Beer Name: Wheat Cloud
Brewery: Buckeye Brewing Company (Cleveland)
Beer style: Hefeweizen
Size: 22oz bottle
Beer Advocate Score: 82
Rate Beer Score: 78
According to EVERYTHING, this is the beginning of the end-times. We just had the hottest month ever, like in-the-history-of-all-weather-ever; I haven’t had to mow my lawn in two whole months. Evidently there is no corn and therefore there will be no meat ever again. And to top it off, the unseasonably warm winter winter we enjoyed was the perfect climate for arthropod reproduction and as a result we are facing near-plague levels of insects. So if all this isn’t a reason for you to kick back with a refreshing beer while watching plants spontaneously combust out the window of your air-conditioned home, you may never-ever have a good reason.
On this 99-degree Columbus day, I went out into my garage and found a bottle of Wheat Cloud from Buckeye Brewing. In the past, I have reviewed a couple of beers from Buckeye with mixed results. I loved Zatek 2011 and was somewhat less enthralled by Hippie IPA. In addition to this, hefeweizens are somewhat hit-or-miss with me, so I had no idea of what to expect from Wheat Cloud.
Wheat Cloud looked near perfect for a hefeweizen in the glass, a hazy-light straw-like color with loads of fluffy white head that settled quickly; however, the beer retained a thin layer until I was finished with the bomber. Upon smelling, I picked up an earthy-bready wheat smell as well as citrus (lemon/orange) and just a hint of phenol. Unfortunately, I did not get the banana smell that is often present in my favorite hefes.
Wheat Cloud tasted of sweet-wheat on the first swish around the mouth. That flavor was followed by a rush of citrus with hints of clove and bubblegum. The beer left the mouth with a lingering clove-laced, lemon juice flavor. This beer has a light seltzer-water-like mouthfeel that, in combination with the aftertaste, makes this beer very refreshing. This beer is perfect for an end-of-the-world hot day in Ohio.
Sessionability: I give it a 5-pack. Even with hefeweizens not being one of my favorite beer styles, I could see myself drinking another bomber at least and still enjoying it.
Overall: I give it a 5-pack. Not in my top five hefes, but this beer is much better than its BA and Rate Beer scores might lead you to believe.
Would be best consumed: On a patio with a nice salad with strawberries or maybe some perfectly ripe peaches.