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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
This Belgian Wit summer offering is representative of the white beers made in the Wallonia region of Belgium. The pronounced yeast characteristic and subdued spicing of our Belgian Wit offer a refreshing, unfiltered beer…perfect for those hot Summer days. Available May to August on draft only and in 16-ounce cans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GenDV138 (4588) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Can at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, corn, herbs. Tastes of malt, herbs, light corn, citrus. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2015
16oz can pours a murky, faint yellow with some cloudy, white head. Nose has mild grist, honey, perfume. Flavor follows with orange, perfume, honey. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Iphonephan (5279) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
From a 16 oz can shared at the RB DC tasting Aug 1, 2015. Pours a hazy light gold with an off white head. very light citrus nose. Tein wheat bread flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (6329) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
16oz can. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small white head. Aroma was light herbal notes, almost like spiced tea or some kind of winter grog. Funky notes, light citrus peel, meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (18650) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Can. Cloudy golden yellow color. Aroma of herbal hay. Taste is light straw. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Paper and straw and not much else. Pours hazy golden. Light bitter finish. Not really like a Belgian wit. Tall can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Draught: This one poured a cloudy straw yellow color. There was a small white head on it. It has a lighter aroma. Wheat, citrus and some spice. The taste is decent. Wheat, citrus and some spice. A little light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1540) - Orlando, Florida, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Can from Nikki’s Liquors. Very clear yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma is wheat, yeast, hint of spice and citrus. Not bad. Taste / palate are a touch muted, but still some flavor here. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Very enjoyable. Not complex but this works. Nice wit base. Orange infusion readily identifiable. Great summer brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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