T-Can & Bearcat's Wheaten Beatdown Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1980

Is it an over-bittered American wheat beer, or is it an American pale ale with too much wheat in the grist? Who cares, it's awesome.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Danielle “Trashcan” Meinhardt and Derek “Bearcat” Britton brew and drink this, their signature ale, when not solving crimes or working at NB World HQ. Is it an over-bittered American wheat beer, or is it an American pale ale with too much wheat in the grist? Who cares, it's awesome. Straw gold in color with a rich white cap of long-lasting foam, the nose is a big snort of Pacific Northwest hops in front of a subtle buttered-pastry sweetness from a small percentage of pale caramel malt. A high ratio of wheat malt brings bread dough overtones to the clean, firm, almost IPA-like bitterness. Blonde enough for the summer, burly enough for the winter – just like Minnesotans.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style American Pale Ale/Cream Ale, Wheat Beers
Color Light
Original Gravity 1045
Total Time to Make 4 weeks

Customer Reviews

Update on previous review Review by Dennis
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After not having very good luck the first go around I had my hopes up. Finally got around to brewing the replacement kit provided by NB, thank you!
I have solve the water issue and I believe I found my error on the first batch. My first brew was a kit from a local brew supply company, the hops were proportioned to the recipe. I realized that everyone else gives you the hops per packed by the manufacture, typically in 1 ounce bags. T cat called for half ounce not an ounce, I put the whole pouch in the mix. In addition to this error I was doing my first full boil. Effectively increasing the hops again. The result was an undrinkable terribly bitter brew.
Many thanks to NB and the group of experienced brewers on the forum who helped me sort out my problems.
The end result a deliciously hoppy ale! Very tasty and will be one of my favorites.
New brewers, get on board with the forum. These folks are the best! (Posted on 8/10/14)
Really good Review by Dennis
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Beer is so, so good! (Posted on 7/25/14)
Gave it time - Review by AFFA
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Brewed this in mid-July for an end of August family get together, so I was rushing things a bit. @ 2.5 weeks was undercarbed, stashed the two cases away to check on later. While away on a business trip, the Corona Lite loving wife tossed a few in the fridge (apparently we were out of limes) and ended up putting a small dent in the stash. Fast forward to end of September and this has turned into a very light, drinkable, slightly hoppy/dry, smooth beer that anyone who is picky with beer would drink. After my inital dissapointment around being undercarbed (likely my fault anyways) this is quickly becoming must have. (Posted on 10/11/13)
Love this beer...can't go wrong. Review by Rocky Mountain Rye
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Well, I should not be surprised it was SO good, as NB kits are killer. This beer has a fantastic balance of malt and hop, with malty sweetness, creamy wheat which gives a long lasting head. I didn't know totally what to expect with this beer, but thought it'd be good, but I didn't expect it to be THAT good. I'd brew this one again for sure. Aged well, even after 5 months, great flavor, aroma and malty profile to compliment the hops. I dry hopped it for a week with some extra Cascade hops I had on hand, which made for an even better hope flavor. Good 'ol US-05 yeast fermented clean and got out of the way to let the hops, caramel malt and wheat flavor do their thang! (Posted on 10/9/13)
Quick Turnaround/Great Product Review by UncleSean
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Very pleased with this kit, and I have made it twice. It's a nice "fast batch," and is drinkable in 4-6 weeks. I needed a quick turnaround in order to serve at a late summer event, and the combination of wheat and hops makes it unique. My friends are impressed. Carbonation is a bit light - I may be tempted to goose it a bit when I bottle my next batch...but there will be a next batch. (Posted on 8/21/13)
Very good Review by Juicy
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I've done this beer a couple times. It's a very good summer beer even better with strawberry extract added at bottling. (Posted on 7/12/13)
Different but good Review by James
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If you want something good in the summer to drink that will be different than anything on the shelf, get this brew. (Posted on 5/13/13)
Great base beer for additions Review by FullRoundAction
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We had fun splitting the batch on this one and playing with fruit additions for the summer. This brew can definitely stand on its own, but it also shines when blended for seasonal/fruit sessions. (Posted on 11/24/12)
Loving it! Review by Modgee
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Absolutely awesome! Completely followed the instructions, except I skipped the secondary, and it has turned out by far one of the best beers I have made!

