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Sand Creek Brewing Co.
Black River Falls, WI
USA
http://www.sandcreekbrewing.com

Style: German Hefeweizen

Eddie’s Rating:
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Comments:
At first blush, Sand Creek’s American wheat comes across as a middle-of-the-road take on the style. It has a little more color than the others, but is marginally less cloudy. The nose is a bit yeasty, with a very tiny hint of bananas. The first couple of sips support my center line thesis, but as the beer warms up, Sand Creek’s secret comes out: relatively strong (for an American wheat) notes of bananas and cloves, like a Bavarian’s weak sibling. The end result is a pretty damn good beer—refreshing with just a hint of complexity—but it’s also a bit of a cheat against the style. Frankly, I wonder how they pulled it off. Did they mix in a little Bavarian wheat ale yeast (risky, at best, disastrous at worst) or did they do a batch blend? Whatever they did, it is a stand-out entry that deserves a four-mug designation. If only I didn’t finish the beer with the feeling that I somehow had the wool pulled over my eyes when I bought the sixer …

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on July 3, 2006.
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