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North Peak Archangel

ARCHANGEL: 79 Points

More like backup angel

More like backup angel

This Wheat Ale is released in Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Archangel is a light wheat ale brewed with Michigan cherries from the Traverse City area Crisp with a refreshing tartness, it’s the perfect beer for sunny days and beaches.”

My Description: This is a rather soft offering from North Peak, just because it’s Summer doesn’t mean you can cheapen up the beer. It begins with a very weak, off-white colored head that fades to a ring leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is rather faint with soft wheat malt notes along with hints of bread and yeast esters. Archangel is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile starts with a wheat malt backbone holding up faint notes of cherries and bananas. Earthy undertones and a touch of tart add character but not enough to delight the senses. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and does refresh somewhat. Overall, this is an easy drinking Summer beer that showcases soft flavor notes. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with soft cheeses, fruit salads, or grilled hotdogs.

ABV: 5% Color: Golden Bronze Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

North Peak Vicious

VICIOUS: 84 Points

More calm than vicious

More calm than vicious

This American Wheat Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Beware of beer. There, we warned you. The frothy head, and pungent, piney dryhopped scent (from Cascade and Amarillo hops) should alert you to the brew’s imminent attack on your senses. Next, Cascade, Perle and Willamette hops will batter your palette with bitter ferocity. Finally, Pale, Crystal (30 and 75) and wheat malts converge in a cloudy, thick body and give you a smooth kiss of sweet death – and leave you howling for more!

My Description: The only thing vicious about this beer is its blunt approach to the flavors. It pours a decent sized, off-white colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma is overall faint but notes do come through such as tropical hops, light sweet fruit notes, and a touch of floral hops. Vicious is medium bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile showcases a subtle wheat malt backbone holding up notes of citrus hops, straw, bread, grapefruit, and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. This transitions into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter, which is a somewhat sharp but nothing too bad. Overall, I feel this beer is worth trying but it isn’t as smooth as it could have been and the flavor combinations do not excite. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with mushroom burgers, grilled jerk chicken, or a heavy salad.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Orange/Copper Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Ommegang Seven Kingdoms

SEVEN KINGDOMS: 96 Points

To Rule Them All

To Rule Them All

This Wheat Ale is released in limited quantities in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Seven Kingdoms is a marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat and a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on the show, the resulting hoppy wheat is pleasant, playful and inspired. At 6.9% ABV, it possesses a nuanced complexity that pairs nicely with the hop-forward characteristics that make it surprisingly refreshing.

My Description: This beer is definitely worthy to be served to the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts forever leaving behind a wall lacing. The aroma is welcoming with an overall earthy presence and some ester notes along with herbal hops and cloves. Seven Kingdoms is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is tasty with a good balance of flavors. A clean wheat malt body is enjoyed throughout along with some spicy hop notes that blend smoothly with notes of grapefruit hops, grass, straw, and a hint of clove. The aftertaste is moderately bitter giving this beer great drinkability; this beer never seems to cross into that Belgian IPA category, which is nice to see. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled asparagus, soft cheeses, or a spicy salad.

ABV: 6.9% Color: Golden/Yellow Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Great Divide Whitewater

WHITEWATER: 89 Points

Nice blend of styles

Nice blend of styles

This American Wheat Ale is released seasonally in the Spring months in 12 oz. cans and bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “WHITEWATER is an American wheat ale built for exploration. The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued. Whitewater is the perfect complement to any adventure.”

My Description: This beer is straightforward and makes for a great six pack. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of wheat malt and citrus hops. Whitewater is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with apparent wheat malt and citrus hops notes. There is also faint floral hop notes and a touch of grassiness. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with lingering citrus hop notes. This is an easy drinking American Wheat Ale for hop heads. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, Thai noodles, or steamed clams.

ABV: 6.1% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10

Oddside Ales Nectar of the Brewer

NECTAR OF THE BREWER: 79 Points

Not my nectar.

Not my nectar.