Thanks I love it! (Posted on 8/29/12)
Great beer ! Review by BronxBrew
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All the BMC fans of mine converted. Super fast and easy beet to make not to mention quick turn around. Its on par if not better than some of the craft brews out there. This is my staple beer to brew and will always have some on hand. (Posted on 8/14/12)
Nice hot weather brew! Review by Mark67
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Will be doing this one again and maybe more! 2 weeks in the bottle and very refreshing with a mellow hop kick. I brew about 10 batches a summer and this ones in the top 3 so far...but they are all delicious really, who can complain about a fresh homebrew :) (Posted on 7/28/12)
Great easy and quick brew Review by Adam
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I made this using the recommended Wyeast and made a starter as usual. I aerated my wort with an aquarium pump, and it fermented quickly. I bottled and opened the first one in 3 weeks from the brew date. It is remarkably good for the price. A little ingredients and I think a little care with a starter and aeration yielded a great beer. (Posted on 7/27/12)
Solid beer Review by Brewguy
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Brewed this to be ready for the 4th and it turned out great. Nice smooth tasted with a bit of a hop bite. Perfect summer beer in my opinion. Did a secondary on this one (my first) and it really helped the overall product. Can't wait to brew up something else from Northern Brewer! (Posted on 7/9/12)
Can't get enough! Review by Snodog
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This was the second NB kit I did. WOW! Everyone LOVED it! In fact, I've had a number of people start to consider brewing themselves, based on a sample of this.
Easy to brew, easier to drink. This one will be a core player in my rotation. Heartily recommended!
(Posted on 6/9/12)
Excellent wheat! (And great on berries!) Review by Nathan
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I split a batch of this into secondary fermenters, putting half on #1.25 pureed raspberries and about #2.5 pureed marionberries. After about a month of bottle conditioning, both have turned out superb, though the marionberry batch probably should have had the berries dialed back a bit. Both batches have been a big hit with friends and family, and I'll certainly be making this kit again, with and without additions. (Posted on 4/23/12)
Very nice hybrid Review by KY
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer at how good it is. Great summer time drinker. Used the Safale dry yeast, beer turned out very clean and crisp. Love it. (Posted on 4/18/12)
wish i brewed this sooner Review by timothy
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This is the best beer I've brewed to date. 3rd batch. Nice and wheat like up front. nice and bitter in the back. Great anytime! Definitely keeping this around. (Posted on 4/3/12)
Tastes good, but... Review by GSK
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Just tried this new batch after two weeks in the bottle. It tasted very good as expected, but it came out completely flat (so far). Anybody have a similar experience? Gonna give it two more weeks in the bottle. (Posted on 2/27/12)
Beatdown is for real! Review by barleynation
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First time I made this batch it literally beat me down. almost tastes like a wheat/ipa with a great creamy finish. I love it! Just watch out for the bearcat! (Posted on 2/27/12)
Dry Hopped and love it Review by Eric
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First kit from NB, second overall. Added 1 ounce each Cascade and Chinook hops in the secondary. 2 weeks after bottling this really surprised. Slightly sweet nose, really hoppy finish. Will definitely brew again as it will be a perfect summer session beer.

Next time, I think I'll lose the Chinook. I have a suspicion it's masking the citrusy cascade. (Posted on 2/16/12)
True Bliss Review by Boozehound
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This is an amazing kit. NB has perfectly balanced this wheat / pale ale hybrid, and packaged it into an extract kit that is ready for bottling in just 3-4 weeks.

I've made this several times, and actually prefer the dry yeast, Safale US-05. (Its very rare, in my experience, for a beer to be better without the use of a fancy WYeast strain.)

I don't care to drink a beer this light during the cold winters here in Chicago, but you can definitely guzzle this up all sping, summer, and early fall.

What I like best is that this brew is a real crowd pleaser: It tastes mild enough to not intimidate your wheat-loving lady friends, while also having just enough hops in it to satisfy the IPA-vampires that are American men.

If you haven't tried this one yet, I highly recommend giving it a go.

Cheers. (Posted on 1/28/12)
Unexpected Star to the Brewing Rotation Review by vrwesq
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I have never liked wheat beer. I needed something to satisfy my wife, so she could also enjoy the sport of brewing. This beer not only satisfies that goal, but also satisfies me. I was induced to buy this kit through the product description (and reviews), all of which were accurate in depicting the compromise of wheat and hop flavor profiles. The "compromise" of those flavor profiles results in harmony in my pint glass, as well as my home. My wife has asked that this be added to the rotation and, without hesitation, I agree to do so. Excellent all season pallet pleaser.

