Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Key West Southernmost Wheat (2010)



I found another "Key West" beer from the Florida Beer Co. What's odd is this beer isn't listed on the brewer's website. I decided to give this line another try since wheat beers pair well with hot weather. I still have one more Florida beer to review while I'm down here.

MY 2013 text review:

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (941) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. There was no apparent freshness date. I received this while at #BBC13. 


Appearance: Pale yellow hue, mostly clear body with consistent bubbles visible. Forms a small, white, soapy head which evaporates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Standard for the style, although a little milder than most. Clean, refreshing aroma.

Taste: There are more fruity wheat beers than you can shake a stick at, but you don’t see too many American breweries experimenting with the witbier style. Though Key West Southernmost Wheat claims to be brewed with actual key lime as well as some other traditional spices and additives, it doesn’t really come through in the taste. That’s forgivable because at the core this is still a pretty tasty, solid witbier.

A light orange flavor seems to be the first thing I notice. A hint of spice is also detectable. Through the middle is more fruity and refreshing taste of lemonade but without any tartness. Just a touch of citrusy bitterness at the apex of the swig, where it then returns as it started with a light juice-like flavor. Coriander and orange peel flavors are noticeable in the aftertaste, but they fade quickly.

Drinkability: Considering the name of this product, there’s already an implication of the beer’s drinkability. In fact, I have had this beer in Key West in the extreme heat of July and it was indeed as refreshing as marketed. The mouthfeel is thin and tepid, but extremely smooth , plus the clean aftertaste is ideal. At 5% ABV it’s probably a little heavier than it needs to be, since I could see this palette being highly sessionable. Not that any real beer drinker will struggle with back to back servings, though.