This Fruit Wheat Ale has no specific release date and is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: Wheat Ale brewed with apricots.

My Description: This beer is easy drinking but the flavor profile could use a little work. It begins with a decent sized, with colored head that fades to a thin film that holds for a while leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of wheat malt, apricots, and a hint of citrus hops. Nectar of the Brewer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is fairly straightforward with wheat malt taking center stage along with a noticeable apricot note. A slightly earthy presence in detected throughout and some tart notes come through as well. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering fruit notes. Overall, this is a decent beer but the overall execution was lacking slightly; it just didn’t feel like the flavors were working cleanly together. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, salads, or a fruit tart.

ABV: N/A Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Victory Winter Cheers

WINTER CHEERS: 80 Points

Interesting Winter

Interesting Winter

This Weizen is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation. Hoisted high in its golden glory, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, our celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.”

My Description: This is an interesting choice of style to brew for a Winter seasonal. I commend them for going a different route than your typical Winter Warmers but this beer just doesn’t seem to satisfy. I understand they have a higher alcohol content than most weizens to give a warming feel but overall this beer is whatever. It begins with a very large, bright white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma in welcoming with an earthy presence along with notes of citrus, lemon, and straw. Winter Cheers is medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is decent enough with notes of wheat malt, some banana and bubblegum, and yeast spice undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering spice notes. There is something in the finish that I don’t like, an almost buttery/toffee note that seems out of place. This beer is good but nothing I would seek out again. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with mild cheeses, grilled shrimp, or light salads.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer

UNFILTERED WHEAT BEER: 89 Points

Simple and sessionable

Simple and sessionable

This American Wheat Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottle.

Brewer’s Description: “Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer is a lively, refreshing ale with a natural citrusy flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance. This easy drinking American-style wheat beer has become our most popular offering, and the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest.”

My Description: This beer grows on you. The simplicity, tasty flavors, and dry body make this an excellent session ale. It begins with a decent white colored head that fades to a film that lasts and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is bright with notes of wheat malt and citrus notes. Unfiltered Wheat Beer is lighter bodied with a moderately high carbonation level and a dry finish. Wheat malt dominates the flavor profile with notes of orange peels with subtle spice undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and finishes clean. Overall, this is a great session ale with clean flavor notes. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with pizza, smoked cheeses, or sushi.

ABV: 4.4% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Boulevard 80-Acre

80-ACRE: 90 Points

A Hoppy Wheat Beer

A Hoppy Wheat Beer

This American Wheat Ale has an IBU of 20 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “With roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.”

My Description: When I first read that this is a “hoppy wheat beer” and is a hybrid between an IPA and a wheat ale I thought it was going to be a lot more bitter, but on the contrary. This ale is nicely balanced with a malty sweetness that definitely comes through with a noticeable bitterness in the finish but nothing like an IPA. Never-the-less, this beer is very smooth, easy drinking, and crisp making for a great Summer ale. It begins with a large, white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of wheat malt, some citrus hops, and a touch of lemon. 80-Acre is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer has a plethora of flavors that don’t necessarily pop but come through nicely. Floral hops, wheat malt, some grapefruit notes a lingering malt sweetness in the finish blend well together and the aftertaste is slightly bitter. As the beer warms, some grain notes start to develop adding to the enjoyment. This is a nice beer and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled tilapia, light salads, or a vegetable flatbread.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: Hazy Gold/Yellow  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

Anchor Winter Wheat

WINTER WHEAT: 92 Points

Excellent Winter Beer

Excellent Winter Beer

This Wheat Ale is released seasonally in late Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We’ve been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984. They’ve all been golden summer refreshers instead of dark winter warmers – until now. Anchor Winter Wheat is made with a unique blend of malted barley and five wheats from Belgium, Germany, the Midwest, and a family farm just 75 miles away, where we get our soft red winter wheat. Sown in November and harvested in June, it is used in artisanal flatbreads, cakes and pastries. In 1848, California farmers forsook their amber grain for golden fortune. By 1878, California wheat was back big-time, winning gold at the Paris International Exposition. There was a even a wheat beer brewery in North Beach, one mile from our first home. Today, the robust flavor, malty complexity, enticing aroma, ebony color, and thick creamy head of Anchor Winter Wheat reflect this delicious heritage. Cheers!”

