Chad9976 (1357) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 itís 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 donít 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 Iíve 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. Itís a tasty combination to be sure, but a bit more mild than Iíd like. Otherwise, itís pretty much to spec; no frills but no surprises or off-flavors, either.
Drinkability: At only 4% ABV I donít 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 Ė not surprisingly Ė 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.
BVery (7604) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Nikkiís 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.
mikedR (1528) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very enjoyable. Not complex but this works. Nice wit base. Orange infusion readily identifiable. Great summer brew.
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ThirstyBird (2013) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a full pale what color with white head. The smell is citrus, what and spice. The taste follows. Light body and smooth.
rjplumer (623) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy burnt orange.One finger head that lingers for quite some time. Yeast banana aroma. A little bitter taste and has a soft clean finish. Worth a trying out. Refreshing.
BroSpud (1825) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
16oz can. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. A nice looking wit beer. The flavors are typical for the style. Nothing spectacular here but a decent wit beer overall.
ben4321 (4543) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Location: 16 oz can from Oak Tree, Groton, 9/2/13
Aroma: The aroma of this beer is pretty much a mix lemon, wheat, and spice
Appearance: It pours a hazed golde-yellow color with a small white head and streaky lace
Flavor: The taste is pretty much the same, plenty of spice, light lemon, and wheat
Palate: The body is light and a little watery, with a heavily spiced, tingly feel, and a lengthy finish
I didnít love this one. We were looking for a light, drinkable beer to enjoy as a BYOB with our lobster rolls, and we ended up with a 4 pack of this. After now drinking 3, Iím still rather unimpressed. The Connecticut style lobster rolls on the other hand, those were great...
argo0 (11960) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can. Medium white head atop lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange/lemon, some coriander, light cotton candy. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some coriander, seltzer. Light-medium body, nicely drinkable.
Scrapersnbeer (1504) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is more lemon than orange, distant coriander heat and brine. Hazy lemon juice yellow. Noticeable sweet spice taste which seems to merge with the malt profile to create a wit that isnít very citrus oriented. Body is light and thin, finishes dry. Interesting.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz Can, purchased at Pier Liquors - Narragansett, RI. Salty lemon and coriander aroma. Upfront flavors are clean and the orange is light. Coriander bursts threw and sprinkles lime fruit loops all over the place, ushered out the door quickly by a plain green bitterness. The pilsner malt actually does show through mid-palate and I appreciate this, but the coriander is too real, too up front, too dominating. On the whole itís a little thin and I think needs to be drank cold.