ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught and bottled samples at Sunset Grill, Summer 2008.
It’s stuff like this that gives blonde ales a bad name. Dirty, not in the sense that the brewers were looking for, but in the sense of unclean, with glaring brewing flaws (diacetyl, metal, a dirty yeast blandness...) and almost no malt character. Tastes like you’re chewing on a handful of dirt and wheat. Some light citrus seems out of place on the end and the beer just tastes stale, cardboard-like and nothing remotely refreshing-like. Extremely poor aroma strength, maybe a touch of vanillin and old, crusty bread. Watery mouthfeel, though somewhat ameliorated by the wheat in the grist. Horribly boring yeast lacking any character.
superspak (2903) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 9/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, spice, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.
dfinney23 (1901) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dirty gold with the faintest haze ever and a barely there head. Aroma is inoffensive but faint. Taste is better but muddled.
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Golden orange with an average white head. Aroma is of grain, caramel, malt. Taste is of oranges, light spice, and malt.
travita (4193) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The look is clear, white head, and golden in color. The smell is dirty, pickles, malt, odd, and off. The taste is wheat, fruit, blah, ok.
shrubber85 (8068) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Orange, coriander, and wheat malt aroma. Lightly hazy golden yellow with moderate head. Lightly sweet orange, wheat malt, and mildly spicy coriander/white pepper flavor. Not bad, just very light.
czar (4761) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
pours almost clear bright yellow with a quickly disappearing wghite cap, no lacing. sulfur, dust, metal, faint wheat and malts - faint fruitiness as well - perfumey pears maybe, cardboard, soap, bit of garbage, offensive coriander taste, candied lemon peel, spicy fruitcake, honey sweetness. moderately low carbonation, light body - oily, semi-sweet and bland spicy-grassy-herbal finish. a brew with a lot of minor and major defects..
Cavie (3876) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Bearded Lady. Pours a cloudy light yellow color with light carbonation. Aroma is light, citrus, grainy and yeasty. Flavor is light with a noticeable tingle over the palate. Grainy but only a slight bit sweet.
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Darkmagus82 (1855) - - AUG 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden-yellow color with a tiny white fizzy head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a light level of foam on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a lightly toasted wheat smell mixed with a little bit of orange and lemon. Some more yeasty and grassy aromas are there as well and are mixed with the aforementioned as well as a small amount of a floral aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a light wheaty and slightly cracker flavor with some orange sweetness. A yeasty flavor develops later on in the taste all while the orange flavor dwindles with it being replaced by a little bit of lemon and grapefruit. Some grainy flavors as well as a bit of a grassy hop come to the tongue at the very end, leaving a rather crisp and light wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light in nature with a crisp feel and a higher carbonation. For the mix of wheat and citrus as well as the lighter abv. of the brew, the thin body and high carbonation are rather appropriate for make for a nice crisp and refreshing brew.
Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but a good sessionable drinker on a nice warm summer day. An alright brew overall.
BOSSbrewer (2066) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle in Grand Haven MI. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with minimal head. Wheat and some orange aroma. Some wheat. Fairly sweet and not much hoppiness. Decent beer.
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lb4lb (2556) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Looks like Apple juice, dark yellow with no head. Smell is sweet malt. Taste is too sweet. Pure malt. Thin flavor. No orange or coriander. Not good but drinkable.