split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends. We each poured it into sampler
glasses. It was bottled on 4/2/14 and was sent to me by a friend in
Florida (thanks, Mike!).
Appearance: Slightly bright, banana-yellow hue. Quite clear with plenty
of visible carbonation. Pours to a standard, white, foamy head which
laces and retains well.
Smell: Lightly sweet lemony scent; some spices. Clean overall.
Taste: Most witbiers tend to have a strong orange flavor to them due to
the use of orangepeel in the brew, though in this case it’s more of a
lemon flavor. Much more of lemon pith or peel than fruit, though. A
fairly sweet beer overall with a lovely spice character akin to licorice
root (though probably just the coriander). Not nearly as robust or
complex as some of the better examples of the style; this is a little
closer to an American summer ale. Regardless, it works pretty well.
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, though the beer is very
refreshing while in the mouth. It finishes clean and dry. At 5.2% ABV it
probably should have a little more body as it feels like a more overt
session beer, though I can let it slide due to the bottle’s age. I could
see this being fantastic in the summer.