Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Orange Wheat

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Orange Wheat.  I had the opportunity to visit Hangar 24 Craft Brewery a few years ago while visiting Loma Linda University for a meeting. I sampled a bunch of their beers and really enjoyed them.  Then while visiting San Diego I picked up this six pack of Orange Wheat for my wife and figured I should review it.

From the Hangar 24 Craft Brewery website:” Crisp, Tangy, and Refreshing. The citrus aroma, light airy mouthfeel, and tangy finish are this unfiltered beer’s trademarks. This is accomplished by adding whole locally grown oranges throughout the brewing process, which perfectly coalesce with the wheat and barley base. Our oranges are purchased through the Old Grove Orange company (affiliate of the non-profit Inland Orange Conservancy) whose main objectives are to save the local orange trees from disappearing, spread the word about the local citrus growing heritage, and to feed the hungry with the unutilized oranges. Please visit them at All we need to do to save the orange trees is to eat or drink locally grown oranges!” 
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a medium orange color with a fluffy white head and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Huge orange aroma with hints of lemon peel, banana, cloves and wheat and pale malts.
Taste: Orange up front, but not too sweet with a nice wheat aftertaste.  Very nice balance.
Overall: Very refreshing, light and easy to drink, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Orange Wheat is easy to enjoy.  Although I tend to drink heavier beers with higher ABV, at 4.6% ABV this is an easy session beer great for anytime drinking, but particularly in the summer (for me). 
If you find yourself in Redlands, CA check out the brewery and try this and some of their other offerings.  Good stuff!


Mark Harvey

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