My Description: This ale has great depth with the flavor and aroma notes really coming through as the beer warms. It pours a large, beige colored head with an amazing retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of dark wheat malt, some roasted notes, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Winter Wheat is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A thick malt backbone with a complex wheat profile is the base of this beer. Hints of dark fruit, chocolate notes, and tobacco add character along with some yeast spice undertones. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the finish is slightly toasty. This is a great choice for a mild Winter Ale that does not contain a big alcohol content but still delivers warming notes and a complex flavor profile. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, baked ham, or you favorite cigar.

ABV: 7% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam

WEIZEN BAM: 91 Points

Wild yeast meet Hefe yeast

Wild yeast meets Hefe yeast

This Farmhouse Style Ale is released seasonally in the Summer months in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The fourth in our Bam Farmhouse series, and perhaps our most adventurous; a traditional farmhouse style hefeweizen. Weizen Bam seamlessly blends traditional German style hefeweizen yeast with our own local wild and sour cultures, for a melange of the most flavorful sort. Ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of good-natured rapscallion delight.”

My Description: It excited me to learn that this beer uses German Hefeweizen yeast along with the wild yeast that Jolly Pumpkin normally uses. However, it feels like the wild yeast dominates the Hefe yeast so much so that the German notes are hard to detect. None-the-less, this is a great beer for the Summer and very refreshing. It pours a large and fluffy, bright white colored head with an awesome retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma delivers plenty of Farmhouse notes such as hay, some barnyard funk, light citrus notes, cloves, and a hint of bubblegum. Overall, the aroma is pleasant and inviting. Weizen Bam is light/medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A complex and wild yeast flavor profile dominate with apparent notes of sourness, lemon, green apples, grass, and some funk. Wheat malt is also detected as are faint spice notes like cloves, unfortunately the spice notes are too faint and hard to detect unless searching for them. The aftertaste is smooth and clean with little to no bitterness. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with sauteed shrimp, grilled asparagus, or baked Sea Bass.

ABV: 4.5%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Bells Wheat Love Ale

WHEAT LOVE ALE: 93 Points

Love the Wheat

Love the Wheat

This Wheatwine is released seasonally between October and February in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Bell’s Wheat Project (2005) is an experimental foray into the development of complex flavors in beer. The Project comprises five new ales, four in series and one specialty strong product. The first four, Wheat 2, Wheat 4, Wheat 6 and Wheat eight are all made using 55% Wheat (either wholly or mostly malted) and 45% Barley malt. The barley malt makeup is exactly the same in each of the four and consists of three different malts. The total amount of grain in each of the four is also exactly the same, so each of them should have a virtually identical original gravity. The type and amount of hops in each of the four is exactly the same. And the processing through the brewhouse and fermentation is also exactly the same. The changing factors between the ales are the composition of the 55% of wheat used and the type and number of yeast strains used. In Wheat 2 the 55% of wheat is made up of two different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with two different yeasts. Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat six and eight made with six and eight wheats and yeasts respectively. The final product, Bell’s Wheat Love Ale, is made with the eight yeasts of Wheat eight and is a strong, but relatively light colored, wheatwine.”

My Description: The idea for this beer is terrific and Bells delivers. The different types of wheat and yeast combine to form an ale that is intriguing, satisfying, and memorable. It begins with a huge, white colored head even with a delicate pour. The head lasts forever but leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and is very interesting because the inclusion of many different yeasts are contributing scents typical of German Hefe’s, American Wheat, and Belgian Wits. There are notes of wheat malt, floral, bubblegum, berries, and yeast spices among others. Wheat Love is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is just as complex and the aroma. A tasty wheat malt backbone holds the many yeast notes including: spices, earthiness, bananas, and hints of berry fruit. There is also some sweetness in the beer and the aftertaste is minimally bitter. The alcohol is slightly apparent and adds depth. This is a great sipper and best served around 50°F.

