Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Pete's Peach Wheat

The LAST beer sent from Fo aka and the FIRST of a two-part peach beer battle of Canada vs. USA. Sweet Pete's Peach Wheat is a pale wheat ale flavored with peach made by the Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Toronto, Ontario (not to be confused with the brewery of the same name in Cleveland, Ohio). Thanks again to Fo for sending me this beer as well as ALL the beers he sent. Be sure to come back tomorrow when we pit an American peach beer against Sweet Pete's Peach Wheat!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Adding fruit to otherwise generic "pale wheat ales" is nothing new. In fact, I often find myself guiltily enjoying beers of these types since they tend to be refreshing, tasty and easy to drink. However, I often encountered beers like Sweet Pete’s Peach Wheat (try saying that five times fast!) which are little more than mild fruit flavoring added to an otherwise ho-hum beer. A beer like this isn’t bad per se - it’s just obviously lacking in quality and genuine appeal.

I split a 22oz bomber with a friend that I received from "Weird Beer" in Ontario (thanks, Fo!)

Appearance: cloudy orange/yellow body. Four-finger head in a wheat beer glass, but it fizzles away and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Generic pale wheat ale scent with some (but not a lot) of peach aroma.

Taste: Very mild all around. Watery and bland up front, subtle peach flavors on the finish and aftertaste. Generic wheaty flavor otherwise. Peach is tasty while the beer is cold, but once it warms it dissipates and loses its sweet, fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, tepid. I kept swirling the glass hoping to generate some carbonation but it remained flat.

Drinkability: This would be a good beer to drink on a hot summer’s day, but otherwise it’s just another beer.

Overall, this is an easily tolerable and highly drinkable brew, but unimpressive as a whole.

Grade: 4/10

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