Friday, August 12th 2011
(Wild Onion Brewing Company)
New to cans this summer from Wild Onion is this seasonal offering. It only makes sense for a brewery that's already putting some beers in cans to get something out for the summer market. In today's craft beer world SUMMER + CANS = Cha-Ching!
From the Wild Onion Brewing site:
"Light and refreshing, this Belgian-style wheat beer is subtly spiced with orange and coriander for perfect summer harmony."
The CAN reads:
"Our warm weather seasonal is perfect for enjoying the long-awaited days of spring and summer. This Belgian-style White Ale is traditionally brewed from a large dose of wheat malt and a splash of coriander and orange peel."
Here we go...
Pour - bright golden pour with surprising clarity for the style. Dozens of tiny white bubbles push easily to the top of the glass and produce a big, fluffy, bone-white head. Thick, ropey curtains of lacing cling to the glass as the head recedes.
Aroma - nose is full of sour citrus and some wet biscuit and sweet wheat notes emerge as it warms.
Taste - A very sour start fades into a tart middle and the moderately high carbonation leads us to a semi-dry, reasonably clean finish. The coriander is more prevalent as it warms up, which adds some complexity to an otherwise straightforward summer witbier.
Overall - Wild Onion’s offering is a good representation of how American brewers have taken to Witbiers and other Belgians and stayed true to the style.
Would I buy more of it? - Like most beers of the style, this one would be good to have on hand for cooler summer days, and might be best enjoyed when paired with complementary foods.
Posted by Trent
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