ABV: 8%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Anchor Summer Beer

SUMMER BEER: 85 Points

West Coast Wheat

West Coast Wheat

This Wheat Ale is releases seasonally between April and October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer ® Beer is an all-malt beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick consistency similar to meringue.”

My Description: Overall, this is a nice summer beer that is simple, clean, and refreshing. It begins with a very large, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle with notes of wheat malt, woodsy hops, and touch of pale malts. Summer Beer is light/medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has crisp flavors with wheat notes balanced by some hop bitterness. There is a slight citrus hop note that shines through along with light bread notes and grass notes. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, sausages, or BBQ chicken.

ABV: 4.5%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

BLUE: 80 Points

Clean but bland

Clean but bland

This Fruit Wheat Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Always the funky favorite at any outdoor beer festival, SweetWater Blue is a unique light-bodied ale with a hint of fresh blueberries. It begins with an appealing blueberry aroma and finishes as a surprisingly thirst-quenching ale.”

My Description: There is nothing wrong with subtlety but there is a problem when the flavors are bland and forgettable. This ale is clean and crisp but it leaves me with a “whatever” impression. It begins with a decent sized, white colored head with a weak retention level and hardly any lacing. The aroma is subtle and inviting with notes of blueberries and wheat malt. Blue is light bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are some wheat malt and blueberry notes accompanied by a slight tang. This transitions into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter. This beer is easy drinking and worth noting that the quality is there but not anything else. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with peach muffins, light salads, or grilled shrimp.

ABV: 4.9%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

MOM HEFEWEIZEN: 84 Points

Softness from the roses

Softness from the roses

This Belgian inspired Wheat Ale is released year-round in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Mom Hefeweizen is a refreshing, Belgian style blonde ale, infused with Rose Petals from Eugene, Oregon.”

My Description: To me, it isn’t so much that there is a rose flavor in the beer but that the rose almost gives the texture an added softness, which is welcoming and different. The head is good sized and white in color. The retention level is decent enough and it leaves behind a so-so amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting with notes of coriander, pale malts, and what I sense to be ginger. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There is definitely a peppery background to the flavor profile, which added with the notes of fruit esters and some citrus, makes this beer rather refreshing. The finish is clean with a minimal hint of bitterness. This is an easy drinking beer with hopes that your mom will like it too! It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled fish, BBQ chicken, or shrimp kabobs.

ABV: N/A  Color: Sunset Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

WAILUA: 85 Points

95' Waterfall

95′ Waterfall

This Wheat/Fruit Ale is released in the Spring and Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise. On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place – Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Aloha Series seasonal release Wailua Ale. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrus flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime.”

My Description: I like the flavor profile in this beer because I could imagine myself enjoying this kind of beer chilling under a waterfall in Hawaii. It has a decent, white colored head that fades quickly to a film and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and smells real nice with notes of pale malts, light fruits, and a touch of citrus. This ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There are clean flavor notes in this beer that include some fruit notes and almost cream-like presence. This beer is more on the sweeter side with a very minimal bitter aftertaste. This ale is great for a hot summer day. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled fish, roasted chicken, and salads.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

HOP SUN: 90 Points

great choice for summer

great choice for summer

This American Wheat Ale is released in the summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pour Hop Sun Summer Wheat Beer into a pint glass, give it a long whiff and you’ll realize that this isn’t your average wheat beer. Filtered to a golden clarity and dry-hopped to perfection, Hop Sun is a fantastic session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops co-mingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of lemon and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to Hop Sun’s bright finish. Enjoy Hop Sun all summer long as a perfect balance to your outdoor recreation. Summer never tasted so good.”

