Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tampa Bay/Cigar City Hop Silo #1: Imperial Pilsner

Fill date: 3/9/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager; 5D Czech Pils)

AROMA: Moderate spicy/floral hop presence Moderate bready/biscuity malt with a slight graham cracker component. All components seem rather low for an "imperial" brew. Seemingly clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate bready maltiness with a slight graham cracker taste. Not especially sweet, but attenuation seems a little low for a so-called pilsner (which makes it feel more like an ale than a lager). Hops are subtle at first, but break through with a strong spicy flavor at the apex which linger into the aftertaste. Actual bitterness is moderate with a drying sensation from the spiciness of the hops. There may be a trace amount of diacetyl, but it is not distracting (though this could be the alcohol). 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and easily drinkable. Supposedly 8% ABV, this feels closer to sub-6% as there is no alcohol presence and it's lacking the crispness of a lager. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Palette is rather simplistic, but the hops are nice. Interesting brew, but difficult to truly judge to traditional styles. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

Monday, May 21, 2018

Anchor Brewer's Pale Ale

Fill date: 2/26/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong American & New World hop aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Intense to the point of being juicy. There is a slight spice or grassy note in the background. Moderately-low malt presence is noticeable, but no specialty character (none needed, really). Clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces well. Body is quite hazy. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong grapefruit hop flavor throughout. Taste is quite authentic, almost with a bit of pith or peel. Other citrusy fruit flavors are present, but taste is much drier and more bitter than the nose would indicate. Bitterness seems closer to that of a typical IPA rather than a standard pale ale. Malt base is fairly nondescript and just a tad wheaty, but in no way bready or caramelly. Slight grassy/piney sensation on the finish. Hops linger briefly in the aftertaste with a dry, slightly grassy taste. Clean fermentation; no alcohol presence. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light[ish] body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp. Nice drinkability at only 5.3% ABV. If it were refreshing it'd be tempting to session. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tasty and fun to drink. But it's yet another pale ale that'd be better marketed and judged as an IPA. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Brasserie La Choulette Les Sans Culottes


Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24C Bière de Garde

AROMA: Farmhouse terroir character of hay, horse blanket and a general countryside bouquet. Slightly bready-malty, yet still seems highly-attenuated. There is a light spicy/peppery phenolic character, though the hops may have something to do with this. Strong, skunky, light-strike odor from the green bottle. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of golden/pale copper (4-7 SRM). Large yeast particulates float in suspension. Moderate white fluffy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Remarkably malty-tasting compared to the nose. Sweet to be sure with bready component reminiscent of a Helles Bock. There is a recognizable farmhouse terroir character and perhaps the faintest trace of wild yeast. Though malty and sweet up front, the back end is rather dry (but lacking overt tartness). The yeast and the hops account for a spicy/peppery phenolic character, though it is tame. Bitterness is low as well, though attenuation seems to be high anyway. Aftertaste is lightly malty, though it eventually fades away cleanly. Alcohol is practically invisible here. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high carbonation. Champagne-like effervescence at first, though it eventually becomes rather smooth and crisp. Drinkability is quite high, though this brew does seem a bit lighter than 7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Probably world class when fresh, but it proves the style name is accurate because it ages well. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Fill date: 2/16/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong American/New World hop aroma of citrus, stone, and tropical fruits. There is also a somewhat sweet candy-like component. Malt is present and firm enough to offer balance with just a touch of caramel. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/pale orange hue (4-7 SRM) with a cloudy body. Fairly large white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Robust hop flavor throughout. Delectable, almost luscious juicy flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. Bitterness is a consistent throughout, with a strong hop bite on the back end. Moderate pale malt base is also evident throughout with just a slight caramel-like flavor, though actual sweetness is rather low (palette does not seem wildly unbalanced, however). Hops linger in the aftertaste, but are not astringent. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation with a smooth texture. Refreshing while in the mouth, though the aftertaste is a bit hoppy and dry for the style. Easy drinkability at 5.2% ABV, though it is filling. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious to be sure, but beer would be better marketed (and judged) as a standard IPA. This is too hoppy for an APA. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Moosehead Lager

Fill date: 2/20/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Lightly sweet pale malt aroma. Despite being in a can, it seems to have a skunky character (possibly acetaldehyde and/or DMS). No discernible hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Clear pale golden hue (2-3 SRM). Large white foam mostly dissipates, but still leaves lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Generic macro lager flavor of pale malt with a noticeably adjunct-like taste of corn and metal. Interesting enough, there is a lightly sweet cereal-like aftertaste (albeit brief). Hops are extremely faint with a spicy/floral character and low bitterness. Beer is well-attenuated so there is little sweetness for the hops to balance. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately high carbonation. Easily drinkable; somewhat refreshing. Seems a little lighter than 5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Only an above-average example of a cheap, easy-drinking, fizzy yellow lager. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fuller's Vintage Ale (2008 edition)

