Saturday, June 15, 2013

Middle Ages Swallow Wit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (905) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.40 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Gold, glowing yellow hue. On the clearer side with only slight cloudiness and plenty of effervescent visible. Forms an average size, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: A slightly grainy aroma more often found in lagers or cream ales. A hint of lemon, but not particularly aromatic.

Taste: Middle Ages Swallow Wit is one of those beers that starts out well enough but begins to slowly lose me the more I drink. I’m not a stickler for styles, but this doesn’t represent the witbier style all that well, it’s more of a Kolsch or some kind of generic blonde ale. Beers of this style tend to have orange and spice, but this is more of a clean, mild palette of pale grain with some lemony taste. There’s little bitterness, which makes it quite refreshing while in the mouth, but I want way more flavor than I’m getting here. I wouldn’t go so far as to describe this as watery or bland as it definitely has some flavor, even if that flavor may be rather boring. An inoffensive beer to be sure, but has to ways to go to garner a thumbs up from me.

Drinkability: While Middle Ages Swallow Wit may not be all that tasty, at least it’s an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with some crisp carbonation throughout and a clean aftertaste. It’s refreshing across the tongue which makes it useful as a summer seasonal. At only 4.8% ABV it’s got the lighter weight you want in a beer of the type, though I’d prefer a bigger body with more flavor. 
Grade: 5/10

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