My Description: This is a nice summer brew that satisfies on that hot summer day. It has a good sized, bright white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma smells fresh with notes of floral and citrus hop with a hint of wheat malt. It is lighter bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There are prominent floral hop flavor notes in this beer with a malty backbone and a hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with some earth notes. This is an easy drinking beer that is not complicated. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with shrimp, burgers, or salads.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Light Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 5/10

SUMMER ALE: 84 Points

Refreshing Summer brew

Refreshing Summer brew

This American Wheat Ale is released seasonally in the Summer months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise.  Golden, hazy, & thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.”

My Description: I enjoyed this beer enough to drink it every season. It has a good sized, white colored head that fades quickly to a film but holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is light and welcoming with notes of coriander, lemon/citrus, and some light malt notes. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is smooth and nicely balanced. Upfront, there are malt notes accompanied by hints of citrus and pepper spice. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with some herb notes. The flavors were good but nothing special. This summer seasonal is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled white fish, coconut shrimp, or a light salad.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Hazy Gold  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUMPIN’: 96 Points

IPA + Wheat Ale

IPA + Wheat Ale

This American Wheat Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A filtered pale wheat ale that is great for both IPA and wheat beer fans.”

My Description: The flavors and the texture of this beer are so delicate and addicting, this is a must try for any hop lover. It pours a big and dense, off-white colored head that lasts forever and produces a magnificent amount of lacing that build a wall on the glass. The aroma is clean and hop forward with notes of grapefruit/citrus hops along with some pine notes. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer has a nice balance of flavors with notes of grapefruit hops, sweet malt, some wheat malt notes, and a very minimal amount of alcohol. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and satisfying. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled snapper, black bean burgers, or heavy salads.

ABV: 7.5%  Color: Straw Gold  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

GROZET GOOSEBERRY & WHEAT ALE: 78 Points

Historic Scottish Ale

This ale is brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries. Recommended to be well chilled and served in a tall glass.

Brewer’s Description: “A pale golden beer, with a refreshing fruit aroma, clean palette, fruity wheat flavour and crisp finish. Recommended with, light foods, pastas and salads.”

My Description: This beer has almost no head at all with minor lacing. Something about these Williams Brother’s beer; they just doesn’t give a nice and fluffy head. The head of a beer isn’t going to make or break the beer but must be judged nonetheless because it is an important characteristic of a carbonated beverage. The aroma is nice and pleasant with sweet fruit notes accompanied by some yeast and candy like notes. This is a lighter bodied beer but the texture is not that smooth for a lager. However, it does produce a crisp and refreshing aftertaste that makes up for the initial disappointment. You will pick up on the gooseberry flavor here and there while drinking this beer which is nice. You don’t want an overpowering gooseberry flavor in this style of beer because it is not a dessert beer; this is a style of beer that invites you drink more than one and the flavor is just right to do so. It’s not my lager of choice, but if you are in the mood to try some gooseberry beer, this is a good one to try.

ABV: 5% Color: Gold Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

KRISTALL WEISSBIER: 95 Points

Clean and Clear

This Kristallweizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The source of its pearling, effervescent taste is the secret fermentation process which we have developed especially for our crystal wheat beer. It quenches your thirst like no other beer. With its elegant appearance, it is the specialty of our brewery. Goes well with fish, seafood and light dishes.”

My Description: The filtration of the yeast makes this beer clear and calms the flavors down a bit, but you wouldn’t know it in this beer. It has a very large and fluffy, white colored head that lasts forever and produces a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is clean and invigorating with notes of bubblegum, clove spice, some citrus zest, and maybe a hint of coriander. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The first flavor noticed when you taste the beer is a huge bubblegum burst that is refreshing and welcomed. This is accompanied by notes of banana and citrus zest that are laid on a smooth and mild malt body. The aftertaste is a nice clove spice that lingers for a few seconds and makes one beg for another sip. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon, fish tacos, or spicy chicken wings.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Clear Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10