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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
80 90 58 6 35 57
Hopster (Formerly known as Crack'd Wheat) by New Glarus Brewing Company
American Pale Wheat Ale
5.95 % ABV


 
Review by clockworkorange on 12/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 0
Another bottle from my secret Santa 2009 haul(BA). Much thanks to Scoobydank for sending this my way. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a cloudy yet bright, golden yellow color with a good two fingers or so of fluffy bone white head. The foam leaves a nice lace behind in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of slightly spicy peppered yeast, bananas, a good amount of citrus such as lemon, wheaty bread, amarillo hops (nice!), cloves, and a mild sourness. Medium bodied with ample carbonation and quite crisp. Very tasty! Thanks again Bill!

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2009
12oz Bottle

I was handed a bottle of this yesterday courtesy of d0b after his quick border jumping trip north, thanks Dave! Crack'd Wheat glows with a yeast hazed pineapple body. Large carbonation bursts to the surface while smaller bubbles creep slower. A standard pour brings about two fingers of virgin white head and becomes craggy in no time. The edges of the head show some of that dish soap quality and leaves behind sticky, patchy lacing.

Wow! The aroma on this beer instantly makes my mouth water. Right up front is a huge whiff of Bubblicious bubblegum. Underneath the huge bubble blowing gum is a note of soft clove and some tropical fruits I'm having a hard time putting my finger on, but if I had to I'd say something I'd go with mango and tangerine. A drop of two of lemon juice is in there as well and all this crazy goodness sits lightly atop a solid wheat base. The bubblegum turns almost floral on deep pulls. This is one impressive smelling beer.

The bubblegum isn't as big in the flavor but the combination of spiciness, wheat, and hops are incredibly well balanced. The clove takes a back seat, which is fine with me, while the citric fruitiness, wheat twang, and Bubblicious all combine in equal amounts. This is one of the best wheat beers I've had in awhile. The clove notes are exactly where they should be and the hops make a ton of sense.

The body has a soft feel up front but the carbonation picks up the pace as it works through the mouth and finishes slightly prickly. The hoppiness doesn't leave behind any bitterness but the spiciness of the yeast does leave a lingering sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability is off the charts high. I would, and hopefully will, go through cases of this beer in the summer months. This beer is refreshing, packed with flavor yet the abv is small enough to not knock me on my ass.

Crack'd Wheat is another gem from New Glarus, of course that's to be expected. The combo of hefe and pale ale is pulled off expertly in this new creation. The only beer that rivals Crack'd Wheat, for similar style, is Gumballhead and I'm enjoying this beer so much right now I'd have a hard time deciding which I'd rather drink. I appreciate the sample Dave but not the addiction.

Reviewed: 5/10/09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 05/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 11 13 4 8 2009
Sampled April 2009
As I pour aromas of banana and tart wheat are noticeable. A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip easily produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, orange-gold color that still shows an opaqueness even when held up directly to the light. Hoppy notes are immediately noticed as soon as I start to inspect the nose; notes of tangerine and tropical fruit notes meld interestingly with more traditional Hefeweizen like aromatics. I wouldn’t have guessed that these would meld so seamlessly but the hop and Hefe notes do. Fermentation driven notes of clove, and perhaps a touch of banana are here as well as a solid, grassy grain character. Both combine to produce a bubblegum like note that makes me think of citrus scented juicy-fruit.

The beer is dry, which subdues the fruity hop notes a bit. The finish is a mix of tropical fruit notes, banana and spicy clove; the last of which lingers on the tongue with a signature phenolic note. This has a soft tartness to it in the finish as well as a touch of pale malt toastiness and perhaps a touch of grassy grain. This has a certain bitterness to it that takes a while for me to notice; it seems to affect the outside edges of my palate somehow, rather than having that clean, biting bitterness that one might normally notice. This is nice and quaffable, the touch of tartness helps this along, and I like that this is pretty light, but still has a touch of palate heft. The traditional Hefe-yeast (that looks a bit weird) produces a really nice spiciness here that mixes with the more herbal notes from the hops.

This beer has an expressive aromatic amalgam of notes that don’t entirely transfer to the flavor. This is a very nice beer all around though, but I wish that the flavor had the liveliness that the aroma did. This beer is down right drinkable as it disappears way too quickly; I could of used at least another 12oz of this beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 03/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 4 7 2009
A - Pours a very pale yellow color with a big haze to it. Lots of small bubbles rising to the surface. On top is a pillowy white head measuring in at about an inch and a half. Good staying power with super sticky lacing.

S - Lots of yeasty characteristics, bringing both the banana and the clove. Black pepper. Lots of dried out wheat. Nice lemony touch.

T - Taste is a bit toned down versus the aroma in some aspects. Wheat malt is big, followed by lots of yeasty goodness. Light banana and a nice amount of clove. What really stands out is how much bigger the lemon taste is here than in the aroma. It's fairly bold and sticks around through the whole experience.

M - Medium to light bodied. Very effervescent carbonation.

Overall - Given the relative negative feedback I have heard on this beer, I was expecting something much different. This one doesn't blow me away like most of New Glarus' wheat beers do, but it's a pretty solid beer. Would make for a great lawnmower beer when the season comes.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 03/02/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
Pale banana yellow color and a slightly foggy body. Big melty marshmellowy foam grows up quickly to tower over the yellow like the crown of some exhuberant king. Patterns of perfectly placed patches stream across the glass with might. Wow, what a gorgeuos sight!

Big booming nose of peppery yeasty weizen stuff of dryer then dry citrus peels in lemon and lime spritz, some clove, and a ton of dried wheat. Pale bubblegum and banana notes grab some sweeter undertones and theres lots of flowery phenols in big wiffs. This stuff will clear your sinuses right quick.

Taste is remarkably tamer given its punch in the nose, ahhh but alas, this stuff is all yum and has a ton of drinking power behind it. Crispy and dried wheat forefront, crazy pep of palate busting citrusy peels, clove, and yeasty things popping all over the place. This has some zip, but is backed by a mellow bubblegummy, paled banana sweetness and creamyness that makes for a fantasticly balanced treat of Weizen-like quality.

Feel is just above medium but has alot of zip, zazz, pep, and perk; backed by a favorable taming aspect of creamyness.
Dryish? Not really, kind of I guess.
Yeasty? Yes, quite so.
Overwhelming? Not in the least, its balance is its key to some very remarkable drinking capacity.
So crack a couple of these Crack'd Wheat's and enjoy! This stuff will have to be hugely stocked in my fridge come summer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by JJ on 02/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 2 7 12 3 5 2008
The hops seem to be a bit much killing the Wheatiness (the what? :blink:) that makes NG so great. The Banana/clove aromas and flavors are way overshadowed by the bitterness and aromas of the Amarillo hops. If I was drinking this expecting a Pale Ale it might be a different story. But for a Wheat from NG, I have higher expectations. I think this will be a good one for summer- it is refreshing- but first impressions are unimpressed. Good but not :pickle:.

Served In: Bottle

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