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Old 09-10-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default why does it taste like a wheat?!

So i made Orfy's Hobgoblin clone around the end of may, and left it in a closet for 3 months. Just kegged it up not too long ago. The beer is fantastic. its one of the best beers I think Ive made yet, but it doesnt taste like Hobgoblin. not at all really. the thing tastes like a wheat beer and I have absolutely no idea why....

Can anyone help me figure out what would cause this to taste like a wheat when there was absolutely no wheat used in making it...? haha thanks

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What kind of yeast did you use? Typically the flavors associated with wheat beers are actually produced by the yeast. Or are you specifically tasting wheat malt?

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I had this happen with Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde. It ended up tasting like a boulevard, and the only thing I really screwed up was end up a little under volume.

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I used Wyeast London ESB for yeast. The wheat flavours are dissapearing now, but it was still very strange.

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I used Wyeast London ESB for yeast. The wheat flavours are dissapearing now, but it was still very strange.
Are they flavors of wheat beer or wheat beer yeast?
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That's must an impossible question to answer as I've never had a wheat beer not brewed with wheat beer yeast. I have a lot to learn.

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I've gotten a little butterscotch from London ESB before. Could that be what you were tasting?

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sounds like maybe you're used to the american wheats. there's some flavor resemblance with them and a green esb, at least to me

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You may have gotten some phenolics if the temperature was a bit high during fermentation. What temp did you ferment at, and how do you control the temp?

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That's must an impossible question to answer as I've never had a wheat beer not brewed with wheat beer yeast. I have a lot to learn.

By wheat beer yeast I mean German wheat beer yeast as American brewpub style wheat beers are just brewed with standard ale yeasts. If an English ale has esters and flavors similar to what real wheat beer yeast (German) produces then a serious fermentation temperature problem would be suspected.
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