(Big Sky Brewing Company)

My second can from Big Sky Brewing out in beautiful Missoula, Montana. I don't think many folks would argue that beers like Troutslayer, an American Pale Wheat Ale , are best drank when the weather is warmer. Now that May is just a few days away its nice to crack open a nice refreshing beer like this and relax and enjoy the weather. 

From the Big Sky site:

"They say the best way to shrink a fish is with with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer is the beer to drink when you're knockin' back a couple cold ones and tellin' fish stories. Who knows the next one might be the best yet! "A bigger tale with every ale." 

Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker"

Here we go...

Pour - pours a light straw like color with some golden highlights and a big inch of fluffy, dense foam on top. Everything seems to be as it should be.

 

Aroma - a little sour, a little sweet and grainy, some honey and citrus smells as well. Not overly aromatic but what I can take in is pleasant and a little floral.

 

Taste - a big sip and I remember what its like to wear only one layer of clothing, no socks and have to put on sunscreen. This is the type of refreshing, light-bodied beer that screams summer as far as I'm concerned. Crisp and lightly sweet with some sour malty tastes that are almost like lemon or orange. A little dry in the finish that has you lapping your lips and diving back in. I'm left content but not full and ready for more. 

 

Overall - This is a beer that everyone can agree on when you're camping or tubing (or trout slaying). Its non-offensive, tasty and sure to please all your friends, be they beer geeks or not. 

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely, this would be a beer worthy of my cooler on any warm day. 

 

Note - Big Sky also cans their famous Moose Drool Brown Ale and will hopefully be sending some of their other beers down the canning line soon. 

 


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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Company
City: 
Missoula, Montana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 29th, 2010

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Wednesday, April 21 2010

Royal Weisse Ale
(Sly Fox Brewing Company)

Royal Weisse Ale is a spring/summer canned offering as compared to their Dunkel Lager which is their fall/winter offering. One light and one dark. Be sure to time your trips to Pennsylvania accordingly.

From the Sly Fox site:

"An unforgettable Bavarian style Wheat Beer brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and hopped with German Northern Brewer hops. This beer is unfiltered and served in a traditional wheat beer glass at our pubs. Medium bodied, tan in color, fruity."

Here we go...

Pour - light golden in color, sort of a tannish orangish color but the light makes it look a little paler. Some cloudiness as well. Nice fluffy head that fades and leaves some nice lacing. 

 

Aroma - all the aromas you've grown to love about this style are their. We're talking banana, clove, bubble gum along with some lemon and orange. 

 

Taste - citrusy, biscuity, bananas, cloves along with a touch of sweetness a la apple sauce or juice. Plenty of estery goodness imparted by the yeast which gives this beer so much flavor. A tad bit of spiciness in the finish from the hops. Solid.

 

Overall - a solid hefeweizen from the folks at Sly Fox. They've taken a hard to can style and made it taste so simple. Great stuff, definitely worth trying if you can find it. If you're a big fan of wheat beers than this is for you. 

 

Availability -  Spring/Summer 

 

Would I buy more of it? - possibly but I think I'd probably end up grabbing some of their newly canned 113 IPA!

 

Note - Sly Fox operates brewpubs in both Phoenixville and Royersford, Pennsylvania. A lot of their beers take their names from the surrounding area such as their 113 IPA, Pikeland Pils and of course Phoenix Pale Ale.


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Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company
City: 
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: German Pils and Wheat Malts
Hops: Northern Brewer
ABV: 5.6%
IBUs: 11
Date: April 21st, 2010

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Friday, August 21 2009

Heinnieweisse Weissebier
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

One of the four brews that Butternuts is currently canning. Heinnieweisse has a name you won't soon forget, much like the other three beers that they've released!  

From the Butternuts site:


"Traditional Hefeweizen from Germany usually taste like cardboard because by the time you drink them, they're not fresh anymore. Chuck brews Heinnieweisse with Bavarian yeast and a 67% wheat grist approximately 5000 miles closer to your mouth than Germany giving it a rich, fully fresh palate. Pour it and see the wheat cloudiness, smell the notes of estery aroma. At 4.9 % abv you’ll taste the effervescent, sweet yet tart freshness that no farty old German can boast. And what does an Alien have to do with any of this? Ever notice how a hop looks like an Alien's head? Look again."


Here we go...


Pour – a golden straw color that is clean and clear with two fingers of stark white fluffy head thats nice and thick. Not a bad looking pour by any means.


Aroma – slight clove, banana and bready yeast. All the typical hefe smells are apparent. Coming from a can, the aroma is quite fresh and strong.


Taste – a little thin yet crisp and refreshing. The spiciness from the yeast is not overpowering and the clove and banana flavors come out nicely.


Overall - despite a rather thin mouthfeel, this is one hell of a drinkable can of wheat beer. I have to admit, I sort of assumed I wouldn't like this but I really did! One of the better canned wheat beers that I've had. This is a great beer to bring with you on any outdoor activity on a warm day, its super easy drinking, light and refreshing and yeah, I guess a hop does kind of look like an alien's head...


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.

 


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Style: Hefeweizen
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 21st, 2009

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