Fill date: 2008

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 17D English Barleywine

AROMA: Malty sweet with prominent dark fruit aromas of plum and cherry. There is a subtle orange scent as well possibly from the hops. Noticeable confectionery component (toffee, caramel, vanilla) as well due to the high malt content and alcohol. Surprisingly no overt or distracting oxidation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Murky, opaque garnet/brown hue (27-34 SRM). Small, off-white suds mostly dissipate. 2/3

FLAVOR: Luscious malt complexity creates for an almost cloyingly sweet palette. Very strong confectionery flavors of caramel, butterscotch, and toffee make for a liquid candy bar experience. There is a firm fruity presence as well in the form of prunes, raisins, cherry and a bit of orange. Bitterness is quite low due to the age of the bottle, but hop presence is still noticeable to the trained palate. Though complex and delectable, actual robustness is a bit tame compared to a fresh barleywine. Oxidation is remarkably subtle and blends with the natural flavors of the brew well. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation (both characteristics have likely declined with age). Soft, smooth texture. Malty-sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is smooth with a gentle warming sensation at 8.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Amazing how well this bottle has held up after a decade. It likely peaked a few years ago, but was probably perfect at one point. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my review of a 2014 vintage here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/05/fullers-vintage-ale-2014-edition.html

NOTE: Here's a video review Jay and I did of this beer back in 2009!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Anchor Liberty Ale

Fill date: 1/19/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong American citrusy/piney hops. Moderate malty base with slight caramel and bready notes. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Honey amber/flame orange hue (4-7 SRM). Slightly hazy body. Fairly large, eggshell froth; retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Evenly balanced palette with surprisingly strong malt and hop presence throughout. Malt base is somewhat bready with a light caramel or toffee note with sweetness to match. Hops are fairly strong with citrus flavors up front and resiny/piney flavors on the back end. There is a subtle grassy/spicy sensation as well. Hops linger in the aftertaste (without astringency) along with a mild starchy flavor. Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth, soft texture and comfortable mouthfeel. Rather strong at 5.9% ABV, but is highly drinkable. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A true American pale ale in every sense. Iconic beer for its liberal use of hops in an otherwise pedestrian style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Palm Spéciale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 10/2/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24B Belgian Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderate toasty/caramel/biscuity malt base. Also has a significant honey/lemon character (though this is likely due to oxidation). Hops are quite low with just a floral/fruity character, nothing spicy. No yeast esters or phenols. Slight lightstrike character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful, clear copper hue (9-13 SRM). Moderate off-white foam never completely dissipates and leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Overall palette is similar to a British strong bitter with similar toasty/biscuity/caramelly malt profile. Sweetness is moderate with a honey/lemon flavor in the background (likely due to oxidation). Hops are rather subtle. I detect a low dry bitterness throughout and a general floral character. The Belgian yeast is quite subtle with just a touch of fruity and peppery esters and phenols respectfully. Though more malt-balanced, it is far from cloying and finishes clean and dry. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Smooth and comfortable whilst slightly refreshing. Highly drinkable and tempting to session at 5.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely one of the prime examples of the style. Even an old bottle exemplifies it well. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/05/palm-speciale.html

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sugar Creek Pale Ale

Fill date: 3/1/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderately-strong citrusy hop aroma; almost juicy. Subtle candy-like presence (likely due to yeast esters). Slightly toasted or caramelly malt base, but nothing indicative of bready character or overt sweetness. Seems well-balanced. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/copper/flame orange hue (5-9 SRM). Body is a bit hazy. Moderate off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hops are quite prominent throughout with a mostly citrusy flavor (especially orange). Bitterness is moderate, though it balances the Continental base malt well. There appears to be mild caramel and toasty malt flavors and accompanying sweetness. Hops linger briefly in the aftertaste; finish is clean and dry otherwise. Candy-like yeast esters are quite subtle. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture; good drinkability. Just a tad too heavy to session at 5.2% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting, impressive, and delectable brew that combines New and Old World ingredients and stays well within spec. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Old Rasputin vertical vs. horizontal aging experiment | Round 3: 1 year

I've had two 4-packs of Old Rasputin aging in my fridge for a year now. One of them was laid down horizontally, the other other was stood up straight (as you would normally store beer). I've tasted the beer at 3 months, 6 months and now one year later to see if there's a difference between aging beer horizontally verus vertically. My original thesis was that a horizontal bottle would be extremely oxidized and just seem old compared to a vertical bottle. Watch this round to see how much difference a year makes.

