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
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
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.
NOTE: Watch my 2010 video review FROM KEY WEST here: