Sunday, July 29, 2018

District 9 Into The White

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Moderate lemon aroma as if derived from lemon juice or peel; not from hops. Subtle coriander imparts a clean perfume note. Noticeably lactic acid character seems to play off the lemon. No obvious malty/wheaty aromatics. Esters are entirely too subtle. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Pale straw color (1-3 SRM). Body is only slightly cloudy and easily translucent/transparent (should be very hazy). Small white foam fizzles away immediately and leaves no lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong lemon flavor throughout; a taste akin to citrusy soda rather than authentic lemon peel or lemon-like hops. There is a wild component to this brew as there is a lemonade-like sourness up front and brief tartness at the finish (brew is not marketed as a wild ale, so it could be infection). Faint coriander spiciness in the background and briefly in the aftertaste. Minor wheat taste, though the malt base as a whole is noticeably weak and watery. Little hop bitterness; difficult to discern hop flavor. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; fairly low carbonation. Texture is  overtly thin and watery. Easy to drink and refreshing at only 4.8% ABV.  Much too boring to session. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This seems like a failed attempt to make a wild witbier. Bland, watery, and undercarbonated. Does not seem like a professional brew. And what exactly about it is "Pacific" anyway? 3/10

TOTAL SCORE: 22/50

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