Round 1: 3 months: https://youtu.be/YarrQdFLi7U
Round 2: 6 months: https://youtu.be/2ueor7aVsRA

Friday, May 11, 2018

Brasserie des Rocs Blonde

Best before date: 3/19/19

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 25A Belgian Blond Ale

AROMA: Moderate spicy/fruity nose from yeast esters and phenols. Hops are relatively low and earthy/floral. Slight vanilla/caramel presence from strong malt content (and oxidation). Slight lightstrike presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy amber/orange hue (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Combination of lightly sweet caramel maltiness and dry, peppery spicy phenolics. Slight lemon pith character in the backend. Very low hop flavor; bitterness is also rather low. Seems to be highly attenuated as there is a dry finish and clean aftertaste. Overall palette is remarkably mild. No alcohol presence. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-high carbonation. Smooth with no alcohol warmth. Feels much lighter than 7.5% ABV. Clean aftertaste is nice, though. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is probably a good example of the style when fresh, but it doesn't age well. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 29/50

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Foothills Torch Pilsner

Fill date: 2/1/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Medium-high spicy/herbal hop aroma. Moderate malt presence akin to baked bread with a touch of honey. Clean lager fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Gold/light amber hue (4-5 SRM). Slightly cloudy body. Moderate white creamy froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready malt presence throughout. Moderately-strong intensity, but not rich and sweet. Hops are quite strong throughout with a spicy/herbal flavor; almost peppery (especially on the finish). Bitterness is prominent; palette seems well-balanced. Hops linger in the aftertaste, though there is subtle malty sensation as well. Clean lager fermentation. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-high carbonation. Soft, smooth texture. Somewhat refreshing; easily drinkable at 5.3% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A great emulation of the Czech pilsner style; something few American breweries can pull off. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Record Street Stylus Lager

Fill date: 4/17/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 2A International Pale Lager

AROMA: Medium-low grainy-sweet/bready malt aroma. Low spicy/floral hop presence. Clean lager fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Large white foam never completely dissipates and leaves a little lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-low bready malt base, with a subtle honey/graham cracker note. Highly-attenuated, there is little residual sweetness. Hops are quite faint with floral/spicy flavor and restained bitterness. Overall palette is mild, but balanced and clean. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth with a crisp, dry finish. Highly drinkable and sessionable at only 4.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not the most exciting pale lager in the world, but has what the drinker wants and expects from the style. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Burial Billows Hoppy Kölsch-Style Ale

Fill date: 4/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 5B Kölsch

AROMA: Moderately-high grassy/citrusy hop aroma (inappropriate hops for the style). Slight wheat and pale malt base with extremely subtle fruity esters. Clean fermentation. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Golden hue (2-4 SRM); slightly cloudy body (should be clear). Small white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Definitely a hoppy "Kölsch-style" ale as advertised. Hops are grassy and spicy up front with a citrusy flavor on the backend. Bitterness is moderate, though a bit strong for the style. Base malt and wheat are firm enough for balance. They offer little specialty flavor and virtually no sweetness. Very faint fruity esters, otherwise clean fermentation. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp and well-attenuated with a dry aftertaste (hops do linger a tad). Highly drinkable and sessionable at 4.9% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Just because it's fermented with Kölsch yeast doesn't make it a Kölsch. This is more of a blonde (and would score much better if marketed as such). 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 29/50

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lenny Boy Life in the South Lager

Fill date: 12/21/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 4A Munich Helles; 27 Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager)

AROMA: Lightly sweet corn and pale malt aroma. Akin to cornbread. Slight fruity character, though it does not seem to be due to the hops. Actual hop presence is fairly low with a general floral/earthy character. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Typical golden lager hue (2-4 SRM). Slightly cloudy. Small white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Classic pale malt base and overt corn adjunct presence. However, the corn character is rather sweet, almost [corn]bready. Light spicy hop flavor on the backend with low bitterness as well. Attenuation seems to be quite high. Fermentation is clean as well. Neutral finish. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing; highly drinkable and session at only 4.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Closer to a cream ale than a PPL or Munich Helles. Much tastier and funner to drink than an adjunct macro lager, though. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bell's Lager of the Lakes (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Moderate bready-rich malt base (though not especially sweet). Low herbal/floral hops. Clean fermentation. Overall nose is rather muted for the style. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden color (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces very well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-strong pilsner malt presence throughout with a slight bready character and subtle sweetness. Hops are fairly high (much stronger tasting than they are smelling). Noticeable spicy/herbal flavor up front with a firm dry bitter bite at the apex. Finish is quite dry and hops do linger momentarily. Attenuation is quite high; clean fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation (a bit too light and effervescent for the style). Smooth, crisp and somewhat refreshing. Feels a bit lighter than 5% ABV; definitely sessionable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though tasty and highly drinkable, I'd say this is more of a German than a Czech pilsner. Not sure why they're marketing it as such. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

