Wheat / Golden Beers
Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Wittekerke Belgian White
Brewery Bavik, Bavikhove, Belgium
Aroma: Orange, spice, coriander.
Appearance: White, glowing, cloudy, very attractive.
Flavor: Dry, creamy, citrus-like, spicy, very nice. This is a refreshing, yet flavorful wheat beer.
Rogue Buckwheat Ale
Rogue Ales, Newport, Oregon, USA
Aroma: NW hops, fresh, resin-like, citrusy.
Appearance: Medium gold with a tiny amount of chill haze. Nice carbonation and head retention.
Flavor: Medium hops in flavor and bitterness, rye, pancake-like, clean, good, light/medium mouthfeel, creamy, smooth. This is a really appealing ale.
Dogwood Winter Ale
Dogwood Brewing Co., Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Aroma: Complex esters and malt, phenols, clove-like.
Appearance: Golden in color with nice head. A bit cloudy, but attractive.
Flavor: Not crisp, but creamy and fruity. There is a dry finish and spiciness in the flavor with alcohol hints. A bit syrupy with phenols, medium/full body, not cloying, light hops, complex. This is a very rich, complex beer.
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss
American Wheat with Honey
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, USA
Aroma: Corn-like, not complex.
Appearance: Clear, pale gold, attractive.
Flavor: A hint of wheat, honey is not apparent. Corn is present in flavor as well as aroma.
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon Brewing Company, Denver, CO, USA
Aroma: Perfume, citrus, mild aroma.
Appearance: Dark gold -- darker than most Witbiers.
Flavor: Light carbonation, floral, a bit light in flavor and complexity, acidity is low, a hint of orange. A very drinkable wheat ale.
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Kiuchi Brewery, Japan
Aroma: Smells tart and spicy.
Appearance: Nice glow, golden, beautiful and cloudy.
Flavor: Tart, lemon-like, floral, spicy aftertaste, dry, light. A good example of the style.
DeHorste Brewery, Nederhorst den Berg., Netherlands
Aroma: Earthy, a bit stale, paper-like, lactic acid.
Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold, light carbonation.
Flavor: Lemon-like, sulfur, phenols, complex. This bottle could be a bit old.
Peckerhead Koltzh Ale
Peckerhead / Sweetwater Brewing Companies, Atlanta, GA, USA
Aroma: Slightly floral, malty, slightly fruity, light hop aroma.
Appearance: A bit cloudy, nice head retention, very pale gold color.
Flavor: Wheat-like with phenols, not very clean fermentation, light in hops. Good attempt at a Koelsch, but needs to be more clean and delicate.
Laughing Skull Pilsner
Atlanta Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA, USA
Aroma: Floral, light, malty, a hint of butter.
Appearance: Light gold, clear, nice white head.
Flavor: A bit grassy, hops are too subdued, creamy, medium body, not really crisp enough -- a good Pilsner, nonetheless.
Freeminer Brewery, Colesford, UK
Aroma: Piney, ginger overtones, plastic-like, lemon.
Appearance: Darker gold, nice carbonation.
Flavor: Lemon, tart, ginger, sour/ginger combination does not meld well. Spicy, lactic-like, interesting flavors.
Belgian Specialty Ale
Brasserie d' Orval, Orval, Belgium
Aroma: Wheat-like, spicy, fruity, floral, very complex.
Appearance: Huge white head that lingers, dark gold in color.
Flavor: Dry, pepper, hop bitterness, spices, citrus, phenols, fruity, medium mouthfeel. A dry, mineral-like, peppery ale.
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