StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (brewed at Deadfrog Brewery), 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Chamomile Wheat is summer in a bottle. The beer pours a hazy golden straw colour. Aromas of wheat and chamomile intertwine with a touch of honey. Light wheat flavours blend with raspberry and chamomile on the palate to create a refreshing summer beer. Delicious.”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (Wheat, 2-Row, Munich 30), Organic Dried Chamomile Floweres, Raspberry Blossom Honey
, Hops: (Saaz), Yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Chamomile) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: crisp slightly dry grainy barley malt soft tangy chamomile slight honey
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.30 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear pale golden orange without much of a head, ringed retention with a large island, very clustered active streams.

Nose: big chamomile, slight liquid barley malt (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, grainy barley malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), grainy light toffee barley malt, soft prickly tangy sour

Finish: mild sweet wheat malt w/ palate roughness, dry chamomile exhale, honey, residual metallic barley malt

Summary: Surprisingly not a whole lot of wheat, I mostly get barley and chamomile. A decent drinkable brew but the chamomile is rather dull. Not bright nor quenching enough for wheat ale.

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Blanche de SHAWI – Le Trou du Diable, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“With its wehat-coloured opal hue, this beer draws a fine veil of foam lace with each sip. Its scent recalls citrus delicately spiced with coriander and lemon. The pallet [sic] is first touched by the fine sweet taste of wheat, which then alternates between sweet and sour and which concludes with a sweet and very refreshing tart.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: plain banana wheat malt palate rough dryish
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours cloudy light unfiltered apple juice yellow with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, a mix of fast large CO2 sporadic streams as well as micro steady clusters. Large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: 70/30-banana/pineapple wheat malt, very slight pukey, a bit of peach. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, banana wheat malt rough palate impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), mild sour lemony funk, banana wheat malt

Finish: residual tart fruity wheat malt

Summary: Pretty standard, none of the flavours nor textures really grabbed my attention. Just average, and a bit disappointing coming from Le Trou.

Baby Got Back Hoppy Hefe – Parallel 49 / Scuttlebutt Collaboration (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Baby Got Back Hoppy Hefe – Parallel 49 Brewing & Scuttlebutt Brewing Collaboration, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the 4-pack bomber box:

“This Bavarian style hip hop n’weizen boasts traditional flavours of clove and banana. This Hef is backed by badonkadonk aromas of melon imparted by the hops.”

(on the box)


  • Style: German Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Big banana wheat malt mild wheat malt roughness
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $28.75 CAD / 4-pack of 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth buying the 4-pack

Visual: In a mixed 2017 4-pack of bombers. Pours clear pale orange with a very small head, a thin half-layer of micro retention, a good spread of clustered steady streams.

Nose: banana wheat malt, a bit of bubblegum. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, slightly thicker mouthfeel, fruity banana malt impression

Mid-palate: banana wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), tangy-very mild bitterness

Finish: major clove/mild melon exhale, slight wheat malt palate rough, subtle stealth

Summary: Easy drinkability, mostly banana wheat malt with some minor clove and melon nuances. Fairly clean but some noticeable wheat malt roughness at the finish. Decent, but not noteworthy.

Peach Paradise Hefeweizen – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C]

Peach Paradise Hefeweizen (Brewed with Silk Road tea) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 4.5% ABV – 20 IBUs, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front label:

“PEACH PARADISE HEFE. Our Red Fife Hefeweizen steeped with Silk Road’s Peach Paradise tea, is the perfect summer beer! Notes of citrus and clove from the Hefe yeast compliment the bright peach flavours of this delicious tea.

Peach paradise tea {ceylon black tea, calendula flowers, citrus peel, peach fruit essence}

Ingredients: aquifer water, Canadian pale malt, BC grown red fife wheat, German weizen yeast and hops.

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  • Style: (flavoured – peach tea) Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Dull soft sour pukey subtle peach wheat malt rough tangy subtle bitter black tea
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.20 – 650ml., January 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours cloudy light orange without a head, super thin ringed retention, some scattered singular streams.

Nose: peachy citrus wheat malt, light pukey (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, light pukey acidic

Mid-palate: light peach notes, (lvl-2-sweetness), wheat malt rough tart, tangy-soft sour

Finish: subtle bitter black tea, banana wheat malt exhale

Summary: Overall a pretty dull mouthfeel since you have the combo of wheat malt rough + tannic black tea. I was hoping for more fruity brightness instead of sour pukey. Meh, just another average Spinnaker, sounds better than it actually is.

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

This American wheat ale is a crisp, refreshing summer brew. Pouring a hazy straw colour this beer was brewed with the addition of fresh blood oranges and bourbon. Zesty and floral, with clean citrus flavours and a moderate bitterness this beer is ideal for a warm summer day.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blood orange, bourbon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Soft short bourbon orange grainy barley malt no carry
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours bright copper brown with a medium frothy head, 1cm lasting retention, clustered active streams.

Nose: orange citrusy hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: metallic orange background, light bourbon, 20/80-wheat/barley, (lvl-3-sweetness), honey, light-bodied

Finish: grainy barley exhale

Summary: Not a lot of fullness, thin and lacking carry. Drinkable but not a lot of pop.

Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)


Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 5 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.

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  • Style: (flavoured – passion fruit tea, passion fruit juice) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Juicy fruity passion fruit pineapple soft tart-tangy subtle tea minor palate roughness
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.70 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: Pours translucent yellow straw orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention

Nose: soft sour-tangy, very light fruity funk, real passionfruit juice(lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: medium-tart, soft crisp bite

Mid-palate: juicy passion fruit, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, wheat malt, passion fruit seeds

Finish: subtle dried tea notes, wheat malt palate roughness, soft lingering sour-tangy

Summary: Very juicy and bright fruity, and very little if any funk/pukiness that you would expect from the passion fruit additions – well done. Mostly clean except for a bit of manageable palate roughness at the finish.

West Song Wit – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

West Song Wit – Spinnakers Brewpub, 4.5% ABV -15 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-Ok I got suckered into buying another Spinnakers beer; honestly though this should be the last, or perhaps second last.


on the front-right label:

Light, sessionable, and perfect for a summer day, this classic witbier was brewed with coriander, fresh orange zest and Vancouver Island grown red fife wheat. Stroll the Westsong Walkway along the ocean for a pint at the pub!


  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Fruity off-dry pear banana wheat malt apple light roughish finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.65 CAD – 650ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: still can’t say it’s great

Visual: Pours opaque cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish head, a 1mm layer of retention, surfacing bubbles.

Nose: pressed woody apple juice, strong notes of pear juice – quite nice. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, orchard fruity-juicy

Mid-palate: pear, banana wheat malt, (lvl-2-sweetness), red apple juice

Finish: yeastiness, mild coriander, subtle hopped bitter, wheat malt dry

Summary: Finally a decent/more decent/decenter Spinnakers beer that has some amount of depth and complexity to it. The finish is a bit rough but the mid is quite delicious especially straight into a chilled glass accompanied by a hot meal.