is one of my favorite styles for the summer because it has genuine
character and complements a light body pretty well. Most breweries tend
to make these bigger than they need to be, so it’s nice to see Grey Sail
Hazy Day which is a featherweight at only 4% ABV. While not the most
robust or complex beer in the world, it works as a sessionable witbier.
I poured a 12oz can into a short lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $1.69 ($0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale whitish/yellow hue; cloudy body with no carbonation
visible. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which mostly
evaporates but does leave minor lacing.
Smell: The standard witbier ingredients of orangepeel and coriander, though a little less aromatic than most.
Taste: Brewers don’t tend to experiment with the witbier style. So
basically if I described the palette to this beer it would sound more or
less the same as the majority of other witbiers I’ve reviewed over the
years. So yes, it is a light body with a mild wheat character at the
base but a pretty decent amount of orangepeel and coriander flavors that
emerge at the end. It’s a tasty combination to be sure, but a bit more
mild than I’d like. Otherwise, it’s pretty much to spec; no frills but
no surprises or off-flavors, either.
Drinkability: At only 4% ABV I don’t think anyone is going to argue
whether or not Grey Sail Hazy Day qualifies as a session beer in the
technical sense. I think most would agree it is one in the hedonistic
sense, though. The mouthfeel is – not surprisingly – very light. At
times it does come across a bit watery and noticeably thin. I will say
that it never feels flat. Refreshing while in the mouth with a pretty
clean aftertaste. I could definitely see most beer drinkers having no
problem sucking down multiple cans of this in the summer.