Some friends and I brewed a few batches of beer using some kits from midwest. Two of them were wheat kits. One a Belgian style wheat and the other a honey wheat. Both came w/ the same 6lbs wheat LME. We bottled the other night after 2 weeks in primary. Both fermented wonderfully, but had a weird smell to them. These were our first wheat beers. We've been doing more heavy IPA style beers more recently.
When we took the gravity reading and did the obligatory tasting at bottling time, both beers had a smokey-ham flavor to them. It was somewhat strong. We've got a dozen or so beers under our belt, and haven't had any contamination problems. We're science geeks, so the aseptic technique isn't a problem. Both beers were kept out of the sunlight. This may be an off flavor that goes away after a few weeks in the bottles, but I'm a little concerned. The only common denominator between the two beers was the Wheat LME from midwest supplies. The third beer we brewed that night tasted fine. It was a lighter beer w/ some rice sugar and tasted very clean. Anyone had any problems w/ LME form midwest or had similar experiences?