Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hourglass Frankie Rock

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20ChadPolenz (1695) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 10A Weissbier

AROMA: Standard notes of clove, banana, some bread. Slight orange note. Nose is a bit mild overall. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy shade of maize/burnished gold. Small, white, frothy head. Plenty of CO2 visible. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate banana and clove flavors throughout. Malt base creates for doughy/bready presence but is mild. Faint spiciness on the finish of clove and rye (which is a bonus ingredient, but not strong enough to warrant S/H/V categorization). Leaves a slightly sweet, short-lived bubblegum aftertaste; otherwise is clean. No hop character. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body. Carbonation feels low (no presence felt on the tongue). Refreshing and smooth - an ideal summer beer. Seems way lighter than 5.3%, though. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely a solid hefe for an American brewery. The recipe is there, but it needs more robustness. 7/10


NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.

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