Big Blue Van is an American Wheat Ale brewed by College Street Brewhouse & Pub that blends mildly tart blueberries and wheat bread with sweet vanilla.

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Big Blue Van is an American Wheat Ale that’s brewed by the College Street Brewhouse & Pub. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Big Blue Van by College Street Brewhouse & Pub

Packaging art for the Big Blue Van by College Street Brewhouse & Pub

What You Need to Know

The Big Blue Van is a wheat beer that’s been brewed with sweet blueberries and vanilla. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Wheat Ale pours a mostly clear golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of dense off-white foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind mottled swirls of fine bubbles. An aggressive pour yields the best results.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with a scent of sweet blueberries and vanilla.

Flavor

A light bitterness of floral hops transitions to a taste of wheat bread that’s been slightly sweetened with vanilla. Mildly tart blueberries are mixed in and the finish is rounded out with bready malt and vanilla.

Label art for the Big Blue Van by College Street Brewhouse & Pub

Label art for the Big Blue Van by College Street Brewhouse & Pub

Mouthfeel

Its feel is soft and smooth with a less-than-medium body and light carbonation. Finishes slightly acidic.

Overall

The label reads “unfiltered” but the Big Blue Van shows near brilliant clarity. Its head retention could be better but otherwise the appearance is fine. The scent of blueberries and vanilla comes through strongly making the aroma easily the best feature of this brew. Thankfully the blueberries and vanilla don’t overpower the palate and nicely complement the ale’s bready malt base. Unfortunately, its mouthfeel isn’t sufficiently carbonated which is a shame as the rest of this beer is pretty darn good. The clarity and lack of carbonation could be due to the age of the brew as it was canned nearly four months ago. And thus, a fresher example may be better. Regardless, Big Blue Van smells and tastes amazing, making it certainly worth a try.

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