NOTE: Read my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/07/bells-lager-beer.html

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Birdsong Jalapeño Pale Ale

Fill date: 3/23/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style: 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Fairly strong, authentic, green jalapeño aroma. The base pale ale brew is difficult to distinguish as there is no distinct malt or hop character. I do notice a slight perfume or soapy scent, but I'm not sure where that's coming from. No floral or fruity hop aromatics. Base malt is present, but nondescript; no malty sweetness or bready notes. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Amber/flame orange hue (5-7 SRM). Slightly hazy body. Moderate white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Pale malt base up front with just a little sweetness and specialty character with a touch of wheat. The jalapeño is subtle at first, but becomes quite strong on the second half. Flavor is completely authentic and green; though only moderate in intensity. Pepper does leave some lingering warming sensation in the throat, but not on the tongue (actual aftertaste is quite clean). Hops impart some minor bitterness and low earthy/floral flavor. Base brew is probably closer to a blonde ale due to the lack of overt hop character, though it does work with pepper in its overall delivery. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth. Feels a tad lighter than 5.5% ABV. Drinkability is nice; this is not a sipping or intimidating brew. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the better-tasting and easily-drinkable pepper beers I've had. If the base pale ale brew was more to-spec it'd be grand. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Allagash White (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/23/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Lively nose with a lovely fruity/estery character. Fairly strong presence of sweet orange peel, peppercorn, coriander, and a little banana. Malt, wheat and oats give it a slight malty-sweet cereal-like disposition. Overall nose is bright and clean. No discernible hops (none needed). 11/12

APPEARANCE: Pale milky yellow (1-2 SRM) with a hazy complexion. Small white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: A complex and delicious palette with plenty of flavor combinations happening at once. Curaçao orange peel imparts a sweet orange taste while the yeast esters impart some banana and light fruity notes. Coriander adds a bit of spice to balance and complement these flavors. Finishes with a remarkably strong peppercorn-like spiciness and dry bitterness. Hops don't seem to have much obvious flavor (not that this is required). There is a light tartness on the backend akin to lemonade, though this is due to the malt and not any kind of lactic addition. Malt, wheat and oats create for a lightly sweet, slight cereal-like taste. All the flavors work in unison. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high[ish] carbonation. Texture is smooth with a dry, slightly spicy aftertaste. Beer is extremely refreshing and highly quaffable. Could easily be sessioned in warm weather even at 5.1% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious, refreshing, and nearly perfect as far as specs go. That it's mass-produced and widely available is even more impressive. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 48/50

NOTE: Read my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/11/allagash-white.html

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Triple C Baby Maker Double IPA

Fill date: 2/27/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Fairly strong piney/resin/floral hop aroma. Some clean malty sweetness offer balance. Slight fruity character as well. Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/copper hue (7-13 SRM). Body is hazy but not muddy. Large off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Prominent hoppy palette at all times. Hop flavor is of the East Coast-style pine/resin/floral makeup. Bitterness is fairly strong and rich (in no way dry nor astringent). The malt base is quite hefty and provides substantial sweetness with a slight caramel quality. Despite the dark color, there is no toasty flavor. Aftertaste is bitter, yet somewhat malty as well. Alcohol imparts a subtle vanilla taste and a gentle warmth. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth texture and quite drinkable for such a strong brew. The 8.5% ABV is evident, but not intimidating. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tasty, delectable, and fun DIPA that seems to make an old school approach seem new. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Catawba White Zombie

Fill date: 3/20/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Fruity/zesty aroma of sweet orange peel and coriander (though it does have a spiciness akin to chamomile or nutmeg). Low malty/wheat sweetness. Light fruity yeast esters. No discernible hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale golden hue (2-4 SRM); cloudy body. Small white foam mostly dissipates, but leaves some lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate malty/wheat base though most of the sweetness comes from the orange peel and yeast esters. Coriander imparts a slight spiciness and complement the orange well. Slight chamomile/nutmeg-like flavor on the finish and briefly in the aftertaste. No lactic character or hop flavor (none needed). Bitterness is quite low. Palette is balanced and has most of the characteristics of the style, but is entirely too mild as a whole. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium carbonation. Smooth and refreshing with a mostly neutral aftertaste. Seems much lighter than 5.1% ABV; tempting to session in warm weather. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has what you want an expect in a witbier - just not enough of it. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50