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Novice Homebrewer: Batch #3- Straw Bear-E Wheat

As I previously posted, my third batch was a Cooper’s wheat beer kit with the addition of fresh strawberries. I can’t say that wheat beers usually impress me, but strawberry wheat beers were also some of the earliest beers I drank in my transition into craft beer. I think it’s possible to make a great one, and I was wondering how mine would turn out.

Lincoln Abbey Straw Bear-E Wheat
The beer pours a cloudy pink-tinted golden color with a frothy white head. I’ll admit that it may not look like a quality product with its cloudiness and a few strawberry particles floating around, but I’ve also never been completely attracted to a wheat beer based on appearance.
The aroma consists of fresh strawberries, wheat, yeast, grass, and shortbread. It has a pretty standard wheat beer smell, but strawberries are extremely prevalent in the aroma.
The taste is heavy on strawberries which I absolutely love. It has a nice freshness to it and reminds me of spring. A dry grassy finish accompanies the wheat flavor in the beer with just a hint of yeast. It doesn’t fall flat like some wheat beers do and leave a watery flavor on the tongue on the finish.
There are plenty of bubbles on the tongue with this beer, and it tingles a little bit. That may be the only detriment to the beer was how carbonated it was. However, it was more than drinkable and everyone I gave it to wanted a second bottle.
As with most homebrews, this is a great value. I added five pounds of fresh strawberries to the beer, so that increased the price a little bit, but I definitely feel like it was worth it.
I have to say I was more than impressed with the strawberry flavors that came out of this beer, and I wonder why more strawberry wheat beers don’t have this much flavor. It really packed a fresh taste, and I was proud to say that I made this beer.

Beer Stats
Style: American Wheat
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 8.30%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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