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Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit
08/01/2009, 10:02 PM
Filed under: Mikkeller, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags:

Beer Review: Mikkeller Not Just Another Wit
Pale yellow body under a bright white, sticky head with strong lacing.
Aroma is faint, but enticing, banana, cloves, wheat, pepper.
Flavor is cinnamon, banana, arugula, and peppercorns.
Texture is dry, crisp, active, and lightly biting.
Overall, a great hoppy take on the style, and a delicious example of a witbier.

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Twitter Taste Live: Summer Wits
Twitter Taste Live Summer Wits

Twitter Taste Live Summer Wits

I had four Wits tonight at the suggestion of http://tastelive.comand enjoyed 3 out of 4 of them.

Hoegaarden Witbier

Hoegaarden is meadow sunlight, running through tall grass, light, simple, summer. Enjoyable, crisp, not sweet. Pale yellow body. #ttl.

Blue Moon Belgian White

Blue Moon is a dip in the creek, refreshing, but you can’t see your feet. More malty than the Hoegaarden, but still not sweet. Citrus! #ttl.

Blue Moon is cloudy orange body, off white head, little aroma, rounded mouthfeel. Light, easy, breezy, lemony. #ttl.

Harpoon’s UFO Hefeweizen

@bkjones that’s cool. I very seldom have an opportunity to openly pan, but Harpoon is really crap in craft clothing.

Harpoon UFO = corn, rice, fillers, thin flavor, a macro lager. No clove, no banana, no Belgium 2 speak of. Apologies, don’t mean 2 pan. #ttl

@beertweeter A shame about the API, but I enjoyed 3/4 of the brews. I really can’t get behind the Harpoon. #ttl To each their own, though.

Ommegang’s Witte

Ommegang’s Witte is lemony, cloudy yellow under a bright white head. Orange peel, coriander, clove, banana, and sourness make it great. #ttl

Actually decided to flip the Witte and the UFO, because I really love Ommegang, and want to save best for last. Harpoon is poured. #ttl
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Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat
09/10/2008, 5:19 AM
Filed under: wheat ale (shaker, weizen)

ABV: 4.9%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: flat footed 8 oz shaker
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors, Explorer
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Lime aroma fills the area. A sweet and heady scent. Thick visuals and a nice body. Pears, apricots, and apples. Candy flavors. A tasty and very pretty beer.

Aroma/Olfactory: 7 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sweet, fruit basket, mellow
Hop flavor is: floral, citrus, lime specifically, and lemon.
Yeast flavor is: grit, sand, salt, dirt, flint
Other flavors include: bubblegum, root beer, artificial cherry flavor, vanilla, fleshy fruits, watermelon

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: pale, golden, amber, thick
Liquid is: hazy, cloudy
Head and lace are: minimal with some white lace

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: washy, tidal, wet
Carbonation is: soft, flat
Finish is: middling and sweet

Overall experience: 12 out of 20. I liked the aroma, flavor and visuals in the body. I did not like the slightly watery feel, the soda like tendency of Linenkugels in general, and the softness of it.



Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Very much like iced tea or lemonade from a sugar mix. That’s not a compliment. Hard to drink.

Aroma is lemons. Visuals are average American pils. Taste is like fruit juice. Palate is overly sweet without any longevity. Overall, Leinenkugel does this better, and I really don’t enjoy Leinenkugel either.



Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale

Glass: weizen

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA

Price: $5.00

Size: 12 fl oz

ABV: 6%

IBU:n/a

Estimated Calories: 160 C

RateBeer Rating: 82

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 7 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: whole wheat flour, nut, light caramel

Hops Aroma: dust, dirt, grass, coriander, lemon

Other Aroma: apple

Notes: A very nice aroma – not overpowering, but enjoyable, sweet, demure.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: cloudy

Head Retention: thin but persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A very nice example of an American wit. Good color, nice yeasty cloudiness, like a sunset. Head is present but thin.

Flavor 8 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, sugar, rye, peanut
Hops Flavor: dust, rind, coriander, lemon, orange
Other: apple

Notes: A very tasty, if light, flavor. What many might call a good lawnmower beer, but by no means a killer beer.

Palate 3 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy

Body: light

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: short

Intensity: faint

Balance: sweet

Notes: A crisp, quick finish is my least favorite part of this beer – it’s refreshing, but with a short lived refreshment.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very nice.

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked.

Notes: It was enjoyable, delicious and simple, but many other wits and belgian styles would be my choice when spending $5 on a 12 oz bottle.



Samuel Adams Summer Ale (draft)

On tap at Winberie’s in Princeton. A bit of a sour note, but a delicious, highly available, well priced beer. A quiet aroma, mostly due to chilled glasses. The appearance was average. The flavor had a nice depth, and was refreshing, but was nothing out of the ordinary. The palate was nice, but again muted. Not a bad beer, but nothing near great. Much better than the average macro.



Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Citrus
Other:
Corn
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.