Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grey Sail Hazy Day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1357) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Witbier 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.

Score: 7/10

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