This was an extremely easy kit to prepare. However, the complex flavor, as accurately detailed in the product description, would lead one to beleive otherwise. I followed the instructions provided with the kit. It definitely needs the 2 weeks in the bottle before enjoying (however, it was pretty darn good flat at bottling time when I drank the hydrometer sample - waste not, want not). It is getting better with age, but it is not going to last long.

The crafters of this recipe obviously did their homework and have ensured Northern Brewer customers will enjoy yet another superior product. (Posted on 12/3/11)
best one I brewed so far Review by Paul
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After about a dozen batches or so, this is the one which came out best so far! Nice smooth taste with still some hops kick in there. Very similar to a Anchor Steam I would say. (Posted on 10/4/11)
Wow, was not expecting such a great ale ! Review by p6b66
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I got this kit as a cheaper kit than I usually spend due to I am brand new to kegging and did not want to bang up a fancy expensive IPA. I was very surprised to get such a tasty and refreshing and balanced ale ! All loved it who tried it and there is no doubt I will brew this many times in the future. If you are thinking about this one just go ahead and grab a kit as it is very solid. (Posted on 9/5/11)
Love it ! Review by Patrickmilw
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Somehow, my reserve of beer started to run dry. I needed to get something in a keg and within a few weeks. I brewed this, and kegged it in 2 weeks. Another 3 days on CO2 to carb and it was tapped and ready to drink. The flavor is excellent. I really like the stronger blend of hops. The beer itself pours a nice head and has a creamy mouthfeel. To top it off, it was very inexpensive to brew. A great "Anytime" beer to have on hand! (Posted on 7/17/11)
fits the description Review by Brian
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i tried this even thinking it probably wasn't that different than the american wheat beer. it is definitely worth it you can taste the grains and wheat in the beginning, then it finishes like a pale ale, but is smooth enough for a summer session. you will not regret making this one (Posted on 7/10/11)
Great for wheat fans or hop heads Review by Steve
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I love the combination of the smoothness of this beer combined with a great hop kick to give it some personality. This is my ninth batch now overall (the third I've kegged), and this is my favorite beer yet by far! I will definitely be brewing this one again after a few others I've been itching to make. (Posted on 6/18/11)
A well balanced, easy drinking, good-for-sharing beer. Review by Joe
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It's the kind of beer that you sip, look at the bottle, and smile. A touch sweet, a touch hoppy, this beer is very well balanced and a pleasure to have around. It gets better with age, so wait for it if you can. I wish I had held hidden a few in the cellar, keeping them safely away from my roommates (any my own) hands. (Posted on 4/6/11)
Great beer! Review by BG
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This brew came out great for me. I really like it. It seems to be getting better with time, too. Creamy, long lasting head. Sweet aftertaste. I hope this team creates more kits. (Posted on 9/12/10)
Great beer! Review by BG
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This brew came out great for me. I really like it. It seems to be getting better with time, too. Creamy, long lasting head. Sweet aftertaste. I hope this team creates more kits. (Posted on 9/12/10)
a wicked wheat beer Review by bitter wheat
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awesome summer beer that allows the recipe to be flexible. have dry hopped and added watermelon and blackcurrant in various batches and have yet to have a disappointing beer form this kit. i always keep this in the fridge no matter what else is in the carboy (Posted on 7/6/10)
Awesome Review by mex
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My first brew. Set the bar high with this batch, I did. Nice and light front end, strong hoppy finish. Ran out way too fast. (Posted on 6/1/10)
Everybody likes it Review by Aaron
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I really like the overall flavor. Like a sweeter Pale Ale. Very nice tasting finish. (Posted on 4/29/10)
great summer beer Review by Brendan
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a perfect amount of bitterness for a good drinking beer. made half the batch with watermelon extract making it the perfect poolside beer. will keep this on hand all summer long and definitely experiment with it a bit more. would highly recommend (Posted on 4/18/10)
great spring/summer beer Review by tbone
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just made this batch and it took a week longer than expected to finish...but it has a great wheat flavor finished off with a hops. Add a slice of orange and the beer takes on a better flavor (Posted on 4/14/10)
Not what I was expecting Review by Yankee Brewer
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I brewed this one per the recipe and I have to say it just wasn't very exciting. I do like the hoppy kick and I can't deny it's drinkability, but the depth just wasn't there for me. I was expecting more wheat taste and I'm just not getting it, I guess.

On the contrary, I poured the Three Hearted Ale on the wheat's slurry after transferring to secondary fermentation, and the 3H ale is absolutely fantastic! It's the highest OG beer I've brewed yet and it was worth the wait. Will post a review for that beer later on. (Posted on 3/26/10)

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